Founded in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a beloved New York City attraction that inspires visitors of all ages. The garden spans across 52 acres and is home to a Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, an art gallery, and more. Whether you want to learn about plants and flowers or simply take a tour, there are plenty of Brooklyn Botanic Garden events to attend throughout the year. Here are some of our favorites.
Top 5 Brooklyn Botanic Garden Events
1. Cherry Blossom Festival | April
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has over 30 varieties of cherry trees that bloom at different times in the spring. The best time to see them is during the annual Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival, also know as Sakura Matsuri. This unique festival explores Japanese culture and their traditional celebration of the cherry blossom season. It features over 60 events and performances over the course of one weekend and always draws huge crowds. Be sure to purchase your tickets early!
2. Plant Sale | May
Want to spruce up your home or garden? Check out the BBG’s annual plant sale! You can browse the largest collection of plants in the metropolitan area and attend free talks and workshops that focus on gardening.
3. Chile Pepper Festival | October
If you’re a fan of all things spicy, head to the Chile Pepper Festival in October. New York’s hottest fall tradition features live music performances and plenty of delicious treats. Enjoy samples from 62 of the spiciest food vendors in the area, including hot sauces, chile chocolates, hot pickles, and more. You can even pot up a chile pepper plant to take home with you.
4. Ghouls & Gourds | October
Ghouls & Gourds is Brooklyn’s wackiest Halloween celebration. It’s packed full of family-friendly activities, including stilt-performing ensembles, circus acts, craft demonstrations, and book signings. There’s also an awesome costume parade! Read our blog for more information.
5. Light In Winter | December – March
At “Light in Winter”, guests can explore the Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the quietest time of the year. You’ll meet a trained Garden Guide at the Steinhardt Conservatory entrance and tour the exotic flora of tropical, desert, and Mediterranean climates – without even leaving Brooklyn! Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tours are offered every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday from December to March.
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Looking for more great places to explore?
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