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Festival of Fountains Season

Festival of Fountains

Now–September 30, 2018

Our Celebration Continues

The revitalized Main Fountain Garden awakens for its second spectacular season and we plan to celebrate all summer long.

Please join us for:
—Fountain Performances daily in our Main Fountain Garden and Open Air Theatre.
Illuminated Fountain Performances and Live Music in our Beer Garden on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Fireworks & Fountains Shows on six special nights.
—Our Outdoor Performing Arts series.

Please note: Illuminated Fountain Performances continue through October 27 and Daytime Fountain Performances continue through October 28 during Autumn’s Colors.

Summer means breathtaking scenery and gorgeous blooms throughout our grounds and Conservatory. Discover the Waterlily Display, which showcases aquatic plants from all over the world. Get lost in our Meadow Garden, with three miles of walking trails through a rolling Brandywine Valley landscape. Be inspired in our Idea Garden, where we display annuals, perennials, vegetables, and some of the newest varieties of plants on trial.

From sunrise to nightfall, there is more to do, see, and be amazed by in our Gardens than ever before.

On View Now–September 30, 2018

Timed Tickets Required.

Free Timed Member Reservations Required after 3:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Sell Out Likely.

Fountain Performances
Daily Now–October 28

Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

Illuminated Fountain Performances
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, Now–October 27

Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

Fireworks & Fountains Shows
May 26—Sold Out, July 1 & 21, August 11, September 1 & 29

Our Fireworks & Fountains Shows return on six special evenings.

Our Guests Love the Main Fountain Garden
Live Music in the Beer Garden
Live Music in the Beer Garden

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 6:00–9:00 pm

Sit with family and friends under the stars and enjoy live music in our Beer Garden.
Weather permitting.

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      Upcoming Events

      Saturday, May 26

      Beginner Bird Hikes

      Join our experienced volunteers as they introduce you to bird watching on an easy hike through the Meadow Garden. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Fireworks & Fountains Shows

      Our Fireworks & Fountains Shows return with astonishing awe on six special evenings.

      9:15 pm

      Sunday, May 27

      Meadow Birding Hikes

      Join our experienced birding volunteers as they lead you through the Meadow Garden in search of our resident and migratory bird species. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US to see how more than 1,700 jets and streams dazzle and delight. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Monday, May 28

      Birds of Longwood Walks

      Join experienced guides on a quest to discover Longwood's feathery inhabitants. Free with Gardens Admission.

      9:00 am

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Tuesday, May 29

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US to see how more than 1,700 jets and streams dazzle and delight. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Wednesday, May 30

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Thursday, May 31

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 7:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US to see how more than 1,700 jets and streams dazzle and delight. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Live Music in the Beer Garden

      Join us for live music under the stars.

      6:00 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances

      Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

      9:15 pm

      Friday, June 01

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

      750 jets of water come alive with five-minute shows set to music.

      10:15 am 12:15 pm 2:15 pm 4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Meadow Bluebird Walks

      Find out more about our bluebird program as we walk to several of the bluebird houses found in the Meadow Garden. Free with Gardens Admission.

      10:30 am

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

      Fountains dance to new heights during 12-minute daily fountain shows.

      11:15 am 1:15 pm 3:15 pm 5:15 pm 7:15 pm

      Spotlight Talks

      Explore different facets of our history and gardens on select days with one of our expert staff. Free with Gardens Admission.

      11:30 am 12:30 pm

      Behind the Scenes Tour: Under the Fountains

      Explore the inner workings of the largest fountain garden in the US to see how more than 1,700 jets and streams dazzle and delight. Ticket required.

      1:15 pm 3:15 pm

      Live Music in the Beer Garden

      Join us for live music under the stars.

      6:00 pm

      Wine & Jazz All Stars—Sold Out

      Powerhouse Wine & Jazz performers Jazzmeia Horn, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Terell Stafford create a never-before-seen musical experience.

      7:30 pm

      Main Fountain Garden Illuminated Fountain Performances

      Enjoy a nighttime spectacle unlike any other.

      9:15 pm
      Explore our Seasons

      From the beauty of our Meadow Garden to children enjoying our Garden Railway, this is one of our liveliest seasons.

      October 4–November 18, 2018

      Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and holiday horticulture fill our Gardens with festive cheer.

      November 22, 2018–January 6, 2019

      Our talented horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with our artful display.

      January 19–March 24, 2019

      Breathe in the fresh air, watch as the landscape awakens, and relish the beauty of spring in our Gardens.

      March 31–May 6, 2018