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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
July 21, August 11, September 1 & 29

Our Fireworks & Fountains Shows dazzle.

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

      Sunday, July 15

      Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows

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

      4:15 pm 5:55 pm

      Meadow Garden Wildflower Walks

      Join our wildflower experts on our meadow trails to discover what’s in bloom. Free with Gardens Admission.

      Main Fountain Garden Fountain Performances

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

      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.

      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.

      3:15 pm

      Geert D'hollander

      Geert D’hollander is the carillonneur of Bok Tower Gardens and carillon composition teacher at the Royal Carillon School in Belgium.

      Parsonsfield

      Americana quintet Parsonsfield creates a distinctive sound by integrating pop and bold rock into jubilant and danceable indie roots music.

      7:30 pm

      Monday, July 16

      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

      Tuesday, July 17

      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, July 18

      American Birding Association Monthly Bird Hikes

      Search our Meadow Garden for species that call the area home. 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

      Wonders of the Waterlilies

      Learn more about the pools, plants and fish that are part of this amazing display. 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

      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, July 19

      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, July 20

      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

      Saturday, July 21

      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 Garden Wildflower Walks

      Join our wildflower experts on our meadow trails to discover what’s in bloom. 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

      Fireworks & Fountains Shows

      Our Fireworks & Fountains Shows light the night sky with magic and wonder.

      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