Light Nights

Light Nights

Dates & Price

July 8 & August 12, 2022

5:30–8:30 pm


September 9 & October 14, 2022

5:00–8:00 pm


Timed Tickets required

Timed Tickets

Member reservations required after 3:00 pm

Member Reservations

Reservations not required for Gardens Premium Members and Innovators


Sell Out Likely

Join us the second Friday of each month throughout Light: Installations by Bruce Munro for our fantastically fun themed Light Nights. Enjoy live music, fountain performances, family activities, and more—all inspired by Light—during these special evenings.

My Only Sunshine: Friday, July 8

Celebrate all things sun with our first Light Night, from the radiance of Light, to a floral demo inspired by the stages of light, to an exuberant fountain performance that will have you walking on sunshine.

  • Live Music in the Beer Garden
    5:30–6:30 pm and 7:30–8:30 pm
    Marc Silver (Bluegrass)
  • Floral Demo in the Beer Garden: Lighten Up Your Night
    6:30–7:30 pm
    Explore your creativity and watch how the concept of light can transform floral arrangements. Join floral designer Melissa Palmer as she shares tips and techniques for using flowers and foliage to illustrate the transformation of light. Melissa will create three different arrangements to mirror twilight when light starts to fade, the phenomenon of the sunset, and the glow of the moon.
  • Illuminated Fountain Performance
    9:15 pm
    It’s Always Sunny at Longwood Gardens

Caribbean Nights: Friday, August 12

Travel to the tropics with Caribbean steel pan music, a tropical birds talk, and new Caribbean Life Illuminated Fountain Performance … not to mention a flamboyance of 1,000 flamingoes wading near our Chimes Tower, thanks to Light.

  • Live Music in the Beer Garden
    5:30–6:30 pm and 7:30–8:30 pm
    Plenty Pepper (Caribbean Steel Pan)
  • Talk in the Beer Garden: Tropical Birds in Your Backyard
    6:30–7:30 pm
    Go on a journey to the tropics and back! Join Delaware Nature Society Director of Adult Engagement, lifelong naturalist, and eco-tour guide Joe Sebastiani as he explores birds that make a thousands-of-miles roundtrip from here to the West Indies, Central America, and other tropical settings. Joe will share wonderful birdlife photography and stories about these amazing birds and take a special look at one of the tropics’ most emblematic species: the flamingo. Learn tips on how to find and see more birds around you, whether you’re in your own backyard or on your next vacation.
  • Illuminated Fountain Performance
    9:15 pm
    Caribbean Life

Over the Moon: Friday, September 9

It’s a night to remember with Light, an illuminating nighttime photography talk, and our new evening-inspired I Love the Nightlife Illuminated Fountain Performance.

  • Live Music in the Beer Garden
    5:00–6:00 pm and 7:00–8:00 pm
    Poor Man’s Gambit (Traditional Celtic)
  • Talk in the Beer Garden: Perfecting Your Night Photography
    6:00–7:00 pm
    From skies full of stars to the glow of Light, nighttime is a fantastic time to capture unusual and remarkable photos. Join photography instructors Andy Bale, Jon Cox, and Dick Greenwood as they share how to get the most of your night shots, from finding the best angles to experimenting with your camera’s various settings … and then apply all you’ve learned as you experience Light through your own lens. 
  • Illuminated Fountain Performance
    8:15 pm
    I Love the Nightlife

Wondrous Water: Friday, October 14

Explore the element of water with Light—including the immersive C-scales installation, inspired by our water gardens— as well as an informative talk on the importance of water and an imaginative fountain performance.

  • Live Music in the Beer Garden
    5:00–6:00 pm and 7:00–8:00 pm
    Slowey & The Boats (Hawaiian-inspired Steel Guitar)
  • Talk in the Beer Garden: The Power of Water
    6:00–7:00 pm
    As nature’s most important nutrient, water connects and maintains all ecosystems, and all life, on our planet. Join us for an eye-opening look about the importance of water in our landscapes, our regions, and beyond. 
  • Illuminated Fountain Performance
    8:15 pm
    Pure Imagination

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