Want to sip and stroll through Zilker Botanical Garden at twilight? Here’s your chance

Zilker Botanical Garden is one of Austin’s natural treasures, but it closes at 5 p.m. every single day. (And, heads up: You have to get there by 4:30 to get in the gate.)

Zilker Botanical Gardens will host a Starlight Social Event on April 12. Belen DeLagarza-Vitton, 3,  attended Monarch Appreciation Day at the gardens last year. Dustin Safranek FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

That means if you want to check out the garden, you have to visit during the sunniest (and warmest) part of the day. But next week, the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy is hosting a Starlight Social event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 12 at the gardens, which are located at 2220 Barton Springs Road in Zilker Park.


Guests might be surprised to find dinosaurs at the Zilker Botanical Garden, but they are part of a prehistoric exhibit. Carolyn Lindell/for American-Statesman

For a $100 ticket, you can sample foods and drinks from Amy’s Ice Creams, Bamboo Bistro, Chez Zee, The Grove, Independence Brewing, Malone Specialty Coffee, Revolution Spirits, Salt Lick Cellars and Wheatsville Co-op. With garden party attire, complimentary valet, live auction and live music from Tomar and the FCs, this will surely be a treat, especially if you’ve always wanted to visit the botanical garden at sunset.

Tickets are available at zbgconservancy.org. The organizers are accepting gently worn athletic shoes at the event, as well.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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