General Admission
$15 for Members
$18 for General Public

VIP Tickets
$35 for Members
$39 for General Public

Spend your Thursday nights in the Garden surrounded by nature and entranced by music during this after-hours event beginning June 20. 

Our Sunset Series is heading back for its third season! Guests can roam our 87 acres, experience Bloom!, sip on a cocktail or grab a bite to eat while enjoying the Garden’s natural beauty, yard games and music. The young at heart will be entertained in our Kids’ Zone by the fun and energetic Ms. Allison – think parachutes, obstacle courses, lawn bowling, bubbles and more! While we provide the fun, parents still provide the supervision.*  And, of course, the cherry on top is each week’s musical performance (see line up here).  The musicians will do two 45-minute sets. 

GO VIP: Want an exclusive experience? We are offering an enhanced VIP ticket this year! With VIP, you’ll get access to a premium seating area with Adirondack Chairs for your convenience (no need to bring your own chairs!), access to the VIP bar, one free Hard Butterfly Palmer per ticketholder, a free SCBG souvenir light-up cup, 30 minutes of VIP time with Ms. Allison, unlimited access to SOAR – Tropical Butterflies throughout the night and early entry into the Garden (5 p.m. rather than 5:30 p.m.). 

*Parents are asked to chaperone their child at all times. Children under 3 must be accompanied inside the play area at all times.  Also please note, no outside food and beverage will be allowed during our Sunset Series.

Sponsored By

Trailblazer Sponsor

Innovator Sponsor

Kay and Bob Anderson
Lynn and Bruce Attig
Karen and Michael Melideo
Nancy and Larry Pasquali
Marcia and Mike Schoettle
Connie and Brad Spencer
Liza and Jim Steman
Susan Swank and George Gilley

Friends Sponsors

Peninsula Shopping Center
Smog City Brewing Co.
California Water Service

Come Make The Night Yours
This is our only after-hours event this summer. Pick and choose from the activities below to truly make the night yours! Whether it’s a date night, girl’s night out, a family outing or work happy hour, there’s something for everyone!

Experience Live Music
Location: Upper Meadow
Times: 6 to 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:00 p.m.

Every Thursday night features a unique, lively performance on our Upper Meadow. From a Jimmy Buffett tribute band headlining our kickoff to summer to Jerry Costanzos crooning from the “the Classic American Playlist,” there’s something for everyone. The full lineup is out now and can be seen through the link below.

Play in the Kids’ Zone
Location: Lower Meadow
Times: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

You may remember the uber fun and energetic Ms. Allison from our popular Movin’ and Groovin’ class a few years ago… and now she’s back! Join Ms. Allison in the Kids’ Zone for some serious fun – think parachutes, lawn bowling, obstacle courses, bubbles and more. The Kids’ Zone is located in the Lower Meadow. For everyone’s safety, parents are asked to chaperone their child at all times. Children under 3 must be accompanied inside the play area at all times. 

Grab a Bite from Dottie’s Koi Pond Menu
Location: Near the Koi Pond
Times: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This year, our food and beverage offerings will be conveniently located closer to the Upper Meadow. Come check out our Dottie’s Koi Pond Menu during Sunset Series which includes brats, vegan dogs, and more. Grab a cocktail or glass of wine to enjoy throughout our 87 acres. If you’re looking for cold snack, we will have non-alcoholic beverages and ice cream available at the Kiosk in Palm Circle. For our full Series’ Menu and nightly specials, click the link below!

Explore the Garden’s 87 Acres, Including Bloom!
Location: Throughout the Garden
Times: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

As we mentioned, Sunset Series is your only opportunity to explore the Garden after-hours, and trust us, you don’t want to miss it. Seeing the Garden as the sun begins to set is truly a magical experience, and during Sunset Series, our entire 87 acres are open for you to explore! That means experiencing the Garden in a whole new way. Plus, you can still explore Bloom! for the first few weeks as it runs through June.  

Have Up Close and Personal Time with the Butterflies
SOAR – Tropical Butterflies

Times: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Note: SOAR is only available for VIP ticket holders

Have you always wanted to spend a little quality time with the butterflies in our SOAR – Tropical Butterflies exhibit? Well, a Sunset Series VIP ticket gets you UNLIMITED access to the pavilion throughout the night. That means, you can spend as much time as you’d like with our fluttering friends. And since the sun will be setting, they’ll be a little less active so you’ll really get to be up close and personal with them.

Ticket Information

When Purchasing Your Ticket: The only tickets available at the 5 p.m. timeslot are VIP tickets. If purhcasing a non-VIP ticket, please select the 5:30 p.m. timeslot for the date you’d like to come. Please remember to sign in to get your Member discount.

Please note:  No outside food and beverage is allowed. Members receive 10% off food and drink purchases the entire evening.

Want to take advantage of the discounted tickets, food and drink? Become a Member! 

Non-Member Sunset Series Tickets

Children (ages 4 and under) FREE
Ages 5 and up $18/person

Non-Member VIP Tickets

Children (ages 4 and under) FREE
Ages 5 and up $39/person

Member Sunset Series Tickets

Children (ages 4 and under) FREE
Ages 5 and up $15/person

Member VIP Tickets

Children (ages 4 and under) FREE
Ages 5 and up $35/person

Sunset Series Ticketing Calendar


Excellent summer series, my husband, son and I enjoyed it very much. My son really enjoyed the walking around the Gardens in the evening, the games, the music and food. Thank you!” 

- Claudia Frommenwiler

We truly enjoyed both of the Sunset Series visits! Easy to use, quick entry, good selection of food and drinks, and good music:)”

- Tomiko Radford

I loved the event. My kids loved the activities with Ms. Allison, and the music. I personally loved how spacious the gardens are and how the different spaces were well utilized for food, drinks, treats and tours. So well done!”

- Carla Ramirez