Twilight Thursdays Begin April 4

Flowers blooming in our Courtyard Gardens on a sunny spring evening. A group of people is visible in the background.

Every Thursday from April 4 to June 13, we’re staying open until 7 p.m. so you can enjoy our display gardens in the evening.

Our exhibit hall and Garden Shop will be open, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors – we have lots of benches and picnic tables, plus open lawn areas for blankets.

Dogwood Studio will be offering Yoga in the Garden at 5:45 p.m. each Thursday ($10 per session). Learn more >

Hours and Admission

The spring season of Twilight Thursdays runs from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays from April 4 to June 13. There’s no fee or ticket for visiting, but we welcome donations to support the Garden. Make a donation here.

Spring Dates

Some evenings will feature food trucks and music performances. Check the schedule below for more information!

April 4

April 11
Food: El Jefecito
Music: SunSp.t

April 18

April 25
Performance: Poetry by Daisy Solace, 5:30 p.m.
Food: Bulkogi

May 2
Performance: Animal Tales from Alexandre Dumas by PlayMakers and the UNC Professional Actor Training Program, 5:30 p.m.

May 9
Music: Rob Gelblum
Food: Bulkogi

May 16
Performance: Sina de Capoeira, 5:30 p.m.
Program: Haiku in the Gardens with Crystal Simone Smith, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

May 23
Music: Blue Star Travelers, 5:30 p.m.
Food: El Jefecito
Program: Botanical Exploration Using Flora Apps, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

May 30
Program: Herbs and Your Nervous System, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

June 6

June 13
Music: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Jazz Ensembles
Event: Saving Our Savannas Community Art Exhibit Reception, 5-7 p.m.
Food: Will & Pops

Getting Here

We’re located at 100 Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. You’ll be able to park in our main parking lot until 7 p.m., when we’ll lock the gates.

What to See

Explore our display gardens, from our Habitat Gardens to our Children’s Wonder Garden to our Carnivorous Plant Collection! Our exhibit hall will also be open, so you can check out our Garden Shop and DeBerry Gallery.


Picnics are welcome. There are tables and chairs available in the designated Picnic Area and by the Plant Sale patio, as well as benches and chairs throughout the Garden. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and use it in a lawn area. Please keep out of plant beds, and make sure you pick up any trash or food items from your picnic area.

Alcohol Policy

No alcohol is allowed, as open containers of alcohol are prohibited on UNC’s campus.


With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed within the Display Gardens. Leashed pets are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails, which are open until dusk.


Twilight Thursdays are rain or shine. We will only close the Garden if there are strong storms, and any closure information will be posted to our website.