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Twilight Thursdays: Spring Season

May 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 15, 2023


Tickseed, columbine, blue-eyed grass, and other native wildflowers in bloom in the Courtyard Gardens in spring

Every Thursday evening from April 6 to June 15, we’re staying open until 7 p.m. so you can enjoy our display gardens after work. 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.

With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in the Garden, and as part of the UNC campus, open containers of alcohol are prohibited.

Twilight Thursdays will take a break over the summer and resume on August 17.

Hours and Admission

Twilight Thursdays take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays from April 6 to June 15 and again from August 17 to September 28. 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 6
Food Truck: Mr. Cheesesteak

April 13
Special Program: UNC Pride Week in partnership with the UNC LGBTQ Center
CJ Suitt – Chapel Hill Poet Laureate, 2019-2022
Cortland Gilliam – Chapel Hill Poet Laureate, 2022 – present
Music: Anna Batsakes

April 20
Food Truck: Mr. Wingz and Mrs. Thingz
Music: UNC Cadence (A Cappella)

April 27

May 4

May 11
Food Truck: Will & Pop’s
Music: Neville Handel

May 18
Food Truck: Yagg Sii Tenn
Music: Blumora

May 25

June 1
Food Truck: Will & Pop’s
Music: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Jazz Festival, featuring performers from Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School, and East Chapel Hill High School

June 8

June 15

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.


May 25
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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(919) 962-0522
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