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19+ Evening Events

RBG After Dark

RBG After Dark

Thursdays February 9, March 9, April 6; 2023
6 to 9 p.m., last admission at 8 p.m.; RBG Centre

Grab a drink, enjoy the music, and experience Frogs! after dark as RBG’s winter exhibit transforms into a nightlife experience like no other. Join us for pub trivia, food and drinks, unique programming, and special guests.

This is a 19+ event. Event tickets required.

  • 5 young adults trying to find all 7 frogs in the exhibit enclosure
  • blue and yellow poison dart frogs
  • Tall Birds of Paradise plant lit up with purple and green up lighting
  • young adults viewing and exploring the Frogs exhibit
  • Two glasses of beer on a wooden table

RBG After Dark Tickets

RBG Members: How to activate your online account

Simply log in to your NEW RBG online account using the email address associated with your membership!

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your email address and “submit” (NOTE: RBG members must use the email associated with their current membership)
  3. Check your email for a link to reset your password
  4. Log in with your new credentials and check your account information.

Once your member account is set up, visit the registration page and your tickets will be available!

If you do not receive a password reset email within 10 minutes, its possible that email address is not the primary contact on your RBG Membership. Get in touch with the memberships team for more information.

Non-members: How to create your online account

If you’re an RBG Member, your account is waiting for you! Instead of creating a new account, use “forgot password” option.

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘Register’.
  3. Input your user information, customize your email preferences
  4. Once you click ‘Create Account’ you’re all set! You will be redirected to a page where you can purchase tickets for select special events, winter exhibit, and more!

This is a special ticketed event and pre-registration is required. Tickets will only be available online.

Type Ticket Price
Adult $23.60
Student (19+)* $20.20
  • This is a 19+ event. ID will be checked at the door.  
  • All prices include d $1/ticket service fee & 13% HST
  • This event requires a specific event ticket (not included in Garden Admission or Membership)
  • Garden admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket holder.
  • *A valid student card from a post-secondary institution is required for entry with a student ticket.

Programming Schedule

Join us for interactive programs and activities to extend your frog-tastic visit.

Pablo the Turtle held by staff at RBG After Dark

Animal Encounters

6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Get to know some of the wonderful creatures that live in a wetland.

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre.

~20 minutes

The Atrium set up for pub trivia at RBG After Dark

Pub Trivia

7  & 8 p.m.

Learn cool facts about frogs, toads, amphibians and beyond and put your knowledge to the test at pub trivia. Prizes to be won!

Find this activity in the Atrium at RBG Centre.

~30 minutes

African Bullfrog

Meet the Zookeeper

7:30 p.m.

Ever wondered how the frogs are fed or toads are tended to? Our Zookeeper will share some of their secrets about what goes into caring for the 70+ frogs in the exhibit.

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre.

~20 minutes

snapping turtle hatchling

Discovery Station: Be a Friend to Herps

Discover how you can be a friend to all reptiles and amphibians.

Find this station in Foyer at RBG Centre.

Aerial Of Marshland In Summer With Lookout Point

Discovery Station: Wetlands are Home

Stop by our Discovery Station to dive into the wetland homes of frogs.

Find this station in Auditorium at RBG Centre.

Sips and Bites

Sink your teeth into our pub style feature menu, available at the Greenhouse Café. Seating is first come, first served.

Drinks will be available for purchase in the Greenhouse Café, at the wine cart and at the Atrium bar as a part of pub trivia activities.

Outside food and drink is not permitted.

VG = Vegetarian | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten Free | DF = Dairy Free | O = Option Available
*Please let your server know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.


Pesto Mussels $19 (DF)
Mussels | RBG Pesto | VQA White Wine | Crispy Potatoes | Pickled Chilis | Grilled Bread

Sweet Corn & Squash Fritters $14 (GF, VG)
Fritters | Chive Sour Cream | Fried Sage

Caprese Flatbread $15 (VG)
Heirloom Tomatoes | Bocconcini | RBG Pesto | Basil | Chili Oil

Chicken Tinga Tacos $16 (GF)
Braised Adobo Chicken | Pickled Cabbage | Cilantro-Lime Crema


Add Chicken $9
Add Salmon $14

Garden Salad Large $13, Small $9 (DF, GF, VG)
Greens | Cucumber | Cherry Tomato | Heirloom Carrot | White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Caesar Salad Large $14, Small $10
Romaine Lettuce | Croutons | Grana Padano | Bacon Bits | Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Quinoa Salad $16 (GF, V)
Tri-coloured Quinoa | Grilled Corn | Grilled Peach | Grilled Sweet Potato | Citrus Vin | Pickled Chili | Sunflower Seeds

Cobb Salad $20 (GF)
Greens | Chicken | Grape Tomato | Cucumber | Red Onion | Hard Boiled Egg | Bacon | Radish | Ranch


Brisket Duxelles $23
Ciabatta | Braised Brisket | Mushroom Duxelles | Provolone | Crispy Onions | Jus | Fries

Canadian Chicken Club $20 (GFO)
Grilled Chicken | Smoked Bacon | Cheddar | Leaf Lettuce | Tomato | Maple Dijon Aioli | Multigrain Bun | Fries

Roast Vegetable Wrap $18 (V)
Roasted Mushroom | Red Pepper | Zucchini | Red Onion | Arugula | Red Pepper Hummus | Roast Tomato Glaze | Fries

Chevre Frittata $14 (GF, VG)
Sundried Tomato | Goat Cheese | Chive | Roast Tomato Glaze | Arugula

Lake Erie Fish and Chips $22
Beer Battered Pickerel | Fries | Slaw | Tartar

Linguini Fresca $16 (VG)
Linguini | Zucchini Noodles | Cherry Tomatoes | RBG Pesto | Grana Padano

Honey Ginger Atlantic Salmon $26 (GFO)
OW Atlantic Salmon | Peach & Edamame Salad | Sesame Fried Cauliflower Florets | Honey Ginger Glaze

Hunter Schnitzel $25
Chicken Schnitzel | Hunter Sauce | Seasonal Potato Salad | Pickled Cabbage


Cheesecake $9 (VG)
Seasonal Toppings

Coconut Raspberry Mousse $9 (GF, VG)
Mousse | White Chocolate Shards | Toast Coconut | Raspberry

Brownie $9 (GF, V)
Vegan Brownie | Berries | Chantilly Cream

Special Feature Pub Menu


Chicken Wings $20
Buffalo hot sauce or BBQ (GF)

Fresh Rolls $14
Carrot, cabbage, cilantro, rice paper, peanut sauce (V/GFO)

Buffalo Cauliflower $16
Fried cauliflower, buffalo sauce, blue cheese (Veg)


Turkey Pot Pie $19
Carrots, peas, tarragon, pastry, choice of side

Fried Chicken Wafflewich $24
Fried chicken, waffles, creamy slaw, pickles, red hot aioli, choice of side

Smoked Mac and Cheese $19
Cheddar, swiss, smoked gouda, béchamel, breadcrumbs, choice of side (Veg)

Quinoa Burger $16
Quinoa, black bean, beats, tomato jam, House made Bun, choice of side (V/GFO)


Bread Pudding $12
Assorted pastries, egg, crème anglaise (Veg)


Ham and Cheddar $9
Maple Aioli, Mixed Greens, Ciabatta Bun

Turkey Provolone $9
Maple Aioli, Mixed Greens, Multigrain Bun

Italian $9
Soppresata and Genoa Salamis, Prosciutto, Provolone, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Mixed Greens, Ciabatta Bun Grilled

Vegetable Wrap $9
Zucchini, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Hummus, Mixed Greens

Hot Dog $6

Veggie Hot Dog $8


Charcuterie $12
Genoa and Sopressata Salamis, Prosciutto, Gherkins, Olives, Mustard, and Crostinis

Fruit and Cheese $12
Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Grapes, Berries, Fig Jam, and Crackers

Hummus and Veggies $7
Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Red Pepper, Grape Tomato, and Hummus


Hot Buttered Popcorn $3

Cookies $3

Spinach and Feta Pastry $6

Danish $6

Muffin $3


  • House Wines: 6oz $7, 9oz $11
    • Good Natured – chardonnay or merlot/gamay
    • Peller Estates – pinot grigio or cabernet/merlot
  • Premium Wines: 6oz $9, 9oz $14
    • Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series – pinot grigio
    • Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series – merlot
    • Trius Select Merlot

Beer, Cider, and Spritzers

  • Domestic Bottle $7
  • Import / Premium Bottle $8
  • Craft Beer & Cider cans $9
  • Botanical Wine Spritzers $9

Other Beverages

  • Assorted Soft Drinks $3
  • Flow Boxed Water $3.50
  • Brewed Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate $3
  • Espresso $3.50
  • Americano $3.75
  • Latte, Cappuccino $4 Add $0.50 for non-dairy alternatives
  • House Wines: 6oz $7, 9oz $11
    • Good Natured – chardonnay or merlot/gamay
    • Peller Estates – pinot grigio or cabernet/merlot
  • Premium Wines: 6oz $9, 9oz $14
    • Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series – pinot grigio
    • Wayne Gretzky Estates Founders Series – merlot
    • Trius Select Merlot

Canned and Boxed

  • Botanical Wine Spritzers: $9
  • Craft Beer & Cider cans: $9
  • Collective Arts Origins of Darkness Premium Stouts: $11
  • Flow boxed water $3.50

Thank You for Supporting RBG!

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.

RBG After Dark FAQ

Have a question about this event? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.


Tickets are available for purchase online, payable by credit card. Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.

Tickets are final sale.

Arrival / Entry Time

Upon arrival, each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking. Last admission is at 8 p.m.

This is a 19+ event. ID will be checked at the door.  

Age and I.D.

Attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave.

Food & Drink

Outside food and drink is not be permitted.

This is a licensed event; alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those age 19+. A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase.

  • The Greenhouse Café – Find fresh, seasonal ingredients on the new Greenhouse Café menu that incorporates local produce, meats and cheeses and features wines and craft brews exclusive to Ontario. Browse Menu
  • Fresh to Go Station – Grab a craft beer, cappuccino, snack, or sandwich to go; located beside McQuesten Theatre. Browse Menu
  • Atrium Bar – Serving wine and beer, grab a drink from the Atrium bar and join us for pub trivia!

Directions & Parking

This event is held in RBG Centre located at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included.

RBG Centre is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Parking & Directions for more details.

Please do not drink and drive.

What do I do if I feel ill?

As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that guests perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to your visit. Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required).

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.

Pets are welcome in RBG’s outdoor spaces between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. so long as they remain leashed, and cleaned up after.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special exhibitions are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.

COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.