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RBG After Dark

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RBG After Dark: Wine and Wildlife

February 6, March 5, April 2, 2020
7 to 10 p.m.; RBG Centre

Grab a drink, enjoy the music, and experience Wildlife Rescue after dark! On the first Thursday of each month, RBG’s winter exhibit is transformed 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.

  • Greenhouse Lit From Inside At Night At Rbg After Dark
  • Visitors At Condor Feeding Exhibit At RBG After Dark
  • Pub Trivia Sign At RBG After Dark
  • Lit Greenhouse Interior At RBG After Dark
  • Great Horned Owl At Wildlife Rescue Exhibit

RBG After Dark Tickets

Tickets are available online, or at the door upon entering the event. Food and drink available for purchase separately upon arrival.

Visitor Ticket Price
Event Ticket $18
(+service fee)
Student Ticket* $15
(+service fee)
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
  • HST is included in ticket price
  • This event requires a specific event ticket (not included in General Admission or Membership)
  • General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • *A valid student card from a post-secondary institution is required for entry with a student ticket.

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.

About the Exhibit

Enter the fascinating world of Wildlife Rescue, an eye-opening, inspiring and wildly interactive exhibit for all ages!

Step into recovery efforts and “meet” the people who dedicate their lives to saving and releasing endangered animals. Take a simulated flight to guide young whooping cranes along their first migratory route, learn the methods used to milk Lake Sturgeon and reintroduce them to the Great Lakes, then journey to Africa and Indonesia to witness efforts to successfully raise and release young elephants and orangutans to the wild.

Learn More

Event Activities

Pub Trivia

8 and 9 p.m. Get your team together and test your knowledge of wildlife conservation in Canada and around the world.

Meet the Animals Show

7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. See what wildlife friends are visiting us this evening.

Turtle Meet and Greet

Drop by and meet a turtle ambassador.

Discover Rainforest Alliance Certified Products

Sample chocolate and see how you can support wildlife conservation through the products you buy.

Wildlife After Dark

Discover what animals do after the sun goes down in our nature sanctuaries.

Discovery Table

Explore our role as humans visiting nature.

Discover Cork Oaks and Cool Cats

Stop by our Discovery Cart in the Mediterranean Garden to explore the connection between corks and the Iberian Lynx.

Shop @ The Gardens

RBG’s shop will be open during RBG After Dark! Browse through books, decor, accessories, games, and more!

Wild Special Guests

See what wildlife friends are visiting us for the Meet the Animal Show! We’re welcoming local experts and some winged, scaled, and four-legged friends for an in-person look at what animal care and conservation takes. Come back again and again to meet a new batch of animals! Check back for more!

NOTE: specific animals available for the show will vary day to day. Animal wellness is top priority; the caregivers will often make the decision of which individuals to bring for a visit the date of the event.

Wild Ontario Volunteer with Barred Owl

Thursday March 5: Wild Ontario

See live birds-of-prey and get close to some of Ontario’s fastest and craftiest raptors.

Meet the Animals Show is available 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

Speaking of Wildlife staff holding groundhog

Thursday April 2: Speaking of Wildlife

Meet a variety of native Ontario wildlife and learn all about what makes each special.

Meet the Animals Show is available 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

Food and Drink

Grab a bite from our plant-based menu and explore the exhibit while sipping on your favourite drink.

All prices are inclusive of HST

Plant-Based Menu and Snacks

  • Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue cheese and Scallions
    $9 each
  • Jack fruit Taco with Heirloom Carrot slaw, Pico, Cilantro Crema, Corn Chips
    $9 each
  • Plant-Based Nachos with Pico, Black beans, Scallions, Nacho “Cheese” sauce, crumbled tofu
    $10 each
  • Salted Soft Pretzel with honey mustard
    $4.50 each
  • Bagged Chips
    $3.50 each


  • Peller Estate Family Chardonnay Niagara, 5oz pour $7
  • Crush Pinot Grigio Niagara, 5oz pour $7
  • Peller Estate Family Chardonnay Niagara, 5oz pour $7
  • Crush Pinot Grigio Niagara, 5oz pour $9
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates Pinot Grigio Niagara, 5oz pour $9
  • Trius Sauvignon Blanc Niagara, 5oz pour $7
  • Crush Merlot Niagara, 5oz pour $7
  • Wayne Gretzky Estates Cabernet Merlot Niagara, 5oz pour $9
  • Trius Merlot Niagara, 5oz pour $9

Other Beverages

  • Selection of Craft Beers $8
  • Coffee/Tea $3.00
  • Selection of cold non-alcoholic beverage $2.50

Event Partners

Ontario Trillium Foundation Logo

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 will also be available for purchase at the door.

Tickets are final sale.

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.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. Burlington. Parking is available on-site. Please do not drink and drive.

RBG Centre is accessible by Burlington Transit. For more information about arriving at RBG by bus, visit

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pet on a stroll, check out our 27km of trails!


Effective January 1, 2012, Royal Botanical Gardens and its property is smoke-free. Smoking of any kind (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in all properties owned by Royal Botanical Gardens. This includes all buildings, garden areas, natural lands, trails and parking areas including vehicles. All visitors to Royal Botanical Gardens must leave Royal Botanical Gardens property in order to smoke.