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19+ Evening Events

RBG After Dark

RBG After Dark: Seeing the Invisible

Thursdays October 7,  14, 21, 28, November 4
6 to 9 p.m. ;
Hendrie Park

There’s more than meets the eye in RBG’s Hendrie Park on Thursday evenings from October 7 to November! Our popular After Dark series returns to transform the garden into the region’s best fall patio. Get an exclusive look at RBG’s newest exhibit Seeing the Invisible, grab a bite to eat, cozy up by the fire and join us for an evening featuring the talent of a different local artist each week. Music, brews, local food, and unique programming set the scene for the perfect night out under the stars of the Autumn nightscape.

This is a 19+ event. Event tickets required.

The event is 6 to 9 p.m. However, we will open our doors at 4 p.m. After Dark ticket holders are highly encouraged to arrive prior to sundown to view the Seeing the Invisible exhibition before attending the night’s festivities under the Rose Garden Tent. This exhibition cannot be viewed in the dark.

If attending After Dark October 7, and October 14 it is recommended to see the exhibition between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If attending After Dark October 21, October 28 or November 4, it is highly recommended to see the exhibition between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

  • small blue birds flying around a black piano in Kippax Garden
  • Outdoor Bar With Wine
  • purple, pink, and turquoise lights shining up towardsplants in the Mediterranean garden
  • DJ Donna Lovejoy in the Rose Garden Tent
  • Guests in the rose garden tent
  • augmented reality flower vase exploding
  • two soft pretzels and two canned drinks

Left to right: ; Sarah Meyohas, Dawn Chorus, 2021; Ori Gersht, Forget Me Not, 2021.

RBG After Dark Tickets

Tickets will only be available onlineFood and drink available for purchase separately upon arrival. 

  • Tickets available September 8, 12 p.m.
Type Ticket Price
Adult $30
(+ HST & service fee)
Student (19+) / Senior* $27
(+ HST & service fee)
RBG Member $20
(+ HST & service fee)

This event only includes access to Hendrie Park during the times selected. If you wish to visit the gardens during regular operating hours, General Admission or Membership will apply.

  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale
  • All prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges 
  • 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.
  • ID will be checked at the door.   

The event is 6 to 9 p.m. However, we will open our doors at 4 p.m. After Dark ticket holders are highly encouraged to arrive prior to sundown to view the Seeing the Invisible exhibition before attending the night’s festivities under the Rose Garden Tent. This exhibition cannot be viewed in the dark.

If attending After Dark October 7, and October 14 it is recommended to see the exhibition between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If attending After Dark October 21, October 28 or November 4, it is highly recommended to see the exhibition between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible is an ambitious and expansive exhibition of contemporary artworks created using augmented reality (AR) technology. Premiering at RBG this fall, Seeing the Invisible will open simultaneously across the globe in 12 Gardens Across Six Countries and features 13 works by more than a dozen international artists .

  • gilded cage
  • couple walking along rose garden path in fall
  • School Of Fish Sculpture In Fall
  • orange augmented reality textile mountain
  • Rose Garden In Fall
  • augmented reality flower vase exploding

Artist & Entertainment Schedule

Artist & Entertainment Schedule

Located at the Rose Garden Tent. Available 6 to 9 p.m.

Cone prongs, Brian Kelly
Cone prongs, Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly 

From bin to ditch, ditch to studio and studio to gallery — that is how Brian Kelly describes his use of found materials, resurrecting them into whimsical pieces of art. His creations provoke our understanding of perpetual consumption, and to some extent, reminds us of our responsibility as members of a community to monitor what we throw away. For Kelly, being an artist isn’t just what you do, but who you are.

rosewood-duo

Rosewood Duo 

Playing a mix of top 40 variety, Rosewood Duo delivers high quality live music for all occasions. Vocalist Violett Jean and guitarist Anesti K have brought their musical duo to thousands of festivals, corporate events, weddings and restaurants.

Walk in Cootes Paradise, Clarence Porter
Walk in Cootes Paradise, Clarence Porter

Clarence Porter

Clarence Porter’s creations flow from his toy box full of pastels. He believes his job as an artist is to translate his emotions into pieces that allow the viewer to see, feel and pause so they too can be in that cherished moment. Known for his work with soft pastels, Porter is an instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art, an occasional instructor at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Aurora Cultural Centre, as well as a part-time instructor at Sheridan College.

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DJ Donna Lovejoy

With almost 20 years of experience behind the turntables, DJ Donna Lovejoy has built a rock solid reputation, along with a pretty awesome vinyl and digital music collection courtesy of Hamilton’s finest record shops like Into the Abyss, Revolution Records and Dr. Disc.  First inspired by the DJs at the underground raves of her youth, she learned the art of mixing and blending records to create soundscapes to suit just about any type of party.  Her success lies in her thoughtful approach to each unique event and her ability to weave several genres together in a single evening.

Fragile Cycle 1, Lorraine Roy
Fragile Cycle 1, Lorraine Roy

Lorraine Roy

After spending a magical childhood on a farm in rural Southern Ontario, Lorraine Roy completed an Honours B.Sc. in Horticultural Science before opting for a professional career in art textiles. Taught to sew from the age of six, her artistic spirit was kindled when introduced to hand-embroidery. After a long period of experimentation, she eventually devised a suite of sewing machine techniques that allowed her to ‘paint’ with fabric. Her current work explores connections between art, science and nature. Not surprisingly, most of her imagery is inspired by the biology, mythology and cultural impact of trees: classic symbols of our connection with the natural world.

Antonella singing into a microphone and Smiling

Antonella

Antonella is an accomplished vocal performer, singing to audiences for over 30 years. She sings in a variety of different genres such as pop, jazz and blues, and has embraced her Italian heritage and Latin roots singing in Italian and Spanish. She will be releasing her first album, consisting of her interpretation of some of Italy’s most beautiful love songs.

Lake Ontario Portrait (Hamilton)
Lake Ontario Portrait (Hamilton), Nicole Clouston

Nicole Clouston

Nicole Clouston is a bio-artist from Burlington working with microbial life. Working at the intersection of art and science to explore the enmeshed nature of life, she has exhibited her art across Canada and internationally, most recently in Berlin. In Clouston’s most recent work she sampled mud and placed it, along with nutrients that encourage microbial growth, in clear sculptural prisms. Their visual presence in turn draws attention to their constant invisible presence and connection around, on, and within our bodies, connecting us to the ecosystem as a whole.

dj-donna-lovejoy

DJ Donna Lovejoy

With almost 20 years of experience behind the turntables, DJ Donna Lovejoy has built a rock solid reputation, along with a pretty awesome vinyl and digital music collection courtesy of Hamilton’s finest record shops like Into the Abyss, Revolution Records and Dr. Disc.  First inspired by the DJs at the underground raves of her youth, she learned the art of mixing and blending records to create soundscapes to suit just about any type of party.  Her success lies in her thoughtful approach to each unique event and her ability to weave several genres together in a single evening.

IN THE SHELLS 2019
In the Shells, 2019, Xiaojing Yan

Xiaojing Yan

Xiaojing Yan is an awarded Chinese-Canadian visual artist whose work embraces her sense of having a hybrid identity — her practice updates traditional themes from ancient Chinese folklore and philosophy through the use of a contemporary visual vocabulary and materials. Yan’s Lingzhi Girl is a series of evocative human figures created of lingzhi mushrooms and woodchips, and explores how culture and nature are inextricably entwined and interdependent.

Maximilian and Theodor Aoki sitting across from each other playing the cello

versaCello

Maximilian and Theodor Aoki are brothers from Hamilton, Ontario. Classically trained, together, they arrange and perform contemporary popular music on two cellos, versaCello. Both are studying Engineering at McMaster University while concurrently pursuing exciting opportunities in music. They are now working with Emmy-nominated director Warren P. Sonoda, starring in his upcoming feature film Things I Do For Money and composing its original soundtrack.

Sips and Bites

Available 6 to 9 p.m.

Grab some sips and bites to enjoy as you wander the garden! The Turner Pavilion Teahouse and Collective Arts Container offer grab and go fare available for purchase. Outside food and drink is not be permitted.

Sips

Coffee $3
Medium Roast | Regular or Decaffeinated

Tea $3
Orange Pekoe | English Breakfast | Earl Grey | Green | Lemon | Mint | Chamomile | Decaffeinated Black

Canned Soft Drink $3
Coke | Diet Coke | Sprite | Ginger Ale

Assorted Juices $3
Apple | Orange

Wine
6oz $7  9oz $11

Good Natured-  Chardonnay
Peller Estates- Pinot Grigio

Good Natured – Merlot/Gamay
Peller Estates- Cabernet Sauvignon

XOXO Botanical Wine Spritzers $9
Strawberry Hibiscus
Peach Orange blossom
Raspberry Rhubarb

Beer 
Domestic Bottle $6
Import Bottle $7
Craft – Tall Can $9

Bites

Savoury Pastries $6 (V)

Assorted Cookies $3 (V)

Warm Pretzel with Calvados Mornay Sauce $6 (V)

Hummus and Garden Vegetables $7 (VG/DG/GF)
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus| Cucumber| Heirloom Carrot| Bell Pepper| Celery

Gourmet Cheese and Fruit $11 (V)
Assorted Gourmet Cheeses | Grapes | Breton Crackers | Orange Fig Jam

Italian Charcuterie $12 (DF)
Genoa Salami | Sopressata | Pancetta | Crostini | Roasted Vegetable | Herbed Dijon

V =Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, DF = Dairy Free, GF = Gluten Free

As stewards of our environment and partners in our community, we use products that are sourced and produced locally — including fresh produce from our own garden! Our menus are now more than 50% plant-based and we use compostable cutlery, straws and other products to further reduce our impact on the environment.

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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

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 booking your tickets you will be required to select the date you would like to attend.

The event is 6 to 9 p.m. However, we will open our doors at 4 p.m. After Dark ticket holders are highly encouraged to arrive prior to sundown to view the Seeing the Invisible exhibition before attending the night’s festivities under the Rose Garden Tent. This exhibition cannot be viewed in the dark.

If attending After Dark October 7, and October 14 it is recommended to see the exhibition between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If attending After Dark October 21, October 28 or November 4, it is highly recommended to see the exhibition between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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.

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible is an ambitious and expansive exhibition of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. Learn more about the exhibit.

Prior to your visit we ask that you download the app in advance. Step by step instructions coming soon. Please ensure you arrive with a fully charged device. We will have some chargers onsite but can not predict wait times to use them. A number of the art “installations” include a soundscape. We recommend you bring your own headphones, however our gift shop will be selling them for $15.00 each.

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 and Drink

Food and drink are available for purchase from the Turner Pavilion Teahouse Collective Arts Container located near the Rose Garden Tent (see menu above), 6 to 9 p.m. 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. 

Outside food and drink is not be permitted

Directions & Parking

This event is held in Hendrie Park – please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre.

This garden 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.

Weather

RBG After Dark is held rain or (moon)shine and is 100% outdoors, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather.

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 event attendees perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to entering the event. 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. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pet on a stroll, check out our 27km of trails!

Smoking

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.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to special events 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 event 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.