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19+ Evening Events

RBG After Dark

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This page contains details for a spring 2022 event.

Looking for evening events for summer of 2022? Check out our Arts After Hours series!

RBG After Dark

Our popular After Dark series returns! Grab a drink and experience Under the Canopy after dark! On the fourth Thursday of each month, RBG’s winter exhibit is transformed into a nightlife experience like no other.

This is a 19+ event. Event tickets required.

Under The Canopy Logo

Under the Canopy: April 21

Get ready for a night out, rainforest-style! Join us for pub trivia, animal encounters, educational activities, and an exclusive look at RBG’s exciting new winter exhibit, Under the Canopy: Animals of the Rainforest.

Take a peek Under the Canopy of the world’s major rainforests, meet some of the animals who call these places home, and find out how your life connects to rainforest ecosystems.

Sink your teeth into our feature menu of shareable Canopy Platters, available only by pre-order to enjoy at the Greenhouse Café — available as an ‘add-on’ when purchasing event tickets. See details below.

  • Tall Birds of Paradise plant lit up with purple and green up lighting
  • sloth hanging from a tree branch
  • Outdoor Bar With Wine
  • Pub Trivia Sign At RBG After Dark
  • Green snake wrapped tightly around a tree branch
  • The Atrium set up for pub trivia at RBG After Dark
  • brown chameleon resting on tree branch

RBG After Dark Tickets

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

Upon booking your tickets you will be required to select one of two entry times, 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Type Ticket Price
Adult $20.00
(+ HST & service fee)
Student (19+)* $17.00
(+ HST & service fee)
  • 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.  
  • After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.

Member Pre-Sale: Friday, April 1

Current RBG Members will have access to an exclusive online pre-sale. Check your inbox! Presale information has been sent. Didn’t receive an email? Complete a Member Request Form.

You will require your membership number (above your name on your membership card) to purchase tickets at this time.

Registration opens to the public on Monday, April 4 at 12 p.m.

Programming Schedule

Join us for interactive programs and activities to extend your rainforest adventure.

Little Ray's staff holding Wicket the two-toed sloth

Animal Encounters

Get to know some of the wonderful creatures of the rainforest.

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre. Offered several times throughout the evening.

Pub Trivia Sign At RBG After Dark

Pub Trivia

Did you know the average amount of rainfall in a rainforest totals approximately 300 cm each year? That’s 120 inches of rain! Learn more cool facts about our planet’s oldest ecosystems, and put your knowledge to the test at pub trivia located in the Atrium. Prizes to be won!

Find this activity in the Atrium at RBG Centre. Offered several times throughout the evening.

Dark chocolate pieces crushed and cocoa beans

Discovery Station: Rainforest Roots

From coffee to chocolate, rainforests produce food that we eat every day. Explore how the foods we choose can have positive impacts on rainforests.

Find this station in Foyer at RBG Centre.

bright yellow warbler perched on a tree branch

Discovery Station: RBG Birds are Tropical Birds

Discover how protecting forests across the Americas is essential to helping migratory birds found at RBG.

Find this station in Mediterranean Garden at RBG Centre.

Sips and Bites

Shade grown espresso strudel cups with chili chocolate bark, plated beautifully at the greenhouse cafe

Sink your teeth into our feature menu of shareable Canopy Platters, available only by pre-order to enjoy at the Greenhouse Café — available as an ‘add-on’ when purchasing event tickets.

Food offerings at After Dark are only available for guests who pre-order when purchasing their tickets. Drinks will be available for purchase in the Greenhouse Café as well as the Atrium bar as a part of pub trivia activities.

  • Canopy are platters served within the first hour of your timeslot.
  • Following indoor dining regulations, food can only be consumed in the Greenhouse Café while beverages are permitted in both locations. Visitors must wear a mask unless eating or drinking in the designated areas.
  • Outside food and drink is not permitted.

Bites (pre-order only)

Canopy Platter – $34 (preorder required, serves 2)

Limited number available for each timeslot. Order early!

Inspired by the tropical tastes of the rainforest, each Canopy Platter serves two people and is prepared fresh for guests when they choose to arrive at the Greenhouse Café. Canopy platters are served within the first hour of your timeslot.

Every pre-order includes all three items:

  • Mole Poblano chicken wings with mango pepper salsa
  • Tostones (fried green plantain) with lime garlic oregano mojo
  • Shade grown espresso strudel with chili chocolate bark.

Sips

Shade Grown Martini $11 (only available at the Atrium bar)
Vodka, Kahlua, Shade grown Espresso

Wicket’s White Negroni $13 (only available at the Atrium bar)
Dillon’s Dry Gin, Lillet Blanc, Sweet White Vermouth

The Canopy Sour $13 (only available at the Atrium bar)
Gretzky Red Cask Whisky, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Peller Estates Cab Merlot Float

Wine
6oz $7, 9oz $11, Btl $32

Peller Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio
Peller Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot
Good Natured Crisp White Chardonnay
Good Natured Merlot Gamay

XOXO Botanical Wine Spritzers $9

Beer
Great Lakes & Collective Arts Craft Cans $9
Premium & Import Bottles $7
Domestic Bottles $6

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 one of two entry times, 6 p.m. or 7:30 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.

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.

Why do I need to pre-order food at After Dark?

With the new year came many new faces to RBG’s Food and Beverage team, all working to support the multiple events we’re hosting this winter. By knowing how many guests will be dining at After Dark, we can better prepare our teams for each night’s crowds, and avoid contributing to food waste by over-ordering ingredients. Under the Canopy’s exhibit highlights how so much of what we consume connects directly to the rainforest — by taking a sustainable approach to curb food waste, we are supporting the health of these vital ecosystems.

If I pre-order food, will I be given a strict reservation time?

Canopy platters are served within the first hour of your timeslot. Guests are encouraged to head to the restaurant at their leisure.

Note: Table availability is based on capacity, so there is a chance that you are not immediately seated at peak times. The casual structure of After Dark allows for easy crowd flow and short wait times — make the most of the extra minutes to find your favourite part of the exhibit, grab a drink for a round of trivia, or just take in the After Dark atmosphere.

A valid I.D. is required for beverage purchase.

Outside food and drink is not be permitted.

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.

Am I required to be vaccinated to enter RBG?

As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors aged to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please see RBG’s Covid FAQs for details and to learn more about visiting safely.

Do I Need To Wear A Mask?

As we welcome our community and visitors back to experience the beauty of Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG), we are making every effort to help ensure your visit is enjoyable, entertaining and, above all, safe. Following the advice of public health authorities, masks are required indoors.

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.