Summer Nights at the Holden Arboretum

Open until 8pm every Wednesday during summer

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks

Nature Connects will feature more than a dozen larger-than-life LEGO® Brick creations that will pop out of garden and trail landscapes creating a magical new world at the arboretum. Giant sculptures including a Monarch butterfly, Praying Mantis, a mother duck and her babies will amaze and delight.

Tails & Trails

The first Wednesday of each month this summer, the first 100 pups through the gate will receive a Holden Forests & Gardens logoed bandana. Enjoy plenty of water stations, dog treats and an opportunity to meet up with other dogs (and their owners). Join us on Wednesday June 7, July 5, and August 2.  

Concerts in the Forest Series

Enjoy live music in a gorgeous setting, food trucks, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and quality time with friends and family out in nature. Food trucks will open at 5:30 p.m. Concerts are included with admission with the exception of Apollo’s Fire

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 9th, 10th, and 11th: Apollo’s Fire 
  • Wednesday, June 14th: Light of 2 Moons  
  • Wednesday, July 12th: Cleveland Wind Trio from the Cleveland Institute of Music  
  • Wednesday, July 26th: Roots of American Music featuring Sam Hopper 
  • Wednesday, August 9th: Roots of American Music featuring Mo’ Mojo  

Firefly Foray

On Saturday, June 17th,  join Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist and firefly enthusiast Carly Martin as we take in the wonder of firefly diversity in a search for several different species. Starting indoors with fun facts and identification techniques, then hitting the trails and the Canopy Walk to explore different habitats in the increasing darkness. Age: Adult, teens 13 & over with adult. Register now.

Buckeye Buds Children’s Activities

Tour our current exhibit, Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects with Lego Bricks, brave the zip lines at buckeye buds Children’s Area and build a new favorite masterpiece in our magical forest.  

Artisans at the Arboretum

On Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th enjoy a summer weekend at the Arboretum as we partner with Made Cleveland to present Artisans at the Arboretum – an outdoor marketplace. Discover amazing artisans, listen to local musicians and have a bite to eat at this open-air market.

Bricks & Brews

Tour Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects with Lego Bricks, enjoy a summer brew outside on the patio and build a masterpiece with your own LEGO bundle. Save the date, tickets will be available soon!

Golden Hour, Wine & Butterflies

On Wednesday, August 23rd spend time in one of the arboretum’s most beautiful gardens during gold hour. Enjoy wine tasting and food stations, while listening to Columbus’s the Goldsberrys, a four-part vocal harmony group playing, banjo, guitar, fiddle and bass.

Twilight- The Picnic of the Summer  

Save the date for our annual benefit picnic for the plants and trees. Twilight at the Holden Arboretum will take place Saturday, July 15th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Throughout the Arboretum grounds, the benefit will feature a picnic dinner by SPICE Catering, live music, activities for adults and kids including a craft station, and exclusive access to the Arboretum’s summer exhibit, Nature Connects. Tickets now available for purchase.

Mindfulness in Nature  

Join us on Monday, June 12th and 26th from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. to take a break from the hectic pace of everyday life! In this 2-session program, participants will learn the practice of Mindfulness Meditation and will experience the power of this technique to connect them with the natural world. Participants will develop a deeper appreciation of their interconnection with nature and learn new skills to reduce stress. Be prepared for getting “up close” to nature (sitting on the ground, getting hands dirty, hiking in the rain)! Register now.

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