Art in the Garden: Summer Thursdays - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Art in the Garden: Summer Thursdays

Art in the Garden: Summer Thursdays

Evenings | Art in the Garden

Thursdays in June & July, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Celebrate summer at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with music and dance performances on Thursday evenings, presented in partnership with local arts organizations. Free with Garden admission.

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  • Two performers in costumes with some members of an orchestra in the background
    This performance is canceled due to inclement weather.

    Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Osborne Garden

    Orlando: Hero of Love

    This distillation of Handel’s masterpiece explores love and madness from contemporary sensibilities, centering on what it means to love truly and how to endure pain and loss.

    Presented in partnership with Opera Praktikos & Opera Essentia

    Orlando: Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor
    Dorinda: Elyse Anne Kakacek, soprano
    Angelica: Heather Hill, soprano
    Medoro: Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano
    Zoroastro: Hans Tashjian, bass, appearing courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
    First violin: Rafa Prendergast
    Second violin: Sarah Jane Kenner
    Viola: Rebecca Nelson
    Cello: Cullen O’Neil
    Harpsichord: Rebecca Pechefsky

  • A Black woman with poses artfully against a purple background.

    Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Sherlee Skai

    Enjoy acoustic ballads shaped by multicultural influences from Haitian folklore to American jazz and soul.

    Presented in partnership with Haiti Cultural Exchange

  • A woman with dark hair in a black jacket

    Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Jess McAvoy

    Performer and storyteller Jess McAvoy carries flavors of Brandi Carlile and Jeff Buckley.

    Presented in partnership with FiveMyles

  • A woman plays a cello in a small cabin

    Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Helen Gillet

    Singer-songwriter and surrealist archeologist Helen Gillet explores synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello.

  • A chef holds four birds by the tail feathers.

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 5:30–6:30 p.m.
    Discovery Garden

    Culinary Demonstration & Workshop

    Watch or join a Caribbean and Native American culinary demonstration and workshop led by Junayd Juman of Little Caribbean’s Honey Badger restaurant.

    Presented in partnership with I AM caribBEING

  • A woman wearing white sunglasses and a New York Yankees beanie stands in front of a wall spray painted with the word

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Angela Hunte and Da Jerry Wonda Band

    Enjoy a performance by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angela Hunte backed by Da Jerry Wonda Band.

    Presented in partnership with I AM caribBEING

  • Five men stand in a row behind flowering brassicas

    Thursday, July 7, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection


    New Orleans-based Basher plays NOLA-inspired dance music with the energy of a punk band and the improvisational spirit of a jazz quintet.

    Presented in partnership with Wild Birds Brooklyn

  • A mature, stylish black man holds the neck of a stringed instrument.

    Wednesday, July 13 (members only) & Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade

    Brownstone Jazz

    Relax on Cherry Esplanade to the sounds of a jazz ensemble.

    July 13:
    Eric Lemons (bass)
    Silvano Monasterios (piano)
    Damon DueWhite (drums)
    T.K. Blue (sax/flute)

    July 14:
    Eric Lemons (bass)
    Patience Higgins (sax/flute)
    Terry Burrus (piano)
    Ali Bello (drums)

    Presented in partnership with Brownstone Jazz

  • A white haired man plays standup bass surrounded by brass instruments.

    Thursday, July 21, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Plant Family Collection

    Vince Giordano and the Mini-Nighthawks

    Swing the night away as Grammy-winner, New York native, and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano and his band play 1920s & ’30s–era music.

  • A passionate man plays an oboe outdoors

    Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
    Cherry Esplanade


    David Rothenberg brings his band, TablaTun, to the Garden, combining Hindustani drumming, electronics, live and recorded birdsong, and his clarinet for a multicultural, interspecies sonic feast.


Presented in partnership with Brownstone Jazz, FiveMyles, Haiti Cultural Exchange, I AM caribBEING, and Wild Birds Brooklyn.

Art in the Garden is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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