Moonlight in the Garden

A Magical Exhibition with our Friends from Southern Lights of Raleigh and the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

Thursday–Saturday, November 8–10, 2018 – 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday, November 15–17, 2018 – 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Limited Tickets Available—Reserve Early Online

Moonlight in the Garden returns this November with more lights, more nights. Food trucks, live music, marshmallows and fire pits—they're all back. Don't miss the only opportunity to experience the JC Raulston Arboretum after dark. We'll open our gates each evening for you, your family and friends to explore this nighttime wonder custom designed and installed by John Garner and his team at Southern Lights of Raleigh.

outdoor landscape lighting-lighted balls
outdoor landscape lighting-colorful bananas and luminaria
outdoor landscape lighting-color changing LED lights
outdoor landscape lighting-uplight Japanese maple

This isn't your typical lighting event. Moonlight in the Garden is meticulously designed to showcase our internationally acclaimed garden and all its splendor. You think our collection is spectacular by day? Wait until you see it under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. It's an magical experience you don't want to miss.

Bring your family and friends to stroll through the garden, listen to a live band, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, roast a marshmallow or two at the fire pits, and sip a cup of hot apple cider. All the while showing your support for the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden helps us raise the funds necessary to keep our gates open and our admission free 365 days a year. Come join us.

Be inspired. Be delighted. Be in awe of the beauty of a nighttime garden.

Preview Night

Get a sneak peek on Tuesday, November 6, during our Preview Night and enjoy live music and delectable eats from Neomonde Mediterranean. Our Preview Night will be the only evening when you can stroll the garden with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Carolina Brewing Company is brewing a beer especially for this magical evening. Advance tickets are required. For more details visit the Preview Night announcement.

Entertainment and Food Truck Lineup

November 8 – Rivington The Band with Queso Monster, Will and Pop's and Dusty Donuts

November 9 – Cody Daniel with Red Hot and Blue, Napoli, Las Gringas, and Jam Ice Cream

November 10 – Andrew Chastain with Cousins Maine Lobster, Bull City Street Food, and Kono Pizza

November 15 – Ed Stephenson and The Paco Band with Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Barone Meatball Company and Stavi's Sandwiches

November 16 – The Dogwood Blossom Band with Bam Pow Chow, Virgil's Jamaica, and Dusty Donuts

November 17 – The Antique Hearts with Curry in a Hurry, Rare Earth Farms, Bulkogi and Buzzy Bakes


JC Raulston Arboretum members can buy tickets starting Thursday, September 6. General admission tickets go on sale Monday, September 17, 2018.

Join today to get your tickets early. We have a few added treats planned for our preview evening on Tuesday, November 6.

Advance tickets are $10.00 for members and college students with valid college ID, $20.00 for nonmembers, and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15.00 for members and students and $25.00 for nonmembers, and $5.00 for children 12 and under.

Proceeds from the Moonlight in the Garden will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden is sponsored by and fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).

Maple Sponsors

The Maple Sponsors below provide financial support for our 2018 educational programs, research, and day-to-date operations. We are so grateful.

Become a Sponsor

Advance: $10.00 for members and college students with college ID, $20.00 for nonmembers, and $5.00 for children 12 and under. At the gate: $15.00 for members and college students and $25.00 for nonmembers and $5.00 for children 12 and under.
Advance tickets required. Tickets available beginning on Thursday, September 7 for members and Monday, September 17 for nonmembers. Members may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available along Beryl Road, and overflow parking is available at 512 Brickhaven Road.
Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this event.