Moonlight in the Garden
A Magical Lighting Exhibition with Our Friends from Southern Lights of Raleigh and the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Thursday–Saturday, November 7–9, 2019 – 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Thursday–Saturday, November 14–16, 2019 – 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Moonlight in the Garden returns with more lights this November. 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.
Limited Tickets Available
Tickets will sell out in advance so get yours early!
Sold Out Nights/Time Slots
Preview Night, November 5
Thursday, November 7 – All Evening
Friday, November 8 – All Evening
Saturday, November 9 – All Evening
Thursday, November 14 – All Evening
Friday, November 15 – All Evening
Saturday, November 16 – All Evening
Two Timed Entries Available Each Evening
5:30 pm–7:30 pm and 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
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.
Get a sneak peek on Tuesday, November 5, during our Preview Night and enjoy live music and delectable eats from Rocky Top Catering, wine, and beer from Carolina Brewing Company. Our Preview Night will be the only evening when you can stroll the garden with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Come and enjoy this magical night with live music on the Great Lawn and fire pits with marshmallows to roast. The evening's entertainment is The Antique Hearts. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a cup of hot apple cider during this unique fund-raising event. Advance tickets are required. For more details visit the Preview Night announcement.
Entertainment and Food Truck Lineup
November 7 – Devereux Meadow Band with Barone Meatball Company, Chirba Chirba, Holy Mole, Mr. Mongolian, and Buzzy Bakes
November 8 – Ed Stephenson Flamenco Trio with Bam Pow Chow, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Corner Venezuelan Food, Will and Pops, and Buzzy Bakes
November 9 – The Antique Hearts with Las Gringas, Mr. Cheesesteak, Napoli, The Shrimp Truck, and Chez Moi Bakery
November 14 – The Dogwood Blossom Band with Cousins Maine Lobster, Queso Monster, Rare Earth Farms, and The Corner Venezuelan Food
November 15 – Andrew Chastain with Baozi, Napoli, Virgil's Jamaica, Will and Pops, and Cocoa Forte
November 16 – The Pinkerton Raid with Baguettaboutit, Bam Pow Chow, Rare Earth Farms, The Shrimp Truck, and Sweet Treats of NC