Browse our list below for events happening at the Gardens this year, or use the menu to the right to go straight to a particular category. If you’re looking for classes and other programming, check out our Learning for Adults and Learning for Families & Children pages for more information.

Gardens Aglow

November 18 – December 31
Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m.
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve)

Join us again for the largest light show in Maine! See hundreds of thousands of lights, strung through the upper gardens in a beautiful display. Gardens Aglow is a ticketed event that delights people of all ages.

In addition to dramatic lighting, visitors will enjoy special food and beverage options in the Kitchen Garden Café and holiday shopping in the Gardens Gift Shop. Grab a friend, enjoy appetizers or a cocktail, and then experience an enchanting evening of festive lights and displays.

Please select a date and time on the calendar that you plan to attend. If you are unable to attend that night due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, your tickets will be honored on a different night.

More Events

End of Summer Tea

Sunday, September 11, 2016
4 – 5:30 p.m.
in the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Join us for a delicious Traditional English Cream Tea in our Café when the summer colors start to fade and our fall colors begin to display. There will be delicate tea sandwiches and freshly baked scones, made that morning by Mollie and Wells Moore, with Mollie’s own strawberry jam topped off with a yummy real clotted cream, and finishing with a mini sweet. Most important – your own individual pot of tea with your choice of milk or lemon.

Be sure to make your reservations early as there is limited seating.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Emilitsa

with Chef Niko Regas
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Emilitsa is a rustic Greek restaurant with a contemporary and casual atmosphere located in the arts district of Portland. It was opened six years ago, by Chef Niko Regas, his father Chef Demo Regas, and his uncle John Regas. The restaurant is named after Demo and John’s mother. They offer a full array of Greek dishes that “honor the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece,” using local, fresh, and natural ingredients. Chef Niko Regas is a 2015 winner of the New England Lamb Jam, a competition between 20 of the top area chefs sponsored by the American Lamb Association. Niko placed first in both the “People’s Choice” and “Best in Mediterranean” categories.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Local 188 Restaurant

with Chef Jay Villani
Thursday, September 29, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Jay and Allison Villani opened Local 188 in 1999 with Pat Corrigan and Matt Purington, “looking to combine their respective backgrounds in cooking and art.” Since then, Local 188 has moved but stayed true to their original ideals. Executive Chef Jay Villani, Chef de Cuisine Emmet Helrich and Sous Chef Adam Goldberg created a Farm-To-Table Menu that reflects Maine’s seasonal offerings. Their ingredients are sourced from local farmers, foragers, and fishermen and help to create a largely Spanish, but also Mediterranean-inspired, menu. They have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines across the state, and have been praised for their paella and tapas.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: Miyake

with Chef Masa Miyake
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Chef Masa Miyake uses Japanese, French, and Italian techniques to influence his creative dishes at Miyake Restaurant in Portland. Since 2011, Miyake has been offering high-quality Japanese food to the Portland area, and has earned 4.5 stars from the Portland Press Herald. Though they source the best ingredients from around the world, Miyake emphasizes on local fish, produce, and meat. Chef Miyake was named a semifinalist in the “Best Chef in the Northeast” category by the James Beard Foundation.

Kitchen Garden Dinner Series: 50 Local

with Chef David Ross
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
In the Kitchen Garden Cafe

Located in downtown Kennebunk, 50 Local brings fresh, local ingredients to every dish on their menu (which changes daily). 50 Local is a bistro-style restaurant brought to you by local gal Merrilee Paul & her husband Chef David Ross that features the best of the area's resources. Relying on local farms, fisheries and a commitment to the community, 50 Local is downtown Kennebunk's neighborhood establishment. 50 Local presents an outstanding, approachable menu containing many of the traditional dishes offered in French bistros with an American take, served in a comfortable, elegant, & friendly atmosphere. 50 Local has been listed on Eater Maine’s 18 Essential Restaurants in the state for two years running.

Exhibit Receptions

To see more information for all of our art and photography exhibits, please click here.

Opening Reception: Photo Club's Portraits of the Extraordinary

Friday, September 9, 5-7 p.m.
Free, public reception in the Education Center

This year the annual juried exhibition of our Photography Club will focus on our 2016 theme, Rare and Extraordinary Plants. See the talent of this avid group and what they find extraordinary!

Everyone is welcome to join us for this free reception. It is not necessary to RSVP to this event, but doing so helps us plan ahead to put on the best reception possible.

This exhibit runs September 9 through October 31 in the Education Center.