Browse our list below for events happening at the Gardens this year. 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

Thursdays through Sundays, November 15 – December 31
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve)

Join us again for the largest light show in Maine! From 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday evenings, see hundreds of thousands of lights strung through CMBG’s upper gardens in a dramatic display of brilliant color.

In addition to the dazzling lighting displays, visitors will also enjoy holiday shopping in the Gardenshop. Grab your friends and family and experience an enchanting evening in a festively lit wonderland.

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Children’s Gardens Activities

Children's Garden Weekend Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, September 8-October 28

Storytime-10:30 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater- 11 a.m.
Chicken Feeding-2 p.m.

Cider Saturdays

Saturdays, September 15-October 13
11:30-1:30 p.m.
Children’s Garden

Enjoy and learn about one of our country’s greatest and tastiest seasonal traditions, apple cider pressing! Learn the basics of making this delicious drink, and enjoy the fruits of your labors

Butterfly Investigations

Saturdays, June 14-September 29
11 a.m.

Butterfly House Exhibit

Join us in our new Butterfly House Exhibit as we investigate the lives of the butterflies we’re raising at the Gardens this year. From egg to adult and everything in-between, we’ll search for all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle while also learning to identify the key differences between moths and butterflies.

Free with Admission

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 20 (Rain date: Sunday, October 21)
1-3:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun-filled fall day at the Gardens during this free family event packed with fall-themed games, music, activities and prizes! Kids can take part in our Great Pumpkin Hunt and search for “golden pumpkins” to collect a prize, then decorate a pumpkin to take home. Admission to the Gardens is free during this event. Donations to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Kitchen Garden Cafe Events

Member Events

Member Insider Tour – Visualizing the Future of CMBG

Tuesday, September 25
8 – 9:30 a.m.
Begins in the Visitor Center
Free for members

With the opening of our new Visitor Center, CMBG embarks upon an exciting time of growth and change. Get an insider’s look from President and CEO Bill Cullina as he leads a tour describing how the Gardens will change over the next few years. Hear about plans for a Conservatory, Plant Nursery and Horticultural Research Center and new gardens.