The Botanical Gardens announces free admission to Community Nights on the first Wednesday of every month

The Botanical Gardens announces free admission to Community Nights on the first Wednesday of every month

Buffalo, New York – In partnership with New York State Assemblyman Pat Burke, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be open for free admission from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the first Wednesday of every month through 2024. This brand-new series of events is called, The Community Will Welcome Nights brings visitors and community partners, old and new, to enjoy the Botanical Gardens and take part in all that Buffalo and Western New York has to offer.


The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and New York State Assemblymember Pat Burke have teamed up to present an exciting new series called Community Nights inviting the Buffalo community to enjoy the Botanical Gardens for free in the evenings from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the first Wednesday of every month in 2024. Invite community partners each month to participate through information tables, interactive programs, performances and more to create a fun and easy night to come together and enjoy The city of good neighbors. Each month will celebrate a different theme or event to elevate the influential voices and missions served by a wide range of organizations and businesses in the Buffalo community. Western New Yorkers are encouraged to visit to enjoy the beautiful parks while learning more about what’s happening in the area and all the amazing opportunities the community offers its neighbors. Each Community Night will also feature educational programming with Botanical Gardens team members through learning stations, scavenger hunts, activities, and information about events and classes.


The first Wednesday of 2024 kicked off with “Escape the Winter” for an evening of warmth and relaxation after the busy holiday season on January 3. More than 600 guests attended the free event and enjoyed the soothing sounds of music by Ravi Padmanabha. February’s Community Night, “From Soil to Soul: A Celebration of Buffalo’s Black Heritage,” will welcome the Underground Railroad Heritage Center to Niagara Falls, the Buffalo History Museum, the Colored Musicians Club and the Jazz Museum to highlight some of Buffalo’s black stories from then and now on February 7 . Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Botanic Gardens’ brand-new orchid exhibition during February and March which features thousands of stunning orchids highlighted with dazzling lights. March will follow “Beyond Barriers: A Celebration of Inclusion” as a local celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month on March 6. Partners will include Unique Theater, Erie County Office of People with Disabilities, WNY’s Spina Bifida and more. April is “Spring at the Botanical Gardens,” and visitors will enjoy the gorgeous, fragrant spring flowers with more than 30,000 bulbs in bloom on April 3.


More topics and partnerships will be announced in the coming months. Organizers ask interested cultural organizations from the Buffalo community that would like to participate to contact events@buffalogardens.com. Performances, programs, or other educational opportunities are encouraged for maximum impact on each Community Night.


Community nights are completely free. Free online reservations are encouraged to help partners plan their programs, but not required. You will be welcomed to enter. Community Nights are proudly sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Pat Burke. For more information, visit buffalogardens.com.


Use @BuffaloGardens and #CommunityNights when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens website at buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.


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communication:


Shawna Rosperski
Director of Marketing and Events, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
srospierski@buffalogardens.com
716.827.1584 ext 219



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