Garden After Dark




Do adults need to purchase Garden After Dark tickets?
Yes. Everyone aged 3 and older is required to have a ticket to enter the event. Don’t forget, children two and under are free!

Can I purchase tickets ahead of time?
You can purchase tickets online or by phone at 801-585-0556. Tickets can be printed at home or picked up at Will Call on the night of the event. Please bring a valid ID to pick up your tickets.

How do I purchase tickets online?
Red Butte Garden uses an external ticketing system called Ticketfly for Garden After Dark tickets. You must set up a Ticketfly account in order to purchase Garden After Dark tickets online. Download the How-To-Buy document for more information.

What is your refund policy?
All ticket sales are final. No refunds, replacements, or exchanges.

Are admission tickets or passes to the Garden the same as tickets for Garden After Dark?
No. Garden After Dark is a special event and requires a different ticket than general admission to the Garden. Vouchers like the Connect Pass or Wasatch Savings Card are NOT valid toward the purchase of Garden After Dark tickets.

What should I bring with me to the event?
Garden After Dark includes both indoor and outdoor activities, so dress for the weather! Garden paths will be lit during the event, but you may also want to bring a flashlight to help guide your way.

Can I wear a costume?
Yes! Costumes are encouraged, but please make sure they conform to our Costume Policy.

Will there be food available?
Yes. Food vendors will be located in the Amphitheatre. This year look for The Pizza Bus and their wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, as well as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory featuring a collection of warm drinks and delectable treats.

What’s included in the price of Garden After Dark admission?
All activity stations located throughout the Garden are included with admission. The only items not included in admission are goods sold by food vendors, craft vendors, and the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop.

What activities will be available this year?
Read through the Garden After Dark event description for more information. Click on the Performers, Merchandise and Food Vendors drop boxes to learn what else will be featured this year.

Where do I park?
Please park in the University of Utah parking lots surrounding the Amphitheatre (see map). Guests may drop off passengers at the Amphitheatre gates before parking.


Friday, October 18
Saturday, October 19
Thursday, October 24
Friday, October 25
Saturday, October 26

Somewhere over the rainbow awaits a world of adventure!

Join us for an enchanted evening as we follow the Yellow Brick Road and discover nature's hidden ties to the people and places of the merry old land of Oz. But beware, the Wicked Witch of the West has unleashed an army of giant plant pests to help steal the magic of the Emerald Poppy and conquer Oz. Can you help stop the Wicked Witch? Find out at Garden After Dark!

With activities, games, light displays, entertainment, and more, this is a fun-filled evening you and your family won’t want to miss! Join us for Garden After Dark, an indoor/outdoor, costume and kid-friendly experience in the Garden to celebrate Halloween.

Don't miss these fun Garden After Dark activities!

  • Explore the sights of Munchkin Land
  • Get lost in the Scarecrow's Cornfield Maze
  • Wander the Tin Man's Forest to discover oozy Slime Flux monsters if you dare
  • Search for Flying Monkeys
  • Stroll through the Lion's Meadow to find giant insects
  • Play carnival-style games at the Wicked Witch's Castle
  • Listen to fantastical tales in the Fragrance Garden
  • Meet Dorothy, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch at the Ozdust Ballroom
  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City
  • Snap a selfie at the Oz-themed photo booth
  • Enjoy tasty treats from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and The Pizza Bus
  • And more!

The main entrance for Garden After Dark will be through the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre gates. Please park near the Amphitheatre. See Parking Map.

Red Butte Garden uses an external ticketing system called Ticketfly. You must set up and sign in to your Ticketfly account in order to purchase Garden After Dark tickets online. Download the How-To-Buy document for more information.




Story Time in Oz

Join us each night of Garden After Dark for fantastical tales of Oz as well as other stories perfectly suited to the season performed by Ginger Parkinson, a professional storyteller from the Utah Storytellers Guild. Stay awhile and listen to her stories as you take a quick break from your adventure in Oz.

Wish Dance Performance at the Orangerie

The Ozdust Ballroom Meet-and-Greet

Hello my pretties! Three of our friends from Oz are visiting the Ozdust Ballroom courtesy of Wish Upon a Party. Come say hello to Dorothy, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch each night of Garden After Dark. And don’t forget to take a photo with your favorite character!

Fire Dancers at the Emerald City

There’s something exquisite you’ll want to see when you visit the Emerald City! Experience the fast-paced excitement and wonder of fire knife dancing with performers from Hana Studio. each night of Garden After Dark.


Character Beanies

Character Beanies

Character Beanies offers unique, hand-crafted yarn beanie hats created from designer, owner, and artist Susan Blamires. These truly one-of-a-kind hats are crafted by a master artist and made from the highest quality materials. From animals to superheroes; Easter bonnets to Halloween faces; adult to infant . . . Character Beanies has a beanie to fit any personality!

Red Butte Garden Gift Shop

Red Butte Garden Gift Shop

If you're looking for a unique gift to commerate your adventures in Oz, look no further than the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop. Here you'll find a great selection of local products and a wide variety of botanical and garden inspired gifts. And don't forget to checkout our tent in the Visitor Center Courtyard for exclusive Garden After Dark items sure to make your experience extra memorable.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Grab a sweet treat before heading to Oz at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's tent. With a wide variety of warm drinks and delectable treats perfectly suited to your magical adventure, there's something for everyone at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Pizza Bus

The Pizza Bus serves wood-fired pizza on a savory 10” thin-crust dough. Our pizzas are served out of a converted school bus, with a 7-foot hand-made brick oven, so we can fire-up your pizza fast. Try one of our favorites: Cheesy Basil Pesto, Chicken Alfredo, or our amazing Raspberry Dessert Pizza.

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