A Day for Our Garden Community

By Rachel Mueller, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Since the late 2000s, Green Bay Botanical Garden has been setting aside a day each time autumn rolls around to celebrate you, the people in our community, and to commemorate when we first opened our doors to the public. We’ve reimagined the festival over the years – you may remember it was called Fall Family Art Festival last year – but the reasons for our annual Fall Family Festival are the same.

It’s to say thank you!

And for those of you who may not know, the Garden started sowing its roots in Green Bay in the late 1960s and officially opened in 1996. As a 100% community supported non-profit, we’ve expanded year after year and have been able to offer events, classes and other programs that continue to positively impact people in our community.

Because of Garden lovers like you who support us and what we do every day, through every season, we continue to be a shining part of the Green Bay community and help connect people from around Wisconsin and beyond to plants, nature and wildlife.

So what exactly is Fall Family Festival? Here’s what you need to know.

wagon rides by Oneia PC John Oates Photography

Wagon Rides by Oneida PC John Oates Photography

It’s this Saturday, September 29 from 9 am-4 pm. Admission into the Garden is FREE all day from 9 am-7 pm and most of the festival’s crafts, games and activities are free from 9 am-4 pm. People of all ages are welcome and invited to explore the Garden, take in fall blooms and participate in the wide variety of family-friendly activities we’ll have sprinkled throughout the Garden:

  • Wagon rides by Oneida (10 am-2 pm)
  • Fun with veggies by Bridgett Lowery of 416 Cuisine
  • Free fall-themed crafts and games for children
  • Fall plant sales by Vande Hey Company, Inc.
  • Live entertainment on the Billie Kress Amphitheater Stage
  • Face Painting by Lori ($)
  • Henna Designs with Castle Art Imports ($)
  • and more!
girl with tiger painted face at Fall Family Festival PC John Oates Photography

Girl with tiger painted face courtesy of Face Painting by Lori. PC John Oates Photography

We’re also excited to share that we’ll have our very first pumpkin and fall-themed display located near the Stumpf Hobbit House! It’s made up of more than 500 pumpkins and gourds and celebrates our state in a unique way. We want to share more, but what’s the fun in that? Come on out this Saturday to see it in person or check it out during the month of October.

Thanks for all your support throughout the year and we hope to see you exploring the Garden this Saturday!

Volunteer at the Garden

If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community this fall, help us out during Fall Family Festival! We’re still looking for more than 30 volunteers to staff craft and game stations. Sign up for an AM or PM shift!

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Our Rich History

History BookTo learn more about how Green Bay Botanical Garden came to be, visit our WPS Trellis Gift Shop in the Fischer Visitor Center to purchase A Place for Everyone: The History of Green Bay Botanical Garden, our 20-year history book that captures memories of the people who transformed the Garden into the community treasure it is today.

Author Lee Somerville’s expert storytelling describes the journey of the Garden from just an idea in its founders’ minds to an established resource for anyone in the community. Purchase it today for just $12 plus tax, with a 10% discount for members.