“Dining at Dusk” returns to the Botanical Gardens with new artists, menus and themes

The Buffalo Bubble Bar (Image courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens)

Wed, June 1, 2022 10:25 a.m.

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens is bringing back the “Dining at Dusk” summer series for 2022. The program will feature a variety of local musical artists, caterers and dessert vendors for a unique experience throughout of summer. It will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 18 and October 2.

Organizers said, “The ‘Dining at Dusk’ series at Buffalo Botanical Gardens is back and better than ever. There will be dinner, drinks, live music, desserts and raffles on the Botanical Garden lawn. “Dining at Dusk” is ideal for a date night or a relaxing evening to bond with friends and family. Attendees will enjoy the sights and sounds of summer surrounded by the historic conservatory and continue to celebrate Erie County’s 200th anniversary. The series has continued to grow and evolve and this year will welcome several new perks. Each night there will be a different theme with a different musical artist, varied dinner menus, dessert vendors and the Buffalo Bubble Bar.

The first night of “Dining at Dusk,” called “BBQ and Brass,” is June 26. Attendees can enjoy a BBQ dinner at Curly’s Grille, live music from Buffalo Brass Machine and desserts available for purchase at High Vibe Sweets. Spectators are encouraged to wear their “summeriest” attire for a summer barbecue, whether it’s floral shirts and sun hats or flip-flops and flamingos.

The next “Dining at Dusk” theme, “Jazz Night,” is July 24. Attendees can enjoy the energy and good vibes of local jazz artist and singer Alex McArthur. Dinner will be served by Ilio DePaolo with a Tuscan Chicken Dinner Box.

“Dining at Dusk: 50’s Night” is slated for August 28. Brother James will return to the series to perform 50s favorites and a few popular songs from other decades. Ilio DiPaolo’s will return with a Tuscan Chicken Dinner Box. Viewers are encouraged to bring their best 50s fashion – from poodle skirts and pin-ups to ascots and leather jackets.

“90’s Night” will follow the theme of the decade for a nostalgic evening of fun on September 18. Brother James will perform the best hits of the 90s. Event goers should find their grungiest outfits full of fanny packs, scrunchies, overalls or combat boots. Ilio DiPaolo’s will serve a Tuscan chicken dinner, while High Vibes Sweets will return with desserts for sale.

Finally, to complete the series, “Dining at Dusk: Oktoberfest” will be celebrated at the Botanical Gardens on October 2. Western New Yorkers can hear a 15-person German band called The Bergholz Blaskapelle de Bergholz. Curly’s will serve Oktoberfest staples with soft pretzels, brats and beer. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Oktoberfest look.

Tickets are available now at buffalogardens.com and cost $48 per person for the general public or $45 for Botanical Garden members. Fees include live music, a boxed dinner, a glass of wine or beer from the bubble bar followed by a cash bar, a small raffle and dessert vendors available for purchase and, of course, a full access to the Botanical Gardens Conservatory. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to create their dining space.

The organizers advise buying as soon as possible, as the events have already sold out.

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