Classes & Events

The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up!  Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening!



Friday Storytime

Every friday at 10:00AM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Join us in the Children’s Garden and listen to fun stories. Then, busy yourself with exciting activities like running through a sprinkler, harvesting vegetables, or showing off your fairy or superhero costumes!​ Fall/Winter storytime is held in our visitor's center.


The second Friday of the month (June - August) is Super Story Time!

July 24 - Barn Yard Bash - Dress as your favorite farmer or farm animal (bandanas provided) 

August 14 - Water Day | August 28 - Water Day


Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series

Wednesdays (June 10 - August 12) 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Grab a sandwich and a summertime drink and meet friends and colleagues for a mid-day interlude of music under the open skies. Leave yourself some time to stroll the garden grounds, or stop by The Children's Garden for a fun craft (1:00PM - 2:00PM.)


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00


June 10.............The Human Ipod, Variety

June 17.............Empty Canvas, Classic Rock with Art Performance

June 24.............Carry it On, Peter Paul and Mary Tribute

July 1................A Touch of Brass, Americana

July 8................Honesty and James, Oldies

July 15..............Allie & Jim, Variety

July 22..............Mandi Layne, Country

July 29..............Blue Water Ramblers, Songs of Michigan

August 5...........Grandpas with Guitars, Oldies

August 12.........Mariachi Cristal, Mariachi




Ribbit the Exhibit

June through August, 2015


Hop on over to Dow Gardens, this summer, and meet the cast of characters that make up Ribbit the Exhibit! This whimsical-display features 20 figures with big personalities crafted by noted sculptor J.A. Cobb.  The exhibit will feature workshops and events to encourage appreciation of each unique piece of art. 



Wellpath - Yoga in the Gardens

May 26 thru June 25  | June 30 thu July 30 | August 4 thru September 3    5:30PM - 6:45PM


This class will meet at the Dow Gardens Visitor Center. From there participants will walk to various sections of Dow Gardens. This is a Viniyoga class suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Getting up and down from the ground, standing on one leg and performing squats should be easy tasks for participants.


Register at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Employee Fitness Center desk at Campus Ridge #1, 4401

For more information call 989.837.9114




Folk Music in the Garden

June 7, July 5, August 2, 4PM - 6PM - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Stop by Dow Gardens on the first Sunday of the month (May through August) and experience music in nature.  You'll hear up to four different concerts and musicians perform in a variety of locations throughout the garden. 


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00. 





Friday Outdoor Movie Night

Fridays, June 19, June 26, July 31, and August 28 - Included with admisison or purchase of an annual pass


Stop in on Fridays, throughout the summer, and experience a movie in the starlit concert area of Dow Gardens.  Outdoor movies begin after dusk.  The cost is included with your admission (just $5.00 for adults or $1.00 for students with i.d.) Outdoor movies are also included with purchase of an annual pass ($10.00 for the calendar year.) 


June 19, 9:30PM. – Honey I Shrunk the Kids  

June 26, 9:30PM – Goonies

July 31, 9:00PM – Maze Runner

August 28, 8:15PM – Up




Turf Tour with Chuck Martin

Wednesday, August 5th 6:30PM - 7:30PM


Want to talk Turf? Turf is Marvin the Frog’s favorite topic and you’ll find him out mowing constantly! Join Senior Horticulturist Chuck Martin on a turf tour through the gardens.  You’ll discover how Dow Gardens cares for their turf and things you can do as a homeowner to improve your grass.


Included with admission. Call 989.631.2677 to register!


From Bean to Barista, Coffee Tasting in the Garden

Tuesday, August 11th 10:30AM - 11:30AM


Join Emerson frog and Zack Goldberg of Uncommon Roasters Coffee Institute in Saugatuck, Michigan. Taste coffee from at least seven different regions on four different continents. Learn how regions, elevation, and different climates impact the development of coffee and gain a better understanding of the complexity to be found within a great cup of coffee.  Class will take place outdoors, weather permitting.


Registration required - $10.00 per person  989-631-2677


Prince and Princess Tea Party Storytime!

Thursday, August 18th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


This special day will include a story time followed by a Tea Party near the home of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow. Jeeves the Frog Butler will of course preside. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend (costumes encouraged).


Registration required - $5.00 per child  989-631-2677


Pondering Tour

Thursday, August 27th 1:00PM - 2:00PM


Have you ever wondered just what lives in the Dow Gardens ponds? Willie the Fisher Frog has found out after a season of fishing along the edges and Skully has been scuba diving. Come take a closer look at the aquatic life living in and around the Dow Gardens ponds on this special tour. Please note this tour will be going close to the pond edges.


Registration not required. Included with Dow Garden's admission.


Dance with Floyd & Grace

Friday, August 28th 7:30PM - 8:00PM


 Come out to the Dow Gardens outdoor movie area, set up your chair for the evening and enjoy watching local swing dancers perform  until dusk (you can even join in; informal lessons provided!) and then enjoy a movie under the stars.  


Outdoor showing of Up will begin at 8:15PM.