Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach featuring lights in a garden with a statue and flowers around it

Mark Your Calendar! These Events at Brookgreen Gardens Are Ones You’re Not Gonna Wanna Miss

From enchanting lights to festive brews, discover the magic of Brookgreen Gardens' annual events.

Brookgreen Gardens, nestled in the heart of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is a treasure trove of beauty and culture. Throughout the year, this enchanting garden hosts a variety of annual events that captivate visitors and celebrate the changing seasons. Whether you’re sipping wine under the spring blossoms or marveling at a thousand candles on a winter night, Brookgreen Gardens’ events are designed to create unforgettable memories. Here are some of the standout events you won’t want to miss:

Summer Light: Art by Night

Time of Year: May-August

Get ready to be wowed as Brookgreen Gardens morphs into a glowing wonderland during Summer Light: Art by Night. From late May through August, stunning light installations illuminate the gardens after dark, creating a dreamy, magical landscape. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music performances, and treat yourself to delicious food and drinks from various vendors. It’s an evening of art, light, and pure enchantment under the starry skies.

Insider Tip: This event runs from 6 PM to 10 PM, but trust me, the best time to show up is right at sunset. As the sun dips, the heat chills out and the lights totally steal the show.

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Time of Year: December

Imagine this: over 2,700 hand-lit candles and millions of twinkling lights transforming Brookgreen Gardens into a winter wonderland. Nights of a Thousand Candles is the event that dreams (and Instagram posts) are made of. Taking place on select evenings in December, this magical event includes live holiday music, warm refreshments like hot cocoa and cider, and an atmosphere that perfectly captures the holiday spirit. It’s no wonder this event is a crowd favorite—it’s pure, enchanting holiday magic.

Insider Tip: This event sells out fast! Non-member tickets go on sale mid-August, so grab yours as soon as possible.

Harvest Home Weekend Festival

Time of Year: October

October at Brookgreen Gardens means one thing: the Harvest Home Weekend Festival. This family-friendly event is all about celebrating autumn with pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, hayrides, and a petting zoo. Add in live music, artisan crafts, and delicious seasonal foods, and you’ve got a perfect fall festival. It’s the ultimate way to soak in the crisp fall air and festive activities that capture the essence of the harvest season.

Spring Wine Festival

Time of Year: April

As the winter chill fades, the Spring Wine Festival at Brookgreen Gardens brings a touch of elegance to April. This festival offers an evening of wine tastings from local and international wineries, paired with gourmet food from local vendors. Live music sets the mood as you sip and savor in the blooming gardens. It’s a sophisticated, delightful way to welcome spring and enjoy the beauty of Brookgreen Gardens.

Romance in the Gardens

Time of Year: February

Valentine’s Day gets a special touch at Brookgreen Gardens with “Romance in the Gardens.” Held around Valentine’s Day, this event features a vow renewal ceremony in a serene, beautiful setting. Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner, live music, and a complimentary champagne toast. Professional photographers are on hand to capture these special moments. It’s the perfect event for couples looking to celebrate their love in a memorable and picturesque location.

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