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Moonlight in the Garden

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November 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 11, 2017

An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 18, 2017

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Moonlight in the Garden

 With Our Friends at Southern Lights of Raleigh

Thursday–Saturday, November 9–11, 2017 – 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday, November 16–18, 2017 – 6:00 pm–9:00 pm


Moonlight in the Garden returns this November with more lights, more nights. Food trucks, live music, marshmallows and fire pits—they’re all back. Don’t miss the only opportunity to experience the JC Raulston Arboretum after dark. We’ll open our gates each evening for you, your family and friends to explore this nighttime wonder custom designed and installed by John Garner and his team at Southern Lights of Raleigh.

This isn’t your typical lighting event. Moonlight in the Garden is meticulously designed to showcase our internationally acclaimed garden and all its splendor. You think our collection is spectacular by day? Wait until you see it under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. It’s an magical experience you don’t want to miss.

Bring your family and friends to stroll through the garden, listen to a live band, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, roast a marshmallow or two at the fire pits, and sip a cup of hot apple cider. All the while showing your support for the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden helps us raise the funds necessary to keep our gates open and our admission free 365 days a year. Come join us.

Be inspired. Be delighted. Be in awe of the beauty of a nighttime garden.

Entertainment and Food Truck Lineup

November 7 – The Dogwood Blossom Band with CockADoodleMoo Truck and Chirba Chirba Dumpling

November 9 – Lyndy Bleu Duo alongside The Humble PigFully Loaded Fritters, and Sarge’s Chef on Wheels.

November 10 – Andrew Chastain with PorterHouse Burger Truck and Fully Loaded Fritters

November 11 – Mebanesville alongside Rare Earth FarmsChirba Chirba Dumpling, and Curry in a Hurry

November 16 – Russ Thompson with The Humble Pig, Bam Pow Chow, and Fully Loaded Fritters

November 17 – Johnny Folsom 4 with Napoli Wood-Fired PizzaCockADooldleMoo Truck, and Chirba Chirba Dumpling

November 18 – The Dogwood Blossom Band alongside Barone Meatball CompanyBaozi, and Fully Loaded Fritters


JC Raulston Arboretum members can buy tickets starting Monday, October 2. General admission tickets go on sale Monday, October 16, 2017.

Join today to get your tickets early and for the opportunity to attend our special member preview night on Tuesday, November 7. We have a few added treats planned for our preview evening.

Tickets are $10.00 for members, $20.00 for nonmembers, and $5.00 for children under 12.

Proceeds from the Moonlight in the Garden will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Moonlight in the Garden is sponsored by and fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).

Maple Sponsors

The Maple Sponsors below provide financial support for our 2017 educational programs, research, and day-to-date operations. We are so grateful.


JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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Chris Glenn