Lighting Up the Summer Nights

June 2018
Written By: 
Julie Flanagan

Don’t miss Brookgreen Gardens’ new Summer Lights Festival

PHOTO: The Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival, new for 2018, will run Wednesday–Saturday nights from May 24 to August 19.

Brookgreen Gardens is known for many things, from its gorgeous blooms to its amazing animals to its impressive collection of art. But perhaps the thing that comes to mind first when someone mentions “Brookgreen Gardens” is the spectacular winter event Nights of a Thousand Candles, during which the gardens are set aglow with beautiful lights and hand-lit candles. If this is a favorite event on your holiday list, the venue’s newest attraction is one you cannot miss.

Starting on May 24 and running through August 19, Brookgreen Gardens will host its first year of the Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival. The festival will run each week from Wednesday to Saturday from 7–10 p.m.

Larger-than-life illuminated silk lantern sculptures, created by Chinese craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese lantern festivals, will inhabit the Lowcountry Zoo. The pieces will come in a wide variety of native animals, insects and plants. Aside from the stunning silk works, the festival will also include music, Chinese horoscopes, activities, Chinese paper cutting and more. Local food truck vendors will also be on hand offering up a variety of dinner and snack options.

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children with children three and under admitted free. Members of the garden will receive a $5 discount on the ticket price. Planning to visit Brookgreen Gardens already? Take advantage of a combination ticket. When you buy one general admission ticket at full price, you may also purchase a one-night ticket for the Summer Lights Festival with a $5 discount. Keep in mind that tickets must be purchased before arrival. Space is limited, so get your tickets today. See the magic of nature illuminated this summer at Brookgreen Gardens!

Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival

7–10 p.m., Wednesdays–Saturdays from May 24–August 19
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive
Adult tickets $15 for members and $20 for non-members
(843) 235-6000,


Photograph Courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens