Fidos After 5

Due to the forecast, Fidos After 5 is canceled on Sept. 13, 2018.

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on the second and fourth Thursdays in June through mid-September for Fidos After 5 in which leashed dogs are allowed. Suggested $2 “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA.

Bring Fido to Flowers After 5 on these special nights (only): June 14 & 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 13, 2018.

All dogs must be leashed and current on rabies vaccinations. Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building. Please read our rules and guidelines for visiting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with dogs.

Leashed dogs allowed on Fidos nights only.

No outside food and drink are allowed inside the Garden; food and drink are available for purchase.

By popular request, we are providing an extra hour of music this year with live musical performances each week from 5-8pm!

5 – 6 p.m. Family activities in the Children’s Garden
5 – 8 p.m. Water Play in the Children’s Garden (weather permitting)
5 – 8 p.m. Wine, beer and food available for purchase on the lawn at historic Bloemendaal House
NEW! 5 – 8 p.m. Live music concerts at Bloemendaal House

Fidos After 5 Music

By popular request, we are providing an extra hour of music this year with live musical performances each week from 5-8pm!

JUNE 14: Center Stage Band is a group of seven talented musicians and vocalists. They play a large variety of music ranging from Motown, R&B, Oldies, Soul, Rock and Top 40. The experience and deep-rooted love for music and entertaining from each of their members has generated a loyal following of fans. You will be guaranteed a night of first class entertainment from Center Stage!

JUNE 28: The Significant Others is a rock band that serves up a potent party cocktail through inventive arrangements, tight medleys, and danceable grooves. Theirs is a rare chemistry that blends an eclectic list of songs, a love of playing music with each other, and a healthy pour of incredible live energy. The mix is strong, one that unifies both band and crowd in a single common cause: getting people up for getting down. This five-piece brotherhood brings a powerful and positive energy to every event. They play the old stuff, the new stuff, and everything in between.

JULY 12: The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band will play the traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music such as polkas, marches, waltzes as well as other favorites.

JULY 26: Premiere Band is a high energy variety band based out of Richmond, Va. Premiere plays a wide variety of music: Motown/Soul, today’s hottest hits, Classic Rock, 80’s, country, 50’s, 60’s 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and jazz.

AUGUST 9: Whiskey Rebellion- Drawing on their diverse musical backgrounds, The Whiskey Rebellion mix the spontaneity of bluegrass, the collectiveness of jazz, and the urgency of rock and roll to create their own unique take on everything from traditional bluegrass to anthemic party favorites. The band covers a wide array of artists ranging from The Beatles to The Talking Heads to Guns ‘n’ Roses, but their approach is always steeped in their acoustic roots and uniquely lends itself to being both listenable and danceable.

AUGUST 23: The Blue Tips Rhythm Revue is not your typical variety cover band — they don’t blend the expected oldies with today’s radio hits. Instead, this soulful lineup deeps dance floors packed by breathing new life into classic R&B, rock’n’roll and Motown-era favorites, which always prove to be music that every generation knows and loves. The band’s charm is due in large part to their relative youth when compared to the style of music they play and the way in which their exuberant live performances reflect both their passion for this timeless music and their updated approach to playing it.

SEPTEMBER 13: Our 9/13 event is canceled due to the forecast weather. 

River City Party Band performs music from subtle cocktail music and classic swing to Motown, Beach, and today’s dance music. With strong vocals and a solid groove the River City Party Band is known for its ability to please both young and old. Make no mistake; the River City Party Band is NOT a rock band but a musically versatile group that possesses the unique ability to emulate many styles of music for many styles of people.

To see the full Flowers After 5 line-up please visit the Flowers After 5.

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Please be aware this can be a stressful event for some dogs. It is at night and there can be a lot of people, especially children, and other dogs in close proximity. Families planning to attend on this night should monitor children closely.


Before attending Fidos after Five with your dog, it’s important to understand what your dog tolerates and will enjoy. Ask yourself:

  • How does my dog handle being in a new environment?
  • How does my dog react to close proximity to unfamiliar people and dogs of various sizes?

– All dogs must have a current rabies vaccine.
-Retractable leashes are not permitted. Flat leashes will be available to borrow from the Richmond SPCA’s table in the Robins Visitor Center.


·         An adult must maintain control of the dog’s leash at all times.
·         Please ask before approaching or allowing your dog to approach an unfamiliar dog.
·         All dogs must be well-behaved; the Garden reserves the right to determine whether an owner and pet may be asked to leave, based on guest safety.

Please Note: We welcome dogs in the Robins Visitor Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building.

Leashed dogs allowed on Fidos nights only.

Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA

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