Fidos After 5

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA for Fidos After 5  on these special nights (only): May 26, June 9, 23, July 14, 28, August 11, 25, and September 8 where leashed dogs are allowed. Suggested $2 “pet admission” benefits Richmond SPCA.

All dogs must be leashed (no retractable leashes) 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 are allowed on Fidos nights only.

Food & Drinks

  • Food and drinks (including wine and beer) are available for purchase.
  • Scroll to the bottom of this page for the menu.
  • Look for a “cashless” bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and water at Bloemendaal House.
  • Outside food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden.

Event will be held rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

5 – 8 p.m. Wine, beer and food available for purchase in the Garden
5 – 8 p.m. Live music in the Garden

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Fidos After 5 Music

Live musical performances each week from 5-8 p.m.

Dates: May 26, June 9, 23, July 14, 28, August 11, 25 and September 8.

May 26 – Run Forrest Run, a cover band featuring music from U2, the Bangles, the Cranberries, Cyndi Lauper, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, the Beatles, the Police, Queen, the GoGos, Toad the Wet Sprocket and more.

June 9 – The Atkinsons meld roots, country, and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. Heartfelt story-telling is at the core of the Atkinsons, and it is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass and electric guitars. The band’s influences run the gamut from country, mountain, bluegrass, to straight-up rock and roll music, and the sound ends up being quite a musical stew.

June 23 – Kozy Cats play soul music, classic pop and swinging blues like Boz Scaggs’ “Runnin’ Blue.”

July 14 – Abrams Bridge a band of brothers performing all of The Boss’s biggest hits, live staples and deep cuts! A tribute to the one and only Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!

July 28 – Jay Brown’s Grace Street Seven is a vintage-style jazz septet that performs songs in the tradition of early American dance bands from the 1920s to 1930s. Renowned as the little band with a BIG sound, this versatile group specializes in playing Victrola record transcriptions of Jazz Age classics from the likes of Al Bowlly, Cole Porter, Fletcher Henderson, Ray Noble and Irving Berlin. The instrumental line-up includes trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, tenor banjo, piano, upright bass and percussion/drums. Full of sophistication and exuding the nostalgia of early American Jazz, expect a dapper yet cheeky performance with a few fun surprises.

August 11 – Luke Bobbitt and The Crocodilians will keep your foot tapping and wanting to sing along all night long! Bringing a unique and diverse setlist, Luke and his band of Crocs tackle all kinds of songs ranging from Rock to Country and plenty of surprises. Luke has played around central Va for 14+ years in both bands and as a solo artist. He brings his Springsteen-esqe gritty, authentic storytelling voice to those familiar songs ranging from classic rock, pop, country, and his own songwriting.

August 25 – The Haze and Dacey Collective revels in lilting melodies, tight harmonies, and compelling rhythms that make toes tap and bodies sway. Original songs written by Haze are interspersed amongst covers both familiar and obscure. The duo skips nimbly from folk-pop to alt-country to roots-rock, creating a homegrown organic sound with upright bass, acoustic guitar, piano, shaker, tambourine, and mouth-horn. The Haze & Dacey Collective is what happens when the folk(ish) duo brings additional musicians into the mix to fill out the sound and spice things up.

September 8 – The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band plays in the traditional style of German, Austrian, Czech and Slovak music such as polkas, marches, waltzes as well as other favorites.

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



Cheese & Fruit $9
Veggies & Hummus (vegan, gf) $7
Dilled Chickpea Salad Bistro Box (vegan, gf) served with greens, crudité & grapes $11
Chicken Salad Bistro Box (gf) served with greens, crudité & grapes $12


Black Bean & Roasted Corn Salad (vegan, gf ) $10
pickled red onions & vegan avocado lime dressing
Summer Vintners (vegan, gf) $9
fresh berries, goat cheese, slivered almonds, red wine vinaigrette


Chicken salad croissant $11
Dilled chickpea salad sandwich with arugula on multigrain bread (vegan) $9
Grilled salmon on brioche with cucumber & green goddess dressing $12


Assorted bagged chips & savory snacks $2.50
Jumbo Cookie $4
*gluten-free and vegan desserts available


PB&J with goldfish & applesauce
Turkey & cheese roll-up with goldfish & applesauce


Bottled Beverages – water, lemonade, teas & soda $3
Wine and beer *ID required for purchase

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 Visitors Center and Conservatory, but ask that they not enter the Kelly Education Center building.Richmond SPCA logo

Leashed dogs are allowed on Fidos nights only. Ticketed event; $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA

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