Published on: September 24, 2018

From October 4 through November 11, Tulsa Botanic Garden is transforming into an autumn paradise!  A pumpkin labyrinth surrounded by a mosaic design created from winter squashes will set the scene for a month full of seasonal activities for all ages!  Bring the family to see the Garden’s 5th annual Scarecrows In the Garden, a display of scarecrows made by schools, artists, businesses and other community members. After taking them all in vote for your favorite scarecrow from the exhibit to win the coveted People’s Choice Award.  

A “Fun Fall Kick-Off Party” on October 4 for Autumn In the Garden will begin a series of music nights on Thursdays in October.  Each week will feature a different Tulsa singer/songwriter performing in the Garden with a local food truck on hand to make picnicking a breeze. This year, a different local brewery will also be at each Thursday night with their craft beers. 

On Thursday, October 4, Jacob Tovar will get feet tapping with his “honky-tonk country tinged with red dirt” music. Welltown Brewery will be on hand with their local craft beer and dinner options will be available from Andolini’s Pizzeria food truck. Food is available at 5 p.m. and music is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights in October will also be Dog Nights, so four-legged family members can join you for fun at the Garden.  Dogs must be on a leash and current on all vaccinations and registrations. Regular admission applies and non-member dogs are $4 per dog. 

 Other Thursday MUSIC NIGHTS in October include: 

Thursday, October 11The Stephanie Oliver Trio will bring jazz to the Garden. My Baby Can Cook food truck will have southern, home-style menu items and American Solera, a craft brewery specializing in the oak barrel aging process, will be the featured brewer.

Thursday, October 18 – Indie folk singer Rachel Bachman and friends will help us get ready for the weekend. MASA food truck will have their South American fusion cuisine and Cabin Boys Brewery will have their hand-crafted ales available. 

Thursday, October 25 – Accomplished Tulsa musician and singer Jared Tyler will bring his soulful, folk/country sounds to the Garden for our last music night in October. The Wurst food truck will have their local, hand-made bratwurst and Heirloom Rustic Ales will have their latest batch of beers to try. 

Other Activities in October include: 

Saturday, October 6, 1 – 4 p.m.: Pumpkin Painting – a great activity for the whole family. 

Register now for Fabulous Fall Flower Arranging on Sunday, October 7, 2 – 3 p.m.  – take home an arrangement you create.

Self-guided activities on Saturday, October 13 include  “ID a Tree!” and Seed Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, October 14

Join us for Fall Break Story Times on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 17, 18, and 19, starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by a different craft each morning until noon.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Garden afterward.

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21 bring a picnic and enjoy Autumn Lawn Games of bocce ball, corn hole, croquet, giant Jenga™ or kubb. Cash bar with beer and wine will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Crisp fall air will be perfect for a Full Moon Nature Hike on Wednesday, Oct. 24. 

In Pumpkinhead Workshop on Saturday, October 27 kids 5 to 12 can join local artist and teacher Annie Ferris for a workshop to learn about the Wyeth family artists and create their own “Pumpkinheads” based on Jamie Wyeth’s self-portrait. Registration is required as spaces are limited. 

Sunday, October 28 – drop in with the family and Make a Pumpkinface to become part of our fall display. 

Thursday, November 1 is our last late night and Dog Night –  Bring your four-legged family member for a fall walk to sniff and explore the Garden on our last late night before the time change.  

Chef Barry Jarvis will share Winter Squash Recipes on Sunday, November 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. 

Pick up winter squash from the Garden’s autumn displays on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11 at  $1 Winter Squash Sale .  

For more details on Autumn In the Garden events, visit or call 918-289-0330.