Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival at NYBG

Gear Up for Summer With Great Music and Great Food!

Make the sprawling lawns of Daffodil Hill your backyard and enjoy the warm weather with live music, outdoor fun, and a selection of food and fixin’s. Sample food and drink from New York-based specialty purveyors, paired with family entertainment throughout the weekend, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get dad out of the house for Father’s Day! We’ll also have an array of local New York craft brews on hand to keep you cool.

A program of NYBG’s Edible Academy, an educational platform that prepares children, their families, and their teachers for a lifelong interest in gardening and healthful living.
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BBQ & Beer

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Try different styles of BBQ and purchase a plate with all the fixin’s to enjoy from Stephen STARR Events. Sample craft beers from New York State and find your favorite new brews. Also sample complimentary items from a variety of New York State purveyors as part of Taste NY.
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Live Music featuring The Lone Bellow and More

12–5 p.m.
Enjoy a full weekend of Americana (a blend of folk, bluegrass, and country) music from a slate of popular bands including The Lone Bellow, The Defibulators, Roosevelt Dime, Miss Tess and the Talk Backs, and more. Enjoy all performances with our open lawn seating; be sure to bring a low-back chair or blanket to stretch out on Daffodil Hill. View the full festival lineup.

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Putting Greens and Games

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
At Daffodil Hill
‘Hit the links’ on our putting greens, and enjoy our big backyard by playing some classic BBQ games.

Family Concert: Three Billy Goats Gruff

11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Meet Barry, Maurice, and Robin, three billy goats that encounter a bridge troll en route to their concert. Cheer the brothers on as they harmonize to stay alive. Three Billy Goats Gruff is a new adaptation of the Norwegian fairy tale with a dose of Saturday Night Fever, written by Dante Albertie with musical arrangements by William Scribner. Animated actors from The Children’s Theatre Company at Lehman College perform to music played by the Bronx Arts Ensemble. The audience will be introduced to their instruments and join in the adventure!

Edible Academy Tours

2, 3, 4, & 5 p.m.
In the Family Garden
Learn all about the Garden’s latest plans for the Edible Academy. Staff will lead tours of the precinct being developed into the new and exciting campus dedicated to edible plants. Featuring the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece, the Edible Academy will add new display gardens, classrooms, greenhouse, as well as an amphitheater. The improvements and additions will accommodate year round programming and significantly expand current offerings for children and families.

Cooking Demonstrations for Families

2 & 4 p.m.
In the Family Garden at the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen
Stop in and join us as we demonstrate delicious grilled preparations featuring our aromatic culinary herbs and sweet onion family plants. Samples are sure to delight and inspire your family to make the dishes together for many meals to come!

Additional Programs Throughout the Garden

View the full list of programs and events happening at the Garden during the Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival.

Fathers Day 2014

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