Feb. 4 is Photographers Night; Night Lights continues through Feb. 15

parasols at Night Lights in Buffalo NY
Lighted parasols flank a small waterfall under the main dome. It’s one of the new features you’ll see this year at Night Lights. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
interactive exhibt at Night Lights
Susan Alessi had fun with a new interactive exhibit. As you move, the dancing ferns on the screen move with you. Kids enjoy it, too. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

You can see the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in a whole new light– literally– during the popular Night Lights event.

Photographers love the exciting and sometimes abstract images they can capture, so an entire evening is set aside just for them. Photographers Night is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. You may bring a tripod on this night only. You may bring cameras and monopods on any night.

Night Lights continues 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 15 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for Botanical Gardens members, seniors and students; $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 3 and younger. Guest passes and coupons aren’t valid during Night Lights.

David Clark and lighted lady at Night Lights
David Clark, instructor for the popular four-level series of horticulture classes at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, made friends with the graceful sculpture of the lady in the garden. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

There are new features, including an interactive exhibit with dancing ferns. As you move, the cartoon ferns on the screen mimic your motions.

There will also be live entertainment on certain nights. Spun Out Fire, a group that performs something that’s like baton twirling with fire, will perform from 7 to about 9 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 and 15 outside in front of the Botanical Gardens.

Bands will perform from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on certain nights. There is no extra charge for the music. There is no seating; the concerts will be standing room only. Musical performances are:

  • Friday, Feb. 7 – The Observers
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 – Amanda Barton & Bill Ward
  • Friday, Feb. 14 – Randle and the Late Night Scandals
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