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Cocktails at the Conservatory – But First, Tequila (Sold Out)

This event is sold out! Tickets are still available for the June, July, August, September and November events but these events may sell out too.

We’re starting Cocktails at the Conservatory off strong and serving up “But First, Tequila”!

After our specialty Sunset Margarita, you’ll be ready for the night which includes salsa dancing and the sounds of Latin jazz. Plus, take a dive into the making of tequila: our staff will share tidbits on agave, other desert plants, and how bats are involved in the process. Grab another drink from our two cash bars and a bite to eat from Taquito’s Truck or Where It All Vegan.

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9pm and strictly 21+. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets are likely to sell out so reserve yours soon! Party at the Conservatory for a purpose; a portion of every ticket sale is donated to the Conservatory’s outreach programs which positively impact the community.

The Plan

Drinks Sunset Margarita is the specialty drink served from the cash bar. Alcohol samples are available courtesy of Heidelberg Distributing:

Two Chicks Sparkling Citrus Margarita
Rey Supremo Tequila Blanco
Cantera Negra Tequila Anejo
Eat Food trucks onsite:

Taquito’s Truck
Where It All Vegan
Music Latin jazz is brought to you by Yumbambe, a 7-piece band of prominent Columbus musicians.
Salsa Dance Instruction Give salsa dancing a whirl with instruction from Salsamante Dance Academy.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Desert Tour Learn about agave and other plants in the desert from Horticulture staff.
Bats + Tequila Find out how bats are involved in the making of tequila from For All Species and Education staff.
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Hang out with friends, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery in our beautiful green spaces.
Play Lawn games and activities will be available in the gardens.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Designated parking spaces are available near the Main Entrance. Guests can be dropped off a short distance from the Main Entrance if necessary.

Service Animals are the only animals permitted at the Conservatory.

Please contact us with any specific accessibility concerns.

Are these events 21+?

Yes, these are cocktail party-style events where alcohol will be served. IDs required. These events are a special opportunity for adults to enjoy the Conservatory with their peers

Do I need to reserve tickets?

Tickets for the “But First, Tequila” are sold out!

Yes, advance reservations are required for each event, including for all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Reservations will close at midnight the evening before the event date. Reservations may sell out before then! Reservations can be made on each event page. 

Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for Conservatory members (join now!).

Are refunds available?

No, tickets are final sale and non-refundable. This includes refunds for the weather as the events can be moved inside.

Please contact us with any issues.

Are these events weather dependent?

No, the entire indoor Conservatory is open during the events so they will not be canceled due to weather. Activities and vendors will be moved to rain locations if need be.

Refunds are not available due to weather.

What’s included in a reservation?

Access to the Conservatory’s indoor and outdoor experiences and current exhibitions. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at dark.

Activities are included with the cost of a ticket and do not require additional reservations.

Reservations also include alcohol samples from each alcohol vendor. Additional drinks can only be purchased from the designated cash bars. Food may be purchased from local food trucks on site.

Are outside food or beverages permitted?

No, outside food and beverages will not be permitted. We kindly ask that you support the cash bar and local vendors.

Is there parking available?

Yes, the Conservatory has a free parking lot for guests located off of East Broad Street. Guests can also be dropped off or picked up in front of the Main Entrance. Please see our map.

If necessary, additional parking is available at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.