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Cocktails at the Conservatory – Mardi Gras

Step right up to the Mardi Gras extravaganza, where the air is filled with the rhythm of jazz and the scent of delights from vibrant cocktail samples to delicious food trucks. Marvel at the enchanting talents of an illusionist, seek guidance from a mystical tarot card reader and zoltar and look up to the sky for aerial entertainers. Drape yourself in the regal hues of purple, green and gold and don’t forget your mask! 

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9:30pm and strictly 21+. IDs will be checked at the door. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs, and close at midnight before the event. Tickets will be sold at the door for this event. 

What To Expect


Frequently Asked Questions

What To Expect

An event map and passport will serve as your guides to the event! Pick them up when you check in at the Visitor Center.

Drinks Try free samples until 9pm from local alcohol vendors and purchase additional drinks from cash bars.

High Bank Distillery: Cherry Sazerac
Endeavor Brewing & Spirits: Hurricane Zoey
Downeast Cider: Original Cider
Echo Spirits: Bourbon Krewe
Eat Food options available:

-Fancy’s Food Truck
-Shrimp Lips Seafood
-The Cheesecake Castle
-Cray Cray Cajun
-Conservatory Garden Café
Music & Entertainment Ronjae Music: Solo Saxophonist
Tarot by Libby: Tarot Card Reader
Cincinnati Circus: Aerialist
Cincinnati Circus: Human Zoltar
Ace Cunnings: Roaming Magician
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Spend time with friends, enjoy the scenery, take pictures and more:

Gardens: View the botanical gardens and plant collections
Orchids: Explore thousands of stunning orchids displayed.
Future Perfect: Completion Pending: View works from the 1920’s through the present day highlighting unique artistic styles.
Art: Appreciate the art of Light Raiment II and the Chihuly Collection
Gift Shop: Shop for a houseplant or gift at Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse
Prizes -Passport: Complete and turn in your event passport to be entered into a raffle for a prize package!


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Sponsors & Community Support

$5 of every ticket sold to Cocktails at the Conservatory is donated to support the Conservatory’s non-profit mission. By attending, guests help fund programs that educate children, ensure community access to nature and spread gardens throughout the city. To see the results of your impact, subscribe to Conservatory Cultivators, a quarterly blog that shares happy stories of impact.


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?

Yes, reservations are required for each event, including for all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will be sold at the door for this event.

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.

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 the Conservatory dining and food trucks.

The entertainment is included with the cost of a ticket and does not require additional reservations.

$5 of every ticket is donated to the Conservatory’s non-profit mission, supporting outreach, access, and education programs. Visitors make a difference just by visiting and can see the results of their impact by subscribing to the Conservatory Cultivators.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code for this event. It is a cocktail party, and guests are encouraged to wear fun outfits, especially if they match the theme of the event.

Be sure to keep the weather in mind!

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.