The Conservatory has upgraded its systems to ease customer interactions. Guests will need to create an account or reset their password when using the system for the first time.

Skip to content

Community Days

Community Days are the first Sunday of every month. Residents of Columbus and Franklin County receive free General Admission with proper identification.

Community Days include access to the entirety of the gardens, collections and current daytime exhibitions. Admission to Special Engagements (Chihuly Nights, Pumpkins AglowConservatory Aglow) is not included.


Tickets cannot be reserved for Community Days. Guests will check-in at the Visitors Center with proof of Columbus or Franklin County residency before proceeding into the Conservatory.

Guests who do not reside in Columbus or Franklin County can still visit on these dates but they will be required to pay General Admission.

The Conservatory can still reach capacity. Member attendance will be taken into consideration for capacity levels and members can continue to access the Conservatory on Community Days. The number of guests will be kept to an enjoyable and safe level.

2022 Community Days

Community Days regularly feature community partners, local resources and additional programming. Click a date to learn more!

January 2 Thank you to everyone who attended!
February 6 Thank you to everyone who attended!
March 6 Thank you to everyone who attended!
April 3 Thank you to everyone who attended!
May 1 Thank you to everyone who attended!
June 5 Thank you to everyone who attended!
July 3 Thank you to everyone who attended!
August 7 Thank you to everyone who attended!
September 4 Thank you to everyone who attended!
October 2 Learn More
November 6 Learn More
December 4 Learn More

Community Days are made possible thanks to generous support from sponsors. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Naomi Merino, Corporate and Foundation Relations Specialist, at or 614.715.8041.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please be sure to review all of our visitation and safety policies before visiting on Community Day. Thank you in advance for your participation!


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 at or 614.715.8000 with any specific accessibility concerns.

Who receives free admission on Community Day?

The mission of Community Days is to improve access to the Conservatory’s immediate community, so admission is waived specifically for residents of the City of Columbus and Franklin County on Community Days. Please bring proof of residency to receive waived admission.

Admission rates remain the same for non-residents.

Do I need to reserve tickets?

No. As of May 2022, Community Days are no longer ticketed events. Guests do not need to make a reservation in advance.

Due to the popularity of these events, the Conservatory may reach capacity. If we are at capacity, entrances may be restricted to keep guest levels safe and enjoyable.

We ask those who have the means to support the Conservatory through admission to consider visiting another day so Community Days stay true to their purpose of increasing access to the gardens.

What's included in Community Days?

Everything included in General Admission* is included in Community Days. You can learn more about the Conservatory’s daily offerings:

Some Community Days include additional programming (performances, art displays, local resource booths, etc.). Please see the listings for each specific Community Day to learn more or view our calendar.

*General Admission and Community Days do not include Special Engagements (Chihuly Nights, Pumpkins Aglow, Conservatory, etc.)

What hours are Community Days?

Community Days occur during standard General Admission hours which are 10am-5pm.

Special Engagements or evening events that happen to fall on the same date as Community Days are not included.

Are these events weather dependent?

No, Community Days are not weather dependent. The entire Conservatory is open and guests can move inside during inclement weather. 

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden may be closed during inclement weather.

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.

What if I can't visit on Community Day but need waived admission?

Residents of the City of Columbus and Franklin County can check out temporary memberships (which grant waived admission) from several local libraries. Learn more about Library Memberships.

Museums for All tickets are available for $3 (including General Admission and Special Engagements) for qualifying individuals and their immediate families. These tickets are available to everyone who qualifies, regardless of residency.

Several Admission Discounts are available.

Other Access Offerings are available.

Stay Connected

Join our email list to get exclusive offers and updates on Conservatory events