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OAD: Garden Party

April 24, 2024 | 6-10pm

For 21+ Only

Join us for OMSI After Dark: Garden Party

APRIL 24, 6-10PM | $25 per person | 15% OMSI member discount

Get your cottagecore on as you explore the science of this beautiful planet we call home.

OMSI After Dark is for the 21-and-over only crowd, where you can drink beer or wine and roam the museum with no kids around. We have science demos, performances, DJ’s, artisan food and beverage vendors and more.

21+ Only | A valid government issued ID is required for entry for all attendees.

Tickets are $25 and include access to all of OMSI’s exhibit halls, activities, performances, Planetarium shows, lectures, and vendors taking place at the event.

Activities Happening All Night

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family | This exhibition brings the latest tyrannosaur discoveries to life, overturning our preconceptions about these ferocious predators.


OMSI Photo Booth


Risk of Change performers (wandering)

Timed Activities

Empirical Theater
6:45 PM | If You Plant It, Who Might Come? Floral Hosts and Native Bees –  by Susan Albright and Carol Yamada, OBA Master Melittologists

Kendall Planetarium
6:45 PM | Starry Nights Live
7:30 PM | Laser Pop Rox
8:15 PM | Starry Nights Live
9:00 PM | Laser Romance Under the Stars

Theory Restaurant
7:00 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30PM | Performances by harpist Lily Sheers

7:00PM-9:00PM | Meet a bunny! with Whiskers and Tails

Caesar the No Drama Llama

Science Demonstrations

Dye Butterflies | Make some beautiful Earth Day art while learning a bit about diffusion and chromatography.

Spider Web Weaving | Put your silk spinning skills to the test! Design and weave a web strong enough to hold as much weight as possible.
Oregon Health Authority: soilSHOP | Get free, confidential lead screening from the Oregon Health Authority at this event with same-day results, one-on-one consultations, and practical advice on preventing metals exposure. Your soil sample must be at least two cups in a clear baggie and completely dry.
For complete instructions on preparing your sample for screening, visit OHA’s website.

Weather & Atmosphere | (Science Fellow table) Do you prefer cloudy and rainy days or clear sky and sunny days? Do you know the atmosphere is the artist behind the clouds and clear sky? Join us and explore how the atmosphere redistributes Earth’s heat and affects our weather. Unleash your creativity and build your very own heatwave with us!

Weather Patterns in a Box | (Science Fellow table) Learn about atmospheric pressure and how different weather patterns determine the weather we experience, from heat waves to snow storms.

Exploring the Albedo Effect | (Science Fellow table) Join researcher Monica Zapata to play with soot, snow, and thermometers in order to explore the albedo effect and its relationship to climate change.

Seeing Invisible Pollution | (Science Fellow table) Discover how scientists research what they can’t see.

Our Vendors

Food + Beverage

Our Theory restaurant will be open from 5-10pm! Grab dinner or a drink before the event begins at 6pm. Enjoy wine, beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. Our bars will close at 9:30pm, and alcohol samples given by vendors will end at 9:45pm.

Questions? Email events@omsi.edu.
Ticketing questions call 503.797.4000 x0

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email events@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4000 x0.

Is this event 21 and over only?

Yes, you must be 21+ to attend. Minors are not allowed. Everyone must present a valid government issued ID.

If I’m unable to attend, can I get a refund?

Yes. If your plans change, if you are feeling sick or have been potentially exposed to COVID please stay home. To request a refund email concierge@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4000 x0. We will give refunds until 5pm the night of the event.

Is there food and beverage at this event?

Yes, our restaurant, Theory will be open. Plus, we will have bars with beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic drinks. We also typically have a couple artisan vendors giving out free samples of alcohol or snacks.

Our bars will close at 9:30pm, and alcohol samples given by vendors will end at 9:45pm.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Parking is $2 for after-hours events.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Our partners help us propel science learning into the future. Thank you for being part of our mission to engage, inform and inspire curiosity!

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