Public Events

Allen Centennial Gardens will feature Thursday Lunchtime Wellness to begin on Thursday, May 19th from 11:30 am to 1:00pm. These sessions will be held every Thursday until September, 15th.

Stop by the gardens for a relaxing lunch break as we explore hands-on activities with plants, wellness exercises like yoga or meditation, and other ways to slow down in a beautiful space.

Here are some upcoming topics.

August 11 – Flower Pressing with the Chazen Museum of Art

August 18th – Listen and learn as Cait Vitale-Sullivan performs a concert inspired by her research into Scandanavian cow calling.

August 25thTaste the differences in tomato varieties as we bring out several dozen different types.

September 1Sow a frost hardy annul seed to take home and grow into the winter.

September 8 – Arrange a few dried flowers to take home and learn how to dry it yourself.

These events are free to the public. Please check in periodically to learn what we’ll be up to in the coming months!

The Friends of the Allen Centennial Garden Concert Series will kick off Sunday, June 12th, 5:00pm to 6:15 pm on the Great Lawn. These will be held every other week until Sunday, August 21st. 

Brought to you by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden the popular Sunday concert series returns for its sixth season, and we’re proud to share our all-star lineup of local jazz artists. This popular series has enjoyed steady growth since its inception. It is free to the public.


June 12: Tom Waselchuk Winter Trio

A brand new project from the intrepid Waselchuk, all jazz swing

Tom Waselchuk, guitar & vocals  | Jon Vriesacker, violin & vocals  | Matt Rodgers, bass & vocals


June 26: JHS&M Quartet

Carefully honed, tight new arrangements of modern jazz & classic pop

Paul Muench, piano | Vince Jesse, guitar | John Schaffer, bass  | Jim Huwe, drums


July 10: Gaines & Wagoner

Acoustic jazz that swings hard—a high-wire act of improv chemistry

Mary Gaines: cello, guitar, vocals | Chris Wagoner: violin, mandolin, lapsteel, ukulele, vocals | Erik Radloff, drums


July 24: Mark Davis Trio

Milwaukee’s premier jazz trio—sophisticated and classic

Mark Davis, piano | Jeff Hamann, bass | Dave Bayles, drums


August 7: John Christensen Quartet

A lively set of choice standards, mainstream jazz, and poignant originals

Johannes Wallmann, piano | Dave Miller, guitar | John Chistensen, bass | Andrew Green, drums


August 21: Ryan Meisel Quartet

Modern and orginal jazz steeped in the history of swing, bop, and avant-garde

Ryan Meisel, sax | Doug Brown, guitar | Dave Dinauer, bass | Adam Katz, drums

Our concert series is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and by Dane Arts, with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc, charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Harvest Folk Festival

Join us between Noon to 6pm on Saturday, October 8 to celebrate an abundant and diverse harvest! We’ll have live music, dancing, and storytelling alongside opportunities to learn about different harvest traditions from Dejope (Madison) and around the world. Free and open to the public!