Public Events

Beaver Dam, WI will be putting on their Arts and Peony Festival starting on Friday, June 3rd at 10:00 am and running until Sunday, June 5th at 5:00 pm.

Garden enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Ovans Peony Farm. It is the largest stem cut peony farm in the state of Wisconsin which currently has hundreds of different peony varieties which will all be in bloom the weekend of the festival. Allen Centennial Garden will be participating with their new program Market Science. Visitors can stop by our stall and learn the math and science behind why bees collect honey in hexagonal combs as opposed to triangles or squares. Other cool things to check out include the Dodge County Center for the Arts, and the Great Wisconsin Quilt Show Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit.

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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:

June 2 – Ask a Master Gardener: Stop by to get all of your plant questions answered by a friendly plant expert

June 9 – TBD

June 16 – Make your own botanical lib balm

June 23 – Honeybees! Come learn more about the honeybees at ACG using all of your senses and check out their mathematical abilities.

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

Jake Shulman-Ment will be performing a concert on Friday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Jake Shulman-Ment is at the helm of a new generation of Klezmer performers. He tours, records, and teaches internationally and has spent two decades traveling and living in Eastern Europe, learning violin traditions and researching old Jewish music from master fiddlers. Drawing from his upbringing in a community of people dedicated to practicing secular Yiddish culture in New York City as well as from his extensive travel, research and study, he has synthesized an expressive and individual style that is deeply rooted in the diasporic history of Yiddish culture. Jake speaks to audiences intimately through his singular voice on the violin, sings Yiddish folk songs of philosophy, love, and resistance, and shares stories and musings about life, music, wandering, and being human.

Please stop by, this event is free to the public. Donations are recommended and will go directly to supporting Jake’s music.

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.