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Event Dates:

April 21 - VIP Night

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Pre-Sale Online Ticket: $200 + fees + tax

(Limited Quantity Available)

Join us for the exclusive debut evening illuminating the beauty of

the Garden with the unveiling of some incredible neon art never seen before!

Ticket price includes tasting bites by Crepe Crazy, Maudie's Tex-Mex, TacoMan 512

and Via 313; dessert treats by Sugar Mama's Bakeshop and Zucchini Kill Bakery;

craft cocktails sponsored by local favorites, live DJ by Hype Rhythm, surreal performances,

with special guest emcee Sean Mack from Mix 94.7.  It will be a night full of surprises!

Surreal or botanical-themed costumes are encouraged.

Otherwise, semi-formal and/or cocktail attire required.

April 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30 - GENERAL ADMISSION

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

General Admission: $50 + fees + tax

(Limited Quantity Available)

Dress in your best surreal attire and be a part of the biggest immersive art experience of the Spring!

Enjoy a night of neon in nature, live DJ, dancing, unlimited photo opportunities,

local food trailers: Crepe Crazy, Garbo's Lobster, and TacoMan 512, with

Maudie's Tex-Mex (1st weekend only) and Downtown Burgers (2nd weekend only).

Desserts by Sugar Mama's Bakeshop and Zucchini Kill Bakery and cash bars served by Black Sheep Lodge.


April 22, Friday - DJ Byrne Rock

April 23, Saturday - DJ Manny Mo

April 28, Thursday - DJ Byrne Rock

April 29, Friday - Mixer Rogers

April 30, Saturday - Mixer Rogers




Dress Code

Surreal or botanical-themed costumes are encouraged.


Limited on-site parking is available at the Stratford Parking Lot located at 2300 Stratford Drive.

Ride-share is encouraged to prevent parking delays. The main entrance lot at 2220 Barton Springs Rd. is reserved for ride-share and accessible drop-off as well as handicap parking. (See the map below.)


Everyone is encouraged to use pedal power—by far the easiest way to get to an event!

Bike racks and E-Scooter Corral are located at 2300 Stratford Drive. Bring your lock.

Find out about biking and trails in Austin at the following links:

Public Transportation/Cap Metro:

Purchase Policy


There are no refunds, no cancellations, no credits, and no transfers after the order has been made.

If the art event is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond promoter's control, it will be rescheduled. If rescheduling cannot happen, tickets will be considered a donation to the

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy.

Covid-19 Protocol

We will follow the CDC & WHO regulations for all recommended guidelines.

Any updates will be announced closer to the event date, which will be based on current CDC Guideline and City of Austin's protocols for us to host the event safely and responsibly.

Vaccinations are encouraged.

We ask that all unvaccinated attendees continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.



Thank you for your purchase and donation!

Ion Art is excited to announce our next Surreal event with the debut of

The Surreal Garden at the Zilker Botanical Garden! The Surreal series is an annual interactive art experience full of fantastical neon pieces created by Sharon Keshishian and the Ion Art team. By integrating the exhibit into the serene setting of the enchanting botanical gardens, the already stunning art event becomes a phenomenal experience and a wonderful way to benefit The Garden. For two consecutive weekends, the public is invited to attend evening soirées in the Zilker Botanical Garden, including surreal botanical-themed neon art, interactive sculptures, local-favorite foods, craft cocktails, live DJs, costumes, dancing, and much more!  

A portion of the proceeds of The Surreal Garden event will benefit the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy (ZBGC), a 501c(3) non-profit established in 2015 to advance the capacity and status of Zilker Botanical Garden. The Garden is now managed as a public-private partnership between the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the ZBGC.

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