VanDusen Sweet Sounds of Summer concert series poster

Get ready to groove: VanDusen Botanical Garden unveils Sweet Sounds of Summer concert series

June 18 2024 –

Tickets are now on sale for a new summer concert series at VanDusen Botanical Garden! “Sweet Sounds of Summer” is a unique, immersive way to experience the harmonizing blend of nature and melodies featuring talented musicians from various genres. 

Four concerts across two dates (July 14 and August 18) will feature the organic sounds of Modern Biology, the vibrant percussions of Kutapira, the family-folk songs of Clementine & Friends and the trilingual melodies of Ginalina & One Big Family. 

A variety of food trucks will be onsite with tasty food and beverages for sale so guests can enjoy the performances accompanied by a picnic on the lawn.

Doors will open at 9:30am for the 10:30am shows, and at 2:30pm for the 3:30pm shows. Guests are encouraged to arrive before their selected show time to find a spot on the lawn. The Garden welcomes visitors to bring blankets and low chairs for the performances, as formal seating is not provided.

A limited number of tickets are available for each concert and tickets are sold online. Each concert requires a separate ticket and garden access for the day is included in the ticket price. This outdoor event takes place on the Garden’s Great Lawn and runs rain or shine.

"We are thrilled to introduce Sweet Sounds of Summer as a vibrant addition to our special events at VanDusen Botanical Garden," said Emily Schultz, Supervisor of Revenue and Visitor Services. “We’re delighted to host such a diverse range of talented musicians and bring the community together to enjoy live music and discover plants and nature in a place of inspiration."

About the Artists

Modern Biology – July 14, 10:30am to 11:30am (Suitable for all ages)

Modern Biology has brought 'plant music' to the masses. Originally educated as a biologist, veteran musician Tarun Nayar combines his passion for nature and sound in an ambient project that is organic, spontaneous, uplifting, and richly layered. He creates music using plants, modular synthesis, and home-built synthesizers to improvise with natural vibrations via plant bioelectricity, and the earth’s hum. 

Clementine & Friends – July 14, 3:30pm to 4:15pm (Recommended for children 1- 5)

Clementine & Friends is a family-style folk band that brings together a deep love for music and lyrics. Their wholehearted lyrics, thick harmonies, and endearing melodies celebrate soft moments and togetherness. Clementine & Friends will have families stomping, clapping and singing along.

Ginalina & One Big Family – August 18, 10:30am to 11:15am (Recommended for children 3+)

Ginalina & One Big Family, a five-piece band, performs sing-along summer songs about wildflowers, buzzing bees, bright days, and timeless friendship. With the sparkling guzheng, silly banjo, plucky upright bass, solid percussion, and strummy guitar and ukulele, they will get you moving, laughing, and making lasting memories. A trilingual performer, Ginalina sings in English, Mandarin, and French.

Kutapira – August 18, 3:30pm to 4:30pm (Suitable for all ages)

Kutapira performs high-energy dance music that features Zimbabwean marimba blended with West African and Afro-Cuban percussion rhythms from around the world. Their music also incorporates elements of Reggae, Samba, Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Cumbia, Disco, and Hip Hop.


Tickets are sold online and a limited number are available per concert. 

  • General Admission (13 to 64): $24
  • Senior (65+): $22
  • Child (1 to 12): $12
  • Children under 1: Free (no ticket required for entry)
  • Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association member: $20

Tickets include general admission to the entire 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Food Trucks

  • Aperitivo
  • Bistrot Van
  • Planted Love
  • Berry Mobile
  • Camion Café (July 14 only)
  • Melt City Grilled Cheese (August 18 only)

Visit for tickets and more details.