Programs and Events

Run of the Mill 5k – Saturday, April 13

Windmill Island Gardens' Run of the Mill is back and we can't wait to see you at our annual 5K fun-run! This year's Run of the Mill 5k event will take place on our opening day, Saturday, April 13, where proceeds will continue to support future programs and the ongoing maintenance that helps keep Windmill Island Gardens so beautiful! The Run of the Mill 5k course will take you around the island itself and then head out to Window on the Waterfront before looping back to the island towards the finish line.
Registration is $30 per participant and includes a Run of the Mill 5k t-shirt if registered before March 25, 2024, and a finisher medal. Please note, prices increase and t-shirts are not guaranteed after March 25. While all ages are welcome to participate, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to safety concerns, dogs will not be permitted during the 5k.
So what are you waiting for? On your mark, get set, register here!

Salvation Army Brass Band and Songsters – Saturday, April 13

Enjoy music from the Salvation Army Brass Band and Songsters live at Windmill Island Gardens on our opening day! Details coming soon.

Books and Blooms - Every other Monday June 10 - August 12

Join us at Windmill Island Gardens for children's story times and activities in our all-new summer series, Books and Blooms! Our friends at the Herrick District Library will be joining us on Mondays at 10am for story times throughout the summer with other fun activities to follow. Books and Blooms will take place on Monday June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, and August 12. More details coming soon!

Chalk the Walk – Saturday, July 20          

Come Chalk the Walk with us at Windmill Island Gardens! On Saturday, July 20, artists of all ages are invited to visit Windmill Island Gardens and decorate our walkways with chalk! Don’t have any chalk to bring from home? No problem! Chalk will be available for purchase at Visitor Services as long as supplies last. More details coming soon.

Bark in the Park – Saturday, August 24

Bark in the Park returns to Windmill Island Gardens, and this is the place every dog in town will want to be on Saturday, August 24! Celebrate your dog’s special day with us from 9:30am – 1:00pm to find all the best places in town to bring your pup! Find groomers, trainers, animal hospitals, tasty treats, accessories, and more from local organizations. Pet paw-rents can even find accessories for themselves from local creators! More details coming soon.

Art on the Island Gala – Thursday, September 5

The annual Art on the Island Gala will return on Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm! Come enjoy the beauty of Windmill Island Gardens through inspired artwork created by local artists in categories of Photography, Plein Air, and Best of the Rest, and if you see a piece you love, all the artwork will be for sale! All artwork will be evaluated and awarded prizes by our judge, but we invite you to attend and vote for your favorite piece in a People’s Choice vote, too! Admission to this event is FREE so come visit us to enjoy amazing artwork, beautiful scenery, a cash bar with locally made beer and wine, and appetizers from local caterers! More details on how to register as an artist will be coming soon.

Magic at the Mill – Friday & Saturdays December 6-21

Magic at the Mill returns to Windmill Island Gardens for a third year this December! Join us for a magical holiday experience on Friday and Saturday nights December 6 – 21. This ticketed event will feature a 'tulip field' of 1,000 LED blossoms dancing to holiday music creating a dazzling light and music show! The windmill and park grounds will be lit up and attractions will be open such as the carousel for children, the street organ will play holiday tunes, and the gift shops will be open for last minute holiday shopping. There will also be an opportunity for children to greet Sinterklaas (the Dutch predecessor of Santa Claus) along with additional snacks and beverages available for purchase. Magic at the Mill will be a family friendly experience fun for all ages! More details coming soon.

Check back soon for more information about 2024 events!