Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
July 8
11 a.m.—4 p.m.

The dog days of summer are here and the best place to experience the wonders of the tropics—without having to trek 7,000 miles—is this Saturday at Phipps.

The city’s youngest botanists and world explorers can get tropical during a multi-sensory festival celebrating the ecology, culture and cuisine of one of the planet’s most botanically rich rainforest regions.

Pot plants to liven up your own garden, make Congo-inspired crafts to take home and savor tropical delights made at Café Phipps.

The heat will rise during the afternoon when the Camara Drum and Dance troupe leads live music and dancing sessions. At 1:30 p.m., join Ola Appetit Catering for mouth-watering presentations showcasing traditional foods of the Congo River basin.

The long-term Tropical Forest Congo exhibition features a dazzling collection of botanical specimens never before showcased at Phipps. The culmination of extensive research conducted by Phipps’ staff during trips to Cameroon in central Africa, the exhibit features massive sausage trees, Napolean hat plants, educational stations, a regional food market, field research kiosks, decorative artifacts and more.

The all-ages festival is free with regular Phipps admission (free for members and children under 2).

For more events, go here.