Summer Soirées

Summer Garden Party Series

Summer Soirées is a NEW series of themed events for adults 21 and older at Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark. Cave of the Mounds is clearly best known for that underground geologic wonder. What is less known is that the beautiful gardens above the cave are an explosion of blooms throughout the summer. Come enjoy the gardens, stroll through the blooms, listen to live music, enjoy local beverages, and of course, tour the cave.

Tickets are $30. These events will sell out so reservations are required.

Summer Trollstice – Thursday, June 21  6-9 PM

Celebrate the solstice in style with vibrant flowers, groovy tunes, mouth-watering summer cocktails and seasonal foods from Mt. Horeb – the Troll Capital of the World. Join us for an enchanting stroll through the gardens, sampling local food and beverages along the way. Gather around the bonfire for some live acoustic tunes. Tour the cave to discover some subterranean surprises. There is no better way to cap off this celebration of our planetary axis reaching for the sun than with live music by The Earthlings and cash bar.

The Earthlings are a Madison music and arts collective with local Mt. Horeb roots. They combine diverse eras of electronic sonic rock together with a laid back psychedelic indie emphasis, euphoric space and positive vibrations from the 60’s, early 70’s and 90’s. Instruments include vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, dulcimer, sampler, bell kit, aux percussion, theremin and drums.


Prairie Blooms and Wisconsin Brews – Thursday, July 19  6-9 PM

Join us for a summer party in the prairie! Our Prairie and Savanna Restoration project is an attempt to restore plants to our area that once thrived throughout Southwest Wisconsin prior to settlement. These biomes were characterized by grasses and flowering plants among clusters of oak trees. Wander through the prairie while sampling six different Wisconsin beers. Discover hidden treasure and discover fun inside the cave. Round out the evening in the Quarry’s Edge Beer Garden for cash bar and live music by The Soggy Prairie Boys.

The Soggy Prairie Boys have been playing together and “keepin’ it soggy” since 2002 and have entertained thousands of people at countless events in Southern Wisconsin and around the Midwest. They play bluegrass and country music as well as some original songs. Most of their songs feature four-part harmonies and their instruments include guitar, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle and banjo.


Wisconsin Wines and Winged Things – Thursday, August 16  6-9 PM

Birds, butterflies, bees and bugs! The beautiful grounds at Cave of the Mounds provide habitat for all of these pretty winged things! Flutter through the butterfly gardens while sampling a variety of Wisconsin wines. Head underground and learn about winged things that make caves their home, efforts to protect them and why Cave of the Mounds does not have a hibernating bat population. The evening will truly take flight when Cycropia aerial dance takes to the sky, and our high flying evening would not be complete without live music by Birds, Birds, Birds and cash bar.

Cycropia celebrates over 25 years of aerial dance – blending modern dance, athleticism and the magic of defying gravity through the use of trapeze, aerial fabric and custom steel apparatus. Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Cycropia was formed in 1990 and is one of the oldest continuing aerial dance troupes within the United States.

Birds, Birds, Birds are a kind of a folk-grass trio featuring guitar, ukulele and melodica. They play almost all original songs throwing in a couple of covers for good measure. Every song has at least one bird reference in it (hence the name). They’re kind of a fun-timey, easy to kick back to group – good for the dancin’ or just for the listenin’.