carnival of the animals

The epitome of playful imagination. Associate Artistic Director and choreographer Steven McMahon brings amazing life to the lively creatures from Camille Saint-Saëns' famous score. Family fun begins when the gates open for a festival of arts, crafts and food trucks. Included in the evening is a special local performance of Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams, our signature touring short work set to the music of Roy Orbison and a reprise of Pushin' the Stone by Brian McSween, inspired by High Cotton Brewery for our Pairings event last May.

All lawn tickets are just $10 and stage-side seats $25. Children age 1 and under are free. Picnics welcome and Fuel and ​Monkey Train Grazing Company food trucks will be on site for food purchase. All bags subject to search. 

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Come Be a Kid Again!

Join the Youth Ballet Memphis dancers and Ballet Memphis School teachers for a fun evening of activities before the show. There will be arts & crafts, face painting and a performance station where children will be taught the moves and sounds of one of the featured animals from Carnival of the Animals and have a chance to perform for their friends and family. 

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Event Details

Memphis Botanic Garden
Sept 10
Gates 6:30p, Showtime 8p (sunset)
Performance approx. 60 min.