Sunday, September 25, 11am to 3pm

Get inspired to make compost! Join us for a day at the Garden aimed to spotlight Queens composting and empower the community to learn, network, and have fun with all things soil health! Take part in the creative workshops, community networking tables, activity tables, compost demonstrations, interactive performances, and farm tours. Together we will support a sustainable solution by revitalizing NYC soils and recycling food waste to the “black gold” known as compost. Compost-Pa-Looza is a family friendly event that will take place rain or shine.

See below for the most recent event map and schedule (subject to change).

Registration recommended; Walk-ins welcome.


Your ticket supports Queens Botanical Garden, the place where people, plants, and cultures meet! QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Included in Garden Admission:
Adults $6 • Seniors (age 62+) $4 • Students with ID $4 • Children (ages 4-12) $2
Children (3 and under) FREE • Members FREE***

Pro Tip: Arrive earlier at the Garden between 9 and 11am during regular free hours to gain FREE entrance!

*Not yet a Member? 

Starting at just $40, Membership gets you year-round FREE Garden Admission, discounts on select programs and gift shop purchases, parking passes, reciprocal admissions benefits at over 300 gardens, and more. To become a Member and start enjoying all the benefits, click here

Free & Reduced Pricing Opportunities

The Garden partners with many organizations to offer free or reduced admission, including Urban Advantage, CoolCulture, and CUNY students. Check our Admissions page to learn more about our partnerships, terms of discount or free admission, and instructions for redeeming.

CLICK HERE to view the event map and scroll down for event schedule.


Event Schedule

*Subject to change. Check back for the latest updates. 

Unless otherwise indicated below, activities take place throughout the duration of the event, 11am to 3pm

Compost Community Partner Networking

11am to 3pm
Location: Arboretum & Meadow
Get to know some of the Queens community composters, learn about their work making Queens a more sustainable and equitable borough

Sustainable Vendor Fair

11am to 3pm
Location: Meadow

Compost Family-friendly activities

11am to 3pm

Compost Prize Wheel
Answer compost trivia in exchange for a prize (while supplies last)

Worm Bin Exploration
Get to know our amazing compost pets: WORMS!

Soil Sample Testing
Learn more about the soil composition with this hands-on experience

Chop that Scrap-leftover
Are you ready to work those arms out?

Compost Giveback
Take some free compost home (while supplies last)
Limited 1 bag per attendee

…and many, many more

Farm Activities

Location: Farm

Farm Stand
Visit our donation farm stand to see what produce we have for purchase

Farm Tours
12pm & 1:30pm

Farm Activity
Help our Farm Staff harvest produce and apply cover crop for end-of-season prep

Compost Storytime
Get our kids excited about reading and composting!
Readings at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30p, and 2:30pm



Location: Arboretum/Crabapple Grove

Sonicycle by Los Herederos: Solar Powered DJ

Nate & Hila

Compost Workshops

Eventbrite registration required
Location: Meadow

Compost Made Easy
The NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden team discuss easy ways to make compost at home using plastic bins.
CLICK HERE to register.

Build Your Own Worm Bin
Join the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden compost team to learn how to build your own worm bin and all you need to know to take care of the worms and make compost by yourself.
CLICK HERE to register.

Decomposer ID Workshop
Join our friends from NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden’s team to Learn about the compost food chain and how this web structure maintains a healthy ecosystem.
CLICK HERE to register.

Beer & Wine Garden

11am to 3pm
Location: Visitor & Administration