Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.


April 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 10:00 pm


Coming Spring of 2022! Ion Art is excited to announce its next Surreal event with the debut of The Surreal Garden at the Zilker Botanical Garden. The Surreal series is an annual interactive art experience full of fantastical pieces created by Sharon Keshishian and the Ion Art team. By integrating the exhibit into the serene setting of the enchanting botanical gardens, the already stunning art event becomes a phenomenal experience and a wonderful way to benefit the Garden. For two consecutive weekends, the public is invited to attend evening soirées in the Zilker Botanical Garden, including botanical-themed neon surrealism, interactive art sculptures, local-favorite foods, craft cocktails, live music, costumes, dancing, and much more!  

A portion of the proceeds of the Surreal Garden event will benefit the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy (ZBGC), a 501c(3) established in 2015 to advance the capacity and status of Zilker Botanical Garden. The Garden is now managed as a public-private partnership between the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the ZBGC.


Event Date:

April 21, VIP Night

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Pre-Sale Online Ticket Only $200 + fees + tax

Join us for the exclusive VIP debut event illuminating the beauty of the Garden at night with the unveiling of some incredible neon art never seen before! Ticket price includes tasting bites by Crepe Crazy, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, TacoMan 512 and Via 313; dessert treats by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and Zucchini Kill Bakery; craft cocktails sponsored by local favorites, live DJ by Hype Rhythm, surreal performances, with special guest emcee Sean Mack from Mix 94.7.  It will be a night full of surprises! Surreal or botanical-themed costumes are encouraged. Otherwise, semi-formal and/or cocktail attire is required.

About Ion Art

Ion Art was founded by the husband and wife team Greg and Sharon Keshishian in 1986 with the intent of creating and selling neon art. However, over time it has grown into something far greater than that. Ion Art is a team of talented individuals with a wide range of skills, all of whom share their passion for being immersed in art, and that is what sets Ion Art apart from other “design-build” companies. 

Greg and Sharon maintain their own high level of expertise in glass and metalwork. Their combined aptitudes, along with the talents of their team, enable Ion Art to produce truly unique neon art, electric signage, architectural decor, lighting design, and extraordinary environmental design solutions.


Members of the Garden receive10% off The Surreal Garden 2022 tickets – new members, email info@zbgconservancy.org to retrieve your discount code.

Parking & Transportation

Limited on-site parking is available at the Stratford Parking Lot located at 2300 Stratford Drive. Rideshare is encouraged to prevent parking delays. The main entrance lot at 2220 Barton Springs Rd. is reserved for rideshare and accessible drop-off as well as handicap parking.

Everyone is encouraged to use pedal power—by far the easiest way to get to an event! Bike racks are located at 2300 Stratford Drive. Bring your lock.

​Find out about biking and trails in Austin at the following links:



​Public Transportation/Cap Metro: https://www.capmetro.org/

Purchase Policy

ALL SALES FINAL. There are no refunds or exchanges, no cancellations, no credits, no exchanges, and no transfers after the order has been made.

If the art event is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the promoter’s control, it will be rescheduled. If rescheduling cannot happen, tickets will be considered a donation to the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy.

Covid-19 Protocol

  • We will follow the CDC & WHO regulations for all recommended guidelines. Any updates will be announced closer to the event date, which will be based on current CDC Guideline and City of Austin’s protocols for us to host the event safely and responsibly.
  • Vaccinations are encouraged. We ask that all unvaccinated attendees continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
  • Surreal staff members will wear PPE (face coverings, gloves, etc.)based on the tasks they are performing and based on direction by the local authorities.



We are grateful to our event sponsors whose support enables us to present a one-of-a-kind art experience and to reach thousands of art lovers from the local Austin community.

Audacy • Mix 94.7 • Majic 95.5 • Hot 95.9 • Talk Radio 1370 • Audacy 1 Thing

Coco-Cola Southwest BeveragesC3 Presents • Yelp 

Horizon Bank • Art Seen Alliance • Studio Balcones 

(512) Brewing • Austin Eastciders • Brother’s Bond Bourbon • Dulce Vida Tequila • Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Meridian Hive • Treaty Oak • Waterloo Gin • Topo-Chico • Milam & Greene Whiskey • Rambler Sparkling Water

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop • Zucchini Kill • Garbo’s Lobster • TacoMan 512  Crepe Crazy 

 Via 313 • Maudie’s Tex-Mex  • Downtown Burgers Carabuena Tequila  365 Things Austin 

Smart Austin RealtyFrost Bank • GSG • Ventex Technology • Principal LED • Fastenal

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78746
+ Google Map
View Venue Website