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 Dates:

April 21, VIP Night

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

(Limited Quantity Available)

Join us for the exclusive VIP event illuminating the beauty of the Garden at night with the unveiling of some incredible neon art never seen before!

Ticket price includes food tastings, craft cocktails, live DJ, surreal performers, live entertainments, special effects, unlimited photo opportunities, and more! It will be a night full of surprises!

Surreal or botanical-themed costumes are encouraged. Otherwise, semi-formal and/or cocktail attire is required.

*This event is for ages 18+. Daytime programming for all ages will be added closer to the event, please check back for updates.

April 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Pre-Sale Online Ticket Special: $40 + fees + tax

(Limited Quantity Available)

Dress in your best surreal attire and enjoy a night full of neon, music, dancing, local favorite food trailers, cash bars, interactive art sculptures, unlimited photo opportunities, and more!

*This event is for ages 18+. Daytime programming for all ages will be added closer to the event, please check back for updates.


Additional Information:

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 to retrieve your discount code.

Dress Code

Surreal or botanical-themed costumes are suggested.


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.

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.



Interested in becoming a sponsor of what will be one of the biggest events of Spring 2022?

Email to learn more.