Cool Thursdays Concert Series

October 2 - The Molly Ringwalds Click for More

They are The World's Greatest 80's Experience. Hailing from Sheffield, England, this legendary quintet has been able to combine their individual and very formidable talents to create the true essence of the most radical decade to ever be called "The 80's." The Molly Ringwalds create an 80's Experience by honing their abilities to apply make-up and tease their hair while showcasing all the musical genres of the decade. From their days of building a following at a pub located in a large portion of a big city near a small village located south of a place you've never heard of, to selling out large venues in the United States, The Molly Ringwalds are an indescribable act. Luck and circumstance brought these young lads together. The rest is the history of the 80's.Food Trucks

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Food Trucks

Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe (Grilled Cheese)

Enticed (Gourmet Shaved Ice)

Pompeii (Italian Cuisine)

Costume Contest

The Champion of Breakfast Award. Your favorite breakfast food or morning pajama attire!

One weekend stay (two nights) at the Wyndham Love Field with breakfast for two

October 9 - Brave Combo Click for More

Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey -- offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education.”

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Food Trucks

Nammi (Vietnamese Fusion)

Coolhaus (Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches)

Guava Tree (Cuban Dishes)

Costume Contest

Best Combo of Polka 'Dots' Award. Wear your most extreme polka dots!

October 16 - *Asleep at the Wheel (SOLD OUT) Click for More

The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends. Reuter’s pegged The Wheel as “one of the best live acts in the business.” Taking a page from Bob Wills’ book, the band has constantly toured at a national level throughout its history; with anywhere from 7-15 of the finest players Ray Benson could talk into jumping in the bus to play a string of dates. The alumni roster is well over 80+ members, and includes an impressive list of musicians who have gone on to perform with artists such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, and many more. A quick scan of awards, such as “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976) and “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009), not to mention near dominance of the GRAMMY “Country Instrumental” category over the years, reflects the reputation of the band’s musicianship. Ray Benson fell in love with western swing because of its unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also for its demanding musical chops. Western swing is what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat,” is a thrill to hear live, and thanks in large part to the Wheel’s 40 years of promotion, is a living and creative genre of music today.

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Food Trucks

Cajun Tailgators (Cajun Food)

Flatlanders Taco Co. (Tacos)

Cup Cakin' (Cupcakes)

Costume Contest

I was country when country wasn't cool Award. Come dressed in western gear!

October 23 - *A Hard Night's Day (SOLD OUT) Click for More

Beatle fans will appreciate that A Hard Night’s Day has played at the Cavern Club, the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg, and recorded in Abbey Road Studios in Studio 2. This makes them a bona fide “tribute” band with clout. With a catalog of over 200 songs, they are at the top of the heap- so much so that Allan Williams, self-proclaimed original manager of the Beatles, introduced A Hard Night’s Day in Liverpool’s Town Hall once during Beatle Week and gave them a “9 out of 10″ rating.

Voted “Best Local Cover Band” in Dallas in both 2003 and 2004.

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Food Trucks

Gandolfo's (New York Deli)

Rock'n Ricks (Gourmet Cajun/American Infusion)

Cup Cakin' (Cupcakes)

Costume Contest

Honoring the Yellow Submarine Award. Dress like your favorite Beatle.

October 30 - *Thriller Night with Who's Bad (SOLD OUT) Click for More

Who’s Bad has earned its name by paying studious attention to Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move, boasting over 100 years of professional experience and a team of dancers with resumes that include Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera. Vamsi Tadepalli (Who’s Bad founder, composer, and saxophonist) assembled a cast of North Carolina’s premiere musicians and, from Who’s Bad’s inception, believed in the band’s boundless possibilities. The velvety vocals and pinpoint choreography of frontmen Joseph Bell and Taalib York’s combined with the six-piece band’s synchronized dance routines, blaring horns and down-deep rhythms, results in a performance delivered with soul and precision superseded by no one but the King himself. They’ve shared stages with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men, and hip hop superstar, Pitbull. Captivated fans include LIVENATION’s Anthony Nicolaidis who calls Who’s Bad, “the real deal,” and Michael Jackson’s longtime friend and manager Frank DiLeo who proclaimed after Who’s Bad show in Nashville, TN, “the show was great….Michael would have been proud!”

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Food Trucks

Cajun Tailgators (Cajun Food)

Mojo A Gogo (Coffee)

Ruthie's Rolling Creperie (Crepes)

Costume Contest

Best Dressed Zombie Award. Let's see your spookiest zombie!

Prize: Roger Staubach autographed photo

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*Indicates a prime concert with an increased ticket price

Cool Thursdays return to the Concert Stage with new and exciting national cover bands, some of the Metroplex’s best food trucks, and weekly costume contests and prizes.

Don't miss returning favorites such as Emerald City, Asleep at the Wheel and the Molly Ringwalds. Most concerts have sold out, so get your tickets fast!

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Single Tickets

$25 per person for adults (Members $15)

$22 per person for seniors - age 65 and older (Members $12)

$10 per person for children - age 3-12

Free - children under 3

Premium Concerts Single Tickets

$27 per person for adults (Members $17)

$25 per person for seniors - age 65 and older (Members $15)

$10 per person for children - age 3-12

Free - children under 3

Members must log in to purchase discounted packages

*Prices increase $5 at the door day of show. Please note that if a concert is indicated as SOLD OUT online no tickets will be available at the door.

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Gates open at 6 p.m.; music is from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. for Spring/Summer concerts and from 7 – 9 p.m. for Fall concerts. Garden closes at the conclusion of each concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Rosine Hall. A determination of weather-altered plans will be made by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Check back on our website or on our Facebook page for updates.

Food and Beverage

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, ice chests and coolers with their choice of favorite snacks and drinks. And some of Dallas’ favorite food trucks will also be on site for food and beverage purchase. Alcoholic drinks are permitted to be brought on site but will not be available for purchase from food vendors. The weekly food truck schedule will be posted for each individual concert. Make sure to check out each food truck’s website and social media pages for menus and other information about what they will be serving.


The Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn is within a five-minute walk from any of the Arboretum’s entry gates. Please plan accordingly. You may bring blankets and low-backed, sand/beach chairs (approximately four inches from the ground) for the main area of the concert lawn. All other chairs which are taller than sand chairs will only be permitted at the top and sides of the concert lawn so as to not obstruct the view of others behind. This policy will be enforced for the comfort of all guests.

Group Discount

Groups may purchase tickets to the Cool Thursdays Concert Series for a discount of $2 off the non-member price. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 214-515-6520 or email

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