Cool Thursdays Concert Series

2015 Cool Thursdays Concerts presented by Wells Fargo

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & 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.

Tickets are now on sale

Adults: $27 (Members $17)

Seniors, 65 & older: $25 (Members $15)

Children, ages 3-12: $10

Under 3: Free

October 15: The Landsharks (Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band) Click for More

October 15

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open

Sponsored by: Storage Assessments

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As one of the most well-known, well-liked, and in-demand bands in the country, the Landsharks have performed throughout the world in thousands of concerts and shows. The Landsharks have appeared with Jimmy Buffett in Key West, Florida, and opened up for The Beach Boys! The Landsharks are a fun, interactive band with lots of audience participation and enjoyment. The Landsharks play a set encompassing songs from every decade and are guaranteed to have you singing along.

Food Trucks:

Eat Jo Dawgs

Fried Pies For All 


Costume Contest:

Bring the island to the lake – Dress in your best laidback tropical attire

October 22: The Molly Ringwalds (The World's Greatest 80's Tribute Band) Click for More

October 22

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open

Sponsored by: Regions Bank,Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP and McGuire Woods LLP

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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:


Texas Burrito

Cup Cakin

Costume Contest:

80s Flashback – Dress in your favorite 80s attire

October 29: Emerald City (Dallas' Favorite Variety Band)(SOLD OUT) Click for More

October 29

7 - 9 p.m.

6 p.m. Gates open

Sponsored by: Slalom Consulting 

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. This 13-piece, 3-horn section super group electrifies every audience with a combination of high-energy dance songs from the past with the hits of today. Emerald City has shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride, Michael McDonald,Huey Lewis and the News, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Dan Aykroyd, Sinbad, and more. Emerald City’s ability to entertain is only rivaled by their extensive ability to get the audience up on the dance floor. This super group has taken their energy all over the world, from Dallas to New York, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles and South America. At every performance the band takes the audience to a higher level in entertainment. 

Food Trucks:

Yim Yam Truck

Easy Slider

The Bomb Fried Pies

Costume Contest:

The best use of green in a Halloween costume  

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. Please drink responsibly. Dallas Police Department will be on site during all concerts. 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 Stage & Lawn is within a five-minute walk from any of the Arboretum’s entry gates. Please plan accordingly. You may bring blankets and lawn chairs.

To ensure clear sightlines and enhance enjoyment for all our guests, we ask all concert goers to respect the following:

  • Only low-profile lawn chairs and picnic blankets may be in the area closest to the stage.
  • Chairs with seats higher than 4 inches from the ground are welcome further back on the concert lawn.

This policy will be enforced for the comfort of all guests. To see a visual representation of the above rules, please see our seating guide.

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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