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Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Presented by Wells Fargo

Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series runs through October 27.

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fall concerts are 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Spring/Summer concerts and from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Rosine Hall. Due to limited space, inside seating is based on a first come, first served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, bring low-to-the-ground chairs and blankets as no seating is provided. A determination of weather-altered plans will be made by 3 p.m. on the day of the concert. Check our homepage or our Facebook page for updates the day of the concert.

Single tickets available for purchase.

2016 Cool Thursdays Concert Series Subscriptions Click for More

Single Tickets Now on Sale!

You won’t want to miss this exciting fall concert series. The fall lineup includes many returning favorites and 5 new tributes to musical greats such as Michael Jackson, Sting & the Police, Santana. And you can still enjoy the “tried and true” crowd-pleasing favorites including Emerald City, A Hard Night’s Day, and The Prince Experience, just to name a few!

Start planning your gourmet picnics, or lighten the load and get your dinner from some of the best food trucks in Dallas! Either way, the food will taste great with the beautiful backdrop of White Rock Lake.

Fall Concert Series Subscriptions are sold out, but you can still purchase tickets for individual concerts below.

Fall Concert Series

SOLD OUT -October 6: Emerald City – Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band

October 13: Turnstiles – The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band

SOLD OUT - October 20: A Hard Night’s Day – A Tribute to the Beatles

SOLD OUT - October 27: Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson Tribute (NEW)

SOLD OUT Oct. 6: Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band) SOLD OUT Click for More

This Concert is Sold OUT!

Oct. 6

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Bank of Texas

This show has already sold out.

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City burst onto the Dallas music scene in 1983 and never looked back. The 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’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.

Food Trucks: The Guava Tree, Easysliders, and dessert truck Kona Ice.

October 13: Turnstiles (The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band) Click for More

October 13

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Storage Assessments

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Turnstiles' renditions of Billy's classic songs are certain to move the casual listener as well as the hard core "Joel fan" to their feet and have them singing along with all the classics.

Food Trucks: Easysliders, Yim Yam, and dessert truck The Pie Hole

SOLD OUT Oct. 20: A Hard Night’s Day (A Tribute to the Beatles) Click for More

This Concert is Sold OUT!

Oct. 20

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Private Bank

This show has already sold out.

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.

Food Trucks: The Guava Tree and TBD

SOLD OUT Oct. 27: Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson Tribute) NEW Click for More

Oct. 27

7 – 9 p.m.

6 p.m. gates open

Sponsored by Slalom

This show has already sold out.

Man in the Mirror is a reflection of the incredible career of Michael Jackson - you will be blown away by this electrifying show and stunned by how much he resembles the King of Pop. This is Michael Jackson represented in his prime in the 80s, with all of the massive hits and signature stage moves.

Food Trucks: Azucar, Yummy Pizza, and dessert truck The Pie Hole

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 low to the ground 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 of 15 or more may purchase tickets to the Cool Thursdays Concert Series for a discount of $2 off the non-member price. For more information on group discounts, please visit the Group Sales page.