8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Running September 5 – October 24, 2019 in fall, the Cool Thursdays Concert Series brings lively bands to the only music venue overlooking White Rock Lake.

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Mar 28 – Jun 27
Sept 25 – Oct 24, 2019

Pricing | Lineup | Inclement Weather | Refunds | Parking

New Option for Concert Nights Only Drop off/Pickups/Ride Share

To benefit our concert attendees, we will allow all drop off/pickups and rideshare vehicles [Lyft, Alto, Uber, etc.] to enter at Gate #3. This will allow guests with disabilities and guests with large items to gain closer access and have a much shorter walk to the concert lawn.
Guests are allowed to be dropped off ONLY, parking is NOT ALLOWED in this area. All concert attendees are still required to park at Gate #1 or Gate #4. Guests will no longer be allowed to be dropped off or picked up at Gate #2.
Handicap parking is still available at Gate #1 and Gate #4. For questions, please contact 214-515-6615.

The premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” season subscriptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo, are on sale now at the Dallas Arboretum and feature six new exciting tribute bands. As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, concert subscriptions have a history of selling out quickly. Cool Thursdays spring concert series kicks off on March 28.

All concerts are held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Gates open at 6:00pm. Spring concerts take place 7:30-9:30pm, and fall concerts from 7:00-9:00pm. The garden closes at the conclusion of each concert.

Concert Dining

Smoky Rose To-Go Dinner Service
For the first time ever, local favorite Smoky Rose offers to-go dinner service as well as concert table service for our Friends level members at this year’s concerts.
Meal items are available for pre-order by noon, and a select amount of la carte items at will be available at their onsite table on the day of the concert.*

If you would like to pre-order, review their menu of options and pricing here.
Orders must be placed no later than noon on the day of a concert by calling 469-776-5655.

*Please Note: A La Carte offerings will be available while supplies last, and non-alcohol beverages will be available for purchase.  

Food Trucks
There will also be two or three food trucks at every concert, which you can see below for each individual date’s listing, and guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

Season Pricing

Full Series
22 concerts
Spring Series Only
14 concerts
Fall Series Only8 concerts
Non-Member $340 $225 $140
Member $230 $175 $110
  Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out

Partial Series Pricing

Partial Series
16 concerts
Partial Spring Series Only
8 concerts
Non-Member $256 $136
Member $176 $112
  Sold Out Sold Out

Children under 2 are always free

Single Ticket Pricing

Single tickets on sale now.

Member / Non-Member
Ages 65 and up
Member / Non-Member
ChildrenAges 2-12
Gold concerts $25 / $35 $23 / $33 $10
Silver concerts $23 / $33 $21 / $31 $10
Bronze concerts $21 / $31 $19 / $29 $10

Children under 2 are always free

2019 Lineup

Two photos of Purple Haze lead singer dressed up

The Purple Madness, September 19

America’s #1 Prince Experience Band

Sponsored by Clark Hill Strasburger

Gold Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria

Buy The Purple Madness Tickets

The Purple Madness NEW

September 19
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

The “Purple Madness” is the ultimate celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all-time. Bobby Miller presents an electrifying performance that can be best described as, high energy and a “must see” performance. The Prince Purple Madness Tribute Show have all but perfected every last nuance in recreating the sights and sounds of the artist Prince. It is with great honor and utmost reverence that The Prince Tribute Band was formed. It was with this idea in mind that Bobby Miller chose to re-create some of Prince most memorable concert moments.

Hard Days Night band in the studio

Hard Night’s Day, September 26

Beatles Tribute Band

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Private Bank

Silver Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria



Hard Night’s Day

September 26 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

We appreciate the musical genius of the four lads from Liverpool, and faithfully recreate their songs down to the very last note. A Hard Night’s Day, sponsored by JHP Architecture/Urban Design, has been spreading the gospel of John, Paul, George and Ringo around the world for 20 years.

Honky Tonk singer on stage

Honkytonk Bar Association, October 3

A Tribute to Garth Brooks

Sponsored by: Slalom

Bronze Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria


Honkeytonk Bar Association NEW

October 3 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

Inspired by Garth Brooks in the 90s, Shawn Gerhard grew up singing along with his radio to his favorite Garth tunes. He cultivated his silky-smooth vocals while performing in numerous venues throughout the United States. Shawn has shared the stage with countless recording artists like “Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and many more….

Queen cover band on stage

Absolute Queen, October 10

The Queen Tribute Experience

Sponsored by: Storage Assessments

Silver Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria


Absolute Queen

October 10 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

Lead vocalist Martyn Jenkins performed for years across Europe as Freddie in the show “Night at the Opera” performing for the Queen Fan club and Brian May! Absolute Queen, sponsored by Slalom, has performed at large outdoor Amphitheaters and Festivals and top venues. Expect all of the great hits and Queen classics that will make you sing along and remember those great concerts of the 70s and 80s.

Emerald City singer on stage

Emerald City, October 17

Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

Sponsored by: UMB Bank

Gold Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria


Emerald City

October 17
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

As a corporate and special event band, Emerald City, sponsored by UMB Bank, 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.

Kraig Parker dressed as Elvis singing

Kraig Parker, October 24

World Premier Elvis Presley Tribute ArtistSponsored by: Kessler Collins

Sponsored by: Kessler Collins

Bronze Tier

Food Trucks – Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bellatrino Pizzeria

Buy Kraig Parker Tickets

Kraig Parker

October 24 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Gates at 6:00 pm

Don’t miss Kraig Parker’s award winning tribute to Elvis Presley, a world class show that has astonished audiences for nearly 20 years. Parker has performed across America and Europe at casinos, performance halls, cruise ships and with major symphony orchestras, including headline shows in Las Vegas. Kraig Parker’s powerful voice, electric moves and tasteful charisma will leave you ‘all shook up’ and screaming for more!

Inclement Weather

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 3:00pm on the day of the concert. Check our homepage or our Facebook page for updates the day of the concert.


There are no refunds or exchanges for concert tickets.
Schedule and pricing subject to change.

Concert Parking

  • Due to limited parking at Gate #2 and in the interest of safety, all concert parking is limited to the main lot at Gate 1 or the Parking Garage.
  • We also ask guests not to try and drop off anything, neither people nor personal effects such as coolers, at Gate #2.
  • Parking in the Camp lot and check in at the Camp ticket booth are reserved for concert sponsors and “Friends” level donors.
  • Complimentary wheelchairs available at the Information booths, based on first come, first served basis.
  • Tram and Golf Cart service are not available to transport guests on concert evenings.

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