Living only a few blocks from the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, we’re used to hearing music dancing on the wind and into our back yard every Thursday night from spring to fall.
But last year, silence.
One of the many casualties of the pandemic was the cancellation of Cool Thursdays. The wildly popular outdoor concert series makes its triumphant return this Thursday, April 1 (no foolin’) with a few minor changes.
In addition the main gardens, the concert lawn will be open at 50% capacity. The lawn has been painted with an 8×8 grid system to make social distancing easy—and easily visible.
Each square accommodates four adults, but if you have more in your group you can snag side-by-side sections on a first-come, first-served basis. For the time being, there won’t be any dancing in front of the stage, but nobody’s going to stop you from tapping your toes and clapping along from your blanket or low-profile lawn chair.
Tickets for each concert range from $31-35 (or $21-25 for Arboretum members) depending on the performers. You can bring your own cooler with food and beverages (one per 8×8 square) and each person can bring in a small bag.
(Pro tip: At least six cans of Pringles can fit easily in one bag.)
The concert lineup this year features tribute bands playing the greatest hits of Elvis, Queen, ABBA and Billy Joel among other popular musical genres. Tickets sell out quickly, so check out the schedule and book immediately if you see a band or date that suits your fancy.
You can even snag tickets now for fall concerts. Because as we’ve learned from toilet paper shortages, vaccine appointments and winter blackouts, we know all too well that it pays to plan ahead.
Even when it’s not the real Elton John up on that stage.
Cool Thursdays 2021Cool Thursdays photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Returning Thursday, April 1
Tickets: $21-25 (Arboretum members); $31-35 (non-members)
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road, Dallas