Performing Arts

Know before you go: Concerts in the Garden

jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden series is the hottest ticket of the summer.

After last week’s opening concerts faced some challenges (Preservation Hall Jazz Band played in post-rain swampy conditions and the “Gershwin in the Garden” concert got disrputed by a power outage), the forecast calls for a weekend of sunny skies and mellow music. (Lineup: The Music of Pink Floyd on Friday, The Music of Journey on Saturday and “And the Tony Goes To ...” on Sunday.)

To help concert-goers prepare, we compiled from the FWSO website all the important information you need to know before heading out to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden this weekend.

What should I bring?

Concertgoers are welcome to bring blankets or chairs and pack a picnic dinner. Picnics can range from fast-food fare to gourmet cuisine. Outside beverages, including beer and wine, are also allowed.

Don’t forget bug spray to keep mosquitoes at bay. Some folks bring hand-held, battery-powered fans as personal air-conditioning.

In case of muddy spots on the grass, wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. A towel to wipe off mud and a tarp to put under a blanket are good ideas.

Are there on-site concessions?

For those who prefer not to pack a picnic, The Gardens Restaurant (Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s on-site restaurant and catering service) will offer a variety of concessions for purchase on concert nights. The kid-friendly menu includes items such as hot dogs, cotton candy and ice cream.

Concertgoers can also pre-order food from Central Market, which has prepared a special menu for Concerts in the Garden that includes appetizer plates for two ($20-$26), two different kids’ sandwiches ($6.99) and dinner entrees for two ($40-$50). Orders can be placed by calling 817-377-9307 and picked up at the concert.

What should I NOT bring?

The FWSO website states that open flames (including citronella candles), personal fireworks, pets and tables taller than an ice chest should be left at home.

Are e-cigarettes allowed?

Smoking of any kind, including vaping, is not permitted inside the concert area.

Where should I park?

Advance parking options ranging from $15 to $25 can be purchased on the FWSO website prior to the concert. On the day of the performance, you can park for $10 per car (cash only) at the Farrington Athletic Field parking lot and ride the free shuttle to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m. and will run continuously until 30 minutes after the concert.

In the event of inclement weather, how do I find out if the concert has been canceled?

Per the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, all concerts are currently scheduled to go on as planned. The weather will be monitored the day of the concert and any changes in the status of the performance will be posted to the FWSO’s website and social media channels. You can also check for updates on Star-Telegram.com and its social media accounts.

Will my ticket/parking pass be refunded if the concert is canceled?

Refunds or exchanges for tickets or parking passes are offered ONLY in the event of a concert cancellation. If a concert is canceled, paid lawn tickets will be honored at remaining performances (except July 1, 3 and 4). Guests with paid table tickets can call 817-665-6000 to exchange reserved seats for another performance (except, July 1, 3, and 4).

To read the FWSO’s entire Concerts in the Garden FAQ, visit www.fwsymphony.org/visitor/citg_faq.asp.

Concerts in the Garden

  • June 3-July 4
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  • Lawn tickets: $22, $28 at the gate. Children age 10 and younger get in free.
  • Table tickets: $30-$55 adults, $35-$60 at the gate; $15-$50 for children, $20-$55 at the gate.
  • 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org
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