Review: Cool Thursdays Dallas Arboretum

29 Jul

Good crowd. And surprisingly good weather too!

Thanks to my girlfriend’s planning, we went to the Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays with our friends Stevie and Colin McCartney last Thursday July 22nd.  I was dreading going because it was hot and I didn’t want to sit there and sweat like I did the week before at the Nasher’s concert series (newsflash to concert series promoters, it’s hot June, July, Aug, and sometimes September.  You have pretty much 8 other months out of the year to hold these events!).

But to my surprise when we got to the concert area and put our blanket down at 7pm, a majority of the amphitheater seating area was covered in shade and the temperature was almost pleasant.  By the end of the night there was a nice breeze and I could have enjoyed another bottle of wine or two.


  • The band was good for a cover/tribute band, but they weren’t why I was there.
  • Beautiful surroundings, but with a backdrop like White Rock Lake, it is a shame there is a canopy of tress behind the stage blocking the view of the water.
  • Believe it or not the weather.
  • Probably a lot more, but everything ran so smoothly you didn’t notice much; and that’s a good thing.


  • The non-member price of $16 for adults is in my opinion steep for a cover/tribute band.

What You Need to Know When You Go

  • The couple we went with made a delicious dinner, so I recommend you do the same.
  • Bring plenty of your beverage of choice, because you’d hate to run out.
  • Realize that most of the seating areas are on an incline, so plan accordingly with your food and drink (bring a flat surface).

Final Verdict: I give this two thumbs up.  Great, clean, sophisticated, wholesome fun and you can still drink.  I will be going back.  If you want to check it out, I recommend going October 14th to see Petty Theft.  I will do my best to check out that show as well.

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