The Dallas Arboretum will resume its outdoor concert series this spring after canceling last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dallas City Council approved the Arboretum’s plan to organize the concerts with reduced capacity and COVID-19 precautions at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. Lawn capacity will be capped at 50 percent to allow for social distancing. Guests will sit in squares drawn on the lawn, and they must wear face coverings for the duration of their visit. High beach chairs, tables and multiple bags and coolers will not be allowed.

“Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of DFW’s favorite bands perform in one of the most beautiful places in Dallas,” said Kristi Trail, director of public events for the Arboretum. “We’ve taken several measures to comply to guidelines to ensure that we could reopen safely and are ready to welcome you.”

The spring concert series starts April 1 with local favorite Emerald City. The show is sold out, but tickets are available for other performances, including 10 new tribute bands. The full schedule is below.


April 1 – Emerald City, Dallas’ Favorite Party Band – SOLD OUT
April 8 – The Motowners, A Tribute to Motown
April 15 – Desperado, Texas’ Premiere Eagles Tribute
April 22 – Hot August Night, A Tribute to Neil Diamond — NEW
April 29 – Turnstiles, The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band
May 6 – JT, The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake — NEW
May 13 – Dancing Dream, ABBA Tribute Band
May 20 – Limelight Band, An Emerald City Ensemble Party Band
May 27 – Absolute Queen, The Queen Tribute Experience
June 3 – Kids In America, Totally 80s Tribute Band — NEW
June 10 – Arboretum Closed No Concert
June 17 – The Troubadour Experience, A Tribute to George Strait — NEW
June 24 – Sounds of Summer, Beach Boys Tribute
July 1 – Kraig Parker, World Premier Elvis Tribute


September 2 – Hotter Than July, Stevie Wonder Tribute Band — NEW
September 9 – Willie and Family, The Tribute to Willie Nelson — NEW
September 16 – The Jersey Tenors, A Four Seasons Tribute — NEW
September 23 – Infinite Journey, The Music of Journey — NEW
September 30 – Rocket Man, The Ultimate Elton John Tribute Show
October 7 – The British are Coming, World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group — NEW
October 14 – Garth Tribute Live, The #1 Tribute to Garth Brooks — NEW
October 21 – Petty Theft, The Music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
October 28 – Emerald City, Dallas’ Favorite Party Band

Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Parking is free on concert evenings.