Tips for a Great CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN Experience

What is the event timeline?

5:00 PM: Parking lots open
5:30 PM: CITG box office opens
6:30 PM: North and South gates open for seating
8:15 PM: Concert begins

Please note: Because lawn seating is first-come, first-served, patrons often begin lining up at the gate early on our most popular concert nights to secure their preferred spot on the lawn.

Where do I park?

There are multiple parking options at Concerts In The Garden. Prices range from $10 - $35 depending on which lot you select. Click here to see a map of the different parking areas available for Concerts In The Garden. Shuttle service begins at 5:00 PM at all parking lots, running continuously until 30 minutes after the concert.

Where do I pick up my tickets?

There are two separate box office/will call locations at the Garden – one at the North Entrance Gate, and one at the South Entrance Gate. Click here to view a map of the grounds.

Please make a note of which gate is closest to your parking area:

  • South Entrance Gate: South Lot, Valet Parking, or VIP Self Park
  • North Entrance Gate: North Lot, Farrington Field, or the Uber/Lyft drop off zone

What should I bring?

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concerts In The Garden is a casual, family-friendly, fun, festival atmosphere, so just about anything goes! You will see that some of our patrons really get into the picnic planning. In fact, you may be dazzled by some of the culinary arts on display! You can even bring your own beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, as glass containers are allowed.
Be sure to dress for warm weather, and bug spray is always good to have on hand for a summer evening.
Please note that chairs should be no taller than 36 inches and tables should be no taller than a standard ice chest.

What is not allowed?

For the safety of our guests and event personnel, the following may not be brought into the venue:

  • Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)
  • Non-motorized and motorized vehicles/devices (except that aid guests with disabilities)
  • Fireworks, firearms and weapons of any kind**
  • Drones
  • Laser Pointers 
  • Obscene or indecent clothing
  • Noisemakers or noise making devices of any kind
  • Signs or flags on sticks or poles, or larger than what one person can hold
  • Balloons
  • Chairs taller than 36” and tables taller than a standard ice chest
  • Any other item determined by festival management to be dangerous or inappropriate

 All persons and/or their belongings are subject to search. Guests who appear to be inebriated and unmanageable will not be permitted admittance into the venue and or removed from it. Violators of the rules of any state or city laws will be refused admission, asked to leave or ejected from the venue.

**Exceptions will be made for law enforcement personnel. Off-duty law enforcement personnel with weapons must register with the Director of Festival Operations upon entry. 

Can I order food ahead of time?

Yes! You can pre-order a delicious picnic dinner from Central Market, our Official Picnic Partner, by calling 817-377-9307 by 12:00 PM the day before the concert. Click here to see the menu on our website.

Pick up your meal at the concert from 6:30 to 7:45 PM from the Central Market booth on the lawn near Rock Springs Road.

What can I buy at the concert?

Food, beer, wine, bug spray, and chair rental are available on-site, just look for the big tent in the center of the lawn area. Visit the gift shop where you can purchase your official festival T-shirt ($20 each) along with other fun items for CITG fans of all ages.

What about the weather?

For information on delays and cancellations, visit www.fwsymphony.org, call us at 817.665.6000, or check the FWSO’s social media platforms. If a concert must be cancelled, paid tickets will be honored at remaining performances based on availability. Parking passes and complimentary tickets may not be exchanged. Refunds are not available.

Get Social

We love to see how YOU enjoy Concerts In The Garden, so please tag us in any pictures you post on social media using #CITG2019 and #FWSO.

Facebook: @fwsymphony 
Instagram: @ftworthsymphony 
Twitter: @FtWorthSymphony

Accessibility

The facilities at Concerts In The Garden are ADA-accessible, with access through the South Entrance to the grounds. There is ADA-accessible shuttle service to the South entrance from both the SouthLot Parking and Farrington Athletic Field Parking.

How can I volunteer?

Our Concert in the Garden Volunteers are essential to our festival running smoothly and providing our patrons with an amazing concert experience! Join the FWSO Volunteer Crew as an Usher or Eco Team Member (or both!) and be a part of Fort Worth’s longest running outdoor music festival by signing up to volunteer at the link below!

Click HERE for more information and how to apply.

Do you recycle?

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra recognizes the importance of protecting our environment and has taken steps to ensure the Concerts In The Garden music festival does its part to promote environmental sustainability. All refuse stations throughout the venue include an Eco Team Recycle Bin, where patrons can recycle their empty glass, plastic, and paper products. In the last ten years, CITG has recycled almost 60 tons of materials! 

 In addition to our recycling efforts, our partnership with the City is being extended this year to give continuity to the collection of food waste at our special event, this time as part of the new City of Fort Worth Residential Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program. Patrons of Concerts In The Garden are encouraged to dispose of all of their event food waste (excluding liquids, fat and oils) in the special collection buckets for composting materials, helping us get closer to reaching our goal for a zero-waste event and diverting waste away from our City’s landfill. We are proud to partner with the City of Fort Worth’s “Keep Fort Worth Beautiful” program and look forward to recycling even more this year with YOUR help! 

If you would like to volunteer on our Eco Team and receive free concert tickets, please visit this link: bit.ly/CITGEco  

More questions?

Reach out to us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or call 817-665-6000 for other questions regarding Concerts In The Garden.