Tips for a Great CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN Experience

What is the event time line:

5:00 PM: Parking lots open
5:30 PM: CITG box office opens. Shuttle service begins at all parking lots, running continuously until 30 minutes after the concert
6:30 PM: North and South gates open for seating
8:15 PM: Concert begins

If you have tickets on the lawn, please be aware that patrons often begin lining up at the gate fairly early on our most popular concert nights to secure their preferred spot on the lawn, as lawn seating is first-come, first-served.

Where do I park?

Click here to see a map of the different parking areas available for Concerts In The Garden. 

What are the parking options?


Most of our self-parking options listed below can be purchased with a credit card in advance by phone or online, or with cash onsite. These lots often sell out in advance, so availability is not guaranteed on concert nights.

  • North Lot: Located near the Fort Worth Botanic Garden administrative building. Entry to this lot is at 3300 Trail Drive. Enter concert area through the North Gate. $15 advance/$20 day-of on-site, CASH ONLY.
  • South Lot: Located just off the I-30 Frontage Road between University Dr. and Montgomery St., directly west of the Botanic Garden. Walk along the paved path to the South Entrance Gate or hop on the free shuttle to ride to and from the South Entrance Gate. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 PM, runs continuously until 30 minutes after the concert ends, and is wheelchair-accessible. $15 advance/$20 day-of on-site, CASH ONLY.
  • VIP Parking: This option allows you to self-park your car on the road south of The Gardens Restaurant, with a short walk to the South Entrance Gate. Entry to this lot is at 3300 Trail Drive and parking staff will direct you to the VIP Booth. $25 advance online or day-of on-site, CASH ONLY.
  • Farrington Field: Located on the corner of Foch St. and Lancaster Ave. Due to street construction in the area, entry to this lot will be at at 1400 Foch St. Free shuttle ride to and from the North & South Entrance Gates. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 PM, runs continuously until 30 minutes after the concert ends, and is wheelchair-accessible. $10 CASH ONLY/DAY-OF ON-SITE ONLY.


This option allows you to Valet park your car near the South Entrance Gate. Enter this lot is at 3300 Trail Drive and parking staff will direct you to the Valet Booth. $25 Advance Online/Day Of Onsite


We encourage those who need mobility-impaired parking to choose from the South Parking Log, the Farrington Field Parking Lot, or Valet Parking. Both the South Parking Lot and the Farrington Field Parking Lot offer free wheelchair-accessible shuttle service to the South Entrance Gate, which is the closest entrance to accessible seating inside the venue. The Valet Parking station is also near the South Entrance Gate, for easy access to accessible seating.

4. UBER or LYFT:

Please direct your Uber or Lyft driver to drop off/pick up at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd 76107. Enter the concert area through the North Entrance Gate.

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, Valet, VIP, or Accessible parking.
  • North Entrance Gate: North Parking, Farrington Parking, or the Uber/Lyft drop off zone.

What should I bring?
Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or 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 on 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.

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 courtesy of the Gardens Restaurant, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and the Fort Worth Botanical Society. You can also buy your official Concerts In The Garden Festival t-shirt or our signature “LIFE IS BETTER WITH MUSIC” t-shirt at the Gift Shop tent for $20 each.

What is not allowed?

For your safety and the safety of those around you, we do not allow smoking (including vaping), firearms, personal fireworks, drones, pets, or open flames in the concert area.

What about the weather?

Dress for warm weather and wear bug spray. Visit the Wells Fargo tent at the concert to help beat the heat with one of their paper fans.

For information on delays and cancellations due to weather, check the FWSO's Twitter or Facebook feeds, call the FWSO Ticket Office at (817) 665-6000, or visit

If a concert must be cancelled, tickets will be honored at remaining performances based on availability. Parking passes and complimentary tickets may not be exchanged.

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 #CITG2018. Also, be on the look-out for CITG geo-filters on Snapchat.

Concerts In the Garden is a Green event! The FWSO will continue its recycling program again this year in partnership with the City of Fort Worth and Waste Management.

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 teir empty glass, plastic, and paper products. In the last ten years, CITG has recycled a total or almost 60 tons of materials! 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!