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Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum

(Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)

When you’re looking for something to do during the summer, the options sometimes seem kind of limited. Sure, you could always go see another movie or take the kids to the pool again, but why not try something different, like taking your family for a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum?

From May through October, Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum feature live music, food trucks, BYOB and, of course, entry into the gardens. If you live in Lakewood, Lake Highlands or the M Streets, you really have no excuse not to take advantage of one of Dallas’ most unique events.

Live music from national cover bands, including A Hard Night’s DayBruce in the USA and The Molly Ringwalds, bring the perfect dose of sing-a-long nostalgia without being (too) cheesy, and the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn is a great place to sprawl out on a blanket while you enjoy a summer evening.

Fill up your picnic basket with wine and cheese, or try something new from one of Dallas’ best food trucks. Last year, award-winning trucks such as Ruthie’s Rolling CafeCajun Tail-Gators and Easy Slider were regulars at Cool Thursdays, and you can likely look forward to offerings from some of the city’s newest trucks during this summer’s series.

If you haven’t already made Fourth of July plans, join the Dallas Wind Symphony for some rousing patriotic music, and participate in the Founding Fathers costume contest. You still have plenty of time to put together your best George Washington and Thomas Jefferson outfits before the show. The winner receives a one-night stay in a Four Seasons villa, so it could be worth your while to put on that powdered wig.

Tickets to Cool Thursday performances tend to go quickly. Single tickets are still available to most shows, but you should go ahead and reserve your spots on the concert lawn before they’re all snapped up.