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Arbor Evenings


  • Visitors on canvas lawn chairs sitting under a tree listening to live music
  • Visitors sitting on blankets and canvas chairs listening to live music outside
  • Visitors on canvas lawn chairs sitting under a tree listening to live music
  • A family sitting on the grass listening to a family friendly band

Schedule and location

*New this year: Arbor Evenings moving to Thursday's.
Thursday's May 28 through August 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm
The Concert Lawn

2020 Performance Schedule

May 28 - Hillbilly Rockstarz

June 4  - Rosie & the Rivets 
June 11 - NO EVENT
June 18 - ARRA 
June 25 - Cadillac Groove  

 July 2 - The Beaux 
July 9 - Semple  
July 16 - The Boy Band Night   
July 23 - Spoken Four  
July 30 - R-Gang

August 6 - Kovacs & Company  
August 13 - Sushi Roll 
August 20 - Second Hand Soul 
August 27 - The Four C Notes

Unwind with family and friends on Thursday evenings at The Morton Arboretum this summer. Mingle as you enjoy live music and dancing, lawn games, and refreshments surrounded by beautiful trees. There’s no better way to celebrate the leisurely evenings of summer!

Tickets include event admission, one beverage (beer, wine, or soda), activities, entry to the Children's Garden and live music. Tickets are required for all guests 21 years old and older. Families are welcome; anyone under the age of 21 is free.

Arrival and Entry

  • Music is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ticket sales begin at 5:00 p.m.
  • Those arriving after 4:30 p.m. for Arbor Evenings pay only for the event ticket and not a separate admission fee; indicate upon arrival at the Gatehouse that you are attending Arbor Evenings.
  • Parking is located near the Visitor Center. Once the main lot is full, you will be directed to the nearest available lot. All lots are approximately 0.3 miles from the event location.
  • All entries are general admission. Event area opens at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are required for all guests 21 years old and older. Guests should be prepared to have their ID checked at the ticket booth to receive a wristband for event entry.
  • Check-in is required for guests of all ages.
  • You are welcome to explore the rest of the grounds during your visit; your wristband is needed to re-enter the event area.
  • All events are outdoors. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. In the event of extreme or severe weather, events may be cancelled for the safety of guests.


What to Bring

  • Seating is all on the grass; bring a blanket or chair. No chairs will be provided.
  • Guests may bring outside food. Tapas plates will also be available to purchase.
  • Guests may bring sealed, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Guests may bring low portable tables and wagons.

What NOT to bring

  • Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted at this event and will be confiscated. Wine, spirits, beer, water, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase
  • Pets (excluding service animals)
  • Large umbrellas that block the view of others; small rain umbrellas are OK
  • Candles with an open flame
  • Tobacco products of any kind (including electronic cigarettes)
  • Large tables (4-, 6-, or 8-foot tables)

Accessible parking is available in Parking Lot 1. Guests may also use the circle in front of the Visitor Center for drop-off and pick-up.
Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge at the Visitor Center. A driver’s license or ID is retained to ensure return. At the end of each event, wheelchairs must be returned to the Breezeway.
Accessible seating area will be located along the paved sidewalk.
The event area is approximately 0.3 miles from parking locations.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Group Reservations and Catering

Do you have a group of 20 or more? Ask us about preordering tickets!  For groups 40+, ask us about  our catering packages. Please contact Ginkgo Catering for more information. ​Email: GinkgoCatering@mortonarb.org or call 630-719-2457

Fees and admission

Ticket information to come

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