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Music in the Gardens 2018 :: Sundays @ 6:30p

DAC-DABG-230x335When the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens constructed the Packard Pavilion as a venue for outdoor concerts, the Dubuque Arts Council joined us and began presenting a number of our summer evening events that we call Music in the Gardens. We’re very grateful for their partnership through the years.

Held Sunday evenings at 6:30p — during June, July, and August — thousands of tri-state area residents gather on the lawn with family and friends to enjoy a wide variety of popular musical attractions that range from swing to country, jazz to blues, classical to show choirs on steroids, and more. Local, regional and national acts have played the Arboretum.  

Thank you for another great season of music!

No admission | Free will offerings 


June 3, 2018 | Jim Busta Band | Polka

Performing for thirty-five years, the Jim Busta Band has played many venues in the Upper Midwest, on cruise ships, and in Europe and has released six recordings.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens


June 10, 2018 | Ballyheigue | Irish Folk Instrumental

Enjoy traditional Irish music by Dubuque’s own Irish band. Their music is up-tempo, family friendly, with a great local resident following. 

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: US Bank


June 17, 2018 | Hunter Fuerste and The American Vintage Orchestra

Hunter Fuerste and his American Vintage Orchestra present an authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945. The show features recreations of the original hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. In addition to a fourteen-piece big band, the program features male and female soloists and a special tight harmony vocal group, The Penthouse Serenaders.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


June 24, 2018 | The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1958 and is the only professional orchestra within a 70-mile radius. The orchestra’s mission is to engage the tri-state community and enrich its quality of life through live musical performances and educational programs. Under the leadership of Music Director & Conductor Dr. William Intriligator, a core of 60 professional musicians reach nearly 20,000 tri-state area residents on an annual basis. Highlights from the 2015-16 concert season include a fully-staged ballet production and residency program with world-renowned violinist Midori Goto. www.dubuquesymphony.org

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 1, 2018 | Sid V & the Human Resources

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 8, 2018 | Kids from Wisconsin

The Kids from Wisconsin performs a diverse repertoire of morale-boosting musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. This show offers a broad repertoire of music that includes American favorites, big band, 50s-80s classics, Motown, country, Broadway and current top hits, filling a two-hour, fully-staged performance from talented performers ages 15-20.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 15, 2018 | Jason Stuart’s Cobalt Blue

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 22, 2018 | The Fez: A Tribute to Steely Dan

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


July 29, 2018 | Denny Diamond

Presented by: The Dubuque Arts Council


August 5, 2018 | Dogs on Skis | Classic & Contemporary Rock and Roll

Dogs on Skis features tight musicianship and layered vocal harmonies covering classic rock dance music from the 1950s to the present.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Fidelity Bank & Trust

Preview: “Sweet Caroline”


August 12, 2018 | Schumacher Family Band | Folk Instrumental

The Schumacher family band plays everything from bluegrass, gospel, blues, country and rock music (with bluegrass instruments.)

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Diamond Jo Casino


August 19, 2018 | Celebration of the Beatles | Beatles Tribute

A celebration of the Beatles continues…but with a “twist and shout” out to some of the other great music of our time! Every song is instantly recognizable and you’ll find yourself singing along. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Anderson-Weber


August 26, 2018 | Endless Summer | 1950s and 1960s Rock and Roll

Listening to Endless Summer, an established nostalgia band, will make you feel like you’re in your convertible, with the top down, radio cranked-up, and cruising Main Street.

Presented by: The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Sponsor: Riley Subaru

Preview: “Midnight Confessions”


Please join us for some beautiful music on our beautiful grounds! See you soon!


About Music in the Gardens bookings. Are you interested in booking your musical group for Music in the Gardens? We make our booking decisions for each summer season between October and December. Call our office at 563.556.2100.