Outdoor concerts are definitely up there on my list of favorite things to do. I mean, what is there not to love about sitting outside on a beautiful night listening to some amazing music? I recently blogged about how much we love the Live at the Garden concert series at the Botanic Garden, but after going to our second concert of the season (which was Gregg Allman and amazing), I thought I'd share some tips on how to make the most of these super fun concerts.
1- Bring Lawn Chairs
Essentially Live at the Garden is one big party. There are table seats available close to the stage, however, I'm partial to the lawn seats. Everyone brings chairs and blankets and claims their spot. As the music gets going, people will get up and dance and all in all have a great time under the string lights.
2- Cool Down With Some Ice Cream
Ok, let's be real for a second. You can't talk about Summer in Memphis without mentioning the heat. Yes, it gets very hot and humid during the Summer months which makes the fact that Yarnell's has a truck at the concerts a lifesaver! So, be sure to cool down by stopping by the Yarnell's truck and getting some cool refreshing delicious ice cream.
3- Get There Early
Usually the gates open about two hours before the concert actually begins. I recommend going as close to gates open as you can! This gives you the opportunity to get a good parking spot, claim a great spot on the lawn, and enjoy a meal. Which leads me to my next tip...
4- Bring Dinner and a Cooler
You are able to bring your own food and drinks to the Live at the Garden Concerts so why wouldn't you! Looking around I realized that some people really have this down to a science. There was a group sitting near us that had real plates and silverware and a delicious looking cheese plate. I've also seen people bringing in catering trays. We usually grab some takeout on our way to the concert. This time we brought some Lenny's Subs (and left room for ice cream). Most people also bring large coolers. The smart people have coolers that are on wheels or even bring all their things with them in a wagon. If you don't want to bring food or drinks with you, that's fine! There are options available there.
5- Bug Spray
I mentioned the heat so it's only fair that I mention the bugs. It's Memphis in Summer. You definitely won't escape the heat and you probably won't be able to escape the mosquitos either. Luckily there are things you can do to avoid this being a problem. Bring some bug spray. I've also see people bring citronella candles that will not only keep the bugs away from you, but the people around you won't mind either!
There you have it! My tips to make the best out of the Live at the Garden Concerts. There are only three concerts left so you better get your tickets!!
Billy Currington - July 29, 2016
REO Speedwagon - August 25, 2016
Sheryl Crow - September 23, 2016
Once again, a huge thank you to Yarnell's for sending us to see Gregg Allman!