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Live at The Gardens Summer Concert Series

Live at The Gardens Summer Concert Series presented by Mountain Valley Bank

Get ready for a summer filled with live music in the most gorgeous setting in Fort Collins! The Gardens on Spring Creek and The Lincoln Center are delighted to partner for the 2024 Live at The Gardens Summer Concert Series, presented by Mountain Valley Bank. From June to August, enjoy the sounds of summer with a season of good vibes in a breathtakingly beautiful venue.

Bela Fleck

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, feat. Rakesh Chaurasia: As We Speak

Saturday, July 20 |  Doors Open at 5 p.m.  |  Show Begins at 6 p.m.


Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer each had a base in a different musical realm—bluegrass for Fleck, Indian classical music for Hussain, and Western classical music for Meyer—yet they share a gift for improvisation and an ability to reach across musical genres as casually as neighbors might chat over a backyard fence. "When we are performing on stage, in composing mode or creating mode, we are basically having a conversation,” says Hussain. “So the music emerges as we speak.” The 2x GRAMMY-winning As We Speak not only showcases the group’s breathtaking abilities as instrumentalists but underscores the wide range of musical influences at their command. 

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Ben Folds

Ben Folds & The Fort Collins Symphony

Saturday, Aug. 3 |  Doors Open at 5 p.m.  |  Show Begins at 6 p.m.


Emmy-award nominated composer, singer-songwriter, and pianist Ben Folds joins the Fort Collins Symphony for a night of exceptional performances. Widely regarded as one of the major musical influences of our generation, Folds’ enormous body of genre-bending music includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His latest album, 2023’s What Matters Most, is a blend of piano-driven pop-rock songs, while his 2015 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For nearly two decades, Folds has performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras and currently serves as Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony  Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers — Spirit Trail: 25th Anniversary Tour

Saturday, Aug. 10  |  Doors Open at 5 p.m.  |  Show Begins at 6 p.m.


Based out of Williamsburg, VA, Hornsby first rose to national prominence with "The Way It Is," his 1986 Grammy-winning debut album with The Range. The title track became the most-played song on American radio in 1987 while Tupac Shakur’s timeless song “Changes” builds on “The Way It Is” and set the stage for many subsequent versions of the track. In 1991 Hornsby collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, playing on her iconic hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Additionally, Hornsby was a part-time member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, performing over 100 concerts in America and Europe. The 13-time Grammy nominee has also solidified his status as a highly sought-after collaborator. Hornsby’s own 23 albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide and he has appeared on over 100 records including releases with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Seger, Chaka Khan, Bon Iver, Brandon Flowers, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson and more. His most recent studio album, ‘Flicted, was released in May '22.

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Skip the food truck lines! While buying your ticket, you can add on a charcuterie box from Get Plattered to complete your concert experience. Individual boxed platters feed one person and feature seasonally-selected ingredients such as delicious cheeses, cured meat, crackers, fresh produce, nuts, honey and jam, sweet delicacies and more.

Charcuterie boxes are pre-order only; sales close two days prior to the show. You can purchase a charcuterie box at the time of your ticket purchase or you can call The Lincoln Center Box Office at 970.221.6730 to add one later.

Official and authentic Live at The Gardens Summer Series tickets are only available through The Lincoln Center Box Office. Tickets are not available at The Gardens on Spring Creek or through any other ticketing vendor. 

Live at The Gardens concert tickets are dynamically priced and will fluctuate within the listed price range depending on demand. For both the pre-sale and public on-sale periods, ticket prices start at the lowest price point and will increase due to demand during each sales period. Ticket quantities are limited.

Tickets will be available to order online at on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 9 at noon: Gardens Contributing, Sustaining, Leadership and Corporate members
  • Wednesday, April 10 at noon: All Gardens Members and Lincoln Center Subscribers
  • Friday, April 12 at noon: General Public 

The Lincoln Center Box Office

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Phone: 970.221.6730
  • Location: 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins

A temporary on-site Box Office will be located at The Gardens the day of the show and will open one hour prior to the start of each performance.

Everyone, regardless of age, is required to have a ticket for entry, including infants. This requirement ensures capacity limits are observed. No complimentary tickets for youth or infants are available.

All sales are final. No refunds. All concerts are rain or shine.

Ticket delivery options include 1) mobile, 2) print at home or, 3) Will Call, available at the Gardens on Spring Creek starting once doors open the day of the show.

Ticketing fees apply. Phone orders are $5 per order, online orders are $1.50 - $6 per ticket, dependent on ticket price, and in-person orders are not charged a fee.

Accepted payment methods include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and The Lincoln Center gift cards for online, phone and in-person transactions. For in-person transactions only, additional accepted payment methods also include cash, check and Downtown Fort Collins gift cards. Full payment is due at the time of purchase.

All Live at the Gardens Summer Concert Series performances will be held at the Everitt Pavilion and Great Lawn, outdoors at the Gardens on Spring Creek. 

Clear Bag Policy: 
The Gardens on Spring Creek will be enforcing a clear bag policy during all concert events.

Guests are welcome to bring clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches. Small clutches that are the size of a hand (4.5 x 6.5 inches or smaller) are also permitted. No coolers will be allowed inside the Gardens during concert events.

All bags, including diaper bags, must comply with this policy.
The Gardens Gift Shop has a limited supply of compliant clear bags available for purchase.

Chairs / Seating:
Guests are welcome to bring their own folding lawn chairs. No canopies, tents or umbrellas are permitted. Seating is first-come, first-served. We ask that all patrons respectfully consolidate their seating area to three feet by three feet, or nine square feet, per patron.

Blankets and tables are discouraged. We reserve the right to consolidate your blanket spread or other personal items to allow space for others.

Accessible seating areas are available for guests with disabilities, such as those who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.  These areas will be reserved for patrons from the time when doors open until the start time of the concert. There is space for one companion per person requiring accessible seating.

Auxiliary aids and services are available for people with disabilities; please contact our team at or 970.416.2486 at least two weeks prior to the concert date.

All concerts are scheduled to take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to bring items for comfort including hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and jackets/raincoats in order to be prepared for shifting weather during events. In the event of severe weather, concert staff will communicate any necessary updates.

Free parking is available in The Gardens lot, along Botanical Lane or in the USDA's Natural Resources Research Center lot across the street.

The Gardens is also easily accessed by the Spring Creek Trail with ample bike parking and a separate bike gate entrance located directly on the trail.

Entry / Doors:
Gates will open to concert ticketholders one hour prior to the scheduled show start time. Note that regular daily Gardens operations will close to guests at least three hours prior to the beginning of scheduled concert performances.

Ticketholders may enter the venue through the main Visitor Center entrance, the Rock Garden gate west of The Gardens’ main parking lot, and through the gate south of the Spring Creek Trail. Please have your tickets ready to scan upon entrance. One admission per ticket.

Re-Entry Policy: 
Re-entry is prohibited. Guests cannot leave and later regain entry into the venue. Please plan accordingly. 

Food and Drink:
The Gardens will have a variety of food and drink offerings inside the venue including food trucks, a full cash bar and water fountains for refillable water bottles. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Guests are permitted to bring factory-sealed non-alcoholic beverages, empty reusable water bottles and food for personal consumption. According to the clear bag policy outlined above, food must be packed in transparent bags or containers. No glass is allowed.

Show Length:
Concerts will be approximately 90 minutes long; this may vary by performer.  Due to City sound ordinances, all concerts will end at 8 p.m.

There is no smoking allowed. This includes but is not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, marijuana or tobacco in any form.

Prohibited Items:
Prohibited items include but are not limited to:  

  • Outside alcohol, marijuana and tobacco in any form
  • Glass containers
  • Pets (service animals as defined by the ADA are allowed)
  • Tents, canopies or umbrellas
  • Recording devices
  • Noisemakers
  • Laser pointers
  • Confetti or glitter
  • Fires of any kind including grills, fireworks and candles
  • Bikes, skateboards and roller skates (bike parking is available outside venue)

Policies are subject to change at any time and may vary by performer. Any person observed in violation of the outlined policies will be subject to ejection without refund.

Only service animals are permitted at The Gardens. Service animals must be restrained and must remain with the owner. If a service animal interferes with other guests, corrective action may include rearranging seating or removal of the service animal from the amphitheater. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not service animals as defined by the 2010 ADA Guidelines and are not allowed at concerts.

Some productions may contain mature language or content. The Gardens on Spring Creek does not censor or guarantee the content of any production.

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