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Picnic at the Symphony - This weekend Strings

This is a weekly event through the end of the schedule.

Where to find our group - If you are coming from the top of the stairs facing downtown, we are on the right about 1/3 of the way back. If you are coming from Riverside facing the Long center, look left on the grass. You should find some red tables set up and extreme picnic gear. I will try to have a red balloon weekly - but if not, trust me, we are easy to spot ;).

Here is a link to a map. See where it says Yelp Folks - that is where to find us.

This is a great Summer sunset symphony tradition. Enjoy the beautiful Hartman Foundation Park just off the terrace of the Long Center, which serves as a stage, at sunset.

Pack a picnic, some wine, bring a blanket and your chill self for a fun Summer Sunday evening Austin tradition. Even though summer tends to be hot, the hour and the location are generally temperate with a light breeze. Not much of a picnic maker, bring takeout from one of your favorite haunts and compliment it with your own beverages.

Dog and Kid Friendly.

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Website Details:

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation "Concerts in the Park"
June 2-August 25,[masked]:30 PM
where: Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center directions

In its 11th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June 2nd through August 25th at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

2013 Schedule
First Weekend - June 2 - Strings
June 9 - Brass
June 16 - Woodwinds
June 23 - Big Band

This Weekend - July 7 - Strings
July 14 - Brass
July 21 - Woodwinds
July 28 - Big Band

August 4 - Strings
August 11 - Brass
August 18 - Woodwinds
August 25 - Big Band

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $7

We will announce all cancellations due to rain via our website, Facebook ( and Twitter @AustinSymphony (

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  • Denise

    It was wonderful, I had a great time.

    July 8, 2013

    • Joan B.

      me too! Great to meet such a great group of peeps!

      July 8, 2013

  • Nicole B.

    Was so looking forward to tonight, however & unfortunately, allergies or a summer cold has us down for the count. Rain check for sure!

    July 7, 2013

  • Darla A

    First time attenders - Look for the 10 foot pole with the red star balloon. That is us.

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change of plans. Maybe next time!

    July 7, 2013

  • Nicole B.

    This sounds like a lovely evening! Weather permitting, my husband and I want to head down, meet & join the group.

    July 6, 2013

  • Darla A

    Pick up the July 3 Austin American Statesman. Our Picnic group will be on the cover of the food section.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I attended last night June 23. It was wonderful to meet Darla and her mom (who made a fabulous brisket) and so many gregarious people including Yelpers. I did not realize that this was a potluck. Next time I will bring food to share. Also, I was so busy talking that I couldn't really pay attention to the music. Still lots of fun!

    June 24, 2013

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