Are you ready to rock the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in 2023? Running from March 1 – July 5, EPCOT will be in bloom with flowers, food, and music. In this guide, we have everything you need to know about Garden Rocks – the free concert series that fills World Showcase with groovy beats.

This year’s Garden Rocks concert series will feature plenty of returning favorites, from Smash Mouth to STARSHIP. Plus, we’ll see a few fresh faces grace the stage.

This guide will share the full concert lineup, performance schedule, and a few tips for the 2023 Garden Rocks concerts at EPCOT. Plus, we’ll recommend which dining package you should consider getting so you can get the best seat in the house — without having to pay a fortune.

What is the Garden Rocks concert series?

Guess Who - Flower Power Concerts - Disney World Freebies

Featuring favorite bands and performers from the past few decades, Garden Rocks is a series of concerts performed nightly during the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. These shows used to be called the Flower Power concerts.

Garden Rocks concerts last roughly thirty minutes, and the bands perform three times nightly. They are included in EPCOT admission, meaning that there is no extra charge to enjoy the concert if you have a ticket to the park. Seats are first come, first serve, but you can get preferred seating with a dining package (more on that below)

2023 Garden Rocks Band Lineup and Schedule

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Smash Mouth performing at EPCOT

This year’s concerts have an extremely strong lineup. We have the return of the fan favorites, Smash Mouth. Get ready to sing along to all your favorite hits, like “All Star” and “Walking on the Sun” as they bring their signature energetic performance to the stage. Another returning favorite is festival mainstay STARSHIP. Take a trip down memory lane with classic tracks like “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. Just try not to get too lost in the 80s nostalgia. Don’t forget Rick Springfield. The heartthrob of the 80s is back at EPCOT, and he’s ready to serenade us with  “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers”.

If you’re looking for some fresh voices, check out A.J. Croce. This blues and roots musician is sure to have you grooving in your seat with his soulful tunes. Last, but not least, we want to highlight Jason Scheff, the longtime lead singer of the legendary band Chicago. Get ready to rock to some of your favorite Chicago hits, like “25 or 6 to 4” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.”

Here’s the complete Garden Rocks lineup.

  • March 3-4 – Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI
  • March 5-6 – Daughtry
  • March 10-11 – Tommy DeCarlo
  • March 12-13 – Smash Mouth
  • March 17-18 – Mike DelGuidice
  • March 19-20 – Blue Oyster Cult – NEW
  • March 24-25 – Berlin
  • March 26-27 – The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31 – Luis Figueroa – NEW
  • April 1-2 – Piso 21 – NEW
  • April 3 – TBD
  • April 7-8 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • April 9-10 – Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles
  • April 16-17 – Switchfoot – NEW
  • April 21-22 – A Flock of Seagulls
  • April 23-24 – Jo Dee Messina
  • April 28-29 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett, The Voice Of Player
  • April 30, May 1 – Kool and the Gang
  • May 5-8 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 12-15 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • May 19-20 – A.J. Croce: Croce Plays Croce – NEW
  • May 21-22 – Casting Crowns – NEW
  • May 26-27 – Jason Scheff, longtime lead singer of Chicago – NEW
  • May 28-29 – Rick Springfield
  • June 2-5 – Plain White T’s
  • June 9-10 – The Spinners
  • June 11-12 – The Commodores
  • June 16-17 – Vertical Horizon
  • June 18-19 – Tony Orlando
  • June 23-26 – Simple Plan
  • June 30, July 1 – Living Colour
  • July 2-3 – Wang Chung

Garden Rocks Location and Showtimes

Garden Rocks concert - America Gardens Theater
The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre on the World Showcase Lagoon.

The Garden Rocks concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre, located in the America pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

The show takes place three times a night, at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8 PM.

Does Garden Rocks cost anything?

As mentioned above, these performances are free with EPCOT park admission, and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. You will need a Park Pass reservation or a park hopper ticket in order to get into EPCOT.

EPCOT Garden Rocks Dining Packages

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Several restaurants at Epcot offer a dining package for the Garden Rocks concerts. These packages include a three-course meal or buffet, a non-alcoholic beverage, and guaranteed seating for one concert on that day. We find the dining package seats to be among the best seats, and usually you are paying $10-$20 more per person to add the guaranteed seating to the meal.

Eight restaurants will offer the dining package during the 2023 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. Prices will vary depending on the restaurant, but they range from $35 to $95 per adult and $20-$48 per child (ages 3-9). (Prices exclude gratuity or tax).

(ages 10 and up)
(ages 3 to 9)
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Norway Pavilion
$74.00 $48.00
Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
$60.00 $34.00
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas
$69.00 $27.00
Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
$66.00 $43.00
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canada Pavilion
$95.00 $36.00
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (Offers Same Day Packages)
American Adventure Pavilion
$35.00 $20.00
Rose & Crown Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
$59.00 $25.00
Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion
$47.00 $20.00

Reservations open for Garden Rocks dining packages open February 9, 2023. Check out Disney World’s website for more information.

EPCOT Garden Rocks Tips

  • How early should you line up for Garden Rocks? We recommend getting to the America Gardens Theater at least 30 minutes before the  show starts. If there’s a particularly popular band, increase that to 45 minutes to an hour. Seating is limited!
  • Save money on a dining package. We really love any counter service option for a dining package for EPCOT concerts. Regal Eagle Smokehouse is your only option for counter service, but it’s a great option. For $35, you get an appetizer, entree, dessert, drink, and a great seat for the show. Plus, you don’t need to make a reservation for this – just show up to the restaurant and ask. The only downside is that same day packages may not be available on peak days.
  • No reservations available for dining packages? Check out Regal Eagle Smokehouse. The restaurant offers same day packages and really tasty food!
  • Don’t want to line up? The America Gardens Theater is an open amphitheater, so you can hear and see the show pretty much anywhere from the American Adventure Pavilion. While Cast Members will prevent people from standing in the walkway directly behind the theater’s seating, you can still enjoy the show from elsewhere in the pavilion. It won’t be the best viewing experience, but it’s a great option if you don’t want to commit to lining up and watching the whole show.
  • Plan your Park Reservations wisely. If there’s a band you’re dying to see at the Garden Rocks concert series, be sure to make a park pass reservation for the day that they are performing. If you have a park hopper or Annual Pass, you won’t have to worry about this, since the concerts take place well after park hopping begins.

EPCOT Garden Rocks Guide Recap

Running three times nightly during the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival, the Garden Rocks concert series is one of the most fun parts of the festival. Featuring a diverse set of bands from the past few decades, guests will be able to see a variety of different performers during their Disney World vacation.

There are three ways to watch the show: Get to the America Gardens Theater early to grab a seat, get a dining package to guarantee your seat, or stand around in the America pavilion.

Do you have any questions about EPCOT’s Garden Rocks concerts? Let me know in the comments below!