Party on the Porch FAQs

September 30, 2023, 6-10 p.m.

Download a PDF of the schedule of events.

Getting there

  • Our parking lot will be closed during the event, but free parking is available at the Health Science Center surface lots (immediately north of the Museum). Paid parking is available at Will Rogers Memorial Center off Lancaster Avenue and the Western Heritage Garage on Gendy Street.

  • Here are a few recommended ways to get to the Carter:

    • From I30 W, take exit 11 for Montgomery St., merge onto West Fwy, at the light turn right onto Montgomery St., turn right onto Camp Bowie Blvd., the Museum will be on the right.
    • From I30 W, take exit 12A for S. University Dr. toward City Parks/Zoo/TCU, turn left onto University Dr., turn left onto W. Lancaster Ave., turn right onto Montgomery St., turn right at the 1st cross street onto Camp Bowie Blvd., the Museum will be on the right.
    • From Downtown via W. Lancaster, turn right onto Henderson St., turn left onto W. 7th St, continue onto Camp Bowie Blvd., the Museum will be on the left.
    • From I30 E, take exit 10 toward Hulen St., merge onto West Fwy, turn left onto Hulen St., turn right onto Camp Bowie Blvd., the Museum will be on the right.
  • Party on the Porch is free to attend; all ages require a free ticket to enter the event, including toddlers and infants. Food and beverages (including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage options) will be available for purchase on site from local food trucks and bars. Alcohol purchases will require valid ID.

  • Event entrances will be on Camp Bowie Boulevard and Lancaster Avenue. Please note that Will Rogers Road will be closed between Lancaster Avenue and Camp Bowie Boulevard Boulevard from Friday, September 29 at 9 p.m. through 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 1. Check-in begins at 5:45 p.m.

  • The Museum galleries will open at noon on Saturday, September 30. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues through 10 p.m. with the Museum remaining open through 10 p.m. Portable restrooms outside will be available.

  • Activities will happen both inside and outside, so we suggest you wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes!

  • Yes! Our grounds and Museum entrances are wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility related questions and/or needs, please email us.

  • Party on the Porch will happen rain or shine. In case of dangerous inclement weather, please follow our social media accounts (@theamoncarter) and check our website for updates.

What to bring

  • Yes! Party on the Porch is fun for all ages! We’ll have hands-on activities inside the Museum and outside on the grounds for everyone to enjoy. Strollers are always welcome. Please note, wagons and stroller wagons are not allowed inside the Museum. A designated area to check wagons is located outside of the Museum entrance.

  • Yes, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and snag your spot on the lawn to enjoy the evening! Don’t want to bring your own? We will have limited seating available throughout our campus. Please note that lawn chairs cannot be brought inside the Museum.

  • Given the size and nature of this event, we ask that you leave your dog at home. This is best for your pup as the noise and crowd levels may feel overwhelming to many of our beloved furry family members. Thanks for your cooperation! Service animals are permitted in the Museum’s building.

  • Food trucks and bars will take both cash and credit cards, but cash will help the lines move faster!

  • Please leave your pets, coolers, large bags, and backpacks at home. We request that visitors use clear bags. We ask that you do not bring outside food or drink and that you support our local food truck vendors who will be on site. Coolers, picnic baskets, glass, firearms, and outside alcohol are not permitted. Wagons and stroller wagons are not allowed inside the Museum. A designated area to check wagons is located outside of the Museum entrance. The Carter is a tobacco-free and vape-free campus.

What's on

  • We love our members! Members get access to our exclusive Member Patio with free drinks and lite bites. Not a member? There will be a membership table at the event so you can join on-site to enjoy member perks!

  • Summer Dean will kick off the night at 6:30 p.m. and Alejandro Escovedo will close the night out starting at 8:30 p.m.

  • You can grab dinner from Angi’s Louisiana Kitchen, Compatible Delights Vegan, Cousins Maine Lobster, Fort Redemption BBQ, Frio’s Gourmet Pops, Gepetto’s Pizza, GUSTO's Burgers + Stuff, Lucky G’s Bistro, Mama Llama Sweets, Morgan’s Ice Cream, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Plaka's Greek Kitchen, Santos Tacos, The Beignet Bus. Food is not permitted inside the Museum. Pan Ector will also be on site. Credit cards and cash will be accepted, but cash helps the lines move faster!

  • The Food Cart will not be open during the event, but grab a bite to eat at one of the local food trucks outside.

  • Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the food trucks. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at bars throughout the Museum grounds. Don’t forget to bring your ID! Carter members will have access to an exclusive Member Patio with free drinks and lite bites throughout the evening as well. Not a member? Join today!

  • The first floor galleries will remain open until 10 p.m. The Museum’s second floor galleries will close at 9:30 p.m.

    Throughout the evening, enjoy art-making activities inspired by The World Outside: Louise Nevelson at Midcentury. Make your own three-dimensional sculptural landscape inspired by the works on view in the exhibition, experiment with building blocks to create your own Nevelson-themed assemblage, bring a work of art to life at our hands-on sensory stations, and create your own Nevelson-inspired notebook.

    Explore two exhibitions all night long: The World Outside, featuring over 50 defining artworks by Nevelson that illuminates the artist’s multidimensional mastery of form and dialogue with postwar America; and Come to Colorado, featuring over 60 photographs drawn exclusively from the Carter’s Fred and Jo Mazzulla Collection that document the history of Colorado in the 19th century.

    Check out our wide array of food trucks and local vendors before the concert. Between art making and delicious food and drinks, the evening is certain to be a blast! Become a member on-site and skip the long lines to snag a drink from our exclusive Member Patio.