Autumn at the Arboretum
Join us September 20-November 26 as the Arboretum transforms with thousands of fall florals. The beloved Pumpkin Village and Cinderella’s Carriage also return in 2014!
Autumn at the Arboretum is supported by Alliance Data, Gateway Buick, and Texas Instruments
Over 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash come together to form the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village. A multitude of special events are also available throughout the festival including a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts and the Tom Thumb pumpkin patch. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens with friends, a fun family photo, or a leisurely walk among 150,000 blooming fall flowers such as chrysanthemums and impatiens. The fall foliage, cool weather and deep colors make Autumn at the Arboretum a must-see.
“Fall is really our most colorful time of year. Many of the summer flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. Our thousands of pumpkins bring out the color in banks of chrysanthemums that are layered with ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush.” - Dave Forehand, Vice President of Gardens
Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village
Sponsored by Doctors’ Hospital at White Rock Lake
Daily | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Pecan Grove
The beloved Pumpkin Village returns this year featuring Storybook houses, hay bale maze, Cinderella’s Carriage and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins available for purchase). Children can explore these amazing houses made out of pumpkins while parents seize the opportunity to capture photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular color. Each house features a popular children's storybook including "Pumpkin Jack," "Too Many Pumpkins," "Strega Nona's Harvest," "Pumpkin Town!," "Scarecrow" and the classic story of "Cinderella."
Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Kimberly-Clark Tiny Tot Tuesdays
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Mondays & Tuesdays | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature art, face painting and Kindermusik.
Columbus Day Weekend Festivities
Friday, October 10-Sunday, October 12 | 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Guests are invited to listen to live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage, and can linger with a picnic on the lawn overlooking picturesque White Rock Lake.
Monday, October 13 | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
These Eddie Coker performances, sponsored by Dallas Child, take place on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Families of all ages are invited to these spirited concerts.
Family Fun Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Trick-or-treat throughout the gardens with costumed characters and other family fun activities. Children are encouraged to wear festive costumes.
Mondays-Fridays | 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. | Restaurant DeGolyer
Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission. Reservations are required. Seated Tea is available to guests 13 and older. Private tea service and teas for over eight people are available upon request. To make reservations, contact 214-515-6511 or email@example.com.
Daily | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Café on the Green
Celebrate autumn with mittagessen (that’s lunch, in German) at Café on the Green, serving a traditional German menu until Thanksgiving.
Cool Thursdays Concerts
September 4-October 30
The popular outdoor concert series, presented by Wells Fargo, resumes in the fall with Emerald City on September 4 and runs through October 30. More information
Tour des Fleurs
Saturday, September 20
The 9th Annual Tour des Fleurs, presented by Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, kicks off the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This 10/20K race around the beautiful White Rock Lake starts at 7 a.m. and is followed by a post-race celebration at the Dallas Arboretum, situated on the shores of White Rock Lake.
Piano Melodies by Keith Schmorr
Daily | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dann Talley Kincheloe Courtyard
Weekends | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn
Free Garden Tours
Guided Walking Tours | Daily | Sundays, 2:30 p.m. | Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. | Saturday 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Don’t just visit the Arboretum…explore it with your very own tour guide! During Autumn at the Arboretum, guests can enjoy complementary guided walking tours offered daily. This is a great way to hear about the development of our various gardens and the generous citizens who have been an integral part of their creation. Visitors can also learn about seasonal plantings, various trees, foliage, and hear some of the little known facts and behind-the-scenes stories that will bring the Arboretum into full focus. Enjoy the expedition!
Locate your tour guide in the main entry plaza at the South end of the Arboretum holding a “free walking tour” sign. Your tour guide will take you on a walking tour throughout the garden. The tour will last up to an hour, you are free to join or leave as needed.
Buy One Get One Free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Discounted tickets can only be purchased on site at the Ticket Booth.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
General admission tickets are $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discounted tickets can only be purchased on site at the Ticket Booth.