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Named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest.
Highlighting The Wonderful World of Oz as our theme in 2017, our fall festival is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower-Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, and our internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn.
For the 12th year, Autumn at the Arboretum includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash along with hay bales and cornstalks. Themed “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!”, Pumpkin Village takes each visitor on a trip highlighting the beloved book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Guests travel through Pumpkin Village on an actual yellow-brick road, spiraling through Pecan Grove with stops at each major occurrence in the story of Dorothy and her adventures in the “Land of Oz”--reimagined with pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Vignettes include “Auntie Em’s house,” the “Scarecrow’s Garden,” the “Enchanted Forest” with the “Tin Man” and “Cowardly Lion,” “Munchkinland,” “Emerald City” showcasing the carriage pulled by “A Horse of A Different Color,” and the “Wicked Witch’s Castle” including the Hay Bale Maze mimicking the castle walls. “Munchkinland” is also the home of the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins for purchase and activities for the kids. Photo-opportunities abound throughout the pumpkin-laden Oz themed village.
Autumn at the Arboretum includes the popular, one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, featuring artful arrangements of thousands of pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks set amidst the 150,000 fall blooms such as chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush.
The popular Haybale Maze and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offer pumpkins for purchase. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among the breathtaking fall floral displays.
*Costumes are only allowed for children aged 12 and under, and are prohibited for children 13 and over and adults. Masks and face paint are particularly prohibited. Exceptions include Arboretum sponsored events and private events.
Cool Thursdays Concerts
Thursdays, September 7 - October 26, 7-9 p.m.
Dallas' premier outdoor concert series, presented by Wells Fargo, returns this fall with a fabulous band lineup. Gates open at 6 p.m. All concerts include some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s favorite food trucks. Limited tickets remain for the final three concerts. To purchase tickets and view the band lineup, visit the Cool Thursdays Concerts page.
Family Fun Weekend
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pecan Grove
Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, face painting, a petting zoo, and a magician in Pecan Grove. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick or treat bag.
Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Café on the Green
The menu at Café on the Green features traditional German cuisine, including various kinds of sausage and beer. Take a break and enjoy a delicious Octoberfest-inspired meal through November 22.
Monday-Saturday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday – 12-4 p.m., DeGolyer House
Visit the DeGolyer House for a tour of the beautiful, historically preserved home, while listening to incredibly knowledgeable docents speak about the history of the home through November 22.
Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Mondays & Tuesdays through November 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pecan Grove
Enjoy fun, kid-friendly activities in Pecan Grove, adjacent to the pumpkin village. Activities include face painting, a petting zoo, silhouette artist and music by KinderMusic (music 12-1230pm)
NEW Dallas County Master Gardeners in the Garden
Thursdays through November 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the Dallas County Master Gardeners are on-site to answer any questions guests may have regarding what’s growing in the garden.
Dallas Arboretum Amateur Photography Exhibit
A juried exhibition of photography of the Arboretum - Showing in the Rosine Hall gallery September 23 - November 22.
NEW! Arboretum Amber craft beer
Brewed for the Arboretum by Texas Ale Project and served at Café on the Green this amber beer has a medium to light mouth feel with a wonderful malty complex and a nice hop balance. Pairs well with brats, also sold at Café on the Green - $6 for a 12 oz glass.
Saturdays: 12-3 p.m. & Sundays: 1-4 p.m.
Musicians specializing in a variety of music, such as Spanish guitar and folk guitar, play throughout the garden every weekend during autumn. Bring a picnic and relish in the music. Specific locations and artists' bios coming soon.
11/12-Jonathan and Shannon Camacho
Eric Czechowski – Guitar & Vocals – performed with Emmy, Grammy, and Dove award winners
Randy Vrandenburg – Blues Guitar & Vocals – Author of two instruction books, Scales Over Chords & Everything About Playing the Blues
Becky Middleton – Folk Guitar & Vocals - Dallas Morning News calls her “Dallas’” most full throated, soul-cry vocalist
Shannon & Jonathan Comancho – Indy/Alternative Guitar & Vocalist Duo – The Music Enthusiast calls them “quite impressive duo, with incredible vocal talent”
NEW Garden Sized Games
Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pecan Grove
Enjoy giant-sized games like Connect Four, Yardzee, Corn-Hole and Jenga in Pecan Grove. Games are available to play on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Loggia at DeGolyer House
Enjoy soothing piano melodies by Lee Harbaugh on the DeGolyer Loggia.
North Texas Gourd Association Demonstrations
Every Thursday in October, and November 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Crape Myrtle Allee
The North Texas Gourd Association creates items, such as jewelry and decorative accessories, with gourds.
National Pumpkin Day
Thursday, October 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There is no better place to celebrate National Pumpkin Day than at the Dallas Arboretum during autumn. Celebrate this holiday by indulging in pumpkin flavored foods at select dining areas.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Gorganzola Cream Sauce | Pecan Pumpkin Bread | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche
Pumpkin Lattes and Pumpkin Chai Teas | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche
Café on the Green
Pumpkin Lattes and Pumpkin Chai Teas | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche
NEW Dia de los Muertos
Wednesday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate the “Day of the Dead” at the Dallas Arboretum. Activities located throughout the garden include face painting for all ages, a henna tattoo artist, a DJ and mask-making. Wine and beer are available for purchase, along with three food trucks. Guests are welcome to bring picnics.
Veteran’s Day Weekend
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 9-5 p.m.
All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission all weekend (with valid military ID). Additionally, on Saturday at 4 p.m., enjoy a patriotic performance at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn by the Ladies Liberty, a show troupe dedicated to boosting the morale of our military and veterans.
Hoffman Family Gift Store Book Signings/Events
Book Signing with Michael Dotsikas - Fiday, October 20 12 - 3 p.m.
Join us for a reading and signing of the award-winning book, Benjamin Birdie's First Flight, with author Michael Dotsika.
Book Signing with Debbie Reece - Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Debbie Reece for a book signing of Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever.
Book Signing with Jane & Norman Giddan - Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join authors Norman and Jane Giddan for a book signing with Grackles of Green Grove Protect Their Land, and the Spanish version, Los Zanates de Valle Verde Protegen Sus Tierras.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Panos and Penelope Maheras for a tasting from Imported Gourmet Foods.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Holly Clegg, author of the popular Eating Well series, for a book signing of Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Sam Pfiester for a book signing of The Golden Lane, a story that follows the early career of Everette DeGolyer, famed of the Arboretum’s DeGolyer House, during the Tampico Oil Boom.
Book Signing - Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join author Jennifer Drez for a book signing of Goodnight Dallas.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:
Special Event: Trick or Treating in the Children's Adventure Garden
October 27 – October 29, 6-9pm
$10 General Admission; $8 Member
Dress in your Halloween costume and join us for a spooky, night-time exploration of the Children's Adventure Garden. Take a journey through the Halloween maze. Trick-or-Treat stops along the pathways guide your candy search by the ghouls and goblins that haunt the garden.
Create your own glow-in-the-dark flower. Then stop by the Exploration Center for the glowing excitement of hands-on Halloween fog and goo. This special opportunity to see the garden in dark shadows and twinkling lights is sure to thrill your family
**Parking for this event will be in the Parking Garage. Please follow the directions of the parking attendant and enter the Children’s Adventure Garden via the Tunnel.
National Chemistry Week
October 22-28, 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden
Enjoy an entire week of chemistry magic in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Explore the Plant Lab for Milk Macromolecules and a different chemistry program every afternoon.
Wednesdays, September 27-November 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buy one, get one free admission every Wednesday; offer is valid for Arboretum After-Hours.
Wednesdays, September 27-October 18 and November 1, 5-8 p.m.
The garden stays open an additional three hours Wednesdays this fall.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Thursdays, September 28-November 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seniors can enjoy $11 admission and a 20 percent discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount is only available at the ticket booth.
Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission
September 23-November 22
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets, available at area Tom Thumb and Albertson’s locations.
Dallas Food Bank Discount
October 31 - November 4
Each can of food brought in is $1 off general admission, up to $5 off. All food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
Veterans Day Discount
Any veterans, active duty and first responders with identification receive free daytime admission on Veterans Day. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.
For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Autumn at the Arboretum or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumn at the Arboretum is made possible by Rogers-O’Brien Construction.
Additional sponsors include Alliance Data, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, C.C. Young, Full Color Inc., Kimberly-Clark, Reliant, Tom Thumb, DallasChild and Macy’s.