Summer at the Arboretum

The garden comes alive over the summer, and this year promises to be no exception.

Click play to be swept into a stunning visual experience of Summer at the Arboretum.

Summer at the Arboretum can surprise our guests, because so much of our gardens remain lush and full, often reaching the height of beauty during this warm season. We also have a host of beautiful water and misting features that combine a cooling experience with effects that make the garden even more visually stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic, enjoy an amazing concert set against sunset over White Rock Lake, or take in the beauty of ZimSculpt, our Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, you'll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.

August Dollar Days - Presented by Reliant

August 1-31

Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats and $1 popsicles and $4 ice cream sundaes.

Enjoy the end of summer at the Dallas Arboretum with a picnic and a cool beverage. (food & drinks available until 4pm)

Featured Activities

Arboretum After Hours

March 1-October 25

The Dallas Arboretum extends its hours until 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a favorite book and have a mid-week escape from a busy schedule. Check the website regularly for scheduled Wednesday evening activities throughout the year. Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person, (Excludes August Dollar Days)

Minutes of Midnight - Solar Eclipse Party

August 21, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Camp Lawn

Brought to you by Sunfinity Solar

Bring your picnic lunch or buy a $2 hotdog from the Terrace Café to enjoy on the camp lawn, then purchase a cool treat from the Kona Ice truck while listening to an eclipse-themed play list as you view the unforgettable solar eclipse with complimentary special viewing glasses (while supplies last). Oversize lawn games such as Jenga, Connect Four and Yardzee complete the activities for this event.

Here's a 5-minute tutorial on the eclipse from NASA

BOGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays through October 31, excluding August Dollar Days from August 1-31

Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.

Summer Wine Sampling Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays through August 31

Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. & Sundays 11:00 - 4:00 p.m., Café on the Green

New for the Summer! Join us for the perfect summer weekend. Bring a picnic or a loved one and enjoy delicious wine samplings in the most beautiful setting in Dallas.

Tickets available for $10 in addition to regular admission, guests 21 and over only, available at Cafe on the Green.

One ticket lets guests enjoy three 2 oz pours of either red or white varietals.

Labor Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4

$2 Hot Dogs and Root Beer Floats at Terrace Cafe

Wine Samplings at Café on the Green

Lawn Games including Connect Four, Yardzee, Cornhole and Jumbo Jenga - Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Bubbles and Music by Corey Breedlove - Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


SUMMER LOVIN’ - Martin Rutchik Concert Stage 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Summer Concert with the Roof Raisers Band playing all the summer goodies including Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet!

Tour Des Fleurs sponsored by W.B. Carrell Clinic

Morning September 16, Road below and on Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn.

Celebrating its 12th year, Tour des Fleurs features a new format this year, a 1/4 and 1/2 marathon. This USATF course on the lakeside trail of White Rock Lake concludes with "Dallas' best post-race party."

This year's party is a huge celebration of the 12th anniversary featuring live music, complimentary food and beverages, a physical therapy clinic at The Carrell Clinic booth, massages, yoga and freebies from a variety of TDF sponsors. The celebration begins at 8:15 a.m. and takes place at the Dallas Arboretum's Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Overall winner awards are announced at 9:30 a.m.

We also have given runners the option to raise money to support the Dallas Arboretum. Information about how to challenge yourself and compete with friends before and during the race is forthcoming.

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