Autumn at the Arboretum

September 19 - November 25

Named one of “The Best Fall Festivals” – Country Living, 2015

Supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments

With the welcome change of seasons comes one of the Dallas Arboretum’s most anticipated autumn events: Autumn at the Arboretum. The highlight of the Dallas fall festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. This year, to continue with the ongoing Texas theme, the display will be recreated into an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove. New in 2015 will be a Texas mosaic made of pumpkins.

See all the pumpkins, gourds and squash in the Pumpkin Village.

Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among 150,000 fall-blooming flowers, such as marigolds, daisies, begonias, rudbeckia, penstemon and chrysanthemums. The fall foliage, cooler weather and deep colors make Autumn at the Arboretum a must-see for North Texas locals and out-of-town visitors. Guests will find unlimited opportunities not only to create lasting memories, but also to capture them in photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular autumn color.

A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during the festival.



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Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

Sponsored by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake


September 19 – November 25

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Pumpkin Village features a record number of 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash including the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins available for purchase), Old Texas Town Houses (made of pumpkins), Great Pumpkin Search, Hay Bale Maze and Cinderella’s Carriage in the Pecan Grove.

Children's Adventure Garden Activities


October 6 - October 27

11:30 a.m.

Pecan Grove

Guests can participate in activities exploring the insides and outsides of our favorite gourd.

In the Garden with Dave

11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Join Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens, as he highlights a section of the Arboretum every Wednesday morning.

Oct. 14: Butterfly Plants and Monarch Migration (Jonsson Color Garden)

Oct. 21: Fall Roses (Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden)

Oct. 28: White Garden Basics (Nancy Clements Seay Magnolia Glade)

Nov. 4: Koi Pond (Lay Family Garden)

Nov. 11: Winter Grass (Jonsson Color Garden)

Nov. 18: Winter Planting Tips (Jonsson Color Garden)

Friday Fish Feedings

Fridays, Oct. 9 – Nov. 27

1 p.m.

Lay Family Garden

Help our Horticulture staff feed our aquatic friends every Friday.

Friday Pumpkin Painting

Fridays, Oct. 9 – Nov. 27

2 – 3 p.m.

Pecan Grove

Paint a pumpkin in Pecan Grove. First come, first served.

75th Anniversary Display in the DeGolyer House

Monday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 1

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

DeGolyer House

The DeGolyer House is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The hacienda-style home was unique to Dallas when it was completed in 1940. Through public and private partnerships, every effort was made to preserve this historical treasure. Today, the house is a celebration of what life was like in the heyday of entertaining. Be sure to visit the house and experience its journey from family home to designated landmark through historic photos and documents.

Harvest Tea

Mondays – Fridays

September 21 – November 25

11 a.m. & 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. Cost is $47 per person and $57 per person for champagne tea. Private tea service and teas for over eight people are available upon request. To make reservations, contact 214-515-6511 or

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Mondays & Tuesdays

September 21 – November 24

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pecan Grove

For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature crafts, face painting and Kindermusik.

Oktoberfest Garten


September 19 – November 25

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate autumn with mittagessen (that’s lunch, in German) at Café on the Green, serving a traditional German menu until Thanksgiving.

Bratwurst Tastings


11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cafe on the Green

Free Garden Tours

Wednesdays & Saturdays

September 23 – November 21

11 a.m.

Entry Plaza

Piano Melodies by Keith Schmorr


September 19 – November 25

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Dann Talley Kinchloe Courtyard

Garden Melodies


September 19 – November 22

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Live Music

Woolf Circle

Saturdays, September 19 – November 21 | 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Sundays, September 20 – November 22 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Joel Cross: (Oct. 10, 11, 17 & 18)

John Lefler and Camille Cortinas (Oct. 24, 25 & 31 and Nov. 1, 21 & 22)

Yoga for Members


September 26 – October 31

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Become a Member and attend class

Golden Hours

Tuesday, Oct. 13 & 20

Wednesday, Nov. 4

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Non-members $10, Members, $7

Back by popular demand, the main gardens are open for special after-hours enjoyment and photography. The event is intended for amateur photographers, portraits and hobbyists. Commercial photo shoots are not allowed during this event (commercial shoots are those used for product placement, advertisements, or merchandising purposes). Tickets are only available at the gate. Parking is free.

Monarch Madness Weeks at the Dallas Arboretum

First Weeks of October

Destined for the warmer climates of Mexico, the monarch’s annual overwintering takes them on a 3,000 mile journey deep in the heart of Texas. Specially planted salvia in the main gardens attract these regal and recognizable pollinators to the Arboretum. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a Certified Monarch Waystation, also celebrates and studies the Monarchs this fall.

Monarch Migration Day

Saturday, October 10 (with Texas Discovery Gardens)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Moody Oasis

Monarch Migration Activities take place on the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden that is filled with plants that attract butterflies. A face painter is available to paint butterfly faces on children. Special thanks to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Discovery Gardens for helping with this fun and educational day.

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities

October 10 & 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Children’s Activities in the Pecan Grove include crafts, face painting and more.

Mommy & Me Monday

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

October 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Pecan Grove

For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, nature crafts, face painting and Kindermusik.

October 12 | 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Children’s concerts by Eddie Coker are sponsored by DallasChild on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Guests are invited to listen to live music overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake while enjoying a picnic on the lawn.

Book Reading by Patricia Vermillion

October 10

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

As a part of the holiday weekend, Patricia Vermillion, local author of Texas Chili? Oh My!, reads her festive children’s book, The Three Little Pigs – Texas style! Meet Bluebonnet, Mockingbird and Sweet-Olive, three little armadillos, as they leave Mamadillo’s home and build their own dens out of native Texan materials.

Family Fun Weekend

Saturday & Sunday

October 24 & 25

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.


$1 off General Garden Admission presented by Tom Thumb

September 19 – November 25

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum. Discounted tickets will be available to purchase at area Tom Thumb locations when the festival begins.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

September 23 – November 25

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

September 24 - November 19

General admission tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

Join us for activities geared toward senior interests in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. Classes are complimentary with paid discounted garden admission of $11, sponsored by C. C. Young. Pre-registration is required and may be made by emailing or by calling Robyn Duncan at 469-828-3485. Additional group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 214-515-6520 for group discount pricing and information.

Watercolor with Gaylord O’Con, Southwest Watercolor Society

Thursday, Oct. 22

9:30-11 a.m.

Learn the process of how watercolor is applied to paper in this introductory class and take home a painting you’ve created under O’Con’s direction.

PowerPoint presentation by Dallas Arboretum Speakers Bureau

Thursday, November 5

9-9:45 a.m.

Diamond in Dallas, with George Russell, will focus on the history of the gardens and the historic DeGolyer House, now celebrating its 75th anniversary.

10-10:45 a.m.

Master Gardener on Wheels, with David Gary, is geared to inspire those with physical limitations to discover the passion of gardening from a wheelchair.

Free Parking After 3 p.m.

September 26 - October 11

Self parking is free for guests arriving after 3 p.m. This does not include valet. Refunds will not be issued for previously purchased discounted online parking passes.

State Fair Ticket-holder Discount

September 28 – October 29 (Mondays – Thursdays Only)

Present an admission ticket stub from the 2015 State Fair of Texas and receive $2 off admission, Mondays through Thursdays.

Grandparents's Discount

Fridays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20

Grandparent's receive free admission when they come with their grandchild, ages 12 and younger.

Family and Friends of Educators Discount

Saturday, Oct. 3 – Friday, Oct. 16

Educators are invited to bring up to 3 guests for complimentary admission.

Red River Shoot Out Week

Monday, October 5 – Friday, October 9

Wear Texas or OU gear and receive $5 off general admission.

Wednesday Lunch Specials

Wednesdays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 18

10% off lunch at Restaurant DeGolyer, not including alcohol.

Family Fun Weekend Discount

Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25

Fun for the whole family, adults dressed in costumes pay children’s admission prices.

Dallas Food Bank Discount

Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6

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

Monday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Nov. 13

Any veterans, active duty and first responders with identification receive free admission on Veterans Day. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.

Out-of-County Driver's License Discount

Sunday, Nov. 22 – Wednesday, Nov. 25

Guests with an driver's license not issued in Dallas County will receive free parking.

Free Admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

Sunday, Nov. 22 – Friday, Nov. 27

Enjoy free admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden.

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