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Autumn at the Arboretum

Named one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals" - Fodor's Travel, 2015

September 17 through November 23, 2016

Made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments

More than 90,000 pumpkins will make their way to the Arboretum to be featured in this year’s Autumn at the Arboretum national fall festival, made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments. 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, this year’s event at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will highlight the “Art of the Pumpkin."

Tour des Fleurs

The 11th Annual Tour des Fleurs, presented by W. B. Carrell Memorial Clinic, kicks off the opening of Autumn at the Arboretum on Saturday, September 17. This 10/20K race around the beautiful White Rock Lake starts at 7 a.m. and is followed by a post-race celebration touted by runners as “Dallas’ best after race party at the Dallas Arboretum.” Visit www.tourdesfleurs.com for information and registration.

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

Sponsored by Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at White Rock

Daily, September 19 – November 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For the 11th year, Autumn at the Arboretum will include the popular one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, featuring artful arrangements of tens of thousands of pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks. They will be used together to create pumpkin houses that represent naturally occurring patterns in nature to mirror the “Art of the Pumpkin” theme. Cinderella’s “Pumpkin” Carriage will also return, courtesy of Baylor Scott & White at White Rock. Set amidst the garden’s remaining summer flowers, as well as 150,000 fall blooms like chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush, it will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The popular Haybale Maze will also return with the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins for purchase, and the Great Pumpkin Search. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among 150,000 fall-blooming flowers.

A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during Autumn at the Arboretum, including:

Roald Dahl Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays in September, All Day

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday with phizz-whizzing, gloriumptious activities throughout the month of September. Explore this world-renowned author’s stories like James and the Giant Peach, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, and learn how Dahl gathered much of his inspiration from nature. Books available for purchase in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.

Labor Day Weekend

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5

Admission to the Dallas Arboretum is discounted to $5 per person and includes complimentary admission into to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Labor Day weekend tickets must be purchased at the gate in order to receive this special offer. Guests can enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats. Join Gary Lee Price's Delbert the Dragon and his book club statues in the shady Pecan Grove for readings by authors and special guests at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On September 3 - 4, enjoy Roald Dahl themed activities such as Testing Your Taste Buds, Roald Dahl style lab or storytime with Esio Trot in Petroglyph Pergola.

For a complete list of Children's Activities and times, visit the Children's Adventure Garden activities page.

Seussical the Musical

Labor Day Weekend, September 5, 11 a.m.

Dallas Children's Theater will bring their fantastical 16-member cast in full costume to the Arboretum to give Labor Day visitors a sneak peek of their production of the most-performed children's musical of all time. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, this play is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Harvest Tea

Mondays – Fridays, September 16 – November 23 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer

Tea service begins with a demitasse of seasonal soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission, and reservations are required. Seated Tea is available to guests 13 and older at a cost of $49 per person and $59 per person for the delectable champagne tea. Private tea service and teas for more than eight people are also available upon request. Contact 214-515-6511 or teas@dallasarboretum.org.

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Mondays & Tuesdays, September 19 – November 22, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Pecan Grove

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

Cool Thursdays Concerts Series– September 1-October 27

Presented by Wells Fargo

Dallas' premier outdoor concert series presented by Wells Fargo, returns this fall with Paisley Craze, a 60’s Music Anthology Band, on September 1 and runs through October 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All concerts include some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. To purchase tickets and more information, visit the Cool Thursdays Concerts page.

Visit from Gary Lee Price

Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9

Join us over Columbus Day weekend for a special visit from Great Contributors artist Gary Lee Price, including three days of lectures, walking tours, and live group sculpting with the master.

Friday, October 7

Walking Tour Tour with Gary - 11:00 a.m. (Ginsburg Plaza)

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

Lecture by Gary Lee Price, followed by walking tour of the Great Contributors

9:30 a.m. (Ginsburg Plaza)

This is a free event, but seats are limited to the first 100.

Live Group Sculpting in Pecan Grove

Sessions at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m.

Live Music

Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of music as you stroll through the garden.

Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission

September 17 - November 23

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum, with discounted tickets will available to purchase at area Tom Thumb locations.

Shakespeare Dallas

Saturday, September 24 - DeGolyer Pergola

Join us for The Tempest, a story of shipwreck and magic by William Shakespeare in the garden with performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Oktoberfest Beer Garten

11 a.m. - 3 p. m., Daily

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

Garden Melodies

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Daily

Enjoy live classical music at the DeGolyer Restaurant in the Dann Talley Kincheloe Courtyard.

Easy Listening - Autumn Ambiance

Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bring a picnic and enjoy family friendly tunes on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn while observing the beauty surrounding you.

Ask a Master Gardener

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

Look for the blue vests available in various gardens, indicating Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners at the Arboretum to answer any questions you might have about ours or your own garden.

In the Garden with Dave

Fridays, 1 p.m.

Join the Vice President of Gardens every Friday in various gardens for a special discussion of some of the most beloved areas of the garden.

Book Readings with Delbert the Dragon and His Book Club

Saturdays, 11 a.m. through November 27

Join us for special story time with Gary Lee Price’s newest bronze statue, Delbert the Dragon. Published authors and special guests will be joining him for readings in the Pecan Grove.

Great Contributors Tour

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 15, 10 a.m.

Beginning at the Ginsburg Plaza, take a tour through the gardens, visiting the statues of each Great Contributor. Get behind-the-scenes scoop about the contributors and their lives, and don’t forget take a selfie while sitting on a bench with your favorite.

Sculpture Garden Tours

Thursdays, September 22 - November 17, 10 a.m.

Beginning at the Ginsburg Plaza, enjoy a docent-led tour through the gardens stopping at several of our beautiful sculptures, and learn the history of how it became part of the Dallas Arboretum.

Degolyer House Tours

Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 12:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Degolyer House

Visit us in the DeGolyer Estate for a tour of this beautiful, historically preserved home.

Monarch Migration Month at the Dallas Arboretum

Fridays in October, 3 p.m.

Destined for the warmer climates of Mexico, the monarchs’ annual overwintering takes them on a 3,000-mile journey deep in the heart of Texas. Intentional salvia is planted in the main gardens used to attract these regal and recognizable pollinators on their journey south. Join us for discussions about pollinators, the monarch migration path and the importance of tagging in the Jonsson Color Garden.

Monarchs on the Move

Weekdays, October 3 - 27, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, a Certified Monarch Waystation, will host the Monarchs this fall with various activities planned for the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, filled with plants that attract pollinators and butterflies. Learn when, how, and why they travel so far. We partner with the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the Texas Discovery Gardens for this attraction, and also feature a face-painter painting various butterfly faces on children.

The Artistry of Autumn

Saturday and Sunday, October 1 - 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us in the garden for a celebration of art with artists spread throughout the garden for you to view while they create art in nature.

Nature Nights

Wednesday Extended Hours through October 19

Bask in the magic of the Arboretum after dark and take advantage of the “Golden Hour” of sunlight for your photography as the garden extends its hours to 8 p.m., and offers buy one get one free admission, which is limited to one purchase per person.
**Closed on September 14 for a Private Event

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities

Saturday, October 8, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Come enjoy The Que Pastas in the Entry Plaza of the Children’s Adventure Garden.

Eddie Coker Children’s Concert & Picnic

Monday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

The popular Eddie Coker returns for a children’s concert and picnic sponsored by DallasChild on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Children’s activities include face-painting, Kindermusik and a petting zoo.

Pumpkin Painting

Oct. 15 - 16, 22 - 23, and 29 - 30, 1 - 2 p.m.

Stop by the Pecan Grove to enjoy the Art of the Pumpkin. Free pumpkins will be available, while supplies last, for guests to decorate at the painting table in a wide range of colors.

Family Fun Weekend

Saturday & Sunday October 29 & 30 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Come enjoy trick or treating in the Pumpkin Village. Additionally, families can enjoy face-painting, Kindermusik and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests are encouraged their own trick or treating bags.

Children’s Adventure Garden Family Fun Weekend Activities

Sticker Treating

All Day, Daily

Wear your costumes to the Children’s Adventure Garden and meet our staff to discover the spooky-side of nature. Only the best ghouls and ghosts can collect all of the Children’s Adventure Garden stickers.

Special Plant Lab: Monster Molecule Mist

11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Daily

Cook up your own monster molecule mist in the Exploration Center Plant Lab to make a putrid potion of magical matter that shifts from a solid into a gas (leveraging the chemical “magic” of dry ice).

Nature’s Superheroes Games

1:30 p.m., Daily

Test your skills in The Moody Oasis against some of nature’s greatest superheroes like frogs, ants and bats.

Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt

Daily, 4 p.m.

Enter the maze if you dare because around each corner, there might be a scare. Don’t get lost in the haze as you make your way through the maze…in the Amazing Secret Garden.

Mr. Nano’s The Weird, The Wacky, and The Wild!

Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Nano returns for a spooky demonstration of creepy Chemistry at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Children’s Adventure Garden Entry Plaza.

Speakers Bureau:

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 speakers@dallasarboretum.org.

Featured Discounts

$1 off General Garden Admission

Presented by Tom Thumb

September 17– November 23

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets during Autumn at the Arboretum.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

September 21 – November 23

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

September 22-November 17

Senior-friendly tours, $11 General admission and 20% discount in Hoffman Family Gift Store and more.


Autumn at the Arboretum is made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

Additional sponsors include:

BB&T Wealth Management

C. C. Young
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
Mutual of Omaha Bank

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at White Rock

Jaguar Land Rover Dallas