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.

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:

Tour des Fleurs

10K & 20K races

Saturday, September 19

Presented by W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic benefiting the Dallas Arboretum

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.” The community is invited to bring and donate their gently-used sneakers September 14-18 to receive $5 off general garden admission, benefitting the Dallas Shoe Bank. Registration for the 10th annual Tour des Fleurs race is now open. Register at the Tour des Fleurs website.

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

Sponsored by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

Daily, 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.

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

Daily, 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.

Free Garden Tours

Wednesdays & Saturdays, September 23 – November 21

11 a.m.

Entry Plaza

Piano Melodies by Keith Schmorr

Daily, September 19 – November 25

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Dann Talley Kinchloe Courtyard

Garden Melodies

Weekends, September 19 – November 22

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Live Music

Spanish Guitar, Recognizable Classics

Woolf Circle

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

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

Yoga for Members

Saturdays, September 26 – October 31

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

Become a Member and attend class

Golden Hours Photography

Wednesdays, October 7 & November 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. Professional photo shoots require pre-arrangements with the sales office. 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

October 3 & 10

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.

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.

September 24, October 22 & November 5

9 a.m.–11 a.m.

Presented by C.C. Young, these days feature special activities for the senior community.

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