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Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

Named # 1 "Trip to Put on Your Fall Bucket List" - Orbitz Travel, 2016

September 17 through November 23, 2016

Made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments

Experience why Orbitz Travel named Autumn at the Arboretum as the number one place to go in the fall. The Imaginative Pumpkin houses with over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with 150,000 beautiful fall blooming plants and the most outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden in the world. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn. This year’s event will highlight the “Art of the Pumpkin."

Experience the Visual Beauty of Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

Sponsored by Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at White Rock

Daily through November 23, 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 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 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks. They are used together to create the imaginative pumpkin houses that represent naturally occurring patterns in nature to mirror the “Art of the Pumpkin” theme along with Cinderella’s “Pumpkin” Carriage, courtesy of Baylor Scott & White at White Rock. 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 offers pumpkins for purchase. Don't forget to pick up the Great Pumpkin Search Scavenger Hunt at the Information Booth. The autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among the breathtaking fall floral displays.

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


Book Readings with Delbert the Dragon and His Book Club

Saturdays, 11:00 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.

October 1

Nancy Churnin, author of The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

October 8

James Martinez, author of Diamonds in the Ruff and Teddy T-Rex in the Dinosaur's New Shoes

October 9 (Sunday)

Judy Lowe, author of An Almost Very Scary Day and The Little White Light

October 15

Lois Melbourne, author of The STEM Club Goes Exploring

October 22

Marci Peschke, Author of Kylie Jean Green Queen

November 5

Belinda Mays, author of My Amazing Dad and 7 Days with Dad

November 12

Elaine Curtis, author of Zosie the Zebra

November 19

Polly Holyoke, author of The Neptune Project

November 26

Judy Lowe, author of An Almost Very Scary Day and The Little White Light

Gift Store Events

Select days, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a number of unique events in the Hoffman Family Gift Store this season, including book signings, trunk shows, and more.

October 1

Meet and get your book signed by Debbie Reece, author of The Christmas Pumpkin.

October 8

Meet and get your book signed by Michelle Staubach Grimes, author of Where Is Pidge?

October 15

Meet and get your book signed by Jan Krauel, author of Flying Lessons and Land of Misfit Bugs.

October 29

Diane Box, author of The Apple Bunch Books series, will be signing copies of her books.

November 12

Meet and get your book signed by Jennifer Drez, author of Goodnight Dallas.

November 26

Meet and get your book signed by Rose-Mary Rumbley, author of Dear Santa, Thanks for the Piano.

December 3

Join us for a trunk show by Lynda Jameson Jenglein of Silver Linens Jewelry.

Weekly Highlights

Garden Melodies

Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Mondays & Tuesdays through 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, face painting and Kindermusik.

Nature Nights

Extended Hours on Wednesdays 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. Limited one per person.

Cool Thursdays Concerts Series

Presented by Wells Fargo

Every Thursday through October 27

Dallas' premier outdoor concert series presented by Wells Fargo is underway and runs through October 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All concerts include some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. To purchase tickets and more information, visit the Cool Thursdays Concerts page.

Live Music

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

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

Easy Listening - Autumn Ambiance

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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


DeGolyer House Tours

Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Degolyer House)

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

Great Contributors Tour

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 15, 10:00 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.

Ask a Master Gardener

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.

Look for the blue vests available in various gardens indicating Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners.

They can questions you might have about ours or your own garden.

Sculpture Garden Tours

Thursdays through November 17, 10:00 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.

In the Garden with Dave

Fridays, 1:00 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.

Columbus Day Weekend Festivities

Visit from Bronze Sculpture Artist 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.

Walking Tour Tour with Gary

Friday, October 7- 11:00 a.m. (Ginsburg Plaza)

Lecture by Gary Lee Price

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 9:30 a.m. (Ginsburg Plaza)

Sculptor Gary Lee Price will deliver a lecture. Guests will then be treated to a video tour of the foundry & presentation on the “Lost Wax” casting process, followed by a walking tour of the Great Contributors. This is a free event, but seats are limited to the first 100 - Please click here to make a reservation via email and be sure include your name.

Interactive, Live Group Sculpting Sessions in Pecan Grove

October 8 and 9, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m.

Eddie Coker Children’s Concert & Activities

Monday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage)

The ever popular Eddie Coker returns for a children’s concert sponsored by DallasChild on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

Children’s activities include face-painting, Kindermusik and a petting zoo.


Monarch Migration Month at the Dallas Arboretum

Fridays in October, 3:00 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, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 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

October 1 and 2, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.

Pumpkin Painting

Oct. 15 - 16, 22 - 23, and 29 - 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pecan Grove)

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 in the Main Garden

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

Pumpkin Village Trick or Treating - Don't miss this popular weekend of trick or treating along with face-painting, Kindermusik and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Guests are encouraged their own trick or treating bags. *Adults dressed in costume pay children's admission prices, October 28-31.

Family Fun Weekend in the Children's Garden

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

Sticker Treating

All Day

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 stickers.

Special Plant Lab: Monster Molecule Mist

Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

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

Daily at 1:30 p.m.

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

Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt

Daily at 4:00 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. (Entry Plaza)

Mr. Nano returns for a spooky demonstration of creepy Chemistry at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Featured Dining

Oktoberfest Beer Garten

Daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Cafe on the Green)

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

Harvest Tea

Mondays – Fridays through November 23, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 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.

See other dining options on the seasonal dining page.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden


Roald Dahl Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays in September, All Day

The Children’s Adventure Garden is 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.

Daily Events

Plant Lab: Liquid of Life

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. (Exploration Center Plant Lab)

Join us as we study an amazing liquid that we normally don’t take time to think about, water. We are going to explore some of the properties of water that make life on Earth possible. Come do some hands on experiments that demonstrate how wonderful water really is.

Testing Your Taste Buds: Roald Dahl Style

12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. (Incredible Edible)

The snozzcumber are crodscollop here in the garden. Stop by RMCAG - Incredible Edible to test your taste buds on Roald Dahl inspired treats.

The Natural World of ‘The Minpins

1:00 p.m. (Habitats)

The trees are home to many creatures, including the mystical world of the Minpins. Join us for an excerpt from 'The Minpins' and a special craft.

OmniGlobe Presentation: Where in the World Are Biomes

2:30 p.m. (Exploration Center Globe Room)

From the tropical rainforests of the equator, to the arctic tundras of the Earth’s Northern hemisphere, biomes define the living geography of the Earth’s surface. Come learn how biomes give a macro view of all the Earth’s ecosystems.

Featured Discounts

$1 off General Garden Admission

Presented by Tom Thumb

September 17– November 23

$1 off general garden admission tickets available at local Tom Thumb Stores.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

Through November 23

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

Discount also valid Nature Nights.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

Through November 17

$11 General admission and 20% discount in Hoffman Family Gift Store and more.

Free Parking

September 18 - 30

Wear your 2016 Tour De Fleur race T-shirt or hat to the Arboretum and receive free parking for that day.

State Fair Ticket Holder Discount

September 28 - October 29 (Mondays - Thursdays Only)

Present an admission ticket stub from the 2016 State Fair of Texas and receive $2 off regular priced admission.

Family Fun Weekend Discount

October 28 - 31

Adults dressed in costumes pay children's admission prices.

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.

Military Mondays Discount

November 7 - December 19

Free daytime general admission for all active and retired military personnel. Present valid military ID.

Veterans Day Discount

November 11

Free general admission for veterans, active duty and first responders. Offer available on site at the ticket booth with valid ID.

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.


Autumn at the Arboretum 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

Tom Thumb

Jaguar Land Rover Dallas