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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.
Highlighting The Wonderful World of Oz as our theme in 2017, our fall festival is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower-Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, and our internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn.
For the 12th year, Autumn at the Arboretum includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash along with hay bales and cornstalks. Themed “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!”, Pumpkin Village takes each visitor on a trip highlighting the beloved book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Guests travel through Pumpkin Village on an actual yellow-brick road, spiraling through Pecan Grove with stops at each major occurrence in the story of Dorothy and her adventures in the “Land of Oz”--reimagined with pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Vignettes include “Auntie Em’s house,” the “Scarecrow’s Garden,” the “Enchanted Forest” with the “Tin Man” and “Cowardly Lion,” “Munchkinland,” “Emerald City” showcasing the carriage pulled by “A Horse of A Different Color,” and the “Wicked Witch’s Castle” including the Hay Bale Maze mimicking the castle walls. “Munchkinland” is also the home of the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins for purchase and activities for the kids. Photo-opportunities abound throughout the pumpkin-laden Oz themed village.
Autumn at the Arboretum includes the popular, one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, featuring artful arrangements of thousands of pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks 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 offer pumpkins for purchase. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among the breathtaking fall floral displays.
*Costumes are only allowed for children aged 12 and under, and are prohibited for children 13 and over and adults. Masks and face paint are particularly prohibited. Exceptions include Arboretum sponsored events and private events.
Cool Thursdays Concerts
Thursdays, September 7 - October 26, 7-9 p.m.
Dallas' premier outdoor concert series, presented by Wells Fargo, returns this fall with a fabulous band lineup. Gates open at 6 p.m. All concerts include some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s favorite food trucks. Concerts are already beginning to sell out. To purchase tickets and view the band lineup, visit the Cool Thursdays Concerts page.
Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Café on the Green
The menu at Café on the Green features traditional German cuisine, including various kinds of sausage and beer. Take a break and enjoy a delicious Octoberfest-inspired meal through November 22.
Monday-Saturday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday – 12-4 p.m., DeGolyer House
Visit the DeGolyer House for a tour of the beautiful, historically preserved home, while listening to incredibly knowledgeable docents speak about the history of the home through November 22.
Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Mondays & Tuesdays through November 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pecan Grove
Enjoy fun, kid-friendly activities in Pecan Grove, adjacent to the pumpkin village. Activities include face painting, a petting zoo, silhouette artist and music by KinderMusic.
Zumba in the Gardens
Wednesday evenings, September 27-October 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Join high-energy Zumba instructor, Martha Palacios, for a one-hour Zumba class.
NEW Dallas County Master Gardeners in the Garden
Thursdays, September 29-November 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members of the Dallas County Master Gardeners are on-site to answer any questions guests may have regarding what’s growing in the garden.
Dallas Arboretum Amateur Photography Exhibit
A juried exhibition of photography of the Arboretum - Showing in the Rosine Hall gallery September 23 - November 22.
NEW Beer Tastings
Saturday September 23 and 30: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday September 24 & October 1: 12-3 p.m., Café on the Green
Enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum with a beer tasting at Café on the Green. Located centrally in the garden, it is the perfect spot to take in the beauty of the garden while enjoying a beer. $10 per tasting, which allows each guest to try four 2oz. pours of each beer.
Saturdays: 12-3 p.m. & Sundays: 1-4 p.m.
Musicians specializing in a variety of music, such as Spanish guitar and folk guitar, play throughout the garden every weekend during autumn. Bring a picnic and relish in the music. Specific locations and artists' bios coming soon.
9/23-Jonathan and Shannon Camacho
10/15-Jonathan and Shannon
11/12-Jonathan and Shannon Camacho
Rob Holbert, saxophonist/vocalist has performed professionally for many years and has shared the stage with a cavalcade of stars. Opening for world renowned acts such as The Average White Band and Jazz Pianist Alex Bugnon, he has also performed with, recorded or shared the stage with a vast number of diverse performers such as Bobby Bland, Gospel Artist Tommye Young-West, Pieces of a Dream, Betty Wright, Doug E.Fresh, Jazz organist Red Young, Smooth Jazz Artist Althea Rene, Joe McBride, Benita Arteberry, Yarborough and Peoples, Jazz Educators Jamey Aebersold and Phil Wilson, Jazz pianist and vocalist Ronnie Foster and numerous others.
After an upbringing in the Dallas area and a four-year stint in Nashville, TN, Eric Michael Czechowski returned to Dallas to continue his career as a writer and performer. With two EPs under the name Eric Michael, his versatility spans writing genres as more than just a songwriter, bringing him composition credits for household names including Oprah, As the World Turns, and BBC Films. He’s performed with Grammy-winners including Jars of Clay, Bowling for Soup, and Shannon Sanders, and he was featured as a singer on Dove Award-winner and piano sensation Jim Brickman’s album Romanza in a duet with Caitlin Evanson (fiddle/singer - Taylor Swift).
Hello Shannon is an Indie / Alternative Pop Band from Dallas, TX that brings together electronic elements with organic live instrumentation and a focus on vocal layering and production. Influences include Imogen Heap, Kimbra and James Blake, among others.
Flowing between soul, pop, and roots music, Becky Middleton has found her groove not only as a sought-after vocalist, but an artist stopping strangers in their tracks on first listen. A finalist in the R&B category for Yoko Ono’s international John Lennon Songwriting Contest, she recently performed live on Fox 4 Good Day KDFW-TV, Good Morning Texas WFAA-TV, and for Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James Dallas store launch.
NEW Garden Sized Games
Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pecan Grove
Enjoy giant-sized games like Connect Four, Yardzee, Corn-Hole and Jenga in Pecan Grove. Games are available to play on a first come, first served basis.
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Loggia at DeGolyer House
Enjoy soothing piano melodies by Lee Harbaugh on the DeGolyer Loggia.
Autumn Moon Festival
Wednesday, October 4,
10am-2pm – Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden & Main Garden
6-8pm – Lantern Decoration in the Main Garden
Come celebrate one of China’s most popular holidays at the Dallas Arboretum, including lantern decorating and letter writing to family members who live far away. At a special Arboretum After- Hours, families are encouraged to picnic together on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn and food trucks will be at the bottom of the lawn. Special lanterns are available for guests to decorate and release from their own homes.
Urban Wildlife Photography Workshop
September 23 & 24, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Pecan Grove
Back by popular demand, Urban Wildlife photographer Chris Jackson will be conducting two workshops per day, so no matter what your schedule is like, you can attend one of our convenient times. No reservation is necessary and this activity is free with admission.
NEW Chula Hoop Performance and Class
September 30 & October 1, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.& 3:00 p.m. each day
Chula Hoop USA Performance & Hoop Jam
Performance: Nancy & Martin Rutchik Concert Stage
Hoop Jam: Terrace at the Alexander Camp House
Join internationally renowned hula hoop group, Chula Hoop USA, for an Oktoberfest themed hula hoop performance, followed by a hand’s on class on the Terrace at the Alexander Camp Home. While most hula hoops are one size fits all, Chula Hoop gives garden guests the unique opportunity to find the perfect fit for them along with instruction from a seasoned professional! No reservation needed and this activity is free with admission.
October 6-9, Pecan Grove/Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Family fun activities, Friday-Monday, 10 a.m.- 2p.m, face painting and petting zoo in the Pecan Grove.
Saturday, October 7, 12-3 p.m., Val Late Garden
Randy Vradenburg’s musical range includes pop, country, rock, jazz, blues, adult contemporary, and classical.
Sunday, October 8, 1-4 p.m. Val Late Garden
Tomás Sclar y Flamenco Nuevo is one of the foremost Nuevo Flamenco/Latin Jazz ensembles in the DFW metroplex. Named "Best Flamenco Guitarist in DFW" by The Dallas Observer 2012.
Randy Vradenburg, a Fort Worth native has been playing guitar and singing for over 33 years . He is also a noted guitar instructor. Randy has traveled throughout the U.S. , Canada and Mexico with all sized groups from a solo to orchestras and his musical range includes Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Adult Contemporary, and Classical. Randy currently performs at area country clubs and Spirit Life International church in Southlake.Nominated "Best Latin Artist" by The Dallas Observer, Tomás Sclar y Flamenco Nuevo is one of the foremost Nuevo Flamenco/Latin Jazz ensembles in the DFW metroplex. Hailed for its passionate and robust sound, the band is fluent in a host of Latin guitar styles from nouveau flamenco to bossa nova and smooth jazz.
Eddie Coker Concert, sponsored by DallasChild
October 9, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.
Eddie Coker performs children-friendly music
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz-Inspired Costume Contest (NEW)
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 p.m., Pecan Grove
Guests are encouraged to dress up as a favorite Wonderful Wizard of Oz character to win a costume contest. Participants are judged on the quality and creativity of their costume. The winning participant receives complimentary tickets to the The Molly Ringwalds, the final Cool Thursday Concert.
NEW Pumpkin Carver Weekend
Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Master Piece Pumpkins’ Gene Granata carves pumpkins and entertains audiences of all ages through live demonstrations. Purchase pumpkin carving kits in the Hoffman Family Gift Store and pumpkins at the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch.
Family Fun Weekend
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pecan Grove
Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, face painting, a petting zoo, and a magician in Pecan Grove. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick or treat bag.
NEW Ghoul’s Night Out
Wednesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m., Crape Myrtle Allee
For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a “Ghoul’s Night Out,” featuring fun activities such as palm readings, handwriting analysis and a caricature artist drawing guests in a “ghoul-y” fashion. No “Ghoul’s Night Out” would be complete without wine, live music and food trucks. Wine will be available for purchase, and three food trucks will be on-site. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic.
North Texas Gourd Association Demonstrations
Every Thursday in October, and November 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Crape Myrtle Allee
The North Texas Gourd Association creates items, such as jewelry and decorative accessories, with gourds.
National Pumpkin Day
Thursday, October 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There is no better place to celebrate National Pumpkin Day than at the Dallas Arboretum during autumn. Celebrate this holiday by indulging in pumpkin flavored foods at select dining areas; visit the website for more specific items.
NEW Dia de los Muertos
Wednesday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.
Celebrate the “Day of the Dead” at the Dallas Arboretum. Activities located throughout the garden include face painting for all ages, a henna tattoo artist, a DJ and mask-making. Wine and beer are available for purchase, along with three food trucks. Guests are welcome to bring picnics.
Veteran’s Day Weekend
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 9-5 p.m.
All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission all weekend (with valid military ID). Additionally, on Saturday at 4 p.m., enjoy a patriotic performance at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn by the Ladies Liberty, a show troupe dedicated to boosting the morale of our military and veterans.
Book Signing - Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join the creator of The Round Top Collection, Jeff Krause, to purchase a signed piece of art from this popular line of gifts and home décor.
Book Signing - Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join author Diane Box for a book signing of Fred's Texas Stampede.
Book Signing - Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Taama Forasiepi for a book signing of Walter the Pumpkin.
Dallas Gourd Patch Demonstration - Saturday, October 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Pat Duncan for a gourd craft demonstration.
Book Signing - Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Debbie Reece for a book signing of Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Panos and Penelope Maheras for a tasting from Imported Gourmet Foods.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Holly Clegg, author of the popular Eating Well series, for a book signing of Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence.
Book Signing - Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join Sam Pfiester for a book signing of The Golden Lane, a story that follows the early career of Everette DeGolyer, famed of the Arboretum’s DeGolyer House, during the Tampico Oil Boom.
Book Signing - Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Join author Jennifer Drez for a book signing of Goodnight Dallas.
Children’s Adventure Garden Fourth Birthday Celebration
Friday, September 22, 6-8 p.m.
$10 General Admission; $8 Members
Celebrate the Children’s Adventure Garden’s Fourth Birthday with a special guest, an OmniGlobe presentation, lively music and a Birthday Lab.
Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden
Friday, October 28-Sunday, October 30, 6-9 p.m.
$10 General Admission; $8 Members
Come in dressed in a Halloween costume for a spooky maze tour, glowing programs and a Halloween-themed Lab.
Johnny Appleseed Weekend
September 23 & 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with a Johnny Appleseed puppet show, apple-themed programs, and a special apple tasting.
September 30 & November 11, 1-3 p.m., The Moody Oasis
Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack! Join the TECH Truck staff from the Perot Museum for a hands-on experience where there is no limit to creativity.
October 22, 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m., The Glade
Explore the prehistoric world with DINOSAURS ROCK®! Get up close with life-size dinosaur fossils, eggs, skulls and skeletons. Learn amazing facts about the history behind these fascinating creatures.
National Chemistry Week
October 22-28, 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden
Enjoy an entire week of chemistry magic in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Explore the Plant Lab for Milk Macromolecules and a different chemistry program every afternoon.
BOGO Wednesday and Arboretum After-Hours
Wednesdays, September 27-October 18, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Buy one, get one free admission every Wednesday; offer is valid for Arboretum After-Hours.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Thursdays, September 28-November 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seniors can enjoy $11 admission and a 20 percent discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount is only available at the ticket booth.
$2 State Fair Discount
September 29-October 22
Present ticket stub for $2 off general admission.
Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission
September 23-November 22
Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets, available at area Tom Thumb and Albertson’s locations.
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.
Veterans Day Discount
Any veterans, active duty and first responders with identification receive free daytime admission on Veterans Day. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumn at the Arboretum is made possible by Rogers-O’Brien Construction.
Additional sponsors include Alliance Data, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, C.C. Young, Full Color Inc., Kimberly-Clark, Reliant, Tom Thumb, DallasChild and Macy’s.