Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O'Brien Construction

September 23 - November 22

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.

Experience the Visual Beauty of Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

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.

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

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. Limited tickets remain for the final three concerts. To purchase tickets and view the band lineup, visit the Cool Thursdays Concerts page.

Special Weekends

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.


Oktoberfest Garden

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.

Historical Tours

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 (music 12-1230pm)

NEW Dallas County Master Gardeners in the Garden

Thursdays through 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.

Contest Participants:

  • Beth Kochur, Trees of Light
  • Billy Murphy, Robin Bathing
  • Boris Tsang, Dragonfly
  • David Gould, 98…99…100
  • Eleanor Musier, On the Edge
  • James Johnson, A Rose at Christmas Time
  • Jennifer Long, Gourds Delight & A Moment to Shine
  • Jim Smith, Spiraling Tulip Leaf
  • Linda Henderson, Rise N Shine
  • Leasa Milligan, Monarch on Zennia
  • Nikki Sumrow, Broken Wings, Dahlia, & Waiting to Bloom
  • Riyana Daulat, A Misty Morning
  • Rosa Hart, Fall Colors on a Maple Tree
  • Robin Mallon, Lilies in White & A Small Waterfall
  • Suzonne Annette Evans, Happy Dance
  • William Odle, Canna Surprise & Autumn Jewels

Every weekend:

NEW! Arboretum Amber craft beer

Brewed for the Arboretum by Texas Ale Project and served at Café on the Green this amber beer has a medium to light mouth feel with a wonderful malty complex and a nice hop balance. Pairs well with brats, also sold at Café on the Green - $6 for a 12 oz glass.

Live Music

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.

11/4-Rob Holbert

11/5-Randy Vradenburg

11/11-Becky Middleton

11/12-Jonathan and Shannon Camacho

11/18-Rob Holbert

11/19-Eric Czechowski


Eric Czechowski – Guitar & Vocals – performed with Emmy, Grammy, and Dove award winners

Randy Vrandenburg – Blues Guitar & Vocals – Author of two instruction books, Scales Over Chords & Everything About Playing the Blues

Becky Middleton – Folk Guitar & Vocals - Dallas Morning News calls her “Dallas’” most full throated, soul-cry vocalist

Shannon & Jonathan Comancho – Indy/Alternative Guitar & Vocalist Duo – The Music Enthusiast calls them “quite impressive duo, with incredible vocal talent”

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.

Garden Melodies

Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Loggia at DeGolyer House

Enjoy soothing piano melodies by Lee Harbaugh on the DeGolyer Loggia.

Special Events

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.
Restaurant DeGolyer

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Gorganzola Cream Sauce | Pecan Pumpkin Bread | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche

Terrace Café

Pumpkin Lattes and Pumpkin Chai Teas | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche

Café on the Green

Pumpkin Lattes and Pumpkin Chai Teas | Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche

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.

Hoffman Family Gift Store Book Signings/Events

Book Signing with Michael Dotsikas - Fiday, October 20 12 - 3 p.m.
Join us for a reading and signing of the award-winning book, Benjamin Birdie's First Flight, with author Michael Dotsika.

Book Signing with Debbie Reece - 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 with Jane & Norman Giddan - Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join authors Norman and Jane Giddan for a book signing with Grackles of Green Grove Protect Their Land, and the Spanish version, Los Zanates de Valle Verde Protegen Sus Tierras.

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.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Special Event: Trick or Treating in the Children's Adventure Garden

October 27 – October 29, 6-9pm

$10 General Admission; $8 Member

Dress in your Halloween costume and join us for a spooky, night-time exploration of the Children's Adventure Garden. Take a journey through the Halloween maze. Trick-or-Treat stops along the pathways guide your candy search by the ghouls and goblins that haunt the garden.

Create your own glow-in-the-dark flower. Then stop by the Exploration Center for the glowing excitement of hands-on Halloween fog and goo. This special opportunity to see the garden in dark shadows and twinkling lights is sure to thrill your family

this Halloween.

**Parking for this event will be in the Parking Garage. Please follow the directions of the parking attendant and enter the Children’s Adventure Garden via the Tunnel.

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

Wednesdays, September 27-November 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Buy one, get one free admission every Wednesday; offer is valid for Arboretum After-Hours.

Arboretum After-Hours

Wednesdays, September 27-October 18 and November 1, 5-8 p.m.
The garden stays open an additional three hours Wednesdays this fall.

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.

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

November 11

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.

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


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.

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