Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

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

Through 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 Wizard 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

Click the play button below to view a video of autumn.

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.

Special Events


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 13.

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.

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

November 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.

Hoffman Family Gift Store Book Signings/Events

Trunk Showing - Tuesday, November 21, 8am-5pm

Jeff Krause of Round Top will be here all day in the Hoffman Family Gift Shop doing a trunk showing.

Book Signing - Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join author Jennifer Drez for a book signing of Goodnight Dallas.


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.

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.

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.

*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.

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