Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

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

September 22 - November 21

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.

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.

Join us on a journey through "The Adventures in Neverland"

For our 13th year, our amazing Pumpkin Village in Pecan Grove features this imaginative theme, full of the figures and stories you remember from your childhood, including scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The Pumpkin Village begins in London at the house of the Darlings where Wendy and her brothers are dreaming of pirates and fairies. Other major stops include the Lost Boys hideout where Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys talk about never growing up. A pirate ship sails the seas of gourds and pumpkins in Pecan Grove where Captain Hook keeps his eye to the sky as his never-ending hunt for Peter continues. Tick-Tock, the Crocodile, waits patiently among the pumpkins for another opportunity to attack. A visit to Neverland would not be complete without a stop by Tinker Bell’s home where she does all of her tinkering.

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

Special Activities

Hoffman Family Gift Store Events

Tasting with Bentley’s BBQ

September 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Guests are welcome to sample barbecue, and products are available for purchase in the gift store.

Meet the Artist: Jeff Krause of Round Top

September 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Guests are welcome to meet artist Jeff Krause and purchase some of his art.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Quinceañera fashion show

September 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join the Dallas Arboretum for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration beginning with a Quinceañera fashion show in Rosine Hall at 10 a.m. Celebrate the beauty and tradition of the gorgeous full dresses as they parade down the Paseo at 11 a.m. to live music. Tamales over Texas will have a cooking demonstration in A Tasteful Place at Noon and Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico will perform in the plaza at 1 p.m. Vendors on site that day include Empanada Cookhouse, Rock and Roll Taco Food Truck, and Topo Chico. Additional vendors onsite selling products such as Fruteria Cano, Aquas Fresecas, paletas, elotes, embroidered dresses and shoes. The Celebration will last until 3pm and is free for all paid garden guests. Click for more info and to apply to participate.

Live Music Every Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, September 30-November 18, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

September 22 & 23 - Cancelled due to weather

September 29: Jordan Coffing Jazz Quartet

September 30: Off World

October 6: Reinventing Jude

October 7: Audio Cannon

October 13: The Undulating Band

October 20: Inversion Band

October 21: The Redwine Band

October 27: One Fret Off

October 28: Royal Dukes Band

November 3: No Limits Band

November 24: Monkey Love Band

November 25: In10City Band

The Memory Garden Project for those facing Memory Loss

Sponsored by Edith Royal of the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund

October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

$5/per session/per participant, caregivers receive free admission

Thanks to a special grant, the Arboretum provides “Memory Café Experience.” The program includes a series of four consecutive Fridays in October for those with early and middle-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s and one caregiver. A special screening will be held on September 28. To sign up, contact Mayra Salazar at 214.515.6518 or email with the name of the participant and the caregiver.

Football Fun Under the Sun Rivalry Weekends

Football Fun Under the Sun Rivalry Weekend Discounts:

Wear college gear and get $5 off parking. Entering through the ticket booth, guests may put a ticket into the college of choice’s cup to predict who will win. Guests can also bring a pre-carved pumpkin with a team’s logo on it and receive $2 off of main gate admission. Enter through the ticket booth, and put a ticket into the college of choice’s cup and see who will win.
**Offer is only valid for dates listed below

Game Dates:

September 28-30 Southwest Classic: Texas A&M vs. Arkansas & State Fair Classic Grambling vs. Prarie View

October 5-7 Red River Showdown: The University of Texas vs. Oklahoma University

Columbus Day Weekend

October 6-8

Bring the family for face painting and a petting zoo each day in the garden. Enjoy live music and free wine samplings. Listen to the talented Eddie Coker, sponsored by DallasChild, perform on Columbus Day. Discover tasty vendors while enjoying the fall weather. We'll have

Guests can also enjoy a $2 discount on admission all long weekend long if they bring their own carved pumpkin with their college's logo or mascot; and we're offering a $5 discount on parking to guests who wear a school football jersey.

Saturday, October 6

  • Checkered Past Winery, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Lake Highlands Brewery, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Face Painters & Petting Zoo, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Pecan Grove
  • Reinventing Jude, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Sunday, October 7

  • Checkered Past Winery, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Pegasus City Brewery, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Face Painters & Petting Zoo, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Pecan Grove
  • Gather Cooking Class, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Audio Cannon, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Monday, October 8

  • El Centro Cooking Demonstration, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Checkered Past Winery, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place
  • Face Painters & Petting Zoo, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Pecan Grove
  • Eddie Coker, sponsored by DallasChild, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
  • Bubble Performer, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Flower Power: A Meditative Walk in the Garden

October 12 – Level 1 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $45, $35 for Members

October 19 – Level 2 ● 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Level 1 is a prerequisite to Level 2)

Register for Flower Power Walk Level One on October 12

Join Patricia Dedman Nail, owner of 6D Design and clinical psychotherapist, in the Lay Family Garden for a transformational healing process called “Flower Power.” In this session, Patricia helps guests use meditation techniques instead of medication. These processes can be learned and repeated and will teach mindfulness to help people slow down and smell the flowers.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

October 13 & November 17, 10:30 a.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

The birds are back! They were so popular earlier this year that Window to the Wild returns for a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show. At the end of the show, people can stay to meet and greet the birds and their trainers.

Dueling Karaoke

Presented by Leslie Ann Bass

October 14, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Registration Link Coming Soon

Join in on the fall fun for group Karaoke with songs that bring down the house, like B-52’s “Love Shack” and *NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye.” Each group will compete against one another to win a 2019 subscription to the Cool Thursday Concert Series.

Family Fun Weekend

October 27-28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Pecan Grove

Don’t miss the annual Halloween blow-out weekend with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, live music, face painting, a petting zoo and live appearances from Adventures in Neverland characters. The Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures arrive on Sunday, October 28 at 11:15 a.m. Come and get pictures made with Peter, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook all weekend long. Complimentary photos are provided by the Volunteer Advisory Board, and donations are appreciated.

Veterans Day Weekend

Live Music

November 10-11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

November 10: Reckless Angels, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

November 11: Carswell Air Force Base Choir, 11 a.m.

November 11: New Ground Band, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission all weekend (with Valid military ID). Bring a blanket, lawn chair, picnic basket and beverage of choice to enjoy the fall weather and live music all weekend.

Daily and Weekly Recurring Activities

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 different varieties of sausages and beer.

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Every Monday & Tuesday through November 20, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Kindermusik at 12 p.m., story time, Country Critters Petting Zoo, and appearances by the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, September 24, Tuesday, October 9 and Sunday, October 28. *no petting zoo on days the Dallas Zoo is in the garden.

Watch Walt Disney’s Peter Pan Movie (1952)

Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater

Revisit the beloved characters Wendy, Tiger Lilly, Smee and Captain Hook from the Peter Pan movie, showing continuously throughout the festival.

Photos with Movie Characters

Saturday and Sunday, September 22 - November 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Pumpkin Village in Pecan Grove

Bring your little ones for a photo opportunity with actors dressed as Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and Captain Hook. The Volunteer Advisory Board will have a photo station on site, offering photos for donations so you can capture this perfect moment.

Harvest Tea

Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., DeGolyer House

Fall into the Autumn Season with Harvest Tea service. Served in the historic DeGolyer House, guests can indulge in a seated, three-course high tea experience, while taking in the changing colors of the 66-acre garden. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include parking and admission. Add champagne service for $59 per seat. To book a reservation, visit or contact Tea Sales at 214-515-6511.

Historical Tours

Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., DeGolyer House

Visit the DeGolyer House for a docent-led tour of the beautiful, historic home.

North Texas Gourd Association Demonstrations

Every Thursday beginning September 27-November 1, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Paseo by Pecan Grove

Watch the North Texas Gourd Association create incredible items such as jewelry, decorative accessories and gourds. Items will also be available for sale.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Fall Programming

Children’s Adventure Garden Birthday Weekend

September 21-23

Cake and Candles Celebration
September 21, 5:30 p.m., Exploration Center Plaza

Join Dallas Arboretum President Mary Brinegar and Children’s Adventure Garden founders for a celebratory birthday cake cutting and candle blow out. Cake and refreshments will be available to guests during this event (first come, first served with purchase of general garden admission; members are free; pre-registration is required).

Registration Link Coming Soon

Birthday Celebration: The Adventures in Neverland

September 21-23

The Children’s Adventure Garden is excited to celebrate its 5th birthday! The weekend is filled with adventures fitting for pirates, fairies and those who never want to grow up. Activities include Lost Boys games, making fairy dust, scavenger hunts and shadow drawings. Don’t forget to sign the giant birthday card in the entry plaza.

Johnny Appleseed Weekend

September 29 & 30

Puppet Show: The Story of Johnny Appleseed

10:00 & 10:30 a.m., The Glade

Johnny Appleseed loved apples, trees and being a good friend. Learn about the story under a sea of Magnolia trees.

Life Cycle of an Apple Tree

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Incredible Edible Garden

Learn about the life cycle of an apple tree and what makes them so delicious!

Testing Your Tastebuds: Johnny Applesauce

4:00 - 4:30 p.m., Incredible Edible Garden

Learn about the benefits of phytonutrients from these delicious delights.

Monarch Madness Month

October 1-October 22

Monarch Tagging

Weekends, 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m., Moody Oasis

Come and learn about the Monarch's life cycle, migration, and how to tag these insects for research.

Creativity Corner: Monarch Metamorphosis

Weekends 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Stop by the Creativity Corner for more Monarch fun and create a craft.

Monarchs on the Move

Weekdays, Noon

Learn when, how, and why monarchs travel during the winter.

National Chemistry Week

October 22-26

Alka-Seltzer Rockets

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Moody Oasis

What makes things go POP!? Explore the science behind air pressure and have an explosive time!

Galaxy in a Jar

3:30 - 4:00 p.m., Exploration Center

Twinkle, twinkle, little star--let's put a galaxy into a jar! These beautiful creations are sure to delight.

Halloween Week

October 27-31

Sticker Treating

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Throughout the Garden

Wear costumes and discover the spooky-side of nature. Only the best ghouls and ghosts can collect all of the Children’s Adventure Garden stickers.

Creativity Corner: Creepy Creations

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Entry Plaza

Create a Halloween-themed craft.

Nature’s Superheroes Games

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Moody Oasis

Learn about some of nature’s greatest super heroes.

Haunted Halloween Chemistry Demonstration

2:00 - 2:30 p.m., The Glade

Things that pop, glow and fizzle fill the haunted Halloween demonstration of creepy Chemistry.

Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt

4:00 - 4:30 p.m., Amazing Secret Garden

Enter the maze if you dare; around each corner might be a scare. Don’t get lost in the haze; make your way through the maze!

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden

October 27 & 28, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Select Galleries Only

Price: $10 per person, $8 for Members

Registration Link Coming Soon

Spooky fun and adventure await! Dress in costume to tour the Halloween maze, partake in glowing programs and enjoy a special Halloween lab.

For a full list of Children’s Adventure Garden activities, visit


BOGO Wednesdays

September 26 through November 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday. Offer excludes Wednesday, October 31.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

September 27 through November 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

$2 State Fair Discount

September 29-November 21

Present ticket stub for $2 off general admission.

Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission

September 22-November 21

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets, available at area Tom Thumb 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 presented by Rogers-O'Brien Construction.

Additional sponsors include C.C. Young, Kimberly-Clark, Tom Thumb and DallasChild, Amegy Bank, Doyle & Associates, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, Macy’s, Full Color Inc., Park Place and True North Advisors.

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