Summer at the Arboretum

The garden comes alive over the summer and this year's festival, featuring ZimSculpt, promises to be no exception.

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Summer at the Arboretum can surprise out guests, because so much of our gardens remain lush and full, often reaching the height of their beauty during this warm season. We also have a host of beautiful water and misting features that combine a cooling experience with effects that make the garden even more visually stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic, enjoy an amazing concert set against sunset over White Rock Lake, or take in the beauty of ZimSculpt, our Zimbabwean stone sculpture exhibit, you'll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.

Featured Activities

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26-29, 11am-2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Begin summer at the Dallas Arboretum with a picnic and a cool beverage. While you enjoy a beautiful day, appreciate the uplifting combination of acoustic, bluegrass and gospel music of the Dueling Hearts Band. Tight vocal harmonies and hard driving bluegrass licks will keep your foot stomping.

We'll have $2 hot dogs & root beer floats (limit 6) are available at the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace.

Live Music by Eric Michael Czechowski

Friday, May 26, 10am-2pm

Pack a picnic, stake out a space on the lawn and enjoy the sounds of acoustic singer/songwriter, Eric Michael Czechowski. Eric is not only a singer, but also a renowned composer, having written music for shows including Oprah, CBS’s Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

Giant Bubble Show

Friday, May 26 - 11am-2pm

Experience the magic of giant bubble-making. See the performer create huge, oversize bubbles as wide as 3 feet and long as 12 feet float and “dance” across the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

Dueling Hearts Bluegrass Band

Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 11am-2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Enjoy the uplifting combination of acoustic, bluegrass and gospel music by Dueling Hearts Bluegrass Band, deep from the heart of Central Texas. Listen to traditional, original and up and coming tunes, sung with beautiful harmonies, foot-stomping banjo licks and fancy fiddling.

Lover's Lane United Methodist Church Choir Performance

Saturday, May 27, 11am-12pm, Entry Plaza

This Zimbabwean choir will welcome guests.

Face Painters & Petting Zoo

Monday, May 29, 10am-2pm, Pecan Grove

Visit Pecan Grove at the Arboretum and let your child turn into the wild animal he/she has always wanted to be via an artistic face painting. Or, if they’d rather just touch an animal instead of being one, send them to the petting zoo.

Eddie Coker Concerts

Monday, May 29, 11am & 2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Sponsored by Dallas Child

Don’t miss these exclusive performances by award-winning children’s singer/songwriter & performer, Eddie Coker, on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Always a crowd pleaser!

Blooms & Beer

May 29, 11am -3pm, Lakeside Picnic Area behind Jonsson Color Garden

Sample a variety of local craft beers while listening to live music. Pack a picnic , bring the crew, and discover a new favorite beer. Tastings are $5 per person, 21 and up only. We'll be serving two On Rotation beers plus Deep Ellum - IPA, Deep Ellum - Dallas Blond, Rahr and Son’s - Rahr’s Bond, Lakewood Lager, and Texas Ale Project Fireant Funeral. Tickets will be available in person and can be purchased below.

Purchase Blooms & Beer Tickets

Live Music: Collin Hauser

May 29, 11am-3pm, Lakeside Picnic Area behind Jonsson Color Garden

Relax at the Blooms & Beer tasting and enjoy the unique blend of folk, blues, jazz and pop of singer/songwriter Collin Hauser.

Complimentary Admission

To honor our armed forces, the Arboretum will offer free admission all four days for active duty members, veterans of the United States military and first responders with a valid photo ID.


Thursday mornings June 15, July 20, August 17 at 9:00 a.m. Lower Meadow below the Women's Garden

Join Zumba instructor Martha Palacios for a rousing, senior-friendly Zumba class!

Family Fun Fridays

June 2-July 28, 10am-2pm, Pecan Grove

Bring the whole family to the Pecan Grove for a critter-filled petting zoo, incredibly artistic face painting and lively music, every Friday through the end of July.

Live Music Weekend

June 3 and 4, 11am-2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

Try a picnic on the lawn as you enjoy saxophonist Rob Holbert on Saturday, and guitarist/vocalist Randy Vrandenburg on Sunday.

Father’s Day Weekend

June 17 & 18, 11am-4pm, Café on the Green

Come to Barbeque & Brews, a fun-filled weekend, guaranteed to give the special guy in your life has a great time outdoors. Enjoy BBQ paired with local beers at Café on the Green and relax with the family.

African Music Fest - June 24-25

Enjoy music from the continent that brought Shona sculpture to the Arboretum-- Africa. Lively performances featuring Kupira Marimba and Bandan Koro drive the weekend and provide an entertaining backdrop while viewing the artwork of ZimSculpt.

Bandan Koro – African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

June 24 at 10:00 a.m. & June 25 at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

July 22 10:00 a.m. & 23 at 11:00 a.m.

This amazing local group offers a fun, engaging live performance.

Live Performance by Kupira Marimba

Saturday, June 24, 12:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Listening to Kupira Marimba, best known for their lively, family-friendly performances, has been known to cause an uncontrollable urge to dance. They will have guests happily swaying as they stroll the garden or stop by the concert state to sit and relax.

Garden Gigs: July 7-28

Friday evenings, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Stroll through the garden for a fun Friday night, discovering hidden gems—music by local musicians, adventurous choices from food trucks and off-the-beaten path spots in the garden—all just waiting to be discovered. Admission is $10 (non-members), $8 (members) and includes free parking.

July 4 Weekend

Red, White and Blues

July 1-4. 11am-2pm, Throughout the Garden

What better way to celebrate the red, white and blue than blues music at the Dallas Arboretum. The Garden will feature blues bands throughout the garden to enliven your Independence Day picnic. It’s the perfect ambiance for picnicking, an American tradition at one of the best places to share a meal outdoors.
July Fourth Weekend: July 1-4

Red, White and Blues

July 1-4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (every day)

July 1-Linny Nance and Network

July 2-Buddy Whittington Band

July 3-Linny Nance and Network

July 4-Rob Holbert Group

Performance by Zimbabwe Choir, Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church

Saturday, July 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., DeGolyer Pergola

Enjoy the inspiring voices of the Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church Zimbabwe Choir.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31

Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies.

Enjoy the beginning of summer at the Dallas Arboretum with a picnic and a cool beverage.

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