Summer at the Arboretum

April 15-July 31, 2018

The garden comes alive over the summer, and this year promises to be no exception. It's a Summer of Movement, featuring that stunning "Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker" wind sculpture exhibit, presented by Reliant, along with an array of music and activities to bring you and a new feeling of movement to the garden this season.

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Summer at the Arboretum can surprise our guests, because so much of our gardens remain lush and full, often reaching the height of 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.

Special Weekends & Events

Summer of Movement

Experience the movement of the wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker and enjoy the movements of talented dance groups from the surrounding areas throughout the garden. Performances and dates include

Bandan Koro

April 21 & May 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Experience the movement of the wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker and enjoy the movements of this talented, African drum and dance group on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico

May 5, 11 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m.,Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Bruce Wood Dance Project

May 6 & June 3, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., Throughout the gardens

Memorial Day Weekend - May 25 to 28

Kick-off the holiday weekend with a concert by one of Dallas’ best party bands, The Grooves. In honor of our armed forces, the Arboretum will offer free admission into the main garden all four days for active duty members and veterans of the United States military and first responders with a valid photo ID. On Memorial Day, the celebration continues with face painting and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats at the Terrace Café and Café of the Green.

Live Music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

The Grooves

May 25, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

One of Dallas’ Premiere Party Bands playing Top 40’s & Classic Rock

Squeezebox Bandits

May 26, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Local band Sqeezebox is best known for their ability to fuse the sound of music. Their sound is best described as a TexMex Zydeco, with some old honky tonk, and some Texas blues! Bring a picnic and start your Memorial Day weekend with a concert that is sure to not disappoint.

The Empty Pockets Band

May 27, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Empty Pockets Band is known for entertaining crowds with its studio quality sound and excellent song selection. The playlist covers songs from Patsy Cline to Miranda Lambert and from George Strait to Blake Shelton.

Eddie Coker - Sponsored by Dallas Child

May 28, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Crowd favorite performs kid-friendly tunes that get everyone up and dancing.

June, July & August Activities

Take a Walk on the Wild Side walkSTEM

Special Educator-Led Sessions for Kickoff Weekend, June 8-10 & Daily, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Parents with children (ages 7+) can join us as our educators* lead guided explorations and help your kids build everyday connections to math and science concepts. *After June 10, this is a self-guided tour, pickup a map at the information booth.

Father’s Day Weekend

Beer Sampling & Brats!

June 16 & 17, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Attention all dads and granddads: celebrate your day with us with sample beer tastings, a brat grilling demonstration and live music.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

June 17 & July 4, 10:30 a.m,, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Join us for a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show with birds. At the end of the show meet and greet with the birds and their trainers.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blues on 4th of July Weekend

June 30-July 1 & July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy your All American picnic. Celebrate our American bandstand with classic music and dancing. Enjoy a local selection of barbecue, ice cream, $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.

Garden Gigs

Fridays, July 13, 20 & 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

$10 members ($15 non-members)

Ticket Link Coming Soon

Enjoy three music performances within the garden. Walk and listen to the performances, or bring your picnic to relax for a few hours. Some of Dallas’ most popular food trucks will also be onsite to purchase items.

The Founders Garden Club Presents: Everything You Wanted to Know about Vegetable Gardening

July 28, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rosine Hall

The Founders Garden Club, a Garden Club of America member, teaches the essentials of composting, planning, preparation, planting, growing and harvesting fresh vegetables in a garden plot or containers. This panel session is free with paid garden admission. Please contact Linda Herrington at 214-515-6640 or via email at to register.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General garden admission $1. Budget friendly menu items include $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, $4 brownie sundaes, $1 sodas and frozen pops.

Labor Day Weekend

September 1-3, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Say goodbye to summer with a final Labor Day Weekend celebration full of live Motown music and dancing the entire weekend. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend long. Check the website for more details.

Recurring Activities

BOGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays through July 31

Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.

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