Summer at the Arboretum

The garden comes alive over the summer, and this year promises to be no exception.

Click play to be swept into a stunning visual experience of Summer at the Arboretum.

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.

Featured Activities

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.

Arboretum After Hours

March 1-October 25

The Dallas Arboretum extends its hours until 8 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a favorite book and have a mid-week escape from a busy schedule. Check the website regularly for scheduled Wednesday evening activities throughout the year. Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.


BOGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays through October 31

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


Summer Wine Sampling Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays through July 30

Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. & Sundays 11:00 - 4:00 p.m., Café on the Green

New for the Summer! Join us for the perfect summer weekend. Bring a picnic or a loved one and enjoy delicious wine samplings in the most beautiful setting in Dallas.

Tickets available for $10 in addition to regular admission, guests 21 and over only, available at Cafe on the Green.

One ticket lets guests enjoy three 2 oz pours of either red or white varietals.

Live Music!

Saturday and Sunday July 29 & 30, 11am – 2pm, DeGolyer Pergola

Enjoy different live performances tucked away in various locations through the garden every weekend this summer.

Saturday, July 29: Eric Czechowski

Sunday, July 30: Tomas Sclar


Performance by Zimbabwe Choir, Lovers 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.

Military Band Performances

Enjoy live performances by these amazing bands on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

August 5, 1:00 p.m. - The Navy Cruisers Band

August 12, 1:00 p.m. - The United States Navy Band


ZUMBA Gold

Thursday mornings July 20, August 17 at 9:00 a.m. The Meadow in A Women's Garden

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

Bandan Koro – African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

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

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

Garden Gigs

Friday evenings, 7:30–9:30 p.m.$10, $8 for Members

July 21: David Tribble, John Lefler & Camille, Micah Peacock

July 28: Kate Minor, Parker Twomey, Shayne Green

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.

Check www.dallasarboretum.org/gardengigs for info and to buy tickets.

Gift Shop Annual Summer Sale

August 5-13, Hoffman Family Gift Store

Come early to get the best finds in home décor, women's clothing, kids toys, books and more and enjoy 50% off on select items.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31

Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats and $1 popsicles and $4 ice cream sundaes.

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

Tour Des Fleurs sponsored by The Carrell Clinic

Morning September 16, Road below and on Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn.

Celebrating its 12th year, Tour des Fleurs features a new format this year, a 1/4 and 1/2 marathon. This USATF course on the lakeside trail of White Rock Lake concludes with "Dallas' best post-race party."


This year's party is a huge celebration of the 12th anniversary featuring live music, complimentary food and beverages, a physical therapy clinic at The Carrell Clinic booth, massages, yoga and freebies from a variety of TDF sponsors. The celebration begins at 8:15 a.m. and takes place at the Dallas Arboretum's Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake. Overall winner awards are announced at 9:30 a.m.


We also have given runners the option to raise money to support the Dallas Arboretum. Information about how to challenge yourself and compete with friends before and during the race is forthcoming.

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