Summer at the Arboretum

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Summer at the Arboretum Runs Through August 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.

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, you'll find a wonderful way to spend the day at the Arboretum during the summer.

August Activities During August Dollar Days!

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

General Admission is $2, Parking is $5, and entry into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is only an additional $2. Plus we have budget-friendly menu items including includes $1 sodas, juice and frozen pops, $2 root beer floats and hot dogs, and $4 brownie sundaes.


Featured DJ Playlists

Weekends in August, All Day, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Enjoy the shade of the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn while listening to some playlists by Dallas' favorite music personalities such as DJ Jennifer Miller, DJ Cruz, evening host on KISSFM, Preston Jones, one of DFW's top music critics, Michael "Grubes" Gruber, official DJ of the Dallas Stars, Jody Dean, host of The Morning Team on 98.7 KLUV and Donovan Lewis, co-host of The Norm and D Invasion on KTCK 1310 AM/96.7 FM, The Ticket Sports Radio.

Frozen Fridays!

August 17 (Snowbaby), 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Demo), 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Sale)

August 24 (Steel City Pops) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Demo), 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Sale)

Here's one way to keep cool this summer! Join us in the demonstration kitchen at A Tasteful Place to cool down with Steel City Pops and join us on the Paseo across from the Pecan Grove to enjoy sweet treats from Snowbaby LLC.


Snowbaby’s desserts are thinly shaved ice sheets, layered like the airy texture of freshly fallen snow. The “snow” is topped with fresh fruits & treats, then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. It’s creamy and delectable like an ice cream, but doesn’t feel as heavy and filling.

Steel City Pops will be giving gives you an inside glimpse of their pops, summer fun pop ideas, local ingredients they love! They're also as selling their own tasty treats while you walk around the garden.

  • 8/24 at the A Tasteful Place Pavilion: Steel City Pops is joined by Herman Marshall Whiskey and Berkshire Farms as they discuss the Maple Bacon Bourbon pop and the quality local ingredients that go into it.

Labor Day Weekend - Football Fun Under the Sun

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

Sponsored by Bank of America

Say goodbye to summer with a final Labor Day Weekend celebration. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend long.

Watch College Football Live

Saturday, September 1, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place Pavilion

Watch the Mississippi - Texas Tech football game and relax in the natural beauty of the Dallas Arboretum! Free with paid general admission

Football Movie Screenings

Sunday and Monday, September 2 and 3, Rosine Hall

Sunday: Watch "The Blind Side" from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Monday: Watch "Rudy" from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side walkSTEM

Experience the Dallas Arboretum in new and unexpected ways by exploring the math and science all around us. Parents and children are welcome to pick up a map at the information booth for this self-guided tour.

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