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