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Summer at the Arboretum

May 27 – July 31, 2016

Commemorate Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30

Join us in commemorating Memorial Day. Free admission all four days for all active duty members and veterans of the United States military and first responders with valid photo ID. Bring your blankets and lemonade and enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12-2pm. This weekend of patriotic observance will conclude with two free Eddie Coker Concerts on Monday at 11am and 2pm sponsored by DallasChild.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

  • The music of Joel Cross: Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, 11am-2pm
  • Eddie Coker Concert - Monday, 11am & 2 pm
  • Petting zoo and face painting: Friday - Monday from 10am-2pm
  • Kindermusik: Friday - Monday -12-12:30pm in the Pecan Grove
  • $2 hot dogs and root beer floats


Saturday, May 28 • 11am

Val Late Garden

Join us in the garden for a special performance by Twice Upon a Time Storytellers Gene & Peggy Helmick-Richardson as they bring to life Abraham Lincoln, one of the Great Contributors in Gary Lee Price’s Bronze Statue exhibit.

Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors Bronze Statues Exhibit

The Great Contributors exhibit is on display until November 27 and is a part of Gary Lee Price’s renowned art collection. A fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Price has been recognized worldwide for his bold work lifting and celebrating the human spirit. The life-size bronze sculptures on display include Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Claude Monet, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Wright Brothers, many of which are on benches or in garden settings.These sculptures are only a few of the finest contributors in world history. With the original goal to create 10 male figures and 10 female figures, Price will soon embark on phase two with influencers such as Ruby Bridges, Sacajawea, Amelia Earhart, Mother Theresa and many more.

As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings during summer. The display beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.


Family Fun Fridays

June 3 - July 29 • 10am-2pm

Join us every Friday in the shady Pecan Grove for face painting, a petting zoo, silhouette artist Micki Triggs and music for the little ones - topped off with a refresher in Toad Corners!

What's new with Plant Trials?

Beginning May 27: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 10am

With the Vice President of Gardens, Dave Forehand. Learn about the Dallas Arboretum's acclaimed research programs.

In the Garden with Dave

Fridays at 10am

Join the Vice President of Gardens every Friday for a special tour featuring the most beloved areas of the garden.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners

Wednesdays • 11am

Various gardens

DCMG partners with the Arboretum Horticulture staff to share the secrets of the ever-changing floral displays. Staff is available to answer questions at rotating locations throughout the garden

Dallas Winds Patriotic Concert

Thursday, June 30 • 7:30pm-9:30pm • Gates open at 6pm

Sponsored by World Ventures

The Dallas Winds is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States. Comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. Separate tickets, which are between $10 and $27, are required and available for purchase online.

Fourth of July Weekend

Friday, July 1 - Monday, July 4

Continuing the celebration of our nation’s independence in true red, white and blue style, active and retired members of our esteemed armed services will receive free admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and everyone can enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.

Garden Gigs

Friday evenings in July • 7:30pm-9:30pm

Full-grounds musical events open to the general public featuring local musicians. $10 admission and complimentary parking and food trucks.

Junior Players

July 23 • 11am & 1pm

Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn

Enjoy a presentation by the talented Juniors Players as they perform excerpts from William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31

Presented by Alfa Romeo FIAT of Dallas

The dog days of summer bring in Dollar Days in August at the Arboretum. Throughout the entire month, visitors can enjoy general admission for only $1 and parking for $5. Members receive free general admission and parking year-round, so be sure to spread the word about this great discount to friends and neighbors. For an additional $1 per person, guests can enjoy a summer day filled with wonders and excitement in our 8-acre Children's Adventure Garden.

Children's Activities

In the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, there are plenty of activities for the young and young-at-hear including daily labs, talks and more. Check out our daily activities as well.

May 21: Crafty Kid's Workshop, 10am-2pm

May 21: Wonderful Wetlands Adventures with John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, 10am – 2pm

May 22: Beekeeper Visit, 9am-12pm

June 18: TECH Truck, 10am-2pm

June 25: Sustainability Day in the Children's Adventure Garden

Young Contributors Series

June 4 & 5: Sybil Ludington

June 11 & 12: Elinor Smith

July 9 & 10: Pablo Picasso

July 16 & 17: Louis Braille

August 6 & 7: Juliette Gordon Low

August 13 & 14: Jane Goodall

August 20 & 21: Susan B. Anthony

Continuing Events

Cool Thursdays Concert Series

Through June 30

Presented by Wells Fargo

Chill out on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn for an evening of music. See who’s performing and purchase tickets here

Early Morning Yoga

Saturdays • 7:30-8:30am

Presented by Mend

**Members Only: Enjoy a serene exercise experience in the beauty of the garden. Join us on the Camp Lawn

Nature Nights

Wednesday Evenings through October 27

The garden extends its hours to 8pm each Wednesday. Craft s for children to enjoy geared toward 6 to 12 year-olds from 6 to 7:30pm nightly.

Buy One, Get One free admission discount applies.

Great Contributors Tour

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am

Ginsburg Plaza

A docent-led tour through the gardens while visiting each Great Contributor Bronze Statue along the way.

Garden Tea

Now through September 16

A favorite tradition during summer is the seasonal tea held at the beautiful Restaurant DeGolyer by Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Make Garden Tea reservations