Summer at the Arboretum

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

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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.

Featured Activities

After Hours Frog Walk

May 17, 6:30 pm

Frogs are all over the metroplex, but you are more likely to hear them before you see them! Join Jessie Crowley, Lead Naturalist Educator for the Perot Museum and frog lover for a few tips and tricks to ID local frogs and toads by sight and sound. Bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp if available.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27-29, 11am-2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Enjoy the beginnings of 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.

Family Fun Fridays

June 2-July 28, 10am-2pm, Pecan Grove

Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, music, and more.


Father’s Day Weekend

June 17 & 18, 11am-4pm, Café on the Green

We're hosting Barbeque, Brews & Ques event. Café on the Green will serve barbeque paired with local beers, and we’ll have trivia about barbeque and Father’s Day.

African Music Festival

June 24, 12pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Kupira Marimba, best known for their lively, family-friendly performances, will perform. Bring a picnic and enjoy the high-energy performance. Please check our website for additional information about this weekend.

July 4 Weekend

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.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31

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. Grab a $2 hotdog and root beer float at Café on the Green while you enjoy a beautiful day, and listen to a combination of acoustic, bluegrass and gospel music from the Dueling Hearts Band. Tight vocal harmonies and hard driving bluegrass licks will keep your foot stomping. 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. The patriotic celebration concludes with two Eddie Coker concerts, free with paid garden admission, along with face painting and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove on Monday.

Weekend Activities

Live Music by Eric Michael Czechowski

Friday, May 26, 10am-2pm

Bubble Performance

Friday, May 26 - 11am-2pm

Dueling Hearts Bluegrass Band

Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 11am-2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Face Painters & Petting Zoo

Monday, May 29, 10am-2pm, Pecan Grove

Eddie Coker Concerts

Monday, May 29, 11am & 2pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

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