Summer at the Arboretum
Now through July 31
Made possible by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha Bank and CBRE
Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kicks off Summer at the Arboretum, with the return of “Flower Houses: Fairy Tales with a Texas Twist.” Continuing the year-long “Deep in the Hearts of Texans” theme, the flower village features four topiary houses up to 15 feet tall currently enveloped in red, white and blue flowers before transitioning into summer foliage. Each house highlights a Texas-inspired fairy tale vignette—a picante gingerbread man dances around a babbling brook; Goldilocks’ irascible cousin finds herself behind the Pine Curtain, and stubborn livestock starts a chain of events causing a kerfuffle across the prairie.
Summer at the Arboretum also includes a replica of the Rio Grande, a western covered chuck wagon, two life-size topiary horses, two large topiary longhorn cattle, affectionately named “Lone Star” and “Blue Bonnet,” and a hay bale maze. All summer long there will be activities, events and music for garden guests to enjoy.
As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During Summer at the Arboretum, the 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.
Memorial Day Activities
Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
In honor of our armed forces, there will be flags and patriotic music in the gardens along with free admission all four days for all active duty members and veterans of the United States military and first responders with valid photo ID.
Family Fun Friday
Friday, May 22
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kids of all ages can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting.
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24
12 - 2 p.m.
Bring your blankets and lemonade and enjoy live music
A special craft time will be dedicated to creating decorations for a red, white and blue stroller/wagon parade at 1pm- (with judging and prizes to be awarded).
Eddie Coker concert
Monday, May 25
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Presented by DallasChild
Goodnight Dallas Book Signing
Monday, May 25 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Hoffman Family Gift Store
Jennifer Drez will sign copies of her book, Goodnight Dallas. The cost of the book is $19.98.
Stories in the Flower Village
Mondays: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuckered out from Toad Fountain? Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to bring young readers and pre-readers for storytime under the shade of the flower houses in the Pecan Grove.
Family Fun Fridays
June 5, 12, 19 & 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Plan your family’s summertime adventures at the Arboretum on Fridays in June and July. Join us for kid-friendly activities that will include face painting, a petting zoo and music for the little ones in the shady Pecan Grove – topped off with a refresher in Toad Fountains! Bring the whole family out to experience the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden featuring the wonders of life and earth science combined with hands-on fun for all ages.
Debbie Leland Book Reading and Signing
Sunday, June 7 | 1-3 p.m.
Debbie Leland reads selections of The Jalapeño Man, a most spicy tale. An elementary school librarian from College Station, she has authored several children’s books, all with a recognizable southwest flavor.
Golden Hour at the Dallas Arboretum
Wednesdays, June 10 and Wednesday, June 24
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$10 non-members, $8 members
For these two evenings in June, the Dallas Arboretum opens its doors at special pricing to allow the community to capture those ‘golden hour’ photos in the showcase gardens. Intended for personal photography and portraiture, the garden is open for a limited window to allow for bridal portraits, family photos, and hobby photographers. Commercial shoots are not allowed during this time and are encouraged to book through the Special Events Department.
WFAA Family First Day in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, June 13 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Puppet shows, hands-on outdoor science experiments (in conjunction with Texas A&M University), collaborative tessellation assembly, and scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with the Dallas Junior Players) round out a family-centered day anchored by a special presentation with WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields at the OmniGlobe. For this day, admission to the RMCAG and main garden is $8 at the gate only with $8 parking available for advance purchase online. Hot dogs are just $2.
Father’s Day Weekend
Father’s Day Weekend Concert
Multilingual Balladeer Frank Obregon on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Saturday, June 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Enjoy an eclectic spectrum of music from Tony Bennett to Nat King Cole, and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Sinatra. Relax with dad (on a lawn he doesn’t tend!), sip his favorite beverage, and maybe take a twirl around the stage!
Sunday, June 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Children, grandchildren and their dads and granddads are invited to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a craft activity—constructing and painting flower pots and bird houses—hosted by Home Depot. First come, first served.
Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Bring the superman in the family to the Arboretum to enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall. On Father’s Day, Rosine is open for a come-and-go, blankets welcome viewing of vintage cartoons that can be enjoyed by the young and young-at-heart. Each short is approximately 10 minutes. There is no additional cost with paid entry to the garden, and popcorn and snacks are available onsite.
Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 2
Gates 6 p.m.
Concert 7:30 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this last concert of the spring/summer Cool Thursdays Concert Series (tickets are required). Enjoy a colorful summer sunset, views of White Rock Lake and the lush rolling lawn while listening to the patriotic songs of the Dallas Winds. The evening promises to be a night to remember.
Fourth of July Weekend Activities
Friday, July 3-Monday, July 6
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 will enjoy patriotic music and flags throughout the garden.
Friday, July 24
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a full-grounds musical event open to the general public. Local artists/musicians Salim Nourallah, John Lefler, Camille Cortinas and Sudie perform intimate sets at sundown in several gardens. Food trucks and BYOB round out a community event with tickets starting at $7 with parking included.