Summer at the Arboretum

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Summer at the Arboretum Runs Through July 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.

June, July & August Activities

Family Fun Fridays

Every Friday through July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pecan Grove

Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, music and more. Free with paid garden admission.

Frozen Fridays!

June 29, July 27, and August 24 (Steel City Pops) 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Demo), 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Sale)

July 13, August 17 (Snowbaby), 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Demo), 2:00 - 3:00 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 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.

  • 6/29 at the Rodriguez Gazebo: Take a dive into the world of coffee… and coffee pops. Join Steel City Pops and Oak Cliff Coffee as they talk coffee in all its forms and demonstrate some ways you can experiment at home.
  • 7/27 at the A Tasteful Place Pavilion: You know popsicles, and who doesn’t like those? But have you ever used a pop to make a mixed drink? Join Steel City Pops as they experiment with some fun summer “poptails!”
  • 8/24 at the A Tasteful Place Pavalion: 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.

Celebrate the Red, White and Blues on 4th of July Weekend - Sponsored by Bank of America

June 30-July 1 & July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Relax while listening to blues music and enjoy an all-American Independence Day picnic. Celebrate our American bandstand with classic music of our nation and dancing demonstrations throughout the garden. Enjoy a local selection of barbecue, ice cream, $2 hot dogs and $2 root beer floats all weekend long at Terrace on the Green all long weekend.
Active and retired/former military enjoy free admission with ID June 30 - July 4.

Live Blues Music

June 30 & July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Pergola Terrace
Rob Holbert, Blues Saxophone

July 1, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Pergola Terrace

David Brashier, Blues Guitarist

Salsa Dancing Demonstration by Studio 22

Saturday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy a fun, salsa dancing demonstration.

Cherry Pie Baking Demo

July 1, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., A Tasteful Place

Humble Pies demonstrates how they make their fabulous cherry pie.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

July 4, 10:30 a.m., free with paid garden admission, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Enjoy a 45 minute outdoor education flight training show with over five birds on the concert stage. Stick around at the end of the show for a meet and greet and Q&A with the birds and trainers.

Baldo's Ice Cream Sales

June 30 & July 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Children Garden Tram Stop

A Tasteful Place Events

Empanada Cookhouse Cooking Demonstration and Sale

June 30, July 1 & July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Humble Pie Baking Demonstration

July 1, 12-1 p.m.

Click HERE to see full details for these events.

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

Fourth of July Weekend: June 30-July 4

Storytime with Eddie the Eagle

10:00 a.m., First Adventure

Join Eddie the Eagle and enjoy a patriotic story with the United States national bird, the bald eagle.

Fruit Tastings: Red, White, and Fruit

12:00 & 2:00 p.m., Incredible Edible

Explore the phytonutrients in the colors of the American flag.

Rockets' Red Glare! - Pop: Power of Pressure

4:00 p.m., The Glade

What makes things go POP!? Explore the science behind air pressure and have an explosive time!

Creativity Corner, Sponsored by Neiman Marcus (Appropriate for All Ages)

Create arts and crafts using and discussing natural components such as flowers, plants, animals, conservation, and recycling (while supplies last).

Fourth of July craft: Stars & Stripes

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 6/30-7/4

For a complete list of Children's Adventure Garden activities and times, visit the activities page.

Garden Gigs

Fridays, July 13, 20 & 27,7:30-9:30 p.m.

$10 members ($15 non-members)

Enjoy three music performances within the garden. Walk and listen to the performances, or bring your picnic to relax for a few hours. Some of Dallas’ most popular food trucks will also be onsite to purchase items.

The Founders Garden Club Presents: Everything You Wanted to Know about Vegetable Gardening

July 28, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rosine Hall

The Founders Garden Club, a Garden Club of America member, teaches the essentials of composting, planning, preparation, planting, growing and harvesting fresh vegetables in a garden plot or containers. This panel session is free with paid garden admission. Please contact Linda Herrington at 214-515-6640 or via email at to register.

August Dollar Days

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

Discounted general garden admission offered to all guests, as well as budget-friendly menu items including hot dogs and root beer floats, brownie sundaes, sodas and frozen pops.

Labor Day Weekend

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

Say goodbye to summer with a final Labor Day Weekend celebration full of live Motown music and dancing the entire weekend. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats all weekend long.


Two for $20 Groupon

Available Through July 31

Save 33% on the price of admission with our $20 for Admission for Two to Summer at the Arboretum, Valid 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ($30 Value). Select blackout dates apply.

Click to purchase the Groupon and read all the details.

BOGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays through July 31 - Excluding July 4

Buy one get one free general admission, is available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.

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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