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Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition

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Sep. 17–Oct. 31, 2022

One of America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals”

 – Fodor’s Travel

A Fall Fairy Tale

The 17th annual Autumn at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is upon us and we are excited to once again share 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, hailing from THE pumpkin capital of Texas, Floydada, throughout the garden. This year’s theme ‘A Fall Fairy Tale’ features the return of Cinderella’s Carriage, along with themed pumpkin houses that make up the acclaimed Pumpkin Village, sponsored by Oncor, and of course, a maze for younger visitors. Other gourd-eous displays reimagine classic tales of Jack & The Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, The Sword in the Stone and One Thousand and One Nights.

Event Overview

Walking Path during the Fall

Daily Programming

With beautiful sights and free & repeating activities happening daily, the Dallas Arboretum is your home this fall.

Member Mornings

Daily from March 13–November 5

Take advantage of your membership with an early morning walk. Refresh and enjoy early access to the garden as we prepare for the day. No photography allowed.

Historical Tours

Monday–Saturday | 10am–4pm 
Sunday 12–4pm
DeGolyer House

Visit the DeGolyer House for a tour of the beautiful, historic home while listening to knowledgeable docents speak about the history of the home and family.

Dallas College Cooks

Mondays | 11am

A Tasteful Place

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class, taught by alum Chastity Alexander of Harwood’s Elephant East, to create healthy and delicious seasonal dishes your family will love!  Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

September:  Roasted Beet Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

October:  Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Presented by Kimberly-Clark
Every Monday & Tuesday through October 25 | 10am–2pm

Outside Pecan Grove

Fan Favorites Country Critters Petting Zoo joins us with their menagerie of farm favorites; Story Time (10am and 10:30am) features international versions of classic tales; and crowd favorite Kindermusik (12:15pm) enhances children’s minds by singing about all they see in the garden. Also have fun with bubbles as we bring back our bubble picnic.  

Tasteful Tuesdays Floral Demos

Tuesdays | 11am

A Tasteful Place

Will be held in Sewell on October 18

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own floral arrangement or how to pick the best flower from your grocery stores? Looking for a home chef hack to amaze your friends? Every Tuesday a new floral demonstration or food demo is sure to inspire you to step up your at-home game!

October 4: Grove Hill Farms demonstrates creative ways to decorate pumpkins, incorporating fairy gardens, succulents, fall foliage and ribbon!

October 11: The Blum Bar demonstrates how to create a whimsical floral arrangement inside of a Cinderella pumpkin. The design uses local grocery store florals so you can easily recreate this ‘straight from a fairy tale’ look for your next tablescape.

October 18: Mcshan Florist designs fall centerpieces using texture and autumn florals with the use of gourds and berries to make your thanksgiving table one to remember!

October 25: Gardenia Event Décor creates a modern garden style arrangement in fall tones using beautifully themed flowers and faux fruit.

Daily Tasting Demos

Tuesdays | 1pm

A Tasteful Place

Join our resident chef, Chef Isabel, as she demonstrates how to prepare the week’s featured recipes, inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Seasonal Tastings

Daily | 10am–4pm

A Tasteful Place

Try three different samples featuring a hero vegetable, fruit or herb from the garden. Fitting with our festival theme, our insect-inspired recipes are sure to captivate your family’s taste buds, too – but, don’t worry, no real bugs were harmed in the making of these recipes. Get the full list of recipes.

Wind Down Wednesdays

Wednesdays | 3–5pm

Three Sisters Overlook or A Tasteful Place

Ages 21+

Join local breweries and wineries on select dates to sample and learn about their local selections.

October 5: Wine tasting by Hidden Hangar Vineyards & Winery

October 19: Join Greg Nixon from White Rock Alehouse & Brewery for a craft beer tasting

October 26: TUPPS Brewery is back with some year-round favorites plus Christmas beer!

Chef-tastic Cooking Series

Most Wednesdays and Thursdays | 11am

A Tasteful Place

 Enjoy a demonstration from renowned chefs and restaurants as they take center stage in our demonstration kitchen.

September 28: Angie Foster from Flour Power Studios. Fall into Cooking!  Veggie Cheese Chowder, Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

September 29: Chef Jamaal Johnson showcases his Oktoberfest menu: potato pancakes, brats & sauerkraut & German rum balls.

October 5: Chef Amanda Bradford from Bradford Bakery makes a fall harvest:   Almond/fig vinaigrette with goat cheese, diced butternut squash and beets, served with arugula/frisée salad; Bouchee:  Puff pastry filled with turkey, dried fruit, seasonal vegetables; Pumpkin cheesecake with candied pumpkin seeds and cinnamon cream.

October 12: Tiffini Adams from The Crumb Well Bakery will demonstrate peach cobbler cupcakes and triple layer brownies.

October 19:  Learn to make more Thai favorites! Chef Nikky from Asian Mint is back to create Thai fried rice and tom yum lemongrass and shrimp soup.

Weekend Beer & Wine Tastings

October 1 | 2–4pm: Oak Highlands Brewery tasting with Ryan Childers

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation

Fridays | 11am

A Tasteful Place

Presented by the North Texas Master Gardeners and the Dallas Arboretum Horticultural Staff. Enjoy special tips and presentations on summer and autumn gardening.

September 30: Bonsai Society of Dallas – Tips and tricks on how to make bonsai thrive. Plant Sale: September 30–October 1

October 7: Vice President of Gardens Dave Forehand- All things pumpkins, squash and gourds and his favorite picks for decorating—and eating!

October 14: Monarch Butterflies – Discuss how to distinguish monarchs from other orange butterflies, learn  their life cycle and migration patterns.  

October 21: Join the Dallas Gourd Patch for their Annual Show as they display their intricate gourd and squash handicrafts! 

October 28–30: Texas Triffid Ranch—An overview of carnivorous house plants! Plus, take home a collection of your own at their plant sale: October 28–October 30.


Seasonal Programming

Come to one of our many free, seasonal activities happening this fall.

Guided Pumpkin Hike

Each Wednesday |10am

Meet at the Lakeside Exhibit Area Pumpkin Patch

Join our Dallas Arboretum volunteers for a guided hike through the Lakeside Exhibit Area as we discover the unique and varied pumpkins that make Autumn at the Arboretum come to life. 

Dallas Gourd Patch

Thursdays | 10am–3pm

Main Entry Plaza

The Dallas Gourd Patch returns with weekly displays and demos of their spectacular squash art. Watch inspiring demonstrations by the Dallas Gourd Patch as gourds are transformed into jewelry and decorative homewares, available for guests to purchase.

Dallas Gourd Patch Annual Show

October 21 | 10am–3pm

A Tasteful Place

Explore the Dallas Gourd Patch’s specular show featuring stunning carved, painted and embellished gourds. The group also sells these creations.

Memory Garden Fall Series


Sewell Boardroom

Fall Series 1: September 2, 16, 23, and 30


Fall Series 2: October 28, November 11 & 18 & December 9


Series of four classes for those in the early to middle stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Pre-registration is required.

Sponsored by the AWARE Foundation & the Darrell K Royal Research Foundation

What’s in Bloom Walk

Thursdays from September 22–October 27


Main Garden Entry Plaza

Join a member of our horticulture team each Thursday for a 30-minute walk featuring his top weekly picks of blooming plants.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

October 1 and 16 | 10:30–11:30am

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Join Window to the Wild for a 45-minute outdoor educational flight training show and see some of their feathered friends that served as inspiration for many famous children’s cartoon characters.

International Coffee Day Market

October 1


A Tasteful Place

Celebrate the world’s favorite roasted fruit: coffee! A Tasteful Place is filled coffee-centric vendors to help get your caffeine fix.

Learn more

Country Critters 3 Little Pigs

October 1 & 2


Pumpkin Village

Join fan-favorite Country Critters as they bring out the adorable three little pigs for a photo-op.

Mighty Beans

October 1–8


Near Jack and the Beanstalk house

Beans aren’t just for growing magical giant beanstalks. Sample the delicious and nutritious edamame beans (and more) from Mighty Beanz. Then, purchase some to take home for your new favorite treat.

Pumpkin Stacking Contest

October 8 | 12–2pm

DeGolyer Pergola

Join us for our adult and children’s bracket as we stack miniature pumpkins to compete for concert tickets. We want to see how high you can make them, so bring your A-game!

Window to the Wild Glove Program

October 9 | 12–2pm

Fall Vendor Market & Craft Fair

October 8 & 9 | 10am–3pm

Main Entry Plaza

Shop locally at two dozen local vendors for a delectable array of fall treats and artisan gifts as you stroll the gardens.

Diwali Pop-up

October 22 & 23 | 10am–3pm

Pumpkin Village

Join us for activities commonly enjoyed during the Diwali festival of lights. Enjoy Classical Indian Dancing with Pavitra Kumar, henna artistry (nominal fee), plus handmade pottery, handicrafts and food for purchase inspired by Diwali and classic children’s tales.


October 29 & 30

Don’t miss the annual Halloween blowout weekend with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, a petting zoo and live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. Get your costumes out for our “Dress like a Fairy Tale” contest on Saturday and Sunday for your chance to win tickets to Holiday at the Arboretum.

Learn more

October National Cookie Month

Paid Events & Classes

Learn from experts during one of our great classes or attend a fun event!

Cook with Heart with Cindy Kleckner

October 2 | 12–3pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member $65
Adult guest $75

Get all the secrets of heart healthy eating from Cindy Kleckner, author of the DASH Diet for Dummies. The menu includes Grilled Macadamia Nut-Citrus Crusted Salmon Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Capers with Sherry Vinaigrette, Ancient Grain Salad with Dried Cherries, Mint and Feta and Mixed Berry Walnut Crisp. Healthy cooking and taste can co-exist. 


International Fall Soul Cooking with Chef Jamaal Johnson

October 9 | 11am–1pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member $65
Adult guest $75

Dallas Arboretum regular Chef Jamaal Johnson presents Cooking for Fall. Pumpkin & Potatoes: Pumpkin Chicken Curry, Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Bourbon and Patatas Bravas—olive oil fried potatoes with a deliciously spicy sauce.


Classic Mexican Dishes with Chef Mollie G

October 15 | 11am–1pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member $65
Adult guest $75

Food and Wine alumna and MasterChef contestant Chef Mollie G returns with some classic Mexican comfort foods. Learn to make Braised Chicken with Pipián Verde– a green mole sauce made with pumpkin seeds and fresh herbs paired with roasted root vegetables.


Fall Comfort Foods with Chef Amanda Bradford of Bradford Bakery

October 20 | 11am–1pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member $65
Adult guest $75

Chef Amanda Bradford of Bradford Bakery teaches how to make Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with bacon, caramelized onion, savoy cabbage and reduced balsamic dressing; Mushroom Pasta with Chicken, Brown Butter Sauce and Breadcrumbs; Chocolate Pot du Creme with Candied Nuts and Chantilly Cream.


Kids Halloween Cooking Class With Angie Foster of Flour Power Studios (SOLD OUT)

October 23 | 12–1:30pm

A Tasteful Place

Child member (with an adult): $35

Child guest (with an adult): $45

Additional child: $15

Join Angie Foster of Flour Power Studios for a ghoulishly great kid’s class featuring: Mummy Dogs, Chocolate Cauldron Cookie Cups and Color Changing Lemonade.

Trick or Treating

October 29 & 30 | 6–9pm

Children’s Adventure Garden

$8 for members

$10 for guests

Don’t miss out on a special spooky late night at the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden with tricks and treats at every turn! Come in costume for trick or treat stations (select galleries open), a spooky maze tour, special mad scientist lab, and much more! Adults, please do not wear costume masks.


Día de Muertos Specialties with Chef Diana Zamora

October 29 | 11am–1pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member $79
Adult guest $89

Celebrate Día de Muertos with Chef Diana Zamora, a local pastry expert and owner of Nena Postreria. Make Mexican sweet bread pan de muerto, tamales de elote and Mexican style hot chocolate champurrado. Don’t miss your chance to join this one-of-a-kind class.


Wine and Cheese Pairing Class presented by the Mozzarella Company

October 30 | 1–3pm

A Tasteful Place

Adult member age 21+ $79
Adult guest age 21+ $89

Learn to pair cheese and wine at a seated class with an organized array of artisanal cheese and wines served (6 to 8 cheese and 5 to 6 wines). This fun, educational and interactive class is led by a Cheese Expert from the Mozzarella Company and Wine Expert, John Bratcher of Two Wine Guys. The class begins with a cocktail party!



Live Music & Entertainment

Enjoy live music and entertainment on the below dates!

Jeanne’s Pavilion


Relax, have a seat and enjoy a picnic while you listen to musical entertainment at Jeanne’s Pavilion. Every Saturday and Sunday, we have local solo piano acts playing today’s hits and old favorites. Additional dates and times indicated below.

October 1: Matthew Babineaux

October 2: Ricky Carr

October 7: Paul Salvie, Accordionist

October 8: Matthew Babineaux

October 9: Ricky Carr

October 10: Carly Carroll 

October 15: Scott Ayres

October 16: Rebecca Cordes

October 19: Sunshine Dulcimer | 10:00 a.m.

October 22: Scott Willis

October 23: Ricky Carr

October 29: Scott Willis

October 30: Ricky Carr

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn


Join us each weekend of Blooms for our favorite local acts. Load up the family, grab a picnic lunch and relax with great lake views every Saturday and Sunday.

October 1: Ashmore, Classic Rock

October 2: The Quibble Brothers, Country and Bluegrass

October 7: Reckless Angels, Rock from ‘60s to Today

October 8: Epic Unplugged, Greatest Rock Hits

October 9: The Rock, ‘80s Musical and Rock

October 10: The Jukebox Heroes, Top 40 Hits

October 15: Groovadelix, Classic Hits

October 16: The Coppertones, Old School Rock and Soul

October 22: Captain & Camille, Smooth ‘70s Hits

October 23: The Vinyl Countdown, Arena Rock

October 29: The Blandelles, Classic Rock

October 30: XFactor, Party Band

Family Fun Weekends

Join us for these family fun weekends filled with entertainment!

Each Family Fun Weekend features these family favorites: Country Critters Petting Zoo from 10am-2pm; family keepsake photos from 10am-2pm on select Saturdays taken by the Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board (VAB) for a donation to the VAB. Enjoy the vendor markets, special guests and activities for the whole family. And, of course, live entertainment features pianists at Jeanne’s Pavilion from 12-2pm and Dallas’ Best Party Bands from 2-4pm on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

DISD Fair Day

October 7–10

Learn more

Veteran’s Day

November 11–13


November 25–27


BOGO Wednesdays

September 21–October 26 • 9am–5pm

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday. Discount automatically applies to qualifying purchase during online checkout.


CC Young Senior Thursdays

September 22–October 27 • 9am–5pm

Seniors 65 and older get $1 off general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount automatically applies to qualifying purchase during online checkout.

See the beauty of Autumn at the Arboretum


Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Reliant

Bank of Texas
CC Young
DFW Child
Doyle & Associates
Park Place
Coram Deo Academy
Kirkland & Ellis

Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition



A New Experience Each Week

As a member of the Dallas Arboretum, you’ll experience unique seasonal events throughout the year and get access to members-only opportunities.