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Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum:
The Art of the Pumpkin

Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition

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When

September 19–November 1

One of America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals”

 – Fodor’s Travel

Autumn at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, highlights the 15th year of the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring four 20-foot-tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Held at the Dallas Arboretum, the favorite fall festival opens on September 19 and runs through November 1. People can purchase tickets early online from September 1–18 to receive $1 off per ticket; these tickets are valid for admission during the festival dates.

The Art of the Pumpkin

The popular festival features one of “the Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” (Country Living Magazine). “The Art of the Pumpkin” features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival includes the return of Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Guests can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include free Monday cooking demonstrations with Dallas College Cooks along with other cooking, floral and horticulture demonstrations. Each weekend features live bands playing in the afternoon.


Admission

General
Sept 3 – 20
Festival
Sept 21-Oct 31
Nov 1-8 Nov 9-27
Members
Adult (13-64) $15 $17 $5 $12 FREE
Senior (65+) $12 $14 $5 $12 FREE
Child (2-12) $10 $12 $5 $10 FREE
Children’s Adventure Garden $3 Addl $3 Addl $3 Addl $3 Addl FREE
Self-Parking $15 $15 $15 $15 FREE

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 through October 31 • 7–9am
Main Garden

Members can enjoy early access into the garden. Parking in Gate 1 only. No photography is allowed.

 

Members Only Yoga

Saturdays through October 31 • 7:30–8:30am
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

The Dallas Yoga Center leads yoga classes on our concert stage, weather permitting.

 

Dallas College Cooks

Every Monday • 11am–12pm
A Tasteful Place

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class, taught by Chef Lisa Roark, from the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

September: Fava & Snap Bean Salad and Glazed Turnips
October: Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers and Grilled Artichoke with Lemon & Herbs
November: Broccoli & Greens Detox Soup and Roasted Fennel Bruschetta

 

Chef-tastic Cooking Series

Select Dates • 11am–12pm
A Tasteful Place

See how the pros do it and sample a small bite of the fruits of their labor. Enjoy a demonstration from renowned chefs and restaurants as they take center stage in our demonstration kitchen.

September 23 Charlie’s Treats  
September 26 White Rock Ale House
September 30 Yellibelly
October 1 One Great Vegan
October 10 Custom Culinary Kitchen
October 14 Kuluntu Bakery  
October 17 Vestals Catering
October 28 Chef Sharon Van Meter  
November 4 CiboDivino

 

Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Mondays & Tuesdays through October 27 • 10am–2pm
Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include painted body art by A Fresh Perspective, Fit4Mom White Rock Dallas Stroller Fitness at 10am and Kindermusik at noon. New safety precautions and socially distanced rules will be in place for all of these activities.

 

Walk This Way

Mondays through October 26 • 10am–12pm

Join us for a walking class around the garden under the direction of Denise and Max Davis, long-time Dallas Arboretum volunteers. 

 

Tasteful Tuesdays

Every Tuesday • 11am–12pm
A Tasteful Place

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own floral arrangement or how to pick the best flower from your grocery stores? Now you can! Come learn helpful tips from pros from Dallas’ local flower shops. Every Tuesday, a new floral demonstration will inspire you to step up our flower game.

September 22 McShan
September 29 Ruibal’s
October 13 Cookie Bouquet
October 27 McShan
November 3 Iris and Iree  

 

Daily Harvest

Tuesdays and Thursdays • 10am
A Tasteful Place

Horticulture Manager Joseph Farmer harvests vegetables, fruits or herbs right out of the garden in A Tasteful Place.

 

Pumpkin Thursdays Scavenger Hunt

Thursdays through October 29 • 10am–3pm

Every Thursday, pick up a map from the Information Booth that leads you on a scavenger hunt throughout the garden to find surprises in our pumpkin village. Complete the hunt and turn in your card at the info booth to get a ticket (to be redeemed by 4pm) for a brownie from the Terrace Café.

 

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation

Select Dates • 11am–12pm
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.

October 16: Favorite Plants of the Dallas Arboretum – If you are new to the area, new to gardening or just want to refresh your landscape, this is the class for you.
November 6: Texas State Arbor Day is Friday, November 6 – Fall is a terrific time to plant trees all across the state. Learn the best selections for North Texas. 

 

Fridays with Dave

October 2, 9 & 23 • 11am
A Tasteful Place

Our Vice President of the Gardens, Dave Forehand, has kept us informed of all the varieties of plants and floral displays during this pandemic. We are excited to have him join us live for similar presentations on select Fridays.

 

Live Music & Performances Every Weekend

Kick up your feet on our concert lawn every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm with live music and special performances on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage.

September 19 Reckless Angels
September 20 Monkey Love Band
September 26 Don Diego Band
September 27 DJ Sullivan Trio
October 3 TBA Band
October 4 Marc Touissant Combo
October 10 Mountain Natives
October 11 The Closers
October 17 Ballet Dallas Halloween
October 18 The Missing Three
November 1 Cool Side of Easy

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Seasonal Programming

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

 

Oktoberfest

September 20 • 11am–4pm

Join us for our Oktoberfest celebration, filled with complimentary beer samples, tasty local and traditional food vendors, and live music all weekend! Compete in the pretzel toss and steinholding competition supported by White Rock Ale House. Monkey Love band will take the concert stage from 2pm-4pm

Café on the Green’s Oktoberfest menu running until November 1 and features various bratwursts, carved pastrami sandwiches, warm apple strudel, black forest cake and assorted Oktoberfest beers.

 

National Coffee Day Celebration

September 29 • 10am–4pm
A Tasteful Place
Free with Paid Garden Admission

Come grab a cup of coffee from one of many of Dallas’ favorite spots, hear live music and choose from a selection of pastries, baked goods, and other coffee flavored treats such as ice cream and popsicles.

 

National Cookie Month

Select Dates • 11am

October is National Cookie Month and we will host a variety of cookie vendors and demonstrations to celebrate.

October 7 Frankly Good Vegan Cookies
October 13 Cookie Bouquet
October 21 Hey Y’all Bakery
October 24 Full Circle Bakery

 

National Taco Day

October 4 • 10am–4pm
A Tasteful Place
Free with Paid Garden Admission

A Tasteful Place will feature a variety of specialty tacos for sale ranging from street to gourmet from your favorite local spots as well as fresh salsa, tortillas, and paletas while festive live music plays. Stop by for a beer taste test and see if you can guess the Mexican beer brands versus domestic!

 

Mum Day! Homecoming Returns to the Dallas Arboretum

October 17 & 18

Don your homecoming mum once again and get ½ price admission into the garden on Saturday and Sunday. Snap a selfie in front of the Octagon Pumpkin House wearing your mum and use the hashtag #dallasarboretummumday to get a special treat from our café!

 

Owl-O-Ween with Window to the Wild

October 24 • 12–2pm
Pecan Grove

Join Window to the Wild for a meet and greet in our Pumpkin Village with their owls Hermes, a great horned owl, and their tiniest eastern screech owl, Pigwidgeon. They will walk around for you to meet them, take pictures with them and ask questions. You won’t want to miss this unique Owl-O-Ween opportunity!

 

Family Fun Weekend

October 31 & November 1

Don’t miss the annual Halloween blowout weekend with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, pumpkin decorating, body art painting, a petting zoo and live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, featuring music on Saturday from 2–4pm and Cool Side of Easy on Sunday from 2–4pm.

 

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

November 1 • 10:30am
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Join Window to the Wild for a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show. At the end of the show, come to the stage for a meet and greet with the birds and their trainers.

Discounts

 

BOGO Wednesdays

Every Wednesday • 9am–5pm

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

 

CC Young Senior Thursdays

Every Thursday • 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 during online checkout.

Sponsors

Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Reliant

Reliant
Bank of Texas
CC Young
DFW Child
Doyle & Associates
Gil's Elegant Catering
Kimberly-Clark
Park Place
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See everything autumn has to offer

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Membership

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.