8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum featuring It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ™

Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas’ Favorite Fall Tradition

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When

Now through October 31

One of America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals”

 – Fodor’s Travel

For the 14th year, Autumn at the Arboretum, presented by Rogers-O’Brien, highlights the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The festival opens on September 21 and runs through October 31. With the theme, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” The Dallas Arboretum’s favorite fall festival features a ‘Great Pumpkin’ topiary; Linus, Sally and Franklin topiaries looking through the pumpkin patch; Snoopy and Woodstock topiaries sitting atop his dog house; Lucy giving garden advice at her booth; and a Schroeder topiary standing near his giant topiary piano. Guests can snap selfies with Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie topiaries behind the iconic brick wall, get lost with Pig Pen in the hay bale maze, and see the Peanuts Gang at their school house along with their multi-gourd decorated house for their autumn carnival. Named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash.

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 $2 Addl FREE
Self-Parking $15 $15 $15 $5 FREE

Daily & Seasonal Programming for the Main Garden

Member Mornings
Daily through November 2, 7-9am
Main Garden, Parking Gate 1 only

Members can enjoy early access into the garden. No photography is allowed. 

Mommy & Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark
Now through October 29, 10am-2pm, Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Country Critters Petting Zoo, Kindermusik at noon, and stroller fitness with Fit4Mom White Rock Dallas at 11am on Mondays and 10am on Tuesdays.

New this Autumn at the Arboretum, during Mommy and Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesday, free stroller fitness class with Fit4Mom White Rock Dallas with paid garden admission. This fun workout is designed to keep tots and moms together with the use of a stroller. Come during the first class to earn the chance to win a free month membership to Fit4Mom White Rock Dallas and a pair of Cool Thursday Concert Tickets.

Wine Down Wednesday
Every Wednesday through October 30, Noon-3pm
Three Sisters Overlook

Get over the midweek hump by treating yourself to a wine sampling with Dallas based, Checkered Past Winery.

Tricks & Treats Thursdays Scavenger Hunt*
Every Thursday through October 31, 10am-3pm
Throughout the gardens

Pick up a map from the information booth, complete the hunt and return the card to the information booth to get a ticket to be redeemed by 4 pm for a “Charlie Brownie” from Terrace Café.

*Education groups will receive their scavenger hunts upon check-in with pre-selected non-food prizes to avoid student allergies.

Member’s Only Yoga
Saturdays through October 26, 7:30-8:30am
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

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

*September 21 on DeGolyer Pergola

Walk This Way
Every Thursday, 11am-Noon through November 7, Entry Plaza

Enjoy a walking class tour around the garden led by Denise and Max Davis, long-time Dallas Arboretum volunteers. 

“The Great Pumpkin” Fridays
Every Friday through-October 25, 10am-3pm, Pecan Grove

Watch inspiring demonstrations by the Dallas Gourd Patch on the paseo near Pecan Grove. The gourds are transformed into jewelry and decorative homewares, available for guests to purchase.

Harvest Tea
Monday – Friday through November 27, 11am & 2pm, DeGolyer House

Head over to the stunning historic DeGolyer House with the newly renovated tea room, and indulge in a three-course high tea experience. Seatings are available Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by reservation only. Prices start at $49 per person, or add champagne service for $59 per person. For more information, call 214-515-6511 or email teas@dallasarboretum.org.

Tai Chi Class
October 12, November 2, 9:30am – 10:30am
DeGolyer Pergola on September 21
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn on October 12

Join White Rock Taoist Tai Chi Society for a complimentary tai chi class on our pergola. (weather permitting)

Historical Tours
Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sunday, 12-4pm
DeGolyer House

Visit the DeGolyer House for a tour of the beautiful, historic home.

BOGO Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, 9am-5pm

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
Every Thursday, 9am-5pm

Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

Seasonal Tastings
Every Day, 10am-4pm
A Tasteful Place

Try three free different samples featuring a hero vegetable, fruit or herb from the garden. Visit www.dallasarboretum.org/recipes  for past, current and future recipes.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Little Adventurers Activities (Appropriate for ages 5 and under)
First Adventure, Daily at 10 am

Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience as we learn together in topics over science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Sing songs, create crafts, practice our motor skills, and make new memories with your little one every day in our garden!  Each week we will have something new and exciting waiting for you!

Plant Lab Schedule (For ages 6+)
Exploration Center, Daily at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm        

Now through October 13: Bio-Bounce
October 12-14 (Columbus Day Weekend): Nails for Breakfast
October 15- October 25: Bio-Bounce
October 26- October 31 (Halloween Weekend): Monster Molecule Mist
November 1- 28: Colorful Canopy

OmniGlobe Schedule (Appropriate for ages 6+)
Exploration Center, Weekdays at 2:30pm; Weekends at 11:30pm and 2:30pm

Now through – October 31: Monarch Migration
October 12 – 14: Columbus Day    
November 1- 22: The Search for food     

Monarch Tagging-Begins October 1
Weekends, 10am – 2pm

Demonstration Cooking

El Centro College Cooks
Every Monday, 11am-Noon
A Tasteful Place

Free with paid garden admission

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.

October: Grilled Zucchini Hummus Sandwiches and Rainbow Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

November: Brussel Sprouts Caesar Salad and Roasted Fennel & Cauliflower Soup

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation
11am-Noon
A Tasteful Place

Select Dates in September & October

11 am-Noon, Free with paid garden admission

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

Oct 25It’s Time to add Some Trees to Your Landscape-Texas Arbor Day is November 2. Learn the best varieties for North Texas and get ready to plant.

Daily Harvest
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10am
A Tasteful Place, Free with paid garden admission

Horticulture Manager Joseph Farmer harvests vegetables, fruits or herbs right out of the garden. Don’t miss Gary Lee Price’s Greenthumb bronze sculptures in the potager gardens, on display through October 15.

Ask a Gardener 

Every Saturday through October 26, 9:30 am, Free with paid garden admission

New and seasoned gardeners alike are welcome to participate in this series. Every week, a different gardener leads a class on different aspects of gardening, covering a wide array of topics from trees, roses, green houses, succulents, and water wise gardens. Check the website regularly for weekly topics.

Chef-tastic Cooking Series
Select Dates, 11 am-Noon, Free with paid garden admission 

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 the demonstration kitchen. Click here for a full schedule of Chef-tastic demonstrations.
October 17: Zen & Spice
November 7: Mille Lire

Just a Taste Demonstration Series

Select Dates, 1-2 pm, Free with paid garden admission

Visit popular vendors to demonstrate their products, taste a sample and have the ability to purchase popular items. Click here for a full schedule of Just a Taste demonstrations.

November 1: Empanada Cookhouse
November 2: Charlie’s Treats; Kid Made, Kid Owned
November 4: Texas Crunchies Homemade Candy

How-To Cooking Series
1pm-2pm
A Tasteful Place

Select Dates, 1-2 p.m., Free with paid garden admission

Learn insider tricks from local culinary and wellness experts. This series includes seasonal wellness, cooking with spices, and secrets to baking healthy cheesecakes. Click here for the full schedule.

October 15: Digestive Super Spices with beSPICED
October 22: Healthy Cheesecake Baking Demonstration by And I Like It Cheesecake
November 2: Deviled Eggs Demonstration by Smoky Rose
November 19: Holiday Eating with beSPICED

Tasteful Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, 11am-noon
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 sure inspire you to step up our flower game.

October 22: Petals & Stems
October 29: Michael Hamilton
November 5: Petals and Stems
November 12: McShan Florist
November 19: Roses & More Florist 

Friendsgiving

Celebrate “Friendsgiving” with a 3-course menu inspired by the beloved TV show Friends, which includes the traditional meal with wine pairings. Plus, a trivia game to test your Friendsknowledge.

REGISTER HERE

Flower Power: A Meditative Walk in the Garden

October 18 – Level 1 10 -11:30 a.m.

November 15 – Level 2 10 -11:30 a.m.

Join Patricia Dedman Nail, owner of 6D Design and clinical psychotherapist, in the Jonsson Color Garden for a transformational healing process called “Flower Power.” In this session, she helps guests use meditation techniques instead of medication. These processes can be learned and repeated and teach mindfulness to help people slow down and literally smell the flowers.

REGISTER HERE

“Places I’ve Seen” Speaker Series

Select Dates in October & November, 1-2 p.m., Free with paid garden admission

Enjoy engaging presentations from world travelers who have trekked and journeyed through countries across the world. Learn about a backpacker, a scuba diver, a culinary pro and a jet setter as they share fascinating stories about their adventures.

October 24: Rebecca Billings *11 a.m.-“My Scuba Diving Experiences”

October 31: Dave Forehand- “Amazing Places and Gardens I’ve Traveled To”

November 7: Abraham Luna-“How to Backpack and Travel on a Budget”

“The Great Pumpkin” Friday

10am-3pm

Purchase a pumpkin from our Pumpkin Patch, to decorate as you watch inspiring demonstrations by the Dallas Gourd Patch on the paseo near Pecan Grove. Gourds will be transformed into jewelry and decorative homewares– available to purchase.

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.

October 19 The Gibbonses
October 20 The United States Army Field Band Soldier’s Chorus at 11:30am & Ballet Dallas at DeGolyer Pergola at 1:30pm
October 26 TBA Band (Berkner Ramblers in Entry Plaza)
October 27 Monkey Love Band (Texas Boys Choir in DeGolyer Pergola 1-2pm)

Interactive Classes

Battle of the Wines
November 10, December 1 3-4pm
Adult $35 (per class)
A Tasteful Place

Find out which contender will reign supreme in this series of wine classes that battle for the best wine. Each class focuses on a distinct type of wine, includes six samples of different wines from different regions, and a cheese and charcuterie display. Participants get to interact, learn about wine and vote for their favorite wine. Results for the winner are revealed at the end of the class.

Guy’s Night Out “BBQ & Brews” Cooking Class
October 24, 6-7:30pm
Member $70, Non-member $75
A Tasteful Place

Join Chef Jayson Jones for a night of craft beers from some of the best breweries in DFW and to discuss all things BBQ. Learn about fire, smoke and Texas BBQ favorites including pulled pork, burnt ends and brisket. Be the hero of any backyard barbecue or block party after participating in this interactive cooking class.

REGISTER HERE

Lightened Up Holiday Meals Cooking Class  
October 27 1-3pm, Members $60, Non-member $70  
A Tasteful Place 

REGISTER HERE

With the holiday season soon approaching, learn how to lighten up traditional favorites from two culinary registered dietitians, Emily and Dixya, from Zen & Spice. Impress holiday guests with healthier appetizers, salads and main entrees that taste amazing.

Girls’ Night Out: Soufflé Class  
October 31 6-7:30pm, Members $60, Non-members $65 
A Tasteful Place  

This interactive hands-on baking class with French chefs from My French Recipe is the perfect choice for a Halloween night out with friends and family. Learn how to make delicious and fluffy soufflés fun and informative cooking class. Visit the website to register.

REGISTER HERE

The Memory Garden Project for Those Facing Memory Loss

Sponsored by the Darrell K Royal Research Foundation and the Kenneth Hancock Family

October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Sewell Board Room

$20 per participant, Caregivers receive free admission

A series of four classes for those in the early to middle stages of dementia or Alzheimers. Please call Kristi Trail at 214-515-6524 or ktrail@dallasarboretum.org for more information and to register. Pre-registration is required.

Mum Day! Homecoming returns to the Dallas Arboretum

October 19-20

Discount valid only on October 19 & 20

Guests can don their homecoming mum once again and get half price admission into the garden on Saturday and Sunday. Snap a selfie in front of the Peanuts Gang School House in Pecan Grove wearing a mum and use the hashtag #dallasarboretummumday. Guests can show their photo to the information booth by 3:30 p.m. to get a ticket for a special treat from Terrace Café.

Window to the Wild Bird Shows

Owl-O-Ween with Window to the Wild
October 19 Noon-2pm
Pecan Grove

Join Window to the Wild in the Pumpkin Village for a meet and greet with their owls: Hermes, a Great Horned Owl, and Pigwidgeon, its tiniest Eastern Screech Owl. Guests can watch the owls walk around and greet everyone, take up close and personal pictures with each, and ask the trainers questions.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show
October 20 10:30am – 11:30am
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 to meet the birds and their trainers.

Big Little Daddies Pancake Breakfast

October 20, 9am-11am
A Tasteful Place
Member: Adult: $35, Child: $22, Senior: $32
Non-Member: Adult $45, Child: $32, Senior: $42

Let Dad take the kids out for a special pancake breakfast buffet where the kids are encouraged to dress up Dad for the event. 

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Family Fun Weekend

October 26-27

Guests encouraged to bring a candy bag from home

Don’t miss the annual Halloween blowout weekend with trick-or-treating throughout the gardens, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a petting zoo and live music from 2-4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. The TBA Band performs Saturday and The Monkey Love Band performs Sunday. The Berkner Ramblers perform at noon in the Entry Plaza on Saturday, and The Texas Boys Choir perform on the DeGolyer Pergola at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Volunteer Advisory Board is onsite to capture keepsake photos (for donations) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all weekend. End the weekend with a special night screening of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at 7 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn Sunday evening.

Charlie Brown’s Birthday

October 30 11 am-3 pm, Main Garden, Free with paid garden admission

Celebrate Charlie Brown’s birthday in the garden. Complimentary cake slices are given to the first 100 garden attendees and gates open at 9 a.m. Local businesses sell an assortment of ice cream and cake throughout the gardens, and enjoy nostalgic lawn games such as musical chairs, a hula hoop contest and potato sack racing starting at 11 a.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

Garden Geek Trivia

November 2
Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
Noon-2pm

Guests can test their knowledge with the first-ever trivia game held on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Come with a team to battle it out against other trivia fanatics. Topics for each round include music, movies, history, garden knowledge and more. The first place team wins a prize.

Girls Night Out Movie

November 3
6:30-9pm
Jonsson Color Garden
In partnership with Alamo Draft House

Gather friends and gal pals and put that old bridesmaid dress to use. Guests are welcome to dress up and enjoy a screening of the film 27 Dresses. BYOB or grab a refreshment and popcorn from the Terrace Café on the way to the Jonsson Color Garden. Food trucks and treats such as Steel City Pops and Emporium Pies are also on site.

Veteran’s Day Weekend

November 9-11, 9am-5pm

All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission all weekend (with valid military ID)

Pack a picnic and bring a cozy blanket to take in the crisp weather and abundant fall foliage happening in the garden. Enjoy a special jazz and brass performance by 323D Army Band “Ft. Sam’s Own” on Saturday at 2 pm on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. The Texas Clearwater Revival Band performs Sunday from 2-4 pm, and the 323D Army Band “Ft. Sam’s Own,” Concert Band  performs on Monday at 2 pm. Complimentary beer samples are provided Saturday and Sunday by Denton County Brewing Co. Local veteran owned businesses are also in the garden all weekend selling their items.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Monarch Madness Month

Now through  October 20

Come to the Monarch waystation, and explore the magnificence of Monarch Butterfly migration. Greet these amazing insects as they make their way through a long journey down to Mexico. Don’t miss out on Monarch tagging, every weekend from 10 am to 2 pm Help track this important species, and learn how to protect and preserve them.

Monarch Tagging

Weekends
10am – 2pm

Reptile Appreciation Weekend

October 19-20

From colorful chameleons to slithering snakes, this weekend we will be celebrating National Reptile Awareness Day. Recognized on October 21st every year, this day exists to educate and raise awareness about our reptilian friends near and far! Slither by the Children’s Adventure Garden to join in on the fun.

National Chemistry Week
October 21-24
National Chemistry Week Theme 2019: Metals

It is National Chemistry Week and we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the periodic table! This week we will be showing you some truly marvelous metal programs, from the natural iron in our food to the chemical reactions that occur right in our backyard. We do not zinc you will want to miss out! Be sure to stop by before Friday to join in on some magnetizing metal fun!

Halloween Week

October 26-31

Crawl like a scary spider, slither like a spooky snake, or hop like a Halloween frog to the biggest monster mash this side of White Rock Lake. Enjoy Halloween programming all week-long starting Friday. The adventure starts with a creepy creative corner, a spooky scavenger hunt, stick-er-treating and more.

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden

October 25 & 26, Select Galleries of the Children’s Adventure Garden

6-9 p.m., $10 per person

Don’t miss out on a special spooky late night at the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden. Tricks and treats at every turn!  Costumes encouraged for a NEW festive and frightful costume contest. (Be sure to stop by our kooky costume spot in the entry plaza! Awards are given at 8 p.m.). 

REGISTER HERE

Texas Arbor Day
November 1-3

Today is in celebration of our Texas trees! From pecan to pine, trees benefit our ecosystem SO much, we are dedicating a whole day to celebrating our tall topiaries. Spot out specific saplings on our scavenger hunt, take a look into leaves with our printing program, and many more tree-rific activities. 

Little Adventurers Activities (Appropriate for ages 5 and under)
First Adventure
Daily at 10 am

Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience as we learn together in topics over science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Sing songs, create crafts, practice our motor skills, and make new memories with your little one every day in our garden!  Each week we will have something new and exciting waiting for you!

Plant Lab Schedule (For ages 6+)
Exploration Center
Daily at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm        

Now through October 13: Bio-Bounce
October 12-14 (Columbus Day Weekend): Nails for Breakfast
October 15- October 25: Bio-Bounce
October 26- October 31 (Halloween Weekend): Monster Molecule Mist
November 1- 28: Colorful Canopy

OmniGlobe Schedule (Appropriate for ages 6+)
Exploration Center
Weekdays at 2:30pm; Weekends at 11:30am and 2:30pm

Now through October 31: Monarch Migration
November 1- 22: The Search for Food

Discounts

BOGO Wednesdays:

Every Wednesday, September 5 through December 31

9 am-5pm

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.

CC Young Senior Living Thursdays:

Every Thursday, September 5 through December 31

9 am-5pm

Seniors 65 and older get in for $13 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

 

$2 State Fair Discount:

September 28-October 31

Present ticket stub for $2 off general admission.

 

Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission:

September 21-October 31

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets, available at area Tom Thumb locations. 

 

Group Ticket Discount:

Guests receive a reduced price for general garden daytime admission and Cool Thursday Concerts when 10 or more tickets, or 12 Days of Christmas at Night admission, when 15 or more tickets are purchased in one transaction. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must be redeemed as a group on date specified. For more information regarding discounted tickets for groups 10 or larger, contact groupsales@dallasarboretum.org or 214-515-6520.

 

Speakers Bureau:

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Autumn at the Arboretum or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at speakers@dallasarboretum.org. There is no charge for the speakers bureau, but donations are accepted.

Sponsors:

Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O’Brien Construction.

In addition to presenting sponsor Rogers-O’Brien Construction, other sponsors include Park Place, CC Young Senior Living, Doyle and Associates, Texas Instruments, Kimberly-Clark, Gil’s Elegant Catering, Mutual of Omaha, Baker Triangle, Musgrove Law and DFWChild.

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