8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Summer at the Arboretum

Summer Festival

Summer at the Arboretum

Summer at the Arboretum featuring Gary Lee Price ‘Celebrate the Children’ Exhibit, presented by Reliant, now through October 31.


May 25 – July 31, 2019

The gardens often reach their most lush and beautiful state during our summer festival! Summer at the Arboretum might surprise you. Our gardens remain lush, green and happy, full of entrancing beauty.

Thousands of feet of misters, a host of beautiful water features and hundreds of shade trees combine to offer a cooling experience that makes the garden all the more stunning. Whether you want to get outside with the family for a picnic or 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.

Event Overview during Summer at the Arboretum

Celebrate the Children

Presented by Reliant

Now through October 31

Enjoy acclaimed sculptor Gary Lee Price and his newest exhibit, “Celebrate the Children,” presented by Reliant, featuring beautiful, hand-crafted bronze sculptures of various children placed throughout the gardens and provide the perfect photo opportunity for guests.

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The exhibit is supported in part by Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District

four bronze sculptures depict children cart-wheeling across a green field of grass.

Recurring Events

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

Horticulture Manager Joseph Farmer harvests right out of the garden in A Tasteful Place. Watch and learn about, the vegetables, fruits, or herbs he is harvesting. Don’t miss Gary Lee Price’s Greenthumb bronze sculptures in the potager gardens.

Member Mornings
Daily through November 2, 7-9am
Members can enjoy early access into the garden in the cool hours of the morning in a safe environment. Take in the peace, quiet and beauty that the garden offers as an escape from the concrete jungle of our city. No photography is allowed.

Member’s Only Yoga
Saturdays through October 26, 7:30-8:30am (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn)
The Dallas Yoga Center leads yoga classes (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 while listening to knowledgeable docents speak about the history of the home and family.

Demonstration Cooking

Seasonal Tastings and Demonstration Cooking with Chef Isabel Snetsinger

11am-Noon, Free with paid garden admission (A Tasteful Place)

Throughout the summer, Chef Isabel Snetsinger, resident chef of the samples from Gil’s Elegant Catering, demonstrates her weekly tastings and other ways to prepare the same recipe. 

Demonstration Cooking: El Centro College Cooks
Every Monday, 11am-Noon (The Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion) 
Free with paid garden admission

Participate in this popular demonstration, led by one of the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

September: Tomatillo Chow Chow and Baba Ganoush

DEMONSTRATION COOKING: Chef-tastic Cooking Series
11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

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

Just a Taste Demonstration Series

Join us throughout the summer and watch popular vendors demonstrate their products, try a sample and purchase items.

National Coffee Day Celebration

September 29, 10am-4pm (A Tasteful Place)

Free with paid garden admission

There are tons of amazing places in Dallas where you can get a nice cup of Joe and relax. Celebrate National Coffee Day in the garden with local coffee vendors on site, and some that bring it all the way from Guatemala. Enjoy a full day that includes all things coffee, including coffee demonstrations, coffee flavored items such as cold brew, popsicles, coffee cake, coffee bread, and of course, coffee shop live music.

Interactive Classes




BOGO Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, 9am-5pm (Excludes August)
Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.

CC Young Senior Living 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.

August Dollar Days

August 1-31, 9am-5pm
Spread the word that in the heat of August, we are celebrating Dollars Days with $2 general admission, $2 children’s garden admission, $5 parking, and budget-friendly menu items at the Terrace Café including $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, $4 brownie sundaes, $1 sodas and frozen popsicles.

2019 Summer at the Arboretum Sponsors

DFW Child
Amcrock Commercial

Experience the beauty of the Dallas Arboretum in full summer bloom.

The Radford L. and Patricia Crocker Foundation presents Summer at the Arboretum

Something for Every Season