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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, May 25 through July 31.

When

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, 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.

Summer recurring favorites are back! Kick-start your week with a refreshing mimosa during Mimosa Mondays, enjoy family time in the garden during Family Fun Fridays, listen to a rotating cast of local DJ’s curated tunes for Saturdaze and more.

Event Overview during Summer at the Arboretum

Celebrate the Children

Presented by Reliant

Now through October 15

Mark your calendar for the return of acclaimed sculptor Gary Lee Price and his newest exhibit, “Celebrate the Children,” which features beautiful, hand-crafted bronze sculptures of various children placed throughout the gardens and provide the perfect photo opportunity for guests.

Learn More

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

Family Fun Fridays
Fridays in June and July, June 7 – July 26, 10am-2pm (Pecan Grove)

Enjoy family time in the garden with activities for the little ones including Country Critters petting zoo and A Fresh Perspective face painting.

Mimosa Monday
Every Monday through July 29 (Café on the Green and Terrace Café)

Kick-start your week and purchase a delicious, refreshing mimosa on Mondays.

Tuesday Tunes
Every Tuesday through July 30, 11am-2pm (Val Late Garden)

Acoustic duo, Cool Side of Easy, brings their melodies and harmonies to the garden throughout the summer.

Nature Walk Bingo Weekends
Every Saturday and Sunday, June 1-July 28, 10am-3pm (Throughout the Garden)

Take a break from stress and take a nature walk in the garden. Pick up a BINGO card from the information booth and snap selfies in the highlighted gardens for that weekend and find the hidden gem. Complete a BINGO and win a special prize by returning your card to the information booth. Participate every weekend and be entered for a grand prize– a pair of Cool Thursday 2020 Concert Season Tickets.

Saturdaze
Saturdays: June 22, July 13, July 20 and July 27, Noon-3pm (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn)

Enjoy a rotating cast of local DJ’s curating site-specific sounds unique to each event that complement the natural landscape. Pack a picnic basket and soak up the sun.

Family Fun Games Sundays
Every Sunday through July 28, Noon (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn)

The young and young-at-heart are invited to participate in a hula hoop contest, hopscotch, Ring-Around the Rosie, Duck, Duck, Goose, a cake walk and more.

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.

Cold Drinks on Tuesdays in August
Tuesdays in August, 11am-2pm

Every Tuesday, while enjoying the beautiful gardens, cool down from the Texas heat with a refreshing drink from one of our vendors! Vendors include ReJuv Juice, SoCo Ginger Beer and more. See the website for an up-to-date list of Tuesday vendors. Free with paid garden admission.

Garden Tea
Monday-Sunday, Now through July 31, 11am & 2pm

Escape the summer heat in the newly renovated tearoom. Garden tea includes a three-course meal with three different tea options, available every day for $49, or $59 per person with champagne. For more information, contact 214-515-6511 or email teas@dallasarboretum.org.

Member’s Only Yoga
Saturdays through October 26, 7:30-8:30am (DeGolyer Pergola)
The Dallas Yoga Center leads yoga classes in Jonsson Color Garden (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
June 19, 26 & July 3, 10,17,24, 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 Chef Alison Matis from the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

June: Zucchini Bread and Esquites (Mexican Street Corn)
July: Mashed Pumpkin Potatoes and Roasted Spiced Okra
August: Sweet Bell Pepper and Onion Salad and Sesame Seed Brittle
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.

June 27: Tulum Restaurant
July 11: Local Urban Craft Kitchen
July 18: CiboDivino
July 28: La Duni
August 1: Hello Dumpling
August 3: Kalachandjis
August 8: Empire Baking
August 15: Stir the Kettle 
August 29: Aaron Collins- Café Momentum
September 5: Garden Café TX
September 12: Rosewood Beef

Just a Taste Demonstration Series

Join us throughout the summer and watch popular vendors demonstrate their products, try a sample and purchase items from The Jelly Queens, Rise Above, Twisted Treats, Yelibelly, Pajama Sweets, Rakkasan Tea, Chocolate Bags, Jr’s Cookie Cottage, Steel City Pops, Pop Star, Mr. Sugar Rush, Empanada Cookhouse and many others. Check out our website regularly for a complete list of vendors.

June 18: JR’S COOKIE COTTAGE
June 20: Rakkasan Tea
June 21: Philly Pretzel Factory
June 23: The Jelly Queens
July 25: Pop Star Popsicles

JR’S COOKIE COTTAGE
Presented by JR’S COOKIE COTTAGE
June 18, August 21, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

See how these one-of-a-kind cookies are made. JR’s Cookie Cottage shares techniques on how to create the perfect cookie followed by small samples. Cookies are available for purchase until 2pm.

Rakkasan Tea
June 20, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

Join Rakkasan Tea and watch a demonstration on how they produce premium loose-leaf tea grown in post-conflict countries. A variety of their loose-leaf teas will be available to purchase until 2pm.

Philly Pretzel Factory
Presented by Philly Pretzel Factory
June 21, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

Watch Philly Pretzel Factory twist and demonstrate the pretzel making process with prepared strings of dough. Guests can purchase homemade pretzels until 2pm.

The Jelly Queens
June 23, 11am-Noon
Free with paid garden admission

Learn the history of growing strawberries in Texas in this delicious jam demonstration. All attendees get a jar of fresh strawberry jam and a recipe from The Jelly Queens’ new cookbook. Guests can purchase their homemade jam until 2pm.

Savor the Flavor Series “Cool Down Your Summer with Refreshing Produce!”
Presented by TWU
June 22, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

Sample a delicious twist on homemade salsa while learning about how to eat and prepare seasonal fruits and vegetables. Learn how to create a refreshingly sweet and spicy snack from ingredients found in local markets and gardens.

Healthy Eating Series for Vegetables
Presented by Terri Finazzo, 3-4pm (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

Learn about the different varieties and nutritional values of tomatoes, while enjoying a cooking demonstration.

Frozen Fridays Series
Every Friday in June, July and August, 11am-2pm

Come out each Friday and cool off with some fantastic frozen treats.

July 5, August 2-Yelibelly Chocolates
July 12, August 9-Mr. Sugar Rush
June 21, July 19, August 16-Pop Star Popsicles
June 28, July 26, August 23-Steel City Pops

National Day Celebration Series
Demonstrations are from 11am-12pm

Join us for a new series called National Day Celebration, where guests can watch a cooking demonstration by local restaurants and chefs and enjoy unique and tasty products.

A Tasteful Place- Test Pavilion

July 6 National Fried Chicken Day
July 26 National Bagelfest Day
July 30 National Cheesecake Day
August 4 National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 24 National Waffle Day
September 29 National Coffee Day

Learn tips and tricks for meal prepping and how to cook budget-friendly, family meals that last the entire week. Enjoy a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a mozzarella, tomato and basil pizza flatbread.

Cherry Pie
Presented by Emporium Pies
July 4, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place–Test Pavilion)
Free with paid garden admission

There’s no better way to celebrate America’s Birthday than with iconic cherry pie. Emporium Pies demonstrates how to make their signature cherry pie from scratch. Learn tips on how to make a traditional flaky pie crust, a delicious cherry filling, and a beautiful lattice top. Guests can purchase pie until 2pm.

The Joy of Budget-Friendly Cooking Series
Presented by Chef Carol Pock
July 9, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
Free with paid garden admission

Learn tips and tricks for meal prepping and how to cook budget-friendly, family meals that last the entire week with Chef Carol Pock. Watch her demonstrate how to make beef, chicken and bean empanadas and the importance of cooking and freezing them.

Christmas in July
Presented by Popbar
July 25, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)

Free with paid garden admission

It’s never too early for Christmas in July! Cool down with a Gelato demonstration from Popbar. Who knows, Santa might be looking to cool down too and might make an appearance to enjoy a gelato with you. Popbar will stick around to trim the tree while selling their products until 2pm.

Enjoy Christmas food activities including decorating a gingerbread house and Christmas cookies.

Summer BBQ Garden-to-Table Dinner
Presented by Smoky Rose and Oak Highland Brewery
July 26, 6-8pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $65 Non-Members $75

Celebrate being halfway through the Texas summer heat with a True Texas barbecue dinner. Dinner includes three courses while overlooking the sunset and Dallas skyline on White Rock Lake. Enjoy smoked quail on a smoked burrata and tomato salad. The main course includes the famous Texas Trio plate with beef ribs, turkey and pulled pork, served with fried okra from the gardens and a fresh smoked succotash. Finish the evening with some Maker’s Mark bourbon pecan pie. Each course includes a beer to accompany it, and Oak Highland Brewery gives some extra pours and history on their beer selections.

Budget-Friendly Meals Cooking Series
Presented by Chef Carol Pock

August 13, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)

Free with paid garden admission

Learn tips and tricks for meal prepping and how to cook budget-friendly, family meals that last the entire week with Chef Carol Pock. This session focuses on a 12-point list of smart tips for eating well on a light budget. Come learn about and sample a variety of smart pantry and freezer foods with beans, frozen fruits and leftover ‘re-dos’. A not to be missed series for a sizzling summer!

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

Chef Zach Townsend Chocolate Class
June 23, 1-3pm (A Tasteful Place)
Members $60 Non-Members $70

One of Dallas’ premier chocolatiers, Chef Zach Townsend demonstrates the skills necessary to create sumptuous, easy chocolate desserts. This fun and informative class focuses on how to teach guests to prepare incredible chocolate mousses. Learn all of Zach’s professional secrets about the components of chocolate, how to make the best chocolate choices for desserts, and create easy chocolate decorations for a professional looking finish.

Chocolate and Candy
Presented by Yelibelly
June 30, 1-3pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $60 Non-Members $70

This hands-on chocolate class teaches attendees how to make flavor-infused chocolate ganache, working with liqueur infusions and preparing truffles and bonbons. Each guest has the opportunity to sample a variety of chocolate, experiment with different flavors and take home boxes of their handmade chocolates.

Garden-to-Table Cooking Class
Presented by Zen and Spice
July 14, 1-3pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $60 Non-Members $70

Explore Mediterranean cooking techniques and a classic menu featuring bold flavors the whole family will love with two Culinary Registered Dietitians, Dixya and Emily. In this fun, interactive class, learn how to build a Mediterranean flavor palate for marinades, pastes and dressings with basic ingredients such as olive oil, citrus and herbs.

Herbs Fresh from the Garden
Presented by Lorie Fangio
July 20, 11am-1pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $60 Non-Members $70

Learn how to cook with fresh herbs from the garden or market with one of our most popular chefs, Lorie Fangio. Create a vibrant appetizer of fresh made chimichurri hummus, a crispy herbed Greek salad, a succulent herb and pistachio crusted chicken, fresh-from-the-garden tomato gratin, herb, and garlic Parmesan knots, and how to prepare basil infused berries and cream.

Lemon Macaron
Presented by My French Recipe
July 21 11am-1pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $60 Non-Members $70

Discover all the secrets to succeed at baking delicious lemon macarons with My French Recipe. Learn to make decadent lemon curd and prepare the perfect shell. At the end of the class, attendees get to take home a box of macarons.

Cooking with Peaches Class
Presented by CICI
July 27, 11am-1pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $60 Non-Members $70

Beat the heat and enjoy a hands-on experience learning to prepare a meal beginning with a peach and jalapeno sauce that is used for the appetizer and the entrée. Next, create a tasty peach caprese and a balsamic glaze salad, followed by two entrees of grilled salmon and pork chops, served with the peach and jalapeno sauce, along with garlic fondant potatoes. End the class by discovering how to make an easy dessert of Phyllo cups and puff pastry with a mascarpone and vanilla bean mixture, topped with fresh peaches.

Girls Day Out with a Pressed Flower Class
Presented by Andrea Castaneda, Pressed Flowers
August 10, 1-3pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $70 Non-Members $80

Get the girls together and enjoy a fun afternoon with wine and flowers. Create timeless pieces of art utilizing beautiful flowers. Andrea Castaneda, from Pressed Flowers, teaches attendees how to create one-of-a-kind, elegant pieces of art.

Summer Soup, Salad and Sweets
Presented by Chef Carol Pock
August 11, 11am-1pm (A Tasteful Place)

Members $50 Non-Members $55

Round out the summer, with a cool summer menu featuring colorful veggies in Gazpacho Soup. Enjoy the bright flavors of a colorful Jicama and orange confetti salad tossed with a salty and sweet dressing. Learn to create a zesty meatless, garlic-avocado sandwich and mini chocolate bread pudding cups covered with a chocolate sauce. All classes come with a recipe cookbook.

Family Fun in the Kitchen
Presented by Young Chefs Academy of Frisco
September 8, 2-3:30 pm (A Tasteful Place)

Adults $25, Children $15 (does not include garden admission)

Take some time in the kitchen with the family to celebrate Grandparents Day. This hands-on class welcomes children and the young at heart to partake in an adult/child cooking class where you will make tortillas from scratch and turn them into delicious dessert nachos with yummy fresh strawberry sauce.  Give this as a gift for your Grandma or Grandpa or plan to bring your grandchildren for bonding time in the kitchen. 

Floral Class
Presented by A&L Floral
September 15, 11am-1pm (A Tasteful Place)

Member $70 Non-Member $80

Join this hands-on class and learn how to create an elegant autumn arrangement that attendees will take home at the end of class.

Garden to Table

Summer BBQ Dinner -Garden to Table Dinner
July 26, 6-8pm (A Tasteful Place)

Celebrate being halfway through the Texas summer with a true barbecue 3-course dinner presented by Smoky Rose and Oak Highland Brewery. Each course includes a different beer and give some history and info on that beer.

Click Here to Register

Summer Camps

Dallas Arboretum Summer Camps provide children with hands-on explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and nature that will spark their imagination and inspire environmental stewardship. Find your child’s place in nature today!

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Presented by PopBar

PopBar Gelato Demonstration
July 25, 11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)

Free with paid garden admission

It’s never too early for Christmas in July! Cool down with a gelato demonstration from Popbar. Who knows, Santa might be looking to cool down too and might make an appearance to enjoy a gelato with you. Popbar will stick around to trim the tree while selling their products until 2pm.

Enjoy Christmas food activities including decorating a gingerbread house and Christmas cookies.

Fourth of July Weekend

Our nation’s independence deserves a celebration two weekends in a row.

Enjoy $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, complimentary beer samples from noon to 3 p.m., and some of Dallas’ best food trucks both weekends.

June 29 and 30:

Winner of the Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band, makes a stop at the Dallas Arboretum on June 30. Enjoy our nations’ patriotic classics and some contemporary and jazz musical surprises.

Franconia Brewing Company
June 29, Noon-3pm

Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division Band
June 29, 2-4pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Old Town Brewhouse
June 30, Noon-3pm, A Tasteful Place

36th Infantry Division Band
June 30, Noon-2pm, A Tasteful Place

Chocolate and Candy Class with Yelibelly
June 30, 1-3pm, A Tasteful Place
Register Here

July 4:

Cherry Pie Demo and Sale by Emporium Pies
July 4, 11am-Noon, A Tasteful Place Pavilion

Pie Sale-Noon-3pm, A Tasteful Place

3 Nations Brewery
July 4, Noon-3pm, A Tasteful Place

Rushmore Band
July 4, Noon-3pm, Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

July 6 and 7:

Bring a picnic to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn on Saturday to enjoy a performance by Moving Colors from 2-4 p.m. On Sunday, recording artists from Houston, The Powell Brothers, take the stage from 2-4 p.m., bringing Country/Americana-style music to the Dallas Arboretum.

Moving Colors
July 6, 2-4pm, Martin Rutchick Concert Stage & Lawn

The Powell Brothers (Americana/Country)
July 7, 2-4pm, Martin Rutchick Concert Stage & Lawn

The Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden
June 29- July 7

Start the holiday off with a booming craft, catch story time with the nation’s bird, Eddie the Eagle, burst with knowledge at the July 4th Plant Lab, and then swim over to visit the patriotic OmniGlobe presentation. Celebrations all week long.

Window to the Wild bird show returns to teach guests about Tonks, Athena and Fearnon at 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Watch Rushmore Band perform on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2-4 p.m. to honor our nation’s birthday.

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation

11am-Noon (A Tasteful Place)
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.

June 28: Cactus and Succulents – learn the secrets for growing these popular plants

July 12: Basic Principles of Garden Design – take your gardening to the next level

Jul 26: Results of the Arboretum’s 2018 Plant Trials

Aug 9: Garden Photography – Upgrade Your Skills

Aug 23: The Best Herbs for North Texas – How to grow, harvest and use them

Matinee Movie Monday

10:00am – 12:30pm Rosine Hall

June 17 & July 22Mary Poppins Returns

June 24 & July 15Sing

July 1Ralph Breaks the Internet

July 8The Secret Life of Pets

July 29Surprise film

Enjoy a family friendly feature film in Rosine Hall on select Monday mornings throughout the summer. Bring a picnic blanket for an indoor picnic during the movie. Popcorn, drinks, and candy are available to purchase at the Terrace Café. Dress up as a favorite movie character to be entered into a giveaway for the best costume each week. Attend the last Monday in July to get a sneak peek of the Autumn at the Arboretum theme for 2019.

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Fourth of July Weekend
June 29- July 7

Start the holiday off with a booming craft, catch story time with the nation’s bird, Eddie the Eagle, burst with knowledge at the July 4th Plant Lab, and then swim over to visit the patriotic OmniGlobe presentation. Celebrations all week long.

Apollo’s 50th Anniversary
July 20-21

Celebrate an amazingly iconic date in history that paved the way for space exploration at the Children’s Adventure Garden. Explore and learn about the Apollo 11 mission.

Christmas in July
July 22-26

Cool off from the summer’s heat and enjoy a week-long festival full of snow with edible Christmas trees!

Plant Lab Summer Schedule:  *Labs are appropriate for ages 6 and older

Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Exploration Center

Seeds on the Move (Seed Dispersal)

June 29-July 4

Lenses of Light (Reflection and Refraction)

July 5-August 4

Discounts

BOGO Wednesdays

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

CC 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.

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

Reliant
DFW Child
TTCU
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

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