Effective May 1, when outdoors in the garden, face coverings are not required but still suggested when social distancing is not an option. Face coverings are still required for all indoor spaces with no exceptions. We are still requiring face coverings during the Cool Thursdays concerts, as well as for staff and volunteers. That policy does not change. Reservations required for members and nonmembers.

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Summer of Sculpture

Summer Festival

Summer of Sculpture

Summer of Sculpture featuring ZimSculpt from May 1–August 8.

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May 1–August 8


May 1–August 8

The Dallas Arboretum presents the return of the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. As the signature event of Summer of Sculpture, ZimSculpt runs from May 1 to August 8. 

ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. ZimSculpt is passionate about promoting the work of some of the finest Zimbabwean sculptors. Therefore, as part of the exhibit, guests are welcome to watch artists and sculptors Passmore Mupindiko and Brighton Layson demonstrate their artistry on select days as they carve statues with chisels, hammers, files and sandpaper.

Event Overview

a United States flag blows in the wind against a background of flowering trees and blue sky

Seasonal Events


Memorial Day Weekend

May 29–31

Kick off the official start to summer with a Memorial Day Weekend in the garden. Enjoy a specially curated “Celebrating America” playlist created by Top Ten Records for the Arboretum. The Terrace Café offers food and drink specials all weekend. Active Military, Retired and/or Veteran Military and Active First Responders also receive free admission all weekend.

View details and full list of activities here.


Walking Tours with Max & Denise Davis

June 5 & 6 • 10am

Join our active volunteer duo as they lead guests on garden walks in honor of National Trail Day.


Father’s Day Weekend

June 19 & 20

Come for a fun-filled weekend for dads at the Dallas Arboretum. Bring dad and grandpa to the garden to enjoy live music performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage from 2-4pm. The Closers on Saturday and The Blandelles on Sunday entertain audiences with their oldies rock and roll covers. The Classic Chassis Car Club returns with more than 20 cars on display in the garden for all guests to admire. On Sunday, Window to the Wild birds and their trainers take flight on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 10:30am. Don’t forget to visit A Tasteful Place both days for our daily samples. On Sunday at 11am, Sweet Vegan hosts a cooking demonstration showcasing their spin on vegan chocolate chip cookies and a vendor sale from 12–2pm selling these cookies. All dads get a free iced tea at the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace Dining Terrace, courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum. Be sure to pick up your redemption coupon at the information booth.


Fourth of July Celebration

July 2–4

Celebrate our nation’s birthday all weekend long. On July 4, the first 100 guests receive a free American flag as they enter the garden. Enjoy musical performances, vendors, family activities, contests and more. Visit the link below for a full list of activities and times.

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Ultimate Grilled Cheese Series

Wednesdays in July at 11am • A Tasteful Place

Join Ruthie’s Grilled Cheese food truck, fueled by Café Momentum, as they share their tips and tricks for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

June 7 Making the perfect grilled cheese
June 14 Texas Twist on grilled cheese featuring BBQ Brisket
June 21 Dessert grilled cheese


Daily & Repeating Programs


Dallas College Cooks

Every Monday at 11am • A Tasteful Place

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class, taught by Chef Aaron Hubbard from Dallas College’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

May Three Bean Salad; Sweet Potato Toasts with Tahini Dressing
June Salad of Summer Squash Ratatouille; Baby Field Greens & Local Goats Cheese, Roasted Okra “Croutons”
July Sweet Pepper Relish; Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato & Baby Arugula Salad and Purple Tomatillo Compote
August Spiced Pumpkin and Herb Bisque; Toasted Rye Dust and Baby Spinach & Roasted Eggplant, Sweet Onion, Parmesan, Balsamic & Local Honey


Daily Harvest

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am • A Tasteful Place

Visit with our Horticulture team as they harvest right out of the garden in A Tasteful Place. Join us to hear all about the vegetables, fruits or herbs they are harvesting and how to do it.


Tasteful Tuesdays

Tuesdays at 11am • A Tasteful Place

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own floral arrangement or how to pick the best flowers 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 your flower game.

June 8 Grove Hill Farm: Growing flowers on a large scale
June 15 New Growth House Plants: Plant Propagation – how to turn that one plant you love into many
June 22 McShan: Tropical floral arrangement 
June 29 All Blooming Florist: floral arrangements for Independence Day
July 6 Bishop Hill Farm Flowers: fresh floral arrangements with sustainably and locally-grown flowers
July 13 Dr. Delphinium: Beautiful summer arrangement with dimension and life
July 20  Energy Gardens: Learn how to create a cactus terrarium
July 27 McShan: Succulent and floral arrangement
August 3 Token Flowers: Learn how to create a bright pink, coral and orange floral arrangement for an end of summer vibe


Chef-tastic Cooking Demonstration

Select dates at 11am • 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 the demonstration kitchen.

May 29 Snow Baby: Learn how you can create your own creamy Snow Baby inspired treats at home
June 2 Wilder Sweets: Rocky Road vegan cookie demo and vendor sale for Rocky Road Day
June 5 Froot Kaves: Watermelon pH-balanced lemonade demo and vendor sale
June 16 Pretty Vegan: Plantain Burgers with Impossible Patties
June 20 Sweet Vegan: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Demo and Vendor Sale
June 27 Custom Café Foods: Picnic Pairings
June 30 Chef Kuma of CAJUKIKU: Japanese Style Bento Boxes with Tomago Sando, Pickled Veggies and Asian Salad
July 9 Hey Y’all Bakery: Sugar Cookies Demo and Vendor Sale for Sugar Cookie Day
July 28 Yelibelly: Milk Chocolate Demo for Milk Chocolate Day
July 31 AvoEatery: Avocado Day Demo featuring Avocados from Mexico
August 1 Small charcuterie boards with meats, cheeses, fruit and jams
August 4 Wilder Sweets: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Demo for Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 7 Pie Crush Bakery: Blueberry Pie


Trivia Thursdays

Thursdays from 10am–3pm

Pick up a scavenger hunt from the Information Booth each Thursday; complete the guide as you explore our Summer of Sculpture ZimSculpt exhibit and Native African plants. Once you complete it, return to the Main Information Booth by 3pm to redeem a ticket for a free iced tea or brownie redeemable by 4pm at the Terrace Café.


Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation

Select Fridays at 11am • A Tasteful Place

Presented by the Dallas County Master Gardeners and the Dallas Arboretum Horticulture Volunteers. Enjoy special tips and presentations on gardening.

May 7 Native Texas Plants with Kevin Burns
May 14 What’s Good About Bugs with Judy Meagher
June 4 Favorite Plants of the Arboretum
June 11 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden
June 25 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden
July 9 Container Gardening
July 16 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden
July 23 Succulents and Cactus
July 30 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden
August 6  Lecture: Preserving Your Harvest


Family Fun Fridays

June 4–July 30 • Every Friday from 10am–2pm

Bring your family and your picnic, and spend the end of the week with us in the garden for Family Fun Fridays. Activities include painted forehead or arm designs by A Fresh Perspective (with COVID-19 restrictions) and the Country Critters petting zoo from 10am–2pm. At 9:15am, get fit with stroller fitness led by White Rock Dallas Fit4Mom on the first Fridays in June and July; at noon, enjoy a KinderMusik program.


Frozen Fridays

Fridays in June, July & August • 11am–2pm*

Cool off with some fantastic frozen treats for sale from local vendors. A portion of the sales supports the Dallas Arboretum.

Parlor Ice Creams June 4, July 2 & August 6
Yelibelly July 9 & August 13
Denmore Delights June 11, June 18, July 16, July 30, August 20 & September 3
Steel City Pops June 25, July 23 & August 27 from 12–2pm*



Mother’s Day Heart-Shaped Macaron Class

May 8 from 10am–12pm or 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Learn how to create your own heart-shaped macarons with Isabel Mota, founder of My French Recipe. You will leave the class with your own freshly made macarons to enjoy.

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Mother and Daughter Floral Class

May 16 from 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
$80 for members; $150 for member pair
$90 for nonmembers; $170 for nonmember pair

Celebrate Mother’s Day in this floral class with Melina Molina of Earthy and Whimsical! Design your own flower arrangements to take home.



Crêpe Complète – Easy Crêpes Suzette Class

May 22 from 12–2pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Learn how to create your own Crêpe Complète Cheese and Mushroom and Easy Crêpes Suzette for dessert! Guests will create both crêpes and enjoy them in this class led by Isabel Mota, founder of My French Recipe.



Building Terrariums with Earthy & Whimsical

June 6 from 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Join photographer and designer Melina Molina of Earthy and Whimsical as she walks you through the process of creating a unique and whimsical succulent terrarium. All supplies and instructions are included, and guests each take home their own terrarium.



Profiteroles with My French Recipe

June 19 from 12–2pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Join Chef Isabel of My French Recipe to create a batch of profiteroles. Learn the secrets of creating choux pastry and how to bake the dough to create light, hollow puffs. You also create fillings for the profiteroles. All supplies and instructions are included, and participants take home the profiteroles they made.



Friends Night Out with Earthy & Whimsical

June 24 from 7–9pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Grab your friends and join photographer and designer Melina Molina of Earthy and Whimsical to create a beautiful, dreamy succulent wreath. All supplies are included with the class, and each attendee makes a wreath to take home.


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