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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.

Thank you to everyone who made the Black Heritage Celebration on May 1 a huge success. Click here for information about the event.

Event Overview

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Seasonal Events


August Dollar Days

August 1–31

August Dollar Days are back by popular demand. Main garden admission is $2, Children’s Adventure Garden admission is $2, and parking is $5 all month long. To beat the heat, our Terrace Café has special hot dogs, root beer floats and drinks for a reduced price.


Pepper Palooza

August 13–23 • A Tasteful Place

Join us in the A Tasteful Place Garden as we celebrate all things pepper! From learning how to grow pepper plants to harvesting peppers and making hot sauce, we have a variety of events for all to enjoy.

Plus, shop our Pepper Palooza marketplace on Saturday, August 14 from 10am-3pm in A Tasteful Place (inside Test Pavilion).




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.

August Pickled Pepper Relish & Queso Fresco Cups; Roasted Poblano, Quinoa & Romaine Salad; Tomatillo “Caesar” Dressing
September Spiced Pumpkin and Herb Bisque, Toasted Rye Dust; Baby Spinach & Caramelized Sweet Onion, Shaved Parmesan, Apple Cider & 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.

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.

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.

August 6 Tropical plants for your home and garden
August 13 Pepper Palooza: All things peppers with the Learn to Grow team
August 20 Plant Propagation
August 27 Spring Flowering Bulbs – Time to Start Planning
September 3 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in the A Tasteful Place garden


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.

Yelibelly August 13
Denmore Delights August 6, August 20 & September 3
Steel City Pops August 27 from 12–2pm*



Lavender and Chocolate Macaron Class

Presented by My French Recipe
August 14 from 12–2 pm or 2:30–4:30pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Learn the secrets of baking chocolate macarons successfully from Chef Isabel of My French Recipe. These classes are small, so you receive individual attention from her. Attendees take home a box of macarons they made. Two different class times are available at 12pm or 2:30pm.


2021 Summer of Sculpture Sponsors

Dallas Mavericks

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

Something for Every Season