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Summer of Sculpture

Summer Festival

Summer of Sculpture

Summer of Sculpture featuring Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit from June 22–July 31.


June 22–July 31

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

Celebrating the Familiar

June 22–July 31

The Dallas Arboretum debuts artist Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” exhibit, supported in part by the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, a collection of 25 sculptures throughout the garden as our summer exhibition. Following a career as a painter, Johnson began sculpting. Now, more than 450 of his life-size cast bronze figures are part of museums around the world and in private collections, as well as in Times Square and Rockefeller Center in New York City, Les Halles in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome.

Johnson’s first sculpture, Stainless Girl, won the grand prize in the U.S. Steel Design in Steel Competition. Later, his realistic bronze works won him accolades across the globe. His sculptures of humans performing familiar tasks in an ordinary life were meant to collect the “Beautiful Moments” in our lives. Johnson’s goal was not to just create figures performing routine tasks, but also to celebrate the familiar and to recognize the great value within. These familiar tasks can often seem burdensome, but they are part of what makes us human and connects us to others.


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 $1 off 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! In the heat of August, we are celebrating Dollar Days with $2 general admission, $2 Children’s Adventure Garden admission and $5 parking.

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

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