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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.

Renowned Sculptor Dominic Benhura Visit: June 18–27

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host international renowned stone sculptor, Dominic Benhura, from June 18 to 27. Benhura will give daily talks at 2pm in the Pecan Grove Marketplace, and 25 of his exquisite statues will also be on display and are available to purchase.

Benhura has been sculpting since he was a young boy, learning the skill from his cousin, master sculptor Tapfuman Gutsa. Benhura sold his first piece when he was 12 years old.

Founder of Dominic’s Studio in Harare, Benhura nurtures budding artists, by mentoring them and providing them work spaces. His sculptures are collected and displayed in gardens and museums around the world including Italy, Belgium, Germany and Zimbabwe. In the U.S., visitors can see his pieces at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Benson Sculpture Garden in Colorado and at the Dallas Children’s Theater.

Event Overview

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Seasonal Events


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.

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


Christmas in July Celebration

July 25 from 11am–2pm

The garden celebrates Christmas in July with none other than Santa Claus live in the garden. Take your picture with Santa, safely distanced behind a Lucite barrier. Holiday Cheer sings your favorite Christmas tunes throughout the garden. Mrs. Claus also joins us at 11am for Storytime. Stop by the Children’s Adventure Garden for Santa’s helpers and other fun activities in the Walne Family Discovery Lab.


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.


Labor Day Weekend Celebration

September 4–6

Bring the whole family out for an end of the summer celebration with $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, live music from 2-4pm on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn all three days. Make sure to catch The Coppertones, a rock and soul cover band on Saturday and a Chef-tastic demo at 11am by Pacaya Coffee Roasters as they demonstrate their craft roasted specialty coffee from Guatemala. Sunday, the best bird show in Dallas, returns at 10:30am for a flight program over our concert lawn with the birds and trainers of Window to the Wild. At 11am in honor of National Cheese Pizza Day, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company hosts a demo with samples in A Tasteful Place and then end your Sunday from 2-4pm on the Concert Stage and Lawn for a high-energy performance by one of Emerald City’s bands, Downtown Fever. On Labor Day, Monday, September 6, Dallas College Cooks kicks off a new pair of demos in A Tasteful Place at 11am, and then end your day with Groovadelix as they hit the stage with a blend sounds of Classic Rock, Blues, Motown and Country hits to provide a wide range of favorites.


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.

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 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.

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.

June 11 Container Gardening
June 25 Herbs
July 2 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden
July 9 Tons of Tomatoes
July 16 Attracting Butterflies Into Your Garden
July 23 Succulents and Cactus
July 30 Walking tour of the garden: Meet in A Tasteful Place garden


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*



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.



Hands-On Baking – Caramel Apple and All Berry Hand Pies for Kids

June 26 from 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
Adults $15/Children $35

Join Chef April Barney as she guides you and your child through the process of making hand pies. You make both Caramel Apple and All Berry hand pies. A parent/guardian and a child bake together in this class suitable for ages 8 and up.



Succulent Terrarium Making Class

Presented by Anthony Robinson of Energy Gardens
July 17 from 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Join Anthony Robinson of Energy Gardens to create your own succulent terrarium. The cost includes supplies needed for participants to create their own beautiful piece of low maintenance, living décor.



Hands-On Truffle Making Class

July 18 from 1–3pm • A Tasteful Place
$85 ($75 for members)

Grab your partner and learn how to prepare your own hand rolled chocolate truffles in this interactive class. Guests take home a box of chocolates they prepared.



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.

Registration link coming soon.

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