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.
August Dollar Days
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.
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).
Labor Day Weekend Celebration
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.