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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Member Tips and Events


Member Tips and Events

Come see what being a member is all about!

Current Season’s Member Exclusive Events

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Early Morning Walks

March 12–November 4, 2023

Take advantage of your membership with an early morning walk or relaxing time in the garden, just for our members. Refresh and enjoy the peace we often miss in the concrete jungles of our city. The Dallas Arboretum offers an escape where peacefulness is easily obtained in the early morning hours. Please don’t forget, timed tickets are still in effect and you will need to reserve your time to participate in the early hours.

No photography is allowed during this time.

Happy Hearts Hop

February 11, 2023
10am & 1pm

$25 per person

Join us for our second annual Happy Hearts Hop! This Valentine’s Day themed dance includes an interactive DJ, festive crafts, a candy buffet, and a take home cookie kit . Be sure to bring your camera for a photo in our photo booth; a professional photographer will be on hand as well. This event is suitable for children ages 3 and up.

Tickets are available to Members January 20.

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Garden of Music

Presented by Dave Perry-Miller

March 8, 15, and 22 , 2023
June 13, 14, 21 and 28, 2023
September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2023

EXPANDED FOR 2023! Join us for Garden of Music! Gather your family and friends for this popular Members-only experience. Walk the garden and hear acoustic musicians fill the gardens with music throughout the night. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic basket with your favorite food and beverages or enjoy your choice of 3 food trucks setup throughout the garden each night.

Tickets are available to Members March 1, May 31 and August 30.

A little girl with an Easter basket searching for eggs in the garden.

Easter Egg Hunt

March 31 and April 1, 2, 7 & 8, 2023
$25 per person

EXPANDED FOR 2023! Back by popular demand, we are thrilled to offer this unique Easter experience exclusively to our members. The event includes festive children’s crafts, continental style breakfast provided by Beyond the Box, a juice bar, take-home DIY Easter cookie kit, end ends with the main event – a spectacular egg hunt in Jonsson Color Garden. A professional photographer will also be on hand for photos with the Easter Bunny.

Tickets are available to all Members March 10.

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Family Nights

April 12, September 26 and October 11, 2023

Bring out the entire family to enjoy an evening of live music, food trucks, and plenty of fun activities (with lots of prizes!) for children to enjoy. Please note that all children’s activities will take place in Rosine Hall located just inside the main gate/Gate 1. If you do not wish to partake in children’s activities, you are encouraged to park in the parking garage/Gate 4. All other entertainment will be at the north end of the garden.

Tickets are available March 21 and September 5.

Twilight Tuesdays

April 11, May 2 & 9 & 23 and October 3, 2023
Price varies

Kick back during the golden hour and enjoy live music by ensembles including the Ricki Derek & The Big Band, Jukebox Heroes and The Coppertones. This series is available exclusively to our members, providing a relaxed, laidback vibe.

Tickets are available to all Members March 24, April 17 and September 13.

Goblins in the Garden

October 24, 25, and 30 2023
$15 per participant

This year we are spreading the fun all over the garden for your little pumpkin to explore! Not-so-spooky fun stations are setup throughout the garden loaded with lots of treats and yummy goodies. There will also be a craft area with festive music set up inside Rosine Hall. This event is appropriate for children ages 2–9.

Tickets are available to all Members on October 4.

Official Holiday at the Arboretum Opening Ceremony

November 8, 2022

Kick off the Holiday with us as we officially light up the garden with our opening ceremony of the Christmas Pyramid in the Village as well as The 12 Days of Christmas gazebos. Enjoy the Holiday music as you stroll the garden and don’t forget to see Santa Clause who stops for a visit from 6-8pm! Gather in the center of the Christmas Village at 7pm as we flip the giant switch to begin Holiday at the Arboretum 2022! 

Sweets & Treats with Santa

December 2 and 9, 2023
10am–12pm & 1–3pm

Santa Claus is coming to town and making a stop at the garden. This event includes delicious sweet treats, a hot chocolate bar, festive Christmas music and fun holiday craft kits for your little one to enjoy at your table. Be sure to bring your camera for a photograph with the big guy himself! This event is appropriate for children 2–9. There is a $25 fee per participant.

Tickets are available to all Members on November 3.  

Creative Arts Series

January 18 & 19, February 21 & 22, March 14 & 15, April 11 & 12, May 16 & 17, June 13 & 14, July 18 & 19, August 22 & 23, September 12 & 13, October 17 & 18 and November 1 & 2, 2023
Price varies

Gather your friends, pack your favorite Happy Hour fare, and join us for this exciting members-only workshop! Each month features a different medium with the end product being both seasonal and nature themed.

Tickets are released to all Members two weeks prior to each session.

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Membership Trip with Dave Forehand

Cruise Portugal’s Douro River with Dave Forehand

7 Nights Starting May 27, 2023

Join host Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens, on this extraordinary cruise along Portugal’s Douro River. Visit the Portuguese destinations of Porto, Entire-os-Rios, Régua, Lamego, Pinhão, Barca d’Alva and Castelo Rodrigo and Salamanco, Spain.

For more information, contact our exclusive travel agent Josh Whitaker at Rudi Steele Travel, Inc. at jwhitaker@rudisteele.com or 214-522-2777.


Member Tips

1. Keep Up With What’s Happening

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – it’s the best way to keep tabs on what’s going on in the garden! Keep an eye out for updates, events and demos happening.

2. Plan For Slower Times

During our spring and fall festivals, the garden gets very crowded on weekends after 11am if the weather is good. Plan to get here right when we open (or earlier) to avoid the crowds while still enjoying the most beautiful garden features.

3. Visit Often

Try to visit us at least twice per season (once at the beginning and once at the end) even if you only have an hour to spare. While the festivals themselves don’t change very much in this time, the garden is always evolving through the unique North Texas weather – what you’ll see on a walk in May is VERY different from what will be blooming in July.

4. Don’t be afraid of the summer heat.

We offer a lot of ways to keep cool and avoid the sun such as tons of shade, indoor areas, water features and misters. Not to mention that the garden is particularly vibrant during the summer with lush, verdant greens, blooming succulents and blooms full of pollinators everywhere.

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