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.

Garden of Music

Presented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
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 May 31 and August 30.

Member Appreciation Month

July 2023

Stay tuned for special surprise and delights exclusively for our members throughout the month of July!

Holiday in the Heat Concert

July 12, 2023
$5 per person

You better not pout, you better not cry – Santa’s in the garden this July! Join us July 12 from 6-9pm for our second annual Holiday in the Heat Members-only celebration. Summer Santa will be available for photos inside Rosine Hall from 6-7:30 followed by a concert on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage featuring Emerald City’s Party Machine from 7-9pm. All participants receive a complimentary freezer pop to beat the holiday heat!

Tickets are available to all Members June 14

Back to School Night

August 2, 2023

The fun doesn’t stop just because summer is coming to a close! Get in the back to school spirit while rocking out to the Zounds Sounds house band on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage as we ring in another school year! Shop kid-owned and kid-focused businesses in our Back to School Marketplace and enjoy plenty of kid friendly crafts and activities inside Rosine Hall (while supplies last). Food trucks will be on hand and as always, you are welcome to bring your own food and beverage to enjoy.

Tickets are available to all Members July 19

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Family Nights

September 26 and October 10, 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 September 5.

Twilight Tuesdays

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.

Sweets & Treats with Santa

December 2 and 9, 2023
10am–12pm & 1–3pm
$25 fee per participant

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.

Tickets are available to all Members on November 3.  

Creative Arts Series

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.


Happy Hearts Hop

February 10, 2024
10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
$25 per person

Join us for our third 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 from Mud Puddle Co. Be sure to bring your camera for a photo in our photobooth; a professional photographer will be on hand as well. This event is suitable for children ages 3 and up. There is a $25 fee per participant.

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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