Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O'Brien Construction

September 22 - November 21

Named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest.

Our fall festival is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower-Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, and our internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn.

Join us on a journey through "The Adventures in Neverland"

For our 13th year, our amazing Pumpkin Village in Pecan Grove features this imaginative theme, full of the figures and stories you remember from your childhood, including scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The Pumpkin Village begins in London at the house of the Darlings where Wendy and her brothers are dreaming of pirates and fairies. Other major stops include the Lost Boys hideout where Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys talk about never growing up. A pirate ship sails the seas of gourds and pumpkins in Pecan Grove where Captain Hook keeps his eye to the sky as his never-ending hunt for Peter continues. Tick-Tock, the Crocodile, waits patiently among the pumpkins for another opportunity to attack. A visit to Neverland would not be complete without a stop by Tinker Bell’s home where she does all of her tinkering.

Click the play button below to view a video of autumn.

Special Activities

Live Music Every Weekend

Saturday & Sunday through November 18, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

October 27: One Fret Off

October 28: Royal Dukes Band

November 3: No Limits Band

November 4: Big CIty Outlaws

November 10: Reckless Angels

November 18: The Jam Wows

November 18: Dan Quinn Band

November 24: Monkey Love Band

November 25: In10City Band

The Memory Garden Project for those facing Memory Loss

Sponsored by Edith Royal of the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund

October 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

$5/per session/per participant, caregivers receive free admission

Thanks to a special grant, the Arboretum provides “Memory Café Experience.” The program includes a series of four consecutive Fridays in October for those with early and middle-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s and one caregiver. A special screening will be held on September 28. To sign up, contact Mayra Salazar at 214.515.6518 or email with the name of the participant and the caregiver.

Hoffman Family Gift Store Events

  • 10/27, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tasting: Glorious Gherkins: Try these Texas original exotic gourmet pickles in unique flavors.
  • 11/3 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tasting: Bentley's Batch barbeque sauce and bloody mary mix
  • 11/10 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Book Signing: Debbie Reece, The Christmas Pumpkin
  • 11/16, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Vendor event: Jeff Krause, Round Top Collection. Jeff Krause, owner of Texas-based Round Top Collection, will sign his original metal designs for indoors and outside and offer decorating tips.
  • 11/17, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tasting: Tea in Texas, Lee Garcia. Lee Garcia, owner of Tea in Texas, offers samples of her unique blends of herbs and spices with titles like Yellow Rose of Texas, Midnight Cowgirl (a caffeine-free “bedtime” tea), Texas Twist and Alamo Apricot.
  • 11/24 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Book signing: Jaclyn Amend, Goodnight Lakewood
  • 11/30, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Holiday Sparkle: Christmas Jewelry Sale Event. Enjoy discounts on beautiful nature-inspired jewelry from world-class artisans.
  • 12/1, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Book signing: Alan Elliott, author of Willy the Texas Longhorn, will autograph copies of his charming tale of a longhorn who helps Santa deliver toys one foggy Christmas Eve.
  • 12/8, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Holiday Open House event. Enjoy 20% discount on all regularly priced merchandise, tastings and free gift with purchase of $25 or more while supplies last.
  • 12/8 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Book signing: Ashley Tull & Robin Ward, Count on smu, sign their book with fun facts about SMU and counting lessons.

Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show

November 17, 10:30 a.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

The birds are back! They were so popular earlier this year that Window to the Wild returns for a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show. At the end of the show, people can stay to meet and greet the birds and their trainers.

Family Fun Weekend

October 27-28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Pecan Grove

Don’t miss the annual Halloween blow-out weekend with trick-or-treating throughout the garden, live music, face painting, a petting zoo and live appearances from Adventures in Neverland characters. The Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures arrive on Sunday, October 28 at 11:15 a.m. Come and get pictures made with Peter, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook all weekend long. Complimentary photos are provided by the Volunteer Advisory Board, and donations are appreciated.

Veterans Day Weekend

Live Music

November 10-11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

November 10: Reckless Angels, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

November 11: Carswell Air Force Base Choir, 11 a.m.

November 11: New Ground Band, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

All active duty and retired military personnel receive complimentary admission all weekend (with Valid military ID). Bring a blanket, lawn chair, picnic basket and beverage of choice to enjoy the fall weather and live music all weekend.

Daily and Weekly Recurring Activities

Oktoberfest Garden

Daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Café on the Green

The menu at Café on the Green features traditional German cuisine including different varieties of sausages and beer.

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Every Monday & Tuesday through November 20, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pecan Grove

Children’s activities include face painting by A Fresh Perspective, Kindermusik at 12 p.m., story time, Country Critters Petting Zoo, and appearances by the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 28.

Watch Walt Disney’s Peter Pan Movie (1952)

Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater

Revisit the beloved characters Wendy, Tiger Lilly, Smee and Captain Hook from the Peter Pan movie, showing continuously throughout the festival.

Photos with Movie Characters

Saturday and Sunday, September 22 - November 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Pumpkin Village in Pecan Grove

Bring your little ones for a photo opportunity with actors dressed as Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and Captain Hook. The Volunteer Advisory Board will have a photo station on site, offering photos for donations so you can capture this perfect moment.

Harvest Tea

Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., DeGolyer House

Fall into the Autumn Season with Harvest Tea service. Served in the historic DeGolyer House, guests can indulge in a seated, three-course high tea experience, while taking in the changing colors of the 66-acre garden. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include parking and admission. Add champagne service for $59 per seat. To book a reservation, visit or contact Tea Sales at 214-515-6511.

Historical Tours

Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., DeGolyer House

Visit the DeGolyer House for a docent-led tour of the beautiful, historic home.

North Texas Gourd Association Demonstrations

Every Thursday beginning September 27-November 1, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Paseo by Pecan Grove

Watch the North Texas Gourd Association create incredible items such as jewelry, decorative accessories and gourds. Items will also be available for sale.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Fall Programming

National Chemistry Week

October 22-26

Alka-Seltzer Rockets

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Moody Oasis

What makes things go POP!? Explore the science behind air pressure and have an explosive time!

Galaxy in a Jar

3:30 - 4:00 p.m., Exploration Center

Twinkle, twinkle, little star--let's put a galaxy into a jar! These beautiful creations are sure to delight.

Halloween Week

October 27-31

Sticker Treating

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Throughout the Garden

Wear costumes and discover the spooky-side of nature. Only the best ghouls and ghosts can collect all of the Children’s Adventure Garden stickers.

Creativity Corner: Creepy Creations - Sponsored by Neiman Marcus

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Entry Plaza

Create a Halloween-themed craft.

Nature’s Superheroes Games

12:00 - 12:30 p.m., Moody Oasis

Learn about some of nature’s greatest super heroes.

Haunted Halloween Chemistry Demonstration

2:00 - 2:30 p.m., The Glade

Things that pop, glow and fizzle fill the haunted Halloween demonstration of creepy Chemistry.

Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt

4:00 - 4:30 p.m., Amazing Secret Garden

Enter the maze if you dare; around each corner might be a scare. Don’t get lost in the haze; make your way through the maze!

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden

October 27 & 28, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Select Galleries Only

Price: $10 per person, $8 for Members

Buy Trick or Treat Tickets

Join us for a spooky, night-time exploration of the Children's Adventure Garden (select galleries open). Dress in your Halloween costume and journey through the Halloween maze. Trick-or-Treat stops along the pathways guide your adventure by the ghouls and goblins that haunt the garden. Create your own glow-in-the-dark ¬flower. Then stop by the Exploration Center for the glowing excitement of hands-on Halloween fog and goo. This special opportunity to see the garden in dark shadows and twinkling lights is sure to thrill your family this Halloween.

For a full list of Children’s Adventure Garden activities, visit

A Giveaway Every Day
We're Giving Something Away Every Day at 3:00 p.m., Through November 21

Sign up at the Information Booth when you arrive to be entered into a drawing for the day's prize. The drawing will be held at or around 3:00 p.m., Daily.

  • Membership Mondays: Win a Dallas Arboretum general membership or use as a gift membership
  • Seated Tea Tuesdays: Fall Seated Tea for two
  • Wednesdays: A $20 Hoffman Family Gift Store Credit
  • Thursdays: Two tickets to a 2019 Cool Thursdays spring concert
  • Fridays: Two general admission tickets to the Food and Wine Festival (Event to be held in March, 2019)
  • Saturdays: Four tickets to 12 Days of Christmas at Night, valid Wednesday – Sunday nights
  • Sundays: Four general admission tickets, including parking


BOGO Wednesdays

Through November 21, excluding 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday. Offer excludes Wednesday, October 31.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

September 27 through November 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20% discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

$2 State Fair Discount

September 29-November 21

Present ticket stub for $2 off general admission.

Tom Thumb $1 off General Garden Admission

September 22-November 21

Tom Thumb offers $1 off general garden admission tickets, available at area Tom Thumb locations.

Speakers Bureau:

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Autumn at the Arboretum or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at


Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O'Brien Construction.

Additional sponsors include C.C. Young, Kimberly-Clark, Tom Thumb and DallasChild, Amegy Bank, Doyle & Associates, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, Macy’s, Full Color Inc., Park Place and True North Advisors.

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