Bugtopia at Dallas Arboretum

Date/Time

September 18, 2021 to October 31, 2021

Location

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden View map
8525 Garland Road,
Dallas, TX, 75218

Additional Information

Description

The 16th annual Autumn at the Arboretum, the Southwest’s favorite fall festival, returns showcasing breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers (such as marigolds and chrysanthemums) accented by more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, hailing from the Texas pumpkin capital, Floydada, located in West Texas. Autumn at the Arboretum (and pumpkin sales) run September 18 through Halloween, October 31. The Pumpkin Village remains open through Thanksgiving weekend.

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Pumpkin Village: Bugtopia
New this year is the location of the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village—behind the Jonsson Color Garden transformed into the theme Bugtopia. The signature display comes alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, like the an 18-foot-long dragonfly, fascinatingly bugged-out 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses, and a maze for younger visitors.

Family Activities

See the full fall event schedule here. The festival features a hay bale maze and a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, plus these special events:
-Local popular bands play live music every weekend afternoon during the festival.
-Seasonal daily samples highlight in-season plants in A Tasteful Place garden, a 3.5-acre food, herb and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include cooking, floral and horticulture demonstrations, many of which have the Bugtopia theme incorporated.
-Insect Encounters tent features daily, hands-on experiences such as live insect demonstrations, nature art, expert chats and more.
-Arboretum-led walking tours, harvesting and horticulture demonstrations round out the festival.

Mommy and Me Mondays/Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Every Monday & Tuesday through October 26 from 10am–2pm, held near the Pecan Grove, includes a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase and music, and children’s activities:
-Face painting by A Fresh Perspective from 10am–2pm
-Country Critters Petting Zoo from 10am–2pm
-MOMLETA Stroller Fitness from 10–11am
-Kindermusik from noon–12:30pm

Family Fun Weekend Oct. 8–10

From 10am–2pm each day in the Main Garden. Families are invited to the Dallas Arboretum on Family Fun Weekend. Activities include face painting by A Fresh Perspective, the Country Critters Petting Zoo and more.
-Friday includes a zero-waste cooking demonstration with Turn Compost and a guided walk through the garden with volunteers Denise and Max.
-Saturday features a Fall Vendor Market throughout A Tasteful Place and the Main Garden Entry Plaza.
-Sunday brings the beloved Window to the Wild bird show to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn at 10:30am.
-Saturday and Sunday both include live insect encounters throughout the day and afternoon concerts from 2–4pm with Monkey Love (Saturday) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band (Sunday). Be sure to visit the Children’s Adventure Garden for hands-on insect investigations, too.

Halloweekend Oct. 30–31

Halloweekend features trick-or-treating throughout the garden, pumpkin decorating, body art painting, a petting zoo and live music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn: Elevation on Saturday from 2–4pm and The Special Edition on Sunday from 2–4pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up in costumes for the “Dress Like a Bug” contest on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win tickets to Holiday at the Arboretum.