Summer at Dallas Arboretum

Date/Time

June 01, 2022 to August 14, 2022
09:00 AM until 05:00 PM

Location

Dallas Arboretum View map
8525 Garland Road,
Dallas, TX, 75218

Additional Information

Description

Summer at the Arboretum features music, food, custom mural art and family fun in the 66-acre Dallas garden. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across.

From June 4–9, the Dallas Arboretum will feature local mural artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno as they create custom Birds in Paradise-inspired works. These artists will be in the Lakeside Exhibit Area painting custom garden-inspired murals on massive outdoor canvases. Visitors are invited to an exclusive “Meet the Artists” night in the garden on July 26, 6 to 8pm ($10 non-members). The topiaries remain through August 7 and the completed murals through August 14.

The garden will display more than 50,000 new plantings in June with impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, vinca and pentas. Added to that will be 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating the garden’s signature summer look.

Special entertainment:

Each week will feature free live music, seasonal food demonstrations in A Tasteful Place and fun family activities such as Bubble Picnics and special Movie Mondays, Dallas Zoo animals, Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist and Window to the Wild. There are also live bands performing every weekend. To complement the peacocks, the Dallas Arboretum will conduct bird-centric programming featuring guided hikes, expert talks, live bird demonstrations and petting zoos all summer long. See the complete list of event dates here.

On Family Fun Weekends, presented by Kimberly-Clark, activities include face painting, petting zoo, photos and more. Frozen Fridays also feature cool frozen treats from local shops for purchase.

Holiday weekends include the addition of face painting, petting zoo, party bands and vendor markets. Father’s Day and Juneteenth weekend will see the opening of a curated photographic exhibition by local photographer Don Thomas II, recently featured on WFAA-TV and in D Magazine.

New shaded structures:
-Jeanne’s Pavilion along the Paseo near the entrance to the concert lawn is a perfect place to stop and rest under fans and heating bars; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 2 p.m. from now to November, a pianist performs for those picnicking on the lawn or strolling by the site.
-Open in April, Nancy’s Knoll has two level areas overlooking the concert lawn. During the day, visitors can enjoy picnics or a rest under the trees here.
-The Richard Grant Octagonal Fountain Courtyard provides more seating around the original fountain belonging to the DeGolyer family. But now the horticulture has been reinterpreted, making it a garden highlight.
-Speaking of misters, those who explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will find plenty of water misters and water features that children and adults enjoy during the summer.

Food:
Guests are welcome to bring their own food or purchase food on-site. Window food service is available at the Terrace Café presented by Gil’s Elegant Catering and includes a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks, drinks and adult beverages.

Restaurant DeGolyer is also open for visitors daily from 11am–3pm. A three course seated tea at 11am and 2pm is also available with advanced registration, by emailing teas@dallasarboretum.org or calling 214/515-6615.

Admission:
Admission in July is $5 per person ages 2 and up, and August Dollar Days return at $3 per person ages 2 and up. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (RMCAG) is an additional $3 per person. Entrance is free to RMCAG the weekends of June 18–20 and July 2–4, thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family. Parking is $11. Reservations are required and need to be made online in advance.

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