Dallas Arboretum Hosts Family Fun Festivities in October

Family Fun Weekend: October 26 – 27    

dallas arboretum pumpkin patch

The Dallas Arboretum invites you and your family to partake in Family Fun Weekend during Autumn at the Arboretum on October 26 and 27. You wil enjoy strolling through the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and surrounding displays featuring 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and breathtaking fall color throughout the 66-acre garden. 

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village

Themed It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the Pumpkin Village includes a ‘Great Pumpkin’ topiary; Linus, Sally and Franklin topiaries looking through the pumpkin patch; Snoopy and Woodstock topiaries atop his dog house; Lucy giving garden advice at her booth; a Schroeder topiary standing near his giant topiary piano and more. 

You can trick-or-treat throughout the gardens, decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted, pet animals in the petting zoo and listen to live music all weekend long. On Saturday, October 26, enjoy a live performance from The Berkner Ramblers at noon in the Entry Plaza and a performance by TBA Band, a Dallas-based variety band with a perfect blend of folk, pop, and soul, at 2 p.m. at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

On Sunday, October 27, enjoy live music featuring The Texas Boys Choir performance at 1 p.m. on the DeGolyer Pergola and The Monkey Love Band from 2-4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.  The Volunteer Advisory Board is onsite to capture keepsake photos (for donation) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all weekend.  

On Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m., watch a special night screening of the movie, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick or treat bags. Family fun activities are complimentary with paid garden admission.  

Halloween Week at The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Crawl like a scary spider, slither like a spooky snake or hop like a Halloween frog to the biggest monster mash this side of White Rock Lake. Enjoy Halloween programming all week-long starting Friday. The adventure starts with a creepy creative corner, a spooky scavenger hunt, stick-er-treating and more. 

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27 

Don’t miss out on a special spooky late night at the Halloween Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden. There will be tricks and treats at every turn! Costumes encouraged for a festive and frightful costume contest. Be sure to stop by the kooky costume spot in the entry plaza! Awards are given at 8 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events happening in the Children’s Adventure Garden, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/visitor-information/gardens-and-pavilions/childrens-adventure-garden/v

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4th of July Activities at the Dallas Arboretum

Celebrate Independence with Live Music at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kicks off Independence Day with live music, $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, and more!

You and your family can enjoy patriotic classics, contemporary and jazz musical surprises. Free beer samples from Old Town Brewhouse will be handed out from noon to 3 p.m. at A Tasteful Place.

Active and retired members of the military and first responders with a valid photo I.D. will receive free general garden admission on June 29, June 30, July 4, July 6 and July 7.

1st Cavalry Division Band from Fort Hood takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on June 29 for a patriotic performance from 2-4 p.m., and enjoy free beer samples from Franconia Brewing Company at A Tasteful Place. Winner of the Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band, performs June 30 from noon to 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert stage and Lawn.

Dallas Arboretum Concert

In The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Fourth of July Weekend, June 29- July 7

Start your holiday celebration off with a booming craft, catch story time with the nation’s bird, Eddie the Eagle, burst with knowledge at the July 4th Plant Lab, and then walk over to visit the patriotic OmniGlobe presentation. The garden is celebrating all week long.

4th of July Activities include:

Saturday, June 29, 2-4 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

1st Cavalry Division Band:Enjoy a patriotic performance by soldiers from Fort Hood while picnicking, free with paid garden admission.

Franconia Brewing Company, Noon-3 p.m., A Tasteful Place: Enjoy complimentary beer samples at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook.

Sunday, June 30, Noon -2 p.m.

36th Infantry Division Band: Winner of the Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band performs on the concert stage. FREE with paid garden admission.

Cherry Pie Demonstration by Emporium Pies, 11 a.m.-Noon

Emporium Pies demonstrates how to make their signature cherry pie from scratch. Learn tips on how to make a traditional flaky pie crust, a delicious cherry filling and a beautiful lattice top. Guests can purchase pie until 2 p.m. FREE with paid garden admission.

Window to the Wild Show

On July 4, Window to the Wild bird show returns at 10:30 a.m., followed by Rushmore Band performing from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. You can enjoy free beer samples from 3 Nations Brewery from noon to 3 p.m. at A Tasteful Place. Bring a picnic to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on July 6 to enjoy a performance by Moving Colors, a top party band in Dallas, from 2-4 p.m. On July 7, recording artists from Houston, The Powell Brothers, take the stage from 2-4 p.m.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12 and free for Arboretum members and children under 2. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $9. For more information, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/summer-at-the-arboretum/ 

Fun Things to Do in DFW in May

fathers day arboretum

May is a great month to enjoy the beautiful weather at events in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. You and your family can enter a costume contest on the closing weekend of Scarborough Renaissance Festival, celebrate Memorial Day at the Dallas Arboretum and so much more!

Here are a few fun things to do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in May.

Commemorate Memorial Day Weekend at the Dallas Arboretum

Saturday thru Monday, May 25- 27, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Dallas Arboretum has planned a wonderful Memorial Day weekend of activities in the main garden and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
 
FREE Admission for Vets and First Responders
 
In honor of our armed forces, the Arboretum offers FREE admission into the main garden all three days for active duty members and veterans of the United States military, and first responders with a valid photo ID. Emporium Pies’ ice cream truck, Rick’s Smokehouse BBQ, complimentary face painters, and a petting zoo will be onsite all weekend from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
Enjoy free craft beer and wine samples; and $2 hot dogs and $2 root beer floats, available at the Terrace Café. Entertainment free with paid garden admission.
              
Live Music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn
 
  • May 25, 2-4 p.m.: The Red Wine Band kicks off the weekend bringing their Texas Country music to the garden.
  • May 26, 2-4 p.m.: Dance with one of Dallas’ most popular dance bands, Downtown Fever, an Emerald City Party Band.
  • May 27, Noon-2 p.m.: 3K Sisters, an indie folk-pop family band, delights with their unique sound and talented multi-instrumentalist band members.
Free beer and wine samples in A Tasteful Place at the Barbara and Bob Bigham Scenic Overlook: May 25-27: Noon to 3 p.m.
May 25: Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery
May 26: Franconia Brewing Company
May 27: District 9 Draught Haus
 
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Learn the science behind some of the symbols and traditions of the holiday. A special lab will bring the red, white, and blue to the garden in exciting ways. Daily labs, demonstrations and permanent exhibits add to the learning adventure.
 
The Dallas Zoo, Entry Plaza
May 27 (only), 11:15 a.m.                                            
The Dallas Zoo is bringing a few of their favorite friends for an animal encounter. Stop by for a wild adventure with interesting critters.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Live the Fantasy Weekend
May 18 – 19
Hey, Fantasy enthusiasts, Cosplay fans and friends this weekend is just for you! Show up in your favorite costume for the costume contests (adults and children)each day, plus a children’s fairy initiation ceremony 

May 25 – 27: The Last Huzzah
Don’t miss the fun, food and games of the  Final Weekend Celebrations plus Veterans Parade & Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute on Memorial Day

More information about Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival

One of the most popular cultural events in North Texas, the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival returns to Richardson, Texas this month with well-known musical acts, exciting performers, family-friendly activities, local art vendors, and more.

The 3-day festival will be held May 17-19 at Galatyn Urban Park in Richardson.

Music, Food and Fun!

Jam out to big-name bands
This year the music schedule at Wildflower includes big-name acts like:

  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Judah & the Lion
  • Good Charlotte
  • Neon Trees
  • The Jacksons 50th Anniversary Tour
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • The Guess Who and more!

An Aerosmith tribute band from California, Aeromyth, will also perform all weekend long. There’s a little something for every music lover, with over 100 national, regional, and local headliners performing on six stages.

Get your tickets now, for the Wildflower Arts Music Festival!