Celebrate Spring Break at the Most Beautiful Place in Dallas

Dallas Arboretum Spring Break

Staycation Events at the Dallas Arboretum

Are you and your family planning a staycation for spring break? If so, the  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has several exciting activities planned from March 14 to 20 during the height of Dallas Blooms.

At the largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring-blooming flowers, along with a “World Music” celebration each day, and events at A Tasteful Place and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Guests are encouraged to check the website and social media to plan their visits.

 “There’s something for everyone to experience during Dallas Blooms, which ushers in spring in Dallas. The ‘Sounds of Spring’ theme is perfect for traveling the world through music during spring break week. Visit the various gardens, and be sure to take in the 100 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials.” –  Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Alan Walne

Celebrating Spring with World Music

Dallas Arboretum ConcertSpring Break Activities in the Main Garden:
World Music: March 14-20
*All activities listed for each day below are free with paid garden admission

Each day celebrates music from a different region or country in the world. The journey begins in Latin America and the Caribbean with two great bands performing live on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

You can participate in a conga line or join the Limbo contest. Other stops include Germany, France, and Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day and Mexico during the equinox. The final stop for “World Music” week is Africa where guests can enjoy learning about Window to The Wild’s majestic African birds in their flight show at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

Dallas Blooms features 6 majestic topiaries throughout the garden, each depicting a different musical instrument, including a harp, bass, guitar and saxophone, as well as two topiary musicians. One musician is playing the violin, the other is playing the piano.

Saturday, March 14 – Latin America
Top Ten Records DJ livens the crowd with Latin music in the Entry Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Havana NRG takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2 to 4 p.m. to play all the Latin hits. Guests can join in on the conga line to conclude the festivities.

Sunday, March 15 – Caribbean
Chef Lisa Roark from El Centro College’s nationally recognized Hospitality and Culinary Institute teaches attendees how to make healthy recipes inspired by Caribbean ingredients at A Tasteful Place from 1 to 2 p.m. Head to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn to listen to upbeat island music by Sweet Steel from 2 to 4 p.m. Bar & Garden also joins in at A Tasteful Place to demonstrate how to prepare island-inspired drinks from 3 to 4 p.m.

Monday, March 16 – Germany
Bring the whole family for Mommy and Me Monday in Pecan Grove, then enjoy the El Centro College Cooks series demonstration at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Paul Salvie performs authentic German music with his accordion from noon to 2 p.m. at Café on the Green.

Tuesday, March 17 – Ireland
Commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family by taking a trip to the Emerald Isle. Start the day with Tiny Tot Tuesday activities in Pecan Grove, then learn how to make a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired floral arrangement with Enflowerment at A Tasteful Place at 11 a.m. Listen to a performance by Celtic singer, Misty Posey at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 – France
Come out for a day in the garden highlighting France. The chefs at Vestal’s demonstrate how to make French macarons at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Checkered Past Winery brings their delicious wines for guests 21 and older to sample during Wine Down Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Three Sisters Overlook at A Tasteful Place. Be sure to check out the French mime performing on the Paseo de Flores, just like in the streets of France, from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 – Mexico
Travel around the world in Texas by attending the “Places I’ve Seen” presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. led by Jessica Serna, blogger for My Curly Adventures, as she highlights all of the diverse adventures that can be experienced in the great state of Texas. Enjoy live entertainment and listen to authentic Mexican music at noon.

Friday, March 20 – Africa
Guests can journey to Africa as the final stop for spring break music week in the garden. Window to The Wild brings their majestic African birds to the garden for a spectacular flight show on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 10:30 a.m.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Around the World in One Week: Spring Break Edition, March 15-20
While school is out, bring the kids out for a week full of exploration. Journey around the world in one week with a new plant lab every day. Guests are invited on March 17th for a special spring animal adventure with the Dallas Zoo.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
Dallas Arboretum logoThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. On-site parking is $15 or $10, if purchased in advance online.

Start the New Year with $5 Admission to the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum Dining Terrace

Kick-off the new year and beat the winter blues by spending a lovely day outdoors at the Dallas Arboretum. During the entire month of January, general admission will be $5.oo! You can purchase your tickets online in advance.

After the holidays, we all need some motivation to get moving, and there is not a more peaceful or beautiful place to come out and walk at the Dallas Arboretum. We encourage people to see the winter plantings and our horticulture staff prepare for the upcoming Dallas Blooms festival.” –   Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens

*The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is closed for preventative maintenance until February 28. 


Friendship Tea at the Arboretum

You and your family will also enjoy an elegant, 3-course Friendship Tea served January 4 to March 1 for guests 13 and older. Teas are available Monday through Friday with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prices are $49 per person or $59 with champagne and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org

Winter Activities for A Tasteful Place: Free activities are included with paid garden admission

Seasonal Tastings, Every Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Try three free different samples featuring a hero vegetable, fruit or herb form the garden.

 El Centro College Cooks, Every Monday, 11 a.m.-Noon Participate in this popular cooking demonstration, taught by Chef Lisa Roark from El Centro College’s nationally recognized Hospitality and Culinary Institute. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

Seasonal Tastings and Demonstration Cooking with Chef Isabel Snetsinger, Every Wednesday, through February 19, 1-2 p.m. Chef Isabel Snetsinger demonstrates how to prepare her weekly samples given out at A Tasteful Place.

National Day Celebration Series

Join us throughout the winter with this series that highlights national days where guests can watch a cooking demonstration with samples. Enjoy unique and tasty products also available for purchase.

January 30 Croissant Day: Des Patisseries *11 a.m.-noon
January 31 Hot Chocolate Day: Hive Coffee *sale only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
February 5 Nutella Day: My French Recipe *11 a.m.-noon

Super Bowl Spread Class, Presented by Chef Jayson Jones
January 24, 6-8 p.m., $90
Join Chef Jayson Jones to learn to create the ultimate Super Bowl spread with five different recipes featuring smoky chili and loaded queso dip. This interactive class is the best way to prep a game day menu while sipping on beer and wine. Learn all the tips to create a “touchdown” spread. 

Butter Croissant & Chocolate Croissant Class, Presented by My French Recipe 
February 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $80
Be transported to France and learn all the secrets to succeed with croissant dough from My French Recipe. Make puff pastry from scratch, learn to shape delicious butter croissants, chocolate croissants, and strawberry rolls. Leave the class with a recipe booklet and perfect pastries to enjoy, or share with loved ones.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From January 2 to 31, general garden admission is $5. (The Dallas Arboretum is closed January 1). The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed January 1 to February 28 for preventative maintenance. On-site parking is $15, or $10 if purchased in advance online beginning January 2. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. 


The 12 Days of Christmas Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum features The 12 Days of Christmas, the DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures and the New Christmas Village with more than one million lights add to the nighttime ambiance to the holidays!

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden invites you and your family to celebrate the holidays with a classic tradition and a brand new magical exhibition during Holiday at the Arboretum, from November 9 to December 31, 2019.

The 12 Days of Christmas, depicts each day in the beloved Christmas carol with 12 Victorian-style gazebos, returns to delight people of all ages. You can see them during the day or lit up at night, with more than one million lights adorning the garden and the 30-foot-tall spruce tree.

The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and opens for extended hours for The 12 Days of Christmas at Night, Wednesday through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., starting November 13. 

DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures

Beginning November 29, the DeGolyer House will be open daily and on Wednesday evenings.  Excitement will fill the garden with the arrival of the brand new holiday attraction, The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village.

The festive holiday spirit fills the lavishly decorated DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures. Each room in this historic home showcases a collection of holiday treasures typically found in European Christmas markets. The elaborate décor provides the ambiance to create a unique and magnificent holiday experience.

The Christmas Village features 12 old-world European-style shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. Measuring 16 to 19 feet tall, each house is themed and large enough so that several children and adults can enter at a time and experience that particular business.

And back by popular demand, this holiday season is the 12 Days of Beer series, and a tasting experience held every day at A Tasteful Place. Every Thursday night, an Ugly Sweater Contest will also be held for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets. For more information and a full listing of holiday events and activities, visit www.dallasarboretum.org/holiday

 “One of the things we love most about the holidays is celebrating the season with family and friends, and there’s no better place to do that than the Dallas Arboretum,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “We’re honored to be part of such a special tradition where the community comes together to experience the more than one million dazzling lights at Holiday at the Arboretum.”

Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant

Other Holiday Events at the Dallas Arboretum

Christmas tree branch with ornaments
  • Visits with Santa, Wednesday Evenings 6-9 p.m., November 13-December 18, Saturday & Sunday Noon-4 p.m., November 30-December 22: Bring the kids to share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Old Man, and take a keepsake photo to commemorate the occasion.  Santa Claus has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities every Wednesday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. *The Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board provides the commemorative pictures for a donation.
  • Holiday Drinks & Eats Café on the Green, Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m: Enjoy special holiday drinks including pumpkin lattes, frosted mints, mulled wine and Mexican Hot Chocolate, pumpkin bars, holiday paninis, and soup served in sourdough bread bowls.  
  • Holiday Tea, Daily, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m: Holiday Tea is served inside the charming and historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, where you can indulge in a seated, 3-course tea experience. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include parking and admission. Raise a glass to the most wonderful time of the year by adding champagne service for $59 per person. Reservations are required. Call 214-515-6511. Ages 13 and up are permitted in the tea room
  •  Ugly Sweater Contest Every Thursday Evening 6-8 p.m.: Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, and enter the contest for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets. 
  •  A Texas Kind of Christmas Author Speaker Series, November 23, 11 a.m.: Don’t miss the special presentation of A Texas Kind of Christmas, a holiday-themed collection of three connected stories set in 1859 in Dallas and based on the true history of the St. Nicholas Hotel, one of the most fashionable grand hotels of its time. The authors include Jodi Thomas, a New York Times bestselling author, Cecile Bonaduce and Rachael Miles. Their presentation is followed by a Q&A and a book-signing for guests who bring their beloved books.
  • Outdoor Movie Party: White Christmas Presented by Alamo Drafthouse, November 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.:  Spark holiday cheer with this timeless classic starring Bing Crosby. This show-stopping musical keeps everyone dancing and singing along, so bring blankets and bundle up with the entire family to enjoy a memorable evening. Paint
  • Create Your Own Keepsake Holiday Ornament, December 5, 6-8 p.m., Create a one-of-a-kind painted holiday glass ball ornament. Anne Gunthner demonstrates and works with each participant to create a beautiful hand-painted glass ornament of a house or personal animal portrait. Those interested in painting a portrait are asked to bring a good quality photo for reference.
The 12 Days of Christmas, Daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m. November 9-27, Adult: $12, Seniors (65 or older): $12, Children (2-12 years): $10
November 29-December 31, Adult: $15, Seniors (65 or older): $12, Children (2-12 years): $10
For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.com