The Dallas Arboretum Celebrates Black Heritage

The Dallas Arboretum has set the date for the 3rd annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, for May 6 and Sunday, May 7. The 2-day event will take place in the 66-acre garden overlooking White Rock Lake and will feature chef demonstrations, musicians, Black-owned vendors, a fashion show, and an entrepreneur showcase. Black Heritage Celebration is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

Black Heritage Celebration Events

Some entertainment highlights include Kevin Hawkins, a local who was on Season 22 of The Voice; Shailaun, an Arlington singer/songwriter/producer whose voice mesmerizes; and crowd favorites, Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist. On Saturday, May 6, at 12 noon, the “Bold and Brilliant Fashion Show Comes to Life” occurs, followed by designers selling their clothing. New this year is a Children’s Celebration on Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bold and Brilliant Fashion Show
Bold and Brilliant Fashion Show

The festival includes plenty of fun for the entire family to enjoy. Saturday’s fashion show, curated by Anita Hawkins and produced by Willie Johnson, showcases local Black designers sharing their latest clothing lines and trends. Afterward, you can shop from your favorite designers and boutiques on display.

On Sunday, the Arboretum hosts an Entrepreneur Showcase that spotlights local business owners. Additionally, both days feature cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs and a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses selling delectable cuisines, jewelry, gifts, and more. 

Black Heritage Celebration Schedule

Saturday, May 6

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Black-owned Vendor Market
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Smokey John’s Bar-B-Quepage2image2311432016
10 a.m.-11:30 am. Clover the Violinist
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Shailaun – singer/songwriter/producer
12-2 p.m. Matthew Zion Babineaux, pianist
12-1 p.m. “Bold and Brilliant Fashion Show Comes to Life
1-5 p.m. Designer booths open
2-3 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Chef Whitney, Cibo Creations
3-5 p.m. Don Diego Band

Sunday, May 7

10-11 a.m. Cooking Demonstration with Chef Kevin Johnson
12-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. Fuller Nation Spoken Word 
12-2 pm Piano Performance
2-3 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Kevin the Pie Dude
3-4 p.m. Kevin Hawkins, The Voice candidate  

Tickets, which are $12-$20, are included in the admission to the garden and must be pre-purchased online at  or by calling 214-515-6615. For more information and to view the complete list of weekend activities, entertainment, and vendors, visit

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at or by calling 214-515-6615.