Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Reopens on June 1st

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will reopen on Monday, June 1st with timed ticketing. Timed ticketing will help visitors and employees to minimize physical contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines while enjoying the beauty of the Arboretum. 

Dallas Arboretum Tickets

Advance online ticket reservations will be required for entrance by members and non-members alike. Tickets can be reserved for up to 7 days in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. To reserve your e-tickets, visit the website or call 214.515.6615. 

Other specific operating rules during this time include:

  • Reservations are for 4-hour blocks. Colored wristbands will be given to guests upon entering the garden, indicating the exit time. 
  • The Arboretum will assign all guests a parking location to allow for social distancing at the gates and in the parking lots.
  • Groups are limited to no more than 5 people.
  • Please be patient and maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside of your party.

Gift certificates or other promotional tickets may be redeemed by calling the office number listed above to reserve your time to visit

The Arboretum will begin the reopening with a maximum of 1,000 people in the garden at any one time during a four-hour block. Visitors are must follow the City of Dallas’s policy and guidelines for wearing face coverings and practice social distancing.  

Every person over the age of 2 should consider wearing some form of covering over their nose and mouth such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief when within 6 feet of another person.

Only two sets of restrooms are open. The restrooms will be limited to 25% of their capacity and you will need to wear a mask. 

Mary Brinegar, Dallas Arboretum President, and CEO, said, “Our top priority is the health and safety of our guests and employees, and these new plans and procedures make that possible. Requiring time-specific tickets to be purchased online minimizes physical contact and helps us determine the right number of visitors at any one time. We have also created a one-way, one-mile path around the garden to make it easier for our visitors to enjoy our beautiful grounds while social distancing.” 

The Dallas Arboretum encourages visitors to bring their own food and beverages as there is minimal food service available and to carry out any personal trash when exiting the garden. Water fountains are not operable. There is a refillable water filtration system at the main information booth and vending machines with water and Gatorade only will be available near our Camp House in the middle of the garden.There are no trams operating. Wagon rentals are not available. 

Maps may be picked up at the Information Booth at each entrance. All buildings are closed including the Hoffman Family Gift Store, A Tasteful Place Test Pavilion, the DeGolyer House and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.  

Members can still get in from 7:00-9:00 a.m. for morning walks with an advance reservation. Although members get in free with their current membership, they do need to reserve a time block online and in advance. 

For more information about garden procedures during this time, please read the Know Before You Go FAQ

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of June, then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in July and August. 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 two.  On-site parking is $15 or $10 if purchased in advance online. 

Dallas Restaurants Open Up Dining Rooms

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As of May 1, 2020, some Dallas restaurants opened their patios and dining rooms for dine-in guests. Restaurants may reopen their dining rooms at 25% capacity and patios, courtyards, and other outdoor dining spaces open at full capacity, within social distancing guidelines.

Many restaurants are also offering ‘grab and go‘ pantry and meal kits. Fireside Pies has a wonderful pizza meal kit that the whole family will love. It includes everything you need to prepare a fresh, hot delicious pizza. The Rustic restaurant sells ready-to-cook “Quarantine & Chill” kits for fajitas and brunch, packed with meat, potatoes, butter, eggs, and ingredients for mixed drinks. And Plano’s Whiskey Cake offers quarantine survival kits stocked with meat, chicken, eggs, pasta, butter, milk, and toilet paper.

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The Great American Takeout: Dinner and a Movie

For those who don’t feel comfortable dining out yet, there are still plenty of great options for takeout and delivery. Here is a list of some of our favorite local restaurants offering takeout and delivery, instead of opening up on May 1st.

  • Cane Rosso — Offering the full lunch and dinner menus plus family-sized pasta entrees to reheat and eat for $60. Order online: canerosso.com for to-go, curbside pickup, or delivery or use Uber Eats.
  • The Charles — Lunch is available Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wine Specials include half-priced bottles of wine under $250.
  • Sevy’s Grill — Order from the full menu online, and pick up online.
  • Good Citizen (formerly known as Goodfriend Beer & Burger House) — A special menu of takeout and delivery options is available at low prices (nothing over $9). Order at socialdistancingnow.com.
  • Pecan Lodge — Home delivery and drive-thru pick up are available at the commissary kitchen. Delicious BBQ options include 3-pound packages of brisket, sausage, and pulled pork, along with sides like green beans and mac and cheese. Order online: Pecan Lodge website.
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Join The Great American Takeout and Pepsi in supporting local restaurants with dinner and a movie!

This Friday, May 15, 202 at 8 pm ET, order takeout from your favorite restaurant and stream a free showing of A Fine Line—a powerful new documentary exploring why fewer than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women.

Pepsi is making the award-winning film available for free on YouTube, followed by a Q&A with the director and some of the world’s most renowned female chefs. Join us for an inspiring celebration of perseverance, family, and food! Watch the virtual screening on YouTube.  

Don’t forget to share your dinner & a movie on social media and tag #thegreatamericantakeout!

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Stay Safe & Stay Healthy!

Update: DFW Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

The recent outbreak of COVID 19 (Coronavirus) has completely changed things in North Texas. The extremely contagious nature of this pandemic has caused the city of Dallas and the state of Texas to take precautionary measures to stem the tide of this disease.

On March 19, 2020, Dallas City Council has extended the emergency declaration through May 15, 2020. Since Dallas County has banned public gatherings of 10 people or more, sporting events, concerts, festivals, and the performing arts are canceled or postponed. With City, State, and Federal agencies encouraging social distancing to limit our exposure to COVID 19, local attractions, movie theaters, and cultural venues like the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum and Texas Discovery Gardens are also temporarily closed.

Canceled Events in DFW

This is a list of the cancelled or postponed events

Performing Arts

Bass Hall: In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 around the country and now in Tarrant County, and in accordance with mandated government regulations, Performing Arts Fort Worth has made the difficult decision to cancel all events scheduled to be held at Bass Performance Hall, McDavid Studio and the Van Cliburn Recital Hall through May 17, 2020. Canceled or postponed events at Bass Hall.

  • Die Fledermaus, Fort Worth Opera
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Texas Ballet Theater
  • Hamilton: Rescheduled January 18 – February 6, 2022

AT&T Performing Arts Center

To keep everyone safe and healthy, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has closed all of its venues and offices. All performances, rentals, tours, and events are canceled or postponed. We will be back soon! Until then:

*Current ticket-holder’s tickets are valid for the new date with no further actions required.

Dallas Summer Musicals

Come From Away has been rescheduled and will return to the Music Hall at Fair Park on January 5-7, 2021. Please hold on to your tickets. They will be honored for the new performance dates. Since there will not be a Thursday matinee performance of COME FROM AWAY, tickets have been rescheduled for the Sunday, January 10, 2021 evening performance.

RENT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has been postponed. Please hold on to your tickets while DSM works to reschedule these shows.

FROZEN, scheduled for June 17-July 12, 2020, has been canceled. DSM will contact ticketholders about refunds, credits, or donations.  For updates on performance dates and other show information, visit Dallas Summer Musicals.

Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera has cancelled all performances and programs, both inside and outside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, for the remainder of the 2019/2020 Season.

Large public gatherings, such as sporting events are still not permitted. But follow @BigDConcierge on Twitter for more updates on. DFW events.