Autumn at the Arboretum Fall Festival Highlights The Art of the Pumpkin

Arboretum Fall Festival pumpkins

The Autumn at the Arboretum Festival runs from September 19 to November 1, highlighting the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring four 20-foot-tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.

With the theme, “The Art of the Pumpkin,” the Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival has been named one of the “Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine. The event opens on September 19, 2020, and runs through November 1.

Visitors can purchase tickets online from September 1-18 to receive $1 off per ticket; these tickets are valid for admission during the festival dates. 

Autumn at the Arboretum features the breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds, and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival also features the return of the popular Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, presented by Kimberly-Clark, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music, and more.  

Alan Walne, Dallas Arboretum’s board chairman, said, “We invite the community to the Dallas Arboretum to experience a familiar place, including Pumpkin Village, which has been a tradition for 15 years. The garden is a wonderful place to social distance, get some fresh air outdoors, and take plenty of photos.” 

You can also visit A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre food, herb, and vegetable garden. Weekly activities include free Monday cooking demonstrations with Dallas College Cooks along with activities throughout the week including cooking, floral, and horticulture demonstrations. Each weekend features live bands playing in the afternoon. Check the website and social media for times and schedules.

Arboretum Fall Festival Events

Tasteful Tuesdays: Tuesdays 11 a.m.-noon
Local flower store professionals show participants helpful tips and tricks for making their own floral arrangements and how to select the best grocery store flowers. 
September 22: McShan Florist
September 29: Ruibal’s
October 6: Enflowerment 
October 27: McShan Florist 

Pumpkin Thursdays Scavenger Hunt
September 24 – October 29
Stop by the Information Booth on Thursdays to pick up a map for the scavenger hunt winding throughout the garden. You and your family will lenjoy finding surprises in Pumpkin Village. Complete the hunt; turn in the card back at the Information Booth to receive a ticket to be redeemed. for a brownie from the Terrace Café.

Oktoberfest 
September 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Arboretum with complimentary beer samples, tasty local and traditional food vendors, and live music all weekend. Compete in the pretzel toss and stein-holding competition, supported by White Rock Ale House. Café on the Green’s Oktoberfest menu, which is available from September 19 to November 1, features bratwursts, carved pastrami sandwiches, warm apple strudel, black forest cake, and assorted Oktoberfest beers. 

National Coffee Day Celebration
September 29
Grab a cup of coffee from one of many of Dallas’ favorite spots, and celebrate National Coffee Day while listening to live music. Choose from a selection of pastries, baked goods, and other coffee-flavored treats such as ice cream and popsicles.

Dallas Arboretum logo

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: The Dallas Arboretum is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Festival 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.  Parking is $15 or $10 purchased online. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org

See Y’all Next Year!

State Fair Of Texas Cancels 2020 Season Due to Coronavirus

We are sad to announce that the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the State Fair of Texas Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 State Fair of Texas

The 2021 State Fair of Texas is scheduled to run Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 17, 2021, in historic Fair Park.

This will be the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened. The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945). 

 “This was an extremely tough decision. The health and safety of all involved has remained our top priority throughout the decision-making process. One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms. In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas. The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”  

Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas

With health and safety as the top priority, the management team and the board of directors discussed all potential scenarios since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Fair gathered input from fairgoers, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, Midway operators, auto manufacturers, business partners, staff, medical experts, and government officials to consider while coming to this conclusion. The Fair realizes the impact not holding a Fair will have on our loyal fans and the North Texas economy, but this is the right thing to do for the health and wellness of our community.  

While the State Fair of Texas is canceled for 2020, the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University – will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Should football be played this fall, the schools will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as scheduled, despite the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair. Those details are still to be determined.   

“While we are heartbroken at the notion of not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends for this annual celebration of the Lone Star State, the excitement we feel in moving forward with planning the 2021 State Fair of Texas and keeping this 134-year tradition alive will keep us motivated until we can greet our fairgoers, seasonal staff, and business partners again in a safe environment.”

Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair of Texas. 

The State Fair of Texas will return September 24 – Ocotber 17, 2021

Time is Drive-In Movie Time

Tribeca Drive in movie

Tribeca Drive-In at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Pack your friends and family into the car and head to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for a fun movie night. The Tribeca Film Festival is hosting a summer drive-in movie series.

All films will be broadcast and can be heard in your vehicle using your FM Radio. The specific FM channel to tune to will be listed on the screen during the pre-show trailer.

If your vehicle doesn’t have a radio, it is recommended that you bring one. Or you can listen to streaming quality audio e via wifi. Audio can be fed via Bluetooth or Aux cord to your car stereo.

The movies will be projected using bright, high resolution LED screens, which are visible during all daylight hours.

Thursday, July 9 at 07:00 PM

Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin

Thursday, July 9 at 09:45 PM

John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, Ian Mcshane, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe.

Friday, July 10 at 06:45 PM

Special Double Feature ($35): Bill Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future

Saturday, July 11 at 03:00 PM

Special Animated Double Feature ($35): INVASION, 2017 Emmy®-winning experience. from the director of Madagascar and narrated by Ethan Hawke. And Inside Out, Pixar animated family movies voices: Amy Poehler, Phylis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Saturday, July 11 at 06:45 PM

Special Double Feature ($35): Spy Kids and Black Panther

Sunday, July 12 at 06:00 PM

Special Double Feature ($35): Jerry Maguire and Love & Basketball

Showing July 16th – 19th
The Dark Knight
Mean Girls
Superbad
Goonies
Be Water
Straight Outta Compton
Friday Night Lights
Wonder Woman

Showing July 23rd – 26th
Meet the Parents
Meet the Fockers
Girls Trip
Bridesmaids
The Lego Movie
Inside Man
Do the Right Thing
Tangled Roots
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Beetlejuice

Tickets

Tickets prices are per carload, so only one ticket is required per vehicle regardless of the number of passengers. Tickets are available for online purchase only. Day-of sales may take place online, pending an event’s availability. A digital ticket will be emailed to you upon completion of your purchase.

Oversized and unenclosed vehicles are prohibited, including but not limited to: large vans, limousines,, motorcycles, RVs, scooters, and vehicles with open tops. Please contact customer service if you are unsure if your vehicle will be permitted. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be permitted within the perimeter of the ticketed event site. *Only service animals are allowed and must be kept on leash.

Temporary restroom facilities will be available onsite, although it is encouraged to use the restroom before arriving. All restrooms will undergo enhanced cleanings before, during, and after each event.

  • All guests are expected to practice social distancing
  • No picnicking on the grounds, vehicle roofs, hoods, trunks, or truck beds.
  • All guests must stay inside their vehicle during the event except to use the restrooms or purchase concessions.
  • Masks are required any time you are outside your vehicle.

Please refrain from idling your engine. If you need to periodically start your car to keep your battery charged, please limit the amount of time you are idling. For nighttime screenings, be aware that any lights in your car will be a distraction to others. Please dim your headlights before pulling into the theater and turn your lights (head, tail & interior) off before the movie starts.

Please visit tribecafilm.com/covid and tribecafilm.com/covid-ny to view COVID-19 event waivers. For other questions or concerns, please contact: boxoffice@tribecafilm.com