Cool Thursday Concerts

Dallas Arboretum Concert

June 2 @ 12:00 pm October 27 @ 12:00 pm

Enjoy a relaxing evening of live music from popular local bands while overlooking White Rock Lake. Pack a picnic basket and bring your family and friends.

June 2: The Windbreakers

June 9: Party Machine: An Emerald City Ensemble Party Band

June 16: Willie & Family: The Tribute to Willie Nelson

June 23: The M-80s: Explosive 80s Rock.

June 30: Sounds of Summer: Beach Boys Tribute

Arboretum gates open for concerts on Thursdays at 6 pm and concerts start at 7:30 pm.

Dallas Arboretum

8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218 United States
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Summer at the Dallas Arboretum 

Summer at the Dallas Arboretum 

Featuring Custom Murals, Peacocks, Plantings and Plenty of Shade

Summer at the Arboretum kicks off on June 1 and continues to August 14. It will feature music, food, custom mural art and family fun in the 66-acre Dallas garden. A highlight, carried over from Dallas Blooms, includes a massive pair of 13-foot-tall floral peacocks featuring ornately planted tails measuring more than 36 feet across.

From June 4 to 9, the Dallas Arboretum will feature local mural artists Alli KochMOMWill Heron and Favio Moreno as they create custom Birds in Paradise-inspired works. In the Lakeside Exhibit Area, these artists will be painting custom garden-inspired murals on massive outdoor canvases.

You are invited to an exclusive “Meet the Artists” night in the garden on July 26. The topiaries remain through August 7, and the completed murals through August 14. In June, the garden will display more than 50,000 new plantings with impatiens, lobelias, begonias, salvia, marigolds, zinnias, caladiums, lantana, vinca, and pentas.

There will also be 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating the garden’s signature summer look. In addition, each week will feature free live music, seasonal food demonstrations in A Tasteful Place and fun family activities such as Bubble Picnics and special Movie Mondays, Dallas Zoo animals, Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist and Window to the Wild. There are also live bands performing every weekend.

Dallas Blooms: Birds in Paradise

To complement the peacocks, the Dallas Arboretum will conduct bird-centric programming featuring guided hikes, expert talks, live bird demonstrations and petting zoos all summer long.

For a complete list of dates, visit On Family Fun Weekends. Activities include face painting, petting zoo, photos and more. Frozen Fridays also feature cool frozen treats from local shops for purchase. Holiday weekend events include face painting, petting zoo, party bands and vendor markets.

Father’s Day and Juneteenth Weekend Events

Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Summer at the Arboretum is a wonderful time to visit as the garden is lush and cool in the shade. We have created even more shaded areas for you to enjoy, and July and August are affordable options for families.” 

Don’t miss an opening weekend full of events to celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth, including a curated photographic exhibition by local photographer Don Thomas II, who was recently featured on WFAA-TV and in D Magazine. Admission in July is $5 per person ages 2 and up.

Entrance is free to Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden on the weekends of June 18-20 and July 2-4, thanks to a generous donation from the Kelley Family. Parking is $11. Reservations are required and need to be made online at DallasArboretum.org in advance. 

$5 July Admission and August is only $3

August Dollar Days return at $3 per person ages 2 and up. Admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is an additional $3 per person.

New shaded structures:

  • Jeanne’s Pavilion along the Paseo near the entrance to the concert lawn is a perfect place to stop and rest under fans and heating bars; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 2 p.m. from now to November, a pianist performs for those picnicking on the lawn or strolling by the site.
  • Nancy’s Knoll has two-level areas overlooking the concert lawn. During the day, visitors can enjoy picnics or rest under the trees here.
  • The Richard Grant Octagonal Fountain Courtyard provides more seating around the original fountain belonging to the DeGolyer family. But now the horticulture has been reinterpreted, making it a garden highlight.

Advanced timed tickets are required for entry to the Arboretum by calling 214-515-6615 or visiting: www.dallasarboretum.org/

Dallas Arboretum Presents 2nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration

A weekend celebration to showcase unique talent, art and businesses from the local black community

The Dallas Arboretum announces the second annual Black Heritage Celebration takes place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The weekend event will spotlight the local black community’s unique talents, art, and businesses. This family-friendly event is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

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Summer Kid Camps

young children in nature

Summer will be here soon, and it’s not too early to start making plans for your child to enjoy one of the fun and educational summer and day camps in the DFW area. Unfortunately, many of these popular camps will fill up fast. Fortunately, there are kid camps for any interest and age group. Take a look at a few of the DFW Summer Kid Camps:

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