Autumn at the Arboretum kicks off fall fun in D-FW

Take your pick at these festivals and farms celebrating fall.

Pumpkins on display at the Dallas Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village on Sept. 9, 2020 in Dallas.((Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News) (CUSTOM_CREDIT))

As a pandemic-laced summer fades away, fall is rolling in and with it comes the 15th annual Autumn at the Arboretum festival, running Sept. 19-Nov. 1.

The much-acclaimed festival is celebrating “The Art of the Pumpkin” with thousands of colorful, fall-blooming flowers throughout the garden and spectacular displays in Pumpkin Village featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds from Floydada, the Pumpkin Capital of Texas.

Stroll the gardens, navigate a hay bale maze, take photos in front of the 20-foot-tall pumpkin houses and thump away until you find the perfect gourd to take home from the pumpkin patch. With the safety of visitors and staff in mind, COVID-19 rules will be in effect, including the wearing of face masks and social distancing.

There are plenty of special events and activities scheduled throughout the run of the festival, starting with an Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 20. Weekends will be especially lively, with music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn every Saturday and Sunday, a salute to homecoming mums on Oct. 17-18, a Family Fun Halloween Weekend on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and more. Visitors can also attend cooking demos in A Tasteful Place, see bird shows, get tips on floral arrangements and join in pumpkin scavenger hunts. Check the website for daily events.

Sept. 19-Nov. 1, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older, $12 for ages 2-12, free for children under 2. Under the arboretum’s COVID-19 protocols, tickets and parking must be purchased in advance.

Information provided by Dallas News


10:42 AM on Sep 18, 2020 — Updated at 10:55 AM on Sep 23, 2020

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