Autumn at the Arboretum, an annual festival at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, rings in the season with tons of fall fun activities. The festival runs until Nov. 22, so be sure to check it out on your next trip to Dallas.
See the Pumpkin Village
The Pumpkin Village features more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash that make up pumpkin houses and creative displays with a new theme every year. This year's theme is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is wonderfully showcased throughout the village. Start your journey on the yellow brick road, then venture to the many pumpkin displays like the "Scarecrow's Garden" and "The Wicked Witches Castle." Don't forget to take home your favorite pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, which are all available for purchase!
Enjoy weekly fun for the whole family
There's a plethora of festivities the entire family will love. Go for lunch at Café on the Green and enjoy the Oktoberfest Garden menu that features German cuisine and beer, and stay late for Cool Thursday Concerts, featuring a great line-up of bands every Thursday night through Oct. 26. Family Fun Weekend celebrates Halloween in the gardens with trick-or-treating, face painting, a petting zoo and a magician on Oct. 28-29.
Check out all the new happenings
Have some fun playing garden-sized games like Connect Four, Jenga and Corn-Hole (available every weekend) and cool off with $10 beer samples at the beer tastings station. Pumpkin Carver Weekend will feature live carving demonstrations on Oct. 21-22, and don't miss Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 1, where there will be a face painting competition, henna tattoo artist, music and food trucks.
Take advantage of the discount days
Enjoy the gardens at a discounted price! Any Veterans, active duty and first responders will receive free admission on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Seniors can get $11 admission on Thursdays and 20 percent off at the Hoffman Family Gift Store through Nov. 16. And bring your State Fair of Texas ticket stub for $2 off general admission through Oct. 22.