Wandering through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a treasured experience no matter the season, but nothing can rival the awe-inspiring beauty of the city's most beloved springtime affair, Dallas Blooms. Arguably one of the best floral festivals in the country, Dallas Blooms is home to 100 varieties of brightly hued spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms in every color you can imagine. Frolic through acres of azaleas or meander beneath the fluffy pink boughs of hundreds of Japanese cherry blossom trees, and with new programming for each week of the festival, a unique experience awaits with every visit. Here is everything you need to know to explore the best of what Dallas Blooms and the Arboretum have to offer.
The theme for the 2021 festival, America the Beautiful, celebrates the unique beauty of the American landscape. Each week of the Dallas Blooms festival will be themed according to one of six regions in the United States with food, music, flowers and special events. Starting with New England, the following weeks include the Southwest, West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the South, respectively. Visit the gardens during your favorite featured week and enjoy regional cooking demos and tastings, beer and wine pairings, scavenger hunts, concerts and more.
Named by Southern Living as one of "The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms," Dallas Blooms reigns as the largest annual floral festival in the entire Southwest, which means there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities around every corner. Find a spot in front of thousands of tulips or pose in front of the succulent photo wall inlayed with hyacinths and daffodils for a perfect Easter family picture. A large arched topiary displaying the phrase "America the Beautiful" and a bed of flowers depicting the American Flag also provide stunning backdrops to the memories made at the Arboretum's springtime festival.
Easter Weekend & Extras
Included in the festival fun is the celebration of Easter weekend. Holiday activities like face painting, a petting zoo, live bunny photos and family friendly concerts are available all weekend long. Saturday and Sunday includes a special Easter brunch by reservation only. Seating is limited and reservations can be made online at www.dallasarboretum.org/dining.
If the weather is fair, bring a blanket and a cooler of snacks and drinks for the whole family. Soak up the sun or take in a concert on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is another opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a day among the flowers. The garden allows children to run, climb, play and engage with natural world around them.
No matter how you spend your day at the Dallas Blooms festival, it remains a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring and all the beautiful weather and blooms it has to offer.
Dallas Blooms is on display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens from Feb. 20 – April 11. All Dallas Blooms activities, with the exception of Easter brunch, are included with membership or price of admission. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.