It’s that time of year again! I haven’t missed Autumn at the Arboretum since moving to this side of the Metroplex six years ago. Every fall the Dallas Arboretum is transformed into a pumpkin queen’s dream with its annual fall festival, Autumn at the Arboretum, which is most famous for the epic Pumpkin Village. This year’s theme is “A Fall Fairy Tale” so of course I was more excited than ever!
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This year’s festival opens September 17th and runs through October 31st, 2022. There is no additional ticket for the Pumpkin Village; it’s included with your general admission ticket to the Arboretum. Admission ranges from $12-$20: $12 for children 2-12 years old; $16 for seniors 65 years old and up; $20 for adults; free for children under 2. I was lucky enough to preview the 2022 Autumn at the Arboretum festival with my friend Vanessa today and I gotta say, this is one of my favorite themes yet! Showcasing classic fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, and The Sword in the Stone, this year’s festival really captures the magic.
Over 100,000 pumpkins are used to create the Pumpkin Village. Cinderella’s carriage is back this year – hooray! – and one of my favorite photo ops is on the bridge by the Sword in the Stone exhibit. If you look back at the pumpkin village from the giant Sword in the Stone pumpkin, you’ll get some pumpkin houses as well as the carriage in the background. There’s a hay bale maze surrounding the Sword in the Stone structure, which I bet kids will love.
It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but I LOVED the Jack and the Beanstalk house. Oh my goodness. The beanstalk looked so cool going into the pumpkin house!
The pumpkin houses are over 20 feet tall. You can absolutely walk into the houses and take charming photos peering out the windows. My friend Vanessa has a great eye for photography and found the perfect photo spot right near the entrance: the first pumpkin house on the left has an eye-catching pattern that’s perfect for the foreground!
There’s also a pumpkin patch with small pumpkins that are for sale and numerous photo “benches” if you will: hay bales surrounded with pumpkins for easy photo ops.
One of my favorite displays every year is the giant wall of pumpkins with signs telling you what all the different varieties are. As a pumpkin enthusiast, I love that!
Don’t forget to stroll around the garden after you’re done in the Pumpkin Village – the Arboretum is spectacular with over 150,000 autumn flowers such as marigolds, chrysanthemums, pentas and more with pumpkins as far as the eye can see.
If you want the best fall photo ops in Dallas, this is it. Get more information and reserve your tickets here.