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Below is a list of The Arboretum’s annual special events – some of the most popular, highly visited and exciting times of the year!


Summer Concert: The British Invasion

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Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:30pm – 8pm (Venue opens at 5pm)
$20 per car/tickets must be purchased in advance (Tickets go on sale July 1)

The British Invasion will play your favorite 1960s songs from ‘across the pond’ at this outdoor concert. Arboretum members will receive VIP parking and a commemorative glass while supplies last. Come early to enjoy a variety of delicious offerings from local food trucks!

*Arboretum memberships can be purchased online here, or in our Visitors Center any day we are open.




Ohio Sustainable Landscape Symposium

OSLS LogoSaturday, August 27, 2016
9am – 4:30pm
Members: $55.00 / Non-Members: $70.00 / Students: $20.00

The 5th Annual Symposium will focus a full day of learning on habitat enhancement using sustainable techniques and native plantings.  Join featured speaker John Watts, Resource Manager for Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, on highlights of Ohio’s unique habitats and diverse wildlife.  Then, explore how to convert your yard into a low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly habitat with curb appeal.  The event also offers sessions on native plants for urban landscapes, sustainable garden planning and hard-scaping along with expert-led tours of The Dawes Arboretum’s natural areas and unique gardens. You don’t want to miss this tremendous opportunity to design, manage and grow your own “mini-refuge”! 

Non-member price includes a one year Sugar Maple membership. Limited student spaces (15) through Monday, August 1st. All others must register by Monday, August 22. Click here for registration information.

Bertie’s Tea

Thursday, September 15, 2016Bertie's Tea 2015
2pm – 4pm
Visitors Center

Bertie’s Tea is a celebration of Arboretum co-founder Bertie Dawes’ avid interest in gardening and nature.  Featured speaker Mitch Lynd, of Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, will discuss apple varieties including those found Bertie Dawes’ personal apple orchard.  Petali Tea will be served along with tea sandwiches and desserts. This is a great opportunity to share in Bertie’s interests and make new friends.  An optional tour of the site of Bertie’s orchard, now the Living Legacy Apple orchard, will complete the day.

Registration for the tea opens on August 1.  A complimentary one-year Sugar Maple membership to The Arboretum is included with the non-member registration fee.

Fall Festival

Presented by The Energy Cooperative

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10am – 4pm

Where better to honor the start of autumn than The Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips.


Arbor Day Festival

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10am – 4pm

The Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature. Expect a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing.