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Special Events

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


Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Saturday, October 21, 2017
10am – 3pm
Free Admission

Celebrate the harvest season with a family event featuring hands-on apple cider making, guided wagon tours, storytelling, a plant sale, tours of the newly expanded Learning Garden and presentations featuring an animal ambassador form Ironwood Wolves.

Festival goers won’t want to miss the Ironwood Wolves’ presentations at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The event schedule also includes a full day of guided wagon tours of selected portions of The Arboretum grounds and storytelling at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. There will be canning demonstrations and tastings from 10am to 3pm. The Arboretum’s Fall Plant Sale will be open throughout the festival offering trees and shrubs.  Arboretum experts will be available for shoppers who need plant care and selection advice.  Festival attendees who are feeling hungry can buy apples from Ochs Fruit Farm or delicious offerings from local food trucks.  The festival offers something for nearly everyone! The Fall Festival and Plant Sale is presented by The Energy Cooperative with support from media sponsor Ohio Magazine and the Licking County Foundation.



Maple Syrup Days

Late February – Early March 2018photo of tapped maple trees
10am – 4pm
Free Admission

Watch as sap is boiled down to sweet-tasting syrup right before your eyes!  Witness this process and enjoy a tasty sample. During Maple Syrup Days, the Log Cabin is open DAILY from 10am to 4pm. FREE GUIDED TOURS are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm.  Call 740.323.2355 to set up a group tour!



Arbor Day Festival

April 2018
10am – 3pm
Free Admission

The Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival is a celebration of trees and nature.  Visitors can expect a fun day filled with family-focused learning opportunities including tree climbing, activities and displays.

Children can get an amazing, new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing.

Arboretum staff and many of its community and conservation partners host interactive displays offering crafts and activities throughout the day.  Food trucks sell delicious offerings for festival attendees.  The Arboretum also holds a plant sale during the festival.  Shoppers can purchase a variety of healthy nursery plants, mostly grown by The Arboretum.  The first 300 families in attendance receive a free tree to take home and plant in honor of Arbor Day.



Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 20, 2017
9am – 2pm
Free Admission

The Dawes Arboretum is holding its spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair on Sat., May 20, from 9am to 2pm.  The sale features many woody plants grown by the Arboretum.  Shoppers will also be able to choose from a variety of perennials as well as herbs and vegetables.  Every year the Plant Sale features a few plants that people are unlikely to find anywhere but our sale.  Arboretum experts will be available to answer questions about plant care and help you select plants that fit your landscape.  Vendors will also offer a selection of garden products.


Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium

Saturday, August 26, 2017
8am – 4:30pm
Registration Info

Learn about incorporating native trees and shrubs into your home landscape to create more resilient and sustainable ecosystems.  Presentations will address the critical roles these plants play and the benefits of designing landscapes with the needs of trees in mind.  We’ll then focus on how to select the native species that will thrive in your own backyard.  One-of-a-kind live demonstrations will be offered on proper planting techniques, mulching, pruning, soil improvements and much more.  Arboretum tours will highlight a variety of sustainable landscape features, including a newly expanded learning garden and a native tree propagation house.  The day will conclude with a native tree giveaway and a chance to hear more about The Dawes Arboretum’s Plant Clinic resource.  Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium is presented by Bartlett Tree Experts and McCullough’s Tree Service, Inc..  Click here for additional event details.