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Special Events

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


Maple Syrup DaysMaple Syrup Taps

Saturday, February 25 through Sunday, March 12th
10am – 4pm
Free Admission
Sap will be drawn right out of our own sugar maple trees and boiled down to sweet-tasting syrup right before your eyes! Witness this natural process and enjoy a tasty sample! The trail and Log Cabin are open DAILY for self-guided tours, from 10 am to 4 pm. FREE GUIDED TOURS are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Call 740.323.2355 to set up a group tour!



Arbor Day Festivalarbor day (low res)

Saturday, April 29
10am – 4pm
Free Admission

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.

Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Saturday, May 20
10 am – 4 pm
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Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts! Our annual spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems you can’t find anywhere else. The Arboretum showcases some of our favorite woody varieties which have been researched on our own grounds.

Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor. Choose from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Our plant experts are always on hand to help you choose the best plants for your outdoor spaces.

Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Saturday, October 21
11 am – 3 pm
Free Admission

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.