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Dallas Arboretum Presents Black Heritage Celebration on May 1st

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

This is an in-person event

To celebrate the Summer of Sculpture exhibition opening with the return of ZimSculpt, a display of Zimbabwean sculpture, the Dallas Arboretum hosts its first ever Black Heritage Celebration on Saturday, May 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is free with paid garden admission.

Prior to this event, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a media preview featuring celebrity and community leaders on Friday, April 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (RSVPs are required to [email protected] or [email protected]). 

According to Linda Todd, Dallas Arboretum board member and Black Heritage Celebration committee chair, said, “The Black Heritage Celebration at the Arboretum honors and celebrates diversity by showcasing the work of Black designers, artists, entertainers and vendors as they proudly display, engage with and educate the community of the beauty and inspiration of Black culture.”

She added, “This family friendly day also kicks off the opening weekend of the internationally acclaimed ZimSculpt exhibit that promotes the work of more than 100 Zimbabwean sculptures installed throughout the garden.”

Tying into events surrounding ZimSculpt, the Black Heritage Celebration Day is packed with cooking demonstrations, music, dance and a vendor fair of more than 20 Black-owned businesses showcasing and selling their handiwork. 


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Black Owned Businesses Vendor Fair: Visitors are welcome to shop and support these businesses, many of which are small businesses. Vendors include jewelry, clothing, food and more. See below for a complete vendor list.*  (A Tasteful Place, Entry Plaza and Paseo de Flores)

10 a.m.–Noon – Various performances by local groups including Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Carter High School Alumni Chorus, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Dance and Media Department, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre ENCORE (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn and DeGolyer Pergola)

Noon – Cooking Demonstration with local teen sensation, Kevin the Pie Dude, demonstrating how to make a Key Lime pie. He also sells pies; quantities limited. (A Tasteful Place)

1 p.m. – Crown Jewels Fashion Experience, by Black designers under the direction of Anita Hawkins and J.Bolin (Jonsson Color Garden) 

2-4 p.m. – Don Diego Band playing jazz and R&B (Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn)

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