There’s something for everyone at Texas Discovery Gardens. Passionate about beautiful butterflies? We have them. Curious about beneficial bugs and snakes? We’re crawling with them. Interested in native plants and eco-friendly gardening? We’ve got organic covered.

The State Fair of Texas

State Fair admission and parking applies for all visits to Texas Discovery Gardens.

September 29 – October 22 from 10 am to 6:30 pm

Enjoy extended hours and half priced admission during the State Fair of Texas! Last tickets sold daily at 6 pm. ($4/adults, $3/ages 60+ and $2/ages 3-11)

Daily Events

Monarch Tagging 10:30 am on our front lawn free

Learn how citizen scientists capture, tag and release monarchs to help biologists track their migration. A few participants get to help our entomologist tag and release monarchs!

Butterfly Basics!  11 am inside the Butterfly House

After the Fair, this will be our new Toddler Talk time, where we have a 10 minute talk geared toward young children!

Butterfly Release 12 pm inside the Butterfly House

Critter Encounter  2 pm in the lobby

A new program where families get to meet different spiders, insects and snakes in our collection up close.

Monarch Tagging 3 pm on our front lawn  free



Silent Dialogues: Ceramics by Du Chau

Ikebana Exhibit: Kiku Matsuri

The Japanese art of floral arranging, by the Dallas Ikebana International Chapter.

Ask a Garden Guru Information Booth

With the Dallas County Master Gardeners and North Texas Master Naturalists

Special Events

Snake Feeding  2:30 pm Thursdays

The Art of Ikebana  11:30 am October 5 and 12

Container Gardens 101  1 pm October 5 by the Dallas County Master Gardeners Association

Natives for Novices - 10 Plants You Can't Kill 1 pm October 8 inside the Classroom by the DCMGA

NOLA Snoballs Throughout the Fair


Ongoing Events


Toddler Talks

Daily at 11 am, starting September 6. Little ones can learn about butterflies and other bugs and be home for nap time during this new short program!

Butterfly release

Everyday at noon we release newly emerged butterflies into our tropical Butterfly House. Our entomology team shares butterfly knowledge and answers your questions! 

Critter Meet and Greet

Starting September 6, you'll get to meet interesting arthropods every day at 2pm! This new short program is designed to be an afternoon addition to our ongoing programs.


First Saturday of every month at 11 am. Join entomologist John Watts for a guided tour of the Butterfly House. Included with admission. 


Second Saturdays from March through September at 11 am. Get out in the garden on this family friendly guided walk! Included with admission.


Beat the Monday Blues and enjoy a craft in our lobby every Monday from 10 am - noon. Free with admission.