Dallas Arboretum Presents Third Annual Black Heritage Celebration on May 6 and 7

The weekend event showcases chefs, businesses and musicians from the local Black community

DALLAS, Texas, Spring 2023 – The Dallas Arboretum announces the third annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, will take place on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in the 66-acre garden overlooking White Rock Lake. The event features chef demonstrations, musicians, Black-owned vendors, a fashion show and an entrepreneur showcase. This event is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

Janet Jack, Dallas Arboretum board member and Black Heritage Celebration chairperson, said, “Join us as we highlight the unique talents, art and businesses from the local Black community. A significant program for the Dallas Arboretum, the Black Heritage Celebration is a weekend to celebrate the Black community amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Dallas Arboretum.”

The festival features plenty of fun for the entire family to enjoy. Saturday’s fashion show, produced by Willie Johnson, showcases local Black designers sharing their latest clothing lines and trends. Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist are some of the featured entertainment. On Sunday, Black Heritage Celebration is partnering with the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce to host an Entrepreneur Showcase that spotlights local business owners.

Additionally, both days feature cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses selling delectable cuisines, jewelry, gifts and more. New this year is a children’s celebration.

Tickets, which are $10-$16, are included in the admission to the garden and must be pre-purchased online at https://www.dallasarboretum.org/ or by calling 214-515-6615. For more information and to view the complete list of weekend activities, entertainment, and vendors, visit www.dallasarboretum.org/BHC.

The Black Heritage Celebration committee includes Janet Jack (chairperson), board advisors:
Crystal Alexander, Marissa Horn, Mario Quintanilla, Linda Todd (Advisor) and Celia Walker. Committee chairs include Stephanie Calhoun, Tiffaney Dale Hunter, Gloria Werthing Reynolds, Ashley Sutherland and Megan Villa.

Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America
Additional sponsors: ExxonMobil Corporation, Anonymous, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority-Alpha Xi Omega Chapter, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Arlene J. Ford, MR Civil Justice.
In-kind: House of Dasha.

Media Sponsors: The Dallas Weekly, Radio One, Southern Dallas Magazine.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615.

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