VISIT & explore

Events and programs

The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of events for adults, kids, and families to enjoy.The Morton Arboretum is a passionate collection of people who resonate with the power of trees—a place to grow and discover a lifetime of memories.
The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of events for adults, kids, and families to enjoy. Race under a canopy of trees, enjoy live music and a glass of wine, hone your gardening skills, and much more. See the great events hosted by The Arboretum Store.

If you require any special accommodations for an Arboretum program or event, please contact the Arboretum at least two weeks in advance at trees@mortonarb.org or 630-968-0074 and press 0 to speak with the operator.


Active & recreational events

Walking, racing, hiking, and biking are just some of the ways you can explore the Arboretum while staying active. Check out which recreational events move you:

Bike rentals

Dog Admission Day

Arbor Day 10K Run

Tails on the Trails

Fall Color 5K


Husky Heroes

Wellness programs


Arts & entertainment events

Music and art are often inspired by nature; a relationship the Arboretum cherishes and cultivates. Find what inspires you with one of our entertaining events:

Grown Up Play Date

2015- 2016 Chamber Concert Series

Wednesdays, Woods & Wine

Thursday Family Nights

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

Enchanted Railroad


Sterling Morton Library Exhibit: Plant Hunters

The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society's Exhibit


Culinary events

Discover your inner chef or just enjoy a delicious meal or drink. Our savory selection of culinary events will surely make your mouth water:

Farm to Table Dinner

Mystery Dinner at Thornhill Mansion

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with the Bunny 

Easter Brunch 

Boo Breakfast

Mother's Day Brunch

Whiskey Dinner

Valentine's Dinner



Celebrate trees and the many benefits they give us, including alcohol. Unwind, explore, and make lasting memories at our festivals in the picturesque outdoors:

Destination Asia Cultural Festival

Fall Color Festival

Family Weekend

Cider and Ale Tasting

Chocolate Expo

Arbor Day weekend 2016

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum 

Passport Europe Cultural Festival


Gardening & horticultural events

Learn the trees and plants, gardening skills, and design techniques you need to create a beautiful landscape, or enjoy some of the products made by trees:

Oaks Uncorked

Coffeetree Cocktails

Northern Illinois Iris Society Plant Show 2015

Chicagoland Daylily Society Show

The Art of Bonsai 

Edible Gardening Workshop Series


The Arboretum Store events

The Arboretum Store is not only filled with a wonderful collection of nature-inspired gifts, but it is also the host of many events throughout the year. From jewelry trunk shows to garden art sales, there are many opportunities to find a unique treasure to cherish:  

Patricia Locke Trunk Show and Personal Appearance

Artist's Trunk Show: Art by Rozanne

Extra Discount Days for members

Fall Bulb Sale

Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

Jewelry Trunk Show: Nancy Neill

Garden Art Sale

Meet the Beekeeper

Glass Pumpkin Patch


See our full calendar of events


The Morton Arboretum welcomes new talent and event ideas!

 If you are interested in performing for our events or know an entertainer that would be great, please email specialevents@mortonarb.org. We also love to hear your ideas for events you'd like to see here, feel free to share.