Once the oppressive summer temperatures in Dallas have finally subsided, the weather provides an awesome opportunity to head outdoors. Luckily, there are many awesome fall festivals to keep you entertained all season long. If you’re looking to get out and about, make some new friends, and enjoy some great food, drinks, and music, make sure to cruise to these great fall festivals in Dallas.
1. Autumn at the Arboretum
Named by Orbitz as one of the top 19 fall trips in the country, Autumn at the Arboretum is a Dallas tradition. During this festival, the Dallas Arboretum features interesting and creative decor, including the Pumpkin Village, which has pumpkin-themed houses and a pumpkin patch featuring over 90,000 pumpkins. Other events include a Thursday night concert series, book readings, an art fair, and a beer garden which offers thirst-quenching beer and traditional German cuisine. The festival goes from Sept. 17 until Nov. 23, and admission varies depending on the day.
2. State Fair of Texas
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For the true Texas experience, you can’t afford to miss the State Fair of Texas. From Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, you can enjoy 24 days of the most fun you’ll have all year. If you’re a foodie, you can have some of the best food Texas has to offer, including pies, barbecue, and chili. Each weekend there’s live music from national recording artists like Nelly, Kacey Musgraves, and Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots. You get this along with all the carnival rides and games you can handle. Tickets come in a variety of packages, prices, and discounts for you to save even more money.
3. Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest
If you just can’t wait for Halloween, trek over to Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas. This event, which runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 31, is the perfect way to mix your love of the holiday with some of the best thrill rides on the planet. There are several one-of-a-kind attractions during this time, such as the Rage of the Gargoyles. On this ride, passengers will ride a roller coaster while wearing a virtual reality headset, giving them a unique and frightening experience. Ticket prices vary, but this fest is sure to give everyone a fun and spooky time.
4. Dallas VideoFest
Widely regarded as the best cultural event in the Big D, the Dallas VideoFest screens 125 local, regional, national, and international films from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23. The films span several genres, ranging from documentaries to action to comedy. The opening night of the festival features the 1927 classic “Sunrise” accompanied by the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Depending on your love of the silver screen, you can buy a pass for the entire week, as well as individual screenings. For the movie buff, Dallas VideoFest is a can’t miss event.
No matter what your interests are, the Dallas fall festival scene is sure to give you plenty of hours, days, and weeks of entertainment. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is figure out which events to attend.