As summer bids its farewell, there's no need to fret about the autumnal transition. After braving yet another scorching Texan summer, the mercury is gradually yielding to cooler temperatures.
Autumn arrives, ushering in the era of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, and delightful pumpkin-themed photo opportunities. Along with the arrival of fall, we welcome cozy flannels, spine-tingling movies, and, of course, the grand State Fair of Texas. To celebrate our survival of the sweltering heat, we've compiled a guide to the places where you can revel in the autumn spirit throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Dallas Fall Festivals The State Fair of Texas Date: Friday, Sep. 29, 2023 – Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023 Get ready for family fun, a colossal Texan fiesta, delectable food, and an array of thrilling shows and attractions this fall at the State Fair of Texas. Dive into the full schedule of events and chart your course for a memorable Fair adventure. Of course, Boardwalk Bites will be joining the fun and celebrations with our "Better Than State Fair" eats and treats. You can pair our foot-long corn dogs with our fresh-squeezed lemonades or go with everybody's favorite combo: funnel cakes, chicken tenders basket, kettle corns, and sweet tea. Check our menu now for more exciting fair foods. If you have an event in Texas, we also offer top-notch food truck catering services.
Autumn at the Arboretum Date: Saturday, Sept. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 5 The Dallas Arboretum is hosting its 18th annual "Autumn at the Arboretum" from Sept. 16 through Nov. 5. This year's theme, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown™," presented by Reliant, promises a Pumpkin Village adorned with pumpkin abodes and imaginative displays, boasting over 100,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. The colors of fall will be showcased through a stunning array of 150,000 autumn flowers, including marigolds, chrysanthemums, pentas, and more. Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch Date: Saturday, Sept. 16 - Tuesday, Oct. 31 The Patch is back! The locally-grown Texas Pumpkin Patch has returned to The Shed, sourced from the Pumpkin Pyle fields in Floydada, TX. With a selection of over 25 pumpkin varieties, you can take your pick or stack them to your heart's content! Klyde Warren Park Moon Festival Date: Friday, Sept. 29 The Boho Market presents its inaugural Moon Festival, a celebration of autumn inspired by traditions in China and other parts of Asia. This event boasts music, treats, shopping, and more. Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival Date: Saturday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 12 Rverchon Park in Turtle Creek transforms into a haven for art lovers with up to 100 painters, sculptors, crafters, and more. You can soak in the scenic beauty of Turtle Creek while perusing fine art. Denton Fall Festivals Denton's Day of the Dead Festival Date: Oct. 27 - 28 Denton's Day of the Dead Festival celebrates the cooler harvest weather, Dia de Los Muertos, and all things Halloween. Fort Worth Fall Festivals Boo at the Zoo Date: Friday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 29 The Fort Worth Zoo invites you to "Boo at the Zoo!" This daytime event is free with Zoo admission or membership and promises treat stations, themed entertainment, animal shows, and more. Water Lantern Festival Date: Nov. 11 Venue: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, TX 76102 At the Water Lantern Festival on the Trinity River, you can decorate, light, and release your own lantern. This event features music, food, and a mesmerizing display of floating lanterns lighting up the night. Admission includes access to the festival area and a floating lantern kit, with additional kits available for purchase. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Frisco Fall Festivals Pumpkins on the Prairie Date: Saturday, Sept. 30 - Tuesday, Oct. 31 Visiting Pumpkins on the Prairie's Pumpkin Patch won't cost you an entry fee. You'll only need money for purchasing pumpkins, food from any present food trucks, and Fall Craft Night. Grapevine Fall Festivals Butterfly Flutterby Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 Grapevine hosts the 26th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, celebrating the Monarch butterflies' migration from Canada to Mexico via Grapevine. This free event includes the Gossamer Costume Parade and contest, welcoming participation from the entire family, even your pets. Plano Fall Festivals Plano Food and Wine Festival Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 The 6th annual Plano Food+Wine Festival will grace Legacy West, featuring over 100 award-winning wines, delicious local restaurant cuisine, culinary demonstrations by local chefs, and a multitude of local boutiques and shops. Richardson Fall Festivals Huffhines Harvest Festival Date: Saturday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 22 The City of Richardson hosts its annual autumn fest, offering activities such as pumpkin painting, hayrides, and "Pawtoberfest." Be sure to explore the vendor marketplace along the trails of Huffhines Park, featuring a variety of curators, craftsmen, growers, and local makers. Oktoberfest Several cities throughout North Texas are set to host Oktoberfest celebrations, complete with polka bands, Bavarian folk dancers, bier games, German delicacies, and more.
Dallas: Sept. 30 at Flag Pole Hill. $10-$25; free for kids 3 and under.
Frisco: Oct. 7 at The Star in Frisco. Free.
Plano: Sept. 30 at Legacy Hall, 5908 Headquarters Dr.
Southlake: Oct. 13-15 in Southlake Town Square. Free.
Enjoy the vibrant autumn festivities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area!