The Top Five Things to Do in Dallas this Fall

DALLAS – (Aug. 22, 2016) Dallas today announced its fall lineup of exciting entertainment and attractions for the most beautiful season in Texas. Starting in September, the city offers nationally-acclaimed annual favorites and new events. From cheering at a football game to marveling at creative seasonal displays, Dallas has something for everyone.

Visitors and locals alike will love exploring some of the top things to do in Dallas this fall:

  1. Visit the State Fair of Texas
    Open from September 30 – October 23, the country's longest-running fair features attractions from petting zoos to beer gardens and the Big Tex Choice Awards – a sampling of fried delights – allowing fairgoers to experience the varied Texas culture. Visit for more information. 

  2. Fall for Football
    College sports enthusiasts can enjoy the biggest Big 12 matchup, the Red River Showdown, at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park on October 8, and pro football fans can experience America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, in new ways this year. Fans can still watch a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, but they will soon be able to visit the new Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters, The Star in Frisco. The $1.5 billion development opens August 27. Visit for information.

  3. Explore a Life-Sized Pumpkin Village
    More than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash will be used to create the nationally-acclaimed "Autumn at the Arboretum" display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This year's "Art of the Pumpkin" theme will delight guests from September 17 – November 23. Visit for more information.

  4. Cowboy Up at the Inaugural ERA World Championship
    This five-day competition will debut the world championship of the newly formed Elite Rodeo Association. The event takes place November 9 – 13 and will award a payout in excess of $3 million. The championship is the first in a five-year agreement with Dallas to host this annual showcase of the best rodeo athletes in the world. Visit for more information. 

  5. See the World, from the Heart of Dallas
    With ever-changing exhibits, Dallas is a mecca for art amateurs and aficionados alike. From a look at ancient techniques in an upcoming Talavara display at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, to contemporary skills seen in Nicolas Party and Lucie Stahl exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art, and a comprehensive survey of modern art in Spain at the Meadows Museum, explore world cultures past and present without ever leaving Dallas . Visit,, and for more information.


About Visit Dallas

Visit Dallas' goal is to market Dallas as the ideal convention and visitor destination to the regional, national and international marketplace and to favorably impact the Dallas economy through meetings and tourism. The Dallas metro area is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest, offering visitors an unparalleled array of amenities and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, the Dallas area is the top visitor destination in Texas. In 2015, Dallas partnered with CityPASS, the company that packages discounted, prepaid admission to a city's top attractions. Now, travelers to Dallas can save 41 percent off admission to the city's top attractions: the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. For more information, visit