Children & Family

F is for: Fun, Fall and Festivals

Kick off the season with a full social calendar

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Fall: 89 days of glorious weather, beautifully colored trees and adventures for the whole family. Whether it's live music or a foodie fest, here's where you'll find us this season.  

Autumn at the Arboretum | September 17-November 23, 2016
The Dallas Arboretum was recently named one of the most breathtaking gardens in the world by Architectural Digest and the Pumpkin Village is definitely one of the reasons why. The village, featuring 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, surrounded with the bursting colors of 150,000 fall-blooming flowers, is a must-see attraction. Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Search, Hay Bale Maze, Pumpkin Painting, and more. It's no surprise Fodor's Travel named it one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals."


State Fair of Texas | September 30-October 23, 2016
The fair is all about BIG: it's one of the biggest fairs in the country, one of the longest-running fairs in the nation and home to Big Tex, likely the tallest cowboy you'll ever meet. There's always something new to experience and you can't miss a bite of Fried Jello, this year's Big Tex Choice Awards Best Taste winner. And with 24 days to enjoy it all, you'll have plenty of time to check out the full blown car show, livestock exhibits, Fletcher's Corny Dogs and a new line up of experiences, including the return of the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales. Don't miss the AT&T Red River Showdown on October 8, the highly anticipated football match-up at the Cotton Bowl between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.


Oak Cliff Lively Fest | October 1
Enjoy a day of reggae music, live performances and arts and crafts at Kiest Park, in the heart of South Dallas and just minutes from the Bishop Arts District. Bring the little ones to partake in delicious dishes from local vendors and diverse art demonstrations.


Photo Credit: Dallas Observer

Tacolandia | October 15
You had us at tacos. Enjoy some of the best contemporary and street style tacos in Dallas while sipping on refreshing cocktails and ice cold beer and enjoying live music. The event, in its second year, takes place at Dallas City Hall and will showcase local favorites like Salsa Limon, El Come Taco and Taqueria La Ventana. Six tacos will take home awards, including one for Best Traditional and Most Interesting. 


Owl-O-Ween | October 15
This one is for the young owl lovers. Head to the Trinity Audobon Center and spend the day making owl crafts, playing themed games, taking photos with a live owl and basically having a great owl time. Come dressed as your favorite bird for a chance to win a free membership to the center!


AFRIMMA | October 15
Don't miss a night of celebration and African music at the third Annual Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) at the Dallas Academy of Arts and Letters. Not only will awards such as Best African Group, Best Gospel and AFRIMMA Video of the Year be recognized, but the night will be hosted by Africa's No. 1 comedian Basketmouth and cohosted by Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey.  


Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017 | Oct. 21 – 22
Head to the Dallas Arts District for two nights of art like you've never seen it. 10 massive art installations, comprised of captivating lights, sounds and video, from around the world will be set up on the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus and live music performances are scheduled for both nights.


Park & Palate | Oct. 21 -22
Enjoy delectable dishes from Dallas' best chefs under the Dallas skyline. From live country music and to a Texas-sized showcase of more than 60 chefs and wineries, Park & Palate may be one of our favorite ways to spend a weekend in the Dallas Arts District.  

Photo Credit: Texas Veggie Fair

Texas Veggie Fair | October 22
Celebrate a healthier lifestyle and world with a trip to Reverchon Park in Uptown for the annual Texas Veggie Fair. Enjoy chef demos, children's cooking classes and activities and a beer garden complete with a 100% vegan menu.


Wings over Dallas | Oct. 28-30
Keep looking up! Catch Wings over Dallas, a three-day airshow at Dallas Executive Airport. History buffs and aviation enthusiasts won't want to miss re-enactment events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a WWII fighter round-up and a USO performance accompanied by B-29 bomber jets. The little ones will have a blast too thanks to a dedicated area filled with hands-on experiences and the RISE ABOVE exhibit featuring a Tuskegee Airmen movie.


Diwali Mela Festival | November 5
The annual Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali, takes over the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park with a day of non-stop entertainment and delicious South Asian cuisine staples. Bollywood dance performers will light up the floor and there will be a kids corner filled with games and activities to enjoy along with a fireworks show at the end of the night. Come dressed in formal South Asian attire and enjoy the celebration! 


Elite Rodeo Athletes World Championship | Nov. 11-13, 2016
For the first time ever, more than 60 of the world's best rodeo athletes will compete for top honors. Don't miss the barrel racing event, one of the most fast-paced and popular spectacles at any rodeo, or the iconic bull riding event, where the art of staying aboard for eight seconds will keep you on the edge of your seat.    


Untapped Festival | November 12
Quench your thirst for local brews with a trip to Untapped Festival at Fair Park. More than 100 breweries from all over the world will be serving up their best and with over 400 to choose from, you'll definitely find your favorites. And you can't forget the food – Rodeo Goat and Urban Crust, alongside other tasty treats, will be serving their best throughout the day. American indie rock band TV On the Radio is headlining and local bands will also take the stage.