20 Things to do in Dallas this September

Embrace the fall season with all your favorite things: football, festivals and food!

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 By Ashley Turner

1. Gear Up for the State Fair of Texas

The annual State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 29, and runs for 24 consecutive days full of food, fun and entertainment. Enjoy the famous Fletcher's Corny Dog, check out the new cars at the Texas Auto Show and spend some time on the rides at the Midway. Don't forget to take your selfie with Big Tex!


2. See the Maya Exhibit at the Perot

This extraordinary exhibit will close on Sept. 4, so if you haven't seen it yet, now's the time! Explore the largest traveling Maya exhibition to tour the U.S. that showcases hundreds of artifacts and interactives all ages will enjoy.


3. Jam Out at the Riverfront Jazz Festival

This inaugural event takes place on Labor Day weekend, Sept.1-3 at Texas Horse Park. They have an electrifying line up of artists ready to take the stage. Erykah Badu, Ruben Studdard and Jonathan Butler are just of few of many who will perform that weekend. 


4. Take Advantage of Half-off Admission at Reunion Tower

For the month of September, GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower will offer half-price admission to military personnel and first responders. Just bring a valid ID and check out panoramic views of the Dallas skyline.


5. See the Dallas Cowboys in Action

Football is officially back in season! The Cowboys' regular season kicks off Sept. 10 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. So grab your tickets while you still can or plan on attending any other games this season.


6. Experience La La Land in Concert

The hit musical, La La Land will play on the high definition screens at the Meyerson Symphony on Sept. 1-2. The best part – the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform live during the movie for the best experience.


7. Go to the Advocare Classic Football Game  

This year's Advocare Classic will feature the Florida vs.  Michigan at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 2. There's still time to get your tickets, so make this one a part of your Labor Day weekend plans!


8. Spend Labor Day Weekend at the Dallas Arboretum

Make it a family day at the Dallas Arboretum for Labor Day weekend fun at the gardens, Sept. 2-4. Enjoy live music, food trucks, jumbo lawn games, and $2 hot dogs and root beer floats.


9. Sample Brews at the Labor of Love Homebrew Festival

Head to the Deep Ellum Brewing Company for the Labor of Love Homebrew Festival on Sept. 3. The festival includes a tasting competition of the best brews, with unlimited beer samples to sip on throughout the night. There will also be live music and food trucks to round out the night.


10. Enjoy an Evening of Music at the Fair Park Blues & Jazz Festival

This music festival returns in its fourth year on the African American Museum lawn, Sept. 3 showcasing some of the best local and national blues and jazz artists. Hear from R.L. Griffin & Band, Sandra Kay, Def to Radio and more!


11. Join the Dallas Mavs on their Run This Town 5K

Get your running shoes and head to Victory Park for Run This Town 5K on Sept. 7. The course will run through Victory Park and the Design District, with a post-race party and live music to follow.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the Mavs Foundation, so sign up today to be a part of the fun!


12. Explore a New Exhibit at the Holocaust Museum

The Dallas Holocaust Museum will open a new exhibit, titled Fighting for the Right to Fight that will open on Sept.7 with a reception and exhibit tour. The exhibit tells the story of African Americans who enlisted in the military during World War II, highlighting their achievements and struggles, as well as how the war sparked the Civil Rights Movement.


13. See a Movie in the Park

Movies in the Park is back again at Main Street Garden with the showing of Best in Show on Sept. 7. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this iconic movie outdoors with friends.


14. Go to a Fall Concert

There's always an exciting line up of performers in Dallas. The Gexa Energy Pavilion will host OneRepublic on Sept.11 and the Zac Brown Band on Sept. 15. Janet Jackson will be at the American Airlines Center, Sept. 14, and Paramore will headline at the Verizon Theater on Sept. 3 Check out even more artists coming to town here!


15. Attend the Dallas Observer' Brewfest

Beer-lovers, don't miss the Dallas Observer's Brewfest at the Dallas Farmer's Market on Sept. 9. This 7th annual festival will feature more than 500 local, international and craft beers to sample, as well as music and food vendors.


16. See the Moving Cities Exhibit

The Moving Cities exhibit is moving to its new location at the African American Museum on Sept. 6. This exhibit is a photography collection of 38 still images from the short film that debuted last year, and will be on display during the State Fair of Texas run.


17. See an Incredible Ballet Performance

Enjoy an unforgettable night of dance at Ballet Hispanico, a part of the TITAS Presents series that showcases diverse forms of dance. This performance combines Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques, making for an impressive show. You can see it Sept. 15-16 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.


18. Celebrate the LGBTQ Community at Dallas Pride

For the first time, Dallas Pride will be a two-day celebration, Sept. 16-17. The Music Festival in the Park is the kick-off event on Saturday at Reverchon Park, followed by the signature Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday that will march down the Oak Lawn neighborhood.


19. Experience Autumn at the Arboretum

The annual festival, Autumn at the Arboretum features a magnificent pumpkin village made up of 90,000+ pumpkins! This year's theme is "The Wonderful World of Oz," which is depicted amongst several pumpkin displays featured in the Wizard of Oz. Be sure to check out it out, Sept. 23-Nov. 22.


20. See the Portraits of Courage Exhibit at the George W. Bush Library

The popular exhibit, Portrait of Courage has extended its stay at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit showcases 66 portraits and mural of members of the United States military who served our nation since 9/11, all painted by the President himself. It's on display until October, so be sure to see it before it's gone!


 Header photo credit the Dallas Arboretum 

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