15 Things to Do in Dallas this October

With cooler temperatures on the way, October is the perfect time to explore the city.

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 By Ashley Turner

1. Experience the State Fair of Texas

The annual State Fair of Texas is here! Your state fair bucket list should include classics like the Grambling-Prairie View football game, pig races and an afternoon on the Midway, along with new things on the fair grounds like the World of Magic show and the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center. The fair runs for 24 days through October 22, so you have plenty of time to make it out to Fair Park.


2. Enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum

Head to the Dallas Arboretum for the perfect fall festival. The garden's Cool Thursday Concert Series continues through Oct. 26, and there's tons of other activities planned like beer tastings, garden-sized games, and the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Village. See it all from now through Nov. 22.  And don't miss the grand opening of A Tasteful Place, a 3.5-acre edible garden, on Oct. 3.



3. Get your taco fix at Tacolandia

Taste the best of Dallas' tacos at the Tacolandia event on Oct. 7 at the Dallas Farmers Market. Here you'll sample urban, contemporary and street style tacos, with live music and cash bars to pair.


4.  Party in Uptown

Head to Griggs Park for the Uptown Block Party on Oct. 12 and don't miss the Oak Lawn Halloween Party on Oct. 28. Go all out on your costumes and enjoy a great night of Halloween themed fun.


5. Dine at Park & Palate

This food and wine event celebrates Texas' culinary scene with tasty bites from more than 60 local and regional chefs, as well as drinks from the best wineries and breweries from around the world. Sip and snack all evening long at Klyde Warren Park on Oct. 13-14.


6. Check out a skateboard festival

Skate or Die Fest is a skate-themed music fest will feature local and national bands, a skateboard competition, petty zoo and live art instillations. Don't miss this inaugural event on Oct. 22.


7. Go to a Dallas Cowboys game

Don't miss our 'Boys this season at AT&T Stadium. Check out the schedule here, and make plans to tailgate and cheer on the team to victory.



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8. See a new exhibit at the DMA

See pumpkins at the latest exhibit at The Dallas Museum of Art. Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins opens Oct. 1 and transforms the exhibit space into an infinite pumpkin room. We won't spoil it, but the pumpkins stretch into infinity.


9. Catch a movie in the park

In honor of the reopening of the Statler hotel, Main Street Garden is showing iconic movies from each decade with a monthly showing on the lawn. Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and watch the movie Forrest Gump in the park on Oct. 5.


10. See your favorite Dallas sports teams in action

The worst season is the off-season. The Dallas Stars kick off the regular season on Oct. 6 and Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 18, both at the American Airlines Center.



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11. Experience an aircraft show

The Wings over Dallas airshow will feature aircraft rides, military vehicle displays, cockpit tours, veteran appearances, and so much more. Get your tickets now for the weekend of Oct. 6-8 to see some impressive shows.


12. Check out some college football games

Football is big deal in Dallas, and we have some impressive match ups you won't want to miss. See the State fair Classic between Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M on Oct. 7, and the Red River Showdown between The University of Texas and The University of Oklahoma on Oct. 14.


13. Go to a concert

The American Airlines Center has a plethora of big names coming to town, with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on Oct. 7, Marc Anthony on Oct. 22, Halsey on Oct. 26 and Bruno Mars on Oct. 27. See the full lineup of shows here!


14. Take the kids to the Dallas Children's Theater

The Children's Theater's new play, titled Ghouls and Graveyards, features an all-teen cast presenting a collection of stories from great authors like Edgar Allan Poe, W.W. Jacobs and others. You can see the show every weekend from Oct. 13 - 29.


15. Explore space at the Perot

Journey to Space opens at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Oct. 21, and with it comes your chance to learn more about moon walks and our explorations in space. Enjoy hands-on and interactive experiences, as well as a 3D film to learn about all things space.

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