35 Things to do This Fall

Fall is here and there is so much to do! From holiday happenings to fun festivals, Dallas will not disappoint.

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 By Jamina Tribbett

1. Experience Texas-sized fun at the annual State Fair of Texas, opening on September 29. At 24 consecutive days, it's the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest. 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.

2. Sip the best cocktails of Dallas at the Ultimate Cocktail Experience at Klyde Warren Park on September 30.

3. Cheer on the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium. See them play against Los Angeles Rams on October 1 or plan on attending another home game this season.

4. While you're at it, explore the Arboretum's new edible display garden, A Tasteful Place, as it opens with a ribbon cutting on October 3.

5. Make it a movie night out at Movies in the Park at Main Street Garden for the last film of the season on October 5. They will be showing Forrest Gump at 7:30 p.m. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair!

6. Go taco tasting at the Dallas Observer 3rd Annual Tacolandia Festival at the Dallas Farmers Market on October 7.

7. See the Grambling State Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers go head-to-head at the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on October 7.

8. Have a fun day with family and friends at the Dallas PorchFest on October 7 and enjoy live music, art and food in a front yard setting. It is free to attend but any and all donations go towards the beautification of the Peak Addition neighborhood.

9. Get a taste of the town on the Dallas Uptown Foodie Walk every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon this fall. Come hungry and eat your way through the West Village and surrounding areas in enchanting, 125-year-old Uptown.

10. Welcome the season at Autumn at the Arboretum. It 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. 

11. Grab your friends and go to the Uptown Block Party on October 12. Enjoy drinks, music, food trucks and more. And it's free!

12. Discover the secret gems of the city with the Hidden Dallas Food and Fun Tour.

13. Attend a concert at the American Airlines Center. The fall lineup includes Bruno Mars, Jay-Z and Fall Out Boy.

14. Experience the best of the Texas' culinary scene at Park and Palate at Klyde Warren Park on October 14.

15. Visit the Portraits of Courage exhibit at the George W. Bush Library and Museum before it closes on October 17.

16. Treat your ears and your taste buds to a soulful night out on the town at Beats and Eats with Aaron Stephens at the historic Granada Theater on October 19. Enjoy a four-course meal by three of Dallas' best chefs followed by an intimate performance.

17. Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure at the new Journey to Space Exhibit at the Perot Museum, opening October 21. Full of hands-on activities and 3D orbital simulations, this exhibit explores everything galactic.

18. Veg out at the Texas Veggie Fair on October 21. Taking place at Reverchon Park, it's the largest veggie festival in Texas and features speakers, chef demos, yoga, live music, a vegan beer garden and more!

19. Experience the beauty of the Arboretum After Hours every Wednesday night through October 25. The garden extends its hours (open 8-10 pm) and tickets are buy one get one free!

20. Get the best view of the Dallas skyline from 470 feet above the ground at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. Save on admission using the Dallas CityPASS.

21. Embrace the fall season at the Fall-O-Ween Foodie Fest at the Longhorn Ballroom on October 27 and 28. Come as you are or dress up in costume and enjoy the spell-binding food and beverages, live entertainment and more.

22. Plan a visit to the Dallas Zoo for a wonderful wild life adventure.

23. Capture the beauty of the city on the 2017 Worldwide Photowalk: Dallas Edition. Open to photographers of all skill levels, it is the largest global and social photography event in the nation. The event is free and will be followed by lunch in the area.

24. Drop by the Dallas Museum of Art as they introduce Yayoi Kusama: All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins and Truth: 24 Frames Per Second to its collection.

25. Satisfy your taste buds with the best food in Dallas at Chefs for Farmers. This four-day event takes place in various locations Nov. 2-5, offering you the chance to feast on masterful cuisine while supporting local chefs and farmers

26. Participate in the Dallas Bike Ride on November 4. The 20-mike course is the only closed-road bike ride that gives you a chance to adventure around the Big D on two wheels. Register today! 

27. Drop by the Meadows Museum to see Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and Precedence of Form. This exhibit explores the spirited rivalry between Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. It is on display through November 5.

28. Immerse yourself in Texas culture and history at Texas Monthly's The Edge of Texas, beginning November 10. This two-day celebration features the state's best food, entertainment, and innovators for a total Texas experience.

29. Get an artistic view of Dallas at the Moving Cities exhibit in the African American Museum at Fair Park. The exhibit ends on November 10, so see it before its gone!

30. Explore four of the city's most popular attractions with the Dallas CityPASS, including the Dallas Zoo, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and more!

31.Head to Deep Ellum for a concert at the Bomb Factory. The fall lineup includes Kid Cudi, Post Malone and much more.

32. Witness the best BBQ chefs throw down as they compete for smoked meat bragging rights at Meat Fight on November 12 at the Longhorn Ballroom. Tickets sell out fast, so get them while you can!

33. Be the first to see the new Mourning a President exhibit at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza as it explores how a grieving nation paid respects to President John F. Kennedy after he was assassinated. The exhibit will open on November 17 and run through February 29.

34. Enjoy a holiday classic as the AT&T Stadium Performing Arts Center as the Texas Ballet Theater performs The Nutcracker every weekend from November 24 to December 3.

35. Race around downtown Dallas at the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day! The Trot includes the choice of an eight-mile distance and a 5k Fun Run/Walk. Even if you're not a runner, there are still fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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