28 Things to Do in Dallas This September

Fall is just around the corner and with it comes a lot of can't-miss events.

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 By Jordan Greenwood

  1. Spend the weekend at the 2nd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival taking place Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Listen to renowned artists play jazz, soul and R&B while sampling diverse foods and browsing vendors.
  2. View a screening of Jurassic Park accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
  3. Join the Perot Museum in celebrating all things dinosaur at their inaugural Dino Fest on Sept. 1-2. Visit the new Paleo Lab, sip on craft brews and participate in multiple activities for the whole family.
  4. Head to Deep Ellum on Sept. 2 for the 7th Annual Labor of Love Homebrew Festival to sample homebrewed beers and listen to live local acts. This event is for ages 21 and up only.
  5. Don't miss out on seeing the Texas Rangers play as they wrap up baseball season in September. Look here for a full list of sporting events this month.
  6. Experience Texas Monthly's 2nd Annual Edge of Texas, a celebration of Texas culture and its future, happening Sept. 6-8. Attend discussion panels featuring Texas thought leaders, savor cuisine from some of the state's top chefs and enjoy inspiring live music.
  7. Indulge in sugary treats at the 2018 Dallas Chocolate Festival in Downtown Dallas on Sept. 7-9. More than 70 chocolate tiers come to this weekend-long event where you can try and purchase different chocolates, watch demonstrations and take chocolate making classes.
  8. Have an evening at the Meyerson Symphony Center experiencing a night of rock at Women Rock (Sept. 7-9) or something more classical like Wagner Overtures (Sept. 27-30).
  9. See Woodley and Till go head-to-head during UFC 228 at American Airlines Center on Sept. 8.
  10. Take the family to the Perot Museum on Sept. 8 for Discovery Days: Animals to learn all about animals, both big and small, and to even meet some!
  11. Choose from more than 500 beers to savor from across the globe at the 8th Annual Dallas Observer BrewFest on Sept. 8 at the Dallas Farmers Market. This event is 21 and up only.
  12. Catch one of the few performances left of the VisitDallas Summer Concert Series at the Dos Equis Pavilion. Artists include Luke Bryan (Sept. 8), Dierks Bentley (Sept. 22) and Ozzy Osbourne (Sept. 26).
  13. Observe the art of Salvador Dalí at the Dalí: Poetics of the Small exhibit at the Meadows Museum, Sept. 9-Dec. 9. The exhibit will feature small-format paintings from the artist created between 1929–1936.
  14. Watch Jay-Z and Beyoncé take to the stage at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 11.
  15. See popular R&B group Boyz II Men in concert at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sept. 13.
  16. Experience DIAVOLO: Architecture in Motion 14-15 at Moody Performance Hall, a spectacular performance involving impressive athletics and interactive sets.
  17. Attend the Dallas Symphony Gala Concert & After-Party on Sept. 15, featuring Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth singing Broadway show tunes, love songs and classical numbers.
  18. Celebrate the local LGBT community at Dallas Pride 2018. The festivities kick-off at the Pride Festival on Sept. 15 with entertainment, vendors, a family-friendly zone and more. The festival will conclude with the Pride Parade on Sept. 16 and is free to attend.
  19. Grab a seat at AT&T Stadium to cheer on the Dallas Cowboys as they face-off against the New York Giants on Sept. 16 and the Detroit Lions on Sept. 30 during the first month of the season.
  20. Catch a show at American Airlines Center like the Game of Thrones Live Concert (Sept. 16) or artists like Childish Gambino (Sept. 23) and Drake (Sept. 26 and 27).
  21. Kick back in your folding chair and enjoy a free screening of Mean Girls at West Village Movie Night on Sept. 19.
  22. Discover Autumn at the Arboretum Sept. 22-Nov. 21, a fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum showcasing stunning fall blooms and plenty of pumpkins. This year's theme is Adventures in Neverland, featuring scenes and characters from the beloved tale. Also happening on Sept. 22 will be a Quinceañera fashion show and special vendors in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
  23. Visit the African American Museum in Fair Park to see Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, a special traveling exhibition open Sept. 22-Dec. 31. The exhibit features objects and artifacts that tell the story of Jefferson's plantation through the lens of those enslaved, including historical figure Sally Hemings.
  24. Chow down on mouthwatering smoked meats at the Dallas Smoked BBQ Fest. The festival takes place in Main Street Garden on Sept. 22 with BBQ from 19 restaurants across the state, as well as live music and games.
  25. Have the Ultimate Cocktail Experience on Sept. 22 at the Bomb Factory, where more than 100 bartenders concoct dozens of cocktails to sample. The event is 21 and over and all the proceeds benefit non-profit organization Trigger's Toys.
  26. Take the family to see Treasure Island Reimagined! at the Dallas Children's Theater on Sept. 23-Dec. 27. An ASL performance will be held Sept. 30.
  27. Go to one of the most anticipated events of the year, the State Fair of Texas! It will run Sept. 28-Oct. 21 and include all the fair-fun you'd expect, like fried foods, rides, shows, live music and other attractions.
  28. Sample some of the best new flavors of gelato out of Europe at the traveling Gelato Festival, taking place at the Dallas Farmers Market Sept. 29-30.

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