31 Things to Do in Dallas This October

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Posted on Sep 27, 2018

  1. Don't miss out on the biggest annual event in Dallas, the State Fair of Texas. Until the fair wraps up on Oct. 21, get out and enjoy rides, classic and creative fair foods, live music and entertainment for the whole family.
  2. Explore a festive display of fall flowers and plants and more than 90,000 pumpkins at Autumn at the Arboretum. This year's Pumpkin Village will highlight the theme of Adventures in Neverland. The event takes place daily through Nov. 21.
  3. See a heartwarming performance of Steel Magnolias at the Wyly Theatre, running Sept. 28-Oct. 21.
  4. Get a Halloween thrill at Six Flags Over Texas' Fright Fest any day between Sept. 25-Oct. 31.
  5. Experience new and impactful exhibitions at the Dallas Holocaust Museum with Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank (Sept. 13-Aug. 2019), and Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty (Sept. 22-Dec. 31) at the African American Museum.
  6. Watch as the Dallas Stars hit the ice at the American Airlines Center on Oct. 4 to kick off hockey season, with plenty of games on the schedule during October.
  7. Chill out at the Dallas Arboretum during their Cool Thursdays Concert Series through Oct. 25 and groove to some stellar cover bands. Tickets for adult nonmembers are $30 and $20 for members, while children ages 2-12 get in for $10.
  8. See Taylor Swift (Oct. 5-6) and Ed Sheeran (Oct. 27) in concert at the AT&T Stadium.
  9. Go to the Meyerson Symphony Center to see a Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance. This month will feature Carmina Burana (Oct. 5-7), Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 (Oct. 11-14) and Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 (Oct. 25-28).
  10. Get in the college football spirit at the AT&T Red River Showdown on Oct. 5. The iconic UT Longhorns and OU Sooners match will take place at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
  11. Experience DanceAfrica, a vibrant show that celebrates African arts and culture through drumming and dance. There will be performances at the Moody Performance Hall on Oct. 5 and 6.
  12. Bring the family to the Dallas Farmers Market on Oct. 6 to the DFW Kids Directory Fall Festival. The event is free with plenty of activities like a petting zoo, fall themed crafts, a photo booth and chef demos.
  13. Be captivated by Aladdin, a contemporary dance that is part of the Elevator Project by the AT&T Performing Arts Center. You can see the show at Studio Theatre between Oct. 11-14.
  14. Spend an evening at the Dallas Opera seeing a harrowing production of The Flying Dutchman (Oct. 12-20) or a sensual performance of Carmen (Oct. 19-Nov. 4).
  15. Come with empty stomachs and taste the best tacos in the city at the 4th Annual Dallas Observer Tacolandia on Oct. 13 at the Dallas Farmers Market. General admission includes unlimited taco samples and the ability to purchase beer and cocktails.
  16. Take the kids to a free art program, ArtROCKS!, at NorthPark Center on Oct. 13 and explore the art of Salvador Dalí through fun activities.
  17. See a show at the American Airlines Center. Enjoy a musical performance by Bruno Mars (Oct. 14-15), Romeo Santos (Oct. 21) and Josh Groban (Oct. 24), or catch stand-up comedy by Kevin Hart (Oct. 26-27).
  18. Support the Dallas Cowboys as they face the Jacksonville Jaguars at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 14.
  19. Attend a musical performance by traditional Mexican singer Aida Cuevas (Oct. 16) or see The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Oct. 17) outdoors at Strauss Square.
  20. Watch an outdoor screening of The Greatest Showman at West Village Movie Night on Oct. 17, free of charge.
  21. Enjoy a play with the whole family at the Dallas Children's Theater. Currently playing is Treasure Island Reimagined! which runs until Oct. 21. A production of A Wrinkle in Time will run Oct. 19-28.
  22. Learn all about technology at the Perot Museum by meeting with different creators and engaging in activities, all while sipping on cocktails during Social Science: Maker on Oct. 19. This event is 21 and up only.
  23. Catch the inaugural State Fair Showdown on Oct. 20, a new college football rival game between the Southern University Jaguars and the Texas Southern University Tigers. Stick around during halftime for a Battle of the Bands.
  24. Dress up your pup and bring them to Mutts Canine Cantina for the Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest on Oct. 20. Sip on specialty drinks while your dog shows off their costume and competes for prizes.
  25. See the Dallas Mavericks take to the home courts starting Oct. 20 at the American Airlines Center, then again on Oct. 22 and 28.
  26. Support Klyde Warren Park at the 4th Annual Park & Palate, a two-day fundraising event featuring some of Dallas' best chefs, breweries, wineries and spirits. On Oct. 26-27, enjoy bites with expertly paired drinks while enjoying live music and other activities.
  27. Join the fight against breast cancer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 27 at NorthPark Center, whether you are there to run or offer support. Children 12 and under can hang out and participate in activities at the Kids for the Cure area.
  28. Drop off the kids at the Perot Museum for a Spooktacular Sleepover on Oct. 26. They'll be able to participate in a costume contest, carve pumpkins, get an up-close look at some creepy critters and more.
  29. Throw on your most fabulous and spookiest Halloween costumes and get ready to party all night at the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party on Oct. 27. The Halloween street bash is free for all, with booths set up to purchase food and beer for those 21 and up.
  30. Jam to a variety of sounds and genres from national DJ talent on Halloween night at Decks in the Park Halloween Bash in Klyde Warren Park. Entry is free with RSVP. Come dressed in your best Halloween getup and dance the night away with friends at one of one the biggest Halloween parties in the city!
  31. Go trick-or-treating with the family in Dallas at Trick-or-Treat on Downtown Streets on Oct. 31. The fun starts at Main Street Garden with a spooky storytime and after parading the streets for candy, will end with a screening of Hocus Pocus at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

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