11 Places to Take the Family This Fall

Take advantage of the cooler weather and make time to get out with the family!

Posted on Oct 10, 2018 By Roselle Pliego

Dallas is a city full of one-of-a-kind experiences, allowing for tons of ways to keep your family entertained while making great memories.

1. State Fair of Texas - Sept. 28 – Oct. 21

The State Fair of Texas is an iconic tradition that both Dallasites and visitors look forward to every fall. From the Midway rides to the daily live music shows, there are dozens of ways for families to enjoy the fair together. Get a picture of the kids with Big Tex or get a taste of one of the newest fried food creations. There are also several college football games happening, including a new HBCU game featuring Southern University v. Texas Southern University on Oct. 20 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The fair can be wallet friendly too! Check out their list of daily discounts and offers to save money on admission, food and rides.


2. Autumn at the Arboretum - Sept. 22 – Nov. 21

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins are what you'll find at the Dallas Arboretum this fall. Families are looking forward to this year's theme, "The Adventures in Neverland." The theme is derived from the 1911 book Peter and Wendy by J.M Barrie. Expect to be mesmerized by your Neverland adventure as you explore the pumpkin cottages, such as the Mermaid Lagoon, the Lost Boys Hideout, and the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship. There will be tons of photo opportunities around each corner of the gardens, so pry the kids from the tablets to enjoy the beauty of the gardens and pumpkins galore. Autumn at the Arboretum is included in general admission.


3. Trinity Kite Festival – Oct. 13

Bring your kids out to see giant inflatable kites fly in the sky at the Trinity Kite Festival. You can bring your own kites to fly as well, of if you don't have a kite, free kites will be available (while supplies last). Your little ones will be amazed by the professional kite flyers as they perform aerial stunts. Kids can also indulge in paper airplane making, the Kid's Fun Zone and more! The event is free and will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


4. Dallas Arts District Fall Block Party – Oct. 19

Head to the Dallas Arts District for some block party fun with the family. The Dallas Arts District Fall Block Party will include live music, family-friendly games, food trucks and a photo booth for your family to capture fun photos. Don't miss this free event from 6 p.m. to midnight.


5. Dia de Los Muertos Festival – Oct. 27

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Latino Cultural Center's yearly Dia de Los Muertos festival. This family-friendly event will have live music, sugar skull making, face painting and other arts and crafts activities. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend.


6. Harambee Festival – Oct. 27

The Harambee Festival, which signifies unity, is the oldest and largest African American cultural event in Dallas. Bring the kids out to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to enjoy cultural experiences, diverse musical entertainment, kid's activities and food trucks. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.


7. Oak Cliff Pumpkinfest – Oct. 28

Take the kids to the 4th Annual Oak Cliff Pumpkinfest in the Bishop Arts District. Enjoy local music and dance, a costume contest, face painting and a magic show! There will also be a pie walk for adults to have a little fun too. The event is from 4-8 p.m. and is free to attend.


8. Sweet Tooth Hotel- Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

See the latest exhibits at the Sweet Tooth Hotel transformed from normal space into an Instagram playground, a cool new trend around the country. The Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas will take guests on a far-out journey to 1955 on an intergalactic rainbow ride. So fasten your seatbelts and have your phones fully charged for the ride of your lives to 1955. Tickets are $20 for all ages.


9. Dallas Aurora, Imagining a series of Possible Futures - Nov.3

Be captivated and experience the bi-annual event "Aurora," back with a new location with bigger and brighter attractions. This is a family friendly outdoor event at Dallas at City Hall, showcasing lights, digital art, video and sound that will surely captivate all audiences. The event is free to attend.


10. Diwali Mela – Nov. 3

Enjoy an unforgettable cultural experience with the family at the Diwali Mela (Hindu Festival of Lights) at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park. This festival will celebrate the Indian culture through Bollywood performances, traditional foods and a firework show to end the night. Admission is $10 for adults and kids under 10 years old are free.


11. Nasher Target First Saturdays - Nov. 3 & Dec. 1

Take the hassle out of planning a Saturday adventure and check out the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Dallas Arts District. Arts and crafts collide with modern art on the first Saturday of each month. This event is always free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Header photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

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