26 Things To Do in Dallas this September

Fall is quickly approaching, but that doesn't stop the fun this month with plenty of festivals, the fair, concerts and more!

Posted on Aug 21, 2019 By Melaina Jackson

  1. Listen to the soothing sounds of jazz, neo-soul, and more presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters at their 3rd Annual River Front Jazz Festival from Aug. 31 to 1. Tons of artists will grace the stage including Erykah Badu, Rhonda Ross, Oleta Adams and more.
  2. Attend the Dallas Dances festival Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at Moody Performance Hall. This event will display and celebrate the many diverse styles of dance and art by up and coming and established dancers.
  3. Enjoy the last of the dog days of summer this Labor Day Weekend at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Chow down on $2 hot dogs and root beer floats while relaxing in one of their shaded gardens. Active and retired military receive free admission.
  4. Sip 'til your heart's delighted at the 4th Annual Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk on Sept. 1. From noon to 3 p.m., tour through Deep Ellum, enjoy shopping throughout the neighborhood and drinking a refreshing mimosa.
  5. Attend the first annual Dallas Reggae Fest at the Longhorn Ballroom Grounds Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. In addition to the amazing music that will be performed, a percentage of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
  6. Star War fanatics – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be screening "The Empire Strikes Back" movie while performing along live Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Don't miss this blast to the past event.
  7. Dig for the oldest prehistorical fossils at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dino Fest, returning Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. The entire museum will transform into all things dinosaur with activities like workshops and lectures, fossil digs and live interactions with birds.
  8. Calling all foodies! Stop by Klyde Warren Park to continue your Labor Day weekend at the Labor Day Food Truck Rally on Sept. 1. Bring a blanket and relax on the lawn, and no need to worry about food; this festival will provide tons of good eats.
  9. Quench your thirst at the 8th Annual Labor of Love Homebrew Festival on Sept. 1 in Deep Ellum. Taste test a variety of unlimited homebrew samplings while taking in the rustic culture this event will provide. This is a kid and dog friendly event but leave the sampling to the adults.
  10. Upgrade your ride at the Mecum Auto Auction at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. This four-day event (Sept. 4 to 7) will showcase a variety of vehicles and models, from collectors' cars to boats and tractors.
  11. Yum! Chocolate! Become a chocolate connoisseur at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. This sweet festival will be held on Sept. 7 and 8, where you can try over 60 artisan chocolates to satisfy the ultimate sweet tooth.
  12. Keep cool and stop by the Dallas Observer Brewfest on Sept. 7. This beer brew festival will be held at the Dallas Farmers Market, where you can sample numerous brews and foods while browsing unique merchandise.
  13. Kick off the football season with Dallas Cowboys at their season opener game on Sept. 8 at AT&T Stadium. Be sure to order the CowboyRita – new on the Margarita Mile and a must-have drink to have in hand while cheering on the 'Boys!
  14. Attention to all DIY kings and queens! The Pinners Conference and Expo will be making a stop in Dallas on Sept. 13 at the Kay Bailey Convention Center. Bring a friend and create neat DIY projects for your home or office.
  15. Enjoy the view of soaring kites at the Trinity River Kite Festival, happening on Sept. 14. Gather the kids for this family event and enjoy numerous interactive activities the whole family will love!
  16. Join the American Heart Association on Sept. 14 for their Dallas Heart Walk at the Reunion Tower. Grab your walking shoes and rally for an amazing cause to create heart and stroke awareness and raise funding for research.
  17. Head over to the Dub Show, held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention on Sept. 15. Take an exclusive look from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at tons of luxury cars and trucks, complimented with live concerts from many of today's popular hip-hop artists.
  18. Visit the new Dallas Holocaust Museum and Human Rights Museum opening on Sept. 18. The state-of-the-art museum will present an immersive, interactive journey unlike any other with both a permanent exhibition as well as a special exhibit titled the Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory. Get a glimpse of life during this period and view artifacts from survivors and refugees.
  19. Opa! Experience Grecian heritage and food by attending the Greek Food Festival of Dallas on Sept. 20, 21 and 22. This event will have traditional Greek folk dancing, cooking demos and plenty of food for the entire family to enjoy.
  20. Explore the notable achievements and contributions by African Americans at the widely applauded exhibition, The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, presented by the African American Museum. Opening on Sept. 21, tour through this captivating collection compiled from over 500 years of art and literature, legal documents, and books and photography during this era.
  21. Pick your favorite pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at Autumn at the Arboretum, starting on Sept. 21, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. This pumpkin festival will display over 150,000 fall flowers along with pumpkins, gourds and squash.
  22. Prepare for some finger-licking good BBQ at this year's Smoked BBQ Fest Dallas on Sept. 21 in downtown Dallas. This BBQ festival will have an array of pit-masters sizzling their grills and live music for your listening pleasures.
  23. Perfect your burpee workout technique at the FAME Fest on Sept. 27 and 28. Presented by Omni Dallas Hotel, this is Dallas' first fitness festival with a compilation of fitness classes, music, the arts, and culinary experiences that you and your workout buddie will work up a good sweat at. 
  24. Clear your schedule to plan a day at the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park. Returning on Sept. 27 through Oct. 20, get ready for a month packed with the best fried foods, amusement rides, live musical concerts, and kid-friendly games that Texas has to offer.
  25. Go for buttery pancakes and beer at the Dallas Pancake and Booze Art Show in Deep Ellum on Sept. 28. Get your groove on all night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with this event's musical performances, body painting and free pancakes with a side of beer.
  26. Catch a concert! Check our calendar to find out who will be performing in the Big D this month. Highlights include The Backstreet Boys on Sept. 1 at the American Airlines Center, Daniel Caesar on Sept. 1 at the South Side Ballroom, and Carrie Underwood on Sept. 24 at the American Airlines Center.


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