Dallas has officially entered the fall season, which means Dallas has officially entered festival season. The upcoming months are jammed-packed with tons of festivities, so check out the list and let's extend your staycation a bit longer.
Autumn at the Arboretum | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31
The picturesque pumpkin village is one of the most breathtaking festivals in the country, and for good reason! One of "The Best Pumpkin Festivals to Visit This Fall" by Martha Stewart Living Magazine, The Dallas Botanical Gardens and Arboretum transforms into a pumpkin wonderland, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash immersed in more than 150,000 charming flowers. With this year's theme being "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" you can take selfies with the Peanut's gang, rumble through a hay maze with Pig Pen or pick your favorite pumpkin to decorate.
State Fair of Texas | Sept. 27 – Oct. 20
Come one, come all! One of the biggest, most anticipated events of the year is back in town again in Fair Park, and we couldn't be more excited about it. Whether you are a foodie, sports fanatic or want to simply enjoy the fair festivities, there are plenty of experiences for everybody to enjoy and remember at the State Fair of Texas. Take a bite into a Ruth's Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone, a winner of the Big Tex Choice Best Taste award or check out one of three football games happening at the Cotton Bowl during the run of the fair. Check out our list of hidden gems at the fair too!
Tacolandia | Oct. 5
Let's tac-o-bout Tacolandia! Come and celebrate its 5th year at the Dallas Farmers Market, serving up the best unlimited urban contemporary to authentic taco samplings in the city! Join the VIP club when you buy a Margarita Mile VIP ticket, this gives you full access to the event one hour earlier – so you can get first dibs on tacos, drink tickets, lounge area, and vip restrooms too! And with over 30 vendors providing good eats, including local favorites and food trucks, going home hungry isn't an option.
Turtle Creek Fall Arts Festival | Oct. 5 – 6
Take a trip to Turtle Creek for a weekend of fine arts in the city. Get a taste of the essence of the neighborhood while admiring the artistic skills of more than 125 painters, photographers, crafters and more. Bring your sweet tooth with you too! Along with plenty of sweet options, the festival will also have fest food, along with activities for children, art demos and music to enjoy.
Uptown Block Party | Oct. 10
Don't miss an evening of dancing and fun times at this year's Uptown Block Party, held at Griggs Park. This year the country super star, Dylan Scott, will make a special appearance, along with Lainey Wilson. But that's not all – might we add that it's free! You will also receive two free beers. Now that's a deal you can't pass up!
Dia de los Muertos Parade | Oct. 26
Dallas will host the inaugural Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival and we're excited about this new tradition. The 1.3-mile parade route will pass through Downtown Dallas, with colorful, eye-catching floats with altars, catrinas and beautiful, blooming flowers stepping off at Dallas City Hall. End the parade back at Dallas City Hall to continue the celebration with arts and crafts, music and a firework show.
Harambee | Oct. 26
Head to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Dallas' 45th annual Harambee Festival, a celebration of community and cultural unity. This year's theme is "Keeping It Clean & Green" and is all about promoting healthier lifestyle practices and will include health screenings, a job fair as well as live performances. Keep the kiddos entertained with rock climbing, photo booths to capture the perfect selfie and a variety of interactive games.
Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party | Oct. 26
It's spooky season in Dallas, and the Halloween parties are just beginning. Come to this ghostly masquerade party on Cedar Springs from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. and party all night long. Stroll down the blocks of Cedar Springs where you can find food, beer and drinks, live entertainment. Dive into the Roundup Saloon and check out their Halloween decorated pub. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend!
Dallas Festival of the Arts | Oct. 27
Venture into Oak Cliff for its first two-day festival of arts and crafts at the Kidd Springs Park. Join the celebration with the community to display the love and passion for the arts, featuring more than 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, craftsmen and many other artists.
Diwali Mela | Nov. 2
The annual Hindu festival of lights, Diwali Mela, returns to the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park with a day of celebration, popular traditional foods, and live entertainment. Catch Bollywood music and dance performers fire up the stage, along with activities for the kids to enjoy. End the night with an amazing laser show and grand finale fireworks show.
Texas Veggie Fair | Nov. 2
Looking for a delicious, healthy alternative food festival to kick that hungry pain to the curb? Make your way to this veg fest at the Dallas Farmers Market. Expect plenty of "I can't believe it's not meat" moments, and enjoy lifestyle speakers, chef demos, and live entertainment.
Chefs for Farmers | Nov. 3
Yummy – another food festival! This culinary food fest showcases the flair that Dallas' chefs possess while giving accolades to the farmers that produce great food. Sip on the finest Texas-made drinks and dishes while on the Farm Tour or explore the history of the margarita at The Main Events' tailgate party. Tickets are selling out fast so grab yours before they are gone.
Edge: The Texas Monthly Festival | Nov. 8 - 10
Explore the culture of Texas over a weekend of vivid storytelling, lively entertainment, and exclusive interviews at this year's Edge: The Texas Monthly Festival presented by VisitDallas at The Bomb Factory. Join in on a conversation with Dr. Jim Allison, a cancer immunologist during mid-day on Saturday, sing along to the Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges on Saturday night, or head into downtown Dallas for Sunday in Park with interactive pop-ups, foods trucks, live entertainment and more to end the festival off right!