As the temperature starts to drop it is time for some fall festival fun around town. Who am I kidding – the temperatures don’t really drop around here in Dallas till November but we Texan love to celebrate the season. Diwali – a festival of light celebrated by most Indian households is in October and so is Halloween! Vintage Tex is hosting a free Halloween Style Event on Friday October,13th to help guests find their perfect costume. There will be stylists on site to assist with hair and make up and accessories. I’m thinking Frida Kahlo, since I missed the Fridamania earlier this year at the DMA 🙂 How about you? Do you have your costumes ready??
Here are a few of our favorite fall festivals… do you have others that should be on the list?
Watch the balloons soar over Plano at the Balloon Festival
This is a family tradition, we show up every year with picnic blankets and cameras to watch the hot air balloon light up the Plano sky. This year marks 38 years of Ballooning in Plano and InTouch Credit Union will be hosting it as usual. Plano Balloon Festival runs from September 22-24 at Plano’s Oak Point Park. Join in the Celebration of this spectacular three-day event beginning at 4:00pm Friday, September 22nd at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75074. More information about tickets, tethered balloon ride and half marathon can be found here.
Catch a wiener dog fashion show at the Steinfest
Photo by Downtown Plano
Steinfest is an Oktoberfest-style event hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association that celebrates outstanding beer, great food and the right kind of polka music to get you and your friends dancing in the street. This year’s Steinfest will be on Friday, October 20 from from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will include the finest beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsman and makers, a wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling, a kid’s zone and a VIP beer garden. The iconic West, Texas bakery Czech Stop will selling their famous kolaches at Steinfest this year. You can purchase a VIP package that includes twenty food and beverage coupons, a commemorative stein, a Steinfest t-shirt and access to VIP beer garden with a private bar.
See Fall colors at the Dallas Arboretum
We love going to the Arboretum in Autumn, Fall colors are hard to come by in Dallas, so you don’t want to miss the Arboretum which is one of the few places where you can see pumpkin patches and some fall foliage. A couple of years ago Dallas Arboretum hosted a show by Seattle Glass artist Dale Chihuly, when elements of glass art mixed with nature to create a kaleidoscope of fall colors. Name one of America’s best Fall Festivals, the Dallas Arboretum fall festival runs from September 23 to November 22 and you can buy the tickets here.
Try all the fried food at State Fair of Texas
Photo by State Fair of Texas
There’s nothing that says fall in Texas more than the State Fair. This annual three-week affair offers everything from the coolest in cars, hottest concerts, livestock shows, a chili cook-off, butter sculptures, art exhibitions, rides and and pretty much anything fried you could imagine! BigTex will be there to welcome festival goers! Festival is held at the Fair Park from Friday September 29 to Sunday October 22, you can find tickets and schedule here.
Dress in white for the Diner en Blanc
Diner en Blanc is an epic pop-up picnic that originated in France and was first held in Paris and now has gained so much popularity internationally. As the name states, everything had to be in white – from dresses to shoes to tablescape! Everything for the event, the tables and chairs, cutlery, food and wine had to be brought by the guests. The guests gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with a date or good friends at the heart of one of their city’s most beautiful locations. Participants arrive and then depart in unison by chartered bus or organized public transportation. They setup and decorate their tables and wait for the napkin wave to start off the festivities! Last year it was at the Dallas City Hall. This year the event takes place on October 6th.. so excited for it and to meet all the lovely people.
Dress up in Drindle for the Addison Oktoberfest
An authentic recreation of the Munich Oktoberfest, Addison’s event features more than 30 hours of continuous family-oriented entertainment. Serving special “Oktoberfest” Bier along with incredible German culinary fare, the festival also includes a Marketplace, music, and kid-friendly options like rides, midway games, and much more. It was held September 14 to 17 – Not sure why Oktoberfest is in September! If you missed it this year, mark you calendars make sure to attend next year!
Stomp some Grapes at the GrapeFest
GrapeFest is a four day event full of food, fun and wine! It was held September 14 to 17 at Grapevine. The 31st Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest United States. A celebration of the best of Texas wines this four-day family-friendly festival is one Grapevine’s most anticipated events.