It’s official: summer is over and the autumn season has finally arrived. To some of us, there’s nothing quite like the leaves changing colors, the early part of the football season, and of course the return of pumpkin flavored…well, everything. But just because summer has come and gone doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do all around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In fact, some might even argue that there’s more to do in DFW during that fall season than any other time of year. And to prove, here’s our list of the top DFW fall festivals we recommended checking out this year:
Autumn at the Arboretum – Dallas, TX — September 20 – November 26
An event that features over 65,000 pumpkins, thousands of autumn florals, and Cinderella’s Carriage, there’s nothing that brings out the most colorful time of year like Autumn at the Arboretum in Dallas.
Fort Worth Oktoberfest –Fort Worth, TX — September 25-27
Taking place over at Panther Island Pavillion, this authentic German celebration features an array of German cuisine, music, dancing, games, and of course lots and lots of Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country!
Western Days –Lewisville, TX — September 26-27
Although not directly a “fall” themed festival, Western Days is still one of our favorite events of the year, as it combines a little bit of everything: children’s activities, live music, a parade, great food, and the World Tamale Eating Championship!
State Fair of Texas –Fair Park, TX — September 26 – October 19
Having been a Texas tradition since 1886, this one-of-a-kind event is always on our list of things to do around this time of year, and this year is certainly no different. As usual, the State Fair will be over at historic Fair Park.
Fiesta Latinoamericana – Dallas, TX — September 28
Only in its 8th year, this true cultural festival is a great experience for anyone and everyone. Two separate stages of music and dancing, Children’s Discovery Workshops, a Parade of Nations, and interactive activities for attendees of all ages will all be part of the fun.
Southlake Oktoberfest –Southlake, TX — October 3-5
If you can’t make it down to the Fort Worth Oktoberfest, there’s always the Southlake Oktoberfest, which is certainly just as much fun. Marking the 13th anniversary in 2014, come experience all kinds of great events like the popular wiener dog race, a number of live music acts, and of course a wealth of great food and beer!
Smoked Dallas—Dallas, TX — October 4
If you love Texas BBQ as much as we do, you won’t want to miss Smoked Dallas. Featuring only the best pitmasters and barbeque chefs Texas has to offer, you better show up hungry to this annual fall festival in DFW, and trust us when we say, you won’t be disappointed.
Plano International Festival –Plano, TX — October 18
One of the more unique autumn festivals you’ll find in DFW, attendees will get to experience all kinds of cultural displays, a parade of flags, an international art exhibit, multicultural music and dance performances, an international fashion show, and ethic food court, and countless other fun-filled games and activities for guests of all ages!
Canal Fest –Irving, TX — October 25
A newer fall event in DFW that’s only in its 2nd year, the Canal Fest in Irving features art and dance displays, family friendly games and activities, live music, and an array of delicious ethnic foods—all set alongside the beautiful Mandalay Canal.
Untapped Festival –Dallas, TX — November 1
One of the more popular events of the year in Dallas, Untapped is also one of the most highly anticipated music and beer fests you’ll find in the entire southwest. This year’s event will feature 70+ breweries, over 200 different beers, and an awesome music lineup that you can check out via the link below: