North Texans have a lot to look forward to when the weather cools down. We rounded up what’s coming.
At some point, the weather will start to cool off (right?), and we’ll all settle into our fall festival groove. Here are some events to look forward to. Check event websites for COVID-19 protocols and potential schedule changes or cancellations, and see Guide each week for additional festivals throughout autumn.
The original Oktoberfest in Munich is canceled this year, but North Texas events celebrating the German folk festival are still on. Expect beer, traditional German foods, music and activities at these fall fests.
McKinney: Sept. 24-26 in Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. Free admission.
Dallas: Oct. 2 at Flag Pole Hill Park, 8015 Doran Circle. $15.
Southlake: Oct. 15-17 at Southlake Town Square, 285 Grand Ave. Free admission.
Autumn at the Arboretum
The theme this year for the arboretum’s 16th annual fall festival is Bugtopia, and it will feature the highly decorated Pumpkin Village and other artistic displays featuring 90,000 pumpkins.
Sept. 18-Oct. 31 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Tickets must be reserved in advance. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking or $10 if bought online in advance.
The annual country music event in Lewisville features live music, vendors, a tamale eating contest, children’s activities, professional cooking demonstrations and a car show.
Sept. 24-25 at 150 W. Church St. in Old Town Lewisville. Free until 7 p.m. both days; $15 admission after 7 p.m.
Art in the Square
The annual family festival in Southlake features visual artists, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities like a play zone, face painting and sugar art. All proceeds benefit community organizations.
Sept. 24-26 at Southlake Town Square, 285 Grand Ave., Southlake. Free admission.
State Fair of Texas
The fair is back after being canceled in 2020. Plan a day out to enjoy classic fair foods, carnival rides, auto shows, farm animals, live music, cooking demonstrations and rodeo events.
Sept. 24-Oct. 17 at Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. $10-$25 daily admission; season passes start at $50.
Murphy Maize Days
The 12th annual festival includes a petting zoo, pet adoptions, pumpkin launching, a kids’ zone, a car show, shopping, fireworks and live music by the Blue Hat Band and cover band the British Invasion.
Sept. 25 from noon to 9:45 p.m. at Murphy Central, 550 N. Murphy Road, Murphy. Free admission.
Wings Over Dallas
The World War II air show returns to Dallas this year with living history exhibits and activities, airplane rides, military vehicles, veteran guest speakers and a family activity area.
Oct. 29-31 at Dallas Executive Airport, 5303 Challenger Drive, Dallas. $20 per day for adults, with discounts for military, students and youth.
Festival at the Switchyard
The city of Carrollton’s annual fest features live music by bands like Blue October and Dishwalla, fried foods, shopping and children’s activities.
Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1106 S. Broadway St. in historic downtown Carrollton. Free admission.