It’s fall festival season in North Texas. From now through early November, the calendar is full of fun outings for the whole family. Here is a rundown of some of our favorite festivals.
Today is the final day of Grapevine’s signature wine event — four days of wine tasting, craft brews, dining and festival fun. Kids can have a blast on the midway and at pop-up activity stations from Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium. Visitors can sign up to enter a grape stomp competition a la Lucy Ricardo. Sept. 13-16 in downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest.
Today is the final day of the 56th annual celebration of Native Indian culture and heritage. See dancers in full regalia compete for prize money, glimpse teepee life, shop with artisans and taste traditional native foods. Sept. 14-16 at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. tradersvillage.com. Free.
The annual Dallas Pride parade, free for spectators, takes place today on Cedar Springs, from Wycliff to Turtle Creek Blvd. 2 p.m. Sept. 16. dallaspride.org.
Family-friendly festival includes polka dancing, oompah music, German beer, sausages and pretzels, rides, midway games, beer barrel bowling, yodeling and everybody’s favorite Dachshund races. Pro tip: Free admission on Thursday and Sunday. Sept. 20-23 at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison. addisonoktoberfest.com.
Grand Prairie’s annual Flight of the Monarch event expands this year to a two-day fest featuring butterfly activities, a concert (Kumbia Kings on Friday, Sister Hazel on Saturday), lawn games, food and a beer garden. Sept. 21 -22 at Epic Central Park, 2900 State Highway 161, Grand Prairie. gptx.org. Free.
The street fest in Irving’s heritage district carries a hometown vibe with live music, games for children, a Saturday car show and a vendors marketplace. Sept. 21-22 in the Irving Heritage District, 217 Main St., Irving. cityofirving.org. Free.
Go Greek at this foodie fest presented each year by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to a tasty menu of gyros, lamb sliders, spanakopita and more, there will be spirited folk dancing, cooking demos, a marketplace and tours of the church. Stop in the Taverna to try a flight of Greek wine or the Kaffenio for coffee and Greek pastries. Sept. 21-23 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest, Dallas. greekfestivalofdallas.com.
Plano Balloon Festival
Have your camera ready as colorful balloons lift off in a mass ascension and hover over Oak Point Park. Make a day of it with music, food, carnival rides and a fireworks display. Sept. 21-23 at Oak Point Park, 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano. planoballoonfest.org.
Air show commemorates the Terrell flight school where British and U.S. pilots had flight training during World War II. Expect aerial performances and static displays of vintage and new aircraft, guest speakers and a play area for kids. Sept. 22 at Terrell Municipal Airport, 400 E. British Flying School Blvd., Terrell. terrellairport.com/airshow.
Join in the release of 500 Monarch butterflies and participate in butterfly crafts, a seed bomb toss and kid-friendly music and entertainment. Sept. 22 at Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake. Preregister at bjnc.org.
Enjoy tasty meats by top chefs and restaurants and live music by Eleven Hundred Springs, Mike and the Moonpies and chef Dean Fearing’s Lost Coyote Band. Armadillo races, a toilet seat toss and other quirky events will complete the day. Sept. 22 at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. smokedbbqfest.com.
Professional kite flyers will perform awesome aerial stunts in the skies above the Trinity River corridor. Bring your own kite to fly or take a free kite (while supplies last). There will be a mix of fun and educational activities including paper airplane-making, interesting animals from the Dallas Zoo, street artists, vendors and the Texas A&M quidditch team. Sept. 22 at 146 W. Commerce St., Dallas (Trinity floodway between Commerce St. and I-30). trinityrivercorridor.com. Free.
Stroll through the gardens among thousands of fall-blooming plants at the Adventures in Neverland fall festival. The Pumpkin Village will not disappoint with Peter Pan-themed displays. See Wendy’s house, the Lost Boys’ hideout, Tinker Bell’s home and Captain Hook’s pirate ship. Keep an eye out for Tick-Tock the crocodile who bides his time in a sea of gourds. Sept. 22-Nov. 21 at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org.
Along with Harvest Moon gazing, the outdoor fest will have Japanese music and dance, haiku readings, origami and calligraphy crafts, and a tea ceremony. Sept. 25 at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. crowcollection.org. Free.
German-inspired celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in features Bavarian bands, chicken dancing, Dachshund racing, stein hoisting and beer gardens. Make reservations to dine at Reata Haus, a pop-up German dining option. Pro tip: Half-price admission on Thursday. Sept. 27-29 at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. oktoberfestfw.com.
Roll out the barrel at McKinney’s 10th annual Oktoberfest with tasty German eats and treats, a weenie dog race, live music and entertainment, a kinder zone and carnival rides. Sept. 28-30 in historic downtown McKinney. mckinneytexas.org Free.
Lewisville tips its hat to the Wild West with gunfight re-enactments, a cattle drive parade, live music, Western-themed activities for all ages and the World Tamale Eating Championship. Sept. 28-29 at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. cityoflewisville.com. Free until 7 p.m. each day.
The daddy of all fall festivals returns with Big Tex’s welcoming “Howdy, folks.” During the 24-day run, fairgoers can celebrate all things Texas with live music, college football games, nightly parade and fireworks, Midway games and rides, animals, and indescribable fried food offerings. Sept. 28-Oct. 21 at Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave., Dallas. bigtex.com.
WFAA Sports anchor Dale Hansen will emcee and KISS FM’S Big Al Mack will judge the barbecue cook-off for the third annual Bash, which benefits individuals with special needs. The day includes live bands, a car show, a cupcake war, kids’ zone and goat yoga. Sept. 29 at Ellis County Expo Center, Waxahachie. bridgestf.org. Free.
Professional and amateur chalk artists will transform the streets in Fort Worth’s Crockett Row entertainment district into works of art for the day. Kids can get creative in the Kids Chalk Art area. Sept. 29 at Crockett Row at West 7th, Fort Worth. crockettrow.com. Free.
Family festival offers a car show, punkin’ chunkin’, pet adoptions, food vendors, small carnival rides and a petting zoo for the kiddies. Jack Ingram headlines an all-day music lineup and fireworks close the show. Sept. 29 at Murphy Central Park, 550 N. Murphy Road, Murphy. maizedays.com. Free.
The Amon Carter Museum’s annual community arts and music fest returns for a fourth year with live music, arts activities, extended gallery hours and food trucks. Charley Crockett headlines the music lineup. Sept. 29 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. cartermuseum.org. Free.
Visit this fest for live music, children’s entertainment, artisans, food and beer, and adorable wiener dogs competing in an Oktoberfest costume contest and race. Oct. 5-7 at Southlake Town Square. southlakechamber.com. Free.
Stroll Hall Park’s lakeside trails and Texas Sculpture Garden. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy live music, guided art tours, artist booths, an interactive children’s area and gourmet food trucks. Oct. 6 at Hall Park, 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco. friscoarts.org. Free.
Spend a butterfly-inspired day at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with games, vendors, food trucks, face painting and folklorico dancers in celebration of the Monarch butterfly migration. Oct. 6 at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. fwbg.org. Free.
Stroll through the Shops at Willow Bend while sampling wine and bites from participating restaurants and food trucks. There will be live music and performances by the Plano Children’s Theatre, Grape Stomping competitions and shopping. Oct. 6 at The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Advance tickets are available online.
Shop with more than 50 artists, see a live raku firing, watch a pottery demo, glaze a piece of pottery, and more at this outdoor art fest along the Trinity in Fort Worth. Oct. 6-7 at CERA Studio, 3300 Bryant Irvin, Fort Worth. cera-fw.org. Free.
Browse the artists’ booths and meet the makers at this juried art show where you also can hear live music and grab a bite to eat. Kids can have fun creating their own masterpieces in the children’s art area. Oct. 6-7 at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson. cottonwoodartfestival.com. Free.
Get a jump on holiday shopping at a festive market with unique holiday gifts, decorations, jewelry, clothing, children’s toys and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the work of the Junior League of Fort Worth. Oct. 11-14 at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. juniorleaguefw.org.
Get a taste of Armenia at St. Sarkis’ 23rd annual food festival. Sample grilled kebabs, pressed sandwiches, dolma and baklava. There will be traditional singing and dancing, a fun photo booth, and children’s arts and crafts. Oct. 12-14 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 1805 Random Road, Carrollton. armeniafest.com. Free.
Taste a la carte items such as the Santorini lamb chop or dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), or opt for a platter to sample a variety of dishes. Try an ouzo slushy, a glass of Greek wine or some authentic Greek coffee and a baklava sundae to complete your meal. There will also be Greek dance troupes, music, church tours and a large play area for the kids. Oct. 12-14 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless. midcitiesgreekfest.info. Free.
Pilot Point puts on an old-timey festival to commemorate the day Warren Beatty came to town to film a bank robbery scene for his Bonnie and Clyde movie in the 1960s. Besides a classic car show, soap box racing, live music and food vendors, locals will re-enact the robbery scene on the town square. Oct. 13 in Pilot Point. bonnieandclydedays.org. Free.
Activities include a Dachshund Derby dog race, polka bands, German food favorites, chicken dances and costume contests. Youngsters can have fun with bounce houses, obstacle course, rock-climbing wall and a petting zoo in the free Kids’ Zone. Oct. 13 in the town square, N. Ohio and W. Walnut streets, Celina. celinaoktoberfest.com.
Operation Kindness hosts a doggie fest with stupid pet tricks, a mutt midway, puppy kissing booth, low-cost vaccinations and more dog-friendly activities. Oct. 13 at Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Dallas. operationkindness.org. Free.
The spotlight shines on cultures from around the world that call Plano home. Entertainment includes multicultural music and dance performances, a parade of flags, international art and fashion show, and bites from around the world. Oct. 13 at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. planointernationalfestival.org. Free.
Car buffs can trade stories and admire the rat rods on display, drink craft beer and rock out to live music. Oct. 13 at Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. ratrodtober.com. Free.
The popular barbecue and music festival expands to Fort Worth with ‘cue tasting, games and music by the Vandoliers. Oct. 13 in the Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. smokedbbqfest.com.
Taco fest brings tasty samples from more than 30 taco vendors, music and entertainment — all included in price of admission. Cocktails and beer will be available to purchase. Oct. 13 at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas. tacolandiadallas.com.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons soar through the North Texas skies at this world-class air show. Kids can have fun on a sky-high inflatable slide and other aviation-themed inflatables. Oct. 13-14 at Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd., Fort Worth. allianceairshow.com. Free.
Sample Michelada cocktails and mocktails and vote for your favorite. Oct. 14 at General Worth Square, 900 Main St., Fort Worth.
Reggae/roots-inspired fun day showcases diversity in the OC with DJs, live performances, drum circles, kids zone, food and other vendors. Oct. 14 at Kiest Park, 3080 S. Hampton Road, Dallas. facebook.com/DFWLivelyFest. Free.
Fun weekend event includes good eats, live blues bands, arts and crafts, car show and kids activities. Oct. 19-20 at Armstrong Park, 200 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville. smokinbluesbbqfest.com.
Raise your beer stein to Oktoberfest in downtown Plano with polka bands, wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling and beer gardens. Oct. 19-20 at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. steinfest.org. Free.
Experience pop culture nirvana with celebrities and events from the worlds of sci-fi, comics, horror, TV, movies and more. Look for cosplay contests, celebrity guests and panels, autograph opportunities, themed activity rooms and a Fan Days family zone. Oct. 19-21 at Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. dallasfandays.com.
Two-day culinary fest in Klyde Warren Park begins with an exclusive opening night dinner. The next day, the Grand Tasting is sampling showcase with delish bites from the hottest chefs, paired with wine, beer and craft cocktails, music and more. Oct. 26-27 at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. parkandpalate.org.
Celebrate Western heritage with nightly rodeo action and Western Swing dances, kids activities, chuck wagon cook-off, youth fiddle contest and Cowboy Church on Sunday. Oct. 26-28 in the Fort Worth Stockyards, 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. redsteagallcowboygathering.com.
Hands-on arts activities including face painting and sugar skulls are part of the fun at a Day of the Dead celebration that also features Aztec dancers and community art. Oct. 27 at Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas. Free.
Original Halloween musical celebrates the season in a series of musical sketches and dance numbers. Suitable for all ages, and costumes are welcome. Two performances are during Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival — 2:30 and 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27. Final performance is 5 p.m. Oct. 27. All shows are at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St. $25 for front seating, $20 for rear seating, $15 standing room, $7 for ages 12 and under.
Family event celebrates the harvest, Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. Includes vendors, pumpkin patch, haunted house, coffin races, music and performances, twilight lantern and costume parade, and costume contest. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 on Industrial and East Hickory streets. www.dentondayofthedeadfestival.com. Free.
Don’t forget to wear your costume for this Halloween extravaganza which includes trick-or-treating on the haunted carnival concourse, games, live characters, dancing and a spooktacular costume contest. Oct. 27 at Toyota Stadium, 6000 Main St., Frisco. friscovania.com.
Originally created as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, this long-running community fest includes healthy treat swag bags, arts and crafts, bounce houses, health screenings, a safety fair, balloon release and more. Oct. 27 at MLK Jr. Community Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas. harambeedallas.org. Free.
Join TV host Bob Phillips to meet some of the folks who have been featured on his show. There will also be live music, arts and crafts and vendors set up around courthouse square. Oct. 27 in historic downtown Waxahachie. waxahachiecvb.com. Free.
Family- and dog-friendly food fest celebrates plant-based lifestyle options of all kinds. Vistiors can sample vegan food and browse eco-friendly products. In addition, there will be chef demos, speakers, live music, a beer garden, yoga and kids’ activities. Oct. 27 in Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. texasveggiefair.com. Free.
Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with a festival marketplace, performances by community groups, traditional food, Bollywood stars and activities for the kiddies. Nov. 3 at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. dfwdiwalimela.com.
Carrollton’s annual street fair is a day of family fun with carnival food, free rides and games, children’s entertainers, festival foods and an evening concert by Stone Temple Pilots. Nov. 3 in downtown Carrollton, Main St. and Broadway. Free.