Don't you just love this fall weather? I don't think anyone can be happier than I am right now. That last blast of 107-degree weather crashed the motor on my air conditioner for two days. We beat the 1980 record of too many days over 100 degrees. It's time for a change of seasons.
So with the cooler temperatures, it's the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy yourself. Here are a few fun things to do this weekend with great events going on all over the place: Dallas, Addison and Grapevine. I'd like to try to get in a festival or two myself. The festivals are all family-friendly events and you'll love the great food and even a few adult beverages.
Grapefest: Sept. 15-18 in Grapevine. Who doesn't want to stomp on some grapes? Grapefest is a lot of great food, wine and fun. And there are even things to do if you're under 21. I've been to this festival before and it was great fun. I haven't been in a number of years, so I think it would be fun to attend now that I'm a total wine snob. I can almost hear myself saying, "Oh dahling, this wine really has some legs." "Oh lovie, this wine is a little too dumb. It needs to be put in the cellar." Chances are I would more likely say, "Thank you, I'll have another."
Plano Balloon Festival: Sept. 16-18. General admission is only $5 and kids under 36 inches are free. I've been to this festival and the balloons alone are beautiful. There are lots of great activities for the kids.
Addison's Oktoberfest: Grab your lederhosen and head over to Addison Circle Park for some good polka music. Admission is only $5 if you go between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday/Sunday or anytime if you buy a discounted ticket at DFW Albertson's locations.
Autumn at the Arboretum: I love the Dallas Arboretum. You dont have to be Annie Leibovitz to snap a great photo in front of the colorful pumpkins and gourds. Check out Cinderella's Pumpkin Village -- complete with her carriagbe plus 150,000 blooming flowers and 50,000 pumpkins and gourds. It's the perfect, colorful welcome to autumn and it opens September 17. Here's the photo gallery from the 2010 Autumn at the Arboretum display.
Urban Taco: If you're looking for a fun activity at a smaller venue, Urban Taco is celebrating the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico with music and drink specials at its Uptown and Mockingbird Station locations on Friday, September 16 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Drink specials will include $5 house margaritas and mojitos, $20 buckets of beer (6 imports), $3 Gran Centenario Azul Tequila. Uptown will feature live music and Mockingbird Station will have a DJ to entertain diners. Don't miss the music and margaritas!
(Photo Autumn at the Arboretum by İAngela Patterson)