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October Festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth


The DFW weather begins to cool down and Texas is once again tolerable. After the long, hot summer, you'll want to spend as much time as you can enjoying the outdoors.

1. Through November 21: Autumn at the Arboretum

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What: Autumn at the Arboretum is a beautiful transition of the gardens from bright summer colors to radiant fall hues. The fall festival will feature Cinderella's Pumpkin Village -- the home to more than 40,000 decorative pumpkins, gourds and squash and 150,000 fall plants like chrysanthemums and pansies. *ack a picnic lunch or bring a bottle of wine.

When: Through November 27, 2013

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218.

Hours: Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily

Photo Gallery: 2010 Autumn at the Arboretum

2. Oct 7: Fiesta Latinoamericana! 2013

What: Fiesta Latinoamericana! 2013 has been moved from October to November 10th. It's is a festival of food, music, dance and culture with vendors, raffle, games and more. Parade of nations, dance workshops, strolling mariachis, clowns, Aztec dancers, magicians, sidewalk artists, childrens arts and crafts. Three stages with performances of music and dance from 17 nations.

When: Sunday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Automobile Building at Fair Park.

3. Oct 19: Butterfly Flutterby

Registration for the Costume Parade begins at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot at East Wall Street and Jenkins Street. Pets are welcome to participate. The Costume Parade begins at 10 a.m., with a brand new route. The parade will begin at the parking lot at East Wall and Jenkins Street. Participants will then proceed West on Wall, left on Church Street, and into the First Methodist Church parking lot towards the Botanical Gardens.

When: October 19, 2013.

Where: The Butterfly Flutterby is held in the historic Cotton Belt Depot, 701 Main Street, Grapevine, Texas.

4. Oct 25-27: Boo at the Zoo

What: The 21st annual Boo at the Zoo will take place over two weekends in October. Games, stories, pumpking carving and more will keep the kids entertained but not spook them too much.

When: October 25-27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX. 817-759-7555. Exit University Drive off I-30. Go south for approximately one mile. Turn left on Colonial Parkway and follow the signs to the Zoo.

Admission: Adults: $12. Children under age 2 are free and do not require a ticket. Children 3-12: $9. Seniors (65 and up): $9.

5. Oct 6-7: The 2012 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

What: The 2011 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds. Experience a full day of dynamic aviation performances, static display, interactive booths, Kid Zone and more.

When: October 6-7 2012. Gates are open from 9 am to 5 pm. The same show is held from approximately 10 am to 4 pm both days.

Where: Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76177. To get there, go north from Fort Worth on I-35W and exit Alliance Boulevard.

Admission: Free. Parking is $20 per vehicle.

6. Oct 26: Blues, Bandits and BBQ

What: It's the 4th annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ celebration. The BBQ competition portion of Blues, Bandits & BBQ is the defacto City of Dallas BBQ Championship, with all the bragging rights that go with it. Teams compete in five categories: brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork – and anyone with a smoker and a little talent can enter.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Where: Conveniently located in the heart of North Oak Cliff at the future site of the Davis Street Market development, 715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208 is also the site of this summer’s amazing sunflower art installation, 1700 Seeds.

7. October 19: Texas Swing & Heritage Festival

Don't miss the Texas Swing & Heritage Festival, Saturday Oct. 19th from 10 a.m. til the music and the dancing stops.

At the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St., Athens. To View the Schedule, Details and to purchase tickets online visit www.texasswingfestival.com or call 903-677-4247.

8. Through Oct 20: State Fair of Texas

Photo courtesy of Kevin Brown / State Fair of Texas

Follow the link to find out everything you need to know about the State Fair of Texas. It offers something for everyone with activites like a parade, football and free concerts to farm animals, shopping, midway rides and games, concerts and more.

As far as food goes, if it can be fried, you'll find it at the State Fair of Texas. Corny Dogs, fried frito pie, fried lemonade, fried latte, fried tamales, fried chocolate, fried bubblegum (well, bubblegum flavored marshmallows), it's all here and probably next to the gigantic turkey legs. 

Photo gallery of State Fair Foods

Photo gallery State Fair of Texas

Top 10 Foods at the State Fair of Texas


9. Oct 22: Taste of Arlington TX 2013 / Trick or Taste: Part Boo

What: The Taste of Arlington celebrates its 31st year of being the biggest all-you-can-eat sampling of the best restaurants and beverages in town.

When: October 22, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011. 

Parking: It's free. From the East you can enter off of Ballpark Way and from the West take Copeland to Legends Way and follow signs posted for parking.

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