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September Festivals in DFW

2012 is Full of Fun and Festivals

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September is a great time to be outdoors and enjoy DFW's festivals.

1. Aug 31 - Sep 3: Anime Fest

What: Convention and Association for fans of Anime, Music, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture. Japanese Guests, Voice Actors, Cosplay, Manga/Comic Artists, Dealer Room, 24hr Video Theaters, J-Pop, Gaming, Arcade, Art Show & Auction, Panel Discussions, Autograph Sessions, Film/Video Premiers, and much more.

When: Labor Day Weekend. August 31 to September 3, 2012

Where: Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion Tower

2. Sept 1-2: Bedford Blues & BBQ Fest

What: Bedford Blues & BBQ Fest includes great blues from Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Texas Cotton Kings, Keb Mo and more. Part of the fun is naming your BBQ team.

When: September 1-2, 2012.

Where: Boys Ranch Activity Center, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021

3. Sept 8: Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza *Preview Sept 9

The AAAE is a free festival featuring a classic, custom, and hot rod car and motorcycle show on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square located at 110 W. Hickory Street. Check out the dream machines lining the square, find that one-of-a-kind piece of art, have family heirlooms appraised and attend informative workshops on tips and tools for collecting and antiquing, enjoy kids games, and live entertainment. Denton Historical Park.

4. Sept 13-16: Grapefest

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What: It's the 26th anniversary of Grapefest! People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, Carnival and Midway, Arts & Crafts Booths, Mini Train, Texas Wine Tribute, KidZone, Food booths and more. I attended Grapefest in 2011 and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed visiting with winemakers and tasting the fruits of their labor. My daughter enjoyed the festival food and carnival rides. The weather was perfect! You must be 21 to consume alcohol but it's totally a family event.

When: September 13-16, 2012.

Where: Historic Grapevine

Parking: Shuttles available.

5. Sept 15: Dallas BrewFest

BrewFest is th perfect place to sample beer and enjoy great food. Tickets are on sale now. Ticket is good for 12 – 2 oz. beer samplings, with additional sampling cards available for purchase for $2 at the event. General Admission: $30/VIP Admission: $60. VIP Tickets include 12-2 oz. beer samplings from 150+ beer options plus early entry into event (one hour earlier), access to VIP Area with liquor sampling and exclusive catered food. All guests must be 21+, with a valid I.D. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Dallas Arts District. September 15, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dallas Arts District, 2121 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

6. Sept 20-23: Addison's 25th Annual Oktoberfest

When: September 20-23, 2012

Where: Addison Circle Park

What: Polka fans unite at this German food and Spaten Bier Fest for four days of music, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children’s entertainment and more.

Admission and Hours:

  • Thursday, September 20: Free Admission. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, September 21: $10 Admission (over age 4) 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, September 22: $5 Noon to 5 p.m. / $10 5 p.m. to midnight (over age 4)
  • Sunday, September 23: $5 noon to 5 p.m.
  • Discount Admission: DFW area Albertson's are selling $5 anytime tickets

7. Sept 21-23: Plano Balloon Festival

When: September 21-23, 2012.

September 16. Gates open at 4 p.m. Balloon launch at 6 p.m. Balloon Glow at 8 p.m. Street Dance at 8:45 p.m.
September 17. Gates open at 6 a.m. Balloon launch at 7 a.m. Balloon launch 6 p.m. Glow 8 p.m. Music at 8:30, fireworks at 9 p.m. and music again at 9:30 p.m.
September 18. Gates open at 6 a.m. Balloon launch at 7 a.m. Balloon launch at 6 p.m. Festival closes 7 p.m.

Where: Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074

What: Balloons, food, music, dancing and fun for everyone.

  • Continuous entertainment
  • Free "Kid's Korner" Make-and-Take Art Activities
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Toddler Zone
  • Inflatable Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Sand Art
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra Instrument Area

8. Sept 28-30: The 56th Annual Greek Festival of Dallas

When: September 28-30, 2012

Where: Holy Trinity Green Orthodox Church

What: Opa! And get it to the Greek! It's time for the 2012 Greek Food Festival of Dallas -- a rich and wonderful 56-year tradition. It's a Greek party with our amazing food, dancing, music, shopping and more.

9. Sept 28 - October 21: State Fair of Texas

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When: September 28 through October 21, 2012

Where: Fair Park, Dallas

What: Rides, free concerts, livestock shows, college football, automobile shows and fried food. Who could ask for more?

10. Sept 28 - 29: Fort Worth Music Festival

Join some of the best names in national, regional and local music scene at the Fort Worth Music Fest Sept. 28-29, 2012. Held on the tree lined lawn of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Festival is a celebration of Fort Worth’s rich and diverse musical heritage. It's two days of non-stop music featuring 20 acts on 2 stages, cooking classes by area chefs, artworks for sale by area artists and groovy gear by local vendors make up the 2012 Fort Worth Music Festival. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Zombie's Food Truck will be in attendance. Will you?

VIP and Reserved Table Seating tickets available. General Admission tickets $5 will be available at the gate day of show. Children under 12 free.

When: September 28-29, 2012

11. Sept 29: Chocolate Festival

It's time for the 3rd annual DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference & Festival 2012 on Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Addison. Chocoholics are invited to attend. The event has two main components, the Festival and Conference, that take place in adjoining rooms of the Addison Conference Centre. The Festival is a room of wall to wall chocolate where you will meet and sample chocolates from participating chocolatiers and chocolate makers. In the Conference area, brush up on your chocolate knowledge and enjoy classes throughout the day about the making, use, and history of fine chocolate. This event begins with the Chocolatierʼs Roundtable -- an open discussion with all participating local chocolatiers. Both the Conference & Festival are included in the price of admission. Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001.972-450-6241
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