The State Fair of Texas is finally here! When you’re done indulging in fried food, be sure to take in everything else DFW has to offer this weekend, including the Arboretum’s pumpkin patch and Klyde Warren Park’s hottest culinary event. Get the details below.
Thursday, September 24
Autumn at the Arboretum: The highlight of the Dallas Arboretum fall festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. This year, to continue with the ongoing Texas theme, the display will be recreated into an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove – on display now through November 21. Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest: Visit Panther Island Pavilion for an authentic, three-day, German celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in. You’ll find authentic German food, music, dancing, games, biergartens, dachshund races, as well as Spaten and other fall and Oktoberfest craft beers from around the country. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets begin at $3. For a schedule of events, click here.
Friday, September 25
State Fair of Texas: Aside from concerts, rides and unique shows, this year’s fair promises fried food goodness. Food items this year include red velvet fried Oreos, chicken fried lobster and coca ritas. Fair grounds open at 10 a.m. For tickets, general info and daily schedule, click here.
San Jacinto Plaza Music Series: Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday evenings in Downtown Rockwall’s newest public space, San Jacinto Plaza. Café style tables and chairs, as well as seat walls, fill the space. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, food and beverages. FREE. 6:30 p.m. For the music schedule, click here.
Park & Palate: For two days, Klyde Warren Park will be the host of the hottest culinary event in the city. Park & Palate, the park’s inaugural celebration of wine and food, will showcase the region’s most popular chefs as well as wineries, breweries, and spirits from around the world, all against the backdrop of the distinctive Dallas skyline. 7:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.
Saturday, September 26
Dog Days of Denton: Travel to Denton’s North Texas State Fairgrounds and celebrate Texas’ original festival for pooches and their people. Enjoy a canine couture fashion show, live entertainment, demos and performances by canines and their trainers, plus much more. FREE. 9 a.m.
Yoga in the Garden: Start your weekend off on the right foot, with free yoga in the gardens of the Harwood District (located between Saint Ann and Mercat Bistro). Join instructor Colby Ranae Hanks, and bring your own mat and water. 9 a.m.
Sunday, September 27
Eclipse Watch Party: North Texans are invited to gather at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the first supermoon eclipse in more than 30 years. The Noble Planetarium and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society will host a watch party from the Museum’s Member Parking lot, providing telescopes and a telescopic live stream of the event. 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.