Updated for 2020
Get your calendars ready! There are usually tons of Fun Festivals this time of year. Check out these updated details. It’s such a fun time of the year. Here’s a look at some Fall Festivals near by.
Fall Festivals in September
12th – 13th Dallas Chocolate Festival. Due to safety concerns, this year’s Dallas Chocolate Festival is an online event with a twist. They’ve created mouthwatering boxes of artisanal chocolate samples from chocolate companies across the globe and other notable exhibitors that will be delivered right to your doorstep. Try their chocolate while visiting their virtual exhibitor booth to chat and interact in real-time. Plus attend virtual classes, demonstrations, and tastings at just a click of a button!
Festival Boxes are available for $50 + $10 for delivery to your door by the uniformed drivers of Alto (limited to the DFW Metroplex area). The chocolate boxes can also be shipped outside the Metroplex area for an additional postage fee. Access to only the virtual events (excluding chocolate box) is $5.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Dates: begins on September 19 and runs until November 1.
Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
This year the theme is “The Art of the Pumpkin” – The Pumpkin Village has more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. Perfect for pics!
Six Flags over Texas – Halloween Fest “A Spooktacular Celebration of Freaky Frights”
Dates: September 26th until Nov 1.
Address: 2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011
If you visit during the day, you’ll notice HallowFest enhancements throughout the park with spooky photo opportunities, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, and plenty of frighteningly delicious treats!
By Night, all Halloween attractions will be transported outdoors to the wide-open midways with Creepy fog, eerie lighting, larger than life Halloween props and sinister music. This creates the perfect backdrop for nighttime scares and chills; including four hair-raising Halloween zones for guests to experience throughout the park. You can fly through the air at high speeds in total darkness on rides like Titan, New Texas Giant, MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, JOKER, SUPERMAN Tower of Power, and Shock Wave; and
Halloween-themed merchandise and scary apparel will be on sale along with everybody’s favorite glow-in-the-dark items.
Please make note of the Costume Policy: Guests 10 Years & Younger
- May wear a full costume to include masks and full face painting if accompanied by an adult. Morph suits and bodysuits are not permitted.
If they are alone or with other same age children, then they must comply with the policy for Guests 13 Years & Older.
- Costume masks must be immediately removed if instructed to do so by park personnel.
Guests 11 Years & Older may wear costumes with the following provisions, NO EXCEPTIONS:
- Masks may only cover the mouth and nose.
- Partial face paint is allowed as long as it does not disguise the facial features (no more than 50% of the face may be painted).
ALL GUESTS: All costumes must accommodate or include a mask that covers your mouth and nose
Address: 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, TX 75103
OPEN Selected Days: September 21 – November 4
September Hours: Saturday and Sunday only 10am – 6pm
October Hours: Thursday, 10am – 6pm Fridays: 10am – 10pm, Saturdays: 10am – 7pm, Sundays: 10am – 6pm
November Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm
Tickets: At Gate $24.95/Online $12.95 each (2 and under are free). Super Pass available at gate $44.95/Online $32.95 for all attractions and unlimited amusement park rides plus 5 tokens for Super Stuff! Stay late for Spooktacular Nights.
Farm Attractions: Corn Maze, Wagon Train rides, Farm Zoo, Pig Races, Rubber Duck Races, Pumpkin Movie in the Tipi, WesterLand Village, Playground Area, Hi-Striker, Kiddie Pedal Carts for our little guests, Specialty Shows, Candy Cannon and lots of Photo Ops.
Spooktacular Nights Activities: Creepy Corn Maze, Chain Reactor, Horrid Hayride, and Tunnel of Terror. (Activities begin at dark)
McKinney’s 2020 Oktoberfest
includes the Parktoberfest (September 26 at Tupps Brewery) and the Bavarian Biergarten on October 3
Beer, Food and Music in downtown McKinney. Tickets available for a sit-down dinner at the Biergarten. Drive-up fun at the Parktoberfest.
Murphy Maize Days
Date: September 29th
Food, Concerts, Vendor Markets, Kids’ Area, Pet Adoptions, Pumpkin’ Chunkin contests and more.
Big Tex Fair Food Drive Thru
Open for Drive-thru, outdoor picnic Food purchases of typical State Fair treats during select Weekends in September and October!
Drive-in, Eat and grab a photo with Big Tex (with his own mask on) and a chance to sample some of the craziest fried food options you’ll only find at the Fair.
What is it? The Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru is a progressive Fair food experience on the grounds of the great State Fair of Texas. Visitors can drive through the grounds, which are decked out in State Fair style, picking up Fair food favorites along the way.
At Big Tex Circle, visitors will park and exit their cars to have their annual pictures taken by a professional photographer. The experience will then continue with a drive along to Lagoon to pick up some of the sweeter offerings and have a bit of Midway fun! The entire experience should take approximately one to one and a half hours. Guests can bring a picnic set up and stop to eat in one of the fairground parking lots.
Many of our Pumpkin Patches open during September too!
Fall Festivals in October
Dates: until November 3.
Address: Howell Farms on 4016 W Division St. Arlington, TX 76012.
At PUMPKIN NIGHTS, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in Pumpkin Central, our festival area.
Tickets are just $20 per person. Parking is $6 per car and will be located across the street. You will be able to visit from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night that it is open.
Date: October 17, 3pm – 7pm
Address: Frontier Park, Prosper, TX
The lineup of entertainment includes live music, a kid zone with games and inflatables, shopping, food trucks and PUMPKINS galore!
There is no mention of Covid-related safety or precautions at this time.
McKinney Wine and Music Walk
Dates: Saturday, October 17th 12 pm – 7 pm and Sunday, October 18th, 12pm – 5pm
Address: Downtown McKinney, 202 S Chestnut St, McKinney, TX 75069
The event features live musicians rocking throughout Downtown McKinney the entire day! There will also be a local vendor market, culinary demonstrations and of course a variety of 100+wines to taste from North Texas, California, Oregon, and beyond!
Date: October 10-11 and October 17-18
Address: Sammons Center for the Arts at 3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
Laughter League, along with Shakespeare Dallas, will bring Circo Metropolis, a pop-up circus experience this Fall!
With social distancing in place, families can bring blankets, sit back and enjoy an afternoon of zaniness from the dynamic clown duo Slappy and Monday and their endearing circus friends.
Boo on Ballard
Date: October 29th, 6pm – 8pm,
Address: Downtown Wylie.
A fun trick or treat event as Kids go from booth to booth picking up candy and goodies. Hosted by the Wylie Downtown Merchants Association and the City of Wylie. The downtown streets are transformed into a Halloween wonderland featuring trick-or-treating, live music, and carnival games.
Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs at the Heard Museum
Dates: September 5, 2020 through February 15, 2021
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 15th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit.
See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. This year, the exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig.
The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly (it is not suitable for strollers with small wheels or wheelchairs).
Thinking of hosting a neighborhood block party? Make sure you rent the Pop-up Party Trailer from the City of Plano for the best party!
Do you know of a great Fall Festival to add to our list? Tell us in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of local events, head to our Calendar