10 Best Things to Do in SeptemberBy Elizabeth Smith
Want to embrace your German roots? Start by eating like one. The 30th annual Addison Oktoberfest offers all the strudel, sauerkraut and sausage on a stick you can eat (plus American carnival foods) Sept. 14–17. Head inside Chamberlain’s Brau Haus and snack on a pretzel while you and the kids walk around to take in the sights. Free admission on Thursday and Sunday and every day for kids 11 younger.
Dallas Children’s Theater debuts Goosebumps the Musical – Phantom of the Auditorium on Sept. 22, but for extra tricks and treats, save your visit for The Goosebumps Play and Party the following day. Watch the slightly spooky musical (based on the book by R.L. Stine) before touring the catwalk, learning the dance to “Thriller” and rifling through DCT’s costume shop. Tickets from $83 for adults and $81 for children.
Alert your family’s aspiring princesses: Texas Ballet Theater presents Beauty and the Beast with live accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, but don’t expect tunes from the Disney version. This ballet follows the original French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont. Reserve your seats to see the world-class dancers in kid-friendly performances at Bass Performance Hall Sept. 29–Oct. 1. Tickets start at $20. Additional $35 for VIP tour and extras.
Fort Worth, 877/828-9200
Dallas Arboretum whips up a tornado of new offerings for Autumn at the Arboretum, starring The Wizard of Oz-inspired Pumpkin Village. Beginning Sept. 23, skip down an actual yellow brick road toward storybook vignettes constructed from thousands (upon thousands) of pumpkins, gourds, squash, fall blooms and cornstalks. Then lead your munchkins to the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch to pick out their own mini pumpkin for keeps. $15 adults; $10 kids 3–12.
Jazz up your Saturday night with art-making, food trucks and headliner Green River Ordinance at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s Party on the Porch. Kick off your shoes on Sept. 23 and dance on the museum’s front lawn to the band’s blend of country, rock, pop and folk music, or head inside through the portico for crafts and gallery tours through 9pm. Free.
Fort Worth, 817/738-1933
Fall doesn’t arrive in North Texas until the State Fair of Texas opens at Fair Park. Treat the family any day between Sept. 29 and Oct. 22, whether it’s your first time or the nth time you wave hello to Big Tex, and indulge in fried foods, watch the new World of Magic show and more. $18; $14 for kids under 48 inches and over age 2. Look online for a full list of discounts.
The same day The Lego Ninjago Movie hits big screens everywhere, Legoland Discovery Center unveils a massive mosaic of Sensei Wu made of nearly 80,000 bricks. On Friday, Sept. 22, see the larger-than-life model and stay to play on the center’s new Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course. To make a day of it, stroll over to the nearby AMC Dine-In Theatre to watch the full-length actioncomedy. $21; free for kids 2 and younger.
On North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, Sept. 14, thousands of local nonprofits vie for online donations, but you and the kids can join the fun in person by visiting one of two local donation stations. For Dallasites, head to NorthPark Center for a full schedule of dance performances and animal meet-andgreets from 11am–2pm. In Collin County, enjoy outdoor fun, food trucks and music at Finch Park from 5–8pm. Free; donations encouraged.
While the Texas Rangers take on the Angels in L.A., Globe Life Park opens up for a special event benefiting the nonprofit Alliance for Children. Bring your glove to Picnic at the Park on Saturday, Sept. 16, for on-field fun, get playtime in the Kid’s Zone and eat dinner on the baseball diamond as the away game airs live on the scoreboard. $100 adults; $40 kids 3–12; $250 for family of four.
Get moving early on Saturday, Sept. 30, when the Stompin’ Stigma 5K kicks off at Forestwood Middle School. The 5K and 1-mile fun run leads into the post-race party with face painting and medals for everyone. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for students, and proceeds benefit Winning the Fight, a Flower Moundbased nonprofit that provides drug education and resources for youth and families suffering from addiction.
Flower Mound, 972/467-7704
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