Temperatures still may not be cool enough for sweaters and boots here in Texas, but luckily there are plenty of festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth to put you and the kiddos in the fall spirit. We’ve rounded up our favorite fall festivals taking place in the next few weeks, from the must-see pumpkins at the Dallas Arboretum to Day of the Dead and international celebrations. You can thank us for the face painting, crafts and bounce house fun later.
Autumn at the Arboretum Family Fun Weekend
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
Why you should go: During Family Fun Weekend, go trick-or-treating throughout the Adventures in Neverland themed garden. Let the kids get their faces painted, meet animals in the petting zoo along with Tinker Bell and Captain Hook. Don’t forget to walk through the hay bale maze, Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Village before you leave.
Cost: Adults, $15; kids ages 3-12, $10; kids 2 and younger, free
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-off
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, 972/406-0184
When: Oct. 19, 4:30-10pm; Oct. 20, 11:30am-10pm
Why you should go: The two-day event combines music, chili and kids’ activities that include bounce houses, glitter tattoos, crafts, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable slide and 27 acres of space to run.
Cost: $5 on Friday and $7 on Saturday for adults, $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday for kids 4–12, kids under 4 are free.
Dia de los Muertos Festival
Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas, 214/671-0045
When: Oct. 27, 11am-4pm
Why you should go: This Dia de los Muertos Festival features music, sugar skulls, face painting and art activities. Plus, browse the galleries and altars.
Oak Cliff Lively Fest
Where: Lake Cliff Park; 300 East Colorado Boulevard
When: Oct. 14, 11am-8pm
Why you should go: This Roots-Reggae festival features DJs, food, live art demos, drum circles and a kids’ zone with bounce houses, a petting zoo and face painters.
Where: Garland Fire Department; 1500 Highway 66, Garland, 972/781-7100
When: Oct. 13, 10am-2pm
Why you should go: There will be live demos of a car fire and helicopter landing, face painting, a balloon artist, free fire gear, plus fire engines, police cars and ambulances to explore.
Texas Veggie Fair
Where: Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas, 214/670-7720
When: Oct. 27, 11am-6pm
Why you should go: This festival celebrates plant-based options with food, music, games, yoga and kids’ activities too. (Dogs are invited too!)
Cost: Free (Food, drinks and products will be available for purchase.)
Where: St. Sarkis Armenian Church; 1805 Random Road, Carrollton, 972/245-6995
When: Oct. 12, 5-10pm; Oct. 13, noon-10pm; Oct. 14, noon-5pm
Why you should go: Learn shourchbar (a circle dance), watch dance performances, let the kids do Armenian arts and crafts, feast on kebabs and baklava and more at this three-day culture and food fest.
Where: Old Celina Park, 12670 FM 428, Celina, 972/382-3300
When: Oct. 13, 11am-10pm
Why you should go: Pumpkin decorating, kids (and adults) costume contest, cakewalk, cookie decorating, live entertainment and a zone dedicated just to the kids.
Cost: $5, kids ages 12 and younger are free
Fall Festival at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church
Where: Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, 1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway, Allen
When: Oct. 27, 4-7pm
Why you should go: Dress the kids in costume and let them enjoy bounce houses, preschool games, food trucks, lots of candy and more.
Where: Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, 214/705-6700
When: Oct. 21, 3-8pm
Why you should go: The Friscovania festival features a haunted carnival for kids, music, entertainment and a runway show. Tour through the National Soccer Hall of Fame then head over to the Carnival Concourse, where you and the kiddos will find games, tattoos, balloons, treats and more. Stay for the costume contest between 6–8pm.
Cost: $15; children 2 and younger, free
National Fossil Day Celebration
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, 972/562-5566
When: Oct. 6; 1:30-4pm
Why you should go: Celebrate National Fossil Day at this one-day festival in McKinney, where kids learn about ancient teeth, see casts of animals and become mini paleontologists in training.
Cost: Adults, $12; kids ages 3-12, $9; children 2 and younger, free
Plano International Festival
Where: Haggard Park; 901 E. 15th St., Plano
When: Oct. 13, 11am-5pm
Why you should go: Travel around the world without leaving Plano. Kids and adults collect stamps in a Passport to the World by visiting country booths and learning about other cultures. In addition to food, dancing, art and music, there’s a special Children’s Global Village with STEAM activities.
Where: Valley Creek Park, 403 S. Galloway Ave., Mesquite
When: Oct. 20, 12-6pm
Why you should go: Costumes (for both kids and adults) is encouraged. The city of Mesquite hosts its annual festival with a costume contest, carnival games, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, performances, food and more.
Cost: Free (some activities may have a fee)
Bonnie & Clyde Days
Where: Pilot Point town square, 300 S. Washington St., Pilot Point
When: Oct. 13, 10am-5pm
Why you should go: This family-friendly festival commemorates and reenacts the bank robbing scene from the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie. In addition, there’s a 5K walk or run, a Soap Box challenge, a classic car show, a kids’ zone and more.
Day of the Dead Festival
Where: Downtown Denton, East Hickory and Industrial Streets, Denton
When: Oct. 27, 11am-9pm
Why you should go: Watch coffin races and make your own light-up prop for the twilight lantern and costume parade. Set kids loose in the pumpkin patch with games and prizes, a haunted house, costume contests and face painting. Don’t miss the music and dance performances, food and art vendors and the special Cirque du Horrorfamily Halloween musical (for an extra fee).
Boo at the Zoo
Where: Fort Worth Zoo; 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/759-7501
When: Oct. 26-28; 10am-5pm
Why you should go: Party like (and with) animals at Boo at the Zoo! Learn interesting facts about your favorite wild animals—including a white tiger, Komodo dragon, Asian elephant, black bear and an African lion—go trick-or-treating, catch the Boorific Bubbles show, enjoy the animal show at the Outdoor Learning Center, stroll through the pumpkin patch decorated by local residents and zoo staff, make a Halloween-themed craft and more.
Cost: Adults, $14; kids ages 3-12, $10
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball St., Grapevine, 817/410-3350
When: Oct. 20, 10am-2pm
Why you should go: This festival celebrates the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. Come for the butterfly costume parade (pets can participate too) and stay for crafts, exhibits, games, a scavenger hunt, face painting and more. Registration for the parade begins at 8:45am.
Cost: Free (Fees may apply to vendor activities and food)
Fall Festival at Castle Hills
Where: Castle Hills Village Shops Plaza, King Arthur Boulevard, Lewisville, 972/410-5700
When: Oct. 20, 5-8pm
Why you should go: A pumpkin patch station, bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, petting zoo and a DJ to keep the tunes going.
Where: Nash Farm; 626 Ball St., Grapevine, 817/410-3558
When: Oct. 20; 10am-2pm
Why you should go: Experience farm life firsthand on Nash Farm. Kids garden, pick cotton, visit the petting zoo and watch live blacksmith and wood carving demos, in addition to live entertainment and food, like delicious apple pie.
Cost: Free (some activities might require a fee)
Grow Fall Festival
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/392-5510
When: Oct. 13, 1-4pm
Why you should go: Discover the Backyard Veggie Garden while planting seeds, dissecting and learning about pumpkins and join in on activities like pumpkin painting, story time and games.
Kimbell Family Festival
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/332-8451
When: Nov. 4, noon–5pm.
Why you should go: In lieu of The Kimbell Museum of Art’s annual fall festival, the museum is hosting a family festival themed “Folktales and Fashion.” Storytelling, art making, live performances and opportunities for your young fashionista to sculpt, sew are just some of the activities your little art makers will enjoy.
Mid-Cities Greek Food Fest
Where: St. John Baptist Greek Orthodox Church; 303 Cullum Dr., Euless, 817/283-2291
When: Oct. 12-13, 11am-10pm; Oct. 14, 11am-4pm
Why you should go: Bring your appetite and dancing shoes for music, dancing, gyro sandwiches, spinach pie and more. Plus, there’s a Children’s Center with games, face painting, crafts and a photo booth.