The Best Fall Festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth
We're talking petting zoos, pumpkins and food galore.
Words Sydni Ellis and Lisa Salinas, Photography Courtesy of the Fort Worth Zoo
Published October 2018 DFW Child
Updated October 2, 2018
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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. 

Dallas County

Autumn at the Arboretum Family Fun Weekend

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615

When: Oct. 27-28, 10am-4pm

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.  

Cost: Free

 

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.

Cost: Free

 

Safety Fest

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.

Cost: Free

 

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.)

 

Collin County

Armeniafest

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.

Cost: Free

 

Celina Oktoberfest

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.  

Cost: Free

 

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Mini Road Trip

Pack up sandwiches and juice boxes for a mini-weekend road trip to one of these fall festivals outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Crazy Water Festival

Where: Historic Famous Water Pavilion, 209 N.W. 6th St., Mineral Wells
When: Oct. 12, 5:30pm; Oct. 13, 8am
Why you should go: In its 38th year, this festival celebrates the mineral water of Mineral Wells with street art, music, a children’s area, a car-and-truck show, a 5K run, a washer pitching tournament and more.
Cost: $3 (Receive $1 off admission for every canned food item you bring).

Ennis Autumn Daze

Where: Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St., Ennis, 972/878-4748
When: Oct. 27, 9am-9pm
Why you should go: This annual festival hosts a hay maze, pumpkin painting and trike corral. Plus, you can visit the Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum too.
Cost: Free

Steinfest

Where: Haggard Park; 901 E. 15th St., Plano
When: Oct. 19, 5-10pm; Oct. 20, 10am-10pm
Why you should go: In true German-inspired fashion (literally), there will be costumed wiener dogs, polka music and artists’ village, plus face painting, games and more.
Cost: Free (Food coupons available at the entrance for $1)

 

Friscovania

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.

Cost: Free

 

PumpkinFest

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)

 

Denton County

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.

Cost: Free

 

Day of the Dead Festival

Where: Downtown Denton, East Hickory and Industrial streets, Denton

When: Oct. 27, 11am-9pm

The Basics: 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).

Cost: Free

 

Tarrant County

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

 

Butterfly Flutterby

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)

Kids enjoy arts and crafts at the Castle Hills’ Fall Festival. Photo Courtesy of Castle Hills Village Shop

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.

Cost: Free

 

Fall Round-Up

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.

Cost: Free

 

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.

Cost: Free

 

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.

Cost: Free