HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN DALLAS // FALL 2021
Updated: Feb 5, 2022
Fall into Dallas, y'all! Put these cool weather paradises on your autumn itinerary right now, and get outside while the getting is good! From pumpkin-related photo ops, to sports, to movies, fall is what we've been longing for all summer. Here are our top picks for things to do this Fall in Dallas, Texas!
1. Visit the Dallas Arboretum's Autumn at the Arboretum
Autumn at the Arboretum was recently named "one of America's best pumpkin festivals" by Fodor's Travel. More than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash have found their way to the Dallas Arboretum from the pumpkin capital of Texas, the town of Floydada, which sits on the high plains of the Llano Estacado, outside of Lubbock. Take free or paid classes on how to make your favorite fall treats or bring the kids trick-or-treating at the Adventure Garden!
2. Dallas Farmers Market Shed
The open-air pavilion on Pearl Street featuring great local and regional vendors is full of pumpkin-spiced cheer this fall. Give your yard a festive pumpkin patch feel with more than 25 varieties of beautifully colorful big pumpkins and little fellas to scatter and decorate with. Hot tip: this year's must-try item at The Shed is the pumpkin milk boba from the Nammi Vietnamese street food truck. You're all welcome in advance.
3. Try Ascension Coffee's Fall Beverage Menu
How do you take your dose of fall tastiness? In your PSL? Or in muffin form? The Dallas Observer's Best of Dallas coffee shop for 2020 serves up authentic and bold fall flavors at all six of its locations.
4.Visit Ruibals in downtown Dallas for pumpkin skyline pics
Truly the best of both worlds. A world class city and skyline is the backdrop for your best pumpkin-themed Instagram post of the season. Make sure you're headed for the location on Pearl Street, folks.
5. Hit a Dallas Cowboys Game
We'd like to go on record here and say that Dak Prescott is a miracle. Bear witness to greatness as the Dallas Cowboys try to reverse the last 26 years of meh and make a deep playoff run this season. The gameday experience at AT&T Stadium, one of the premier venues in the U.S., is second to none. Pregame it or postgame it at Texas Live across the street, which features Lockhart Smokehouse, the Live! Arena, complete with its own 100-foot megatron TV screen, and a bunch of other great bar and dining options.
6. Go for a walk by White Rock Lake or Katy Trail
It's nice out. We only get this kind of weather for about three weeks in October and three more weeks in March, so get out there and make the most of it. Walk off all those extra PSLs you've been housing lately, or walk to the Katy Trail Ice House and have a bite. No judgement here.
7. Attend the Chefs For Farmers Wine and Food Festival
This year's festival is being held November 4-7. This three-day culinary blowout brings chefs, artisans and culinary influencers together to celebrate the local and regional farmers who make our foodie scene one of the best there is! General admission tickets for Sunday's Main Event are $125, and VIP tickets are $195.
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8. Visit The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
📍Flower Mound, Texas
If you're in search of fall festivities that the whole family will enjoy - look no further! Located on a quaint piece of land in Flower Mound, this kid-friendly pumpkin patch has endless photo opps and even more features to keep children entertained. With hundreds of cutouts of classic Disney cartoon characters, a hay bale maze, pumpkin patch train, hay rides, playgrounds, and MORE, a lack of options will not even be a thought in your mind. Plus if you get hangry, there are food vendors scattered around to save the day!
9. Get HALLOWEEN MACARONS from JOY MACARONS
Your day just got a whole lot sweeter…and spookier. Halloween is right around the corner and Joy Macarons truly understood the assignment. Just when you thought you couldn’t love this iconic Dallas gem any more, we’re here to prove you wrong. Joy just released their Halloween macarons that look like mummies, pumpkins and Frankenstein. It’s safe to say that they are to DIE for!
10. Visit the Boho Market
Locals know where to get great locally sourced, vintage or fair trade finds, and now you do, too! Vendors at each pop up event feature clothes, jewelry, food, seasonal items and generally, stuff you didn't know you needed until you saw it at Boho Market! Started by a local-business-loving duo in 2016, this makers market pops up regularly at CityLine in Richardson, Klyde Warren Park and as far north as Plano and Frisco, too!
11. Go bet on horse racing at Lone Star Park
📍Grand Prairie, Texas
The ponies are poppin' at Lone Star Park, which is one of those hidden-gem-type local attractions that rarely gets its due praise and attention. Quarterhorse racing season is in full effect from Sept. 17 - Dec. 18. Starting in October, on Fridays and Saturdays you can enjoy live races starting at 6:05 p.m., or you can always enjoy simulcast races at the onsite Bar & Book. Not a betting expert? Not a problem — check out local handicapper Rick Lee's expert picks so you can bring home the bacon.
12. Visit the Kips Bay Show House
The Kips Bay Dallas Decorator Show House celebrates the best in interior design by transforming an already swanked out show home on Deloache Avenue into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, decor and technology. You've got to see it. Admission is $40, or a virtual tour costs $20. Be sure to check out our @StayLoveList design team @YatesDesygn in action in their "Inner Circle" space!
13. Watch a movie at Rooftop Cinema Club
Showings include genres from kid-friendly to musical to horror, so there is something for everyone. Showings are at Heritage Village, just south of the Dallas Farmer's Market. So pack your picnic and grab some great drinks from the bar onsite while you can!
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