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Upcoming North Texas Festivals To Usher in the Fall

 

While we’re marking our calendars for the State Fair (and let’s be real, those Fletcher’s corn dogs), we’re also grabbing our tickets to the other can’t-miss DFW events for the upcoming season. So whether you’re looking for a colorful sky-high addition to your Instagram feed or you just want to stuff your face with tacos, here are some late-summer, early-fall festivals that you should definitely mark on your calendar.

Riverfront Jazz Festival
When: Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1
What: Take a mini-break from your Labor Day Weekend tradition at the pool and treat your ears to some great local tunes. Erykah Badu will be kicking it off the first night, along with Jonathan Butler, members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and tons more. 
Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S Griffin Street

Dallas Chocolate Festival 2019
When: Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, September 8
What: Celebrate your love for all things chocolate with over 60 booths from all around the world. And for the serious sweet-tooths, there will even be a five-course meal option available with Fairmont Executive Chef Jared Harms and Pastry Chef Cristal Gonzalez incorporating your favorite vice into each delicious course.
Where: Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue #167

Dallas Observer BrewFest 
When:
Saturday, September 7
What: Get your sampling on and find your next favorite beer with over 100 craft vendors at Dallas’ OG beer festival. Your ticket gets you access to tons of samples, live music, food trucks *and* a trophy-worthy commemorative pint glass. 
Where: Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S Harwood Street

Grapefest
When:
Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15
What: While Grapevine’s Christmas parade is second to none, we think their wine-fueled Grapefest event is *actually* the most wonderful time of the year. This massive four-day event is pretty much a wino’s dream, so be sure to bring your entire circle of friends (and get ready to learn a thing or two). 
Where: Historic Downtown, Grapevine

Addison Oktoberfest 2019
When:
Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22
What: Throw on your lederhosen for a proper Oktoberfest celebration full of sausages, steins and sauerkraut in Addison. This four-day festival features everything from keg-rolling races to polka dances in the giant hall and plenty of beer no matter where you go. It’s a proper party.
Where: Addison Circle Park, Addison

Plano Balloon Fest 
When:
Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22
What: You don’t have to take a road trip to New Mexico to see a sky full of vibrant, smile-inducing hot air balloons. Plano’s annual fest will be showcasing tons of colorful sky candy for your Instagram feed, live music and even running marathons. 
Where: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Plano

Smoked Dallas 
When:
Saturday, September 21
What: Honestly, this event should be on every Texan’s bucket list. Your festival ticket gets you a taste from 20 of the most celebrated BBQ joints from across the state with sides *and* dessert. And if that’s not Texas enough for you, honky-tonk legend Dale Watson will also be performing. It’s a no brainer, y’all. 
Where: Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main Street

Brews Bites & Beats 
When:
Friday, September 27
What: Arrive with an appetite and enjoy craft beer tastings from three Texas breweries, food and live music from local favorite Stockton Helbing. This 21+ event will also include tours of the historic Turtle Creek Pump Station.
Where: Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard

Dallas Observer Tacolandia 
When:
Saturday, October 5 (4 to 7 PM)
What: Repeat after me: Unlimited. Taco. Samples. Over 30 vendors will be serving up our favorite food Saturday evening at Dallas’ largest taco festival, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit North Texas Food Bank. So go ahead and stuff your face — it’s for a good cause. 
Where: Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S Harwood Street

Turtle Creek Arts Festival 
When:
Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6
What: Turtle Creek’s Art Festival is back for the fall season with more than 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters featuring their collections. But the event isn’t only limited to art enthusiasts — bring the kiddos and even your pup to enjoy the atmosphere. There will be plenty of food, live music and play to go around. 
Where: Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Avenue

Dallas Festival of the Arts 2019 
When:
Saturday, October 26 through Sunday, October 27
What: Head to Oak Cliff and take in some local art at this *free* two-day festival. And even if you’re not a local art expert, there will be live music, food trucks, drinks and even hands-on arts activities that’ll make you feel like a pro.
Where: Kidd Springs Park, 1003 Cedar Hill Avenue