Published October 2015 on FunCityStuff.com
Fall is among us and that means cooler temperatures and more FUN events throughout the area. In celebration of layered looks, less humidity and pumpkin everything, I have compiled a list of favorite Fall finds in DFW. From kid-friendly festivals and family fun to nightlife sips and scrumptious sweets, there is something to enjoy every day from now until the arrival of winter.
Pumpkin & Autumn-Inspired Eats & Treats
Hypnotic Donuts in East Dallas features a Pumpkin Pie Donut with a Spiced Pecan Glaze. [Ed. note: The one in Denton has "The Great Pumpkin" - pumpkin spice cake donut with cream cheese glaze and a sprinkle of cinnamon.]
Pinkberry Dallas treats those looking to keep cool on sunny days to a Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt.
Parliament pours a Pumpkin Spice Latte-inspired cocktail to those 21 and up.
Café Modern, located within the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, has a full seasonal menu that includes a delish squash risotto.
The Ginger Man Pub serves up brown-sugar-sweetened Pumpkin Ale in Dallas.
Rahr Brewery in Fort Worth has $10 tours and tastings year-long, and right now they have an award-winning Oktoberfest brew.
The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Pumpkin Festival
Hands down one of the nation’s most impressive pumpkin patches, adults and children alike can enjoy the wonder and beauty of Autumn at the Arboretum this time of year. Aside from the acres of gardens, fountains, floral lined pathways and historical home tours, through November 25th guests can even shop for their holiday pumpkin right outside of the Pumpkin Village. The award-winning village features over 75,000 pumpkins and gourds and offers many photo opportunity locations, including a straw horse drawn carriage, pumpkin huts and a watchful scarecrow. Foodies: Daily bratwurst tastings and Mon-Fri Harvest Tea are options to nosh in nature.
State Fair of Texas
Fall just isn’t complete without a trip to the fair. Especially if you live in the state that hosts elaborate and sprawling State Fair of Texas. Come down and visit Big Tex with only five days to spare and enjoy an array of classic fair games, contests, rides and traditional fair eats. Music headliners, the 2016 State Fair Auto Show and a an acclaimed Lone Star Horse Spectacular event at 3, 4 and 5p daily in the Pan Am Arena are among some of this year's most popular draws.
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook Off
Taking place in Farmer’s Branch at the Farmer’s Branch Historical Park is October’s Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook Off. On October 16th and 17th, guests can enjoy live music from a long line-up of local and traveling musicians like LeeAnn Womack, as well as taste some of best chili in DFW, all for FREE! [Ed. note: Tastings are $3 per person, but entry, parking and concerts are free.] There will be an on-site arts & crafts market, too.
Fall is a season of celebration. A time where the weather cools and hearts warm up to the thoughts of family, good food and of course, FUN.
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