While our weather outlook suggests that we are stuck in an endless ‘twilight zone’ Summer, Fall is finally here! It might seem like there’s no respite from the summer heat, but cooler temperatures are peeking around the corner – and so are all the fun Autumn activities that we’ve all been waiting for. We have compiled a list of some of the best family-friendly festivals and events all around DFW….because doing Fall stuff will summon Fall weather, right? Maybe not, but we will have a blast trying!
Plano Balloon Festival
WHEN: Friday, September 23th – Sunday, September 25th
WHAT TO DO: If you (or your children) are earlier risers, come see the balloons launch at sunrise, OR watch them light up the night in the evening (Friday evening including). Saturday evening festival-goers: be sure to stick around for the 9:15pm fireworks show that will NOT disappoint!
HOW MUCH: $5 per person. Kids under 3 feet tall get in free
Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
WHEN: Saturday, October 1st – Monday, October 31st (9am to 7pm)
WHAT TO DO: Hop on the Pumpkin Patch Train or the tractor hayride, take a spin on the merry-go-ground, bounce around on the inflatable playground, or explore the hay-bale mazes (one for 5 and under, one for 11 years and older – both kid-friendly!). Don’t let all the fun distract you from finding the perfect pumpkin among the hundreds you have to choose from.
HOW MUCH: Free activities (pumpkins $2.00 and up)
Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum
WHEN: Saturday, September 17th through Wednesday, November 23rd
WHAT TO DO: Daily, weekly, and one-time events range from pumpkin painting, a Spooky Maze Scavenger Hunt, face-painting, petting zoo, and live music – just to name a few. Experience it all while you delight in the blossoming fall flowers and foliage featuring unique artistic displays of more than 10,000 pumpkins.
HOW MUCH: $15 for adults; discounts and/or free entry for seniors and children
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off in Farmers Branch
WHEN: Friday, October 14th – Saturday, October 15th
WHAT TO DO: Stay jammin’ to live music on Friday evening and all throughout Saturday. Bring the young ones to the KIDZONE to blow off energy. If you’re feeling competitive, bring your best chili recipe and throw down against some of the best chefs in the chili game.
HOW MUCH: Free general admission. $20 for cook-off entry
Hall’s Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine
WHEN: Friday, September 30th – October 31st, 2016
WHAT TO DO: Experience an old-fashioned family farm full of fall adventures! Take the kids through a 2-acre cornstalk maze, or jump on the tractor for a hayride tour
HOW MUCH: free general admission. $5 corn maze entry and hayrides *Cash only*
Ace Pet Resort’s Pumpkin Patch in Allen
WHEN: Saturday, October 1st
WHAT TO DO: Bring your family (yes, including furry canines!) to get a great deal on pumpkins and free photos in the photo booth. Take home some homemade baked goods, but share with Fido at your own risk!
So grab your Pumpkin Spice latte and let’s get autumn started! If you have questions about any of the events featured above, or would like to speak with an area expert about other Fall recommendations, give us a call today at 972-899-5600. The Rhodes Team strives to be your one-stop destination for everything North Texas. Residential real estate is our passion, if you or someone you know are thinking of selling or buying, we would love to the opportunity to help you with all your real estate needs.