The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, which means there are plenty of things to do at any given time of the year, and of course, October is no different.
While there’s plenty of advertisements about all the haunted houses (some of the biggest and most famous in the U.S.) and spooky things to do here this month, maybe creepy isn’t your calling.
Here are some other fun things to do this month!
Cottonwood Art Festival (October 6 & 7)
This is always a fun festival to go to, whether you choose to go in spring or fall – or both! Local and traveling artists and craftspeople come together to show and sell their work in the gorgeous Cottonwood Park in Richardson. They also have a student showcase where young artists in high school have the opportunity to do the same.
Dallas Fan Days (October 19 – 21)
Whether you’re there for the cosplays, the artists, or the celebrity meet-and-greets, Dallas Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center is a great place to get your nerd on. This year they’ve got two of my faves: Karl Urban and Matt Smith, among many others. Make sure to check what days your favorite celebrities are appearing, so you get to see them!
State Fair of Texas (Sept. 28 – Oct. 21)
Howdy, folks! Whether you’re there for the rides, the attractions, or the food, the state fair has something for everyone. Plus, it’s a Texas tradition! There’s always deals going on, so check the website to see the best day for you to go.
Huffines Art Trails (October 27 & 28)
Similar to Cottonwood Art Festival, this local art festival is a great way to check out local artists in a gorgeous park setting. It’s even in Richardson, TX, too! This year they’re doing a dog event on Saturday, so get your furry friend and check it out!
Autumn at the Arboretum (Sept. 22 – Nov. 21)
I mentioned in this post that I want to go see the pumpkin display at the Arboretum, so it’s no surprise I’d include it on this list. Go see the pumpkins, enjoy nature, and let your imagination fly with Peter Pan and the other characters from Neverland!
Stars Games (Season starts Oct. 4)
The Dallas Stars are my favorite professional hockey team and have been for almost 15 years. Whether you like hockey or not, the games are always fun to go to and being in downtown Dallas is awesome!
Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard Natural Science Museum (Through Feb. 18, 2019)
Head up to McKinney to enjoy the nature trails at the Heard Museum! And if you go before February, you get to see the animatronic dinosaurs while you’re walking! It’s even more fun if you go when temperatures are above 35 degrees so you get to see them in motion.
There are also plenty of pumpkin patches and other fall festivals in the area, or if you’re not in the DFW area, do a quick Google search for activities going on around your town. Fall is the absolute best time to get out and enjoy all the things going on and get a jumpstart on the holidays!