What: Victory Park Refresh- FREE Popsicle Thursday
When: Thurs. Sept 28th @ 2:00PM –4:00PM
Where: Victory Park
2440 Victory Park Ln., Dallas, TX 75219
Why: Enjoy a free popsicle from Pop Star Handcrafted. Pop Star’s signature VW bus will be parked across the street from the W Dallas hotel, and the treats are free while they last.
What: Lauryn Hill/ Nas / Chronixx
When: Thurs. Sept 28th @ 6:30PM
Where: Toyota Music Factory
300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Why: While Nas’ upcoming album might almost be done, the Queens rapper has plotted a North American takeover with a forthcoming tour alongside collaborator and close friend Lauryn Hill. Comedian Hannibal Buress and reggae star Chronixx will also appear on select tour stops. The two previously collaborated on the Illmatic MC’s 1996 hit “If I Ruled The World.”
What: Dallas Mavericks Open Practice
When: Fri. Sept 29th – Sun. Oct. 1st @ 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
Why: Get an up-close look at the 2017-18 Maverick team, meet Mavs legends, shop for new Nike jerseys and merchandise in the Mavs Hanger, take photos with the Mavs Dancers, Mavs Man, Champ and the ManiAACs during an open-to-the-public practice. Free Parking in Lexus garage.
What: Goodguys 25th Lone Star Nationals
When: Fri. Sept 29th @ 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle, Ft. Worth, TX 76117
Why: The automotive festival features over 2,500 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972 vintage. In addition to the car show: Manufacturer and vendor exhibits, Swap meet and Auto Trader Classics cars-for-sale area, Goodguys Autocross ( test vehicle agility and performance) Goodgals gallery (arts & crafts), Cruise the track in your vehicle, Team Texas NASCAR Stock Car Rides (additional fee), K&N Filters All American Sunday, Kids’ activities including Revell Model Car Make ‘n’ Take, PPG coloring contest, clowns.
What: Pinners Conference and Expo
When: Fri. Sept 29th – Sat. Sept. 30th @ 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Where: Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Why: Learn, create and shop all the creative ideas you see on Pinterest at the Pinners Conference + Expo. The two-day event includes 100 how-to classes and 200 pop-up shops. Fun workshops cover topics such as beauty & fashion, DIY & crafts, lifestyle & learning, food arts, home & home decor, quilting & sewing, party planning, photography, and health & fitness.
What: State Fair of Texas Opening Weekend
When: Fri. Sept 29th – Sun. Oct. 22nd @ 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Where: Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
Why: The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Texans,” a nod to the fair’s “past, present and future neighbors,” and special activities will include concerts on the Main Stage and college football games. Daily activities include the Starlight Parade at 7 p.m. and the Illumination Sensation lights and fireworks show at 8 p.m.
What: State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade
When: Fri. Sept 29th @ 12:00PM
Where: Downtown Dallas
Main St. and Akard St., Dallas, TX 75202
Why: Lunchtime parade through Downtown Dallas celebrates the opening of the State Fair of Texas. The festive procession includes colorful floats, drill teams, bands and plenty more to get you in the fair going spirit.
What: Western Days Festival
When: Fri. Sept 29th – Sat. Sept 30th @ 5:00PM (Fri) and 10:00AM (Sat)
Where: Old Town Lewisville
Church St. and Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75202
Why: The two-day event includes 3 stages for live music and performances, featuring music headliners Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers Band, plus all types of fun activities for the whole family. Highlights include the World Tamale Eating Championship presented by Market Street, Kid Kountry Playground presented by Castle Hills, a mechanical bull, a working blacksmith, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade, Castle Hills Culinary Corner, an art exhibit and much more.
What: Cutting Edge Haunted House
When: Fri. Sept 29th – Sat. Nov. 4th @ 8:00PM
Where: Cutting Edge Haunted House
1701 E. Lancaster Ave., Lewisville, TX 76102
Why: Located in an abandoned meatpacking plant, Cutting Edge has consistently been ranked one of the largest haunted houses in the country, as well as one of the most terrifying. The unnervingly realistic setup combines live actors with lifelike mannequins and special effects.
What: Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Where: Rahr & Sons Brewery
701 Galveston Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76104
Why: Oktoberfest at Rahr & Sons Brewing in Fort Worth starts with a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m., including a beer belly division, followed by an Oktoberfest after party with stein hoisting, costume contest, biergarten with Rahr craft beer, live German polka, Bavarian treats, live entertainment, plus zany contests and games.
What: 2nd Annual BBQ Bash and Brew Bash
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Where: Ellis County Expo Center
2300 W. Hwy 267 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX 75167
Why: Family fun event includes a BBQ and Chili Cook-off, car show, local bands, kids zone, auction, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Bridges Training Foundation, which provides occupational and educational services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
What: Murphy Maize Days
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 10:00AM – 8:30PM
Where: Murphy Central Park
550 N. Murphy Rd., Murphy, TX 75094
Why: 9th Annual Murphy Maize Days is a one day free fall festival open to all. This festival includes a kid zone, preschool area, market vendors, food vendors, main stage, pet area, punkin chunkin, car show, touch-a-truck and fireworks. On the Main Stage: Cody Canada and the Departed and opener Bri Bagwell. 6:30-8 p.m. A large kid zone features bounce houses, fun activities, games, preschool tent, and much more. An A-Maize-Ing fireworks finale will complete the night..
What: Lake Highlands Oktoberfest
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Where: Flagpole Hill
8007 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75238
Why: This family-friendly Oktoberfest brings thousands of people across Dallas-Fort Worth together for the good food, good beer and good times. Come out and enjoy restaurant row, the Party Bar, the Kid Zone and jams from Rhymin N Stealin, Petty Theft, Pearl Gem: The Ultimate Pearl Jam Tribute and Parker Twomey. The Lake Highlands Oktoberfest is produced by the volunteers of the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. All proceeds benefit the Lake Highlands areas directly.
What: Chalk Art Festival
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 10:30AM – 5:00PM
Where: Crockett Row at West 7th
2900 Crockett St., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
Why: Watch as the streets in Fort Worth’s West 7th entertainment district are transformed into works of art at the 3rd annual Chalk Art Festival. Three commissioned street painting artists will spend hours creating colorful installations. There will also be an amateur street painting contest open to anyone who would like to create chalk art on-site during the event. Kids can also get creative in the Kids Chalk Art area. Chalk Art is free to attend. Food and beverages from 7th St. merchants will be available to purchase.
What: World Arirang Korean Fall Festival
When: Sat. Sept 30th @ 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: 2529 FM 1827
2529 FM 1827, McKinney, TX 75071
Why: 2017 World Arirang Korean Fall Festival featuring special Korean Traditional performances, costume exhibition, games, musical instruments exhibition and some of the most delicious Korean cuisine.
What: Dallas Farmers Market presents Canines & Cool Jazz
When: Sun. October 1st @ 11:00AM
Where: Dallas Farmers Market
920 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: Canines & Cool Jazz, features jazz music by Duo Espresso, a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar with Rex’s Seafood, PhotoBot photo booth, dog splash zone, cooking demo – 1 Meal + 1 Quick Treat, dog beer, wine & cheese tastings, watercolor portraits & art activity and more. Adoption groups will be on hand.