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Folks, events season is upon us, and we mean it when we say there’s something for everyone. So grab your calendar, because your fall is about to get a lot busier--and more exciting--thanks to this list of can’t-miss happenings around town. (And yes, Tim McGraw is involved.)


WhatLaura Wilson's New Photography Exhibit
When: Now through February 14, 2016
Where: Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth

Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson must be proud of their mama. Her newest exhibit, That Day: Laura Wilson, features 74 images that range from South Texas debutantes to poor Americans during the 1980s oil/financial crisis.


WhatSMU Mustangs vs. UNT Mean Green
When: Saturday, September 12
Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium

Pony up for some college-football action. (SMU even has a decent chance of winning this one.) Tickets are still available, but you don’t necessarily need one to Boulevard (that’s SMU-speak fortailgating). Take the red Solo cups; leave the cocktails at home.


What: Le Dîner En Blanc
When: Thursday, September 17
Where: Location TBD

It’s the inaugural year in Dallas for this secret pop-up fete, the location of which isn’t disclosed until 15 minutes before the start time. Guests will dine Parisian-style with all-white everything, from the attire to the chairs and tablecloths. Fair warning: The event is sold out, but tickets are still being given out by volunteers and sponsors, so you never know what could happen. Also, consider this your heads-up to get on the sign-up list for next year now.


WhatTexas State Fair
When: September 25 to October 18
Where: Fair Grounds

If you think this is the year of Paleo menus, hit the Texas State Fair and think again. Walk the grounds (300,000 square feet) and indulge in the fried Oreos, fried beer and fried carrot cake. Don’t forget towear comfortable shoes--and greet the new Big Tex at the gate.


What: Cattle Baron's Ball
When: Saturday, October 3
Where: Gilley’s Dallas

This Texas-sized event is celebrating its 41st year raising money (and a lot of it) for the American Cancer Society. The boots-and-bling-themed party will feature a headliner performance by TimMcGraw and is likely to be a fund-raiser to remember.


What: Stylemaker Awards
When: Thursday, October 15
Where: The Plaza

After months of nominations and voting, six Dallasites will have their fashion acumen judged by local celebutantes at a stunning, trend-packed fashion show. Don a chic cocktail dress and be ready to mingle at Tootsies--and maybe you’ll earn yourself a nomination for Stylemaker 2016.


What: Young Texans Against Cancer’s Bubbly Q
When: Thursday, October 22
Where: The Ritz-Carlton

This charity event will mix two things we love: Champagne and creative food. Leave the Spanx at home, because the event offers eats from the city’s hottest restaurants (CBD, Nobu, Salum) and the chance to network with some of Dallas’s sharpest upcoming young professionals.


What: Chefs for Farmers
When: Sunday, October 25
Where: Lee Park

What began as a humble food-centric social has turned into the foodie event in Dallas. At the casual,Sunday-picnic-style gathering, you can sample food from more than 120 of the finest chefs in the area (like Chad Houser, Jason Dady and Junior Borges) as you sip on local craft beers and specialty cocktails from mixologists like Trevor Landry (Dish) and Phillip Smith (The Standard Pour).


What: Partners Card
When: October 30 to November 8
Where: All over Dallas

You can score some amazing deals at this annual, weeklong event. Purchase a $70 card from The Family Place and receive 20 percent off at national chains like Pottery Barn, Burberry and J.Crew, as well as local boutiques like Tootsies, Hadleigh’s and Stanley Korshak. All proceeds from the purchase of the card go straight to The Family Place, which raises funds for abused women and children.


What: Filament opening
When: TBD October
Where: Deep Ellum

Chef Matt McCallister hasn't answered the "when" here, but he did tell us that his newest creation will be in Deep Ellum and will be a Southern farm-to-table-focused brasserie similar to the chef's famed FT33.

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