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From the Cattle Baron’s Ball to securing your jaunt around Highland Park Village in a horse-drawn carriage for the ultimate Christmas feels (hey, it’s never too early), having all your ducks in a row takes a little planning. Here are our favorite ways to spend the fall season in Dallas. Pumpkin spice latte optional (but totally recommended).

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Plano Balloon Festival, September 22 to 24

Every year these beautiful balloons grace the skies of North Texas in all their colorful glory. Check out the schedule of events here and buy tickets here. If nothing else, #doitforthegram.

Sweat Showcase at the Westin Galleria Dallas, September 24

Kick off the season on the right foot with this well-being summit featuring Simone De La Rue of Body by Simone. This day of fitness and fun includes a stretch class, lunch, panel discussions, a fashion show and more. Buy tickets here.

Hurricane Harvey Benefit Dinner, September 27

Celeb chef John Tesar is gathering his favorite foodie friends and throwing an epic dinner for a very important cause: Feed the Children. Funds from this dinner will also go toward delivering tractor-trailer loads of disaster relief supplies to Houston and the surrounding areas. Buy tickets here.

Make Reservations for Carriage Rides at Highland Park Village

Oh, you thought you could just show up and jump onto a horse-drawn carriage? Wrong. Start stalking this website the first week of October to book. The closer to Christmas, the harder it is to secure a spot. Unfortunately, it is totally worth the trouble, so people keep doing it year after year.

BubblyQ, October 5

This annual affair is the ultimate in young professional philanthropy. The Ritz-Carlton and chef Dean Fearing welcome guests to enjoy food stations from the best chefs in town along with endless Champagne and fun auction prizes. Not to jinx it, but the weather is usually phenomenal. Buy tickets here

Sign Up for a Mini Session for Holiday Cards

Yes, October is the time to book and shoot your holiday-card photos if you are going to take advantage of professional mini sessions. Start looking now and be ready to pounce when photographers release slots to the public. Jess Barfield CreativeKristen Dee Photography and Kacey Gilpen Photography are great places to start.

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Flea Style, October 21

Dallas Market Center’s North Hall is being taken over by 220 vendors selling pretty much everything a gal could ever wish for. From clothes to art and even furniture, this is the ultimate shopping experience for those who appreciate shopping local. Buy tickets here.

Cattle Baron’s Ball, October 21

It’s the perfect time to break in those new Miron Crosby boots. This year’s event chairs have scored country duo Brooks & Dunn to rock the stage at this year’s gala with an annual mission of kicking cancer to the curb. Buy tickets here.

Stalk Trader Joe’s for the Elusive White Pumpkins 

Sure, everyone loves traditional orange pumpkins, but those with interior design on the brain lose their minds over these pretty pale pumpkins that go with literally everything in your home. If we were the betting type, we would put all of our chips on their being released in early October.

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Go Glamping

Because sometimes you need to ditch the fancy hotels and hang out in nature. And by that, we mean doing so while maintaining access to running water and great coffee. Here are some of our favorite spots.

Rosé All Day, October 29

Despite the inclination to resist our favorite pink drink post-Labor Day, when it’s for charity, we can make an exception. This inaugural event at Lee Park features lots of food, wine and camaraderie in support of AiRS (Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery). Official details haven’t even hit the web yet, but consider this your official save-the-date.

An Epic Halloween Party, October 31

There are bound to be a ton of killer parties, but we can definitely confirm that if you want to dress up and sip sophisticated spirits, the bash at Le Bilboquet is at the top of the fun chain. Details to come here.

Chefs for Farmers Main Event, November 5

If you attend one foodie festival this year, let this be the one. The entire lawn at Lee Park is packed with the absolute best food and drink from around the country. Plus, it’s nice to give kudos to the farmers who grow it all. Tickets always sell out, but for now are available here.

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Transition from Beer Gardens to Cocktail Dens

Start researching your favorite indoor cocktail spots. We are crushing hard on the latest and greatest cocktail haven on Henderson, Bar Stellar. And with cocktail names like Pinky Promise, Smoke and Honey, and A Proper Smash, can you really blame us?

The Edge of Texas Party, November 10 and 11

Texas Monthly and VisitDallas are coming together for this event that is totally Texas. And while there is going to be an epic party on Friday night at the Fashion Industry Gallery, we are super intrigued by Saturday’s “storytelling” session, with editors conducting interviews and leading exploratory discussions on subjects central to the state of Texas, its future and its place in the world. Buy tickets here.

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Lakewood Home Festival, November 10 to 12

Always walk past that dreamy house on the corner and wonder what it looks like inside? Sign up for the Lakewood Home Festival’s annual home tour for a good old-fashioned case of house envy. Or house inspiration, depending on your mind-set. Find more info here.

Chi Omega Christmas Market, November 15 to 18

You definitely do not have to be a Chi Omega alumna to shop this festive gift mart. Hundreds of darling vendors take over Fair Park so that you can raise money for charity and knock out all of your Christmas shopping. Get more details here, and watch for tickets to go on sale. Yep, fall just went by that fast.  

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