While some fall activities in Dallas are as obvious as Dallas Cowboys football and the Texas State Fair, others are new and exciting and need a little explanation. And because we obviously want you to have the best autumn ever, we are here to give you a baller bucket list that includes both. The only thing to consider when conquering this list is which activity to check off first. Enjoy!
Here Are 15 Fabulous Fall Things to Do in Dallas This Year
1. Snag a Rezzy at the Hottest New Restaurant in Town
The Mexican is the Design District diva serving up some of the best cocktails in town along with a Northern Mexican-inspired menu that is far from your typical Tex-Mex combo platter. Everything about the sexy yet sophisticated space by Paulina Moran screams celebrate and the unique flavors in each dish are just icing on the cake. Make sure to look to your left and to your right to get a glimpse of the see-and-be-seen social set noshing on chicharron de ribeye, lobster enchiladas and filet and bone marrow tacos. Reserve a table here.
1401 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
2. Cheer on America’s Team
With Dak out for at least six weeks post injury during the week one game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team is going to need the Cowboy faithful to cheer them to victory now more than ever. And while all the home games are a good excuse to get out and have a beer for “Dem Boys” on Sunday, we are partial to the beloved Thanksgiving game. This year that game is being played against the New York Giants on Thursday, November 24. Buy tickets here.
3. Get that Glow Up
Anyone who has ever sought out aesthetic services has heard from their esthetician that fall is officially peel season. And whether you want something that feels good and gives you an instant glow or opt for a medical grade goop that is going to have you shedding skin like a snake, now is the time to book that treatment to get your complexion looking great and feeling smooth. Get the scoop on our favorite Dallas beauty treatments here.
4. Attend an Outdoor Dining Event
When it comes to dining al fresco in DFW, time is of the essence. And while the window to enjoy a lovely meal outdoors is small, it still exists, and should be taken full advantage of. One dinner to put on your calendar is the annual Harvest Dinner put on by the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. With a setup within the property’s serenity garden adjacent to LAW, the menu is made of dishes made with herbs and produce harvested on property. Each hyper seasonal dish is paired with a delicious cocktail. The dinner is going down on October 13 and details on securing your spot will be released here.
4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving; fourseasons.com/dallas
5. Get your Pretty Pumpkin Fix
Autumn at the Arboretum is like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Super Bowl. In its 17th season, the enchanted gardens give the people what they want to see. And what they want to see is 100,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. This year’s theme, A Fall Fairy Tale, takes guests through classic stories such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & The Beanstalk and more. Check out daily programming here.
8525 Garland Road, dallasarboretum.org
6. Then Go Pick One Out to Actually Take Home
Fresh off your arboretum adventures and ready to pick out the perfect pumpkin to call your own? There’s a local pumpkin patch for that. And while living in the city makes finding a plethora of pumpkins a little bit more challenging than in other places, there are still some tried and true places to find exactly what you are looking for. Some of our favorite patches in the Dallas area include the Dallas Farmers Market, Howell Farms, and St. James Episcopal Church.
7. Take Part in a Cherished Texas Tradition at the State Fair of Texas
Listen, everyone in Dallas goes to the State Fair of Texas at least once every fall. This year’s musical guests include Trace Adkins, Ashanti and more. Already licking your lips dreaming of a Fletcher’s Corny Dog? Save some room for this year’s 2022 Big Tex Choice Award winners including the deep-fried BLT, the deep-fried lasagna roll and some beautiful dessert by the name of peanut butter paradise. Buy your tickets here. The fun lasts from September 30 through October 23.
8. Explore Grapevine at Grape Fest
This festival is the perfect place to celebrate Texas wine. Our state is home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards, and produces nearly three million gallons of wine each year. Celebrate September 15 to 18 at this fun festival. Can't make it? The Urban Wine Trail is always available to check out if you are looking for a fun girls weekend away or even a day trip. More details and the weekend event schedule here.
9. Book a Weekend Getaway with Friends
The Dallas-based hop-on jet service JSX recently announced a new, daily nonstop to Orange County starting on Thursday, September 29, and we cannot stop googling weekend getaway options. Because what is fall without taking a little fall break? We obviously love treating ourselves to this flight because you can check in and go just 20 minutes before your flight. Montage Laguna Beach, anyone? What are you waiting for? Get to planning!
10. Get Inspired at the Kip’s Bay Decorator Show House
In its third year of bringing the best of design to Dallas, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House is scheduled to run from September 22 to September 25. Designers to look out for include Shelly Johnstone Design, Anthony Baratta, Blaire Designs, Branca Inc., and more. Located at 9250 Meadowbrook Drive, the home sits on 2.3 acres creekside acres with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The show benefits the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club which provides young people with educational and developmental programs in New York City in addition to Dwell with Dignity and The Crystal Charity Ball here in Dallas. Buy tickets here.
11. Expand Your Mind at a Traveling Exhibit
The Immersive King Tut exhibition takes you on a mythical journey through the Egyptian afterlife. Located at Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas, this exciting and awe-inspiring exhibit opens on September 23 through November 13. Buy tickets here.
12. Drink Seasonal Beer at Oktoberfest
This family-friendly event brings thousands of people outdoors to enjoy the brisk fall air and to enjoy good food, good beer and good times. This year's annual event happens on October 1st at Flagpole Hill. Think: bands, kid-friendly fun and a whole host of restaurants offering everything from brats to ice cream and everything in between. And one can’t forget to sip a local, seasonal bear by Oak Highlands Brewery. Buy tickets here.
13. Attend a Philanthropic Foodie Festival
The fall philanthropic season in Dallas is jam packed with ways to give back, and while you can get lost in all the options for partying for a good cause, we do have one of our favorite missions that we cannot help but mention. Chefs for Farmers is in its 11th year of showcasing Texas’ best chef and food artisans in conjunction with the farmers that make it all possible. Look for delicious bites by John Tesar (Knife), Junior Borges (Meridian), Travis Heim (Heim), and more. The Main Event is happening on Sunday, November 6 at Old City Park, and you can get your tickets here.
14. Get Your Heart Pumping at a New Workout Class
Hit Sh*T and Get Fit. That’s the motto of this hot new workout class that is going to help us all get mean and lean by next summer. Ding Ding Group Boxing is an ideal class to try with friends because it can be adapted to all levels of ability and is stacked with great teachers that can give you a crash course in throwing those bows. We just know you’ll be amazed at the therapeutic power of, well, punching something. Book your first class here.
3516 Ross Avenue or https://dingdinggroupboxing.com
15. Grab a Meal with Your Four-Legged Pal
Whether it’s the Katy Trail Ice House (pictured) after a long walk or Mutt’s Canine Cantina in Uptown, the important point not to miss here is that you need to savor this precious patio season with your pup while you can. Because only Texans can relate to it finally feeling OK to sit outside without breaking into a full sweat. Those cute flannels and cozy coats? We’ll be saving that for the wintertime.