Texans love to have a party, and they really get going in the fall when it gets cooler. There is something almost every weekend in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Lately wine and beer festivals have gained popularity, and there are holiday related festivals as well. The Texas State Fair is the biggest festival there is, and goes on for nearly a month. Smaller festivals are fun too, and have a lot to offer.
Texas State Fair
3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-9931

Dates: Sept. 30 – Oct. 23. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. General admission $12-$16

The Texas State Fair is one of the things the Lone Star state is famous for. It’s fair lasts 24 days with 74 concerts, a major car show, college football, and that’s just the special events. Regular events include the usual fare of animals and plants on display, as well as art. One unique thing is the fried food cook off, where just about anything can and will be deep fried. There is also a large carnival with all the usual rides. It’s so big you will need a guide just to get around. Season passes are available.

30th Annual Grapefest
Downtown Grapevine
636 S. Main St.
Grapevine, Texas 76051
(800) 457-6338

Dates: Sept. 15-18. 9 a.m. to midnight. Cost is $5 daily or $23 for entire festival.

Grapevine is on the northwest edge of Dallas, and close to Fort Worth. It is the center of the Texas wine industry, and this celebration is about all things related to wine. You can even stomp grapes the old fashioned way. Many wines made in Texas, and some from other places, are available for tasting and for sale.  The festival has the usual fare of great food and games, but there are special events that you may purchase tickets for. It is one of the few festivals where the wine is judged by people at the festival.

Dallas Observer Brewfest
Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 757-8452

Date: Sept. 10. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $35. Day of the event tickets are $55.

The Dallas Observer Brewfest is a small festival, and doesn’t last long, but it is growing in popularity. The festival is sponsored by Whole Foods  Market. There will be live music, but more importantly perhaps, 400 beers from Dallas and around the world. Your admission includes 10 two-ounce samples. Area restaurants will be set up selling their food.

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Dallas Chocolate Festival
Addison Conference Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-6241

Dates: Sept 9-10, Noon until midnight each day. Cost is $5 for children and $30 for adults.

The Dallas Chocolate Festival enters its fifth year in September. This festival feature 30 or more chocolate makers from around the nation. There will be chocolate making demonstrations, tastings, food trucks, music, and a children’s area. On Friday night a documentary showing how chocolate is made will be shown. Saturday is the big day, with all the vendors showing all kinds of chocolate, along with demonstrations. There will be food trucks and live music.

Western Days
Downtown Lewisville
151 W. Church St.
Lewisville, TX 75057
(972) 219-3400

Dates: Sept. 23-24.  Friday 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m., 11:30 p.m. The event is free

Of course if its in Dallas, there has to be a cowboy involved. Western Days is in Lewisville, and brings back the memories of old days and the legend of the cowboy. Live country music will be played at all times, along with gun fight and cattle drive re-enactments. There is also a parade, lots of activities for kids, and plenty of food.  The festival is also host to the 10th Annual World Tamale Eating Contest.

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