Bedford Blues and BBQ
951 L. Don Dodson, Bedford
Featuring great music and great food this
annual reasonably priced event is held on
Labor Day weekend.
Greek Festival of Texas
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas
972- 991-1166; www.greekfestivalofdallas.com
Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and
more at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox
Church Greek Festival.
State Fair of Texas
3921 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas
Walk through the State Fair entrance
and you’ll be greeted by Big Tex, the
legendary statue that is the fair’s mascot.
The Fair features rides, entertainment
and plenty of food. It’s known for its
unique fried treats.
In Touch Credit Union
Plano Balloon Festival
Oak Point Park
2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano
This annual event features 40 hot air
balloons, entertainment on two stages, tons
of food, arts and crafts, skydivers, fireworks
and a kid’s fun zone. Enjoy the balloon
launch, balloon glow and fly-in competition, weather permitting, . Third weekend
Boo at the Dallas Zoo
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E)
Dallas; 214-670-5650; www.dallaszoo.com
Each year, the Dallas Zoo offers a safe
venue for young trick-or-treaters.
Each year Grapevine marks the migration
of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico with a
celebration and parade.
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street, Dallas
This annual event at the Dallas Symphony
features the antics of nerdy Mr. Kirby
(Dan Kamin) who must be convinced of
the magical powers of music. Pre-event
activities in the lobby include a piano
keyboard dance floor, costume contest,
and many fun family games.
Haggard Park Downtown Plano
901 E. 15th Street, Plano
The annual Oktoberfest-style event hosted
by the Historic Downtown Plano Association features German-inspired cuisine, beer,
live music, an artist village, wiener dog
fashion show, keg bowling, kid’s zone and a
VIP beer garden.
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and
Western Swing Festival
Fort Worth Stockyards
121 E Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth
This three-day event features a chuck
wagon gathering, some traditional rodeo
events, including the Ranch Rodeo
in which competitors represent their
ranches, cowboy poetry and lots of food
and great music.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance
Ride and Concert
817- 265-1535; www.srvrideandconcert.org
In October, Texas blues musician Stevie
Ray Vaughan is honored with a parade
and concert. The parade begins at Hooters
in Dallas and travels to Arlington for the
concert. For a small fee participants can
ride their motorcycles in the parade.
Chi Omega Christmas Market
3600 Grand Avenue, Dallas
First held in 1978, this wonderful
Christmas Market at Fair Park in Dallas
has tons of unique gift items. The event
benefits several local charities.
Dallas Dance Festival
This annual event features professional and
emerging dance companies performing in
the Dallas Arts District.
Lights at Legacy
The Shops at Legacy
5741 Legacy Drive, Plano, 469-467-9995,
The annual tree lighting and holiday
celebration at the Shops at Legacy. Crafts
and activities for kids, live entertainment,
caricatures, face painting, photos with
Santa and more!
The annual YMCA Turkey Trot held
on Thanksgiving morning in Dallas
has a host of other events besides the
race. The Turkey Trot began in the
1940s, but became an annual event
beginning in 1968.
Children’s Health Holiday Parade
The Children’s Health Holiday Parade
benefits the Child Life program at the
hospital. Now in its 30th year this event
is a Dallas tradition, looked forward to by
children and adults alike.
Dickens of a Christmas
Be transported back to Christmas’ past with
this delightful Christmas festival in McKinney.
Enjoy horse-drawn carriages, carols, music,
food and plenty of activities for children.
The Trains at NorthPark
NorthPark, 8687 North Central Expressway,
Dallas, 214-361-6345; www.rmhdallas.org
This huge exhibit of toy trains at
NorthPark Center in Dallas benefits the
Ronald McDonald House. The trains
travel over 1600 feet of track through
major cities such as Dallas, San Francisco and New York. You can sponsor
individual cars which will be personalized with your name.