It’s festival season in Texas and that means there’s a lot to do! Here’s our very long list of the best fall festivals in Plano and beyond.
Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of family-oriented entertainment. German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplatten, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. A special “Oktoberfest” Paulaner Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more. There are carnival rides, midway games, and children’s entertainment. Guests can register to dine at the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus for a full service dining experience featuring an exclusive menu.
Plano Balloon Festival
Award-winning three day festival September 21-23, 2018 located in the City of Plano, the official Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas. The InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival features 40-50 colorful hot air balloons, live entertainment on two stages, food vendors galore, arts and crafts booths, kids fun zone, corporate exhibitors, parachute team exhibition, and fireworks show presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA. The weekend also includes the Plano Balloon Festival Races: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K fun run.
September 23, 2-6PM
Rodeo on the River!
The public can mosey up to The Club at Trinity Falls, for free activities including live music, trick roping, a petting zoo, pony rides, photo opportunities with a live steer and armadillo races. Proceeds from the event benefit ManeGait equine therapy in McKinney.
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Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is a family favorite, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities and much more.
September 28-October 21
State Fair of Texas
September 29, 9AM – 4PM
Pumpkin Patch for Brittany Rescue in Texas
Brittany Rescue of Texas (BRIT) is holding their annual pumpkin patch fundraiser to benefit Brittany dogs in need across Texas. They have a great selection of fall pumpkins in various sizes and three sizes of beautiful mums, as well as vendor booths. Ace Pet Resort – 861 E. Main St. Allen, TX 75002
September 29, 9AM – 7PM
Pumpkin Fest presented by Calloway’s Nursery
Pumpkin Fest is an annual, family-friendly event for Calloway’s to give back to local communities. Members of the community are invited to enjoy these fun activities at Calloway’s Nursery locations across Dallas-Fort Worth: arts & crafts, pansy planting, Mad Science interactive demos, harvest games, costumed characters, giveaways, and seasonal treats.
Calloway’s Garden Center and Nursery, participating locations: Arlington – South, Dallas, Denton, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Fort Worth – North, Hebron, Houston – Cornelius, Hurst, Lewisville, Little Elm, Mansfield, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Plano – North, Preston Road, Richardson, Southlake
September 29, 4PM – 6PM
2018 Dallas Fall Whiskey Tasting Festival
It’s fall and whiskey is waiting for you. Join the special fall whiskey tasting event that will excite your pallet and tease your taste buds! Get ready to engage your senses, connect with others and enjoy a memorable moment. Bottled Blonde – 505 N Good Latimer Expy, Dallas
September 29, 10:45AM – 9:45PM
Murphy Maize Days
There will be live music all day, great food, drinks, market vendors, kid zone, and much more!
October 6, 10AM – 2PM
Fall Fest at the Dallas Farmers Market
This fun-filled one-day family event is to celebrate everything fall! This year’s free family event will include a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, balloon artists, face painting, live entertainment, and the perfect backdrop for those fall photos. For admission, please bring a non-perishable food donation for North Texas Food Bank. Dallas Farmers Market – 920 South Harwood Street, Dallas TX 75201
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October 6, 4PM – 8PM
Cedarbrook Media’s Prosper Pumpkinfest
Prosper’s Fall Festival is a FREE event, complete with live music, Kid Zone, costume contest, food trucks, shopping, a chili contest and PUMPKINS GALORE! Frontier Park – 1551 W Frontier Pkwy, Prosper TX 75078
Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 1,400 artists submitted their work for consideration.The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Cottonwood isn’t just about the art, though. The festival also features local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk.
Plano Food & Wine Festival
Day filled with wine tastings, delicious food, live music and shopping! Over 100 wines, 4 bands, 15 restaurants, local food trucks, culinary demonstrations, grape stomping and 100 artisans and boutiques! The event is free & family friendly! Wine tasting tickets and food will be available to purchase!
Plano International Festival
Tour the world and improve your wellness at the Plano International Festival. The area’s largest cultural event offers food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, and cultural displays from over 100 countries. The Children’s Global Village lets kids explore the world through music, STEM activities, crafts, and other fun learning opportunities. The Festival also features a Fitness and Wellness Fair with free flu shots and health screenings for kids and adults. Admission and parking are free.
Steinfest is an Oktoberfest-style event hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association that celebrates outstanding beer, great food and the right kind of polka music to get you and your friends dancing in the street.
McKinney Food & Wine Festival
The highlights of the festival include wine from North Texas and California wineries, 3 bands, 100 artisans and boutiques, culinary demonstrations throughout the day, a variety of delicious food from local restaurants and food trucks, a play zone for kids and grape stomping competitions!
Come dressed in costume with your trick or treat bag for a fun night of carnival games and candy! Tom Muehlenbeck Center, Plano.
Pumpkins, Pinots and Pooches
An evening of ghostly tails awaits you at the Heritage Farmstead Museum.
Join us for an ADULT* evening of Ghostly “Tails” by the spooktacular North 40 Story Tellers, a clean-crafted wine tasting by Scout and Cellar: have your caricature drawn by caricaturist Mark Stokes and enjoy some friendly dog “Tricks and Treats” to include a costume contest, puppy parade, bobbing for apples and dog training in the meadow by Camp Bow Wow.All on the historic grounds of the Heritage Farmstead Museum.
October 26, 10 AM – 12 PM
Trick or Treat at the Farm
Put on your favorite costume and come Trick or Treat at the Farmstead. Activities include trick or treating, chicken feeding, tractor rides, a craft, and so much more! Open to ages 1-9.
October 27, 9AM
McKinney Fall Festival and Monster Dash 5K
The festivities will kick off with the Monster Dash 5k. The event will also feature great food, live music, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, costume contests, over 60 boutiques and shops and plenty of cold beer. TUPPS Brewery – 721 Anderson St. McKinney, TX 75069
October 28, 11AM – 1PM
Frisco Fall Festival
Free festival with kids costume contest, pumpkin painting, catch on the field (bring your gloves!), face painting, playground and bounce house, $1 food and beverages. Dr Pepper Ballpark – 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
Fall Festival with 2nd annual Cruise-In Car Show
St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to its annual community fall festival on Sunday, October 28, from 5-6:30 p.m., at 5801 W. Plano Parkway. The festival features free fun for the whole family including carnival games, bounce houses, inflatables, and trunk or treat. All children are invited to come in costume. Additionally, the United Methodist Men are hosting the second annual Cruise-In Car Show from 3 – 6:30 p.m. with all proceeds from entrants benefiting The Storehouse of Collin County. For spectators, the car show is free. For anyone interested in entering a car, registration is from 3-4:30 p.m. with awards at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee is $20 or $15 with a donation of one bag of canned goods. Awards include “Best of Show” and “Top Ten.”