October is kicking off with a bang this weekend! Art fairs and exhibits, the State Fair of Texas is opening this Friday and you have concerts at every corner. But don’t worry, we are here to help you choose where to go first.

Come right in, because here’s the only list you need!

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Cottonwood Art Festival

When: October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Cottonwood Park | 1321 W. Beltline Rd., Richardson
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The second and final Cottonwood Art Festival event is happening this weekend. The juried art show will feature more than 150 visual artists from all around the country, an art stop for kids with lots of artsy activities to entertain the little ones, two stages with live performances, wine and beer tastings, and a variety of food options.

Fall Plano Train Show

When: October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Plano Event Center | 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
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For two days model train enthusiasts will have the chance to be wowed at the Plano Event Center with more than 18 train layouts on display and some of the best home layouts will also be on tour. If you were thinking of building your own set, check the clinic schedule where experts will share tips on how to begin, or if you are a model train veteran yourself stay around to find out ways to up your game.

You are still on time for Oktoberfest!

First Saturday Tour – AT&T Performing Arts Center

When: October 1, 2022 | 10:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m.
Where:  AT&T Performing Arts Center | 2403 Flora St, Dallas
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Every first Saturday of the month the ATTPAC takes visitors on a world-class tour of its venues including the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. The 45-minute tours are free of charge and are conducted by trained docents. Just show up, as there is no need for reservations.

CityLine Live Fall Concert Series

When: Every Friday and Saturday from September 2 through October 29, 2022 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: CityLine Plaza | 1150 State Street, Richardson
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Get your lawn chair ready because live music returns to the outdoor CityLine plaza this fall. This weekend BJ Stricker will take the stage on Friday with some pop-rock tunes, followed by Kelsie Kee’s indie rock on Saturday. Enjoy the music from one of the restaurant patios on State Street or make a picnic out of your to-go order and take a spot at the plaza.

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State Fair of Texas

When: September 30 through October 23, 2022 | See the full schedule
Where: Fair Park Dallas | 3809 Grand Ave
, Dallas
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Come celebrate all things Texan with amusement rides, rodeos, pig races, puppet shows and much more! Try to get there at nighttime to get a glace of the new Kroger starlight parade and marvel at over-the-top floats and life-sized puppets lighting up the Fair Park skyline, created by Kern Studios of New Orleans. And of course, how could we forget the food? Deep-fried lasagna, anyone?  

Concerts by the Creek: Fall Series

When: September 3 through October 22, 2022 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Watters Creek | 970 Garden Park Dr
, Allen
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Every Saturday you’ll get a chance to enjoy live music outdoors on the Village Green. Get some warm blankets and lawn chairs and find your spot before you grab food and beverages from one of the restaurants at Watters Creek or picnic supplies from the market street. This Saturday, enjoy a live performance by Buffalo Blues Band, a classic party-tunes cover band, from the ’50s through today.

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Frisco Arts Walk and Run

When: September October 1, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: HALL Park | 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco
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Frisco sure likes to jog! Running tickets are sold out for this event but so many people wanted to join in they are offering a new stroll registration so you can enjoy “all the inspiration without the perspiration.” The new registration is $20 and doesn’t include the runners’ packet (medal, T-shirt and race swag), but if you are here for the art the route will not disappoint. You’ll walk across the Texas sculptures garden, and get to wave at pop-up musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists along the way.

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Pratham DFW Carnival of Colors

When: October 2, 2022 | 3:00 p.m.
Where: Oak Point Park | 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
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Take a stroll through the city with a dash of color. This family-friendly event will feature games, ice cream, music, a fun photo booth and of course, color powder. All proceeds from the event will support education for kids and young people in India.

Cowboys vs. Commanders Watch Party

When: October 2, 2022 | 12:00 p.m.
WhereThe Box Garden at Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano
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Cheer to your favorite team this weekend with a match of Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Commanders. Enjoy the game next to fellow fans on Legacy Hall’s giant 24-ft screen and check the special prices on Miller Lite buckets.

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Legacy West Art Club

When: September 17 through October 18, 2022 | 12:00 p.m.
WhereLegacy West | 5908 Headquarters Dr, Plano
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If you are stopping by Legacy West this Saturday, let the kids have some artsy fun at the seasonal activation space located in front of Nike and Free People. Every month Legacy West will add new activities for younglings of all ages to express themselves.

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Even More Great Things To Do This Weekend in Dallas & Collin County

Happy Fall Fest
When: October 1, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WhereAllen Senior Recreation Center | 451 E. St. Mary Drive, Allen
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Quilt Exhibit at Chestnut Square
When: September 30, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Village at Chestnut Square | 315 S Chestnut Street, McKinney
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Care to Craft at The Grove
When: October 1, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Grove at Frisco Commons | 1509 H Avenue, Plano
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Psychedelic Robot
When: Thurs to Sat, 3:00 – 9:00 P.M. | Sundays 12:00 – 9:00 P.M.
WhereThe Shops at Willow Bend | 6121 W Park Blvd, Plano
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Sip and Throw Pottery Workshop
When: October 1, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Jump into Art Studios | 404 N Church St, McKinney
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Nerd Halen
When: September 30, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Box Garden at Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano
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