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The 2017 Dallas Guide to Fall Festivals & Carnivals

There are a bunch of fall festivals and events happening in Dallas this year for the entire family. From Oktoberfests to Halloween carnivals, check out our list and let us know in the comments if we missed one of your favorites!

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31st Annual GrapeFest

Location :: Downtown Grapevine

Date :: September 14-17, 2017; Thursday: 10am-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-11:30pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm

Cost :: $8 for adults, $5 for children (6-12), ages 5 & under are free

There’s four full days of festival fun for everyone at GrapeFest. Yes, it’s *technically* a wine festival but they have made it the family-friendliest wine festival in all the land. Your kids will love the games and rides along the Carnival and Midway. And you can have interactive fun in the KidsWorld – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Fun Builds, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and much more.

Addison Oktoberfest

Location :: Addison Circle Park

Date :: September 14-17, 2017; Thursday: 6-11pm, Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday: 12pm-12am, Sunday: 12-6pm

Cost :: $10/ages 12 & up, kids under 12 free, Thursday and Sunday are FREE for all ages. Several package deals, including a kids package, available here.

Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of traditional Bavarian music, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children’s entertainment and, of course, genuine German food and das bier. Don’t miss the Dachshund Dash on Sunday!

All Saints Fall Fest!

Location :: All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Drive, Dallas, Texas 75248

Date :: September 16-17, 2017; Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 10:30am-4pm

Cost :: FREE to attend, purchase tickets for rides and games

All Saints Fall Fest offers fun for the whole family – face painting, bounce houses, a huge silent auction with great values, food, live music, and my favorite carnival activity of all time: THE CAKE WALK. There will be plenty of delicious food and beverages, including BBQ, hamburgers, bratwurst, pizza, chili, and a beer & wine garden.
 

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

Location :: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75240

Date :: September 22-24, 2017; Friday: noon-11pm, Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: noon-6pm

Cost :: $6/adults, kids 12 & under are free (Food Coupons are needed)

If you’ve ever driven down Hillcrest during Greek Food Fest, you don’t need to be told how hot this event is. People are into it! 3 days of Greek food, music, dancing, and fun! Must always mention the kids area – this one has sand art & crafts, caricature artists, face painting, and more.

McKinney Oktoberfest

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney

Date: September 22-24, 2017; Friday: 4-11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: noon-5pm

Cost: FREE admission, food/beverage and some activities (carnival, petting zoo, rock climbing, etc) require coupons 

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is super family-friendly, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, and children’s activities, spanning 14 blocks in downtown McKinney.

Southlake Oktoberfest

Location :: Southlake Town Square

Date :: October 6-8, 2017; Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 12-5pm

Cost :: FREE admission and parking

Come dressed in your best lederhosen and dirndl and stay for lots of food, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and wiener dog racin’. If you happen to have a wiener dog, by all means, register for the race and costume contest!

Oak Cliff Pumpkinfest

Location :: Bishop Art’s District

Date :: October 8, 2017; 4pm -9pm

Cost :: FREE!

A neighborhood family event celebrating all things PUMPKIN! Dunk tanks, outdoor movies all evening with free popcorn, face painting, loads of games, and live music. Oh, yes, and a costume contest, if you’re the type who has your costume situation sorted this early in the month.

Family Fright Night 

Location :: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony, TX 75056

Date :: October 21-22, 2017; 4pm -9am

Cost :: TBD

I’m picturing a Venn diagram with a big circle for camping and a big circle for Halloween, and this event is smack in the middle of the overlap. This popular annual family Halloween campout at Stewart Creek Park on Lake Lewisville has a haunted trail, tent trick-or-treating, costume and scream contests, a hayride, a scary movie, and s’mores (duh). Limited enrollment and it fills up quick – registration begins October 1.

Farmers Branch Halloween in the Park

Location :: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, 75234

Date :: October 28, 2017; 5-10pm

Cost :: FREE admission, Haunted Hedge is $5 (rec for ages 9 and up only)

This is another family-friendly Halloween party for those who want to celebrate in a more communal way. There’s bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, and lots more. Definitely wear your costume. Check out these pics from last year’s event and get an even better feel for the vibe.

Denton’s Day of The Dead Festival

Location :: E Hickory and Industrial Street, Denton, TX

Date :: October 28, 2017; 11am-9pm

Cost :: FREE

Celebrate the harvest, Dia des los Muertos, and Halloween at the family-friendly Day of The Dead Festival in Denton. Delightfully macabre and spooky but with families and kids in mind. They’ve got a pumpkin patch with crafts for the littles, a haunted house designed and run by Denton High students, a Cirque Du Horror show filled with spooky stories and performances, a Twilight Lantern Parade, and the super popular Coffin Races. Costumes encouraged!

2017 Dallas Guide to Fall & Halloween

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3 Responses to The 2017 Dallas Guide to Fall Festivals & Carnivals

  1. Heather September 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    saw this one online: https://www.calloways.com/event/fall-festival/

  2. Stephanie Scott September 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

    Gateway Community Church in Wylie Trunk or Treat is Sunday October 29 from 6-8pm: hayride, inflatables, face painting, games and candy. Free for activities, food available for purchase.
    2201 Country Club, Wylie

  3. Jenn B. October 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Stonebridge United Methodist Church in Mckinney has a cute pumpkin patch! They are also having a Fall Festival this year on Oct. 14th from 4-7. It features, bounce houses, petting zoo, trunk or treat, food trucks, games and the Obstacle Warrior Kids mobile Course!

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