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The Top 10 Things To Do This Week In Dallas & Collin County

Plan your week of October 2 – 5, 2023
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Whether you crave an excellent dining experience or are looking for great entertainment during the week, this to do list has you covered. From National Taco Day specials to family-friendly State Fair Of Texas fun and from steakhouse dining during a National Night Out block party to a life-size animatronic dinosaurs exhibit, the options are plenty.

Take a look at our selection of the must-go events. Scroll all the way down to see our local picks for where to eat and drink this week.

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James Gilbreath: Plano And Beyond

When: October 2 to 14, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: ArtCentre of Plano | 902 East 16th Street, Plano
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Discover the artistic journey of James Gilbreath in Plano and Beyond, a captivating exhibition showcasing his lifelong dedication to the world of art. Born and raised in Texas, James' passion for art ignited during his school years and has continued to evolve. Visit the ArtCentre of Plano from September 2 to October 14, 2023, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to witness his remarkable creations.

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State Fair Of Texas

When: October 2 to 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Fair Park | 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas

The State Fair of Texas is back to celebrate its 137th year of Lone Star State pride. From September 29 to October 22, 2023, Fair Park in Dallas will be the epicenter of a safe and festive fall gathering. You can look forward to all your beloved fairtime customs, including the grand welcome from the 55-foot-tall cowboy called Big Tex.

Sunset Movie Night: Mean Girls At The Shops At Willow Bend

When: October 3, 2023 | 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend | 6121 West Park Boulevard, Plano

It is time for a Mean Girls movie night under the stars at The Shops at Willow Bend. Celebrating the iconic film on Mean Girls Day, you are encouraged to wear pink and bring blankets for a memorable outdoor cinema experience. The evening starts with a pre-movie party at 6:30 PM featuring DJ GMO. This event promises a cool time and plenty of Instagrammable moments.

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Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit 

When: October 3, 2023, to February 19, 2024 | See the full schedule
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Pl, McKinney
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Experience the Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit from October 5, 2023, to February 19, 2024, at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. They come alive, moving and roaring, offering an enthralling experience and fascinating facts about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Enjoy interactive elements, a photo-op with a Tyrannosaurus rex and an outdoor fossil dig.

National Night Out Block Party On The Square

When: October 3, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Celina | 302 W Walnut St, Celina
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Organized by the Celina Police Department, this free event aims to strengthen police-community partnerships and foster neighborhood camaraderie. Show unity against crime by participating in neighborhood block parties or join the central celebration on the Square. It's an excellent opportunity to connect with neighbors and demonstrate community solidarity against potential threats. Don't miss this chance to send a clear message that your neighborhood is united and protected.

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National Taco Day At Legacy Hall

When: October 4, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
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Celebrate National Taco Day at Legacy Hall on October 4, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. Chilangos offers a fiesta of flavors with $1.50 al pastor tacos all day! Indulge in Legacy Hall's best tacos and tequila, and make your National Taco Day memorable with these delicious specials. Head to 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano, and join the taco extravaganza!

Kids Putt Around In The PGA District

When: October 4, 2023 | 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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This event is part of PGA Frisco's commitment to growing the game of golf. The dance floor features a 9-hole-themed course every Wednesday to encourage children of all ages and skill levels to grab a putter and learn to play. It's free, and children can bring their own putter and golf balls or rent equipment for $5 from the starter shack. No pre-registration is required.

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Low Score Putting Challenge On The Dance Floor

When: October 5, 2023 | 6:00 to 900 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Located at The Monument Realty PGA District on 3255 PGA Parkway in Frisco, this contest is open to golf enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Bring your putter and golf balls, or rent equipment for $5. Drop your scorecard in the collection box after your round, and live scores will be displayed on the video wall every 30 minutes.

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

When: October 5 to 7, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lyric Stage Studio | 1170 Quaker Street, Dallas

Lyric Stage presents The Great American Trailer Park musical. This hilarious musical comedy unfolds in Florida's exclusive trailer park when a runaway stripper, Pippi, causes chaos. Watch the sparks fly between agoraphobic Jeannie, her Dr. Phil-loving husband and the disruptive new tenant. The experience includes themed food and drinks, with one snack ticket and one drink ticket per ticket purchase.

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The Other Art Fair Dallas With Guest Artist Charles Michael Davis 

When: October 5 to 8, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Dallas Market Hall | Market Center Blvd, Dallas

Showcasing 130 independent artists, including guest artist Charles Michael Davis, this global art event offers various original artworks and limited edition prints. Visitors can meet artists in person, explore immersive installations, enjoy live portrait sessions, performances and more. Charles Michael Davis, known for his roles in The Originals and Grey’s Anatomy, will exhibit his new photography series and offer visitors a chance to have their portraits taken.

Even More Great Things To Do This Week In Dallas & Collin County

Urban Rio’s Taco Special
When: October 4, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Urban Rio | 1000 14th St #100, Plano
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$uicideboy$ Present Grey Day Tour 2023 With Ghostemane & More
When: October 4, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center | 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas

Mexican Bar Co. Celebrates National Taco Day
When: October 2 to 4, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Mexican Bar Co. | 6121 W. Park Blvd, Plano

H-E-B To Open Store In Allen
When: October 4, 2023 | 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: H-E-B | 575 E. Exchange Parkway, Allen
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Chamber Works: Thursday Morning Networking Event
When: October 5, 2023 | 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Strikz Entertainment | 8789 Lebanon Rd, Frisco
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Eisemann Center Presents Ranky Tanky With Special Guest Lisa Fischer

When: October 13, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

Experience the vibrant melodies of Gullah culture through Ranky Tanky, a group of native South Carolinians who infuse jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B into their soulful songs. This musical night also features the Grammy-winning powerhouse vocalist Lisa Fischer. She is renowned for her remarkable appearances with the Rolling Stones and her role in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Don't miss this captivating blend of talent and culture.

19th Plano International Festival

When: October 14, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Haggard Park |  901 E. 15th Street, Plano
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Explore diverse cultures and enhance your well-being at the 19th Plano International Festival. Held at Haggard Park, this is the area's most prominent cultural event. The festival offers a rich tapestry of experiences, including multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, cultural exhibits and more. Kids can engage in free science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities and embark on a global journey with a festival passport.

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McKinney Monster Dash 5k At Tupps Brewery

When: October 25, 2023 | 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Where: TUPPS Brewery | 721 Anderson Street, McKinney

Join the McKinney Monster Dash 5k on October 25, 2023. This 5k starts and finishes at TUPPS Brewery in McKinney. Participants will run or walk around the Historic McKinney Cotton Mill, followed by festivities with local vendors, cold beer and delicious food. Each participant receives a Monster Dash event t-shirt, custom bib and finisher's medal. There will be prizes for top finishers and a costume contest with fantastic gifts.

Ennis Autumn Daze

When: October 27 to 29, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Historic downtown Ennis | 302 N. Dallas St, Ennis
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Get ready to experience the charm of fall at the 21st annual Ennis Autumn Daze from October 27 to 29, 2023, in historic downtown Ennis. This lively event offers a delightful array of activities, including live music, a captivating haymaze, thrilling carnival rides, a pumpkin patch and a cornhole tournament. Join the festivities and embrace the autumn spirit in the heart of Ennis!

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Teddy Bear Ride 2023

When: October 29, 2023 | 8:00 a.m.
Where: Ikea |  7171 Ikea Dr, Frisco
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This unique fundraiser and awareness event gathers participants to ride across Collin County and deliver new teddy bears to children served by the Center. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with delicious food trucks, live music, vendors and activities for kids. For corporate sponsorships or inquiries, contact Kara Shrum at [email protected]. Purchase event T-shirts or donate teddy bears to support the cause. Stay updated on event details by visiting the event page.