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The Top 15 Things To Do This Weekend In Dallas & Collin County

Plan your weekend of September 29 to October 1, 2023
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This weekend's lineup of events is an exciting one. Some things to get enthusiastic about regarding this weekend are Depeche Mode's concert in the American Airlines Center, the opening of Screams Halloween Theme Park and the start of this year's State Fair Of Texas.

And if you are visiting the State Fair this year, remember to drop by Pete's Dueling Piano Bar for an exclusive cotton candy cosmopolitan or at Rodeo Bar for some State Fair-inspired fare.

Scroll all the way down to find our weekly recommendations for places to eat, and get everything planned for an amazing three-day break from the daily routine.

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

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Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit

When: September 27, 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 September 2, 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.

CityLine Live: Featuring Singer-Songwriter Carly Carroll

When: September 29, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: CityLine Plaza | 1150 State Street, Richardson
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Live music is back at CityLine Plaza! You can enjoy free live performances. Head over to CityLine Plaza at 1150 State Street, Richardson, and take your pick from the restaurant patios on State Street, or grab some takeout and drinks to savor while enjoying the tunes right in the plaza. This weekend, don't miss Carly Carroll, a talented singer-songwriter, as she takes the stage for a memorable performance.

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Oktoberfest At Harwood Arms

When: September 29, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Harwood Arms | 2850 N. Harwood Street, Suite 100, Dallas
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Oktoberfest at Harwood Arms in Dallas takes place this weekend, September 29, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. During this lively event, revelers can enjoy a festive atmosphere featuring $22 beer steins with $8 refills, German beers and cuisine, live music performances and thrilling stein-holding competitions. Oktoberfest-themed foods on the menu include potato pancakes, chicken schnitzel sandwiches and Bavarian sausages.

The Art Of Dr. Seuss Collection - 25 Years Through The Wrong End Of The Telescope

When: September 29 to 30, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Southwest Art Gallery | 4500 Sigma Rd, Dallas
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This exclusive exhibition runs from September 29 to 30, 2023, and offers a rare chance to acquire art from the iconic author and artist, Dr. Seuss. The collection includes highly sought-after works such as limited edition fine art prints of original illustrations and previously unreleased paintings. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore and own a piece of this 20th-century creative genius.

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You Got This! Exhibit At The Cove

When: September 29 to 30, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: The Cove | 402 N. Tennessee St, McKinney
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The You Got This! exhibit at The Cove celebrates inner strength and resilience through art. On September 29 and 30, 2023, the event showcases the work of artist Madhupriya Srinivasan, who draws inspiration from nature and uses symbolism to convey that we all possess the power to rise, heal and find happiness within ourselves. Join this empowering exhibit and be inspired by the artistry that reinforces our inherent strength.

Allen Arts Festival

When: September 29 to October 1, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Watters Creek | 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen
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The Allen Arts Festival runs from September 29 to October 1, 2023, at Watters Creek in Allen, Texas. This event highlights the creative spirit of the thriving Allen community located north of Dallas. Visitors can explore a diverse array of local and regional juried artists, displaying their original artwork across various media categories. The festival promises live entertainment, engaging children's art activities and a vibrant cultural experience.

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State Fair-inspired Fare At Rodeo Bar

When: September 29 to October 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Rodeo Bar | 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas
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Get ready to savor the flavors of the State Fair! Rodeo Bar in Dallas will be serving up State Fair-inspired fare. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy beloved fair classics like corn dogs, fried dill pickles and fried Oreos. If you're craving the iconic tastes of the Dallas State Fair, head over to Rodeo Bar during this period and treat your taste buds to these delicious favorites.

State Fair Of Texas

When: September 29 to October 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Fair Park | 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas

Get ready for an iconic Texan tradition! 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, Big Tex.

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Screams 2023 Opens This Weekend

When: September 29 to October 28, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Where: Screams Halloween Theme Park | 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie

Prepare for the spooky season as Screams Halloween Theme Park returns for its 27th season, opening Friday, September 29, 2023. Running every Friday and Saturday night until Saturday, October 28, this event promises the ultimate Halloween experience. Explore five haunted houses, immersive walk-through attractions, thrilling live stage performances, Scary-Oke, diverse shops, tempting food, lively pubs and skill-based games, offering a whole night of Halloween excitement.

North Texas Pride Come As You Are Festival

When: September 30, 2023 | 11:00 a.m.
Where: ArtCentre of Plano | 902 East 16th Street, Plano

This family-friendly event celebrates diversity and inclusion with sponsor/vendor booths, delicious food and beverages, giveaways and activities for all ages. Enjoy live entertainment, including bands and a DJ, dancing and more. This festival serves as an annual fundraiser, helping to establish a permanent location for community events, meetings, education and as a central resource center. For an enhanced experience, consider VIP tickets for indoor seating, light refreshments and alcoholic beverages.

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Creature Teacher At PGA Frisco

When: September 30, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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This educational and interactive program for animal lovers will occur at The Monument Realty PGA District. The event is free, open to the public and requires no RSVP. Participants can bring a blanket and gather to learn about various animals, potentially including lizards, snakes, chinchillas and a baby kangaroo, determined based on weather conditions on the day of the event.

Tash Sultana: North American Tour 2023

When: September 30, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory | 300 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving

Experience the magic of Tash Sultana on her North American Tour 2023. On September 30, 2023, at 8:00 p.m., she will grace the stage at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. This artist is known for her incredible musical prowess, seamlessly blending various genres into a captivating performance. Take the chance to witness Tash Sultana's unique talent live.

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Little Designers In The PGA District – Flower Boxes

When: September 30, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Located at The Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco, this craft party lets registered children craft flower boxes filled with beautiful artificial blooms. Kids can unleash their creativity by decorating their boxes with paints and colorful accents. It's a come-and-go event between 10:00 a.m. and noon; parents must accompany their children. Grab tickets for this creative and interactive experience, with only a few walk-ups available.

Depeche Mode: Memento Mori Tour

When: October 1, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center | 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas

Depeche Mode is back with their Memento Mori Tour, and they're hitting the stage at the American Airlines Center in Dallas this weekend on October 1, 2023, starting at 7:00 p.m. Special guest DIIV will be joining them for what promises to be an incredible night of music. Enjoy this opportunity to see one of the iconic bands of our time in action.

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Sunday Football In The PGA District

When: October 1, 2023
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Join the excitement of Sunday football on October 1, 2023, at The Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco, where you can watch America's teams play live on the big screen all day. While enjoying the game, savor your favorite food, ice cream and cold beer from PGA District restaurants and retail outlets. Please remember to bring a blanket for seating.

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

James Gilbreath: Plano And Beyond
When: September 27 to October 14, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: ArtCentre of Plano | 902 East 16th Street, Plano

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State Fair Of Texas Cotton Candy Cosmopolitans At Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
When: September 29 to October 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar | 621 Houston St, Fort Worth
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Family Movie Friday In The PGA District
When: September 29, 2023 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Lyric Stage
When: September 29 to October 7, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lyric Stage Studio | 1170 Quaker Street, Dallas

McKinney Farmers Market At Chestnut Square
When: September 30, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Square Historic Village | 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney
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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.

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.