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

Plan your weekend of October 6 – 8, 2023
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This weekend full of festivities gives you a last touch of Oktoberfest, early Halloween, Texas pride, and other entertainment and dining flavors. With so many great things happening during the weekend, you can experience fun and memorable moments with friends and family members at multiple locations in North Texas during the beginning of fall.

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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State Fair Of Texas

When: October 4 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.

State Fair-inspired Fare At Rodeo Bar

When: October 4 to 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.

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Screams: The Ultimate Halloween Experience

When: October 4 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.

Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit

When: October 4, 2023, to February 19, 2024 | See the full schedule
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Pl, McKinney
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The Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, located at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, lets you travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that 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.

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Spooky Movie Series

When: October 6, 2023 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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With fall and Halloween approaching quickly, The Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco invites all ages to the start of its spooky movie series this weekend. Grab a blanket and come and enjoy thrilling surprise films starting at 7:00 p.m. Concessions and sweet treats will be available at Margaret's Cones & Cups. Take advantage of experiencing this spooky cinematic experience!

Måneskin - RUSH! World Tour

When: October 6, 2023 | 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory | 300 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving

Gather friends and family members to experience the electrifying energy of Måneskin live at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on September 30th, 2023. as part of their RUSH! World Tour. This internationally acclaimed Italian rock band promises an unforgettable performance. Secure your tickets now for a front-row seat to an epic musical journey. Don't miss the chance to witness Måneskin's sensational live show!

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Rocks & Rolled: Cigar & Whiskey Experience

When: October 6, 2023 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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This event offers a unique Davidoff Aniversario No.1 cigar paired with Garrison Brothers Small Batch bourbon. Cigar expert Dan Schmitt will guide attendees on cigar enjoyment techniques. Tickets, priced at $49/person, include the cigar and bourbon. Guests can savor barbeque chicharrones and purchase additional delights from The Lookout Lounge & Bar. This event is open to the public and resort guests.

Peaceful Places Exhibit At The Cove

When: October 6 to 7, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Cove | 402 N. Tennessee St, McKinney
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Hosted by artist Linda Herbert, this event showcases her serene paintings inspired by her travels to picturesque destinations worldwide. Linda's brushstrokes capture the essence of peace, inviting visitors to embark on a visual journey. At the exhibit, you can enjoy live music and immerse yourself in the calming atmosphere of Linda's art this weekend at The Cove, located at 402 N. Tennessee St, McKinney.

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Oktoberfest At The Sons

When: October 7, 2023 | 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Sons of Hermann Hall | 3414 Elm Street, Dallas
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Celebrate Oktoberfest in authentic German style at Sons of Hermann Hall on October 7, 2023. Enjoy beer, brats and live bands. Tickets are $18.00 each and include dinner. Delight in the sounds of a 20-piece Polka Band, bar specials, dancing and more! The festivities run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Grab your tickets and prepare for a lively evening!

Freshie Fest

When: October 7, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Plano Event Center | 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

Discover the vibrant world of Freshies at the inaugural Freshie Fest at Plano Event Center. This convention celebrates Freshie enthusiasts, offering a day of networking, exclusive vendor shopping, and VIP classes led by renowned Freshie artisans. Dive into the heart of the Freshie community with engaging activities such as raffles, giveaways and booth bingo. It will be an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Freshie experience!

DFW Italian Festival

When: October 7, 2023 | 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: 5220 N. O’Connor Blvd. Irving, TX 75039

The inaugural DFW Italian Festival celebrates the food, drink and culture of Italy! The one-day festival is cashless, and eats will be available for $8 to $12. There will also be drinks by Banfi, Frozen Bellinis, Campari Negroni and Aperol Spritz. Be sure to check out the cultural performances and presentations, including folks music and Italian fairy tale readings. 

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Red River Rivalry Party With Steve Aoki

When: October 7  | 9:00 a.m.
Where: Happiest Hour | 2616 Olive St, Dallas
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On Saturday, October 7th, experience the excitement of the Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners showdown on over 40 big-screen TVs, two 40-foot LED screens, and a top-notch sound system. During the event, you can also indulge in champion-worthy bites, various beers on tap and shareable large-format cocktails. After the game, the party continues with an exclusive performance by DJ Steve Aoki and the Stafford Brothers.

The 4th Annual Frisco Oktoberfest

When: October 7, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Star | 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco
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Get a taste of authentic German culture with delicious food, lots of tasty bier drinks and entertainment at The Star in Frisco's 4th annual Oktoberfest. Come say "Willkommen" and enjoy all the traditional Oktoberfest favorites combined with some Texan flair!

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2023 Annual Clubhouse Fall Music Fest Fundraiser

When: October 7, 2023 | 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Love & War in Texas | 601 E. Plano Parkway, Plano
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Join the Annual Clubhouse Fall Music Fest Fundraiser on October 7, 2023, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Love & War in Texas, Plano. This vibrant event will showcase local talent with live performances by five singer-songwriters, culminating in a thrilling show by Ryan Glenn and the Honky-Tonk Heat. Take the chance to participate in exciting raffles, making this evening of music, community and fundraising unforgettable!

Portugal. The Man At Granada Theater

When: October 8, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Granada Theater | 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas

Prepare for a night of indie rock magic as Portugal. The Man takes the stage at Granada Theater on October 8, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. Experience their genre-blending sound, from psychedelic rock to alternative hits, in an intimate setting. Secure your tickets for an evening filled with captivating music and vibrant energy. It will be a unique opportunity to see Portugal. The Man's electrifying performance at Granada Theater!

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Sunday Football In The PGA District

When: October 8, 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

Get your State Fair fix At Another Round
When: October 4 to 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Another Round | 660 Fort Worth Ave Suite 100, Dallas
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State Fair-inspired Fare At Rodeo Bar
When: October 4 to 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Rodeo Bar | 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas
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NTPA Repertory To Present Young Frankenstein
When: October 6 to 15, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rodenbaugh Theatre in Willow Bend Center of the Arts | 6121 W. Park Blvd. B216, Plano

State Fair Of Texas Cotton Candy Cosmopolitans At Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
When: October 6 to 22, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar | 621 Houston St, Fort Worth

Hay Maze Fun Day
When: October 7, 2023 | 12:00 to 9 p.m.
Where: Historic downtown Ennis | 302 N. Dallas St, Ennis
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McKinney Farmers Market At Chestnut Square
When: October 7, 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.

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.