When fall arrives, taking advantage of the multitude of seasonal activities in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a must! A slew of family-focused endeavors await every age and personal interest. If you want to take the kids or grand-kids some place special to celebrate this wonderful time of year, one or more of the following activities just might be the ticket!
Pumpkin Patches – Near DFW
Pumpkin patches have a way of setting the mood for autumn; and a variety of delightful locales serve up a heaping helping of family fun of every type: hay rides, pony rides, train excursions petting zoos, haunted houses, bounce houses, hot cocoa, home-made chili, and, of course, purchasing pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Some pumpkin patches sell home-made jams, relishes and salsas which make for wonderful Christmas gifts for that person who ‘has everything’. A sampling of popular pumpkin patches in the surrounding area include:
- Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
- Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
- Blase Family Farm
- Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm
- Autumn at the Arboretum – Dallas
If you want to fill your eyes to the brim with autumn eye-candy, then meander over to the festivities that are taking place at the Dallas Arboretum, under the title: Autumn at the Arboretum. You would think more than 4,500 displayed mums would be enough to impress, but add on 150,000 other fall-blooming plants and you have the perfect setting for a truly sensational autumn experience. The Dallas Arboretum will hold this spectacular display until November 21st. Be sure to visit Pumpkin Village with the kiddos where houses and other structures are embellished with a total of 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds!
Turtle Creek Arts Festival – Dallas
If you and the family love crafts and unique works of art, you won’t want to miss Dallas’ 2-day Turtle Creek Arts Festival, held November 10th and 11th. Nearly 100 local and regional artists and crafters will showcase their beautiful creations. Not only that, but food trucks will offer tantalizing food options; and live music, hands-on art activities, a children’s play area and other activities will make for a perfect outing. Dogs are welcome to attend, as well, so mark your calendar for this totally-fun event!
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival – Ft. Worth
Yee-Hah! Fort Worth is proud to present the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival! It will take place from October 26th through the 28th, and will celebrate ‘all things cowboy’ as it relates to the Lone Star State’s western heritage. Evening rodeos, Western Swing dances, children’s activities, a chuck-wagon cook-off, a youth-fiddle contest, a cowboy gospel concert and so much more will beckon those who love down-home, country fun! This energetic event has a 28-year history, and has been voted ‘Best Gathering and Best Family Event’ by readers of American Cowboy Magazine.
Texas Veggie Fair – Dallas
October 27th marks the Texas Veggie Fair in Dallas; and a slew of fun activities are on the menu! Bring your pooches since your furry family members are equally welcomed at this not-to-be-missed food fest. This fair is a statewide celebration of plant-based living; and eco-friendly items will be available for sale – from health & beauty products to cleaning products, to housewares, and more. Watch chef demonstrations, listen to speakers, enjoy the live music, savor a ‘cold one’ in the beer garden, partake in yoga instruction and immerse the kids or grand-kids in the children’s activities – truly a day to remember, for everyone!
ArtsGoggle – Ft. Worth
Fort Worth invites you to their October 20th celebration of community art – all crafted by local talent. Eclectic collections of artwork will span 18 blocks of Magnolia Avenue! Walk down, bike down, or drive down; and come with a hearty appetite since food vendors will be there to fill you to the brim. Multiple stages of live music throughout the 18-block exhibit will add to the excitement – a truly fun-filled extravaganza!
The Gentle Zoo – Near Dallas
East of Dallas – about 24 miles from the city – you will find a tranquil, 10-acre setting known as The Gentle Zoo. This peaceful setting serves as the home for animals of all types – rescue animals as well as typical and not-so-typical farm animals who receive lots of TLC. From goats to porcupines to llamas, the animals here love the petting they receive from guests, as well as approved treats! Riding the tractor-pulled train, enjoying the playground/picnic area/bounce house and selecting favorite pumpkins quickens the spirit for the fall season. Kid-friendly staff members provide educational discussions while taking time to answer questions from curious little ones.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge – Ft. Worth
The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge has something special brewing for October 25th. From 5-7 pm, an evening of learning will focus on a number of nocturnal animals that make their residence at the refuge. Children can, also, partake in face painting, crafts, games, and short trail hikes in search of hidden treats; and, of course, wearing costumes will only add to the fun – bring cameras to capture the memories!