Weekend Happenings 9/28 – 9/30: State Fair, Gelatofest, and more

State Fair of Texas 2018

9/28 – 10/21 (Gates open at 10:00 a.m. every day)

Fair Park 

The 24-day, four-weekend extravaganza that is the State Fair of Texas is back. The great thing about the fair is its predictable greatness, from the butter sculptures to the pig races to the oodles of fried food. You can try all the new concoctions, check out the midway, enjoy free concerts every day, or take a trip to the top of the Top ‘o Texas Tower. The beauty is that there’s never a shortage of things to do, so what are you waiting for? Free weekend concerts will include Morris Day & The Time, Aaron Watson, Ludacris, Casting Crowns, and more. Go here for a full concert schedule.

Photo by Jason Hays

Oktoberfeast Beer and Music Festival

9/28 – 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. each night

Legacy Hall

Legacy Hall will present Oktoberfeast, a signature, four-day beer and music festival. In celebration of all-things beer, brats and bands, all three floors of Legacy Hall and the Lexus Box Garden will be transformed into a biergarten atmosphere complete with yodeling, accordion players, oom-pah music and more. Guests can dine on authentic German-inspired dishes like the new beer brats from Degenhardt’s Brat House or opt for a sampling of other flavors from one of the food hall’s 23 other dining options.

Photo courtesy of Oktoberfeast Beer and Music Festival

Gelato Festival America

9/29 – 9/30 at 12:00 P.M.

Dallas Farmers Market

Gelato Festival America comes to Dallas to spread awareness of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs will compete with original gelato flavors they have created for the event. Tropical Blast, Spicy Green Paradise, Sicily Orange Sunrise, and Fresh Love were just a few of the flavors invented last year. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Gelato Experience LLC

 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Autumn at the Arboretum

9/29 – 11/21

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squashes are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this summer, soon making their way to Dallas for Autumn at the Arboretum, a national fall festival, presented by Rogers-O’Brien Construction. The festival will feature scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The event includes the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays incorporating more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, squash, cornstalks, and a hay bale maze. Themed “The Adventures in Neverland,” the Pumpkin Village takes guests on a journey through Neverland in the Pecan Grove. The Pumpkin Village begins in London at the house of the Darlings where Wendy and her brothers are dreaming of pirates and fairies. Other major stops include the Lost Boys hideout where Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys talk about never growing up. A pirate ship sails the seas of gourds and pumpkins in Pecan Grove where Captain Hook keeps his eye to the sky as his never-ending hunt for Peter continues. Tick-Tock, the Crocodile, waits patiently among the pumpkins for another opportunity to attack. A visit to Neverland would not be complete without a stop by Tinker Bell’s home where she does all of her tinkering.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dinner with Snoop Dogg

9/30 at 8:00 P.M.

Republic Ranch

The Ranch will host a celebrity-centered dinner buffet and night of live music featuring Snoop Dogg. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by F. Carter Smith