Fall Festivals in DFW 2016

Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival/Dr. John/Trombone Shorty (Bedford City Hall)

Starts Friday, September 2, 2016 through Sunday, September 4, 2016

New Orleans blues greats Dr. John and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headline the 2016 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, Sept. 2-4. The annual Labor Day weekend fest features live music, barbecue competitions, tastings and vendors. The outdoor event takes place across from Bedford City Hall, rain or shine. Music kicks off on Friday and continues on two stages on Saturday and Sunday. Among the performers: Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, The Stratoblasters, Mike Morgan and The Crawl, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Bnois King Band, Tutu Jones & His Twisted Soul Band and more. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue take the stage at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday. Dr. John plays Sunday at 9:15 p.m. BBQ competitions take place Saturday and Sunday with pit masters from around the world cooking in a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition. Barbecue tasting tickets will be for sale on site in addition to other concessions. Admission to the festival is $7 online/$10 at the gate (cash only at the gate). A $15 weekend pass is sold online only. Specialty seating options are also available online. No pets, coolers or tents allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. On site parking is $15 online, $20 day of. $10 parking is available at the library and Old Bedford School.


Fair Park Blues and Jazz Festival African American Museum)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

The African American Museum of Dallas presents the annual Fair Park Blues & Jazz Festival, Labor Day weekend on the Museum lawn. Radio One Dallas' Mark McCray and WFAA's Angela Madison will host the show. Performers include the Herbie Kay Johnson Quartet, Ahyonz featuring Kenya C., Sherel Riley, Joyce Lofton, Def To Radio featuring Ruben Lael, The Effinays, and the David Whiteman Band. Various food vendors will be on site. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the South Dallas Children's Choir.


Labor of Love Homebrew Festival (Deep Ellum Brewing Co.)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:00pm

The fifth annual Labor Day weekend Homebrew Festival celebrates homebrews and the teams that make them. Taste beer from many Dallas-Fort Worth homebrew teams who are competing for top honors at the Festival. Your $30 Labor of Love membership/tickets includes: Sample cup for 12 2-oz pours Live music Games 1 DEBC canned beer Bites from food trucks at the DEBC kitchen, and additional canned beer sold separately. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Dallas Chocolate Festival(Addison Conference and Theatre Center)

Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come have some delicious fun at the seventh annual Dallas Chocolate Festival. Meet chocolate artisans and entrepreneurs from around Texas and the world while sampling their lovingly created chocolate treats. There will be live demonstrations and classes throughout the day, an interactive children's table, food trucks, a silent auction benefiting the DallasChocolate.org scholarship fund, and shopping with more than 40 vendors. VIP tickets include early access to the event, goody bag, event T-shirt, and chocolate samples.

Addison Oktoberfest (Addison Circle Park)

Starts Thursday, September 15, 2016 through Sunday, September 18, 2016

Addison Oktoberfest features much of the same music, folk dancing, and sing-a-longs that is part of the Munich celebration, plus great German food and entertainment. Visit the fest’s 30,000-square-foot, air-conditioned Schloss Addison tent or stroll the festival grounds for German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel and giant pretzels. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, midway games and children’s entertainers. On Sunday, weiner dogs from across the area can join in a Dachshund Parade and Dachshund Races for fun and prizes. Guests can also make reservations to dine at the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus for a full-service dining experience featuring an exclusive three-course menu. $10, ages 13+ $5, ages 4-12 FREE, 3 and under FREE admission on Thursday, 9/15.

30th Annual GrapeFest (Downtown Grapevine)

Starting Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am through Sunday, September 18, 2016

The 30th Annual GrapeFest is a four-day celebration of wine and family fun. Sample wines from Texas, California and Australia at a variety of tastings. Cast a vote in The People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages, shop artisans booths in the Marketplace, taste delicious festival foods, and stomp grapes just like Lucy Ricardo. Beer lovers can visit the Craft Brew and Beer Pavilion. Kids can enjoy midway games and carnival rides, have interactive fun at KidsWorld with pop-up stations from Legoland and animals from Sea Life Aquarium. Admission: $8 adults / $5 seniors 62+ & children 6-12, free for children 5 & under Thursday - Free all day Friday - Free until 5 p.m.

Plano Artfest (Downtown Plano)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Get creative at the all-new Plano Artfest coming to McCall Plaza in historic Downtown Plano. Activities include an artist village of craftsmen and makers, performances from local arts groups, free family chalk art, kids crafts, graffiti art exhibit, film screenings, and a young artists learning lab. Food trucks will be on site with a variety of tasty bites. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.


Denton Blues Festival (Quakertown Park)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 starting at 1:00pm

The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce presents the 18th annual Denton Blues Festival featuring music, food and kids' events. Announced performers include blues guitarist and vocalist Toronzo Cannon and rising bluesman Selwyn Birchwood. Admission is free.

Fort Worth Oktoberfest (Panther Island Pavillion)

Starting Thursday, September 22, 2016 through Saturday, September 24, 2016

Three-day Oktoberfest celebration, presented by Spaten Brewery of Munich, features German food, music, dancing, games, indoor and outdoor biergartens, with a little bit of Texas thrown in. The festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 22, with the ceremonial tapping of the kegs. The fun continues on Friday and Saturday with a stein hoisting competition, bier barrel rolling race, dachshund dash and more. Entertainment includes traditional German music from Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, Walburg Boys, the Alpine Village Band and more. An Oktoberfest 5k and 1k run as well as 15-mile bike ride are scheduled on Saturday morning. Festival foods include sausages, schnitzel, soft pretzels, strudel and crepes. Admission: Thur - $5 Fri or Sat - $10 Festival Pass - $15 Children 11 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Advance ticket buyers will receive a free commemorative stein. Online sales end on Sept. 21 at midnight.

2016 Plano Balloon Festival, Half-Marathon, Relay, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run/W (at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve)

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6:00am

Get ready to ignite your flight at the 2016 Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Relay, 5K Run/Walk or 1K Fun Run! Invite a friend to join you on this epic two day adventure. Registration includes two tickets to the festival, plus race bib (which acts as a ticket and parking pass on race day) and commemorative race shirt (or cape for our 1K youth participants), hot breakfast to refuel and an amazing 6th anniversary finisher medal. And new this year is a two-person half-marathon relay competition. Race day timeline is: Saturday, Sept. 24 (5K/1K) 6 a.m. - Plano Balloon Festival Gates & Parking Lots Open, Bus Service Begins 7 a.m. - Balloon Launch Presented by the City of Plano 7:30 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk Start 9 a.m. - 1K Fun Run/Walk Start 9:30 a.m. - 5K Awards Ceremony Sunday, Sept. 25 (Half Marathon & Relay) 6 a.m. - Plano Balloon Festival Gates & Parking Lots Open, Bus Service Begins 7 a.m. - Balloon Launch Presented by the City of Plano 7 a.m. - Half Marathon & Relay Start, Relay Exchange Point Opens 9:30 a.m. - Half Marathon Awards Ceremony For a complete listing of events at the festival including concerts, additional balloon launches and more fun visit www.PlanoBalloonFest.org.


Last but not Least!! The Great State Fair of Texas 2016

Starts Friday September 30, 2016 at 10:00am

The theme for 2016 is "Celebrating Texas Agriculture," and special activities will include concerts on the Main Stage and college football games. Daily activities include the Starlight Parade at 7 p.m. and the Illumination Sensation lights and fireworks show at 8 p.m. TICKET PRICES: • General Admission: $18 • Kids under 48" tall: $14 • Seniors 60 and over: $14 • Children 2 and under: Free • Seniors 60 and over: Free every Thursday (Oct. 7, Oct. 14, and Oct. 21) HOURS: State Fair of Texas exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Opening times and closing times vary for the midway and museums. PARKING: Self parking is available on official State Fair lots for $15 per space. Some Pertinent Links: State Fair guide: Everything you need to know to navigate the fried food, the Midway and the rest of the best state fair in the nation How to get Texas-sized savings on State Fair tickets State Fair of Texas to debut fried Jell-O, Chicken & Dumplin's, BBQ balls in 2016 Official website New at the State Fair of Texas: Taylor Swift exhibit, extra football and more The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the State Fair of Texas State Fair honors roots with 2016 theme 'Celebrating Texas Agriculture' State Fair of Texas snags Kacey Musgraves and Nelly for free fall concerts


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