Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of September

This guide has been sponsored by CAMP to bring you details on The Paw Patrol Experience: Only at CAMP. All opinions are 100% our own.

September in Dallas means getting overly excited about fall fashions, then sweating to death in boots and knitwear because, of course, it’s 97 degrees outside and I am delusional. So! Leave that cute jean jacket in the closet for just a little longer and check out our guide below for the best kid and family events this month. Or go ahead and wear the jean jacket. We can perspire together.

things to do in Dallas in SeptemberAs usual, we maintain a full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

Remember to check ahead for changing safety protocols or cancellations.


Have you been to CAMP yet? Calling it a toy store doesn’t do it justice. It’s so cool. Your kids will love the immersive shopping experience (and so will you!). And now is the perfect time to visit, while they host the all-ages, interactive PAW Patrol™ Experience: Only at CAMP.

  • Explore Adventure Bay’s iconic Lookout Tower, where kids can communicate with one another across the experience with an intercom system.
  • Grab hold of a fire hose and douse a colorful projection of out-of-control fireworks alongside Marshall at City Hall.
  • Show off how brave you are by sailing down an indoor zipline.

The PAW Patrol™ Experience: Only at CAMP will leave on October 31. Reserve your date and time slot today!


Last year we made A Guide to Virtual Learning & Homeschool, and one of the sections is on Outdoor Spaces. Dallas is chock full of open space and trails—use this list to discover your favorites!


The Dallas market is just too good! Jurassic World: The Exhibition is now STAYING at Grandscape in The Colony until early January. This all-ages (indoor) exhibition immerses you in scenes inspired by the movie. Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15. 2 and under free with accompanying adult.

ALL MONTH, Select Dates

See Romeo and Juliet (with an ’80s twist) at the outdoor Samuell-Grand Amphitheater. 8-10:30pm. Tickets $20, 10 and under free.

ALL MONTH, Wednesdays

Klyde Warren Park hosts Avant Chamber Ballet for their “First Steps” class designed for ages 4-7. The class is based on a curriculum that teaches children rhythm, coordination and listening skills. 9-9:45am. Free!

September 2 & 12

This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday  offer Jump Into Fall and Paint It!, respectively. This will be their return to in-person (indoor) activities. JumpstART is at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is for families from 1-4pm. Free!

September 3

Entertain the kiddos with social events, music, drama, and parlor games at Nash Farm’s First Friday at the Farm in Grapevine. Registration is required. 10am-12pm. $3 for ages 3 and up.

September 3 – 5

Westfest is an annual Czech festival about an hour south of us, in West, TX. It has everything: music, crafts, activities, carnival, parade, polka, contests, and more. See here for admission information and pricing depending on the day. Tons more details at the link.

September 4

The Trinity River Audubon Center hosts Audubon Artists, an art program for school-aged children. Supplies will be provided. Adults are free with purchase of ticket for child, but please register. 10-11am.

September 4

It’s the Rubber Duck Regatta in at Harry Myers Park in Rockwall today. Live music, vendors, food trucks, a kids zone, the “Wet Duckie” splash zone, and rubber duck races, of course. See here for lots more details. Free! 

September 4 – 5

The Arboretum holds the Fourth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration this weekend with live musical performances, cooking demonstrations, a quinceañera fashion show, food, and dozens of vendors. Included with garden admission, advanced ticket purchase required. Bonus: This weekend also happens to be free admission to the Children’s Garden!

September 6

There’s a Labor Day Parade in Downtown Garland this morning featuring marching bands, community groups, and floats. 9am. Free! 

September 9

Vitruvian Nights Live finishes up the season in the Amphitheater at Vitruvian Park Addison with live music (a Selena tribute band), food trucks, and outdoor games.  7:30-9pm. Free!

September 9-12

After two years of postponement, the Coppell Arts Center will hold their TAKEOFF Arts & Music Festival. Friday night is the Art, Sip, & Stroll, and the rest of the weekend consists of ticketed shows and concerts. Prices and times vary depending on event. See links for details.

September 10 – 12

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is this weekend. Note that this event is not specifically geared towards families (i.e. no designated activities for kids), but all are welcome during the day. You’ll find food, drink, 200 decorative and visual artists, and 100 bands and musicians performing on 4 stages throughout the weekend. Free!

September 11

The 2021 Dallas Heart Walk is back benefitting the American Heart Association. Join walkers at the Lawn at Reunion Tower start point. See link for registration and details. No check-in required. 9:00am.

September 11

The 22nd Annual Arts & Autos in Downtown Denton will have great cars, live music, Chalk Fest, fine arts & crafts demos and vendors, and other outdoor family fun. See link for a schedule of events and participation sign up. 9am-3pm. Free!

September 11

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for the family, check out Voly in the Park at Klyde Warren today. It’s the largest volunteer festival in Dallas, featuring 50 to 75 nonprofits, hands-on volunteer projects, on-site activities, and live entertainment. 11am-2pm. Free!

September 12

Did you know today is Grandparent’s Day? Check out our post on DIY Grandparent Gift Ideas!

September 16 – 19

Addison Oktoberfest is back in Addison Circle Park. They’ll have kids activities along with all the usual German festival fun (Dachshund Dash!). See link for event hours by day and ticket package options. Free admission for kids 9 and under.

September 16 -19

Competing for your festival attention this weekend is Grapevine’s GrapeFest, family-friendly fun with live music and entertainment on multiple stages, a carnival midway, and a shopper’s paradise on Main Street. Berlin and Asia are headlining. Free admission on Thursday, $5-10 on Friday-Sunday.

September 19

Head to Four Corners Brewing in the Cedars district for the Dallas Millennial Market, a family-friendly event that empowers and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in our community. For the first time, they’ll host a selection of Junior Entrepreneurs vendors, ages 8-17. 12-6pm. Free!

September 18 – October 31

Arboretum pumpkins are on display starting today. Autumn at the Arboretum: Bugtopia will have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month like daily insect encounters and beneficial insect releases into the gardens. See link for details on these seasonal events and more. Included with garden admission.

September 24 – October 17

The State Fair of Texas returns! As usual, there will be lots of insane food, family fun, farm animals, and more. Check out Plan Your Visit –> Attractions & Events for lots more details. All these returning events are exciting, but the crowds mean we need to be conscientious. Let’s be safe and take care of our communities, y’all!

September 24 – 26

Art in the Square Southlake is a juried art festival with food and drink, lots of kids activities and games, and live music and entertainment. Times vary by day, see link for details. Free!

September 24 – 26

Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans! Grapevine Vintage Railroad will have A Day Out With Thomas this weekend. Purchase tickets in advance as these kind of special events always sell out. Times from 10am. Tickets $24.

September 25

Grab a space on the lawn and enjoy a food truck picnic at Klyde Warren Park for Movies in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13). 7-9:45pm. Free!

Any other cool stuff happening in September? Let us know! Don’t forget to check out the guide on Collin County Moms for even more local fun.


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