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

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This guide has been sponsored by Texas Ballet Theater to bring you details on Cirque du Ballet. All opinions are 100% our own.

Here we go, September! I’m over here trying to manifest cooler temperatures, even though we all know that won’t happen anytime soon. Side note: Friday Night Lights always made me laugh because it showed the first Texas high school football game of the year with everyone in jackets and scarves. Hahahaha, so cute.

Let’s take a moment to see what’s going on in the Dallas area this month. Spoiler: festivals!

As usual, we maintain a community 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 changes or cancellations.


ballerina and clown in posesSEPTEMBER 16–18 :: FEATURED EVENT

Get your tickets now to see Cirque du Ballet, the brand-new production from Texas Ballet Theater, at Winspear Opera House the weekend of September 16–18. This would be a fun family date!

It’s a family-friendly performance featuring characters and choreography from popular ballets brought together under the big top. And they’ll have a craft station in the lobby before the Saturday matinee.

Tickets starts at $20. Visit the link for all the details and to purchase your tickets.

Note: Cirque du Ballet also runs September 30–October 2 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, which is a great option for those who can’t make the Dallas dates (and the venue is beautiful!).


ALL MONTH

Visit the Garland Landmark Museum during open hours to get your clues, lanyard, and starting pin for the Downtown Garland Scavenger Hunt. Head to the business you think is the correct answer and see if you are right! If so, they’ll give you a souvenir pin. Once you have all 10 pins, return to the museum for your goodie bag full of prizes. Free!


ALL MONTH

The Girl in the Diary is the current special exhibit at the Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. Written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl named Rywka Lipszyc, documenting her life in the Łódz Ghetto in 1943–44, the diary reveals a young girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope or her faith. Included in museum admission.


UNTIL SEPTEMBER 5

Last chance to see Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall at the Perot. It’s a highly interactive journey through the life and career of a true STEM pioneer. $5 in addition to a general admission ticket. Catch it before it’s gone!


UNITL SEPTEMBER 11

Similar to the recent (and popular) Van Gogh traveling exhibit, Immersive Monet & the Impressionists features massive, dreamy projections of Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and more. Tickets from $30.


SEPTEMBER 1 & 11

This month, Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday classes are “Dinosaurs!” and “Howdy, Big Tex,” respectively. JumpstART is SEPTEMBER 1 at 10am for ages 2 and up. Second Sunday Funday is SEPTEMBER 11 from 1–4pm for families to do together. Free!


SEPTEMBER 2

Kids can learn how to use things that we usually throw away at First Friday at the Farm: Waste Not, Want Not at Nash Farm in Grapevine. 10am–12pm. $5 for ages 3 and up.


SEPTEMBER 2–4

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.

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters has a music festival this weekend: The 5th Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival features jazz, blues, R&B, soul, pop, and neo-soul, plus a showcase of promising young artists from local schools and music programs. This one is a bigger (and pricier) event—tickets start at $69.


SEPTEMBER 3

The Coppell Arts Center hosts Make & Take Crafts on the first Saturday of every month for ages 3–12. It’s in Old Town Coppell, which is such a cute area—you should definitely check it out if you haven’t been! 9am–12pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 3

Don’t forget about Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center, featuring a rotating schedule of art-y things for kids to see and do. See link for the day’s activities. 11am–2pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 3–5

Labor Day Weekend at the Arboretum means family fun, live music, activities, and special deals on brownie sundaes, hotdogs, and root beer floats all weekend. See link for the schedule of activities including Dallas Zoo Adventures, WFAA meet & greet, a family cooking class, and more. Included with garden admission.


SEPTEMBER 4

Bring the fam to the always popular Fair Park Blues & Jazz Festival benefitting the African American Museum’s youth educational program. Event starts at 5pm. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate.


SEPTEMBER 5

Garland hosts its 76th Annual Labor Day Parade this morning featuring marching bands, community groups, and floats. 9am. Free!


SEPTEMBER 10

The 23rd 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 10

The North Texas Food Bank invites you to their 40th Birthday Party at Klyde Warren Park today. It’ll be a family-friendly afternoon with live music and activities for kids and adults. Tickets are free and the first 100 people to arrive will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. See link for more info including parking details! 11am–1pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 10–12

The Arboretum will hold the 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration this weekend with live musical performances, cooking demonstrations, the very cool Quinceañera Fashion Show, food, and dozens of vendors. Included with garden admission. See link for lots more details.


SEPTEMBER 11

Did you know today is Grandparent’s Day? Check out these sweet DIY grandparent gift ideas!


SEPTEMBER 15–18

Addison Oktoberfest returns to Addison Circle Park. They’ll have family activities along with all the usual German festival fun (Dachshund Dash!). See link for event hours by day and ticket package options. $10 for single day general admission; free for kids nine and under.


SEPTEMBER 15–18

Competing for your festival attention this weekend is Grapevine’s annual GrapeFest, family-friendly fun with live music and entertainment on multiple stages, a carnival midway, and a shopper’s paradise on Main Street. Free admission on Thursday and Friday (until 5pm), $5–10 after that. Kids under six free.


SEPTEMBER 17

It’s the 10th annual Rubber Duck Regatta at Harry Myers Park in Rockwall today. Live music, vendors, a Jeep festival, KidZone, and rubber duck races, of course. See here for lots more details and the FAQ. 8am–5pm. Free! ($20 for KidZone all-access wristband.)


SEPTEMBER 17

TexasFest Music and Arts Festival just keeps growing, now with four festival dates throughout the metroplex. Today is the Lewisville festival at Music City Mall (100% outdoors). Enjoy concerts, 150 artists and crafters, classic cars, frisbee dogs, cowboy shows, and dozens of Texas-themed attractions, games, and contests. 10am–9pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 17

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for the family (as part of a back-to-school resolution, perhaps?), check out Voly in the Park at Klyde Warren today. It’s the largest volunteer festival in Dallas, featuring 60 to 75 nonprofits, hands-on volunteer projects, on-site activities, and live entertainment. 11am–2pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 17

New family-friendly festival alert! Kick off Hispanic Heritage month downtown at Strauss Square with the first Latinidad Festival 2022 presented by ATTPAC and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Celebrate the diversity of Latin America through food, music, dance, local vendors, and art. 5pm. Free!


SEPTEMBER 17–OCTOBER 31

Arboretum pumpkins are on display starting today! Autumn at the Arboretum: A Fall Fairy Tale will have a bunch on ongoing activities throughout the month. See link for details under “Seasonal Programming.” Included with garden admission.


SEPTEMBER 24

The 2022 Dallas Heart Walk is this morning, benefitting the American Heart Association. Join walkers at the base of Reunion Tower start point. See link for registration and details. 8:30am.


SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 30

The Dallas Children’s Theater production of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School is a musical extravaganza about school, patience, and personal growth. Recommended for ages five and up. Lots of showtimes to choose from; tickets from $20.


SEPTEMBER 30–OCTOBER 23

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.

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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