There are a bunch of fall festivals and carnivals in Dallas this year that the entire family can enjoy. From Oktoberfests to Halloween carnivals, check out our list and let us know in the comments if we missed one of your favorites!
Location :: Addison Circle Park
Date :: September 19-22, 2019; Thursday: 6-11pm, Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday: 12pm-12am, Sunday: 12-6pm
Cost :: $10/ages 10 & up, kids under 10 FREE, Thursday and Sunday are FREE for all ages. Several package deals, including a kids package, available here.
Named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest features four days of traditional Bavarian music, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children’s entertainment and, of course, genuine German food and das bier. Don’t miss the Dachshund Parade and Races on Sunday!
Location :: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, TX 75240
Date :: September 20-22, 2019; Friday and Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
Cost :: $9/adults, kids 12 & under are FREE (Food Coupons are needed)
If you’ve ever driven down Hillcrest during Greek Food Fest, you don’t need to be told how hot this event is. People are into it! 3 days of Greek food, music, dancing, and fun! And of course there’s a kids area – this one has sand art & crafts, caricature artists, face painting, and more.
Location: Historic Downtown McKinney
Date: September 27-29, 2019; Friday: 12-11:30pm, Saturday: 10:30am-11:30pm, Sunday: noon-5pm
Cost: FREE admission, food/beverage and some activities (carnival, petting zoo, rock climbing, etc) require coupons
Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest. McKinney Oktoberfest is super family-friendly, offering authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, and children’s activities, spanning 14 blocks in downtown McKinney. There will be lots of fun stuff for kids, too.
Location :: Southlake Town Square
Date :: October 4-6, 2019; Friday: 4-11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 12-8pm
Cost :: FREE admission and parking
Come dressed in your best lederhosen and dirndl and stay for lots of food, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and wiener dog racin’. If you happen to have a wiener dog, by all means, register for the race and costume contest!
I know this sounds like it should be in the “Pumpkin Patch” section, but it’s actually a one-time fall festival event. Picnic in the park, enjoy old fashion games and crafts, participate in the pie-eating and pie-baking contests, compete in the costume contest, and choose a pumpkin to celebrate fall at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum.
Location :: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton
Date :: DATE ANNOUNCED SOON.
Cost :: FREE
Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano will also host a big Oktoberfest-style event this year. It’ll include the finest beer, German-inspired cuisine, live music, an artist village of craftsman and makers, a wiener dog fashion show and other fun contests, keg bowling, a kid’s zone, and more.
Location :: Haggard Park, Plano
Date :: October 25-16, 2019; Friday: 5-11pm & Saturday: 11am-11pm
Cost :: FREE (food and drink coupons $1 each)
Location :: Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony, TX 75056
Date :: October 19-20, 2019; 4pm -9am
Cost :: $15 per person
I’m picturing a Venn diagram with a big circle for camping people and a big circle for Halloween people, and this event is smack in the middle of the overlap. This popular annual family campout at Stewart Creek Park on Lake Lewisville has a haunted trail, tent trick-or-treating, costume and scream contests, a hayride, a scary movie, and s’mores (duh). Limited enrollment and it fills up quick – registration begins October 1.
Location :: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, 75234
Date :: October 26, 2019; 5-10pm
Cost :: FREE admission for residents, Haunted Hedge is $5 for non-residents (Recommended for ages 9 and up only)
This is another family-friendly Halloween party for those who want to celebrate in a more communal way. There’s bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, trick-or-treating, live kids entertainment, and lots more. New Boo-ville area for kids 5 and under. Definitely wear your costume. Lots of contest opportunities!
Location :: E Hickory and Industrial Street, Denton, TX
Date :: October 26, 2019; 11am-9pm
Cost :: FREE
Celebrate the harvest, Dia des los Muertos, and Halloween at the family-friendly Day of The Dead Festival in Denton. Delightfully macabre and spooky but with families and kids in mind. They’ve got a pumpkin patch with crafts for the littles, a haunted house designed and run by Denton High students, a Cirque Du Horror show filled with spooky stories and performances for all, a Twilight Lantern Parade, and the super popular Coffin Races. Costumes encouraged!