October

Don’t miss the 22nd annual Texas Country Reporter Festival! Meet Bob & the crew, plus hundreds of Texas artists and food vendors, many who you’ve seen on TCR before. Saturday, October 28 in downtown Waxahachie.

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ADDISON: Oct. 5-8, 11-15 Shakespeare in the Park Founded in 1971, Shakespeare Dallas offers North Texas residents a unique opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a casual park setting, as well as providing cultural and educational programs to audiences of all ages. This year’s production of “Titus Andronicus” is believed to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy and is often marked as one of his most violent works. Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Dr. shakespearedallas.org 214-559-2778

ADDISON: Oct. 7 MK5K and Fun Run The Mary Kay Foundation hosts their annual fun run and walk to further its mission of ending women’s cancer and domestic abuse. Mary Kay Headquarters, 16251 Dallas Pkwy. marykayfoundation.org 877-652-2737

ADDISON: Oct. 14-15 Wellness Expo The two-day event will offer more than 100 exhibit booths, 24 talks and demos, intuitive readings, bodywork and energy healing, holistic doctors, shopping, snacks, and more. Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road. wellnessexpo.net 972-925-9393

ADDISON: Oct. 28 Walk to Defeat ALS The ALS Association’s biggest annual event. Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way. alsa-texas.org 972-924-9886

ARLINGTON: Sept. 23-Oct. 29 Six Flags Over Texas’ Fright Fest The annual frightening festival is back for the Halloween season with horrific thrills. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. sixflags.com/overtexas 817-640-8900

ARLINGTON: Oct. 6-7 After Dark in the Park This family-friendly fall festival and fundraiser features storytelling, karaoke, a pumpkin patch, animal encounters, bounce houses, and a variety of children’s games, crafts, and activities. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. riverlegacy.org 817-860-6752

ARLINGTON: Oct. 19-Jan. 14 “Salvador Dali” Enjoy selected works from the legendary surrealist artist. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org 817-275-4600

BELLVILLE: Oct. 7 Market Day on the Square Arts, crafts, antiques, and collectibles in addition to great food and live entertainment in a relaxing atmosphere. Vendors set up their wares around the historic courthouse square. Historic Downtown Bellville, Main Street. bellville.com 979-865-3407

BELLVILLE: Oct. 11-15 Austin County Fair The 90th annual fair offers a PRCA Rodeo, a youth livestock show and auction, a carnival, and Nashville recording artists. Austin County Fairgrounds, 1076 E. Hill St. austincountyfair.com 979-865-5995

BELLVILLE: Oct. 26-28 Pickin’ and Grinnin’ Festival Three days of great bluegrass music at its best. Festival entertainers from all over the country come to perform America’s music. Choushatte RV Ranch, 2812 Nelius Road. txbluegrassmusic.com 936-697-5949

BENBROOK: Oct 21. 11th Annual Benbrook Heritage Fest. A celebration of our Texas heritage. Stop by the petting zoo, enjoy the bounce house, take part in the human foosball game and ride the mini-train around the grounds. www.cityofbenbrook-tx.gov/heritage 817 249-6087

BONHAM: Oct. 4-7 Fannin County Fair Booths, vendors, carnival rides, and more activities for the whole family to enjoy. Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex, FM 87 and Texas 56. visitbonham.com 903-583-9830

BONHAM: Oct. 12-14 Fannin County Fair Crafts, vendors, a carnival, and fun for the whole family. Eldon Harrison Building, 1413 Silo Road, Apt. 602. 903-583-9830

BONHAM: Oct. 21 Festival of Flight Airplanes, vendors, and fun for the whole family. Texas 78. visitbonham.com 903-583-9830

BONHAM: Oct. 28 Archeology Month Open House Archeological materials will be on display Refreshments and free admission from 1 to 3 p.m. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 Texas 56. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BONHAM: Oct. 28 Cemetery Walking Tour at Willow Wild Cemetery Learn about the characters that made Bonham great. Refreshments included at this free event. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 Texas 56. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BOWIE: Oct. 7 Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival This family-friendly event features live entertainment, a fiddlers’ contest, antique cars, an art exhibition, history and heritage exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, a bike ride, and other activities. Downtown Bowie, Smythe and Tarrant streets. cityofbowietx.com 940-872-6246

BRYAN: Oct. 3-8 Michelle Lynn Holsey Annual Cutting and Benefit A benefit dinner and auction on Saturday evening is followed by a concert with country artist Mark Wills. Public transportation from Crockett available. Brazos County Expo Complex, 5827 Leonard Road. michellelynnholsey.com

CLEBURNE: Sept. 15-30, Oct. 1 “Arsenic and Old Lace” Carnegie Players present this classic play. A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson. carnegieplayers.org 682-317-3644

CLEBURNE: Sept. 15-30, Oct. 5-7 “Treasure Island” Plaza Theatre Company presents this stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all is Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Oct. 7 “Albert and Gage” The Austin duo—Christine Albert and Chris Gage—show off their musical chemistry as they travel through their musical roots, moving from country and folk to blues and French chansons. The integrity of their musicianship and the rare blend of their voices create a unique and cohesive sound as Gage effortlessly switches from guitar to piano and accordion throughout the set. Songbird Live!, 210 E Henderson. songbirdlive.com 817-489-4840

CLEBURNE: Oct. 13-28, Nov. 2-11 “Zorro the Musical” This new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting, and incredible magic—all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy King beat brought to the stage with the authentic colors of traditional flamenco. Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Oct. 21 “Me and My Monkey” The premier Beatles tribute band in Texas. Songbird Live!, 210 E Henderson. songbirdlive.com 817-489-4840

CLEBURNE: Oct. 24 Brazos Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert Enjoy an evening with friends and family as this 50-piece orchestra plays an eclectic blend of orchestral music, including classical, big band, movie tunes, Americana, and pop. Show is free of charge. First Baptist Church, 414 N. Main. 817-645-2455

CLIFTON: Oct. 28 Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic with Eddy Raven Eddy Raven will judge and perform at the fifth annual event. Each finalist performs two original songs, with the judge and audience selecting the winners of the awards for Texas Troubadour ($1,500) and People’s Choice ($500), respectively. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Dr. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

COLLEGE STATION: Through Jan. 8, 2018 “The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future” Through diversification in agribusiness, the discovery of oil and gas, or success in other business ventures, the families who built Texas’ historic ranches survived. The exhibit will highlight examples of historic Texas ranches that have endured to the present day and will provide an educational overview of how the livestock industries helped shape the state. George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, 1000 George Bush Dr. bush41.org 979-691-4000

COLLEGE STATION: Oct. 31 Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek Wolf Pen Creek Park will transform into a 5-acre, trick-or-treating paradise for Halloween night. Dozens of candy booths will be providing free treats throughout the festival site, which will also feature carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, joy jumps, and more for free admission. Guests may bring their own refreshments, but coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller; alcohol, glass containers, and pets are not allowed. Food vendors will also be available. Wolf Pen Creek Park, 1015 Colgate Dr. cstx.gov/halloween 979-764-3486

CORSICANA: Oct. 3-27 Piecemakers’ Quilt Show The 37th annual judged quilt show features approximately 100 quilts. Classes during the show. The Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave. corsicanaquiltguild.com 214-783-2721

CRANFILLS GAP: Oct. 21 Bacon Bash Texas One of the largest bacon cookoffs in the nation, featuring 50 professional and backyard chefs battling it out to make the best bacon dish. Taste bacon funnel cake, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, and everything in between. The event features Texas wineries, craft breweries, the ultimate Bloody Mary bar, and a great lineup of Texas country artists. Street Party, 319 Third St. baconbashtexas.com 325-356-3999

DALLAS: Through Nov. 12 “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” The Dallas Museum of Art dipped into its design collection to create a visual history of the cocktail, from 19th-century punch bowls to James Bond–worthy shakers. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org 214-922-1200

DALLAS: Sept. 20-Nov. 1 Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco An exhibition of fashion from the 1970s, featuring more than 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian, and Japanese couture designers, including work by Oscar de la Renta, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, and Roberto Cavalli. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com

DALLAS: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Bishop Arts District Tours Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood during walking tours of the eclectic and amazing Bishop Arts District. Slip into colorful galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries including one that is the pitmaster’s choice for Best BBQ in Dallas—and a place where you can make your own tableside s’mores. Veracruz Cafe, 400 N. Bishop Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Oct. 4 Sammons Jazz Showcasing the many styles of jazz performed by top local musicians in a historic setting. Every concert consists of two sets performed by two bands. Admission includes valet parking, a light dinner, and beverages. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. sammonsjazz.com 214-520-7788

DALLAS: Oct. 6 Burgers and Burgundy Join DIFFA/Dallas for one of Dallas’ best culinary traditions where John Tesar and other celebrity chefs will showcase their signature sliders and savory wines. The night will also include the reveal of the 2018 Style Council Ambassadors accompanied by vibrant musical entertainment, making it a one-of-a-kind celebration. Giant Eyeball, Downtown Dallas, 1601 Main St. diffadallas.org 214-748-8580

DALLAS: Oct. 6-8 CAF Wings Over Dallas One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Dallas event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft along with the thrills of modern aviation. Dallas Executive Airport, 5303 Challenger Dr. wingsoverdallas.org 888-945-3008

DALLAS: Oct. 8, 14, 28 The Hidden Dallas Tour Cruise to some secret places in Dallas and check out extraordinary scenic, cultural, and architectural treasures—from giant teddy bears to hidden rooms. Discover some great neighborhoods and historic landmarks, stopping along the way for delicious snacks at “insider” culinary gems. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Oct. 13-14 Park and Palate Klyde Warren Park will host its third annual fundraiser, a celebration of Texas’ culinary scene. The event will showcase the region’s most popular chefs such as Kent Rathbun and Jason Dady, as well as wineries, breweries, and spirits from around the world, all against the backdrop of the distinctive Dallas skyline. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 403. parkandpalate.org 214-716-4500

BRYAN: Oct.15. Messina Hof Cooking Party with the Chef: “Holiday Events” Every month Messina Hof hosts a Cooking Party, a demonstration focusing on a specific cuisine or technique. If you’re a beginner, we’ve got you covered with beginner lessons and if you’re already quite the chef you’ll appreciate the huge selection of information on spices, cuts of meat, tools and more. Each guest will receive a recipe booklet to take home AND will have a chance to register to win awesome culinary door prizes. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/cooking-party-holiday-events 979-778-9463

DALLAS: Oct. 20 Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon The largest regional women’s fund in the world holds its 32nd annual luncheon with a keynote speaker to raise funds for the organization to advance positive social and economic change for women and girls. Past speakers have included Eva Longoria and Candy Chang. Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. dallaswomensfdn.org 214-525-5314

DALLAS: Oct. 26 Tall Tales Enjoy story time on the GeO-Deck every month. Children’s librarians from the Dallas Public Library will present fun for ages 2-5 who love to jump around, hear a story, and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. reuniontower.com 214-712-7040

DALLAS: Oct. 29 Kosher Barbecue Championship Under the supervision of rabbinical experts and the world-renowned Kansas City Barbecue Society, teams from around Texas and beyond will compete in a delectable, family-friendly event. The third annual festival includes music from Counterfeit Radio, great food, a play zone for kids, barbecue preparation and judging, award presentations, and more. Sunnyland Patio Furniture, 7879 Spring Valley Road. dallaskosherbbq.com 972-239-3716

DECATUR: Oct. 7 Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square A classic car show around the Wise County Courthouse, with stores and restaurants open late for visitors. Downtown Decatur, 101 N. Trinity St. 940-399-9558

DENISON: Oct. 7 Fall Festival Held the first Saturday in October, the festival is an action-packed day for the entire family, featuring arts and crafts booths, food vendors offering shoppers yummy festival food, games and carnival rides to entertain the kids, live music at Heritage Park, a vintage car show, children’s activities, and more. 200-700 Blocks of Main Street. denisonfallfest.com 903-465-1551

DENISON: Oct. 14 Eisenhower Birthday Celebration Celebrate Dwight Eisenhower’s birth in Denison with activities, displays, entertainment, and free tours of the birthplace house. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENISON: Oct. 28-29 Texas Archeology Month: “Lost Neighborhood” Self-Guided Tours Take a self-guided tour of the neighborhood that once surrounded the birthplace house at the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site. These houses are gone, but their outlines will be drawn on the ground where they once stood. Pick up a tour program in the Visitors Center to find out what archeologists and historians have learned about these “lost” places. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENTON: Oct. 7 Dog Days of Denton A Texas original festival for pooches and their people. It’s a celebration of man’s best friend. Events include dog parade, dog show, stupid pet tricks, dog/owner digging contest, and “Glamfur Shots” of your pet, dog/master look-alike contest, dog ’n disc, fly ball and agility demonstrations, arts and crafts booths, festival foods, and more. North Texas State Fair Grounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. dentondogdays.com 940-218-1560

DENTON: Oct. 7 North Texas Horse Country Tour The central region of North Texas is home to a diverse population of horses spread among some 400 horse farms and ranches. Virtually every equine breed and discipline is represented within the more than 30,000 horses. From ranch to ranch, visitors meander their way among a breathtaking variety of some of the country’s finest horses. DATCU Employee Parking Lot, 210 S. Elm St. 940-382-7895

DENTON: Oct. 22 Industrial Street Pop Festival A far-out event that features tribute music from the ’60s and ’70s. Industrial Street District, 103 Industrial St. facebook.com/geezerpalooza 940-218-1815

DENTON: Oct. 28 Day of the Dead Festival A wonderful smorgasbord, paying homage to many of fall’s treasures such as cooler weather, the harvest, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. Be prepared for a free family-friendly event full of fun activities, including a pumpkin patch, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. Industrial Street District, 103 Industrial St. dentondayofthedeadfestival.com 940-218-1815

DUNCANVILLE: Oct. 28 Fourth Saturday Cultural Event A cultural movie is presented on the fourth Saturday of every other month, while a country-specific dinner and entertainment are presented on the alternate month. Museum of International Cultures, 411 US 67. internationalmuseumofcultures.org 972-572-0462

EDOM: Oct. 14-15 Art Festival For more than 45 years, this small artists’ community has hosted a festival for working artists presenting their talents to an appreciative audience of gifters and collectors. The festival is the premier art show in East Texas. High quality art, fine crafts, live music, and great food fill the festival grounds behind the resident artists’ studios on the one main street in town. FM 279 at FM 314. visitedom.com 903-852-6473

ELGIN: Oct. 3 National Night Out Neighborhoods throughout Elgin are invited to join thousands of communities nationwide for this event. Elgin police officers and city officials visit neighborhoods in support of building a community partnership. Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Oct. 12 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through downtown stores. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the storefronts. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Oct. 26 Pearls Before Swine Art Show and Hogalicious Dessert Contest This art show kicks off the annual Hogeye Festival every year with the area’s finest artists. elginartsassociation.com

ELGIN: Oct. 27-28 Hogeye Festival The 30th annual festival will feature a Friday night street dance, food, kids activities, handmade arts and crafts, live music on three stages, and plenty of pig puns. Events include a children’s pet parade, a car show, a barbecue pork-off, a carnival, cow patty bingo, and a hogalicious dessert contest. Historic Downtown Elgin. hogeyefestival.com

ELGIN: Oct. 31 Halloween Safe Trick or Treat Trail Local businesses pass out treats and provide activities for trick-or-treaters. This safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating is a popular event for the kids. Veterans’ Memorial Park. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Oct. 12-15 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals The fastest race in Texas—held at an all-concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility—features some of the biggest names in racing, including the winningest driver in motorsports history, John Force; and Austin resident Tony Schumacher. Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287. texasmotorplex.com 972-878-2641

ENNIS: Oct. 12 PreStage Fan Fest The city of Ennis and Texas Motorplex are partnering up for another family-friendly festival downtown in advance of the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. Fans can wander between NHRA pro and sportsman cars, food trucks, music, and more. Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

ENNIS: Oct. 13-28 “The Addams Family” Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972-878-7529

ENNIS: Oct. 21 Fall Festival Food, fun, and family entertainment in historic downtown Ennis. 119 N. Dallas St. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

ENNIS: Oct. 28 Monster Mash 5K Dash and Fun Run Halloween family fun includes a 5K and 1-mile fun run through the historic Preston Street neighborhood, ending at the Ennis Farmers Market where they will be celebrating the close of their season with live music, food and craft vendors, and trick-or-treating. Come dressed as your favorite ghost or goblin for this fun-filled event. Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St. ymcadallas.org/ennis 214-415-7954

FARMERSVILLE: Oct. 7 Old Time Saturday Tractor Pull Teams from across the state will compete in two rounds of The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association’s action, as a feature event of the Old Time Saturday festival. Don’t miss the ground pounding action, as the drivers and machines test their limits on a 200-foot track. Rike Street Park, 100 S. Rike St. lsgtpa.com 972-782-6533

FLATONIA: Oct. 27-29 Czhilispiel 45 A nod to the region’s Czech and German heritage, this three-day festival in the heart of Texas offers continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend, a carnival, strolling acts, grand parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and beverages. Competitions throughout the weekend include a chili and barbecue cookoff, 5K run/walk, egg toss, jalapeno-eating contest, beard-growing contest, hairy-leg contest, Halloween costume contest, and tricycle races. Downtown Flatonia, 100 E. N. Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: Sept. 23-Nov. 26 “Misty Keasler: Haunt” This series, which depicts 13 themed haunted houses across America, allows lingering looks—something that is not possible at actual haunts where visitors are shuttled through on a forced and darkened path—and the more we look, the more terrifying the scenes become. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: Oct. 27-29 Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival A celebration of western heritage. Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, 140 E. Exchange Ave. redsteagallcowboygathering.com 817-444-5502

FORT WORTH: Oct. 28-29 Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show One of the nation’s premier air shows draws the best in aviation talent and ground activities. The US Navy Blue Angels team will be performing mid to late afternoon. Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd. allianceairshow.com 800-318-9268

FORT WORTH: Oct. 28-29 Oakwood Cemetery Tour A guided walk offers stories of the famous characters in Fort Worth’s Oakwood Cemetery. 701 Grand Ave. stockyardsmuseum.org 817-625-5082

GAINESVILLE: Oct. 14 Remembrance of the Great Hanging The 11th annual event commemorates the controversial “Great Hanging” of 1862, when conflict between the local Confederates and suspected Union sympathizers resulted in the execution of 42 men. At 3 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts’ NCTC Gainsville Campus, local actors will attempt to explain—not excuse—how events horribly spiraled out of control. A short documentary film of the story will be shown after the readings. Afterward, meet at the Great Hanging Memorial at Bass Park for the reading of each name, followed by the tolling of a 30-inch cast iron bell. Various locations. greathanging1862.com 940-372-8835

GARLAND: Oct. 7, 21 The Marketplace Downtown Square An outdoor market with fresh local produce, culinary items, and artisan/craftsman vendors. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. themarketplacedfw.com

GARLAND: Oct. 14 Urban Flea This outdoor market features vintage and homemade vendors, live music, and food trucks—joining forces with Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. intrinsicbrewing.com or theurbanfleatx.com

GARLAND: Oct. 21 Rockin’ the Square: A Historic Block Party Downtown Garland will celebrate its recent listing on the National Register of Historic Places with live music acts, food and beverages, and family fun. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. 972-205-2750

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 1-Nov. 4 “The Promise” This long-running outdoor musical combines a 150-person cast and crew, live animals, and special effects to tell the story of Jesus Christ every Friday and Saturday night. Texas Amphitheater, 5000 Texas Ave. thepromiseglenrose.com 254-897-3926

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Gospel Grass Festival Enjoy a festival with entirely gospel bluesgrass music from seven bands. RV spots and cabins for rent. Oakdale Park, 1019 N. Barnard St. 817-901-7100

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 5-7 Fall Bluegrass Festival Three days of local and national bluegrass bands. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-2321

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 6 Discovery After Dark This nighttime guided wildlife tour includes admission to the self-guided scenic wildlife tour. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 7 One-Day Photo Workshop This wildlife photography workshop features hands-on instruction, hours of photo game drives, and work review with noted outdoor photographers Brian and Shirley Loflin. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 7, 21 Photo Tour These guided wildlife tours are geared toward photographers to provide the best-possible light. View more than 50 species on 1,800 acres. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 9 Nature Journaling At this workshop and tour, homeschoolers and others learn/practice four nature journaling techniques in a beautiful setting. Then, enjoy a tour with stops at selected sites to practice what you’ve learned. Registration required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 14-15 Fall Wood Carving Show and Sale Judged show and artwork sale. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-3081

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 14 Sweetest Day Safari Dinner and Tour A romantic event with a three-course candlelight dinner overlooking a watering hole, with a live singer and evening wildlife tour. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 3022 CR 2010. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 16-20 Fall Wood Carving Classes Learn from experienced woodcarvers. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-3081

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 21 Beautiful Bountiful Biomes! For this class and tour, homeschoolers and others discover in a hands-on way what biomes are, what they have in common, and what makes them unique. Registration required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 21 Family Fossil Dig After an intro to fossils, load into a tour vehicle and head to the fossil pits. You’ll be able to keep at least a couple of the fossils you find, plus a full guided wildlife tour is included. All ages welcome. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 21 Girl’s Night Out on the Square Shops are open late in the historic downtown square. Enjoy prizes, drinks, and snacks during your shopping spree. Downtown Glen Rose, 102 Walnut St. 307-631-4106

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 21 Third Weekend Bluegrass Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music throughout the park. Includes a pickin’ and grinnin’ jam session followed by a band performing. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-2321

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 21-22 Two-Day Photo Workshop This wildlife photography workshop features hands-on instruction, multiple photo game drives, and work review. Meals, lodging, and a behind-the-scenes tour are included. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 3022 CR 2010. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 27-29 Fossilmania Fossil deals from around the country. Somervell County Expo Center, 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd. glenroseexpo.org 817-279-3677

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 28 CAC Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganza The Children’s Animal Center puts on a free Halloween event that includes goats doing tricks for treats, a jack-o’-lantern contest, creepy crawlers, face painting, and more. Donations welcome. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 28 Discovery After Dark Immediately after the Halloween Spooktacular, enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim with an after-dark adventure using spotlights. Price also includes admission to Scenic Wildlife Drive. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 28 Family Hike and Tour Take a 90-minute hike on a nature trail followed by a guided wildlife tour of the park. Registration required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Oct. 31 Boo in the Park Trick-or-treat in the park and enjoy plenty of Halloween activities. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-2321

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 28-Oct. 1 Mid-Autumn Festival A way to preserve traditions and promote cultures. Take your picture with a huge moon cake, participate in an art contest, win prizes, and more. Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Pkwy. asiatimessquare.com 972-988-8811

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 6-8 “Sweeney Todd” One of the darkest musicals ever written tells the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. artsgp.org 972-642-2787

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 Quarter Horse Racing Catch the fun and excitement of live quarter horse racing every Thursday through Saturday this fall. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 7 Kid’s Fishing Day Free to children 16 and under. The lagoon will be stocked with catfish, and ribbons will be handed out to each participant. A limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available. Mike Lewis Park Pond, 2410 N. Carrier Pkwy. grandfungp.com 972-237-8100

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 14 “Twist of Lemon” An evening based on Chris Lemmon’s book—which chronicles the life of his father and Hollywood star Jack Lemmon. Music, laughter, and more will fill the night. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 14-15 Brew and Barbecue Fest A free two-day festival filled with award-winning barbecue, live music from the Chris Rivers Band, tips from the best grillmasters, and more. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 14 Fall Masquerade Casino Night Feeling lucky? Take a chance and join this evening of fun inside the Prairie Lights Tent. Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. grandprairiechamber.org 972-264-1558

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 28 The Power of Love The sax man for Prince Marcus Anderson performs with European soul/jazz sensation Marc Staggers, rising star Deon Q., and vocalist Jacob Serano. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. poweroflovelive.com 214-641-7695

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 29 Boo Bash Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready to do the Monster Mash at the biggest free spooktacular for kids in the Metroplex. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 31 Street N’ Treat Participants will enjoy free games and trick-or-treating. Prepare to dress to impress, ask “trick-or-treat,” and bring a large bucket for candy. Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmersmarket 972-237-4559

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 13 Nash Farm Barn Dance Swing you partner round and round at this year’s dance. This fun-filled event will feature a live band with a caller, a special fried chicken dinner, and a pie auction to boot. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 14 Butterfly Flutterby At this free annual event, guests are given the rare opportunity to release hundreds of monarch butterflies. Kids can also register to participate in a costume parade beginning at East Wall and Jenkins streets. Pets are encouraged to participate as well. Grapevine Botanical at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St. 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 14 Fall Round-Up Experience life on the farm at the 17th annual event. Activities include kitchen gardening, live music, blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations, cotton picking, heritage toys, heritage games, wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations, and a petting zoo. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GREENVILLE: Oct. 6-7 A Harvest of Quilts The annual show, sponsored by The Cotton Patch Quilt Guild, includes quilt displays, a silent auction, quilt raffle, appraisals, and more. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5302 Texas 69. cottonpatchquilt.com 503-428-8445

GREENVILLE: Oct. 13-15 Bob Wills Fiddle Festival and Contest The fourth annual festival features top fiddlers from across the nation to compete for cash prizes as well as headliner western swing concerts, a street dance, and more. Downtown Greenville, Lee and Washington streets. greenvillechamber.com 903-457-3126

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30, 2018 “Texas in World War I” Features a series of programs and exhibits on various topics relating to Texas and its role in World War I. Friench Simpson Memorial Library, 705 E. Fourth St. hallettsvillelibrary.org 361-798-3243 ext. 208

HALLETTSVILLE: Oct. 21 Route 77 Art Show Art and handmade crafts. Knights of Columbus Beer Hall, 321 US 77. sctxartleague.com 210-274-2758

HILLSBORO: Oct. 14 Second Saturday Downtown Flea Market From May through October, the Hill County Courthouse Square features great local artisans and vendors selling their goods along Franklin Street. There is not a cost or sign up to set up as a vendor. Those interested just need to set up in the parking spaces on the north side of the courthouse by 8 a.m. each second Saturday. Hill County Courthouse Square, 1 N. Waco St. hillsboromainstreet.org 254-582-5499

KAUFMAN: Oct. 27-28 Scarecrow Festival Includes a parade, two stages with entertainment like Kadie Lynn and the Gimbles, more than 100 vendors, and rides for kids. Kaufman City Square. kaufmanchamber.com 972-932-3118

LA GRANGE: Oct. 5-Dec 22. Quilt Exhibit – Texas Quilt Museum. Gallery I & III: Made in Texas Quilts from Texas GuildsGallery II: The Way I See It: The Narrative Art of Susan Shie. Oct 14th Susan Shie lecture 10am-4pm Th,Fr,Sat-12-4 Sun Texasquiltmuseum.org 979-968-6010

LA GRANGE: Oct. 7 Oktoberfest on the Square More than 100 varieties of craft beer, authentic German cuisine like sausage and pork schnitzel, children’s activities and live music. Adult admission price includes 12 samples of craft beer along with a commemorative beer mug. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. visitlagrangetx.com 979-968-3017

LA GRANGE: Oct. 31 Trick or Treat on the Square This annual event gives youngsters a safe place to go door to door for candy and to show off their costumes. Additionally, the Square will feature live music and children’s activities including balloon animals, face painting, snow cones, and Halloween games including a bean bag toss and bowling. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. visitlagrangetx.com 979-968-3017

LEWISVILLE: Oct. 13-14 Le Ballet de Dracula Dracula and his brides spellbind audiences with chilling special effects, hypnotizing music, amazing sets, and beautiful costumes for this production from Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St. lakecitiesballet.org 972-317-7987

LIPAN: Oct. 21 Classic Car Show and Kick-A-Poo Festival This classic car show is free and open to the public. Push it, pull it, or tow it in, and they will register you. Proceeds from the car show go to the D&D Rockin’ Rods Family and Friends Christmas for Kids. All events subject to weather conditions. 200 Caddo St. ddrockinrods.com 817-797-1197

LOCKHART: Oct. 21-22 Speaking of the Dead: Night Ramblings in a Texas Graveyard Take a trailer ride to a cemetery where actors will give history tours of past Caldwell County citizens. Lockhart City Park, City Park Road. 512-626-1637

MADISONVILLE: Oct. 3 National Night Out Head outside for an evening of fun and fellowship with local law enforcement and the fire department. Free food, entertainment and kids’ activities will be offered throughout the night. Lake Madison Park, 1215 E. Collard St. madisonvilletexas.us 936-348-2748

MADISONVILLE: Oct. 13 Texas Mushroom Festival Enjoy a Champagne social, dinner, and auction on Friday at the Woodbine Hotel and Restaurant. Saturday offers cooking demonstrations, mushroom fajitas and other delicious foods, a car showcase, photography and art contests, a 5K run/walk, Texas wine and craft beer tastings, a quilt show, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and entertainment. Various locations. texasmushroomfestival.com 877-908-8808

MCKINNEY: Sept. 2-Feb. 18 Dinosaurs Live! An annual exhibit featuring animatronic dinosaurs stationed along nature trails. Closed Mondays. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Oct. 1 Free Fall Band Concert Fans of wind band music will enjoy this free concert by the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band at the Courtroom Theatre. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. mckinneyband.com 972-547-2650

MCKINNEY: Oct. 13-15 Third Monday Trade Days One of the largest flea markets in North Texas, it features more than 450 vendors. 4550 W. University (US 380). tmtd.com 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Oct. 31 Scare on the Square This annual event has grown to hundreds of trick-or-treaters enjoying hayrides, treats, and a safe Halloween event for the whole family. Streets are closed off for trick-or-treaters to cross the street safely, going shop to shop for goodies. Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee. downtownmckinney.com 972-547-2660

MESQUITE: Oct. 1-29 Jennifer Estes Gallery Exhibition Galleries are open Monday through Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Oct. 6-7 Enduro Race—Lonestar 600 The fourth annual endurance race features 300 laps each night for a total of 600 laps. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Oct. 7 Mesquite Community Band Concert Conducted by Dr. Stephen Shoop. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunityband.com 972-216-8125

MESQUITE: Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 “The Mystery of Irma Vep—A Penny Dreadful” This spoof of Gothic melodramas is a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire, and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy perfect for the Halloween season. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972-216-8126

MESQUITE: Oct. 13-14 Treasures Barn Sale This fundraising sale features antiques, household goods, clothing, books, and more, all in the historic red barn. Opal Lawrence Historical Park Barn, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Oct. 14 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Tour an early settler’s homestead. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Oct. 20-21 Winter Nationals The 44th annual auto race is held at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Oct. 21 Amazing Technicolor 5K Color Run This fun, family-friendly 5K is all about having a great time and making great memories, all benefitting the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. No awards, no timing, just a lot of color and fun. Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1750 Rodeo Dr. mesquitefoundation.org 972-882-7513

MESQUITE: Oct. 28 Cowboys of Color Finals Rodeo Enjoy the best in bull riding, calf roping, streer wrestlin’, and bronc bustin. You’ll also find cultural entertainers, Buffalo Soldiers, charros, escaramuzas, ceremonial dancers, Tennessee Walking horses, Pony Express relays, wild horse races, ladies barrel racing, junior calf roping, and junior barrel racing. Features more than 200 culturally diverse cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash prizes. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. cowboysofcolorrodeo.com 972-285-8777

MESQUITE: Oct. 28 Day of the Dead Festival Celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, face painting, cookie decorating, skull decorating, a community altar, food trucks, and more. Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Oct. 28 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Visit the historic Lawrence family homestead and its unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Oct. 28 Pumpkin Fest Enjoy contests, carnival games, bounce houses, community stage performances, and more. City Lake Park, 403 S. Galloway. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972-216-6260

MIDLOTHIAN: Oct. 21 Fall Festival and 5K Run Event grounds are full with more than 200 booths of arts and crafts, artists, food vendors, and children’s activities. Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium, 1800 S. 14th St. midlothianchamber.org 972-723-8600

MOUNT VERNON: Oct. 14 CountryFest A country fair with pancake breakfast, live entertainment and music, artisan handcrafted goods, children’s games, a car show, a stew cookoff, games, and food. Plaza District, 100 Main St. mvkeyclub.wordpress.com 903-466-4207

MOUNT VERNON: Oct. 27-28 Food and Wine Festival Friday offers a night under the Texas sky for the Harvest on Main four-course farm-to-table dinner including wine pairings. Saturday brings the Market on Main presenting high-end artisans with a culinary focus, cooking demonstrations from some of the top chefs in the state, live music, and many food vendors. Plaza District, 100 Main St. mtvernonfoodandwine.com 903-537-4070

NOCONA: Oct. 13-14 Nocona Nights Music Festival Two-day event features live music including a Nocona showcase. Veranda Inn Events Center, 1523 US 82. nocona-nights.org 940-825-3526

PARKER: Oct. 28 Muckfest to End MS Register and take on this muddy 5K obstacle course for charity. Bring your sneakers and a sense of humor, and be willing to get dirty. Proceeds benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spectators free. Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr. muckfestms.com 972-442-7800

PLANO: Sept. 14-Oct. 7 “Bus Stop” Based on the William Inge classic film starring Marilyn Monroe. A snowstorm leaves weary bus passengers holed up at a roadside diner overnight. Cherie is being pursued by a headstrong cowboy in love who’s ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana to marry him. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Fall Plano Train Show Model railroad show featuring operating layouts, dealer displays, how-to clinics, and video displays. Door prizes. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. dfwtrainshows.com 469-438-0741

PLANO: Oct. 12 Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk Stroll the downtown Plano arts district, sampling different wines in shops and galleries, listening to street musicians, and checking out artists and their wares. Raffle prizes are drawn at 9:15 p.m. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E 15th St. visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Oct. 14 One Day Only The 28th installment of Rover Dramawerks’ signature play festival features five short plays from concept to curtain in just one day. Rover Dramawerks Theatre, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Oct. 14 Plano International Festival Explore cultures of the world and learn about art, food, music, dancing, and more with the Children’s Global Village, yoga, a fashion show, wellness fair, naturalization ceremony, live entertainment, and more. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. planointernationalfestival.org

PLANO: Oct. 20-Oct. 21 Plano Steinfest In the tradition of Oktoberfest, enjoy live music, an artist village, German food and beer, games, contests, commemorative steins, T-shirts, and more. Free admission. Food for purchase. McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St. visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Oct. 21 Plano Haunt Jaunt 5K and Fun Run Grab your costume and join the fun at this Halloween-themed night race. Enjoy a family-friendly 1-mile fun run, or a timed 5K race. Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. plano.gov 972-941-7288

PLANO: Oct. 28-Nov. 18 “Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror” A theatre critic has been murdered, and Holmes and Watson are soon visited by aspiring Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who entices Holmes to take the case. Featuring some of the most famous literary luminaries of the day, this is a rollicking whodunit. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

RICHARDSON: Oct. 7-8 Cottonwood Art Festival Established in 1969, the bi-annual event features works from some of the nation’s top visual artists. A juried show with 240 artists, Cottonwood showcases art media in 14 different categories such as 2D and 3D mixed media, ceramics, digital, and drawings/pastels. The festival also features local bands and food available in the courtyard. There is also Artstop, an interactive children’s creative playground featuring activities and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road. cottonwoodartfestival.com 972-744-4580

RICHARDSON: Oct. 9 Keyboard Conversations: Festive French Fare Renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel speaks briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard. This program includes Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Satie’s Rag Time Prelude. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com 972-744-4650

RICHARDSON: Oct. 21 Plano Symphony: Ashley Brown on Broadway Plano Symphony welcomes guest vocalist Ashley Brown singing songs from “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” and more. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. planosymphony.org 972-473-7262

RICHARDSON: Oct. 28-29 Huffhines Art Trails A fall tradition dating back to 1976, this arts and crafts show features 170 of the areas finest artisans. Patrons will find a variety of contemporary crafts, traditional crafts, and art in mediums that range from painting and pottery to glass, wood work, and jewelry. Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road. huffhinesarttrails.com 972-744-4580

ROWLETT: Oct. 8 Multicultural Festival Cultures from all over the world come together to celebrate at this sixth annual event, which offers dance, food, and entertainment for all ages. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3905 Hickox Road. sacredheartrowlett.org 972-475-4405

ROXTON: Oct. 21 Roxton Saturday Night At the 13th annual day-long festival, Roxton steps back to the ’30s and ’40s, when people lined the streets on a Saturday night. Enjoy vendors, activities, games, contests, and entertainment. Museums open. Harrison Avenue. roxtontexas.com 903-346-2939

ROYSE CITY: Oct. 21 FunFest/MicroFest/RunFest Includes carnival rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, military vehicle rides, archery, games, a gunfight reenactment, pancake breakfast, 5K run, dunking booth, children’s pageant, arts and crafts, doggie contest, and the Microfest Brew area. Downtown, Main and Arch streets. roysecitychamber.com 972-636-5000

SALADO: Oct. 7 Our Salado Heritage Speaks As the afternoon shadows slip into the dimness of evening, the Salado pioneers who are buried in the historic Old Salado Graveyard will come to life to tell their stories. Tablerock Amphitheater, 321 Royal St. tablerock.org 254-947-9205

SALADO: Oct. 13-14 Christmas in October This annual preview to the Christmas season will feature unique Christmas decorations, fall fashions from local and area merchants, jewelry, children clothing, food, gifts, and home decor specialty items. Plus, the Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale is always a wonderful part of Christmas in October. The Venue by Inn on the Creek, 306 College St. salado.com/calendar 254-947-5040

SALADO: Oct. 14, 21, 28 Tablerock’s Fright Trail Tablerock’s half-mile walking trail presents thrills and chills. Author’s bios and skits from classic tales. Tablerock Amphitheater, 321 Royal St. tablerock.org 254-947-9205

SALADO: Oct. 21 Fall Pub Crawl Fun, friends, and beer at select Salado venues. Each ticket includes five stops with a 12-ounce draw of the featured beer. Various locations. salado.com/calendar 254-947-5040

SAN FELIPE: Oct. 1-31 181st Anniversary of Texas Independence Archeology-themed activities will be offered throughout the month, including dig box exercises for children, screening and artifact sorting activities, artifact reconstruction, and walking tours noting the layout of prominent buildings associated with famous early Texans. San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, 15945 FM 1458. visitsandelipedesustin.com 979-885-2181

SEALY: Oct. 14 The Main Street Market A farmers market with homemade, handmade, and homegrown items. Historic Downtown Sealy, Main Street. sealymainstreet.com 979-627-6136

SHINER: Oct. 21 Shiner Music Festival Enjoy a full day of music, food, and fun at the fourth annual festival. Experience the local Shiner hospitality and spend the day supporting Texas music while enjoying your favorite Shiner beverage. Green-Dickson Park, 65 CR 350. shinermusicfest.com

SMITHVILLE: Sept. 15-Nov. 4 Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park Includes three haunted houses: Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Zombie City and Slaughter Circus. The park also has movies, retail, music, the Cackling Witch Cafe and Bakery, and the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar. Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane. screamhollow.com 512-710-8267

SMITHVILLE: Oct. 7 Citywide Garage Sale Includes more than 100 sites to shop in one day. Various locations. smithvilletx.org 512-237-2313

SMITHVILLE: Oct. 14 Texas Photo and Folk Music Festival The Smithville Film Commission invites all levels of photography enthusiasts, models and set builders to this event, which includes photo contests, a model contest, and an Instagram walk and contest. Downtown Smithville, Main Street. smithvilletx.org 512-237-2313

STEPHENVILLE: Oct. 14 Sundown on the Square Family-friendly festival features Texas musicians, local food vendors, beverages for all ages, children’s activities, shopping, art exhibits, and more. Stephenville Courthouse Square, 100 Washington St. sundownsquare.com 254-965-5313

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Oct. 27-28 Hopkins County Fall Festival Arts and crafts, a cover girl contest, creative arts, commercial exhibits, a kids zone, BMX and science show, snake show, food vendors, carnival, live music, and more. Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston St. hopkinscountyfallfestival.com 903-243-1925

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Oct. 28 Hopkins County Stew Contest Celebrating its 48th year, more than 160 competitors will cook chicken or beef stew over open wood fires. Five bucks buys all-you-can-eat stew (while it lasts). Buford Park, 733 Connally St. hopkinschamber.org 903-885-6515

TEMPLE: Sept. 23-Oct. 29 The Robinson Family Farm-—Pumpkin Patch Open Saturday and Sunday—weekdays are reserved for field trips/groups. Enjoy activities like hayrides, a corn maze, kiddie train, bounce houses, petting zoo, pumpkin chunkin’, sand art, a gift shop, assorted pumpkins, and seasonal eats. The Robinson Family Farm, 3780 White Owl Lane. therobinsonfamilyfarm.com 254-931-9564

TEMPLE: Oct. 6 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, the heart of Temple becomes a big multi-block party. Enjoy street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple. downtowntemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Oct. 14 Canvas and Cocktails Five local artists, selected quarterly, will be on hand to meet the public and discuss their works. As always, additional artwork by these featured artists will be displayed at select local restaurants and business venues throughout downtown Temple. Venue maps will be provided. Various locations. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Oct. 21 Haunted Walk-About Entertaining locals and visitors alike with a walking tour of spine-tingling ghost stories and darker history. Downtown Temple, 101 N. Main St. ci.temple.tx.us 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Oct. 25 Dead Poet Night A monthly open mic poetry night. Bring something to read to the group or just listen in. J. Kowboy Wine Bar, 13 E. Avenue B. downtowntemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Oct. 27 Food Truck Frenzy and Main Street Market Discover Downtown is mixing the monthly Food Truck Frenzy with the Main Street Market, to create another delicious event. Dine on some of Temple’s very best food trucks, then stroll through the many arts and crafts vendors that will be set up along the way. These events are free and open to the public, however food, drink, and merchandise are for purchase. Downtown Temple, Plaza behind 2 N. Main St. downtowntemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Oct. 31 Main Street Fright Fest No tricks, only treats when you spend Halloween on Main Street. Vendors will line the streets to sell arts and crafts and food, as well as fun free activities for the children. Admission is two canned goods per family for Food for Families. Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5900

VAN: Oct. 7, 14 Van Oil Pageant and Festival The annual pageant will be at the Van Jr. High Auditorium. The festival will be held in the parking lot of Van United Methodist Church the following Saturday. 630 S. Oak St.; 170 W. Main St. vantx.com 903-963-5051

WACO: Oct. 5-14 Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo Since 1953, this fair has been an annual tradition for thousands of Texans with professional rodeo events, craft and cooking competitions, a midway filled with exciting rides, and plenty of fair food. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. hotfair.com 254-776-1660

WACO: Oct. 6-8 Cultural Arts Fest This free festival features hands-on activities for all ages, along with visual art and entertainment both day and night. Poets, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, performers, and entertainers all have a turn during this eclectic festival—50 artists and more than 300 performers across three days. Indian Spring Park, 101 S. University Parks Dr. wacoartsfest.org 254-723-6830

WACO: Oct. 27-28 Apple Tree Bazaar An arts and craft fair featuring the works of artisans 50 years of age and older. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. mowwaco.org 254-752-0316

WALLIS: Oct. 1 Fine Rides AutoFest A wide variety of custom, street rod, antique, classic, and specialty vehicles from near and far. Music, food, and activities for the whole family. Guardian Angel Church Grounds, 5610 Demel St. wallistexas.org 979-478-6712

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Screams Halloween Theme Park Explore a huge Halloween theme park with scores of professional actors, entertainment, games and food. 2511 FM 66. screamspark.com 972-938-3247

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 6-8 Vintage Market Days An upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market. Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287. socentraltexas.vintagemarketdays.com 918-606-2254

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 7 Oddfest The third annual event includes art vendors, live music, and food. Singelton Plaza, 200 N. Rogers. waxa80.com 972-938-2062

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 28 Texas Country Reporter Festival Features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on TCR over the years. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WESTLAKE: Oct. 21 Classic Car Show The seventh annual show is dedicated to the golden era of the automobile—the first 50 years of automotive history, featuring 1909 to 1959 originals or restored to near original automobiles and trucks. No hot rods, no customs, no muscle cars, just true classics. Solana Club, 2902 Sam School Road. westlakeclassiccarshow.com 817-680-1422

WHITESBORO: Oct. 21 UMM Annual Barbecue Dinner The United Methodist Men annually host a barbecue fundraiser to support the church during the local Peanut Festival. Beef brisket is the cornerstone of the meal, served with all the fixins as well as their world-famous tea. The ladies of the church provide a wide variety of desserts to finish the meal. The FUMC is celebrating its 150-year anniversary in 2017. First United Methodist Church, 122 S. Union St. 817-908-7282

WHITNEY: Oct. 7 Pioneer Days The 42nd annual family day of fun including a carnival, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, live entertainment, a traditional parade, a wine tasting event, a 5K fun run, and more. Downtown. lakewhitneychamber.com 254-694-2540

 

September

ADDISON: Sept. 14-17 Oktoberfest More than 70,000 people who share a love of polka, German food, and the same Paulaner bier served at Bavaria’s favorite festival are expected to attend this authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy fun contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, a German Idol yodeling contest, a German spelling bee, and more. Guests wanting a more intimate experience can register to dine at the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus, full-service Bavarian dining with an exclusive menu. Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Dr. addisonoktoberfest.com 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Evening of Hope for Lupus September 09/23/2017. Evening of Hope for Lupus benefits the programs and services offered by the Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter.  Dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by Lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. 6:00pm dallaslupusgala.org 469-374-0590

ALVARADO: Sept. 2-9 Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion At the 125th annual event, enjoy a parade, carnival, queen contest, baby contest, fiddle contest, music, car show, vendors, and more. Pioneer and Old Settlers Facility, 111 Reunion Dr. alvaradopubliclibrary.org 817-538-2337 or 817-790-2480

ARLINGTON: Sept. 2 Advocare Classic The University of Michigan plays against the University of Florida to kick off the college football season. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way. attstadium.com 817-892-4000

ARLINGTON: Sept. 21-24 Frame 4 Frame Festival The second annual festival brings together art, film, music, and fun to downtown Arlington. Various locations. frame4frame.org

ARLINGTON: Sept. 23-Oct. 29 Six Flags Over Texas’ Fright Fest The annual frightening festival is back for the Halloween season with horrific thrills. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. sixflags.com/overtexas 817-640-8900

BASTROP: Sept. 2 Colorado River 100 Considered one of the most difficult endurance events Texas has to offer, this year’s race will include opportunities for paddlers to compete in one of three classes: Competitive, Adventure and for the first time a Youth class. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Wilson St. coloradoriver100.com 512-303-0558

BASTROP: Sept. 9 YMCA Burning Pine Run Those who take part in this run help those who would not otherwise be able to participate because of financial limitations. At the same time, participants are helping to provide funding for new trees to replace what was lost in the 2011 wildfire that destroyed 97 percent of the trees in Bastrop State Park. Bastrop State Park, 3005 Texas 21. burningpinerun.com 512-321-9622

BEDFORD: Sept. 1-3 Blues and Barbecue Festival Music lovers with an appetite for tasty blues and mouthwatering barbecue will find this festival a feast for the senses. The three-day event returns with blues legends Delbert McClinton and Buddy Guy, plus a barbecue cookoff. Bedford City Hall Complex, 1951 L. Don Dodson Dr. bedfordbluesfest.com 817-952-2128

BELLVILLE: Sept. 2 Market Day on the Square Arts, crafts, antiques, and collectibles in addition to great food and live entertainment in a relaxing atmosphere. Vendors set up their wares around the historic courthouse square. Historic Downtown Bellville, Main Street. bellville.com 979-865-3407

BELLVILLE: Sept. 23 Austin County Fair Shrimp Boil and Kickoff Dance All-you-can-eat shrimp with all the trimming including sausage, corn, and potatoes. Also enjoy live and silent auctions, a happy hour, and a dance. Austin County Fair Convention & Expo Center, 1076 E. Hill St. austincountyfair.com 979-865-5995

 

BENBROOK: Oct 21. 11th Annual Benbrook Heritage Fest. A celebration of our Texas heritage. Stop by the petting zoo, enjoy the bounce house, take part in the human foosball game and ride the mini-train around the grounds. www.cityofbenbrook-tx.gov/heritage 817 249-6087

BONHAM: Sept. 23 Farming Heritage Day Celebrate farming history during this free annual event. Take part in educational, hands-on activities such as butter churning and weaving; check out livestock, antique tractors, and a cotton ginning demonstration. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 Texas 56. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BRYAN: Sept 7. Aggie Women 10th Anniversary Celebration. Messina Hof Door prizes, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar available featuring Messina Hof’s exclusive Aggie Network™ wines. Men and non-Aggies are welcome to attend! See website for more details. 6:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/aggie-women-special-event 979-778-9463

BRYAN: September 17. Messina Hof Cooking Party with the Chef: “Oktoberfest” Every month Messina Hof hosts a Cooking Party, focusing on a specific cuisine or technique. If you’re a beginner, we’ve got you covered with beginner lessons and if you’re already quite the chef you’ll appreciate the huge selection of information on spices, cuts of meat, tools and more. Each guest will receive a recipe booklet to take home AND will have a chance to register to win awesome culinary door prizes. http://messinahof.com/events/post/cooking-party-oktoberfest 979-778-9463

BRYAN: Sept. 22-23 Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Show The theme for this judged quilt show is “Reach For The Stars.” There will be a wide assortment of quilt categories, from traditional to art quilts, as well as vendor booths, wearable art displays, quilt appraisals, and more. Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. bbqg.org 409-767-1707

BRYAN: Sept. 22-24 Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival Started in 2007 as a celebration of two of the largest industries in Texas: beef and wine. Head to historic Downtown Bryan to sample more than 25 Texas wineries, 15 Texas breweries, craft vendors, artists, live music, and steak. Downtown Bryan. texasredsfestival.com 979-822-4920

BUFFALO: Sept. 9 Babecue Cookoff This barbecue cookoff is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. Shelly Pate Park, 941 Hill St. 903-322-5810

BUFFALO: Sept. 16 Buffalo Stampede This parade and festival will feature vendors, an auction, a raffle, kids games, live music, and a dance. Harriman Park, 250 Harriman Park Road. 903-322-5810

BURLESON: Sept. 4 Labor Day Car Show Offering 55 awards, this classic car show is free and open to the public. Push it, pull it, or tow it in, and they will register you. Proceeds from the car show go to D&D Rockin’ Rods Family and Friends Christmas for Kids. All events subject to weather conditions. 925 N. Burleson Blvd. ddrockinrods.com 817-797-1197

BURTON: Sept. 22-30 LaBahia Antique Show Dealers across the country will provide antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurpose items at show. Free admission and parking. LaBahia Hall, 550 Texas 237. labahiaantiques.com 979-289-2684

CALDWELL: Sept. 2 Free Wine Tasting Enjoy three free tastings of fine Texas wines on the first Saturday of the month. Royalty Pecan Farms, 10600 Texas 21. royaltypecans.com 979-272-3904

CLEBURNE: Sept. 1-9 “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” It’s October, 1945, and the gospel-singing Sanders family is back together again where it all started, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where the Reverend Oglethorpe is leading his last service. Join the Sanders family as they send Mervin and June off to Texas in style, with story and song. Lots of that old-timey bluegrass gospel music, and the poignant humorous characters that we have all grown to love. Plaza Theatre, 111 S. Main St. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Sept. 9 Duane Durrett in Concert with Sandra Kaye The veteran jazz drummer and bandleader teams up with the Dallas diva for an evening of jazz standards. Songbird Live!, 210 E. Henderson. songbirdlive.com 817-489-4840

CLEBURNE: Sept. 15-30, Oct. 1 “Arsenic and Old Lace” Carnegie Players present this classic play. A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson. carnegieplayers.org 682-317-3644

CLEBURNE: Sept. 15-30, Oct. 5-7 “Treasure Island” Plaza Theatre Company presents this stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all is Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Sept. 23 Colin Boyd in Concert The singer-songwriter and guitarist performs all across Texas. His songs have been recorded by Jack Ingram, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Garner, Domestic Science Club, Monte Warden Sara Hickman, and Barney the Dinosaur. Songbird Live!, 210 E Henderson. songbird.com 817-489-4840

CLEBURNE: Sept. 30 Wine Festival The annual event features Texas wineries, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, art displays, a car show, and live entertainment. Depot at Cleburne Station, 1906 Brazzell Blvd. thecleburnewinefestival.com 214-402-3597

CLIFTON: Sept. 9-23 Bosque Art Classic The national art show and sale, sponsored by the BAC Art Council, always features outstanding representational/realistic work by veteran and up-and-coming artists. The 32nd annual event opens with a show, dinner, awards ceremony, and sale Sept. 9. This year’s Classic is judged by Teal Blake, member of the Cowboy Artists of America. Reservations are needed for opening night. The works will remain on display free to the public through Sept. 23. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Dr. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

COLLEGE STATION: Through Jan. 8, 2018 “The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future” Through diversification in agribusiness, the discovery of oil and gas, or success in other business ventures, the families who built Texas’ historic ranches survived. The exhibit will highlight examples of historic Texas ranches that have endured to the present day and will provide an educational overview of how the livestock industries helped shape the state. George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, 1000 George Bush Dr. bush41.org 979-691-4000

DALLAS: Through Nov. 12 “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” The Dallas Museum of Art dipped into its design collection to create a visual history of the cocktail, from 19th-century punch bowls to James Bond–worthy shakers. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org 214-922-1200

DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” This exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 Bishop Arts District Tours Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood during walking tours of the eclectic and amazing Bishop Arts District. Slip into colorful galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries including one that is the pitmaster’s choice for Best Barbecue in Dallas—and a place where you can make your own tableside s’mores. Veracruz Cafe, 400 N. Bishop Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Sept. 3, 9, 23 The Hidden Dallas Tour Cruise to some secret places in Dallas and check out extraordinary scenic, cultural, and architectural treasures—from giant teddy bears to hidden rooms. Discover some great neighborhoods and historic landmarks, stopping along the way for delicious snacks at “insider” culinary gems. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Sept. 6 Sammons Jazz Showcasing the many styles of jazz performed by top local musicians in a historic setting. Every concert consists of two sets performed by two bands. Admission includes valet parking, a light dinner, and beverages. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. sammonsjazz.com 214-520-7788

DALLAS: Sept 9 through Nov 11. Bonnie & Clyde: The End. Bonnie & Clyde died as they lived, by the gun. PDNB Gallery will be exhibiting for the first time, photographs of the infamous Texas criminals. This exhibition highlights the deadly aftermath of a two-year manhunt for America’s most romanticized criminal couple. Featured in the exhibition are photographs of the ambush aftermath: the get away car, Texas Ranger Captain, Frank Hamer, and a post mortem of the couple. Opening reception will take place, Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm. Event is free and open to the public. 5 – 8 PM www.pdnbgallery.com 214-969-1852

DALLAS: Sept. 8-10 Chocolate Festival Chocolate enthusiasts will convene for the eighth annual celebration of chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Guests are invited to meet the artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process, and sample and shop from more than 40 vendor participants. The festival showcases nationally recognized chocolate makers as well as local talents from across Texas. Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave. dallaschocolate.org 214-669-3355

DALLAS: Sept. 8 Custom Auction Gala A grand 50th celebration for TACA with cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and more. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. taca-arts.org 214-520-3930

DALLAS: Sept. 14 Arts and Letters Live: Ken Follett The award-winning author of historic masterpieces “The Pillars of the Earth” and “World Without End” will join the Dallas Museum of Art’s fall performing arts series to discuss a new novel in his epic saga, “A Column of Fire.” First United Methodist Church, 1928 Ross Ave. dma.org/all 214-922-1818

DALLAS: Sept. 20-Nov. 1 Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco An exhibition of fashion from the 1970s, featuring more than 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian, and Japanese couture designers, including work by Oscar de la Renta, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, and Roberto Cavalli. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com

DALLAS: Sept. 28 Tall Tales Enjoy story time on the GeO-Deck every month. Children’s librarians from the Dallas Public Library will present fun for ages 2-5 who love to jump around, hear a story, and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. reuniontower.com 214-712-7040

DALLAS: Sept. 29-Oct. 22 State Fair of Texas Celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. With 24 consecutive days, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest—featuring unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games, and rides. Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. bigtex.com 214-565-9931

DECATUR: Sept. 2 Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square A classic car show around the Wise County Courthouse, with stores and restaurants open late for visitors. Downtown Decatur, 101 N. Trinity St. 940-399-9558

DENTON: Sept. 9 Arts and Autos Extravaganza An annual event that lines the Downtown Denton Square with hot rods, classic and custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles. A chalk art competition is also held alongside the festival, with masterpieces beautifully displayed on sidewalks around the square. Live music, arts and crafts, local vendors, kids’ games and activities, and festival food round out the festivities. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonmainstreet.org 940-349-8529

DENTON: Sept. 16-17 Blues Fest Enjoy blues acts in a family-friendly outdoor setting along with kid-friendly activities, delicious festival food, and arts and crafts. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. dentonblackchamberonline.org 940-382-9100

DENTON: Sept. 30 GreenFest This regional event celebrates the Ray Roberts Greenbelt through experiential outdoor activities, live music, and good food. The festival kicks off with a bicycle rally, a 5K, and a 10K. Ray Roberts Greenbelt, Lake Ray Roberts Dam Road. friendsofthegreenbelt.org 682-365-8677

DESOTO: Sept. 28 Taste of DeSoto: Sweet and Savory A celebration of dining south of the Trinity. The event will feature family-friendly entertainment, free food, and ample opportunities to learn more about local businesses. DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road. desotochamber.org 972-224-3565

DUNCANVILLE: Sept. 23 Fourth Saturday Cultural Event Join the museum for the inspiring story of the “Recycled Orchestra of Cateura,” a Paraguayan group who play instruments made entirely out of garbage. Based on a true story. Museum of International Cultures, 411 US 67. internationalmuseumofcultures.org 972-572-0462

ELGIN: Sept. 14 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the storefronts. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Aug. 25-Sep. 9 “Moon Over Buffalo” A comedy about Charlotte and George Hay on tour in Buffalo in 1953 when they receive word that Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, jeopardizing their one last shot at stardom. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972-878-7529

ENNIS: Sept. 14-16 Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale Whether it’s one book or one bag of books, it’s worth stopping in at the annual book sale. Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave. ennistx.gov/library 972-875-5360

FAIRFIELD: Sept. 9 Show of Wheels More than 30 judged classes and awards in multiple categories—cars, trucks, motorcycles, exotics, uniques, and more—at the 20th annual event. Rain or shine, there will be food and fun for the whole family. Freestone County Courthouse Square, 118 E. Commerce St. fairfieldtexaschamber.com 903-389-5792

FARMERSVILLE: Sept. 2 Farmers and Fleas Market Market features coffee, food, crafts, jewelry, soaps, antiques, home decor, plants, produce and more. The Onion Shed, 151 S. Main St. farmersvilletx.com 972-784-6846

FORT WORTH: Sept. 23-Nov. 26 “Misty Keasler: Haunt” This series, which depicts 13 themed haunted houses across America, allows lingering looks—something that is not possible at actual haunts where visitors are shuttled through on a forced and darkened path—and the more we look, the more terrifying the scenes become. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

GAINESVILLE: Sept. 1-10 Born to be Wild—Art Show and Sale One of North Texas’s premier art events, encompassing all visual art forms—and with a theme like “Born to be Wild,” the interpretations should lead to a lively, interesting, and eclectic art presentation. Artists from across North Texas and southern Oklahoma vie for a chance to exhibit their work, from traditional to strong contemporary, sculpture, photography, and various 3D media. Historic Santa Fe Depot Museum, 605 California St. gainesvilleareavisualarts.org 214-537-9120 or 940-613-6939

GARLAND: Sept. 2, 16 The Marketplace Downtown Square An outdoor market with fresh local produce, culinary items, and artisan/craftsman vendors. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. themarketplacedfw.com

GARLAND: Sept. 4 Labor Day Parade The 72nd annual parade will feature local bands, sports groups, and floats. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. garlandlabordayevent.com

GARLAND: Sept. 9 Urban Flea This outdoor market features vintage and homemade vendors, live music, and food trucks—joining forces with Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. intrinsicbrewing.com or theurbanfleatx.com

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 1-Nov. 4 “The Promise” This long-running outdoor musical combines a 150-person cast and crew, live animals, and special effects to tell the story of Jesus Christ every Friday and Saturday night. Texas Amphitheater, 5000 Texas Ave. thepromiseglenrose.com 254-897-3926

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 2 Mike Calaway in Concert Enjoy the final show of the city’s Concerts in the Park summer music series. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-3081

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 8 Discovery After Dark This nighttime guided wildlife tour includes admission to the self-guided scenic wildlife tour. Recommended for ages 5-adult. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 9 Animal Keeper Tour and Dinner Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour with a knowledgeable animal keeper to see all species, plus a three-course dinner. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 3022 CR 2010. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 9, 23 Photo Tour These guided wildlife tours are geared toward photographers to provide the best-possible light. View more than 50 species on 1,800 acres. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 16 Girl’s Night Out on the Square Shops are open late in the historic downtown square. Enjoy prizes, drinks, and snacks during your shopping spree. Downtown Glen Rose, 102 Walnut St. 307-631-4106

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 16 Third Weekend Bluegrass Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music throughout the park. Includes a pickin’ and grinnin’ jam session followed by a band performing. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-2321

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 19 Rhino Reality This class and tour for homeschoolers and others focuses on white rhinos. Covers poaching, conservation, and more. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 25 Ride to the Rhinos An event for homeschoolers and others that offers 45-minute trips to white rhino yard. Proceeds go to Fossil Rim’s rhino program. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2299 CR 2008. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Gospel Grass Festival Gospel bluegrass music performed by seven groups. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-3081

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 28-Oct. 1 Mid-Autumn Festival A way to preserve traditions and promote cultures. Take your picture with a huge moon cake, participate in an art contest, win prizes, and more. Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Pkwy. asiatimessquare.com 972-988-8811

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 2-3 Comic Con Traders Village’s first Comic Con—come out for the trade show and see celebrity authors, illustrators, cosplay groups, and appearances from the Ninja Turtles and Star Wars characters. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 8 Sturgill Simpson in Concert Experience a blend of multiple genres and elements of American history with Simpson’s universally acclaimed solo albums. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 9 Olé in Concert International stars Paul Morocco, Gillermo de Endaya, and Marcial Heredia bring a wonderful celebration of music and comedy with the exhilarating sounds of flamenco, salsa, swing, blues, jazz, and pop. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 15-17 Native American Powwow Enjoy colorful tribal dance contests, an arts and crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing, and more. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 Quarter Horse Racing Catch the fun and excitement of live quarter horse racing every Thursday through Saturday this fall. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 23 Flight of the Monarch Celebration Celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. Remote parking is available to and from this free event, which will include three Monarch butterfly releases; a petting zoo; a costume contest; a kid zone with bounce houses, rock climbing, and children crafts; arts and crafts vendors; food; and live music. Grand Central, 2975 Esplanade. grandfungp.com 972-237-8100

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 28 Taste of Grand Prairie Enjoy some amazing food, meet with different businesses and crafters, and go on some spectacular rides. All proceeds benefit the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tasteofgp.com 972-264-1558

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 6-8 “Sweeney Todd” One of the darkest musicals ever written tells the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. artsgp.org 972-642-2787

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 30 Paramore in Concert Rock out with American rock band and listen to new songs off their album “After Laughter.” Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRANDVIEW: Sept. 15-17 Antique Alley Texas and 30-Plus Miles of Shopping What started in 1999 as a small sidewalk sale with a couple of yard/pasture sales now spans more than 30 miles of treasures. 300 E. Criner St. antiquealleytexas.com 817-240-4948

GRAPEVINE: May 27-Sept. 17 Grapevine Rails: “Rolling Through Time” Experience Grapevine’s railroad legacy: past, present, and future. Enjoy the Lone Star Hi-Railers’ 1,000-square-foot model railroad display, train yard play area, interactive games, historical artifacts, and more. Grapevine Tower Gallery, 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Sept. 9 Italian CarFest The 14th annual prelude to GrapeFest is the premier show of Italian automobiles in the Southwest. There will be approximately 80 vehicles, from Fiats and Alfa Romeos to Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Sept. 14-17 GrapeFest Popular attractions during the 31st annual wine festival include the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, a grape stomp, a golf classic, a tennis classic, and five stages offering live entertainment. Historic Downtown Grapevine, Main Street. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30, 2018 “Texas in World War I” Features a series of programs and exhibits on various topics relating to Texas and its role in World War I. Friench Simpson Memorial Library, 705 E. Fourth St. hallettsvillelibrary.org 361-798-3243 ext. 208

HILLSBORO: Sept. 9 Second Saturday Downtown Flea Market From May through October, the Hill County Courthouse Square features great local artisans and vendors selling their goods along Franklin Street. There is not a cost or sign up to set up as a vendor. Those interested just need to set up in the parking spaces on the north side of the courthouse by 8 a.m. each second Saturday. Hill County Courthouse Square, 1 N. Waco St. hillsboromainstreet.org 254-582-5499

HILLSBORO: Sept. 22-23 Cotton Pickin’ Fair The 26th annual event begins with a street dance and performance by The Morticians. On Saturday, the Fair features a musical lineup that includes Mike Morgan & The Crawl, The Tejas Brothers, Conjunto Baraja de Oro, The Magik Theatre, and JLD. Enjoy more than 100 food and craft vendors, and an IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cookoff. New this year is Inflatable Alley, which will feature 13 unique inflatable games and rides. Hill County Courthouse Square, 1 N. Waco St. hillsboromainstreet.org/cottonpickinfair 254-582-5499

HONEY GROVE: Sept. 30 Davy Crockett Day Local legend says that Davy Crockett wrote home about a honey of a grove after his men found honey in the trees here during their stop on the way to fight at the Alamo. For the past 50 years, this festival has honored that legend. The town square will be filled with music, vendors of all kinds, and entertainment. There will be a pancake breakfast, a children’s bike rodeo, games, and a canine parade. Town Square, 400 Sixth St. honeygrovechamber.com 903-378-3112

LA GRANGE: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Fayette County Fair Established in 1927, this long-running fair offers carnival rides, a cookoff, culinary delights, creative competitive venues, livestock, and local talent. Also features exhibitions, entertainment, a pageant, parade, food, fun and live music—this year’s headliners include Kevin Fowler and Clay Walker. Fayette County Fair Association, 400 W. Fair Grounds Road. fayettecountyfair.org 979-968-3911

LA GRANGE: Sept. 16 Texas Heroes Day Honoring our state’s heroes, including the men of the Dawson Massacre and Mier Expedition of 1842 and 1843. Monument Hill State Park, 414 State Spur 92. texasstateparks.org 979-968-5658

MANSFIELD: Sept. 9 Music Alley Festival A new family-friendly music and arts festival will feature a variety of bands and musical performances on four stages, in addition to live, interactive art and painting demonstrations and activities. The Drifters are the headlining musical performance, and there will be a special appearance by metal artist Jimmy Don Holmes from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” 137 N. Main St. to 110 S. Main St. mansfieldtexas.gov/music-alley-festival 817-804-5795

MCKINNEY: Sept. 2-Feb. 18 “Dinosaurs Live!” An annual exhibit featuring animatronic dinosaurs stationed along nature trails. Closed Mondays. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Sept. 15-17 Third Monday Trade Days One of the largest flea markets in North Texas, featuring more than 900 vendors. Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University. tmtd.com 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Sept. 22-24 Oktoberfest Authentic German music, food and drink (featuring McKinney’s own Franconia beer), traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities, and more on the historic downtown square. 111 N. Tennessee. downtownmckinney.com 972-547-2660

MESQUITE: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mesquite Championship Rodeo The toughest cowboys around the world compete with the strongest horses, steers, and bulls in the country. This PRCA-certified rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. Enjoy all the traditional rodeo events including calf-roping, barrel racing, bronc busting,and bull riding in air-conditioned comfort. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. mesquiterodeo.com 972-285-8777

MESQUITE: Sept. 5-29 Texas Area Artists Art Exhibition Enjoy an exhibit of art by Texas artists. Galleries are open Monday through Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Sept. 9 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Tour an early settler’s homestead. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Sept. 16-17 Dallas-Fort Worth Toy Dog Show Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Toy Dog Club. Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1750 Rodeo Dr. 972-204-4925

MESQUITE: Sept. 16 Just for Kids: Peeler and Rose Marionnette Show Enjoy a free lively marionette show. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Sept. 16 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert The orchestra begins its 31st concert season. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127

MESQUITE: Sept. 23 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Visit the historic Lawrence family homestead and its unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

NEW BERLIN: Sept. 3 Sausage Festival Benefiting the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department and the New Berlin Community Club, this annual event offers sausage plates, Bingo, an auction, a dance, games, rides, a country store, and a raffle. New Berlin Community Center, 8815 FM 775. 830-560-6647

NOCONA: Sep. 21-23 Wheels and Grills Chili and Barbecue Cookoff Live entertainment and cash prizes. Horton Classic Car Museum, 115 W. Walnut St. hortonclassiccarmuseum.com 940-825-1022

PLANO: Aug. 10-Sep. 2 “Dear Delinquent” When David finds pretty Penelope robbing his apartment, he decides he must reform her. His fiancée is not particularly enthusiastic about the idea, the police just want to find his neighbor’s missing jewels, and Penelope decides she just wants David. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Sept. 1-17 “Sweet Charity” Charity Hope Valentine, a young taxi dancer in NYC, has a big heart for Charlie, whom she met in Central Park. Charlie’s not so big-hearted, but she tries to convince herself he’s the one. By chance, she meets the film star Vittorio Vidal (who was publicly dumped by his beautiful mistress, Ursula), and the plot thickens. Tunes like “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” make this lively musical memorable. The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr. artcentretheatre.com 214-810-3228

PLANO: Sept. 4 Texas Pool Labor Day Party Find food, pool games, and fun at the beatiful Texas-shaped pool. Last day to swim this season. The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Dr. texaspool.org 972-881-8392

PLANO: Sept. 14-Oct. 7 “Bus Stop” Rover Dramawerks presents this play based on the William Inge classic film starring Marilyn Monroe. A snowstorm leaves weary bus passengers holed up at a roadside diner overnight. Cherie is being pursued by a headstrong cowboy in love who’s ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana to marry him. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Sept. 14 Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk Stroll the downtown Plano arts district, sampling different wines in shops and galleries, listening to street musicians, and checking out artists and their wares. Raffle prizes are drawn at 9:15 p.m. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Sept. 22-24 InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival This three-day festival features 50 hot air balloons, morning and evening launches, balloon glows, tethered rides, skydivers, fireworks, kids activities, live music, half marathon and 5K races, food, and more. Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. planoballoonfest.org 972-867-7566

PLANO: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Fall Plano Train Show Model railroad show featuring operating layouts, dealer displays, how-to clinics, and video displays. Home layouts on display, exciting door prizes. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. dfwtrainshows.com 469-438-0741

POTTSBORO: Sept. 30 Frontier Day This annual festival celebrates Pottsboro’s heritage with arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, and a carnival. Friendship Park, 615 FM 120. pottsborochamber.com 903-786-6371

RED OAK: Sept. 9 Founders Day One of the largest community events in North Eastern Ellis County starts with a parade and continues at Watson Park with live entertainment, a delicious array of food vendors, local talent, and more. Watson Park, 101 Live Oak. redoakareachamber.org 972-617-0906

RICHARDSON: Sept. 15-16 “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus—Live” The Off-Broadway hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up—a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on The New York Times No. 1 best-selling book by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids. Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com 972-744-4650

RICHARDSON: Sept. 23 Plano Symphony Opening Night with Conrad Tao Plano Symphony kicks off their 2017–18 season with guest pianist Conrad Tao. Listen to a rousing piece by Dvorak, two piano concertos, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. planosymphony.org 972-473-7262

ROUND TOP: Sept. 9 Wine and Dine with Patsy Cline Enjoy an evening of classic country western music and homestyle fare, in a setting that harkens back to Nashville elegance of the late 1950s. The Almost Patsy Cline Band will provide music and stories during a meal complete with home-cooked favorites at the historic Round Top Rifle Hall. Round Top Rifle Association, 710 FM 1457. ilovetoread.org 979-249-2700

SALADO: Sept. 22-23 A Taste of Art Artists from across the nation will be working in various mediums to capture the outdoor sights and scenes of historic Salado and its bucolic landscape. Visitors will encounter these artists working throughout the village. Salado Historical Museum, 423 S Main St. salado.com/calendar 254-718-2030

SALADO: Sept. 22-24 Chocolate and Wine Weekend A chocoholics dream—three days of activities and events. salado.com/calendar 254-947-5040

SANGER: Sept. 9 Sellabration The 39th annual event is the highlight of the Sanger community with an average attendance of more than 4,000 people. The festivities include live music, vendors, kids’ zone, numerous stage performances, Little Miss and Mr. Sanger Pageant, and a variety of festival foods, all in a street-fair atmosphere. Historic Downtown Sanger, Bolivar and Fifth streets. sangertexas.com 940-458-7702

SEALY: Sept. 9 The Main Street Market Farmers market with homemade, handmade, and homegrown items. Historic Downtown Sealy. sealymainstreet.com 979-627-6136

SMITHVILLE: Sept. 15-Nov. 4 Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park Includes three haunted houses: Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Zombie City and Slaughter Circus. The park also has movies, retail, music, the Cackling Witch Cafe and Bakery, and the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar. Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane. screamhollow.com 512-710-8267

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Sept. 15-16 Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Quilt Show This 18th annual judged quilt show includes more than 100 quilts, vendors, raffles, and door prizes. This year’s theme is “Birds of a Feather.” First Baptist Church R.O.C., 115 Putnam St. sulphurspringstxquilts.com 903-994-2570

TEMPLE: Sept. 1 First Friday On the First Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple will be transformed into a giant party with street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Sept. 23 Food Truck Frenzy and Main Street Market Discover Downtown is mixing the monthly Food Truck Frenzy with the Main Street Market, to create another delicious event. Dine on food from some of Temple’s very best food trucks, then stroll through the many arts and crafts vendors that will be set up along the way. These events are free and open to the public, however food, drink, and merchandise are for purchase. Downtown Temple, Plaza behind 2 N. Main St. jan2017foodtruckfrenzy.eventbrite.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Sept. 23-Oct. 29 The Robinson Family Farm—Pumpkin Patch Open Saturday and Sunday—weekdays are reserved for field trips/groups. Enjoy activities like hayrides, a corn maze, kiddie train, bounce houses, petting zoo, pumpkin chunkin’, sand art, a gift shop, assorted pumpkins, and seasonal eats. The Robinson Family Farm, 3780 White Owl Lane. therobinsonfamilyfarm.com 254-931-9564

TEMPLE: Sept. 27 Dead Poet Night A monthly open mic poetry night. Bring something to read to the group or just sit back with a glass of wine and listen. J Kowboy Wine Bar, 13 E. Avenue B. 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Sept. 30 Kings and Queens of Cuisine Come prepared to enjoy good food, drinks, and people, all the while supporting the community by helping provide anyone who seeks to improve their lives through education. Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd. tcfound.org 254-598-7435

TERRELL: Sept. 23 Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly In Aerobatics performance by Randy Ball, Lady Liberty, and others. Static displays show warbirds, vintage, and new aircraft. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a car and motorcycle show, food and drink vendors, museum tours, guest speakers, book signings, and a kids’ zone. No. 1 British Flying Training School Musuem, 400 E. British School Blvd. bftsmuseum.org 972-551-1122

WACO: May 27-Sep. 3 “Speed: Science in Motion” Visitors can challenge themselves through hands-on exhibits and displays, to see if they have the skills, fitness and reactions to race at over 125 miles per hour. The exhibit replicates the high-octane action of a Formula One racetrack. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Dr. maybornmuseum.com 254-710-1110

WACO: Sept. 4 Homestead Heritage Labor Day Sorghum Festival Premiering in 1994, this Labor Day festival features sustainability seminars and make-your-own activities, along with locally produced and organic food. Activities include horse-drawn hayrides to the Brazos River Valley overlook, outdoor barbecue, craft demonstrations, and live music. Homestead Heritage, 608 Dry Creek Road. homesteadheritage.com 254-754-9600

WACO: Sept. 16 Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival Patrons may taste more than 200 wines and sample food from more than 30 restaurants at the 18th annual festival benefiting the Humane Society of Central Texas. Event activities include live entertainment, a VIP area on the scenic Waco Suspension Bridge, and the famous “Cork Pull.” Indian Springs Park, 101 N. University Parks Dr. humanesocietycentraltexas.org 254-754-1454

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 16 C10s Trucks in the Park Chevy truck show featuring more than 400 C10 trucks, live music, and more. Getzendaner Park, 100 S. Grand. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 16 Oktoberfest This German-style celebration offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family. Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. stjosephoktoberfest.com 972-937-0956

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Screams Halloween Theme Park Explore a huge Halloween theme park with scores of professional actors, entertainment, games and food. 2511 FM 66. screamspark.com 972-938-3247

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 30 Chautauqua Assembly The history of the Chautauqua is celebrated with reenactments, exhibits, entertainment, and more. Chautauqua Auditorium, 100 S. Grand. waxahachiechautauqua.org 469-309-4040

WEATHERFORD: Sept. 2-3 Opening Weekend Train Show Train clubs from North Texas will be showing off their impressive trains and tracks. Also enjoy a live band as well as delicious food. A rideable trackless train will take guests throughout the garden. Clark Gardens, 567 Maddux Road. clarkgardens.org 940-682-4856

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