August

ADDISON: Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Vitruvian Salsa Festival Bring your dancing shoes every Saturday in August, and enjoy live bands, salsa lessons, and gourmet food trucks. Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, 3966 Vitruvian Way. vitruvianpark.com 800/233-4766

BASTROP: Aug. 12 El Camino Real de SUP Texas’ stand-up paddleboard river festival, the fifth annual event includes races and an obstacle course for average paddlers, elite paddlers, weekend warriors, and beginners alike. Enjoy great food and music, and entertainment for the whole family. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Wilson St. bastropsupcup.com 512/303-0558

BRENHAM: Aug. 5-6, 12-13 Crush for Fun Get purple feet and a T-shirt: “I picked, I stomped, I made some wine.” Tours, tastings, and other activities are available. Pleasant Hill Winery, 1441 Salem Road. pleasanthillwinery.com 979/830-8463

BRENHAM: Aug. 5-6, 12-13 Harvest Grape Stomp Enjoy grape picking, barrel stomping, decorated T-shirts, and more. Windy Winery, 4232 Clover Road. windywinery.com 979/836-3252

BRENHAM: Aug. 12 Chappell Hill Lavender and Wine Fest Event features wine and food tastings, vendors, music, crafts, lavender cuisine, demonstrations and more. Chappell Hill Lavender and Berry Farm, 2550 Dillard Road. chappellhilllavender.com 979/251-8114

BRYAN: May 5-Aug. 30 “XYZ Atlas” A groundbreaking public art project from acclaimed artist Jennifer Chenoweth will unveil in the adjacent cities of Bryan and College Station. Noteworthy for examining why humans feel a sense of belonging to place, “XYZ Atlas” maps experiences and collects stories that document the region’s highs and lows. Downtown Bryan. xyzatlas.org

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, which still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: May 20-Aug. 20 “Roni Horn” This new summer show features large-scale, cast-glass works by the American artist. For her Nasher show, eight large-scale cylindrical cast glass sculptures of varying colors will occupy the museum’s main gallery. It will be the artist’s first U.S. museum presentation of her work since 2010 and the first to focus specifically on her cast glass sculpture. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DECATUR: Aug. 24-26 Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo, Festival, and Parade Enjoy three days of UPRA rodeo action, followed by the Western Heritage Festival and Rodeo Parade on Saturday downtown. Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 S. F.M. 51. 940/255-9375 or 940/399-9558

DENTON: Aug. 18-26 North Texas Fair and Rodeo This event offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway, and exciting exhibits along with a country music show. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. ntfair.com 940/387-2632

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 last shot at stardom. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972/878-7529

FARMERSVILLE: Aug. 5 Farmers and Fleas 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: Aug. 1-6 “The Bodyguard” Based on the smash-hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former secret service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. basshall.com 817/212-4280

FORT WORTH: Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Rockin’ The River: Live on the Trinity Enjoy a free weekly summer concert series with a cool twist: The stage is right on the Trinity River. You can enjoy the show floating in the river or bring a chair and enjoy a great view from the shore. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. pantherislandpavilion.com/rockintheriver 817/698-0700

FRISCO: Aug. 19 Major League Lacrosse Championship The game will mark the first-ever championship game in the state of Texas. Ford Center at The Star, 1 Cowboys Way. visitfrisco.com 972/497-4800

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 11 Discovery After Dark This nighttime guided wildlife tour includes admission to self-guided Scenic Wildlife Drive. Recommended for ages 5-adult. Reservations required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 C.R. 2009. fossilrim.org 254/897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 12, 26 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 C.R. 2009. fossilrim.org 254/897-2960

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 11 Rod Stewart in Concert Stewart appears with special guest Cyndi Lauper for a night filled with rock ’n’ roll. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972/854-5111

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 14 Persuasions in Concert Hear the earthy, gospel-infused voices that have performed from city subways to Carnegie Hall for more than 50 years. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972/237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 24 Lost ’80s Live Enjoy the music of artists Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Berlin, The Flirts, and more. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972/854-5111

GRAPEVINE: Aug. 26-27 Metroplex Antique Glass and Collectibles Show Features antique and collectible glassware, china, pottery, and kitchen items from the Victorian era through mid-century modern. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. meyershows.com 972/672-6213

MADISONVILLE: Aug. 18-19 Gun and Hunting Show Sponsored by the Madisonville Noon Lion’s Club, this annual show is filled with vendors, arts and crafts, and various firearm dealers. Funds raised benefit scholarships for local youth. Truman Kimbro Center, 111 W. Trinity St. visitmadisonville.org 936/349-7029

MCKINNEY: Aug. 4-6, 11-12 “Caught in the Villain’s Web” McKinney Repertory Theater’s annual melodrama, accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater. Boo at the villain and cheer for the hero. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. mckinneyrep.org 972/547-2660

MCKINNEY: Aug. 18-20 Third Monday Trade Days This is one of the largest flea markets in North Texas, featuring 450 vendors and plenty of parking. Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University. tmtd.com 972/547-5466

MESQUITE: Aug. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 “Once Upon a Mattress” Mesquite Community Theater presents a hilarious and raucous adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea” with a teenage cast. This delightful musical puts an entirely new spin on the original fairy tale by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshal Barer. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972/216-8126

MESQUITE: Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Mesquite Championship Rodeo Don’t miss the toughest cowboys around the world as they compete with the strongest horses, steers, and bulls in the country. You’ll see calf-roping, barrel racing, bronc busting, bull riding—all of the traditional rodeo events, in air-conditioned comfort. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. mesquiterodeo.com 972/285-8777

MESQUITE: Aug. 12 Doggie Splash Day All dogs and their owners are welcome at this annual event. This event is a great opportunity for dogs and their owners to cool off, compete for prizes, or just play at the pool. All dogs will be required to show proof of current vaccinations and must be accompanied by a responsible person 16 and older. Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Dr. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972/216-6260

MESQUITE: Aug. 26-27 Halloween and HauntFest Show If you love Halloween, this family-friendly convention is for you. Learn how to throw the scariest Halloween party, make the coolest costume, and have the best decorated home in the neighborhood. Enjoy demos, activities, sellers and exhibitors, presentations, classes, and more. Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1750 Rodeo Dr. halloweenandhaunt.com 949/427-0255

NOCONA: Jul. 1-Aug. 15 Chisholm Trail Western Art Show Enjoy an exhibit of Western art at this history museum. Tales ’n’ Trails Museum, 1522 U.S. 82 E. talesntrails.org 940/825-5330

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: Aug. 11-12 Quilt Plano A beautiful display of quilts, presented by the Quilters Guild of Plano. Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. qgplano.org

SALADO: Aug. 5 “Salado Legends” Central Texas’ favorite outdoor musical drama depicts life in Texas in the 1850s. Tablerock Amphitheater, 409 Royal St. tablerock.org 254/947-9205

STEPHENVILLE: Jul. 1-Aug. 24 “Celebrate Doilies!” This exhibit honors the art of doilies through photos of crocheted heirlooms, stories about crocheters present and past, and doily art quilts. Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Gallery, 204 River North Blvd. ctfac.com 254/965-6190

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 reaction-time to race at more than 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: Aug. 12-13 XTERRA Games This challenging trail run will test even the most experienced participants. Cameron Park. racerevolutions.com/events 254/750-5980

WACO: Aug. 26 Margarita and Salsa Festival One of the largest music events in Waco, this festival attracts major country performers from around the world. Enjoy margarita and salsa tastings along with the entertainment. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. extracoeventscenter.com 254/776-1660

WEATHERFORD: Aug. 5, 26 Summer Concerts at The Texas Opry Theater The Texas Opry Theater announces its line up of summer concerts. In August, enjoy “Hello Beautiful!” star Steve Holy and Generation Quartet; and a memorial tribute by America’s premier Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards on the 40th anniversary of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s death—joined in concert by the Fever Band and special guest Dion Pride. The Texas Opry Theater Productions, 319 York Ave. texasoprytheater.com 817/341-1000

 

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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