October

It’s here! Don’t miss The Texas Country Reporter Festival on Oct. 27!

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 27 “Texas Country Reporter Festival” –  Meet Bob & Kelli, hosts of Texas Country Reporter, for one of the biggest and bets street fairs in the state. This 23rd annual event features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on the TV show over the years. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

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ADDISON: Oct. 6 “MK5K & Fun Run“ This annual race benefits the Mary Kay Foundation’s goal to raise awareness about domestic violence and cancers that affect women. Mary Kay Headquarters, 16251 Dallas Parkway. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Oct. 13-14 “Wellness Expo“ Find more than 100 exhibit booths, experience 24 talks and demonstrations, get an intuitive reading, enjoy bodywork and energy healing, meet holistic doctors, shop, snack, and socialize. Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road. wellnessexpo.net 972-925-9393

ATHENS: Oct. 13 “East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society Fall Festival“ An old-fashioned festival with children’s games, entertainment, food, and craft vendors. While you are enjoying the festival, visit the historic Wofford house, 1800s jail, fit trail, and of course the beautiful gardens. Kornpop the clown will also be there making balloon characters. East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society, 1601 Patterson Road. easttexasarboretum.org 512-577-0606

BELLVILLE: Oct. 5-14 “Austin County Fair“ The 91st annual fair offers a PRCA Rodeo, barbecue cookoff, 5K run, livestock show and auction, a carnival, Nashville recording artists, and more. Austin County Fairgrounds, 1076 E. Hill St. austincountyfair.com 979-865-5995

BELLVILLE: Oct. 25-27 “Pickin’ and Grinnin’ Festival“ Bluegrass and country bands perform over three days. Large outdoor and indoor stages, food, and craft vendors. Coushatte RV Ranch, 2812 Nelius Road. txbluegrassmusic.com 936-697-5949

BEN WHEELER: Oct. 26-27 “Fall Feral Hog Festival“ This event includes a cookoff, pageant, parade, live music, and more. Ben Wheeler Pickin’ Porch, 1493 CR 279. benwheelertx.com
903-833-1060

BONHAM: Oct. 3-6 “Fannin County Fair“ County residents will display arts and crafts, baked goods, and art. Friday and Saturday livestock events include rodeo and roping. Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex, 700 FM 87. fannincountyfair.com 903-583-2731

BONHAM: Oct. 27 “Cemetery Walking Tour“ Take a free tour of historic Willow Wild Cemetery. The group will meet at Sam Rayburn’s grave near the entrance gates. Willow Wild Cemetery, 1220 W. Seventh St. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BONHAM: Oct. 27 “Festival of Flight“ Enjoy a day of aviation excitement as airshow performers thrill the crowd with precision aerobatic flying. Included in the festival is the Young Eagles Rally, where children are given aircraft rides for free. There will be vendors, food, and family-friendly activities. Jones Airfield, 2615 N. Center St. bffairshow.com 903-583-4811

BONHAM: Oct. 27 “Texas Archeology Month Open House“ Archeological materials will be on display with free tours and refreshments. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 SH 56 W. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BRENHAM: Oct. 6-7 “AutumnFest“ Kicking off with a street dance on Saturday night, the festival opens on Sunday at 10 a.m. Let the kids play games, decorate pumpkins, and take a mini-train ride while you enjoy a variety of ethnic foods and start a bidding war at the auction. Take a chance on winning a stay in England, a “Holy Smoker,” or a variety of other raffle prizes. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 701 Church St. stmarysbrenham.org 979-836-4447

BRYAN: Oct. 2-7 “Michelle Lynn Holsey Annual Cutting and Benefit“ A benefit dinner and auction on Saturday evening is followed by a concert with country artist Jason Cassidy. Brazos County Expo Complex, 5827 Leonard Road. michellelynnholsey.com

BRYAN: Oct. 27-28 “Main Street Market“ A shopping event bringing in vendors from across the state to show clothing, gifts, jewelry, gourmet food, Texas handmade items, gifts for the guys, home decor, candles, accessories, and more. Brazos County Expo, 5827 Leonard Road. texasmarketguide.com 888-225-3427

BURTON: Sept. 28-Oct. 6 “LaBahia Antiques“ Dealers across the country will provide antiques, collectibles, vintage, and repurposed items at the show. Free admission and parking. LaBahia Hall, 550 SH 237. labahiaantiques.com 979-289-2684

CAMERON: Oct. 13 “Steaktober Fest“ At the fifth annual event, enjoy historical tours at the museum and old jail. You can also enjoy wine tastings,food trucks, local artisans, crafters, demonstrations, antique booths, and, of course, steaks. The steak cookoff winner at the competition wins an invitation to the Steak Cookoff Association Steak Championship. Downtown Cameron Texas, 102 E. First St. cameron-tx.com 254-697-4979

CAMERON: Oct. 20-Nov. 4 “MCT’s Production of “Murder’s in the Heir” Turn the game Clue into a play and you have this masterfully entertaining production. Almost every character in this hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity, and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it’s up to the audience to decide who actually did it. Williams Event Center, 408 S. Columbus. milamcommunitytheater.com 254-493-5539

CLEBURNE: Oct. 4 “Sip, Shop, & Stroll“ Shops will offer special promotions, refreshments, and diva delights for your shopping pleasure. Downtown Cleburne, 300 E. Chambers St. visitcleburne.com 817-641-9861

CLEBURNE: Oct. 5-Nov. 10 “The Little Mermaid” Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLIFTON: Oct. 13 “Carman in Concert“ The Christian singer/songwriter will perform with special guests The Blackwood Quartet. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

CORSICANA: Oct. 1-26 “Piecemakers’ Quilt Show“ A judged quilt show with approximately 100 beautiful quilts. Quilting classes will be offered during this 38th annual event. Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave. corsicanaquiltguild.com

DALLAS: Oct 27 “2018 “Dallas Halloween Bar Crawl” (2) $5 Promo Cards (Food or Drink). Drink Specials ($3, $4 & $5 Specials). No Cover (You may still have to wait in line). Costume Contest $500 Grand Prize through Social Media! See Below Details! Venues will have DJs! Registration 8-10pm (Please do not be late!).Portion of proceeds benefits local charity. Please contact organizer directly with any questions. 8:oo p.m. – 2:00 a.m. CDT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-dallas-halloween-bar-crawl-saturday-tickets-49054755093?ref=ecal 312-978-4828

DALLAS: Through Jan. 6, 2019 “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests will discover that a diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Sept. 9-Dec. 9 “Dalí: Poetics of the Small” This is the first in-depth exploration of the small-scale paintings of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989). While many of Dalí’s canvases are known around the world and are among the defining works of the Surrealist movement, the small size of many of these works is frequently overlooked. Nearly half of the artist’s paintings during the early part of his Surrealist period (1929–1936) were actually small format works: some measuring just over a foot, and others as small as 3 by 2 inches. Organized by the Meadows as part of its mission to present Spanish art in America. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214-768-2516

DALLAS: Sept. 15-Jan. 6, 2019 “The Nature of Arp” The first major North American museum exhibition dedicated to Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades, with works rarely seen in the U.S. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org 214-242-5100

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Dec. 31 “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” This landmark exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. African American Museum in Dallas at Fair Park, 3536 Grand Ave. monticello.org

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Nov. 1 “Autumn at the Arboretum: Adventures in Neverland“ One of the Southwest’s most picturesque fall horticultural displays, the garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall’s favorite flower—chrysanthemums—along with 150,000 more stunning, fall-blooming plants; the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins; and the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6525

DALLAS: Sept. 28-Oct. 21 “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

DALLAS: Oct. 25-28 “Halloween Nights“ The most family-friendly, spooky place for little ghouls and goblins this month is the Dallas Zoo, where the gates will creak open after-hours for this Halloween event presented by Texas Instruments. Dress your children in Halloween costumes, trick-or-treat in the wildest setting in Dallas, and catch special events and activities throughout the zoo. Dallas Zoo, 651 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy. dallaszoo.com/halloweennights 469-554-7500

DALLAS: Oct. 25-26 “Halloween Show Dia de los Muertos“ collides with classical music in a unique semi-staged Halloween show. With musicians in costume (and hopefully some audience members as well), this family-friendly show will keep you on the edge of your seat with music that will take you back in time, showcasing the creativity and craziness of composers past. Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. lumediamusicworks.com

DALLAS: Oct. 27 “Haunted Dallas Ghost Tour“ Discover ghosts all over the Dallas area, from ghosts of old soldiers to ghosts of jilted brides. The luxury motorcoach will send shivers up your spine as you check out a number of local haunted legends known for eerie occurrences. Bring a flashlight and your bravery. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com
972-814-5997

DECATUR: Oct. 6 “Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square“ Enjoy a classic car show around the Wise County Courthouse, with stores and restaurants open late for visitors. Historic Downtown, 101 N. Trinity St. decaturmainstreet.com 940-399-9558

DENISON: Oct. 6 “Denison Fall Fest“ The 31st annual festival is a fun-filled action-packed day for the entire family in downtown Denison. A pancake breakfast complete with bacon and sausage starts the day in Heritage Park; arts and crafts booths fill Main Street while vendors provide festival food; bed races, games, and carnival rides entertain the kids from one end of Main Street to the other; and live music fills the air while shiny vintage cars fill the streets. Main Street and Heritage Park, 324 W. Main St. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENISON: Oct. 13 “Eisenhower Birthday Celebration“ Celebrate Dwight Eisenhower’s birth in Denison with activities, displays, entertainment, and free Birthplace House tours. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 609 S. Lamar Ave. thc.texas.gov 903-465-9808

DENTON: Oct. 6 “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 singing contest, and “Glamfur Shots” of your pet, dog/master look-alike contest, dog ’n disc, fly ball and agility demonstrations, arts and crafts booth, festival foods, and more. North Texas State Fair Grounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. dentondogdays.com 940-218-1560

DENTON: Oct. 6 “North Texas Horse Country Tour“ Wind your way through the beautiful North Texas Horse Country aboard a luxury motorcoach while a fun and knowledgeable guide narrates the facts and backstory of the area. Six behind-the-scene tours are offered each year. The tour visits two premier horse ranches where you can get an up-close and personal look at the equine industry. City of Denton Development Services Parking Lot, 216 W. Mulberry St. horsecountrytours.com 940-382-7895

DENTON: Oct. 20 “Industrial Street International Pop Festival (aka Geezerpalooza)“ A fun afternoon of music from ’60s and ’70s tribute bands. Industrial Street District, 103 Industrial St. facebook.com/geezerpalooza 940-349-7732

DENTON: Oct. 27 “Day of the Dead Festival“ A wonderful, free event paying homage to many of fall’s treasures such as cooler weather, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween. Be prepared for a family-friendly day full of fun activities such as a pumpkin patch, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. Industrial Street District, 103 Industrial St. dentondayofthedeadfestival.com

DIME BOX: Oct. 6 “Black Bridge Fest and Mini Marathon“ This annual event features a mini marathon, two-mile run and walk, barbecue cookoff, dog races, art fair, quilt show, rodeo and bull riding, parade, game and food booths, children’s activities, and more. Downtown Dime Box, Bowers Avenue and all of Downtown. dimeboxlionsclub.com 979-884-3227

DUBLIN: Oct. 5-6 “Threads of Texas Quilt Show“ Town ’N Country Quilt Guild hosts more than 100 judged quilts, vendors, scissor man, door prizes, silent auction, quilt appraisals, and more. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 12286 S. US 377.

DUNCANVILLE: Oct. 19-20 “Smokin’ Blues & Barbecue Festival“ This barbecue competition and live blues music festival is a community event for all ages. There will be arts and crafts vendors, a car show, a cookoff for kids, and more. Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Blvd. smokinbluesbbqfest.com
214-641-3084

EDOM: Oct. 13-14 “Edom Art Festival“ For more than 46 years, the small artists’ community of Edom in East Texas has hosted a festival for working artists presenting their talents to an audience of gifters and collectors. The festival is the premier art show in East Texas with high quality art, fine crafts, live music, and great food & wine. Edom Art Festival, FM 279 at FM 314. visitedom.com/edom-art-festival 903-258-5192

ELGIN: Oct. 11 “Sip, Shop, & Stroll Sip“ a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown. You will find more than 80 craft beers, diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Down- town Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Oct. 25 “Hogeye Stroll, Art Show, & Hogalicious Dessert Contest“ Enjoy the Hogeye Stroll in downtown Elgin with The Pearls Before Swine Art Show and Hogalicous Dessert contest. Event includes beautiful art, live music, locally made desserts by youth and adults, and extended store hours. Elginartassociation.com or hogeyefestival.com

ELGIN: Oct. 26 “Hogeye Street Dance“ Offers live music featuring Kenny Orts and No Chance, food vendors, and a carnival. Depot Street at Veterans’ Memorial Park. hogeyefestival.com

ELGIN: Oct. 27 “Elgin Hogeye Festival“ Features a barbecue cookoff, handmade arts and crafts, a car show, live music, a kids area, concessions, a carnival, a talent show, a dessert contest, a dart contest, pig puns, and fun for the whole family. Downtown Elgin, 114 Central Ave. hogeyefestival.com

ENNIS: Oct. 4-7 “AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals“ Featuring the biggest names in racing, the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis is the fourth of six playoff events in the NHRA’s countdown to number 1. Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287. texasmotorplex.com 972-878-2641

ENNIS: Oct. 4 “PreStage Fan Fest“ Celebrate the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in downtown Ennis. Enjoy live music while getting up close and personal with your favorite cars and drivers. Downtown Ennis, 204 W Knox St. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

ENNIS: Oct. 6 “Jazz Under the Stars“ Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a free jazz concert under the stars in Historic Downtown Ennis. Minnie McDowal Park, 119 N. Dallas St. visitennis.org
 972-878-4748

ENNIS: Oct. 18-28 “Blood Money” This play tells the story of womanizer Mike Mason, star of TV’s “Bargain Basement” and his wife, Liz, who were involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a young teenage girl, Carol Mitchell, was killed. They believed they had gotten away with it until seven years later when they receive a call from someone claiming to be the dead girl. Returning home that night, the couple find their house trashed and the name “Carol Mitchell” painted on the walls, and so the nightmare begins. After a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns, the play finally reaches its dramatic conclusion as the full shocking truth of Carol Mitchell’s death is revealed along with the identity of their protagonist. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972-878-7529

ENNIS: Oct. 27 “Ennis Autumn Daze“ Food, shopping, children’s activities, and plenty of live entertainment make for family fun this fall. Downtown Ennis, 204 W. Knox St. visitennis.org
 972-878-4748

FLATONIA: Oct. 26-28 “Czhilispiel 46“ A three-day festival in the heart of Texas offers continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend, a carnival, grand parade, arts and crafts, food booths, and beverages. Competitions throughout the weekend include a chili and barbecue cookoff, 5K run/walk, and more. Downtown Flatonia, 100 E. N. Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: “Pottery in the Park Arts Festival“ October October 6 & 7. CERA Pottery Studio is excited to announce the 16th annual arts festival that brings a variety of artists to CERA along the Trinity River. A free event with over 50 artists offering hand-crafted items. After you shop witness a live raku firing, glaze a piece of pottery, watch pottery demonstrations, enter our raffle, take a studio tour, and even sign up for pottery classes.  Don’t forget to grab a sweet treat from our famous bake sale on your way out. Proceeds from the festival help support our studio, so come support local art. 10 am – 5 pm http://www.facebook.com/events/2096052187135230/ 8172383903

FORT WORTH: Oct. 13-14 “Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show“ One of the nation’s premier air shows, this event draws the best in aviation talent and ground activities. Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd. allianceairshow.com 800-318-9268

FORT WORTH: Oct. 14-Jan. 27, 2019 “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera” Simmons’ career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places. Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere settings, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: Oct. 27-28 “Cemetery Tour At the 13th annual Saints and Sinners Tour“, go on guided walking tours with reenacted stories of “residents” at the cemetery established in 1879. Oakwood Cemetery, 1701 Grand Ave. stockyardsmuseum.org 817-625-5082

FRISCO: Oct. 20 “National Soccer Hall of Fame Opening“ The National Soccer Hall of Fame officially opens with a morning induction ceremony, followed by a performance by Grammy winning band Imagine Dragons. Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way. visitfrisco.com
972-292-5250

FRISCO: Oct. 27 “Frisco Education Foundation Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run“ The event features a 1-mile fun run/walk and 5K certified race. Each year, it includes food, entertainment, and other family-friendly activities, including a guest appearance by the city of Frisco Fire Clowns. Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way. friscoisd.org 469-633-6861

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 24-Nov. 3 “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 Amphitheratre, 5000 Texas Drive. thepromiseglenrose.com

GRANBURY: Oct. 6 “Acton Nature Center Earth Science Event“ Celebrate the intersection of geoscience and the arts with exhibits, demonstrations, special presentations, kids activities, and nature walks featuring geology, soils, landscape formation, and fossils. There will also be earth-inspired art, music, literature, and more. Acton Nature Center of Hood County, 6900 Smoky Hill Court. actonnaturecenter.org 817-326-6005

GRANBURY: Oct. 20 “Antique Engine and Tractor Show“ The Granbury Flywheelers club invites the public out for a free display of antique hit-and-miss engines, tractors, pump-jacks and other primitive power equipment. The Light Plant will be open for tours and two of the Fairbanks Morse engines will run throughout the day. Lambert Park, 510 N. Brazos St. 817-307-4003

GRANBURY: Oct. 20-21 “Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts“ This family-friendly art festival will be held on the paved area around the charming downtown square in the heart of the historic district. This is the 40th Harvest Moon event, which showcases more than 90 artists, makers, and craftspeople. In addition to fabulous artist gallery booths, you’ll find food, local entertainment, and seasonal activities. Don’t miss the the “make-it, take-it” arts area for all ages. Historic Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St. granburysquare.com/harvest-moon-festival-of-the-arts 682-936-4550

GRANBURY: Oct. 20 “Monarch Tagging“ The king of the butterflies is currently in the midst of its epic migration from southern Canada to the mountains of central Mexico. They will introduce you to the Monarch Watch Program that has studied this incredible butterfly for 20 years. Your journey will include education stations from the migration of the monarch to the capture and release of a live monarch. Volunteers assist with how to tag monarchs. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended attire. Acton Nature Center of Hood County, 6900 Smoky Hill Court. actonnaturecenter.org 817-326-6005

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 21-Nov. 10 “Live Quarter Horse Racing“ Enjoy live quarter horse racing every Friday and Saturday. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. lonestarpark.com
972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 5-7, 12-14 “Sister Act” Powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 6 “David Byrne“ The singer, actor, filmmaker, and founding member of American new wave band Talking Heads performs. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 6-7 “Fajita Fest“ Enjoy fajitas and an afternoon of great country music with the Chris Rivers Band. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie
972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 6 “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 Lagoon, 2600 block of North Carrier Parkway. grandfungp.com 972-237-8100

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 13 “Soy Luna en Vivo” Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 20 “Fall Tejano Festival“ Enjoy live Tejano music featuring some of the most popular Tejano bands, along with shopping, rides, games, and fun for the whole family. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Oct. 31 “Street N’ Treat“ Participants will enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, crafts, games, costume photo ops, trick-or-treating, and other activities all for free. Many Main Street businesses will open their doors for special hours and trick-or-treating during this event. Prepare to dress to impress, say “trick or treat,” and bring a large bucket for candy. Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St. 972-237-8100

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 19 “Nash Farm Barn Dance“ Grab your dance partner for this 1950s dance featuring the Long Star String Band, a fried chicken box supper, and pie bidding. Nash Farm, 411 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 20 “Fall Round-Up“ Experience life on the farm at this 18th annual event at Grapevine’s historic Nash Farm. Activities include gardening, farm animals, live music, and food. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Oct. 20 “Butterfly Flutterby“ See hundreds of butterflies released into the wild as they migrate to Mexico during this 20th annual event. Butterfly releases are held three times throughout the day. A butterfly-themed parade kicks off the event and is followed by dozens of activities including games, scavenger hunts, and face painting. Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPELAND: “Layin at the Lake Car Show“ October 5 to 7. The First Annual Custom Car and Truck Show,Hosted by Xtreme Lowz. Top 50 Awards. Over 10 Best of’s. Club Unity. Xtreme Lowz Choice. 22 furnished cabins available. 300 RV hookups and Tent Camping. Call Salmon Lake Park for reservations 936-687-2594. Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 8am to 6pm. Sun 8am to 4pm. www.salmonlake.com 832-720-3053

GREENWOOD: “Fall festival“ October 13. 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  “Annual Greenwood Fall Festival” in downtown Greenwood, Wise County, Texas. Parade, home baked goods, lots of vendors, handmade quilt raffle, a Cabela’s gift card raffle and silent auction plus much more!! 9406277999 Year: 2018 linda_hood50@yahoo.com

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30 “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

IRVING: October 19 – October 21 “2018 Dallas Fan Days.” One of the best comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming events in Texas, filled with exciting family-friendly activities, celebrity and comic guests, and much more! The pop culture extravaganza is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Irving Convention Center for the three-day event this fall. Dallas Fan Days is a full schedule packed with panels from celebrities, voice actors, anime superstars, comic book creators, cosplayers, internet celebrities and sci-fi, fantasy, horror, gaming personalities, cosplay contests, gaming and more. Photography and autograph opportunities are available. Dallas Fan Days is produced by Fan Expo HQ, one of the largest entertainment and convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at Fan Expo Dallas, Fan Expo Canada, Fan Expo Boston, Fan Expo Vancouver, Toronto Comicon, Calgary Expo, Megacon Orlando, Dallas Fan Days, Edmonton Expo, Fan Expo Regina and Megacon Tampa Bay. Friday, Oct. 19 – 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039. Tickets start at $20. To purchase tickets, go to: https://www.dallasfandays.com/en/tickets/admission.html 972-247-1369


IRVING: Oct. 20 “Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra Presents Simone Sala, Pianist“ This concert will feature Italian pianist Simone Sala performing “Rhapsody in Blue.” With Robert Carter Austin conducting, the concert will also feature Copland’s Suite from The Red Pony. The great composers often paint a musical picture for us, and sometimes they even try to communicate a specific color. The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 concert season will explore this intriguing intersection between the aural and the visual. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. lascolinassymphony.org 972-252-4800

JEWETT: Oct. 5-6 “Jewett Quilt Show“ Beautiful quilts, fabric galore, and opportunities to learn new quilting techniques fill two days at this biannual quilt show. Activities include a quilt scavenger hunt, a quilt patch walk, a quilter’s basket auction, demos, tips, and tricks. A full concession stand is available both days as well. Jewett Civic Center, 111 N. Robinson. jewetttexas.org
903-626-4202

JEWETT: Oct. 13 “Jewett Fall Frolic“ Rustle up some fun at this 36th annual event, which features arts, crafts, and home-based businesses. There will be games, eating contests, inflatables, horseshoes, photography and baking contests, entertainment, and more. Jewett Civic Center, 111 N. Robinson. jewetttexas.org 903-626-4202

KAUFMAN: Oct. 26-27 “Scarecrow Festival“ This annual event is two days of live entertainment. There will be games, rides for children, street entertainers, food trucks, artisans with crafts and clothing, a 5K, and a car show. The main stage will have live bands Friday night and Saturday afternoon. All this takes place around one of the few historic town squares still left in Texas. Town Square, Washington and Mulberry streets. kaufmanchamber.com 972-932-3118

LA GRANGE: Oct. 6 “Oktoberfest on the Square“ With more than 100 different varieties of craft beer, authentic German cuisine, and live music, this is the place to be for Oktoberfest. Ticket prices include 12 samples of craft beer along with a commemorative beer mug. Underneath the event tents, you will find live music along with authentic German cuisine of sausage and pork schnitzel. Children’s activities will be held on the courthouse lawn. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington Street. visitlagrangetx.com 979-968-3017

LA GRANGE: Oct. 31 “Trick or Treat on the Square“ La Grange Main Street’s annual Trick or Treat on the Square gives kids a safe place to go door to door for candy and to show off their costumes. All participating businesses will have a sign in their window or on their door to identify them as a Trick or Treat participant. Festivities include Halloween games, live music, face painting, snow cones, balloon animals, and bounce houses. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. visitlagrangetx.com 979-968-3017

LOCKHART: Oct. 6 “Evening with the Authors“ Mingle with authors from 6-9 p.m. amid the twinkling lights in the gardens, and enjoy fine cuisine and wine. Riddle Garden, 514 S. Main St. eveningwiththeauthors.com 512-559-1135

LULING: Oct. 13 “Night in Old Luling“ This old-fashioned family festival includes a cake auction, bingo, games, music, scarecrow contest, and other activities. Thump Pavillion, corner of East Davis Street and Walnut Avenue. discoverluling.com 830-263-0122

MADISONVILLE: Oct. 13 “Texas Mushroom Festival“ This all-day celebration is what makes Madisonville the Mushroom Capital of Texas. For the 17th annual event, check out a car show, wine tastings, biergarten, offerings from Madisonville’s Monterey Mushrooms, kids activities, and more. Downtown Madisonville, 113 W. Trinity St. texasmushroomfestival.com 877-908-8808

MADISONVILLE: Oct. 26-31 “Trail of Terror“ Come out and get the scare of your life at the largest Halloween event in the area. Explore the Lake Madison Park walking trail at dark as a haunted forest, and watch out for ghosts and monsters jumping out of the dark to give you a fright. Lake Madison Park, 1215 E. Collard St. 936-348-9297

MCKINNEY: Through Feb. 18 “Dinosaurs Live!” Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Note: The Heard is unable to animate the dinosaurs when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. Heard museum.org/dinosaurslive 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Oct. 12-14 “Third Monday Trade Days“ One of the largest flea markets in North Texas features more than 450 vendors. It is held the weekend before the third Monday of each month. Parking is $5 on Saturdays and Sundays before 3 p.m. Admission free. 4550 W. University. tmtd.com 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Oct. 14 “Fall Band Concert“ The McKinney Community Band takes the stage for their annual free fall concert. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. mckinneyband.com 972-547-2061

MCKINNEY: “Collin County Farm Bureau Convention” October 18. We have had around 220 people attend and looking at growing the attendance. 6:00pm 972-542-5583

MCKINNEY: Oct. 20 “Halloween at the Heard Experience“ Collin County’s premier family-friendly Halloween event. Halloween at the Heard features a safe environment to experience the joy of trick-or-treating along the eerie Dinosaurs Live, a life-size animatronic dinosaurs trail. Families will enjoy an evening full of fun activities including a presentation of a movie on the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater stage, a costume contest, and more. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MESQUITE: Oct. 26-Nov. 22 “The Curious Savage” In this play written by John Patrick, Mrs. Savage has been left $10 million by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. They commit her to a “sanatorium” where the inmates display a kindness and affection that she has not experienced in the outside world. Complications ensue when she decides she wants to stay. Mesquite Community Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com
972-216-8126

MUENSTER: Oct. 6-7 “Oktoberfest“ This sixth annual event provides a taste of Germany in North Texas. Enjoy entertainment all day, German food, dachshund races, live music, arts and crafts, and a fun run. The official tapping of the Oktoberfest keg will be at noon on Saturday. Heritage Park, 301 N. Ash St. oktoberfestmuenster.com 940-759-2227

PARIS: Oct. 10 “Cruisin’ on the Plaza“ Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PLANO: Oct. 4 “Courtyard Texas Music Series“ A different artist performs each month on the first Thursday, March through November. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: Oct. 11 “Downtown Plano Art & 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. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. visitplano.com or planomagazine.com/wine 972-468-1588

PLANO: Oct. 13 “Plano International Festival“ Explore cultures of the world and learn about art, food, music, dancing, and more. Includes a Children’s Global Village, Yoga Court, fashion show, wellness fair, naturalization ceremony, live entertainment, and more. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. planointernationalfestival.org or visitplano.com 214-495-7838

PLANO: Oct. 19-20 “Plano Steinfest“ In the tradition of Oktoberfest, enjoy live music, an artist village, German food and beer, games, contests, commemorative steins, and T-shirts. McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St. steinfest.org or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

RICHARDSON: Oct. 6-7 “Cottonwood Art Festival“ Established in 1969, the biannual 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, and drawings/pastels. The festival also features local bands and food available in the courtyard. There is also 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 972-455-4580

RICHARDSON: Oct. 20 “Plano Symphony: Mariachi Los Camperos“ The symphony welcomes the return of Mariachi Los Camperos with their Grammy-winning precision on trumpets, guitars, harps, and more. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. planosymphony.org or visitplano.com 972-473-7262

RICHARDSON: Oct. 27-28 “Huffhines Art Trails“ A fall tradition dating back to 1976, this annual arts and crafts show features close to 200 of the area’s 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—a perfect place to start your holiday shopping. Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road. huffhinesarttrails.com 972-744-4580

ROUND TOP: Oct. 13 “Moores School Concert Chorale“ The University of Houston’s premier large choral ensemble has been under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber since 2002. Since that time the group has appeared as an invited choir before the 2004 national convention of the American Musicological Society, the 2005 and 2008 Texas Music Educators Association conventions, and the 2007 American Choral Directors Association national convention in Miami. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

SEGUIN: Oct. 11-14 “Guadalupe County Fair & Rodeo“ It’s the second oldest county fair in Texas. New events are being added this year at the 135th annual event. Seguin Events Complex, 950 S. Austin. gcfair.org 830-379-6477 SEGUIN: Oct. 26-28 Pecan Fest Heritage Days The annual event celebrates the city’s famous nut and the rural heritage and cultures of the community. Family-friendly and spanning across several different venues, this festival is the chance to take a scenic autumn stroll through downtown Seguin and enjoy all things pecan related. Activities include a pub crawl, shopping at 90 vendors located in downtown, and more. Central Park, 201 S. Austin St. seguingonuts.com 830-401-5000

SHINER: Oct. 20 “Shiner Music Fest“ Enjoy a full day of music, food, and fun at the fifth 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 361-894-5046

SMITHVILLE: Oct. 13 “Smithville Photo Festival“ Let your inner photographer snap. The Smithville Film Commission invites all levels of photography enthusiasts, models, and set builders. Event includes photo contests, model contest, and an Instagram walk. Downtown Smithville, 100 NW First St. explorebastropcounty.com 512-581-4074

SOUTHLAKE: Oct. 5-7 “Southlake Oktoberfest“ Come take a stroll in Southlake’s beautiful town square while looking at unique, handmade arts and crafts. Also expect great food, live music and entertainment, and the popular wiener dog race. The kids will have a great time in the excitement-packed children’s area. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100. Visitsouthlaketexas.com 817-481-8200

STEPHENVILLE: Oct. 13 “Sundown on the Square“ Gather around the courthouse square in Stephenville for this annual family-friendly festival that features an array of activities for all ages, including shopping, eats, and drinks. There is also a street dance and concert featuring Asleep at the Wheel. Courthouse Square, 100 W. Washington St. sundownsquare.com
254-965-5313

TEMPLE: Oct. 5 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5379

TEMPLE: Oct. 5-7 “Tractor & Engine Show“ The 47th annual show will include a morning tractor pull and parade, a flea market with everything from tractor parts to arts & crafts, and homemade ice cream, food trucks, corn shelling, wheat thrashing, and blacksmith demonstrations. Texas Early Day Tractor & Engine Association, 1717 Eberhardt Road. 254-760-7358

TEMPLE: Oct. 13-14 “Tri-City Gem and Mineral Show“ This 49th annual event offers vendors with rock samples, jewelry, geodes, cabochons, and possibly tools to work with rocks. Activities for children include filling bags with rock samples and a treasure wheel. There will be silent auctions and prizes hourly as well as a grand-prize raffle, and demonstrations of wire wrapping rocks and cabochon cutting. Members enter their own projects for viewing. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. facebook.com/tricitygem 254-773-1039

TEMPLE: Oct. 20 “Live Well Expo“ This event is open to the public and will showcase the many ways to eat well, move well, and live well. A wide variety of vendors will be on hand providing information, samples, and live demonstrations. Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5379

TEMPLE: Oct. 31 “Main Street Fright Fest“ No tricks, only treats when you spend Halloween on Main Street. Vendors line the street with a variety of arts and crafts, goods, and even a food court. The evening is filled with fun activities such as a costume contest, thriller line dance, and a bounce house. Downtown Temple. discovertemple.com 254-298-5900

THE COLONY: Oct. 6 “Mother & Son Adventure Night“ An evening of family fun, exclusively for moms and sons. Enjoy a night of adventure, fun, and excitement as you explore all things outdoors. Festivities include archery, fishing, horseshoes, and many other camping and outdoor activities. Lions Club Park, 4800 Nash Drive. thecolonytx.gov 972-625-1106

THE COLONY: Oct. 20-21 “Family Fright Night“ Camp out for a night of spooky Halloween fun. Activities include a haunted trail, tent trick or treating, costume and scream contests, scary movie screening, a hayride, campfire stories, and s’mores. Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road. thecolonytx.gov 972-625-1106

WACO: Through Nov. 25 “Faces of the Southern Ocean” Through a selection of photography by J.J. L’Hereux, this exhibit embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold. Reindeer, seals, and penguins—inhabitants of this icy territory—along with breathtaking landscapes are captured in photographs from L’Hereux’s more than a dozen expeditions to this region. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: Through Jan. 6, 2019 “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” Experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Oct. 4-13 “Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo“ Over the past 64 years, this fair and rodeo has offered Central Texas a place to come and support the community while enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells that make the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo what it is. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. hotfair.com 254-776-1660

WACO: Oct. 13 “Food & Wine Festival“ Patrons can taste more than 200 wines and sample food from more than 30 restaurants at the 19th annual festival. Activities include live entertainment; a V.I.P. “Top Dog” area on the scenic Waco Suspension Bridge; a sports area with beer, a barbecue cookoff, and sporting events on three big-screen TVs; the Red Carpet Dog Walk featuring adoptable shelter dogs; a silent auction; and the famous “Cork Pull.” Indian Spring Park,
101 N. University Parks Drive. Humanesocietycentraltexas.org 254-754-1454

WACO: Oct. 18-20 “Silobration Magnolia Market“ (of “Fixer Upper” fame) will host a three-day market featuring more than 90 artisans and food trucks. Magnolia Market, 601 Webster Ave. magnolia.com/silobration 254-235-6111

WAXAHACHIE: Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 “Screams Halloween Theme Park“ Enjoy unlimited tours of major attractions, scores of professional actors, activities, food and drink, and games. 2511 FM 66. screamspark.com 972-938-3247

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 6 “Oddfest“ The fourth annual event features art vendors, live music, and food. Singelton Plaza, 200 N. Rogers. waxa80.com 972-938-2062

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 12-14 “Vintage Market Days“ Upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market. Ellis County Expo Center, 2300 US 287. vintagemarketdays.com 918-606-2254

WAXAHACHIE: Oct. 27 “Texas Country Reporter Festival” –  Join Bob & Kelli, hosts of Texas Country Reporter, for one of the biggest and bets street fairs in the state. This 23rd annual event features artists, craftsmen, music, and food from all over the Lone Star State—much of it featured on the TV show over the years. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WEATHERFORD: Oct. 13 “Pioneer Heritage Festival“ Celebrate Parker County’s rich pioneer history at the inaugural festival. The day will include a children’s area, pioneer-themed games, live entertainment, and a merchant and farmer’s mercantile area with representatives from both artists and historic settlers. The event is free to the public, but a canned food donation is suggested. Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive. dosscenter.org 817-599-6168

WEATHERFORD: Oct. 21 “Autumn Art Walk“ Artists and artisans from all over the area bring their works to the gardens for sale and display. Features live music, food, and garden tours. Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave. chandorgardens.com 817-613-1700

WEATHERFORD: Oct. 28 “Goblins in the Gardens“ Spook-free trick-or-treat event for costumed children. The gardens are decorated and costumed characters hand out candy to all the children throughout the gardens. Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave. chandorgardens.com 817-613-1700

WESTLAKE: Oct. 20 “Classic Car Show“ The eighth 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

YORKTOWN: Oct. 19-21 “Yorktown Western Days“ Free admission to this family- oriented festival includes a carnival, parades, mutton bustin’, a pig scramble, a quilt show, cookoffs, craft vendors, a horseshoe/washer throw, and a stick horse rodeo. Enjoy music all weekend, with Rick Trevino and Kevin Fowler highlighting Saturday night and Johnny Bush on Sunday. Yorktown City Park, 100 block of North Riedel. yorktowntx.com 361-564-2661

November

ADDISON: Nov. 16 Addison Circle Tree Lighting Along with a special performance by the WaterTower Theatre, the tree lighting will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, giveaways, kids entertainment, holiday gift shopping, holiday music, and more. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Drive. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 23 Vitruvian Lights—Flip the Switch! The lights in the park will be turned on during a spectacular lighting ceremony as Addison Mayor Joe Chow flips the switch. Guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Vitruvian Lights More than 1.5 million sparkling LED lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. The lights remain on every evening and every Saturday guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com 800-233-4766

ARLINGTON: Nov. 23-Dec. 30 Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market Enchant features an ice-skating rink and more than two acres of lighted Christmas mazes and displays. Enjoy winter-themed drinks while browsing through the vendor village and visit Santa with the kids. Live entertainment and fun for the whole family. enchantchristmas.com 817-265-7721

BASTROP: Nov. 3-4 A Sami Show Shop at an arts, crafts, and home decor marketplace. Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut St. samishow.com 512-441-7133

BASTROP: Nov. 10-11 Veterans Day Car Show Weekend Along with the Saturday car show, enjoy music, a veterans tribute ceremony honoring those who have served the country in the military, and a cruise-in on Friday night in downtown Bastrop. Awards will be given for approximately 32 classes, as well as best of show, veterans, best engine, best paint, best interior, presidential sponsor choice, and club participation awards. Most proceeds go to veterans support organizations, Bastrop High School, auto tech scholarships, and other local charities. Downtown Bastrop, 927 Main St. bastropareacruisers.com

BASTROP: Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Lost Pines Christmas Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling night-time holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the entire family, you’ll love how Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown Merchants offer extended shopping hours through- out the holiday season. Downtown Bastrop, 927 Main St. lostpineschristmas.com

BELTON: Nov. 10-11, 23-25 A Sami Show Shop at an arts, crafts, and home decor marketplace. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. samishow.com 512-441-7133

BELTON: Nov. 10-11 City-Wide Garage Sale Enjoy this vintage, collectible, and antique market. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. cwgs.com 512-441-2828

CAMERON: Oct. 20-Nov. 4 MCT’s Production of “Murder’s in the Heir” Turn the game Clue into a play and you have this masterfully entertaining mystery. Almost every character in this hilarious play has the weapon, opportunity, and motive to commit the unseen murder, and it’s up to the audience to decide who actually did it. Williams Event Center, 408 S. Columbus. milamcommunitytheater.com 254-493-5539

CLEBURNE: Oct. 5-Nov. 10 “The Little Mermaid” Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Nov. 16-18 Pioneer Days
The 15th annual free event is a celebration of Western and Texas history. There will be cow- boys and Native Americans in full regalia, Ghosts of Buzzard Flats gunfighters, Terry’s Texas Rangers Civil War Re-encampment, pioneers, historic buildings, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, and kids games. Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail. jcchisholmtrail.com 817-648-4633

CLEBURNE: Nov. 19-Dec. 31 Whistle Stop Christmas Lighting Ceremony Experience a Christmas wonderland with more than 3.5 mil- lion lights lit on Nov. 19 in a ceremony featuring Christmas carols, vendors, and more. Lights are on every evening. Hulen Park, 900 Hillsboro St. whistlestopchristmas.org 817-645-2455

CLIFTON: Nov. 3 Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic The sixth annual singer/ songwriter competition and showcase, with Michael Martin Murphey performing and serving as judge. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

CLIFTON: Nov. 9-10 Books on the Bosque Hear bestselling authors review their books, give writing tips, or simply entertain at this celebration of books for all ages. Guests include Stephen Harrigan, Ann Weisgarber, Lisa Win- gate, Reavis Wortham, Karen Blumenthal, Jan Peck, Michelle Staubach Grimes, and Scott Sutton. Dinner with the authors on Friday night; book talks and writers workshops Saturday. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

CLIFTON: Nov. 30 Norwegian Country Christmas Parade The Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Clifton kicks off the week- end’s Norwegian Country Christmas Tour, celebrating the town’s unique status as the Norwegian Capital of Texas. Historic Downtown Clifton, 115 N. Avenue D. cliftontexas.org 254-675-3720

DALLAS: June 23-Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar— dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests will dis- cover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Sept. 9-Dec. 9 “Dalí: Poetics of the Small” The first in-depth exploration of the small-scale paintings of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989). While many of Dalí ’s canvases are known around the world and are among the defining works of the Surrealist movement, the small size of many of these works is frequently overlooked. Nearly half of the artist’s paintings during the early part of his Sur- realist period (1929–1936) were actually small format works: some measuring just over a foot, and others as small as 3 by 2 inches. Organized by the Meadows as part of its mission to present Spanish art in America. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214-768-2516

DALLAS: Sept. 15-Jan. 6 “The Nature of Arp” The first major North American muse- um exhibition dedicated to Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades, with works rarely seen in the U.S. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org 214-242-5100

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Dec. 31 “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” This landmark exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. African American Museum in Dallas at Fair Park, 3536 Grand Ave. monticello.org

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Nov. 1 Autumn at the Arboretum: Adventures in Neverland One of the Southwest’s most picturesque fall horticultural displays, the garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall’s favorite flower—chrysanthemums—along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants; the inter- nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins; and the Children’s Adventure Garden. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6525

DALLAS: Nov. 4-Dec. 31 The 12 Days of Christmas The elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos are on display for the final year at the Dallas Arboretum. Guests are invited to experience Dallas’ delightful holiday tradition with a festive stroll through the gardens and revel in The 12 Days of Christmas exhibition with a dozen breathtaking gazebos depicting each day in the beloved Christmas carol. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6525

DALLAS: Nov. 8-Dec. 2 An Iliad by Lisa Peterson. Undermain returns the Classics with Ibsen’s rarely seen drama, The Lady From the Sea, written in 1888.
Runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 2.  All evening shows at 7:30 pm.   2:00 Sunday Matinees on 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, and 12/2. 214-747-5515. www.undermain.org

DALLAS: Nov. 16-25 Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland throughout the holiday season. After the animals head in for the evening, the park will gleam with nearly a mil- lion twinkling lights that illuminate the night sky. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. dallaszoo.com/zoolights 469-554-7500

DENISON: Nov. 10 Denison Veteran’s Day Parade Enjoy the community pride as citizens come together and honor their be- loved veterans. The parade takes place in the heart of the city on Main Street. Denison en- joys its strong connection to the military and always remembers those whom have served the good ole’ USA. 700-200 blocks of Main Street. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENISON: Nov. 23 Grayson County Holiday Lights Grayson County celebrates the annual lighting of the holiday lights and Santa Reception at Loy Lake Park. Please stop by the museum and visit with Santa while you enjoy the refreshments being served. Photos with Santa are available at the museum. Loy Lake Park, 111 RC Vaughan Road. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENTON: Nov. 17 Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally An annual bike rally that offers an opportunity to work off the Thanksgiving calories before taking a single bite. The bike rally has variable lengths, which range from 8 to 68 miles to benefit both novice and expert riders. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. dentonturkeyroll.com

DENTON: Nov. 30 Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton Capture the true spirit of the holidays on the Downtown Denton Historic Square. There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun, and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event. Event includes the lighting of the Christmas tree on the historic courthouse lawn, visits with Santa, and a children’s arts and crafts area. Down- town Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonholidaylighting.com 940-239-7564

DENTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Wassail Week- end The Denton Main Street Association merchants host this event during the Friday of Denton’s Holiday Lighting Festival and hold special tasting times again the day after. Was- sail is a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the city’s annual holiday festivities. More merchants hold tastings that Saturday to win a coveted Wassail crown. Visitors are encouraged to taste the secret recipes of the warm holiday-spiced punch and then cast a vote for their favorite. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonmainstreet.org 940-349-8529

EDGEWOOD: Nov. 10 Edgewood Heritage Festival This festival celebrates the heritage of rural life and community sharing through family-friendly exhibits and activities such as a big classic car show, vintage tractors show, artist demos, more than 20 heritage structures from the 1900s, carnival food, children’s activities and rides, live music, a dog show, and Santa. Heritage Park Museum of East Texas, 103 E. Elm St. edgewoodheritagefestival.com 903-896-1940

ELGIN: Nov. 3 Veterans’ Appreciation Parade The American Legion sponsors the parade to show appreciation for veterans, their families, and their service to the country. VFW. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Nov. 8 Sip, Shop & Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown. You will find more than 80 craft beers, diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Nov. 10 Lantern Fest Before sun- down, friends and families enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s’mores, balloon artists, and more. Then, when the time is just right, we will light the night sky with our highest hopes and fondest dreams. Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287. dallas.thelanternfest.com 801-657-7398

ENNIS: Nov. 29 Lights of Ennis Parade of Lights and Block Party A twinkling parade of lights, live music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities for the kids, photo ops galore, and of course a visit from Santa and friends. Downtown Ennis, 200 NW Main. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

FLATONIA: Nov. 30 Wonderful Winter Wine Walk $20 tickets gets you several one- ounce tastings of wines located in participating businesses around town. Enjoy shopping, friends, a wine bottle ring toss, door prizes, and an ugly sweater contest. Flatonia Civic Center and participating businesses, 208 E. N. Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: Oct. 14-Jan. 27, 2019 “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera” Simmons’ career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places. Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere settings, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: Nov. 7-11 Lone Star Film Festival Hosted by the Lone Star Film Society, this year-round series of programs culminates in a five-day celebration of cinema. This year marks its 12th year. Films screen at the AMC Palace 9 Theater and at Four Day Weekend. Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth. lonestarfilmfestival.com 817-492-5556

FORT WORTH: Nov. 17 Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting Mark the beginning of the holiday season at this annual event. Sun- dance Square Plaza. sundancesquare.com 817-255-5700

FORT WORTH: Nov. 18 XTO Energy Parade of Lights Kick off the holiday season in style with more than 100 highly illuminated entries. Sundance Square Plaza, Downtown Fort Worth. fortworthparadeoflights.org 817-336-2787

GIDDINGS: Nov. 18 Merry Marketplace Arts and Crafts Fair Arts and crafts of every type arrive just in time for Christmas shoppers looking for the perfect present. Santa also makes an appearance for the children. Lee County Youth Center, 1010 E. Industry St. giddingstx.com 979-542-3455

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 24-Nov. 3 “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 Amphitheatre, 5000 Texas Drive. thepromiseglenrose.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 21-Nov. 10 Live Quarter Horse Racing Enjoy live quarter horse racing every Friday and Saturday. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 3-4 Comic Con The second annual event features special guests Mark Kistler and Sam de la Rosa. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 10 Veteran’s Day Bash Event honors veterans with an after- noon of activities, displays, and a free concert featuring Brandon Rhyder. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 17-18 Crab Fest Enjoy a variety of tasty crab dishes, live music from the ’60s and ’70s, and fun. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/ grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 17 Joe Bonamassa in Concert The American blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter performs. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 23-24 “Rock of Ages” This Tony-nominated Broadway musical takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. Features the hits of bands including REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 30 Celtic Thunder Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 30 “Scrooge” The Musical Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol,” into this delightful musical that is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 3 Candlelight Tour of Homes As participants stroll through the Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, owners will be present to greet and discuss the distinguishing characteristics of their properties. Each participant receives a guidebook and a complimentary wine tasting. Check in at the Ted R. Ware Plaza & Museums, 206 W. Hudgins St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 10 Veterans Parade and Fair See a variety of veteran groups dis- playing their patriotism, as well as many of Grapevine’s civic and service groups showing their support for our nation’s veterans. Historic Downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30 “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

IRVING: Nov. 17 Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents flutist LeeAnne Thompson The great composers often paint a musical picture for us, and some- times they even try to communicate a specific color. The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 concert season will explore this intriguing intersection between the aural and the visual. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. lascolinassymphony.org 972-252-4800

LULING: Nov. 21-Jan. 1, 2019 Lighted Yule Trail Drive the Yule Trail to see more than 100 lighted Christmas signboards and our antique Giant Santa. Downtown Luling, Davis Street. lulingmainstreet.com 830-875-3214

LULING: Nov. 24 Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Kick off the Christmas season and experience unique items handcrafted by area artisans. Thump Pavillion, Corner of East Davis Street and Walnut Avenue. discoverluling.com 830-875-3214

MCKINNEY: Sept. 1-Feb. 18, 2019 “Dinosaurs Live!” Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Note: The Heard is unable to animate the dinosaurs when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Nov. 16-18 Third Monday Trade Days One of the largest flea markets in North Texas features more than 450 vendors. It is held the weekend before the third Monday of each month. Parking $5 on Saturdays and Sundays before 3 p.m. Admission free. 4550 W. University. tmtd.com 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Nov. 23-25 Home for the
72 Holidays Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Historic Downtown McKinney. mckinneytexas.org 972-547-2660

MESQUITE: Oct. 26-Nov. 22 “The Curious Savage” In this play written by John Pat- rick, Mrs. Savage has been left $10 million by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. They commit her to a “sanatorium” where the in- mates display a kindness and affection that she has not experienced in the outside world. Complications ensue when she decides she wants to stay. Mesquite Community Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972-216-8126

MUENSTER: Nov. 3 Car Show Antique and vintage car show on Main Street. Muenster Car Show, 100 N. Main St. 940-759-2227

MUENSTER: Nov. 24 Wine Stroll Down Main/Christmas Parade Get your Christ- mas shopping started on Main Street while tasting wine provided by local Texas wineries. Afterwards, ring in the season with the Christ- mas Parade in the evening. Main Street, 200 block of Main Street. muensterchamber.com 940-759-2227

PARIS: Nov. 2 Cruisin’ on the Plaza Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PLANO: Nov. 1 Courtyard Texas Music Series A different artist performs each month on the first Thursday, March through November. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: Nov. 8 Downtown Plano Art & 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. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. planomagazine.com/ wine or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Nov. 8-11 Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market Junior League’s holiday shopping fundraiser features gifts, home decor, ladies clothing and accessories, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet foods. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Park- way. jlcollincounty.org or visitplano.com 972-769-0557

PLANO: Nov. 17-18 Plano Christmas Market This fun and free event will showcase handmade holiday gift items; jewelry and clothing for adults and children; and candles, soaps, salsas, jams, nuts, and dips for gifts or holiday parties. Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-7250

PLANO: Nov. 18 Lights at Legacy Lights at Legacy welcomes the holiday season with a grand tree-lighting and family-fun event. The fun starts with holiday crafts, magic with Mr. Scrooge, caricatures, face painting, and photos with Santa. The Shops at Legacy. shopsatlegacy.com or visitplano.com 469-467-9995

PLANO: Nov. 30 Dickens in the Down- town Plano Arts District City of Plano’s holiday celebration includes the annual tree lighting, live entertainment, delicious food, a variety of attractions, and a visit from Santa. Haggard Park. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5800

RICHARDSON: Nov. 17 Plano Symphony: Bizet’s “Carmen” Enjoy songs from the opera “Carmen” with four acclaimed guest vocalists. Performances include “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song,” which are among the best known of all operatic arias. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. planosymphony.org or visitplano.com 972-473-7262

ROUND TOP: Nov. 2-4 Theatre Forum at Round Top The 21st annual event will explore theatre in collaboration with other art forms, disciplines, and life itself. Internationally acclaimed actor, composer, and playwright Danny Ashkenasi will enlighten the forum about his work on and behind the stage, as well as his in-school program of creating original music theater with children. Taking full advantage of the picturesque Festival Hill Campus, the three-day weekend also offers a tour of grounds and buildings, morning walks, and appetizing meals in the Victorian-style Menke House dining hall, as well as an open- air lunch in the lush Menke gardens on Saturday. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

ROUND TOP: Nov. 17 Houston Chamber Ringers Known throughout the U.S. for their dazzling precision, expressive artistry, and the whimsical sense of fun they bring to all of their performances. Join them “en route” for a fantastic expedition through musical destinations immortalized by Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, and…Willie Nelson? Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

SALADO: Nov. 9-11 Scottish Gathering and Highland Games Heralding all things Scottish, this landmark event is the oldest Scottish festival in Texas. The three-day event includes the skirl of bagpipes, Highland dancing, the caber toss and other Scottish athletics, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Bonniest Knees contest, pet parade, live Celtic music, shopping, food, and the largest gathering of Scottish Clan tents in Texas. Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St. saladoscottishfestival.com 254-947-5232

SEGUIN: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Holiday Stroll This annual event kicks off with a parade on Thursday at the intersection of College and Austin Streets and heads south on Austin Street to downtown Seguin. Thursday will also include food vendors and entertainment from the Seguin High School band. Friday is Sip N Stroll, where visitors head downtown to taste more than a dozen varieties of homemade hot chocolate and shop after hours at local businesses. There will also be live entertainment from the Seguin High School Star Steppers, horse-drawn wagon rides, a train ride, and food vendors. Saturday marks the North Pole Stroll, which will have activities for children in Central Park, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and entertainment throughout the day. Various locations. seguintexas.gov 830-401-5000

SMITHVILLE: Nov. 10 Airing of the Quilts/Garden Club Home Tour See the charm of downtown Smithville during this annual event. Gorgeous quilts will be dis- played along Main Street and throughout historic neighborhoods. Pick up a raffle ticket for your chance to win a handmade quilt. Downtown Smithville, 100 NW First St. explorebastropcounty.com 512-581-4074

SOUTHLAKE: Nov. 17 Home For The Holidays Tree Lighting Shop, dine, and enjoy family-friendly activities like carolers, carriage rides, snow hill tubing, Santa photos, and holiday treats. Then witness the glorious tree lighting ceremony. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100. homefortheholidayssouthlake.com 817-748-8652

TEMPLE: Nov. 2 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple will be transformed into a giant party. Join us for street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5379

THE COLONY: Nov. 10 American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans The ultimate celebration of our true American heroes: veterans. This free all-day event includes live concert performances, patriotic ceremonies, vintage car, truck and bike show, 5K, 10K, and 1-mile fun run, family-friendly carnival, fair food, beer garden, and spectacular firework finale set to music. Five Star Sports Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. saluteamericanheroes.com 972-625-1106

WACO: Through Nov. 25 “Faces of the
 Southern Ocean” Through a selection of photography by J.J. L’Hereux, this exhibit embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold. Reindeer, seals, and penguins— inhabitants of this icy territory—along with breathtaking landscapes are captured in photographs from L’Hereux’s more than a dozen expeditions to this region. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: June 2-Jan. 6, 2019 “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” Experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Nov. 10 H-E-B Zoo Stampede Whether you are as swift as a sidewinder or as slow as a toad, this could be the race for you. Join this annual family fun run and run for the animals. Enjoy beautiful certified 5K and 10K courses as well as an uncertified 1K fun run and walk for people of all ages. The course takes you through our award-winning zoological park and along and across the Brazos River. Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N. Fourth St. runsignup.com/race/tx/waco/hebzoorun 254-750-8400

WACO: Nov. 23-24 Homestead Fair
Help to milk a cow, lend a hand at the old-fashioned timber frame barn raising and watch a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log. Afterwards, sample one of the multicultural dishes from the food court or maybe lick a delicious maple pecan ice cream cone while touring the farm on a horse-drawn hay wagon. Enjoy live music each afternoon and evening of the 31st annual fair. Homestead Heritage, 608 Dry Creek Road. homesteadfair.com 254-754-9600

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 3 Farm to Table on the Square Harvest-themed dinner invites diners to experience a four-course meal while sitting communally at one long table. The ingredients will be sourced from the WHS Horticulture program, Ellis County Master Gardeners, local beef producers, and Waxahachie Farmers Market members. Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. downtownwaxahachie.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 9-11 Waxahachie Veterans Weekend & WWII Re-enactment Re-enactors from all over the state of Texas set up camp and act out battles from WWII. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 27 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Other activities include train rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and children’s activities followed by photos with Santa. Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 30; Dec. 1-2, 7-9 Bethlehem Revisited Step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

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