Sweltering heat gives way to warm breezes and cotton candy as North Texans usher in the fall. Wine, beer, butterflies, hot air balloons, and music are just some of the things celebrated this month. Oh, and don’t forget the Texas State Fair! Where will you be spending your cool fall nights? Comment below and let me know!
- 8th Annual Jazz By The Boulevard – September 10th thru 11th, 2010 – $5: This year’s two-day festival features stars such as legendary jazz bassist (and Return To Forever co-founder) Stanley Clarke, New Orleans’ red-hot Trombone Shorty (featured in the acclaimed HBO series Tremé), Mississippi blues-rocker Charlie Mars and the eclectic band The Gourds, along with the Miles Davis Tribute Band lead by Paul Unger and much, much more. Along with music, Jazz By the Boulevard will also feature a Cooking Carnivale, where festival-goers can attend tastings and demos by area chefs. Will Rogers Memorial Center Lawn – 3401 West Lancaster – Fort Worth.
- .7th Annual Kiwanis Butterfly Festival – September 10th thru 12th, 2010 – $7 Adult, $5 Child: Enjoy a walk with hundreds of butterflies, contained in a 600 square foot tent, along with local flowering plants. Butterfly experts will be on hand to answer questions from all ages. Watermelon is provided to allow children of all ages the opportunity to feed and interact with the butterflies. Children and adults have learned much about the habitat of butterflies and their influence on our eco system through this festival and many return year after year. The weekend event culminates with the release of the butterflies at 5pm Sunday. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. Southlake Town Square – 100 State Street. – Fort Worth. 9am to 6pm – Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm – Sunday.
- 48th Annual National Championship Indian Pow Wow – September 10th thru 12th, 2010 – Free: Colorful tribal dance contests, arts & crafts, cultural heritage demonstrations, teepees and Indian food will be part of this years annual National Championship Indian Pow Wow at Traders Village in Grand Prairie. Sponsored by the Dallas/Fort Worth Inter-Tribal Association, the two-and a-half day event is free to the public. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this colorful celebration of culture and heritage.
- Taste of Downtown Plano – Saturday, September 11, 2010 – $5: Featuring over 25 restaurants, the annual fundraiser for the Historic Downtown Plano Association continues to preserve downtown Plano’s historic character. In addition to tastes from popular restaurants, this year’s event includes a Nationally Sanctioned Jack Daniels Chili Cook off with Plano Mayor Phil Dyer as one of the judges, live entertainment all day, a raffle for a downtown shopping spree worth $500, and of course an interaction area with face painting for the kiddos.
- 24th Annual Grapevine Grapefest – September 16th thru 19th, 2010 – Price List: Uncork the largest wine festival in the Southwest, taking place in historic Grapevine. Wine lovers and connoisseurs from across the nation get the chance to sample award-winning Texas wines and enjoy great music, delectable foods and plenty of fun. Voted a 2010 ABA Top 100 Event in North America, it’s the perfect spot to eat, shop and be entertained! A carnival, kidzone, and food and wine tents will be centered around Main Street in Grapevine.
- Addison Oktoberfest 2010 – September 16th thru 19, 2010 – Price List: More than 60,000 fans of polka, German food and Spaten Bier will gather in Addison’s spectacular Addison Circle Park for four days of music, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children’s entertainment and more.
- 31st Annual Plano Balloon Festival – September 17th thru 19th, 2010 – $5: Dozens of hot air balloons take off from Oak Point Park in Plano. Live music on Friday night, kids’ activities, fireworks on Saturday night, a balloon glow on Friday and Saturday nights, and the ReMax skydivers at 5 p.m. each afternoon will keep the whole family entertained. Kids under 36 inches tall get in free. To get there, take DART’s Red Line to the Parker Road station and hop on the free (with DART ticket) “Balloon Flyer” shuttle. Shuttles run continuously during the festival.
- 3rd Annual Dallas Green Festival – Saturday, September 18th, 2010 – Free: Join the City of Dallas for a day of family fun and environmental stewardship including: Monarch butterfly tagging, an outdoor recreation zone, recycled arts and crafts, lifestyle demonstrations, food and live music, door prizes and give-aways, amass butterfly release, face painting, vendors, artisans and much more! Taking Place at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park.
- The Great Pumpkin Festival – September 18th thru November 7th – $10: Each year gets bigger and better at the Dallas Aboretum. This year has an exciting new feature in the Storybook Pumpkin Village, the only pumpkin village in the USA, with four walk-through houses stacked with pumpkins. Each house will represent a book that features pumpkins in the story. The houses will be surrounded by thousands of pumpkins and decorative gourds as well as The Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch where guests can pick out and purchase the family Jack O Lantern.
- 54th Annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas – September 24th thru 25th, 2010 – $6: The Greek Food Festival of Dallas celebrates Greek culture through food, dancing, music, and shopping. A children’s area includes face painting, sand art, and candlemaking. The festival takes place at Holy Trinity Greek Othodox Church located at 13555 Hillcrest Road in Dallas, near the intersection of Hillcrest and Alpha Road. A free park and ride shuttle runs from the Brinker International Headquarters parking lot. Take 635 to the Hillcrest exit and go south on Hillcrest. Make a right at Hillcrest Plaza and Brinker will be on your right.
- State Fair of Texas – September 24th thru October 17th, 2010 – Price List: A family tradition since 1886, the 2010 Texas State Fair features an Auto Show, livestock competitions, arts competitions, live music, exhibits, and the midway. The State Fair is located at Fair Park in Dallas.
- 3rd Annual All About Uptown Festival – Saturday, September 25th, 2010 – Free: Discover Uptown Dallas while enjoying live music all day, food and drink, cooking demonstrations, art, historic tours, and a kids’ corner with face painting and crafts. The All About Uptown Festival will be held on Fairmount Street between McKinney Ave and Howell.
- JMV Comic Book Show – Sunday, September 26th, 2010 – $2: Dallas’ favorite one day show for dealers and collectors of vintage to modern comic books and related items. Meet local small press comics artists,writers,and publishers. Dealer tables are only $50.00 each. 10am – 5pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Alpha Road – Dallas.
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