The Texas State Fair is Back!

The State Fair of Texas opens Friday, September 29, 2023. This year’s theme is “Explore the Midway”.

For more than 135 years, The Midway of the State Fair of Texas has been one of the most popular locations on the fairgrounds for people of all ages. The Midway is the place where you can choose your adventure and enjoy the carefree bliss that comes with riding rides, playing games, or simply taking a stroll as you savor a Corny Dog while soaking in all the sights and sounds the Fair has to offer. 

Explore the Midway

Inspired by several iconic elements of the State Fair of Texas, this year’s commemorative theme art highlights some of our favorite ways to “Explore the Midway,” like the historic neon Midway arch, the 1914 Dentzel Carousel, the Midway Barker, the Texas Skyway, and of course, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. 

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Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

Celebrate Autumn with more than 100,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash at the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village. This year’s theme is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown™,” where we feature creative displays and themed pumpkin houses based on the 1966 classic. 

The 18th annual Autumn at the Arboretum: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, presented by Reliant, opens September 16 and runs through November 5, 2023. The festival features the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village filled with pumpkin houses and creative displays using more than 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. 

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GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience

Visit Grapevine, TX, and celebrate wine at GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the southwest that takes place in Grapevine, Texas, on September 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2023.

GrapeFest offers four days of family-friendly festival fun. This year’s festival invites you to come and sip your way through delicious wines from Texas.  

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Fun Ways to Stay Cool Indoors this Summer

Beat the Summer Heat in North Texas – Part 2


The end-of-summer weather in North Texas is still beating down on us. So we have a few suggestions for where you can stay cool indoors and have fun. From movie theaters to museums, here are some fun things to do to stay cool indoors.

Visit a Museum

girl sitting at a museum

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has many wonderful museums. They are the perfect place to spend a cool afternoon or evening. You can see beautiful artwork, listen to music, and even enjoy a lovely meal at the one of museum’s cafes.

In addition to seeing great works of art at the Dallas Museum of Arts you can also listen to best-selling authors at their Arts and Letters Live series.

You can stroll through the sculptures at the Nasher Sculpture Center, or see the Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting exhibit at the Modern Museum in Fort Worth. 

Thursdays On Tap is a fun way for you to experience the Perot Museum of Nature and Science after hours.  You will enjoy the live music and drinks. And best of all, you’ll get full access to all the exhibit halls including the amazing, The Science Behind Pixar. 

Enjoy the Performing Arts

Violinists Orchestra

The Dallas Arts District, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the ATT Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas are filled with fabulous theater, live music, concerts, and other performing arts events. Experience Soul Violinist Omari Dillard on September 1 at the Wyly Theater

Hear the music of the 1920s New York and Paris, cabarets and speakeasies on September 8 – 10, 2023 at the Meyerson Symphony Center as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Prohibition: The Music of Moulin Rouge, Boardwalk Empire, and More

Let’s Go to the Movies

Young people watching a movie

Forget about preparing a meal in a hot kitchen. Why not treat the family to dinner and a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse or the Studio Movie Grill?  You can enjoy watching movies like Barbie andr re-live the excitement of seeing dinosaurs with a  30th-anniversary viewing of Jurassic Park. Or see Paul Newman in the 1963 classic, Hud at the Palace Theater in Grapevine, TX. 

And that’s now all!

blue bowling ball and pins

Plan a fun family day out, date night, or even a  girls’ night at Alley Cats. They have something for everyone, including. Putt-Putt Golf, Batting Cages and Go-Carts. 

The thrill seekers in the family will love the rock climbing, ropes courses, and the other adventure experiences at  Boulder Adventure Park in  Grand Prairie, Texas.  Or you can experience your video game adventures at Eva Esports, the virtual reality esports platform in Flower Mound, Texas.  In their two giant 5,600 square-foot arenas you can face off against other players, play retro arcade games, and have fabulous cocktails and an upscale menu at their Cyber Bar. 

Why not give one or more of these cool ideas a try!

Have fun, and stay cool!
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