Things To Do Around DFW: September 30 - October 3

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We've got a big list of great things to do around North Texas this weekend. See our 'Around Town' list below.

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Billy Bob’s: Billy Currington (Friday) / Ray Wylie Hubbard (Saturday)

Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth

When: Friday Oct 1, Saturday Oct 2

Cost: $18 - $65

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Cake Ladies at Dallas Theater Center

This world premiere comedy, from playwright-in-residence Jonathan Norton (penny candy), was written specifically to welcome audiences back to the theater. It features tour de force performances by members the company originating roles created specifically for them.  In Cake Ladies, the Scott County Community Playhouse is the pride of Cedar Oak, Texas, a city recovering from the second largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak ever to hit small town America. With the launch of their first ever “AidsFest!',' it seems the town is finally turning a corner for the better.  When the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down the playhouse production of Angels in America, the loss is a devastating blow to a city desperately looking to mend. That’s when best friends LeAnne (Sally Nystuen Vahle) and Tweedy-Bird (Liz Mikel)  – affectionately known as “the cake ladies” – leap into action to make Angels soar again in their home town. However to do so they must confront Cedar Oaks dark past and their own carefully buried secrets. Cake Ladies is a deeply heart-warming exploration of family, friendship and the joys of community theater!

Where: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas

When: Select dates thru Oct 17

Cost: $15 - $60

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¡Celebramos!: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites guests to ¡Celebramos! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage through Nov. 7, including artistic performances and exhibitions, dining and shopping opportunities, movie showings and Day of the Dead commemorations. Guests will enjoy a presentation of Mexican culture through art, native plants, and garden design throughout the entire campus. To kick off Celebramos, members and VIP guests are invited to attend an artist night featuring Juan Velazquez. Mariposa Market, a local artisan market, will be held October 2 where ballet folklorico dancing and food trucks will await guests.

Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth

When: Fridays-Sundays through November 7

Cost: Varies

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Classic Movie Screenings at The Palace Theatre in Grapevine

Sure, you could see these movies at home, but that wouldn’t be as fun as viewing them in the throwback Palace Theatre in downtown Grapevine. On select nights through the rest of the year, the theatre screens classic movies. This weekend: on Thursday, it’s the Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and on Saturday you can catch Mean Girls.

Where: Grapevine Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $6

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Cutting Edge Haunted House

Cutting Edge has been voted one of the Best Haunted Houses in America and Winner of Guinness World Record for the World's Longest Walk through Horror House.  Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as "Hell's Half Acre," the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear. The meat packing equipment from the Old West is still in use, but now it is a two-story human processing area. You must grab your timed ticket ahead of time.

Where: 1701 E. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth

When: October 1 & 2…plus select dates through October 31

Cost: $45-$60

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Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum highlights the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village (which is brand NEW this year). Get that warm, fall-feeling as you walk amongst 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival features one of “the Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine.   This year, the space is transformed into Bugtopia! The arboretum’s display will come alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, fascinatingly bugged-out pumpkin houses, and, of course, a maze for younger visitors.

Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas

When: September 18 - October 31

Cost: $10 - $15

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Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano

Take a journey into the unknown as you explore the grounds of Coven Manor. A coven of witches has held control over this landscape since the late 1800’s. Various witches rise to power within the Coven and each one brings with her a slew of new nightmares. Can you survive an encounter with the Coven?

Where: Dark Hour Haunted House, 701 Taylor Dr., Plano

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31

Cost: $27-$47 +

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Day Out with Thomas at Grapevine Vintage Railroad

They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight...shunting trucks and hauling freight. But there’s only ONE Thomas...and he’ll be at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad over the next two weekends. If your little ones love Thomas the Tank Engine, you can take a ride with the classic storybook engine and experience "trains, games & miles of smiles!"  Most ride times sell out for this very popular event, so get your tickets in advance. Grapevine Vintage Railroad proudly partners with the Museum of the American Railroad and Mattel to put on the event. There are several ride times available each day.

Where: Grapevine Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine

When: October 1, 2 and 3

Cost: $20 - $24

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival

The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival has earned a solid reputation for providing the finest in entertainment and art in the North Texas Metroplex area. When you think of Denton, you think of MUSIC! The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is anchored by great jazz music but the offerings cross all barriers. The event is free, and features three stages of entertainment, plus art displays, a children’s art area, food and activities. They point out, “It has been 18 months since the last Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and we are thrilled to be back, we are committed to providing a safe environment. While the 2021 event may look a little different, please know that we are taking every precaution to ensure the well-being of all attendees and participants.”

Where: Quakertown Park, 700 Oakland St., Denton

When: Friday Oct 1 - Sunday Oct 3

Cost: FREE

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Frights and Lights in Frisco

They say it's "the nations #1 Family-Fun Fall Fest, filling the gap between basic pumpkin patches and blood and gore haunted houses." At Frights’n Lights you’ll explore an adventure trail lined with thousands of shining jack-o'-lanterns, intricately carved in the shape of your favorite superheroes, princesses and cartoon characters, plus legends of fantasy, music and sport. It's a great place to take social media pics. Add to that a haunted host of games, Halloween-themed rides, creepy crafts, a pumpkin patch with over 5000 pumpkins and frightening food and drink options.

Where: Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trl., Frisco

When: Sept 30 - November 6

Cost: $15-$20 (online)...$20-$25 (at the box office)

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Frisco Oktoberfest

This Oktoberfest celebration features two stages filled with German themed music and dancing on both days. The Bier will be flowing, and the brats and pretzels will be tasty. Relax in the Biergarten, browse the local businesses and artisan vendors, and participate in Oktoberfest games. Activities include: Bier stein hoisting contests, brat eating contests, keg rolling and stein relays!

Where: Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco

When: Saturday, October 2nd from 11am-10pm and Sunday October 3rd from 12pm-5pm

Cost: $15 and up

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George W. Bush Presidential Center: Out of Many, One

While permanent exhibits at the George W. Bush Presidential Center (like the Oval Office, etc) are closed due to COVID right now... an exhibit called, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants" is available. The exhibit includes 43 portraits painted by George W. Bush, statistics about immigration and policy recommendations. Out of Many, One includes paintings of celebrities like Dirk Nowitzki, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright and lesser known immigrants who may know the former president personally. Included with the paintings are stories about how each person adjusted to life in America.

Where: 2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas

When: Now through January 3, 2022

Cost: $15 - $21 / Free for military (current) / $10 for retired military

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Goblins and Giggles

The Gaylord Texan presents a two month long celebration of fall and Halloween. Several activities daily for kids, including: The Goblins & Giggles Art Studio, the Trick or Treat Expedition, a Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt, the Monster Mash Bash, Ghost Stories, and Escape Rooms and Cookie Decorating.

Where: Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine

When: Now through October 31

Cost: Varies

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Hangman’s House of Horrors

Hangman's House of Horrors features three different attractions: their main, and featured attraction (Hangman's) is their largest, longest running, and most popular. This 45 minute walk through will have you wondering if these legends are folklore or legit!

The Beauty of Horror - Make memories not nightmares with their ALL NEW, horror based, interactive art exhibit. You and your friends and family can take interactive photos and selfies in a series of professionally prepared sets.

OUTBREAK! - Zombies abound from the dark corners and  hidden chasms of this smaller yet equally intense attraction.

Where: Hangman's House of Horrors, 4400 Blue Mound Rd., Fort Worth

When: Through October 31

Cost: $49 (Parking is $10)

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Heard Natural Science Museum: Dinosaurs Live!

Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 15th annual Dinosaurs Live! Let your imagination run wild with this life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. This year, the exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig.

Where: Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney

When: Saturday, September 4 - February 21

Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids/seniors, Free for 2 & under

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Hops and Props Festival at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

It’s the 6th annual Hops and Props Festival at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. You can tour the museum…some aircraft will have their cockpits open. There’s a family area with kids activities. Plus food is available for purchase. You can take a real “Beer Flight” on a C-47 vintage military transport called “Southern Cross.” You can have a ride in WWII Willy’s Jeep from the Military Museum of Fort Worth.

Where: 3300 Ross Ave, Fort Worth

When: Saturday, Oct 2 at Noon

Cost: $25 (Parking $5)

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If/Then She Can Exhibit at Northpark Centre

The exhibit, sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, stands outside Northpark Centre in the CenterPark Garden. It’s a monumental exhibit of the most women statues ever assembled in one location. This first-of-its-kind, life-sized statue exhibit of more than 120 Ambassadors hailing from more than 40 states is free to the public. All these women are in STEM careers. Visitors can scan a QR code to learn about each one of the unique contributors. The exhibit is sure to be inspirational to young women and men alike.

Where: CenterPark Garden, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas

When: Daily through October 24

Cost: Free

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Immersive Van Gogh

The highly-anticipated Immersive Van Gogh experience opens this weekend. It’s 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Where: Lighthouse Dallas, 507 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Daily through October 31

Cost: $30 - $100

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J&F House of Terror

The Haunted House Maze is back for the 2021 season. The haunted maze is recommended for those 14 and older. Patrons under 14 can come with a parent or guardian. You must purchase tickets online. Temperatures will be taken, and masks must be worn.

Where: Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland (East of Barnes & Noble and Dillards)

When: Fridays and Saturdays through October 31

Cost: $20 +

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition

It's an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

When: Now through January 2

Cost: $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years)

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KISS in Concert

KISS is rocking off into the sunset. They say this is their final tour…and they’re playing Dickies arena on Friday. David Lee Roth will be there too.

Where: Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth

When: October 1, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $80+

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Moxley Manor Haunted House

Moxley Manor Haunted House returns this fall, bringing you three haunted houses for one price. In addition to Moxley Manor, they bring you the mind blowing 3D Haunted House Big Top Terror and Reagan's Revenge. Voted one of DFW’s Scariest Haunted Houses in 2018 & must see Haunted House of 2019.

Where: 510 Harwood Rd., Bedford

When: Now - October 31

Cost: $30-$35

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Oaktoberfest in Oak Cliff

The Inaugural Oaktoberfest is an afternoon of food, polka music, amazing local beer, and games hosted in a Oktoberfest-style tent right next to Oak Cliff Brewing Co. The event kicks off with a 1.128 mile fun run around Tyler Station with beer samples for race participants. The Fun Run begins at 11am. Table Reservations begin at 12 pm for Full Day and Early Table tickets. Late Table tickets begin at 3pm. Each ticket includes a 12oz Beer Stein and two drink tokens.

Where: Tyler Station, 1300 S. Polk St., Dallas

When: Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cost: $25 & up

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The Parker House

There are two attractions at this Denton park. The first is the Haunted Walkthrough at The Parker House, where you'll be completely engulfed in the murderous mayhem in which Mary Parker subjected her victims. Walk though her living quarters, combined with her torturous chambers. You will experience the graveyard, where unsuspecting guests found their final resting place. As you enter into the woods, and journey though all who lurk there, you may be approached by some unsavory characters. The second is "Outbreak" - an interactive ride around the property where your mission is to defeat the zombies and save the world from all the chaos created by mans failed attempts at finding a cure for the OUTBREAK virus.

Where: The Parker House, 8550 W. University Dr., Denton

When: Select nights through October 31

Cost: $20+

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Pumpkin Nights at Howell Family Farms

Explore fantastical lands, built using over 3,000 hand-carved real (and synthetic) pumpkins. There’s magic around every corner, including a 40-foot long dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, and an undersea wonderland. It’s a family-friendly event that also includes the Pumpkin Village, the main festival area, with food and beverages, photo-ops, The Spirit of Pumpkins fire show and more.

Where: Howell Farms, 4016 W. Division, Arlington

When: Now - October 31, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. nightly

Cost: $23 for adults (13+), $16 for kids (4-12), Free for 3 and under

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Rainbow Vomit presents: Sanctuary

The immersive art exhibit, Rainbow Vomit, has reopened its doors for public and private tours on a newly imagined experience titled “Sanctuary.” This creative refuge will transport guests to a new realm of visual splendor and relaxation that combines many mediums of art into a fun and moving artistic experience. This gallery is great for all ages.

Where: Rainbow Vomit, 3609 Parry Ave, Dallas

When: Daily through December 19

Cost: $17 - $40

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Ramblin’ Roads Music Festival

It's three days celebrating live music at 18+ venues, including Texas Live!, the Levitt Pavilion, and Arlington Music Hall. Musical genres range from Rock, Country, and Americana to Blues, Jazz, and Latin. You can enter, or come and see, the Antique and Classic Car Show on Saturday from 11-4 p.m. at Vandergriff Town Center. Entries include cars and trucks made in 1972 and older. How about another classic? Drive down memory lane at a screening of the film American Graffiti. Showtime is 1 pm on Saturday at the Arlington Music Hall. Plus, there's the "Start the Journey" youth voice competition on Sunday starting at 2 p.m, a Gospel Brunch featuring The Franklin Imagine Group on the beautiful patio of the Sanford House Inn and Spa on Sunday at 12:30pm, and a large Urban Artisan Market on Sunday from 12-5 p.m. at Legal Draft Beer Co.

Where: Arlington Music Hall, The Levitt Pavilion, Texas Live and other smaller venues

When: Friday October 1 - Sunday October 3

Cost: $23 & Up

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Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Dallas

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this show before, but it’s kind of a big deal. It’s a tragedy (spoiler alert) written by Shakespeare early in his career about two star-crossed lovers whose deaths (again...spoiler alert) ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This particular version is told 80’s style. Shakespeare Dallas allows audiences to pack a picnic (including beer and wine for those 21+) and encourages guests to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. We also have sand chairs available for rent at the Shoppe.

Where: Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Pkwy., Dallas

When: Thursdays-Sundays at 8:00p.m through October 16

Cost: $20

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Six Flags Over Texas: Fright Fest

Dare to enter the Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day...and thrills once the sun goes down. Haunted attractions, scare zones, and live shows all return this year.

Where: 2201 East Road to Six Flags, Arlington

When: Select nights now through October 31

Cost: $29 and up

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Screams Halloween Theme Park in Waxahachie

Screams totally immersive Halloween experience includes 5 haunted houses and a whole lot more! Each haunted house has a different theme – with two new ones for the 2021 season: the all New Klownz in 3D and the Times Up Maze. Plus you don’t want to miss the Rottingwood Cemetery, Stage Entertainment, Scary-Oke and games of skill for an entire night of Halloween fun! Screams is designed for ages 16+ and is not recommended for young children.

Where: 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie

When: October 1 - October 30 on Friday and Saturday nights

Cost: $42 (cheaper online)

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State Fair of Texas

Look, mask! Big Tex is back...this year he doesn’t have that mask. You’ll need one if you go out to the fair (to wear when you go indoors). All your fair favorites are back though, including live music, family fun, the Midway, livestock shows, rodeo events, and...of course...FOOD. So put on your stretchy pants and get ready to take in all things fried!

Where: Fair Park, Dallas

When: Sept 24 - Oct 17

Cost: $10 - $50

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Tacotopia at Grandscape

To Celebrate the Pure Magic That Tacos Offer the World, Nebraska Furniture Mart is hosting an onsite taco festival with multiple vendors, entertainment, and activities for the entire family! In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, all ticket proceeds will be donated to local non-profit, The Concilio. There’s musical entertainment (including the Selena Forever tribute band), a nacho eating contest, and more.

Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

When: Saturday, noon - 6:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE, $10 for a “taco sampler pack”

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Texas Pinners Conference

Pinners is two events in one. It's a conference featuring 100+ Pinterest-based classes taught by the best presenters in the nation. And it's also a show with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things.

Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

When: Friday and Saturday

Cost: $10

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The Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Grab your boots and Cowboy hat! This rodeo is back! The live and kicking rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (’s “Free Kid Friday” an adult ticket and get a kid’s ticket free!) It's in the Cowtown Coliseum. Rodeo organizers say you can feel safe as you watch the live rodeo action because they are enforcing social distancing and everyone has to wear a facial covering. Giddy up!

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $27, Children: $15

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Towers of Tomorrow at the Perot Museum

Featuring 20 iconic skyscrapers from across the globe, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks makes it Texas debut Sept. 24 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The LEGO sculptures – from the world’s tallest building to the Empire State Building – were constructed over 2,000 hours with more than half a million LEGO® bricks by Ryan McNaught, one of only 21 LEGO certified professionals in the world. All ages can get creative as they build upon a growing LEGO installation using thousands of the popular colored bricks.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N Field, Dallas

When: September 24 through April 24, 2022

Cost: $28 for adult (less for members, kids, seniors)

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Willie Nelson and Family in Concert

It’s 2021 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend. As a part of the festivities, they’re bringing in Willie Nelson for a post-match concert after FC Dallas hosts Minnesota United FC.

Where: Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco

When: Saturday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $20+

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