Things To Do Around DFW: October 14-17

Around Town, October 14-17
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Go 'Around Town' with us to find a great list of things to do around North Texas this weekend.

Addison After Dark: Halloween Horror

Halloween isn’t just for kids! Come dressed for the occasion and enjoy activities and entertainment that include axe throwing, jumbo games, a fire art show by FemPyre, and an outdoor showing of the 2018 rated R horror film Halloween. Enjoy scary-good drinks, free In-N-Out Burger, themed music, and a costume contest with fiendishly great prizes.

Where: Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison

When: Saturday October 16, 7 p.m.

Cost: FREE admission

More info: https://addisonafterdark.com/

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Alley Market at Galleria Dallas

Galleria Dallas hosts its second Alley Market, celebrating women-owned businesses. The market will feature local businesses that sell everything from one-of-a-kind hats and jewelry to succulents, and there will also be food and beverages for sale. The market will take place in the Galleria Dallas’ outdoor Alley area near Banana Republic and next to The Blue Fish.

Where: 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas

When: October 15 and October 16

Cost: Free

More info: https://galleriadallas.com/programs/events/alley-market-featuring-galleria

Big Bounce America

The Big Bounce America is "the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world!" Whether you're young or old, you can participate in the fun. One ticket gets you into four different attractions: “The World’s Biggest Bounce House,” “Sport Slam,” “The Giant,” and “Air Space.”

Where: Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr, Parker

When: October 15, 16, 17

Cost: $19 - $39

More info: https://thebigbounceamerica.com/family/tickets/dallas/

Billy Bob’s: Melissa Etheridge (Friday) / Shane Smith and the Saints (Saturday)

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

When: Friday Oct 15, Saturday Oct 16

Cost: $18-$80

More info: https://billybobstexas.com/events

Butterfly Flutterby in Grapevine

The 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby celebrates Monarch butterflies and their migration from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. It all starts with a parade at 10 a.m. They want kids, adults and PETS to put on their best butterfly, caterpillar, flower or other costume and join the parade. The parade is FREE to enter and registration takes place at the CVB Headquarters Parking Lot at 636 S. Main St.  The Costume Contest takes place during the Parade.  Later, the’ll have live butterfly releases, free arts and crafts, interactive activities, and more!

Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St., Grapevine

When: October 16 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby/

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

More info: https://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show/cake-ladies/

¡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.

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

When: Fridays-Sundays through November 7

Cost: Varies

More info: https://brit.org/brit-news/celebramos/

Christmas In Cowtown Holiday Gift Market

The Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market is a show of exhibitors and merchants representing all categories of products including home decor, wall art, antiques, seasonal pieces, jewelry, children's products and clothing, men's clothing and products, pet products and much more! The Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market, produced by the Junior League of Fort Worth, has raised nearly 5 million dollars since its inception.

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

When: October 14-October 17

Cost: $15 (and up)

More info: https://members.juniorleaguefw.org/?nd=cowtown

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 Friday, it’s a double feature: “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” & “Toy Story of Terror” at 4 p.m. Then on Saturday, catch “Hocus Pocus” on Saturday either at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.

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

When: Friday, 4 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m.

Cost: $6

More info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/palace-theatre/events-calendar/

Clint Eastwood - A Cinematic Legacy

WarnerMedia presents this exhibition of props and costumes from 50 years of filmmaking at Warner Bros., along with memorabilia from Clint Eastwood's personal collection. Items include the Gran Torino car from the 2008 film "Gran Torino," boxing gloves from 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," Bradley Cooper's costume from 2014's "American Sniper," the saxophone from 1988's "Bird," Clint Eastwood's director's chair, and much more. The free exhibition runs through November 29.

Where: AT&T Discovery District, 208 S. Akard St., Dallas

When: Daily through November 28

Cost: Free

More info: https://discoverydistrict.att.com/event/clint-eastwood-a-cinematic-legacy/

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: Select dates through October 31

Cost: $45-$60

More info: https://www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com/

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

More info: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/

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 +

More info: https://darkhourhauntedhouse.com/

Fort Worth Water Lantern Festival

“Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you'll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Friends, families, neighbors, and lots of people that you haven't met can come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.”

Gates open at 5. Food Trucks, music and other funfrom 5-9. At 7:30 you'll start designing your lantern. Then the lantern launch is from 8-9:45. Prices go way up on Saturday...so get your ticket ahead of time if you can.

Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth

When: Saturday, October 16 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Cost: From free - $64.99

More info: https://www.waterlanternfestival.com/fortworth.php

DFW South Asian Film Festival

The 7th annual DFW South Asian Film Festival brings North Texas audiences a premiere-studded, gala-filled, power-packed, post-pandemic experience. Festival pass holders enjoy benefits of physical screenings, opening night and closing night galas, panel discussions and much more. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination before gaining entrance into the theater. Masking is highly recommended.

Where: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, 300 N. Houston St., Dallas

When: October 15 - 17

Cost: $7 - $125

More info: http://www.dfwsaff.com/

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)

More info: https://www.frightsnlights.com/

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

More info: https://www.georgewbushlibrary.gov/visit/buy-tickets

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

More info: https://tickets.gaylordtexan.com/

Halloween Spooktacular at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Costume party at the symphony! Come one come all to the spookiest performance in town, when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra plays a concert full of treats for the whole family. Come and shiver to Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and many more!

Where: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

When: Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m.

Cost: $12-$23

More info: https://fwsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/21-22-subscriptions-and-series-info/family-series/halloween-spooktacular

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)

More info: https://hangmans.com/

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: Now through February 21

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

More info: https://www.heardmuseum.org/dinosaurs-live/

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

More info: https://ifthenexhibit.org/

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

More info: https://www.dallasvangogh.com/

In the Heights - at Cypress Waters

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. This Tony Award-Winning musical explores the beauty in finding family within your community. This production is presented outside at the Sound at Cypress Waters.

Where: The Sound at Cypress Waters, 3111 Olympus Blvd., Coppell

When: Thursdays - Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through October 17

Cost: $35

More info: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35214/production/1081702

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 +

More info: https://jandfhouseofterror.com/

JQA at State West Theatre

Catch the region premier of this play. John Quincy Adams lived his life backwards: brilliant diplomat in his youth, fervent congressman as a man, ineffectual president in his prime. This unique and timely play imagines a kaleidoscope of confrontations between JQA and some of his key contemporaries. At once provocative and patriotic, this power play challenges the way we think of our country and shines a curious spotlight on the American experiment as it continues to evolve.

Where: State West Theatre, 821/823 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth

When: Thursdays - Sundays through October 31

Cost: $20-$45

More info: https://stagewest.org/season/jqa

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)

More info: https://jurassicworldexhibition.com/

McKinney Wine and Music Festival

The McKinney Wine & Music FESTIVAL is BACK as a two day event this year on Saturday, October 16th from 12pm-7pm AND Sunday, October 17th from 12pm-5pm!  The event features live musicians rocking throughout Towne Lake Park the entire day! There will also be a local vendor market, delicious foods, local shopping and of course a variety of 100+wines to taste from North Texas, California, Oregon, and beyond! Buy a wine flight…and start sipping. Oh, and parking is free!

Where: Towne Lake Park, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney

When: Saturday from Noon-7 p.m. & Sunday from Noon-5 p.m.

Cost: $30 - $160

More info: https://www.mckinneywinefestival.com/

Monster Jam at AT&T Stadium

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Monster Trucks. Loud noises. Things being smashed. 12 awesome trucks. Big stadium. Big fun.

Where: AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington

When: Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Starts at $25

More info: https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/arlington-tx/oct-16-2021-oct-16-2021

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

More info: https://moxleymanor.com/

NASCAR at TMS

It’s a big weekend for NASCAR in Fort Worth at Texas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Xfinity Series season may be winding down but the intensity is at an all time high in Saturday’s Andy's Frozen Custard 335 for drivers who have hopes of winning the Championship.

Then on Sunday, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers put it all on the line in their quest to secure an iconic win in the Lone Star State. The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 is make or break in the Round of 8 for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs drivers looking to secure a spot in the Championship 4.

Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir., Fort Worth

When: Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cost: $10 - $150

More info: https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/autotrader-echopark-automotive-500/

Oktoberfest in Southlake

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Oktoberfest celebration hosted by Southlake’s Chamber of Commerce! Over 100,000 people visit throughout the weekend festival! Come take a stroll in Southlake’s beautiful Town Square while looking at the unique, handcrafted arts and crafts booths. Great food and live entertainment are also at your fingertips during this fun-filled event. There’s an excitement-packed children’s area, a wiener dog race, great bands and entertainment too. Parking is available in the Town Square parking garages and there is also shuttle service from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, corner of Southlake Blvd. and 185 S. White Chapel Blvd.

Where: Southlake Town Square

When: October 15-17

Cost: Free admission…tickets required for food, drinks & activities

More info: https://www.southlakechamber.org/oktoberfest/

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+

More info: https://www.hauntedhousedenton.com/

Plano Music & Arts Festival

The Plano Music & Arts Fest features major concerts, contemporary art displays, a classic car show, frisbee dogs, and dozens of fun attractions. Check out the Taste of Texas Food Garden, with delicious cuisine, and cold domestic and craft beers. National recording artists will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening on the main stage, as well as juried visual artists presenting the heritage and the culture of Plano. And best of all, admission is just $10 when purchased online, with children under-12 FREE!

Where: Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano

When: Saturday & Sunday from 10:45 a.m. - 8:45 p.m. each day

Cost: $10

More info: https://planoartsfestival.com/

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

More info: https://www.pumpkinnights.com/dallas/

Pups in the Park

Did you know the 15-acre Native Texas Park on the south side of the George W. Bush Presidential Center is free, open year-round, and pet-friendly? Bring your furry friends on Saturday, October 16 from 10 am-12 pm for "Pups in the Park" where they are kicking off the fall season with The SPCA of Texas. This fun, free event includes nature walks around the park, dog-friendly treats, and the chance to win big prizes. The SPCA will also have their adoption truck onsite.

Where: 2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas

When: October 16, 10 a.m. - Noon

Cost: Free

More info: https://www.bushcenter.org/exhibits-and-events/pups-in-the-park-2021/pups-in-the-park-2021.html

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

More info: https://rainbowvomit.com/

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-Saturday at 8:00p.m

Cost: $20

More info: https://www.shakespearedallas.org/

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

More info: https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/events/fright-fest

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)

More info: https://screamspark.com/

State Fair of Texas

Look, Texas...no 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

More info: https://bigtex.com/

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. (Friday...it’s “Free Kid Friday”...buy 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

More info: https://stockyardsrodeo.com/

Styx at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington

From the all-in gallop of “Renegade,” to the reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away,” Styx draws from more than four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous sing-alongs and hard-driving deep cuts. Styx brings their signature rock style to Levitt Pavilion Arlington for a benefit concert with proceeds helping the Levitt to offer more than 50 free concerts a year that everyone can enjoy.

Where: Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington

When: Saturday, October 16, 9 p.m.

Cost: $45 - $199

More info: https://levittpavilionarlington.org/event/styx/

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: Now through April 24, 2022

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

More info: https://www.perotmuseum.org/