Things To Do Around DFW: September 16-19

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DFW Around Town: Sept 16-19
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Go 'Around Town' with us and see all of the great things to do around North Texas this weekend!

Addison Oktoberfest

At Addison Oktoberfest patrons will celebrate with lots and lots of bier and just as much food. Visit our delicious food vendors featuring brats, sausages, strudel, pretzels and much more! Dozens of polka bands and other traditional entertainers from around the country perform with continuous entertainment on multiple stages. Oktoberfest guests enjoy participating in bier games, dachshund races, a German Idol yodeling contest, and more!

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

When: Sept 16 - 19

Cost: $10

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Billy Bob’s: Reed Shahan (Friday) / Corey Morrow (Saturday)

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

When: Friday Sept 16, Saturday Sept 17

Cost: $16 - $25

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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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Saturday is another opportunity to catch some local action. The TCU Horned Frogs host SMU at 11 on Saturday in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The North Texas Mean Green host UAB at 6:30 p.m. In Arlington at Choctaw Stadium, Tarleton State University takes on Southern Utah at 6 p.m.

Where: Ford Stadium, Dallas; Amon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth; Memorial Stadium, Stephenville & Choctaw Stadium, Arlington

When: Saturday Sept. 18

Cost: Varies

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Collin County Home and Garden Show

Collin County Fall Home & Garden Show features everything you need to solve your home & garden projects under one roof. The Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett, will be appearing courtesy of Texas Organic Research Center. There’s expert gardening advice too.

Where: Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd. #1350, Allen

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: Free

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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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Denton Blues Fest

The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Denton Blues Fest this weekend. After last year’s event was virtual, this year it’s live and in person, featuring live music, karaoke, arts and crafts and more. Some of this year’s performers include: Mr. Sipp, Rockin Dopsie, and Mike Zito.

Where: Quakertown Park, 700 Oakland St., Denton

When: Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19

Cost: Free

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DSO: Copeland & Brahms

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Copeland’s Organ Symphony -

Inspired by the poems of Walt Whitman and the brass fanfares of Tchaikovsky, the American Frederick Converse composed his orchestral fantasy in 1904. Copland’s first major orchestral work, Organ Symphony, intertwines jazzy rhythms and bluesy melodies with flurries in the winds and whimsical brass outbursts.

Brahms’ Symphony No. 1

When asked what impact Beethoven had on his first symphony, Brahms explained, “You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear such a giant marching behind you.” The symphony took Brahms over 20 years to complete and fluctuates between moments of dark turbulence and blissful resolution.

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

When: Sept 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m., Sept 19 at 3 p.m.

Cost: $35 - $127

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Fan Expo Dallas

This is an incredible collection of in-person celebrity guests, cosplay attractions, gaming features, interviews with comic book writing legends. This is incredible. Celebrity photo sessions, autograph sessions, and the cosplay red carpet are just some of the things to look forward to this weekend.

Where: Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Cost: $30 - $145+

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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: September 11 - October 31

Cost: Varies

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GrapeFest in Grapevine

Grapevine’s 35th annual Grapefest is this week. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It!, invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and wines from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

The largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., GrapeFest offers four days of family-friendly festival fun with live music and entertainment on multiple stages, a carnival midway, and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. Other festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, GrapeStomp, ItalianCarFest™, and much more!

Where: Downtown Grapevine, 430 S. Main, Grapevine

When: Sept 16 - 19

Cost: $5 - $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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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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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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Kings of Leon (with Cold War Kids)

Where:Dos Equis Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., Dallas

When: Friday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $36 - $126

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Paws in the Park: Grand Prairie

EpicCentral will be hosting the first annual Paws in the Park followed by Movies on the Lawn (101 Dalmatians) from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to take part in the tail waggin’ fun. Furry friends will have the opportunity to cool off in a splash zone dog park! Owners will have the chance to gather important information on how to care for their dogs, and enter a free raffle that will include fun items for their pups! At sunset, the original classic, 101 Dalmatians will be shown on the big screen with sweets and treats available for purchase!

Where: Epic Central Park, 2960 Epic Pl., Grand Prairie

When: September 18, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Cost: Free

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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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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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Ronnie Milsap

The country music legend is live at Arlington Music Hall on Friday night.

Where: Arlington Music Hall, 224 North Center St., Arlington

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6)

Cost: $29 - $189

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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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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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Thursdays on Tap at Perot Museum

Looking for a fun date-night destination or a unique spot to connect with friends after work? Want to peruse the Perot Museum of Nature and Science sans kids? Do you like live music, breweries and curious-minded adults? Then don’t miss Thursdays on Tap happening weekly at the Perot Museum! From 6-9 p.m. each Thursday (rain or shine), the adults-only event gives grown-ups exclusive after-hours access to explore all five levels of the Museum including, for a limited time only, The Science of Guinness World Records® exhibition. Outside, ticket holders can enjoy local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music and games.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N Field, Dallas

When: Thursday 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Thursdays through Sept 30)

Cost: $13-$20 and up

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World of Foodies Fest

Bring your appetite and feast in a world of culture and cuisine at this popular foodie event. Enjoy authentic international refreshments and live performances while celebrating multiple nationalities and flavors. Entry to the event is free. Food purchases and culturally diverse craft vendors will be on-site.

Where: Historic Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton

When: Saturday, September 18, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

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