Now that the State Fair is over, do you find yourself looking for something fun to do with your family? Take a look at some of the events going on in the metroplex over the next few weeks.
Campus Fall Festivals
Our campuses love to celebrate the fall season in a variety of different ways. Reach out to your campus Family Engagement Coordinator to learn more.
The 35th Annual HKMKT Music & Food Festival
Oct. 22nd – 24th
Asia Times Square
2625 W. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Hong Kong Marketplace at Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie. The three-day music and food festival kicks off with live musical entertainment, street food vendors, and mini-concerts throughout the weekend.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Autumn at the Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
The 16th annual Autumn at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, returns with more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash throughout the garden. New this year is the location of the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, behind the Jonsson Color Garden transformed into the theme Bugtopia. The signature display comes alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, fascinatingly bugged-out pumpkin houses, and, of course, a maze for younger visitors. Special events, live music and Halloween festivities round out this favorite fall festival.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. presents “Passage”
Main Street Garden
1902 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Downtown Dallas, Inc. presents an interactive art piece called “Passage,” an immersive, minimalist, contemplative, and interactive artwork that explores the emotional connections we develop with light and sound. The concept of the artwork takes root in the definition of the word passage itself: the act of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another, and also the process of transition from one state to another in a temporal dimension.
The installation consists of 20 circles of light that form a tunnel which bystanders will go through and a sound system. The passage through the tunnel activates light animations and sounds. Each configuration has its own ambiance.
Frights ‘n Lights
7300 Roughriders Trl.
Frisco, TX 75034
Filling the gap between boring ol’ pumpkin patches and blood and gore haunted houses, at Frights’n Lights, guests can explore an adventure trail lined with thousands of shining jack-o-lanterns, intricately carved in the shape of favorite superheroes, princesses, and cartoon characters, plus legends of fantasy, music, and sports.
It will feature the largest Trick-Or-Treat Trail in the state of Texas, where kids in costume can collect sweet treats at stations along the way. There will also be a host of games, Halloween-themed rides, and food and drink.
Gaylord Texan Resort presents Goblins and Giggles
1501 Gaylord Trl.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Gaylord Texan Resort will present the second annual Goblins & Giggles, which will feature various activities for kids and families. Offerings will include The Goblins & Giggles Art Studio, a Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt, Ghost Stories Live!, the Trick or Treat Expedition, Fall Escape Rooms, and the Monster Mash Bash. Guests can enjoy other themed activities including spooky animal encounters, family bingo, and more.
Howell Farms presents Pumpkin Nights
Howell Family Farms
4016 W. Division St.
Arlington, TX 76012
At Pumpkin Nights, guests can venture along a half-mile walking path, where they’ll discover the Forbidden City, a Pirate’s Cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 5,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in The Village festival area.
Immersive Van Gogh, presented by Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums
507 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
This digital art experience invites audiences to enter the works of Van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement, and imagination.
The exhibition merges state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling, and world-class animation, transporting guests inside the artist’s most famous paintings. The art experience has over 500,000 cubic feet of projections that bring each of Van Gogh’s brushstrokes to life.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
5752 Grandscape Blvd.
The Colony, TX 75056
Jurassic World: The Exhibition immerses audiences in settings inspired by the Jurassic World film franchise. It is a 20,000-square-foot experience where visitors will get to walk through the “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore themed environments. Among others, guests will get an up-close look at a Velociraptor, a Brachiosaurus, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and be able to interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the animated Netflix series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents “Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks”
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field St.
Dallas, TX 75202
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will present its newest exhibition, “Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks,” featuring 20 iconic skyscrapers from across the globe constructed over 2,000 hours with more than half a million LEGO® bricks. From the world’s tallest building to the Empire State Building, the architectural wonders are constructed 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.
After interacting with the intricate structures, guests are encouraged to head to the construction areas, which are equipped with more than 200,000 LEGO bricks, to create their own “tower of tomorrow.” All ages can channel their inner engineer by adding their creations to a steadily rising futuristic LEGO masterpiece displayed within the exhibition.
Sweet Tooth Hotel
877 Watters Creek Blvd
Allen, TX 75013
Sweet Tooth Hotel’s new exhibition, Rewind, showcases a curation of local and national artists with purposefully different backgrounds and voices. Artists include Fiber Artist and Muralist Sam Lao (Dallas, TX), Fiber Artist and Illustrator Niki Dionne (Dallas, TX), Multidisciplinary Artist MOM (Dallas, TX), Multidisciplinary Artist Andy Arkley (Seattle, WA), Painter, Illustrator and Graffiti Artist Hatziel Flores (Dallas, TX), and Experience Producer Madison Mask (Dallas, TX). Each artist has been given a dedicated space to create their own unique art installation.
Buy tickets for the dessert-themed immersive art experience.
Six Flags Over Texas presents Fright Fest
Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road to Six Flags
Arlington, TX 76011
The 30-night, terror-filled event runs on weekends and select days through October 31.
Before the terror begins, Thrills by Day features daytime experiences for the entire family, including the all-new Dead Man’s Wharf and Looney Tunes Spooky Town where younger park guests can enjoy trick-or-treating and character interaction. The park’s Casa Magnetica, which re-opened this season after a decade, will pay homage to Día de los Muertos with a special overlay of this tilted house attraction.
Each evening, Fright by Night is unleashed with six haunted houses, three terrifying scare zones, and roaming hordes of zombies and sinister souls wreaking havoc throughout the park. There will also be six all-new shows and frightening updates to some favorite rides.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Fulfill your dream of stepping into a masterpiece painting. The 360-degree, immersive digital art experience illuminates and transforms a unique physical space into a fully immersive exhibit, where Van Gogh’s work takes over the walls via cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections and one-of-a-kind VR experiences. Visitors can go directly into the paintings themselves and become the eyes of Van Gogh.