The first weekend of October means one thing in Dallas – Fort Worth: Texas – Oklahoma football and October festivals. We’ve asked locals to create this itinerary guide to help you create an experience that will fill out your Instagram feed and make you the envy of all your followers:
FRIDAY NIGHT OPENING ACT
Courtesy: City of Southlake
SOUTHLAKE OKTOBERFEST (Friday – Sunday):
Looking for a Friday night outdoor celebration to kick-off your weekend? Head to Southlake for great entertainment, food and beer. Oh…and if you need to augment your weekend fashion, Southlake Town Square is the epicenter of DFW suburban retail.
With a game as big as the Red River Showdown, Texas and Oklahoma fans are going to need to do some serious planning. Gather your friends and fellow boosters at one of these iconic DFW-area sports bars.
LOOKING FOR BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THE BIG CITY (DALLAS):
At night the Omni Dallas hotel is also the largest electronic billboard in DFW. Surrounded by great restaurants and bars, you might even see you your team’s logo show-up on the side of the hotel for a selfie opportunity that will get you trending on social media.
If you’re looking for a place that’s a short walk to Oktoberfest celebrations AND your fall fashion needs, the Hilton Southlake Town Square is perfectly located. Check out Copeland’s for some cajun food with attitude.
This is one of the most anticipated and attended annual events in Texas. Some say its historic. Some say its epic. Some say its a battle for Big XII bragging rights. But NO ONE says its just another football game. The game starts at 1100AM so get to the Cotton Bowl early and to see BEVO and Smokey the Cannon enter the stadium.
If food and wine is your thing…and whose isn’t…head to Plano for a day of food, wine and entertainment. It’s all happening at the Shops at Willow Bend, which means that after a few glasses of wine, the prices on that great new fall fashion ensemble won’t matter. Get two of everything.
The Cotton Bowl is one of the only places where you can walk out of a stadium into a massive outdoor family food, lifestyle and entertainment experience. And if you’re still hungry, check out the annual Big Tex Choice Awards for food. Texans can fry just about anything.
GET YOUR THRILL ON AT SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS IN ARLINGTON:
Fall means Halloween, and Six Flags Over Texas celebrates it with the annual Fright Fest. Jump start your heart on a superhero-inspired thrill ride or get jarred to life by a wandering ghoul. You won’t need coffee for a week.
MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO THE EPICENTER OF PRO FOOTBALL (FRISCO)
“America’s Team” – The Dallas Cowboys – call DFW home and they’ve created a football lifestyle campus and entertainment experience befitting the designation. If you like football, this has to be on your bucket list. If you’re heading back to Oklahoma, its on the way. Practice your touchdown dance on the turf field at the Ford Center.
Its a national debate about who has the best BBQ in the country. Check out any one of our top ten DFW BBQ places and let us know. True Texas fact: BBQ is the perfect remedy for too much football and Oktoberfest.
BRUCE MACMILLAN is a pacific northwest transplant who loves The Beatles, Marvel Comics and the Dallas Cowboys. His ideal dinner gathering would include his wife, Judy, Jesus Christ, John Lennon, Roger Staubach and Margaret Atwood.