Summer is coming to a close and fall is rolling in, but we aren’t complaining — Fall in DFW means football, festivals and a whole lot of fun. Start the season off right with our top picks for a memorable Labor Day weekend.
EAT at Texas Live! Located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, this Arlington hotspot is your go-to for a meal before or after the game. With 10 different restaurants and floor-to-ceiling TVs, there’s no better place for sports camaradarie and delicious food.
STAY at Arlington’s brand new Live! by Loews hotel. It’s located in the heart of all the sports action (walking distance from both Globe Life Park & AT&T Stadium) and just a short drive away from Six Flags Over Texas.
SEE the wild and weird at Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in Grand Prairie. No, it’s not just for kids. This musuem of oddities (including a palace of wax figurines and a mirror maze) is one to check off your bucket list while you’re in town, and it’s only 15 minutes away from Arlington.
If Live! by Loews isn’t your style, you might prefer to STAY at Comfort Suites Arlington. It may not be as luxurious at Loews, but its Texan hospitality and close proximity to the stadium make it a great, budget-friendly place to rest your head after game day.
STAY at Springhill Suites Denton after your day of cheering on the Mean Green team. They’re known for their comfy beds and free breakfast, all at a reasonable price. Plus, you’ll be just a five-minute drive from the Denton Square and 10 minutes away from Apogee Stadium.
GAME PLAN: TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY VS. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF
TCU’s first home game of the season means tailgating at Frog Alley, cheering on the team and seeing a whole lot of purple. Join the Horned Frogs for this edge-of-your-seat game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
EAT and yell “Riff Ram Bah Zoo!” (a traditional TCU game day chant) at Dutch’s Hamburgers. This local hangout is across the street from campus, and the whole building is painted purple. It might get a bit busy on game days, but the burgers are well worth the wait.
DON’T MISS tailgating at Frog Alley before the game. The party starts three hours before kickoff, complete with tunes from TCU Horned Frogs marching band, family-friendly fun and the TCU football team’s traditional Frog Walk.
GAME PLAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TEXAS INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL
In 1969, thousands flocked to Lewisville for a music festival that gave Woodstock a run for its’ money. Re-live this epic experience at the 50th Anniversary festival, featuring headliners ZZ Top and Chicago.
Before stepping back in time at the 50th Anniversary Texas International Pop Festival, step back in time and EAT at Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern. Here, you’ll find comfort food and history in a 100-year-old house (plus, live music on the weekends).
EAT at Tolbert’s Restaurant and Chili Parlor on Grapevine’s famous Main Street, a short drive from the fest. A bowl of chili is sure to hit the spot after all that ‘cue, especially when you’re eating it at this truly Texan restaurant.
For the ultimate getaway, you’ll want to STAY at the Gaylord Texan. It may be a 20 minute drive from the festival, but this luxury hotel (complete with a glass ceiling atrium, views of Lake Grapevine and a swanky nightclub) can’t be beat.
SEE planes fly overhead at Founders’ Plaza as they take off and land at DFW Airport. This free observation area is a hop, skip and a jump from all the blues and BBQ, making it a great place to stop by before heading to the festival in Bedford.