Hello, October! It still feels like summer outside, but that’s not slowing us down one bit. DFW is bustling with football games, festivals and fall fun across the Metroplex. The start of a new month is prime time for a little vacation (or staycation), so take a look at this weekend’s event lineup and treat yourself to a DFW getaway.
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Head to Gerald J. Ford Stadium for an exciting college football showdown. The Mustangs have won all the home games they’ve played this season, and don’t show any signs of stopping soon. With enthusiastic fans and parents in the stands (it’s family weekend at SMU), this game is sure to be filled with adrenaline and keep you on the edge of your seat.
EAT at Bubba’s Cooks Countryfor traditional southern comfort food in a casual diner atmosphere. Bubba’s has been a Dallas staple sice 1981, right across the street from SMU. My suggestion? Grab a bite here before the game, then walk through campus to the stadium.
STAY at The Lumen, a swanky little spot across the street from SMU. You’ll be able to walk across the street to the game. Oh, and they have a special rate for SMU visitors. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so.
CHECK OUT the George W. Bush Presidential Center. It’s located on the edge of SMU’s campus and gives you a unique look inside the life of a president. Plus, they have a replica of the Oval Office where you can sit behind the presedential desk and snap a picture. Cool, right?
GRAB A BITE at J. Gilligan’s Bar & Pub. UT Arlington alumnus, Randy Ford, opened J. Gilligan’s back in 1979, and it’s been an Arlington hotspot ever since. They’re known for the Irish Nachos (so be sure to order some) and offer a $9 round-trip shuttle to AT&T Stadium every game day.
REST YOUR HEAD at the new Live! By Loews. It has rooms that overlook Jerryworld and is walking distance from AT&T Stadium and Texas Live!Yes, it’s a little more expensive than other hotels in the area, but trust me — A stay at this new Texas gem is worth every penny.
GET SPOOKED at Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas. There’s no better way to kick off Halloween season than this annual tradition — named the best theme park Halloween event in the state of Texas by USA Today readers.
Grab your lederhosen and make your way to Southlake Town Square for this free family-friendly festival! You can watch a weiner dog race, enjoy authentic German food and bier, and (of course) enjoy lots of live music throughout the weekend. Even Miss Texas will be there to join in the fun on Sunday from 1 – 5 PM!
STAY at the Hilton Southlake Town Square. If you want to oompah all weekend, this one’s for you. You’ll be able to wake up, roll out of bed and head downstairs to the heart of the festival. Better yet, it’s dog-friendly (and the festival is, too!).
Since 1969, this free art festival — now known as one of the best in the U.S. — has brought exceptional artists and their work to Cottonwood Park. Here, you’ll find over 200 artists (including these talented locals), live music and family-friendly fun.
GRAB A BITE at Astoria. It’s cozy, quaint and close to the festival (less than a 15 minute drive away). Whether you want to grab a bite before heading to Cottonwood or are looking for a late-night meal, this little restaurant has you covered. Plus, they have over 200 wines to choose from. Yes, please!
SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH at Sweet Daze Dessert Bar. Want a donut? You’ll find it here. Ice cream? It’s on the menu. Cake? They have that too. Their sweet treats are both drool-worthy and insta-worthy, and totally worth the 10 minute drive from Cottonwood.