If you’re like me, you can’t believe that it’s already September. At the same time, you’re excited. It’s (almost) fall — meaning football, festivals and weekends filled with fun things to do in DFW. I’ve done the research and found the best things to do this weekend. Keep reading for my top picks!
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Alright, y’all. There’s two weekends left to cheer on our Rangers at Globe Life Park! Whether you’re wanting to catch fireworks on Friday night or grab $1 Blue Bell ice cream on Sunday, you won’t want to miss this edge-of-your-seat game at an iconic DFW stadium.
STAY at Live! By Loews. I visited this high-end hotel last week and was completely floored by the views, proximity to the ballpark and exceptional dining and drinking options. If you’re wanting true Texas hospitality, this is where you’ll find it.
MAKE SURE TO visit Six Flags Over Texas. Is a trip to Arlington even complete without a roller coaster ride? I don’t think so. You’ll want to block out a day to scream at the top of your lungs while riding the Titan and Tower of Power. Trust me on this. It’s theraputic.
GAME PLAN: SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSTY VS. TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Bobcats. Mustangs. Who will win? I’m not sure which Texas school will get the W, but I am sure that this game is going to bring excitement and cheering fans to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Get ready to sit on the edge of your seat and cheer on that next touchdown.
GRAB A BITE at Wild About Harry’s. They’ve been serving up hot dogs and custard in the Big D since 1996! If you have time (or maybe ate one too many dog), you can also take a short walk along the Katy Trail before heading to the game. Oh, and don’t forget to snap a pic with the giant hot dog outside.
REST YOUR HEAD at the Lorenzo Hotel. Sure, it’s a 15-20 minute drive from the stadium, but the chic modern decor, unique rooms and Relativity Pool & Bar (complete with a multi-colored mural of Albert Einstein) is 100% worth it.
Wine lovers, this one’s for you. Sample wines from across Texas and beyond at this annual festival, where you’ll find live music, the traditional GrapeStomp, carnival rides, delicious food and (of course) wine.
EAT at Cafe Italia, a long-time local favorite. It’s BYOB, so you can bring that bottle of wine you bought at GrapeFest (or hold off on the vino until you arrive at the festival). Better yet, it’s only 10 minutes from Main Street — a close drive, but far enough away that it won’t be overly crowded with festival-goers.
STAY at the Gaylord Texan for a full-blown weekend getaway. You’ll be a short drive from the festival (whether that’s via Uber or DD) and have access to a luxurious spa, views of Grapevine Lake and a swanky nightclub.
Think neighborhood lawn party meets artsy soirée with tasty cocktails, gallery openings, food trucks and live music from local bands. Fort Worth is a big city with a small town feel, and there’s no better way to experience it than this celebration at the The Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
GRAB A BITE at Spiral Diner along Magnolia Ave, where you’ll find a quaint and quirky vibe and incredible vegan food. Being honest, I didn’t know vegan food could be so delicious until I tried Spiral’s tofu scramble. After your meal, stroll down Magnolia (keep an eye out for murals) and get some ice cream from MELT. You won’t regret it!
CHECK OUT live music at the underground Scat Jazz Lounge. Sure, it takes a little bit of looking to find it (down an alleyway in Sundance Square), but that’s part of the appeal. Right? Pro Tip: Be sure to make reservations beforehand, this place fills up fast.
During this annual fest, hot rods, classic cars and chalk art line the streets and live music fills the air. Arts & Autos revs up at 10 AM and is full speed until 3 PM, which means you’ll have the whole afternoon to explore the Lil’ D.
CHECK OUT Free Play Arcade. They have 60+ retro arcade games and pinball — all set to free play. Better yet, it’s only $6 to join in the fun and they have craft beer on tap. If that’s not a win, I’m not sure what is.