I’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for six years now, but every weekend, I look around at all there is going on and fall even more in love with the area that I call home — especially during the fall. We’re still waiting for things to cool down from the summer heat, but fall fun is heating up with football and festivals around town. Here’s what’s in store this weekend!
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Fun fact: These two university teams first played each other back in 1915, and the rivalry began shortly thereafter. Now, they battle it out for the W (and an iron skillet) every year. I’m not kidding, y’all — the winning team takes home an actual engraved iron skillet. Check out this short videoif you’re curious why this unsual tradition exists.
EAT at Buffalo Bros. I’ve heard that this hole-in-the-wall hangout across from TCU serves up the best wings around (along with pizza, burgers and beer). Plus, it’s only a block or two away from Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Whether you’re cheering for the Cowboys or the Dolphins, there’s no denying that a trip to Jerryworld is always exhilerating. This big stadium has big energy. Want to step on the field before the game? Check out AT&T Stadium’s Rally Day on Saturday (9/21).
EAT at Troy’s— Troy Aikman’s restaurant at Texas Live! Here, you’ll find a great outdoor patio, delicious food (order the Ocho) and an exciting atmosphere for game day. While you’re there, be sure to pop your head in the Texas Live! Arena and check out their floor-to-ceiling TVs.
REST YOUR HEAD at Live! By Loews. If you haven’t stayed here yet, you definitely need to go check it out. Great room views, an infinity pool, a chef-driven resturantand it’s only fourteen parking rows walking distance from AT&T Stadium. Does it get any better than that? I don’t think so.
DON’T MISS opening weekend at Lone Star Park! Live Racing Quarter Horse season is back in Grand Prairie (only a 15 minute drive from AT&T Stadium in Arlington). Better yet, general admission tickets to these horse races are totally affordable — $5 for adults and $3 for kids!
I’m drooling just thinking about this festival, y’all! It’s three hours of complimentary BBQ tastings from 20 of the best pitmasters in Texas, plus live music, all for a $50 general admission ticket. They’ll also have family-friendly games and activities — including a mechanical bull and armadillo races. I’m not sure it gets more Texan than that.
SNACK at Elm Street Cask and Kitchen (only two blocks from the festival, across from the Giant Eyeball). Smoked BBQ Fest doesn’t start until 2 PM, so this is a great place to grab a light bite for breakfast or lunch. They also have delicious whiskey cocktails, if you want to get the party started early. I won’t judge!
SPEND A NIGHT at The Adolphus Hotel if you want to get away from it all and de-stress. This is the place for a “treat yourself” stay, where you’ll feel like royality, have acess to a rooftop pool, amazing spa and (if you’re feeling extra classy) dinner at The French Room.
CHECK OUT the Geo-Deck at Reunion Tower. I know this is a classic ‘tourist attraction’, but it doesn’t matter if it’s your first time in Dallas or if you’ve lived here for thirty years — There’s something simply awe-inspiring about seeing the city from 470 feet up in the air.
It’s Oktoberfest season, y’all, and Addison is kicking it off with one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in DFW! Here you’ll find carnival rides, bier, delicious German food, live music and tons of oom-pah-pah fun. Admission is just $10 and FREE on Thursday and Sunday!
GRAB A BITE at Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill. This local hotspot is known for incredible customer service, drool-worthy meals and comfortable atmosphere — Perfect for kicking back after a day at Oktoberfest.
STAY at the Renaissance. It’s about a five minute walk from all the Oktoberfest fun at Addison Circle Park and offers rooms at an affordable price. For the amount of luxury and Texas hospitality you’ll experience, it’s a steal of a deal.
Have you ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? This annual festival is celebrating 40 years of ballooning in Plano with tethered balloon rides, awe-inspiring balloon glows, fireworks and more. Even though I’m in my mid-twenties, this festival always makes me feel like a kid again.
DON’T MISS your chance to tour Southfork Ranch. You’ll get to step inside the infamous Ewing Mansion, where Dallas was filmed. Want to take it a step furhter? Schedule a horseback trail ride around the ranch!