Football. Oktoberfest. Big Tex. Whether you’re a DFW local or you’re looking for a road trip getaway, this weekend is sure to help you take a step back from the day-to-day stress. It’s time to cheer on your favorite team, watch a longhorn parade, sip some bier and play at the midway! After a long week, those words sound like music to my ears, and this weekend sounds like a dream come true.
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On Saturday, Apogee Stadium is going to be filled with excitement and energy. Both University of Houston and University of North Texas fans are incredibly passionate — I’m from Houston and UNT is my alma mater, so I’ve seen both sides. There’s no doubt in my mind that this game is going to be one for the books.
EAT at LSA Burger Co. This quirky local joint has delicious food and a fun atmosphere to experience before the big game. There’s inside seating, but I’d highly suggest heading upstairs to the patio, where you’ll find murals from local artists and a great view of the Downtown Denton Square.
STAY at Springhill Suites Denton after your day of cheering on your favorite 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.
STEP BACK IN TIME at Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream. The building was built in 1876 and still feels like an old-time ice cream soda fountain, complete with checkered floors and 80 drool-worthy ice cream flavors. After getting a scoop, pop next door to Mad World Records. You won’t regret it.
Once a year, these two teams take the field to battle out an age-old rivarly. After Texas A&M going home with the W last year, you’re sure to hear “Woo Pig Sooie” and “Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!” ring out throughout AT&T Stadium as fans watch this game on the edge of their seat.
REST YOUR HEAD at Comfort Suites. Reasonable prices, comfy beds and even a shuttle service to AT&T Stadium. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, book a room at the new Live! By Loews (a short walk away from the stadium).
DON’T MISS the Ranger’s last few games at Globe Life Park. They’ll play the Red Sox on Thursday night, then take on the Yankees Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You’ll be able to say you were one of the last folks to catch a game at this iconic stadium. How cool is that?
When a local festival has a cattle drive parade, you know it’s a real Texas tradition. Head to Old Town Lewisville for festival fun (including a Longhorn Corral and Armadillo Races), carnival food and live music throughout the weekend, headlined by Brett Young and Josh Abbott Band. Admission is FREE if you enter with a ticket before 7 p.m.!
EAT at J2 Steakhouse. It’s located inside the old Lewisville Feed Mill and is easy to spot — Just keep an eye out for the giant mural outside. They’ll also have special events during Lewisville Western Days, including live music on Friday and Saturday.
STAY at the Best Western Plus. Those that have stayed here before rave about clean, comfy rooms and phenomenal customer service. On top of that, you’ll only be a 10-minute drive away from all the festival fun. If that’s not a win, I’m not sure what is!
RELAX at The Perc Coffeehouse. It’s located in the heard of Old Town Lewisville and (in my opinion) is the epitome of a friendly local coffeeshop. Even if you don’t need a cup of joe, you’re sure to appreciate the cool neon signs, comfy couches and quaint upstairs patio.
Get ready to yeehaw and oom-pah-pah at Fort Worth’s annual Oktoberfest celebration! It’s three days of fun, featuring stein hoisting, live music, a dachshund dash, carnival rides and more. Better yet, a three-day pass is just $15!
GRAB A BITE at Taste Community Restaurant. Don’t be alarmed when you look at the menu and don’t see prices — At this restaurant, you pay what you can. No matter where you come from or what your financial situation is, you’re welcome here. Taste has a heartwarming mission and delicious food. What more can you ask for?
SEE FORT WORTH from the Trinity River on a Panther Island Boat Tour! This hidden gem is right next to Panther Island Pavilion and offers day and night tours for reasonable prices (tickets range from $12-$25).
Big Tex is BACK, y’all! Everything is bigger in Texas, especially at the state fair. The food, the rides, the shows. There’s so much to experience here that you’ll probably need more than one day. Be one of the first to check out the State Fair this weekend, then head back for more anytime before the fair’s last day on October 20.
EAT at Mama Tried. This Deep Ellum honkytonk has great food, drinks and live music. There’s no better way to begin (or end) a day of Texas fun at the fair then grabbing a bite here and taking a picture with their “Don’t Mess with Texas” Mural out on the patio.
STAY at CANVASfor a relaxed night. The rooms here feel more like home than a hotel, and it’s less than a 10-minute drive from the State Fair. Be sure to step out onto the Gallery Rooftop Lounge during your stay, where you’ll find a bar, an infinity pool and phenomenal views of the Dallas skyline.