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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Sept. 21-23

Written by , published September 17, 2018

Fall is in the air—with pumpkins as far as the eye can see at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, competitive lumberjacks at the Texas State Forest Festival, and the rhythmic sound of oom-pah-pah at Addison Oktoberfest.

Texas State Forest Festival

Lufkin: Sept. 19-23 
This event includes a lumberjack show, carnival, live music, car display, vendors, food, and more. Currently, the event draws crowds approaching 30,000 and generates a net profit of $60,000 per year—a tremendous accomplishment for a 33-year-old event.

Frame 4 Frame Festival

Arlington: Sept. 20-23 
This music, film, and art festival blends live music, art exhibitions and classes, exclusive film screenings, and workshops hosted by the Arlington Museum of Art, local bars, restaurants, and theaters. 

Addison Oktoberfest

Addison: Sept. 20-23 
German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplatten, oompah music, sing-alongs, yodels, and more. A special "Oktoberfest" Paulaner Bier is served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels, and more. 

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Plano Balloon Festival

Plano: Sept. 21-23 
This three-day festival at Oak Point Park features 50 hot air balloons, morning and evening launches, balloon glows, tethered rides, skydivers, fireworks, kids activities, live music, 5K and half marathon, food, and more. 

Freeport Summertime Blues & Biker Bash

Freeport: Sept. 21-22 
Cool blues and great food mark the end a long, hot summer at Memorial Park. Event includes a motorcycle run, biker games, live music, and vendors. 

Howard County Fair

Big Spring: Sept. 21-23 
Attractions include carnival rides and games, more than 80 indoor vendors, outside food vendors, petting zoo, display of fair entries, Kountry Kids contest, pet contest, Fair Queens contest, Karaoke contest, cheer and dance performances, and more. 

Epic Fest

Grand Prairie: Sept. 21-22 
The festival will celebrate the fun, festive, family atmosphere of Grand Prairie with a headlining performance from the Kumbia Kings on Friday night. Be sure to enjoy a variety of Flight of the Monarch activities and educational components, multi-cultural performances on the Rotary International Stage, vendors, lawn games, food, and beer gardens. 

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

Austin: Sept. 21-22
Celebrating its 86th year, 
Medfest is the longest running annual food and music festival in Central Texas and celebrates Mediterranean cuisine and culture with a variety of Mediterranean foods, cocktails, wines, beer, a shopping bazaar, dancing, and live music.

Antique Alley Texas and 30+ Miles of Shopping

Grandview: Sept. 21-23 
What started in 1999 as a sidewalk sale in Grandview and a yard sale near Cleburne has grown into a 30+ mile biannual community event. Scattered and well worth the "treasure hunt" between Grandview, Cleburne, Alvarado, Maypearl, Venus, Sand Flat and along the way, each location should provide parking. State law prohibits parking on state highways. Treasures galore, family friendly, live entertainment, and so much more. 

El Paso Chopin Music Festival

El Paso: Sept. 22-Oct. 20
The Chamizal National Memorial Theatre will host performances by Eric Zuber, Richard Dowling, and Lucy Scarborough. 

Cajun Festival & Gumbo Cookoff

Lakehills: Sept. 22 
Celebrates everything Cajun with live Cajun and Zydeco music on two stages, the Great Gumbo Cook-Off, homemade Cajun food, dancing, arts and crafts, and games. 


Quitaque: Sept. 22 
The festival is an outdoor street dance in downtown Quitaque (3 miles from Caprock Canyons State Park). Proceeds go directly toward the restoration of the Official Bison Herd of the State of Texas. This year's lineup includes Tracy Byrd, Wade Bowen, Mark Powell, Kevin Deal, Zac Wilkerson, and Ed Montana. 

World Championship Fiddlers Festival

Crockett: Sept. 22
For the 82nd year, folks will come from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, and all over Texas to enjoy a day of fiddlin', frolickin', and fun. Held under the pavilions in Davy Crockett Memorial Park, it's all free.

Woodforest Craft Beer Fest

Montgomery: Sept. 22 
Beer, beer, and more beer will be on tap at the third annual event. More than 20 breweries will roll out their kegs, proffering samples to adults 21 and older. Full glasses of beer and margaritas from Southern Rum Runners will be available for purchase. Guests also will enjoy live music by Louis Adams Band, Travis Lance, and Sick Duck. A rock wall, pony rides, inflatables, game truck, maze, face painters, food trucks, and lawn games will round out the day. 

"Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty"

Dallas: Sept. 22-Dec. 31 
This landmark exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. 

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Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas: Sept. 22-Nov. 1 
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Autumn at the Arboretum: Adventures in Neverland, one of the Southwest’s most picturesque fall horticultural displays. The garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower—Chrysanthemums—along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, the internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, plus the outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden. 

Bankhead Highway Celebration

Weatherford: Sept. 22 
Vintage Grill, Car Museum, & Event Center hosts its third annual free event in downtown Weatherford, a public show for antique cars. There will also be a chef cookoff, speakeasy pub crawl, live bands, and local vendors set up along with snow cones, specialty popcorns, and bounce houses. 

Jerk Fest

Houston: Sept. 23
This festival is centered around a jerk seasoning cookoff competition. Thousands gather at India House for Caribbean food, arts and crafts, and a major reggae concert. 

Czech Heritage Festival

Victoria: Sept. 23
Features live polka music, a Tarok tournament, traditional arts and crafts, Czech foods, a homemade beer and wine show, live demonstrations, and exhibits of historical Czech items. 

Wendish Fest

Giddings: Sept. 23
The 30th annual festival celebrates the unique Wendish culture in Texas. A traditional Wendish meal of sausage, sauerkraut, homemade Wendish noodles, green beans, beets, peaches, and homemade bread will be served, and a snack booth is available. Activities include polka music, a Wendish celebration of Ptaĉi Kwas (Bird Wedding), a coffee cake bakeoff, demonstrations of noodle-making, sausage-stuffing, weaving, knitting, Wendish Easter egg decorating, and more. Children's activities include barrel train rides, coloring contest, stick horse races, corn shelling, and Klettern Pfosten (greased pole climbing). On-site Christmas and Easter markets will offer items from Germany and Wendish culture. Admission is free. 

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