It's the most wonderful time of the year in North Texas. Really.
Yeah, we know that phrase is generally reserved for the holidays, but in D-FW, fall is the season of festivals, football, fine arts and entertainment, which makes it the perfect time to explore all our hometown has to offer. This list of our favorite festivals will get you started, but it's just that -- a start. We're updating this file regularly as fests happen and new ones are added to the lineup. (And you can check out the full list online here.)
Autumn at the Arboretum
You might not associate fall with flowers, but the arboretum will quickly dispel that notion. The gardens are filled with a spectacular show of color as 4,500 chrysanthemums -- along with 150,000 other stunning, fall-blooming plants -- come to life. There's also a pumpkin village that offers more than 90,000 of the orange fruits. Through Nov. 22 at the Dallas Arboretum, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org.
The Edge of Texas: Storytelling on the Edge
This weekend, celebrate the people, ideas and stories of Texas. Don't miss magazine editors as they delve into the state's stories on medicine, technology, the arts and criminal justice. Presentations include a tech discussion between Texas Monthly executive editor Skip Hollandsworth and Mavs owner Mark Cuban. And new Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall will talk about the future of Texas law enforcement. Start the weekend early with a party Nov. 10 highlighting the state's leaders in cuisine, style, art and music. Nov. 10 at Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas, and Nov. 11 at the Joule hotel and the Eye sculpture, 1530 Main St., Dallas. edge.texasmonthly.com.
Fort Worth Greek Festival
This Greek fest has been running for five decades. Come see what all the fuss is about. There'll be Greek music and folk dancing, as well as tastes of authentic Greek meals prepared by families, including lamb, pork, shish kabob, chicken, gyros and flaming cheese. Baked and frozen foods also will be available, including pastries, breads, desserts and ready-to-heat dishes. Don't miss a tour of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church's sanctuary. Nov. 10-12 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 NW 21st St., Fort Worth. fortworthgreekfestival.com.
French Wine Festival
Raise a glass and toast the French culture at this event that includes all things French, including breads, cheeses, pastries and -- of course --wine. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, wine and food tastings. Other highlights include live entertainment and a silent auction. Nov. 10 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. everfest.com.
Lakewood Home Festival
Peek inside six varied Lakewood homes on this tour that's been running for more than four decades. The tour, hosted by the Lakewood Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association, showcases homes with diverse designs, historical styles and architecture. It launches with a Royale Soiree Auction Party on Nov. 10 benefiting local schools. You can catch the tour Nov. 11-12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A candlelight tour will be held on Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Royal Soiree is Nov. 10 at Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, and Nov. 11-12 in the Lakewood neighborhood. lecpta.org/lakewoodhomefestival.
American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans
This 10th annual patriotic festival for the whole family features musical headliners the Oak Ridge Boys and Sammy Kershaw and includes a 5K/10K run/walk, a car/bike/truck show, entertainment, food and drink vendors, a silent auction, Veterans Day ceremonies and a fireworks show. Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to midnight at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony. Admission, parking and concerts are free. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed, but dogs are welcome. saluteamericanheroes.com.
Formerly known as Untapped Festival, this fest under a new name picks up where Untapped left off with a focus on curated craft beer with about 80 breweries expected to participate, along with a diverse music lineup including Big Boi, Cherub, J Roddy Walston and the Business and Langhorne Slim and the Law. But Index Fest is branching out: It'll also add art and food to the mix. Nov. 11 at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas. indexfest.com.
Experience an unforgettable, magical spectacle as thousands of revelers light up the sky with glowing, rice paper lanterns just after sundown. The celebration begins early in the afternoon so friends and families can enjoy food, live music, on-stage entertainment, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more. Feel free to bring blankets and folding chairs, chairs, small coolers, snacks and water. Concessions will be available for purchase on site. Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Highway 287, Ennis. $58-$60, $7 for children ages 4-12. Adult tickets include a wristband for entry, a lantern, and a small gift that includes a marker, lighter and s'more supplies. The child's ticket includes a small gift but not a lantern. Free for children 3 and younger. Parking is $10. thelanternfest.com.
Turtle Creek Arts Festival
Approximately 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters from all over the country will show their wares at the inaugural two-day outdoor festival. There will also be artist demonstrations, acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, a children's play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives. The event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, whose goal is to give back to the community through art. Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. turtlecreekartsfestival.com.
Norma Cavazos, Nanette Light, Ann Pinson, Tiney Ricciardi, Ellen Ritscher Sackett and Shannon Sutlief contributed to this report.