30th Annual GrapeFest
It's not surprising that a place named Grapevine has a festival dedicated to wine. Sip reds and whites from Texas, California and Australia during the four-day event — billed the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation. You can get your feet dirty in the GrapeStomp contest. But the fest isn't just about wine: Beer lovers can visit the Craft Brew and Beer Pavilion. For kids, there are midway games, carnival rides and a KidsWorld with pop-up stations from Legoland and animals from Sea Life Aquarium.
- Sept. 15- 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at downtown Grapevine. $8. grapevinetexasusa.com.
Every year, thousands gather in Addison Circle Park to celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic food, music and, of course, beer. Organizers set up a massive Munich-style beer tent for the four-day event, which is one of the biggest in Dallas-Fort Worth. Activities include barrel-rolling races, Alpine dancers and dachshund races in addition to live performances. Expect to find German eats, such as turkey legs, bratwurst, schnitzel and strudel, as well as Paulaner beers.
- Sept. 15-18 at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison. $10.
Dallas Arts District's Fall Block Party
The arts district's quarterly party falls on the same night as the monthly evening programs hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art; the nearby Crow Collection of Asian Art stays open late for the block party as well. The theme of the party is Diez y Seis de Septiembre -- Mexican Independence Day — and as such, there'll be salsa lessons, taco trucks and even Pokemon Go Piñatas. The free event will also have street performances by local arts groups and more than 13 gourmet food trucks.
- Sept. 16 between 6 p.m. and midnight around the intersection of North Pearl and Flora streets. Free.
Park(ing) Day/Park(ing) Night
Metered parking spaces transform downtown Dallas into public "park" installations by organizations, businesses, artists and designers during this worldwide event. Instead of parking cars, these spots reserve space for performances, art and fun displays. PARK(ing) Night is new this year and extends the event into Deep Ellum until midnight.
- Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street between Harwood and Field streets and from 6 p.m. to midnight on Main Street between Crowdus and Pryor streets, Dallas. Free.
National Championship Indian Pow Wow
You're invited to a celebration complete with colorful tribal dance contests and honoring ceremonies. The two-day celebration of American Indian culture and heritage hosts dozens of tribes from across the United States. Dancers in full regalia will compete for prize money in 18 dance categories. Visitors can wander through a tepee village, try fry bread and Indian tacos, and visit artists and craftsmen vendors and a traders show.
- Sept. 16-Sept. 18 at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. Free.
Sara Frederick Burgos, Nanette Light and Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this story.