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Feel the fall vibes
Autumn at the Arboretum begins this weekend, which means fall has officially landed in Dallas. This festival at the Dallas Arboretum includes thousands of seasonal flowers and plants, but the main attraction is a stunning pumpkin village constructed from 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds. This year, the fest is themed Wizard of Oz, so you can expect details from the popular book and movie to accent the gardens.
Autumn at the Arboretum runs from this Saturday until Nov. 22. Admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and old, and $10 for children between 3 and 12 years old.
Have fun with flying balloons
Colorful hot air balloons will be flying over the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve this weekend as part of the Plano Balloon Festival. This family-friendly event runs Friday through Sunday and includes live music, food, fireworks, and, of course, hot air balloons. They take flight Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., so you don't want to miss that. Entry to the event costs $5 for adults and kids shorter than 3 feet get in free.
Grab your lederhosen
Oktoberfest is in full force this weekend with two celebrations that are guaranteed to be a good time. The first is Fort Worth Oktoberfest, which kicks off Thursday with a tapping of the kegs ceremony at Panther Island Pavilion. The rest of the weekend you can expect dachshund races, German food, polka music and fun competitions like barrel rolling races. Tickets cost $5-$10 depending on which day you go.
Residents in McKinney will also be sporting their Oktoberfest best. This party takes over the historic downtown Friday through Sunday and includes much of the same food, music and wiener dog races. There's also what's being called Texas' Largest Chicken Dance, so you can get in on that nightly at 8:30 p.m. McKinney Oktoberfest is free to attend.
Bring on the barbecue
If you're not into German food, there's another foodie event happening in Dallas. Fifteen local barbecue joints are coming to Main Street Garden in downtown to serve their best cuts of meats at Smoked Dallas. The festival includes cameos from some of the area's renown pitmasters, as well as music by local blues musician Charley Crockett and chef Dean Fearing's band, Lost Coyote. The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday and tickets cost $50 for general admission.
Take in some tunes
For music this weekend, the biggest concert is Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The group has a new album out called The Nashville Sound and it's been getting excellent reviews. The band comes to the Bomb Factory in Dallas on Saturday with support from Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. Tickets cost $45.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.