Michelle Ruano is held by her cousin Christian Soriano as they listen to music during the Mexican Independence Day celebration, Fiestas Patrias, at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas.

Michelle Ruano is held by her cousin Christian Soriano as they listen to music during the Mexican Independence Day celebration, Fiestas Patrias, at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas.

Ben Torres/Special Contributor

Updated on Sept. 21, 2018, to include weather-related cancelations and rescheduled dates. 

It's fall festival season in North Texas, ya'll. From now through early November, the calendar is full of fun outings for the whole family. Here is a rundown of  some of our favorite fests listed in chronological order so you can scroll through, or search for a particular event or city.

SEPTEMBER

Sarah, Nora and Shawn Moehring show off their German attire and spirit during Addison Oktoberfest.

Sarah, Nora and Shawn Moehring show off their German attire and spirit during Addison Oktoberfest.

Andrew Buckley/Special Contributor

Addison Oktoberfest

Family-friendly festival includes polka dancing, oompah music, German beer, sausages and pretzels, rides, midway games, beer barrel bowling, yodeling and everybody's favorite Dachshund races. Pro tip: Free admission on Thursday and Sunday. Sept. 20-23 at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison. addisonoktoberfest.com

EpicFest  

CANCELED because of weather concerns. Grand Prairie's annual Flight of the Monarch event expands this year to a two-day fest featuring butterfly activities, a concert (Kumbia Kings on Friday, Sister Hazel on Saturday), lawn games, food and a beer garden. Sept. 21 -22 at Epic Central Park, 2900 State Highway 161, Grand Prairie. gptx.org FREE

Irving Main Street

CANCELED because of weather concerns. The street fest in Irving's heritage district carries a hometown vibe with live music, games for children, a Saturday car show and a vendors marketplace. Sept. 21-22 in the Irving Heritage District, 217 Main St., Irving. cityofirving.orgFREE

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

Go Greek at this foodie fest presented each year by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to a tasty menu of gyros, lamb sliders, spanakopita and more, there will be spirited folk dancing, cooking demos, a marketplace and tours of the church. Stop in the Taverna to try a flight of Greek wine or the Kaffenio for coffee and Greek pastries. Sept. 21-23 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest, Dallas. greekfestivalofdallas.com

Hot air balloons take off from the Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park in Plano.

Hot air balloons take off from the Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park in Plano.

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Plano Balloon Festival 

Have your camera ready as colorful balloons lift off in a mass ascension and hover over Oak Point Park. Make a day of it with music, food, carnival rides and a fireworks display. Sept. 21-23 at Oak Point Park, 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano. planoballoonfest.org

Flights of Our Fathers Air Show and Fly-In

CANCELED because of weather concerns. Air show commemorates the Terrell flight school where British and U.S. pilots had flight training during World War II. Expect aerial performances and static displays of vintage and new aircraft, guest speakers and a play area for kids. Sept. 22 at Terrell Municipal Airport, 400 E. British Flying School Blvd., Terrell. terrellairport.com/airshow

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join in the release of 500 Monarch butterflies and participate in butterfly crafts, a seed bomb toss and kid-friendly music and entertainment. Sept. 22 at Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake. Preregister at bjnc.org

Armadillo races are part of the festival fun at Smoked Dallas barbecue and music festival at Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas.

Armadillo races are part of the festival fun at Smoked Dallas barbecue and music festival at Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas.

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Smoked Dallas

Enjoy tasty meats by top chefs and restaurants and live music by Eleven Hundred Springs, Mike and The Moonpies and Chef Dean Fearing's Lost Coyote Band. Armadillo races, a toilet seat toss and other quirky events will complete the day. Sept. 22 at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas. smokedbbqfest.com

Autumn at the Arboretum

Stroll through the gardens among thousands of fall-blooming plants at the Adventures in Neverland fall festival. The Pumpkin Village will not disappoint with Peter Pan-themed displays. See Wendy's house, the Lost Boys hideout, Tinker Bell's home and Captain Hook's pirate ship. Keep an eye out for Tick-Tock the crocodile who bides his time in a sea of gourds. Sept. 22-Nov. 21 at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival

Along with Harvest Moon gazing, the outdoor fest will have Japanese music and dance, haiku readings, origami and calligraphy crafts, and a tea ceremony. Sept. 25 at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. crowcollection.org FREE

Oktoberfest Fort Worth

Oktoberfest Fort Worth

German-inspired celebration with just the right amount of Texas thrown in features Bavarian bands, chicken dancing, Dachshund racing, stein hoisting and beer gardens. Make reservations to dine at Reata Haus, a pop-up German dining option. Pro tip: Half-price admission on Thursday. Sept. 27-29 at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. oktoberfestfw.com

McKinney Oktoberfest

Roll out the barrel at McKinney's 10th annual Oktoberfest with tasty German eats and treats, a weenie dog race, live music and entertainment, a kinder zone and carnival rides. Sept. 28-30 in historic downtown McKinney. mckinneytexas.org  FREE

Western Days

Lewisville tips its hat to the Wild West with gunfight reenactments, a cattle drive parade, live music, Western-themed activities for all ages and the World Tamale Eating Championship. Sept. 28-29 at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. cityoflewisville.com FREE until 7 p.m. each day.


Fairgoers enjoy the rides along the Midway at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

Fairgoers enjoy the rides along the Midway at the State Fair of Texas at Fair Park.

Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer

State Fair of Texas 

The daddy of all fall festivals returns with Big Tex's welcoming, "Howdy, folks." During the 24-day run, fairgoers can celebrate all things Texas with live music, college football games, nightly parade and fireworks, Midway games and rides, animals, and indescribable fried food offerings. Sept. 28-Oct. 21 at Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave., Dallas. bigtex.com

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Bridges Bands and BBQ Bash

WFAA Sports anchor Dale Hansen will emcee and KISS FM'S Big Al Mack will judge the barbecue cook-off for the third annual Bash, which benefits individuals with special needs. The day includes live bands, a car show, a cupcake war, kids' zone and goat yoga. Sept. 29 at Ellis County Expo Center, Waxahachie. bridgestf.org FREE

Chalk Art Festival

Professional and amateur chalk artists will transform the streets in Fort Worth's Crockett Row entertainment district into works of art for the day. Kids can get creative in the Kids Chalk Art area. Sept. 29 at Crockett Row at West 7th, Fort Worth. crockettrow.com FREE

Murphy Maize Days

Family festival offers a car show, punkin' chunkin', pet adoptions, food vendors, small carnival rides and a petting zoo for the kiddies. Jack Ingram headlines an all-day music lineup and fireworks close the show. Sept. 29 at Murphy Central Park, 550 N. Murphy Road, Murphy. maizedays.com FREE

Party on the Porch

The Amon Carter Museum's annual community arts and music fest returns for a fourth year with live music, arts activities, extended gallery hours and food trucks. Charley Crockett headlines the music lineup. Sept. 29 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. cartermuseum.org FREE

OCTOBER

Southlake Oktoberfest

Visit this fest for live music, children's entertainment, artisans, food and beer, and adorable wiener dogs competing in an Oktoberfest costume contest and race. Oct. 5-7 at Southlake Town Square. southlakechamber.com FREE

Frisco Arts Walk

Stroll Hall Park's lakeside trails and Texas Sculpture Garden. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy live music, guided art tours, artist booths, an interactive children's area and gourmet food trucks. Oct. 6 at Hall Park, 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco. friscoarts.org  FREE

Nine-year-old Iman Jameel waits for a Monarch butterfly to land on her face.

Nine-year-old Iman Jameel waits for a Monarch butterfly to land on her face.

Robert W. Hart/Special Contributor

Mariposa Market and Monarch Migration Festival

Spend a butterfly-inspired day at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with games, vendors, food trucks, face painting and folklorico dancers in celebration of the Monarch butterfly migration. Oct. 6 at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. fwbg.org  FREE

Plano Food & Wine Festival

Stroll through the Shops at Willow Bend while sampling wine and bites from participating restaurants and food trucks. There will be live music and performances by the Plano Children's Theatre, Grape Stomping competitions and shopping. Oct. 6 at The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Advance tickets available here.

Pottery in the Park

Shop with more than 50 artists, see a live raku firing, watch a pottery demo, glaze a piece of pottery, and more at this outdoor art fest along the Trinity in Fort Worth. Oct. 6-7 at CERA Studio, 3300 Bryant Irvin, Fort Worth. cera-fw.org FREE

Cottonwood Art Festival

Browse the artists' booths and meet the makers at this juried art show where you also can hear live music and grab a bite to eat. Kids can have fun creating their own masterpieces in the children's art area. Oct. 6-7 at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson. cottonwoodartfestival.com FREE

Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market

Get a jump on holiday shopping at a festive market with unique holiday gifts, decorations, jewelry, clothing, children's toys and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits the work of the Junior League of Fort Worth. Oct. 11-14 at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. juniorleaguefw.org

Members of the Opa Greek dance team perform a traditional Greek dance during the annual Mid-Cities Greek Food Fest.

Members of the Opa Greek dance team perform a traditional Greek dance during the annual Mid-Cities Greek Food Fest.

Jae S. Lee/Staff Photographer

ArmeniaFest

Get a taste of Armenia at St. Sarkis' 23rd annual food festival. Sample grilled kebabs, pressed sandwiches, dolma and baklava. There will be traditional singing and dancing, a fun photo booth, and children's arts and crafts. Oct. 12-14 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 1805 Random Road, Carrollton. armeniafest.com FREE

Mid-Cities Greek Food Fest

Taste a la carte items such as the Santorini Lamb Chop or Dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves), or opt for a platter to sample a variety of dishes. Try an Ouzo slushy, a glass of Greek wine or some authentic Greek coffee and a baklava sundae to complete your meal. There will also be Greek dance troupes, music, church tours and a large play area for the kids. Oct. 12-14 at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless. midcitiesgreekfest.info FREE

Bonnie & Clyde Days

Pilot Point puts on an old-timey festival to commemorate the day Warren Beatty came to town to film a bank robbery scene for his Bonnie and Clyde movie in the 1960s. Besides a classic car show, soap box racing, live music and food vendors, locals will reenact the robbery scene on the town square. Oct. 13 in Pilot Point, about 50 miles northwest of Dallas in Denton County. bonnieandclydedays.org FREE

Celina Oktoberfest

Activities include a Dachshund Derby dog race, polka bands, German food favorites, chicken dances and costume contests. Youngsters can have fun with bounce houses, obstacle course, rock-climbing wall and a petting zoo in the free Kids' Zone. Oct. 13 in the town square, N. Ohio and W. Walnut streets, Celina. celinaoktoberfest.com

Dog Day Afternoon (Rescheduled)

Operation Kindness hosts a doggie fest with stupid pet tricks, a mutt midway, puppy kissing booth, low-cost vaccinations and more dog-friendly activities. Oct. 13 at Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Dallas. operationkindness.org FREE

Trinity River Kite Festival (RESCHEDULED)

Professional kite flyers will perform awesome aerial stunts in the skies above the Trinity River corridor. Bring your own kite to fly or take a free kite (while supplies last). There will be a mix of fun and educational activities including paper airplane-making, interesting animals from the Dallas Zoo, street artists, vendors and the Texas A&M quidditch team. Oct. 13 at 146 W. Commerce St., Dallas (Trinity floodway between Commerce St. and I-30). trinityrivercorridor.com FREE

Friends pose for a selfie at the Plano International Festival.

Friends pose for a selfie at the Plano International Festival.

Ron Baselice/Staff Photographer

Plano International Festival

The spotlight shines on cultures from around the world that call Plano home. Entertainment includes multicultural music and dance performances, a parade of flags, international art and fashion show, and bites from around the world. Oct. 13 at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. planointernationalfestival.org FREE

Ratrodtober Car and Bike Show

Car buffs can trade stories and admire the rat rods on display, drink craft beer and rock out to live music. Oct. 13 at Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. ratrodtober.com FREE

Smoked Fort Worth

The popular barbecue and music festival expands to Fort Worth with 'cue tasting, games and music by the Vandoliers. Oct. 13 in the Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. smokedbbqfest.com 

Tacolandia

Tacolandia

Taco fest brings tasty samples from more than 30 taco vendors, music and entertainment - all included in price of admission. Cocktails and beer will be available to purchase. Oct. 13 at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas. tacolandiadallas.com

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons soar through the North Texas skies at this world-class air show. Kids can have fun on a sky-high inflatable slide and other aviation-themed inflatables. Oct. 13-14 at Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd., Fort Worth. allianceairshow.com FREE

Clamato Michelada Festival

Sample Michelada cocktails and mocktails and vote for your favorite. Oct. 14 at General Worth Square, 900 Main St., Fort Worth.

Oak Cliff Lively Fest

Reggae/roots-inspired fun day showcases diversity in the OC with DJs, live performances, drum circles, kids zone, food and other vendors. Oct. 14 at Kiest Park, 3080 S. Hampton Road, Dallas. facebook.com/DFWLivelyFest FREE

Smokin' Blues & BBQ Festival

Fun weekend event includes good eats, live blues bands, arts and crafts, car show and kids activities. Oct. 19-20 at Armstrong Park, 200 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville. smokinbluesbbqfest.com

Steinfest

Raise your beer stein to Oktoberfest in downtown Plano with polka bands, wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling and beer gardens. Oct. 19-20 at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. steinfest.org FREE

Dallas Fan Days, a twice annual comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event event is held at the Irving Convention Center.

Dallas Fan Days, a twice annual comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event event is held at the Irving Convention Center.

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer

Dallas Fan Days

Experience pop culture nirvana with celebrities and events from the worlds of sci-fi, comics, horror, TV, movies and more. Look for cosplay contests, celebrity guests and panels, autograph opportunities, themed activity rooms and a Fan Days family zone. Oct. 19-21 at Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. dallasfandays.com

Park & Palate

Two-day culinary fest in Klyde Warren Park begins with an exclusive opening night dinner. The next day, the Grand Tasting is sampling showcase with delish bites from the hottest chefs, paired with wine, beer and craft cocktails, music and more. Oct. 26-27 at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. parkandpalate.org

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival

Celebrate Western heritage with nightly rodeo action and Western Swing dances, kids activities, chuck wagon cook-off, youth fiddle contest and Cowboy Church on Sunday. Oct. 26-28 in the Fort Worth Stockyards,  130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. redsteagallcowboygathering.com

Sophiana Martinez sits quietly as an artist applies her face paint during the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Latino Cultural Center.

Sophiana Martinez sits quietly as an artist applies her face paint during the Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Latino Cultural Center.

Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer

Dia de Los Muertos Festival

Hands-on arts activities including face painting and sugar skulls are part of the fun at a Day of the Dead celebration that also features Aztec dancers and community art. Oct. 27 at Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas. FREE

Friscovania

Don't forget to wear your costume for this Halloween extravaganza which includes trick-or-treating on the haunted carnival concourse, games, live characters, dancing and a spooktacular costume contest. Oct. 27 at Toyota Stadium, 6000 Main St., Frisco. friscovania.com

Haramabee Festival

Originally created as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating, this long-running community fest includes healthy treat swag bags, arts and crafts, bounce houses, health screenings, a safety fair, balloon release and more. Oct. 27 at MLK Jr. Community Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas. harambeedallas.org FREE

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Texas Country Reporter Festival

Join TV host Bob Phillips to meet some of the folks who have been featured on his show. There will also be live music, arts and crafts and vendors set up around courthouse square. Oct. 27 in historic downtown Waxahachie. waxahachiecvb.com FREE

Texas Veggie Fair

Family- and dog-friendly food fest celebrates plant-based lifestyle options of all kinds. Vistiors can sample vegan food and browse eco-friendly products. In addition, there will be chef demos, speakers, live music, a beer garden, yoga and kids' activities. Oct. 27 in Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. texasveggiefair.com FREE

NOVEMBER


Diwali Mela

Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with a festival marketplace, performances by community groups, traditional food, Bollywood stars and activities for the kiddies. Nov. 3 at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. dfwdiwalimela.com

Festival at the Switchyard

Carrollton's annual street fair is a day of family fun with carnival food, free rides and games, children's entertainers, festival foods and an evening concert by Stone Temple Pilots. Nov. 3 in downtown Carrollton, Main St. and Broadway. FREE

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