Events Happening in Dallas — October 2017

Fall is officially here and with it come TONS of holiday program ideas and social events too! Dallas has a lot going on in the month of October, so get out and take advantage of all the fun activities with MHWOW!


September 16- October 3 — Oktoberfest

October 5–6 — Sukkot

October 12 — Shmini Atzeret

October 13 — Simchat Torah

October 31st — Halloween

Texas State Fair

State Fair of Texas 2017 at Fair Park

FRI SEP 29, 2017 AT10:00AM -10:00PM, Until October 22

The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Texans,” a nod to the fair’s “past, present and future neighbors,” and special activities will include concerts on the Main Stage and college football games. Daily activities include the Starlight Parade at 7 p.m. and the Illumination Sensation lights and fireworks show at 8 p.m.

Cedar Springs Wine Walk

Cedar Springs Wine Walk at Cedar Springs at Throckmorton

WED OCT 4, 2017 AT6:00PM -9:00PM

Minimum Age:21+

It’s that time of the month again — the Cedar Springs wine walk happens on the first Wednesday of every month. This fundraiser benefits the Cedar Springs Merchant Association and helps improve security in the neighborhood.

Here’s how it works: There will be a booth in front of the Round-up Saloon where they sell $10 wine glasses that can be refilled at about 20 businesses along Cedar Springs Road.

The wine walk starts at 6 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. The Round-up Saloon will raffle off gift baskets from local merchants at 9:15 p.m. in the karaoke parlor.


  • Make sure to bring some cash so you can tip participating merchants (particularly if they are bars.)
  • Do not feel pressured to make it to all 20 merchants — this is a wine walk, not a sprint.
  • Be wary of ordering extra drinks (or shots) during the wine walk — this is usually a poor life choice.
  • You have to be present at the 9:15 p.m. raffle to win, so give yourself time to make it back to the Round-up Saloon.
  • Be sure to take a cab if everyone in your group wants to participate in the wine walk.
  • Some of the boutiques will let you pick-up purchases the next day if you don’t want to carry shopping bags during the entire event.

Some Pertinent Links:

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at American Airlines Center

SAT OCT 7, 2017 AT 7:30PM

Plano International Festival

Plano International Festival at Haggard Park

SAT OCT 14, 2017

Experience the diversity of Plano with sights, sounds and tastes of cultures from around the world. The festival features a naturalization ceremony, parade of flags, international art exhibit, multicultural music and dance performances, fitness and wellness fair, international fashion show and children’s educational activities. Sample bites from around the world in the ethnic food court.

Dallas Fan Days

Dallas Fan Days 2017 at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

FRI OCT 20, 2017 AT4:00PM -8:00PM Until October 22

Dallas Fan Days, which is focused on comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming, is packed with exciting family-friendly activities, celebrity and comic guests, vendor and much more. The guest list so far includes Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn, The Walking Dead’s Michael Cudlitz, actress Mara Wilson and Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin.

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty/ Counting Crows at Toyota Music Factory

SUN OCT 1, 2017 AT6:45PM

Maverick Speakers Series

Maverick Speakers Series: Anousheh Ansari at Texas Hall

TUE OCT 3, 2017 AT7:30PM

Anousheh Ansari blasted off for an eight-day expedition aboard the International Space Station and captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Her presentation is titled “My Dream of Stars.”

Autumn Moon Festival

Autumn Moon Festival at Dallas Arboretum

WED OCT 4, 2017 AT10:00AM -2:00PM Until October 25th

Come celebrate one of China’s most popular holidays at the Dallas Arboretum, including lantern decorating and letter writing to family members who live far away. At a special Arboretum After Hours, families are encouraged to picnic together on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn and food trucks will be at the bottom of the lawn. Special lanterns are available for guests to decorate and release from their own homes.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Activities in the Children’s Adventure Garden & Main Garden 
6–8 p.m. — Lantern Decoration in the Main Garden

On Wednesdays through Oct. 25, the Dallas Arboretum will offer buy one get one free general admission, available at the ticket booth only, with a limit of one purchase per person. Regular day-time admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3–12, and free for children two and under. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.

Dallas Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo at Dallas Market Hall- North Hall

October 28th-29th

The Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the US.

Whether you’re looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

October Holidays:

September 16- October 3 — Oktoberfest

October 5–6 — Sukkot

  • Dinner in the Sukkah
  • Sukkah building through foraging and recycling — a challenge for your group: can you find all pre used items (old canopies, tents, construction materials) and things from nature (branches, palm fronds) to create a Sukkah in your space?
  • Sukkot harvest hike — bring the etrog, lulav, and other seasonal snacks for a hike
  • Sukkot camping trip

October 12 — Shmini Atzeret

October 13 — Simchat Torah

  • “Simchat Torah — Girls After Party” After Simchat Torah services, we gathered at one friend’s house to chat and reflect on the last several weeks of holidays. We also discussed Jewish life in general, and the differences between the different congregations and organizations available to us. We also discussed our personal practices and what is or is not meaningful to us about things like keeping kosher and shomer shabbas.
  • Simchat Torah BBQ
  • Simchat Torah Dance Party — “Starting the celebration at home and taking it to the streets to go shul hopping”

October 31st — Halloween

  • Halloween party social
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