Can you believe October is already here? It seems like we were rounding up the best events in September just a few days ago. This month, we're all about good food, live music, and in honor of Halloween, some thrilling scares. Check out some of the following events to see if there are any you should be adding to your calendar.
The State Fair of Texas (Now Until October 21)
The biggest fair in the state opened its doors last weekend, and they'll stay open for 20 more days until October 21. Don't miss the opportunity to gorge yourself on fried food and check out some of the fair's newest attractions. Tickets are now available online, and if you click here, you can learn how to save a little on admission.
Autumn at the Arboretum (Now Until November 21)
No doubt you've already seen pictures of the famous Pumpkin Village littered throughout your social media feed. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has created a nationally-acclaimed display that incorporates more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. This year, the theme is "The Adventures in Neverland." Admission to the autumnal exhibit is free with your ticket to the gardens.
Six Flags Over Texas - Fright Fest: Fright by Night (Select Nights October 5 - 31)
Whether you're hoping to ride some scream-inducing roller coasters or let creepy villains do the trick, Six Flags is the place to be if you want to be scared this Halloween. Their Fright Fest event transforms the park into a spine-chilling experience, complete with roaming ghouls and other terrors. You can buy a daily admission pass to the event online, plus a haunted house pass, for $92.
Dark Hour Haunted House (October 5 - 31)
It's that time of year again. Dark Hour in Plano has opened for the Halloween season once more with Coven Manor, a land haunted by various witches and their nightmarish powers. You might also run into Carl Cleaver, who runs a children's pizza parlor that's way creepier than it should be. Dark Hour opens this Friday at 7:00 PM and will be bringing the scares until Halloween evening, so get your tickets whenever you're ready to shriek in terror.
Taylor Swift in Concert (October 5 - 6)
This queen of pop music will be hitting the AT&T Stadium stage TWICE in two days this coming week. Her current tour, Reputation, is supporting her newest album and features Charli XCX and Camilla Cabello. Although affordable tickets will probably be difficult to come by this late in the game, it's worth looking for some if you're desperate to see Taylor live.
Plano Food and Wine Festival (October 6)
This weekend, stop by the Shops at Willow Bend to sip fine wine, sample delicious foods and listen to live music. This event will feature hundreds of different wines, as well as culinary demonstrations, grape stomping, and of course, plenty of shopping. What better way is there to spend a relaxing Saturday in autumn? Get your tickets online today.
Reindeer Manor Halloween Park (Now Until October 31)
Less than 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas lie not one but four haunted attractions that can kick-start your Halloween scares. Attend a "killer" party at a Gothic-themed mansion, explore a creepy mortuary, immerse yourself in a bewitching arcade game or avoid murderous clowns in a dark house. The attractions are open now and will welcome guests until Halloween evening. Tickets for one attraction start at $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Plano Steinfest (October 19 - 20)
For the fourth year in a row, Downtown Plano is hosting an Oktoberfest-style event full of great beer and food. Bring the whole family and dance to polka music as you drink and eat. You can also shop at the 40 Marktplatz vendors and join in fun contests. To learn about volunteering at the festival or buying VIP ticket packages, click here.
The Rocky Horror Show by The North Texas Performing Arts Repertory Theatre (Select Dates Starting October 18)
If you've never seen this show live before, this is the one to check out. A stage full of acting veterans will bring the musical to life with impressive costumes and plenty of audience interaction. You'll laugh and sing along as Brad and Janet are forced to reevaluate everything they thought they knew about themselves. Catch the show on the weekends of October 18-20 or October 15-27.
Ed Sheeran in Concert (October 27)
One of the biggest names in popular music, Ed Sheeran, will be gracing the stage at the AT&T Stadium this month. Sing along to live versions of your favorite songs like Thinking Out Loud and Galway Girl while you watch this red-headed superstar entertain thousands of fans. Tickets are already limited, so act quickly if you're interested.
Post Malone Presents Posty Fest (October 28)
We might as well refer to 2018 as the "Year of Post Malone" since his songs have hit the top charts so much. At the end of this month, the megastar will be hosting a day-long musical extravaganza with performances by Travis Scott, Tyler the Creator, and others. He'll also be singing some of his most popular tunes, so join in the fun and support his newest album, Beerbongs & Bentleys.
Which of these October events are you going to check out?