September begins the unofficial outdoor festival season in North Texas. Whether you are looking for taking a trip to wine country, travel half-way across the world in Germany, experience Mediterranean cuisine or just go all fried, September has you covered! Check out these events that will give you reasons to blow your calorie count and enjoy time outdoors with the family this month.
Grapefest, Sept. 12-15, Grapevine
GrapeFest, considered the largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., is the place to discover and try new wines and even rediscover some of your favorite varietals. This four-day annual festival offers a variety of activities and events to discover such as the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, GrapeStomp, the Vintners’ Auction Classic, the Champagne Terrace presented by Gaylord Texan Resort, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, GrapeFest Tennis Classic, five stages offering live entertainment, Texas Wine Tribute and much more! But don’t worry, there’s fun for the kids too with KidsWorld presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine, full of fun things to see and do for the whole family. And since Thursdays free, you don’t have any reason not to pull out the stroller and see what fun you and the kids can get into.
Thursday, Sept. 12: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. – FREE ADMISSION;Friday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: – Free Admission Until 5 PM; Adults – $8; Seniors 62+ and Children 6 to 12 – $5; Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.: Adults – $8; Seniors 62+ and Children 6 to 12 – $5; Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults – $8; Seniors 62+ and Children 6 to 12 – $5; Weekend Pass – $18
Parking information and a full schedule, visit the Grapefest website.
Oktoberfest, Sept. 18 – Sept. 22, Addison
Let’s polka! Recognized as one of the best and most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in North America by USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest celebrates the historic event with four days of everything Bavarian you can enjoy. From pretzels, pups to Paulaner, this festival has something for the whole family, including a family-friendly fun run and 5K for Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a dedicated kids area, arts/crafts and a carnival. Put on your dirndyl, load up the kiddos and see what learning experience you can share while sipping on a little of the official libation. My recommendation is Sunday to come out for the Dach-Sunday parade and dash with all the cute little dachsunds. You’ll need your camera.
Thursday, Sept. 19: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.: FREE ADMISSION; Friday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. – midnight: Adults $10; Saturday, Sept. 21, noon – 5 p.m.: $8; 5 p.m. – midnight: $10; Sunday, Sept. 22, noon – 5 p.m.: Adults $10. Children under 4 years old: free
Get the lowdown on Oktoberfest, visit the Addison Oktoberfest website.
The Greek Festival of Dallas, Sept. 27-29, Dallas
Opa! If the idea of blue waters and Tzatziki sauce make you wanna dance, you’re in for a real Hellenic treat with the The Greek Festival. Presented by and benefitting the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, this family-focused event gives you every opportunity to enjoy homemade Greek food at its best, with family-style festival food, pastries, a Grecian supermarket to more gourmet choices at cooking demonstration stage. There’s dancing, eating, drinking, buying and a marketplace and children’s area, so everyone comes out happy, singing and the need to celebrate your inner Greek.
General Admission$6 for Adults (13 and up). Kids (12 and under) are free.
To get your Greek on, visit their website.
The State Fair of Texas, Sept. 27 – Oct. 20, Dallas
The granddaddy of them all, The State Fair of Texas and all its fried-food glory, opens its doors in late September and will continue to keep giving until Oct. 20. It’s probably easier to answer what is there NOT to do at the fair, you’ll be able to enjoy the ferris wheel, pet animals, see the newest cars, hear music from your favorite bands and of course, bounce, play and get your face painted, all while tasting a little Fried Turkey Dinner – and that’s just in one day. Honestly, it’s easier to take a look at the Daily Calendar to find out what all you can do and to save money, make sure you do your homework on special discounts are available on what days (Fox Good Day’s Steve Noviello normally does a great roundup of these each year.)
General admission: $17; Child (under 48″ in height): $13; Child under age 3 admitted:FREE; Seniors (ages 60 and over) $13 and Seniors FREE every Thursday (October 3, 10, & 17) Buy advance discounted tickets at Kroger beginning in September.
Visit Big Tex for more information on their website.
Have fun this Fall!