When: September 18
Where: Hawaiian Falls Water Park
Time: 1-5 PM
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at entry
You and your four legged friends are invited to a luau. Take a dip with your dog in Cabana Cove, float down the Kona Kooler river, or aim to take home a prize during one of the many doggie friendly contests. This bow-wow-pow-wow benefits The Colony Animal Shelter. We can only imagine how many Instagram worthy shots you’ll go home with.
The Colony Drive-In Theater: Captain America Civil War
When: September 20
Where: Stewart Creek Park
Pop the hatch, pad the trunk with blankets and pillows, and snuggle up next to your plus one for the fall drive-in series at Stewart Creek Park. Space is limited so grab your parking spot early. For those who can’t watch a movie without popcorn, concessions will be available.
When: September 15-18
Where: Addison Circle Park
Cost: Thursday Free entry, $10 Friday-Sunday
Yodel your way through the weekend at Addison’s Oktoberfest. This authentic weekend of Bavarian food, beer, and dance has been around for decades and is a can’t miss event for those in North Texas. Don’t worry, you don’t have to don a dirndl to participate in the festivities. We recommend going on Sunday to hang out with hundreds of dachshunds as they parade through the festival village. You can Danke us later.
Plano Balloon Festival
When: September 23-25
Where: Oak Point Park
Later this month, 45 colorful, geometrically designed balloons will be soaring above Plano. This 37-year-old tradition is one that the whole family shouldn’t miss. Aside from the hot air balloons, the weekend is packed with events: from sky-diving demonstrations to live music to fireworks. Little kids or kids at heart will undoubtedly enjoy the inflatable jungle gyms. For those who want a challenge, lace up your running shoes for the balloon half marathon. The most exquisite site of the weekend is likely to be the balloon glow, as the sun goes down and the burners illuminate the night.
Texas State Fair
When: September 30-October 23
Where: 1945 Lagow Street, Dallas
Make the truck down to Dallas for the annual Texas State Fair. We know you can’t resist the Chevy Main Stage with headline acts such as: Kacey Musgraves, Skillet, Nelly, and many more. Won’t that cost a pretty penny? Nope, these concerts are free with admission to the fair. Tip: visit the fair on a Thursday and take advantage of a plethora of food discounts. To get the full fair experience, make sure to meander through the barns of cows, goats, and pigs and watch a football game at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Wondering who that large man is standing outside of the fairgrounds? That’s Big Tex, and he’s ready to give you a big southern welcome.