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DFW Things to Do in October

Posted by Katy Golden

Sep 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Discover fun and interesting things to do in DFW this October!


It often seems that there’s nothing more exciting in Texas than the cool welcome of fall! With the weather finally cooling down, there are plenty of fun and interesting things to do in DFW this October, making it a busy month. Whether you’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, or ready to attend some awesome football games, you’ve got a busy month ahead. There are concerts, games, and festivals waiting for you to explore. Read on to discover our list of DFW things to do this October!

Autumn at the Arboretum

September 17th to November 23rd, 2016

Still ongoing for the month of October, Autumn at the Arboretum is one of our favorite fall events. Welcome the change of seasons at the Arboretum's Autumn Festival named one of "America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals" by Fodor’s Travel and "One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens" by Architectural Digest.  This year’s Pumpkin Village will highlight the Art of the Pumpkin, Sept. 17 to Nov. 23, featuring over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash beautifully displayed by the talented horticulture team, supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments. 

Cinderella’s carriage returns with thousands of pumpkins, hay bales and cornstalks artfully arranged throughout Pecan Grove, creating a popular photo opportunity for visitors. The gardens are bursting with over 150,000 fall blooming flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus which respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during the festival. This wonderful festival is a real example of how fantastic Texas is in the fall!

State Fair of Texas

September 30th to October 23rd, 2016

You’ve been waiting all year to hear Big Tex’s booming voice welcoming you to the 2016 State Fair of Texas. After months of hearing about Big Tex Choice Award-winner Fried Jell-O and other mouth-watering fair foods, you can finally conduct your own taste tests and explore the fair grounds on your own. The State Fair’s 24-day fair lineup includes 75 bands, more than 70 rides, an auto show with 400 of the latest new-car models, three football games (instead of the usual two) and one butter sculpture. What are you waiting for? Fair gates open daily at 10 a.m. The theme for 2016 is "Celebrating Texas Agriculture," 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.


  • General Admission: $18
  • Kids under 48" tall: $14
  • Seniors 60 and over: $14
  • Children 2 and under: Free
  • Seniors 60 and over: Free every Thursday (Oct. 7, Oct. 14, and Oct. 21)

HOURS: State Fair of Texas exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Opening times and closing times vary for the midway and museums.

Keith Urban Concert

October 14th, 2016

This New Zealand-born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, TV show judge, and record producer is currently on the Ripcord World Tour. He will be performing on October 14th at the American Airlines Center with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. Fans can purchase tickets now and even sign up for a Meet & Greet! Ripcord, his eighth American studio album, is the basis for his latest tour. For this album, Urban collaborated with musicians such as Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, and Nile Rodgers. Fans are sure to pack the stadium for this very special night!

Cattle Baron’s Ball

October 15th, 2016

Featuring Toby Keith on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage Presented by Miller Lite, this exciting Ball is hosted this year at Gilley’s Dallas. All ticket and raffle proceeds to attend the Cattle Baron’s Ball benefit the American Cancer Society. Ticket and Table purchases for the Ball on October 15th, 2016 featuring Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam, are open to the public.  Tickets include dinner, open bar, and entertainment.  This year, the Ball Schedule is as follows:

  • VIP Party including private set by Dwight Yoakam 6:00 PM
  • General Admission and Dwight Yoakam performing on the Live Auction Stage 7:00 PM
  • Live Auction approximately 8:15 PM
  • Raffle drawing 10:00 PM
  • Toby Keith performance on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage Presented by Miller Lite 10:15 PM
  • After Party featuring Studio 54 until 2:00 AM.

Gavin DeGraw & Andy Grammer Concert

October 25th, 2016

At the South Side Ballroom on October 25th, two fantastic musicians will be performing for the benefit of Dallas crowds. Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed, Billboard chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer have announced co-headlining 2016 North American tour dates. Fans can expect to hear DeGraw perform songs throughout his acclaimed 10-plus year career including classics “I Don’t Wanna Be,” “Chariot,” and “Not Over You.”  Later this year, Gavin will release his highly anticipated fifth studio album via RCA Records.On the return, multi-platinum selling artist Andy Grammer will dazzle crowds with his naturally upbeat and positive songs off his recent deluxe edition of Magazines or Novels including smash hit and iTunes Pop Chart stunner “Honey, I’m Good,” along with “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” “Back Home,” and “Keep Your Head Up.” The two will be putting on an awesome show for DFW fans who want to attend their concert this October. Fans can purchase Meet & Greet Packages to have personal photographs and autographs with these two incredible singers or purchase general tickets to simply watch them perform. Either way, fans are sure to have an incredible time!

Whether you need a party bus for the Keith Urban concert or a simple SUV transfer to and from the State Fair so you don’t have to worry about finding parking or sampling brews, Premier Transportation is here for you. Simply click on the button below to browse our fleet and determine which vehicle will work best for you as you attend events all over DFW this October!

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