Five Fun Fall 2020 Events For Everyone

Posted by Kelsey Kruzich, Communications Admin, on Oct 06, 2020

Five Fun Fall 2020 Events For Everyone

Not everything is cancelled! After a year of indescribable change, fall’s familiar sights, sounds, and flavors are more welcome than ever. It’s a perfect time to enjoy a cool-weather football game while savoring a pumpkin spice treat. Fall is also a great time to explore community events with friends and family. Many local venues have adapted to the current pandemic by offering old favorites with a creative twist. Check out our list below for some ideas to start—or build on–a fall family tradition this year.

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

From now through November 1, the Dallas Arboretum presents their annual fall festival.  This year’s theme, “The Art of the Pumpkin,” celebrates the 15th year of the ever-popular Pumpkin Village with pumpkin houses and displays built from over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squashes. Visitors can marvel at over 150,00 autumn flowers and enjoy Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay-bale maze, and “pick your own” pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. The festival also features a food, herb, and vegetable garden. Known as A Tasteful Place, the garden is a place to catch free cooking, floral, and horticulture demonstrations. Local bands will play live music on weekend afternoons. The seasonal events are too many to list here; be sure visit the website for more details! Tickets range from $12 to $17 and must be reserved for a four-hour block with a specific garden entrance. Wednesdays are BOGO. Masks are required for all indoor spaces and recommended when coming within six feet of other guests in the garden. To find out more, visit their website.

Texas State Fair/Fair Food

For some families, fall isn’t complete without a trip to the Texas State Fair to indulge in fair food! Although the fair is cancelled, you can satisfy your cravings for corny dogs, funnel cake, and more at the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru instead. This unique experience at Fair Park will allow guests to drive through the fairgrounds, collecting sweet and savory edibles, and then commemorate the trip with some Midway fun and a photo in front of Big Tex himself. The drive-thru should take about one and a half hours; guests are welcome to dig into their food with a picnic in the parking lot. Prices start at $65 for a vehicle with up to eight passengers. The Drive-Thru experience is open now through October 18. Click here to reserve your tickets now. For those who want to try fair food a little further north, Legacy Food Hall is offering their own spin on this tradition with Fair Fest. The weekend of October 9-12, vendors at Legacy Hall will serve up some favorites including turkey legs, fried Oreos, and more. The Box Garden will also feature a Red River Shoot-out Watch Party. Grab your Texas or O.U. gear and come prepared to cheer on your team. Tickets and table reservations are required. For more information, click here.

Turkey Trot

For families on the move, the Annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will continue its Thanksgiving Day race tradition. This popular multi-race event has added a virtual “Trot at Home” component for its 53rd year.
All participants can choose either the 5K or 8-mile race option. Individuals, families (strollers are allowed), and pets on leashes are all welcome to participate. Virtual Trot at Home racers will self-time for virtual rankings. All proceeds will support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, including its COVID-19 relief support for children and families as well as the preschool program at Park South Family YMCA.
Some details and health protocols are still being worked on for this event. You can find the most up-to-date information and register on the Turkey Trot website.

Hall’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Enjoy some fresh air at Hall’s Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine. This pumpkin patch opened for the season on Friday, October 2. You can challenge yourself in the 2-acre corn maze, visit farm animals, take a fun hayride with the family, and grab a pumpkin or two.
Weekdays are free to visitors.  On weekends, kids under 3 are free.  Other admission prices (including entrance to the corn maze) are as follows:
  • Guests age 12 and over: $15
  • Kids age 4-11: $10
  • Senior citizens and military veterans: $5
There are additional costs for some activities, and no reservations are required. Visit for more information.

Trunk or Treat at Chase Oaks

Chase Oaks Church is excited to bring back our Trunk Or Treat event on Saturday, October 24 from 5-7 PM. Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to put on kid-friendly costumes (masks are definitely “in” this year) and head to the nearest Chase Oaks campus. Trunk hosts will provide fun activities and treats for participants from the trunks of their vehicles. Chase Oakers always go all-out for this community-wide event! Social distancing and safety measures will be taken to keep all our families and friends safe while trunk-or-treating. There is no cost to participate. Trunk hosts will need to provide their own decorations and treats to hand out. For more information, click here. We hope to see you there!

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