Everything Fun to Do in Dallas This Weekend

Happy End of Summer. Today marks the final weekend before fall officially arrives next Friday and in the true spirit of the season(s), Dallas-Fort Worth has an abundance of festivals for your eating, drinking, listening, and dancing pleasure. Among the highlights are a Carnival Caribbean Festival, a volunteer festival, and an Oktoberfest celebration. You’ll also find the opportunity to dine on sushi from a Michelin-starred Tokyo chef, the chance to play Loteria for big prizes on Mexican Independence Day, and the final Shakespeare in the Park production of the season. In total for your farewell-to-summer last hurrah, we’ve gathered a list of 11 fun and fabulous things to do this weekend. Enjoy.

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Savor sushi from a Michelin-starred chef in town from Japan

Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18
West Village
Enjoy an impressive 19-course omakase experience from a creative collaboration between Namo’s executive chef, Kazuhito Mabuchi, and a yet-to-be-named Michelin-starred chef from Tokyo. Seats are extremely limited and will sell-out, so book immediately to grab a spot.
Cost: Tickets are $250 per guest.

Play Loteria, win great prizes

Friday, September 16
Deep Ellum
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day (something people in Mexico actually celebrate, unlike Cinco de Mayo) with three rounds of Loteria with prizes including bottles of tequila and a $200 American Express gift card, plus a Mexican menu featuring chiles en nogada and classic cocktails. The fiesta ends with a DJ spinning until late.
Cost: Loteria tickets are $5 per card; menu items are priced a la carte.

Celebrate Dallas Carnival Caribbean-style

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
Multiple locations
The vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of the islands takeover Dallas for a weekend of Carnival events, including multiple parties and the main event—a Carnival parade and festival at Joe Pool Lake.
Cost: Tickets range from $20 – $75.

Drink copious amounts of wine all weekend

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation and Grapevine’s home to a nice portion of more than 400 wineries statewide. Celebrate all things grape-related over a full weekend of experiences from tastings to an I Love Lucy-worthy grape stomp.
Cost: Tickets run $10 – $15.

Design your dream home from the inside out

Friday, September 16-Sunday, September 18
Dallas Market Hall
The WestEdge Design Fair + ArtExpo Dallas offers visitors three days of parties, demonstrations, seminars, and shopping the latest in home furnishings and interior accessories.
Cost: Tickets run $15 – $85.

Raise a glass to Addison Oktoberfest

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
The 35th annual Addison Oktoberfest returns this weekend for a German celebration of epic proportions. Music, games, and food await—and for those looking to make it a weekend getaway, book a designated hotel package that includes two single-day tickets, beer tokens, and more perks without worrying about parking or driving home.
Cost: Single-day tickets are $10; hotel packages start at $94 per night.

Applaud an all-woman Hamlet cast under the stars

Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
East Dallas
Back in his day, Shakespeare was known for casting men in all the roles. But the tables are turned in Shakespeare Dallas’ final production of the season featuring an all-woman cast for the bard’s beloved classic.
Cost: Tickets are $15 – $20.

Immerse yourself in all things Texas

Saturday, September 17
The first of four TexasFest Music and Arts Festivals kicks off Saturday with a full day of concerts and other live entertainment, classic cars, games, food, and craft beers.
Cost: Admission and parking are both free.

Shop ’til you rock at a music-themed flea market

Saturday, September 17
The Cedars
Lee Harvey’s becomes Flea Harvey’s for the Rock ‘n Roll Flea Market—a daylong event featuring vintage clothing, pop culture collectibles, music, food, and pet adoptions.
Cost: The event is free to attend.

Discover the joys of volunteering

Saturday, September 17
Klyde Warren Park
Dallas’ largest volunteer festival, Voly in the Park, brings together more than 50 nonprofits with hands-on activities and the chance to learn more about the work of these groups and how to get more involved.
Cost: The event is free to attend.

Taste your way through Oak Cliff—in a single location

Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18
Oak Cliff
Taste Oak Cliff returns for two days of eating, drinking, and shopping your way around an event designed to showcase the finest in local restaurants, breweries, shops, and artists.
Cost: Tickets are $20 per day or $35 for a two-day pass.

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