No matter what the calendar says, every Texan knows the Labor Day weekend is the real end of summer. So for all of you who’ve searched for the State Fair, the Heard Museum’s robot dinosaurs and more, here are highlights of North Texas’ fall festivals.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 -- Canton’s First Monday Trades Days isn’t just in the fall, but now there are only four more trades days till Christmas! Repeats the weekend before first Monday of each month. Free admission, parking fees vary. See www.visitcantontx.com/.
Sept. 7-9 -- Grand Prairie’s Traders Village hosts the 50th annual National Championship Indian Pow Wow. Dance contests Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, with arts and crafts, Native food, and music. A $3 parking fee per car. See http://tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie/events/.
Sept. 13-16 -- GrapeFest in historic downtown Grapevine, a wine festival, but with family activities that make it kid-friendly. Free admission on Thursday and Friday until 5 p.m. and for kids under age six. See www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ .
Sept. 20-23 -- Addison’s Oktoberfest at Addison Circle Park. German food, polka music, dachshund racing, yodeling, carnival and more. Free admission Friday. See www.addisontexas.net/.
Sept. 22-Nov. 20 -- Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas. Hay bale maze, storybook-themed pumpkin village, and special events. (But the Chihuly glass exhibits are only on display through Nov. 5). See www.dallasarboretum.org/.
Sept. 28-30 -- Greek Food Festival, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas. Food, entertainment, vendors and children’s activities. Admission free for kids age 12 and younger. See www.greekfestivalofdallas.com/.
Sept. 28-Oct. 21 -- The State Fair of Texas, at Dallas Fair Park. The big one: parades, music, rides, football, a huge new car show, and more. And Big Tex, of course. For more information, including prices and discounts, see
Sept. 30 -- 45th anniversary celebration at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum includes raptor presentations, butterfly garden tour, and yes -- a preview of the animatronic dinosaur exhibit, which officially opens Oct. 1. See www.heardmuseum.org/.
Oct. 6-7 -- Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson. Art, music, children’s activities. See www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/.
Oct. 18-20 -- Tyler’s Texas Rose Festival, this year with an “Indochine” theme in honor of the year of the dragon. See www.tylertexasonline.com/texas-rose-festival.htm/.
Oct. 20-21 -- Edom Festival of the Arts, in Edom, in the East Texas piney woods. New artists and returning favorites. Admission’s free, minor parking fees may apply. See
Oct. 27-28 -- Fall Festival in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden. Traditional dance, music, martial arts, papermaking and tea ceremonies. Admission free for kids under age four. See http://fwbg.org/events/66/fall-festival-in-the-japanese-garden/.
Nov. 10 -- Heritage Syrup Festival, in Henderson. Old-fashioned preparation of ribbon cane syrup using mule-drawn equipment. Folk music and folk-life exhibits, petting zoo, and more. For everybody who’s tried unsuccessfully to find ribbon cane syrup in Dallas, this is your chance to stock up. See www.hendersontx.us/.