Ah, autumn in Texas. Who doesn’t love it? Especially in Arlington, where the pursuit of happy can involve anything from ghosts—to roller coasters—to pro football— to a Taylor Swift show. In other words: add some spice to your fall to-do list with these beloved howl-iday haunts:
ONE: Fright Fest, Sept. 26-Nov. 1, 2015
Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington Entertainment District
This one’s a real scream! The thrills, chills, rides, haunted houses, and all kinds of spooktacular fun. (Note: Not recommended after dark for children younger than 13).
A charming fall festival that features storytelling under the stars, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and tons of other family-friendly activities.
If there’s a better way to spend a fall afternoon than taking a self-guided tour of historic sites, we don’t know about it. Noteworthy stops along the tour include the Johnson Plantation Cemetery, the Village Creek Historical Park, Top O’ The Hill Terrace, and Arlington Music Hall.
FOUR: Taylor Swift Concert, Oct. 17, 2015
Yep, the Queen of Pop is headed to Arlington, where you can party like it’s 1989 at her world tour. VIP hotel packages available from your friends at ACVB.
FIVE: Texas Rangers Baseball, Oct. 1-4, 2015
Globe Life Park, Arlington Entertainment District
Code Red! The mighty Texas Rangers close out the regular season with a home stretch against the Angels (and hopefully set the stage for a winning start to the MLB playoffs). #NeverEverQuit…
Oct. 11 (vs. New England), Nov. 1 (vs. Seattle), Nov. 8 (vs. Philadelphia) and Thanksgiving/Nov. 26 (vs. North Carolina)
Stand up, Cowboys Nation, we’re throwing it down Arlington-style in October and November. VIP and hotel packages available.
SEVEN: Taste of Arlington, Oct. 20, 2015
Delicious dishes from dozens of Arlington’s best restaurants all in one place? Proceeds from this tasty Arlington tradition benefit the Arlington YMCA and Theatre Arlington.
EIGHT: Rock n’ Roll Wall of Fame Exhibit, Through Oct. 18, 2015
Rock n’ roll as art? Yes, please! The must-see event of the fall is “Rock n’ Roll Wall of Fame” exhibit, which amps up unique photos of legendary musicians that will really rock your world!
A Johnny Cash tribute show, a Joe Ely concert and productions of “Hello, Dolly” and “The Outsiders” are just a few of the live events that Downtown Arlington serves up in October and November.
TEN: College Sports
Catch the action at Arlington’s beautiful College Park Center, which is the home field UT- Arlington Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball teams. Games are scheduled for October and November.
ELEVEN: Texas Christkindl Market, Nov. 27-December 23
Arlington Entertainment District (next to Globe Life Park)
Experience the magic of the holidays at one of the largest open air markets in the Southwest – which is also a fabulous place to kick off the most bustling time of the shopping year with a few unique gifts.
TWELVE: Outdoor dining
Around Arlington – Find great Arlington restaurants
The crisp fall weather makes October and November an excellent time to dine and drink outdoors. For your consideration:
- Food Truck Friday (and Food Truck Friday Nights): Downtown Arlington and River Legacy Park, through Oct. 9, 2015
- Our Parks were made for picnicking: If a casual lunch on picnic blanket with your favorite friends (including a walk with your fur-baby!) on a crisp autumn day sounds like your idea of a good time, here are 90 choices for your consideration.
- Great patios: We take our patios seriously in Arlington, and here are some of the top destinations: “Top 10 Patio Hangouts in Arlington, TX”
- No tricks, just treats: Four words: Pumpkin Pie Nut Fudge. Gene Allens Gifts has been brewing up their famously delicious seasonal fudge...along with a batch of Pumpkin Spice coffee.