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Best Fall Festivals In The DFW Area


As DFW waves good-bye to the intense heat and the fall weather approaches, our Metroplex comes alive with exciting festivals. Cities along with arts and cultural organizations host festivals celebrating world diversity, cuisine and the arts. Enjoy dance, fine art, international films, great food and music this fall.

The Lone Star Film Festival
Sundance Square
201 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 924-6000
www.lonestarfilmsociety.comDates: November 7-11Six years ago, the Fort Worth Film Society began its Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) with a strong mission to enrich Fort Worth and to increase its awareness around the world by bringing the city the best in film. With an impressive list of sponsors and dedicated board members, LSFF promotes artistic integrity and the independent spirit in film. Representing dynamic international films, the fall festival is now a marquee event. In 2011, LSFF represented 24 awards and featured top movies that included "The Descendants," "The Artist" and "Undefeated." Each year, the LSFF website provides a downloadable schedule and sells tickets closer to the scheduled event. Prices vary, but as an example, the Movie 6-Pack is $35 for non-members and LSFF members pay $25.
Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
www.bluegrassheritage.orgDates: October 19-20The city of Farmers Branch hosts the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-off at its beautiful historical park and rose gardens. Featuring notable bluegrass musicians including Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Blue Highway, The Gibson Brothers and Alan Tompkins & The All-Star Band, the event is a relaxed affair with cozy spots to jam if you are so inclined. Only blankets and grass seating is permitted near the front of the stage and concessionaires provide food and drink. It is a rain-or-shine festival with a gazebo, country store and a log cabin with rocking chairs. This event is free and open to the public.Related: Best Places For Glass Art In DFW
(Greek Food Festival / Credit: Marilee Vergati)

The Greek Food Festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
13555 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 233-4880

Dates: September 28-30

The Greek Food Festival is a cultural extravaganza that features wonderful people, delicious food, great art, dancing and music along with terrific shopping. Expect to see traditional Greek dancers who are part of the Holy Trinity Hellenic troupe. Seek and you shall find fabulous Greek imports and local artists at the Agora (international marketplace). Select from a wide range of jewelry, pottery, paintings, clothes and more. Find your inner Zorba while eating loukaniko, gyros topped with tzatziki, spanakopita and honey-drenched baklava. Listen to spirited tavern-style music while dining or drinking a delicious glass of wine. Plan to get there early before the lines start forming. Check the website for tickets. Opa!

(Cottonwood Art Festival / Credit: Marilee Vergati)

Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Park
1400 W. Belt Line Road
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 744-4582

Dates: October 6-7

For over 40 years, The Cottonwood Art Festival has been a hugely popular event attracting art talent and visitors from around the country. This fun-filled, two-day festival features some of the top artists in the country along with talented local and regional bands playing rock, blues, swing, jazz and folk. Dogs are allowed in the park on a leash and many of the smaller critters are in strollers. There is free parking, a children's play area and a lakeside courtyard. The varied and outstanding art represents 14 categories including mixed media, ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather, painting, photography and metalwork. Approximately 1,400 artists submit their work to this prestigious juried show and on average, 240 are accepted. Another notable aspect is the wide range of food from Jersey Mike's subs (featured on the Travel Channel), Conway's Corndogs, Kona Ice and Hillbilly KettleKorn with an on-site kettle. This rain-or-shine event is free and open to the public.

Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-2851
www.addisontexas.netDates: October 20-21Brought to the DFW Metroplex by the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth, WorldFest celebrates the rich diversity of our cultural communities. It provides a true global experience with entertaining international music and dance, exhibitions, sports games, international markets, ethnic foods, children's activities and more. Experience different cultural groups at fun activity centers. Shop at unique marketplaces, learn about customs, arts, folk dances and play global games. The Berlitz booth will help you learn words from countries around the world. Each stage features different continents and sub continents. WorldFest is free and open to the public.Related: Organizations Giving Back To The DFW Arts
Marilee Vergati, is an international award winning art director and writer. As a native Dallasite and fifth generation Texan, she brings a unique insight to her beloved state, its events, arts, ecology and people. Her work can be found on

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