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Free Fall Activities For Families In DFW

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Fall in Dallas-Fort Worth means cooler weather, tailgate spreads and busy families. After a long, hot summer, families in Dallas-Fort Worth can't wait to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. It's time to bring out the picnic blankets, eat some great food, play outside and enjoy some great fall festivities. Attending these events don't have to break the bank. Make family memories with free activities and don't forget to bring your camera to capture those memories.

Hall's Pumpkin Farm
3560 Hall Johnson Road
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 991-1052

Dates: Now through Oct. 31, 2013

Hall's Pumpkin Farm is located in Grapevine, TX, just a few minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This family farm has been around since 1929 and is still run by the family. The farm has downsized, but this pumpkin patch welcomes guests from all over North Texas. It has pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and varieties in cute displays all around the farm. There are also hay bales, corn stalks and jungle gyms for the kids. Bring your cameras since there are great photo opportunities with cartoon-like backdrops and farm wagons. The best part of it all is that admission and parking to this pumpkin farm is absolutely free. So kids get to play on the playground and explore the pumpkins for free. There is an admission fee of $5 to walk through the corn maze and a $2 fee to for the hayride, but enjoying the pumpkin patch is free. The farm is open through October 31st, so make your visit soon.

Downtown Dallas Main Street Garden - City Lights
1902 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 744-1270

Date: Nov. 16, 2013

Downtown Dallas will light up for the holidays on November 16, 2013. This annual festival features family entertainment, photos with Santa and more. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. at Main Street Garden. The best part is that this event is free with a fantastic light show and a tree that's at least 65 feet high. Main Street Garden park is about 1.75 acres and is owned by the City of Dallas. It is bordered by Main Street, St. Paul Street, Commerce Street and Harwood Street.

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Decks in the Park - Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

Date: Oct. 31, 2013

This free event is a monthly music festival on the last Thursday of every month with the last event being October 31 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Kids, pets and families are welcome and it's all free. This is the fourth open-to-the-public free event at the park. This free music event attracts 3,000 people with an expected draw of around 4,000-5,000 people in the fall months. Bring the family and some picnic blankets and enjoy free music at Klyde Warren Park.

Fiesta Latinoamericana!
Automobile Building at Fair Park
1121 First Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 426-3400

Date: Nov. 10, 2013

In its seventh year, this free cultural family celebration includes three different stages celebrating the Americas. Along with music and dance, there are kids' workshops and interactive exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. About 25,000 people are expected to attend where there will be a tortilleria, cooking demonstrations, pinata making and more. At the event, explore all of the different countries of the Americas and get a commemorative passport stamped. The musical performances will transport you to another world where you can see traditional folklorico dances, mariachi bands, capoeira demonstrations, the tango, choir and other performances.

Fort Worth Fall Open Streets
W. Magnolia Ave. from 8th Ave. to 5th Ave., thru Fairmount to Allen
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 923-4113

Date: Nov. 10, 2013

On November 10, 2013 from noon until 4 p.m., kids will be able to ride their bikes and not have to worry about cars. The streets will be blocked off to allow for bikes of all kinds, skateboarders, the gourmet food trucks, yoga classes, art, face painting, live music and more. It's great for families and the weather is perfect to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Fort Worth. This will be one of the last events before the weather gets cooler. Bring the family for this free event in Fort Worth.

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Heather Buen is a social media and communications consultant as well as a mother of three that has lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over ten years. She covers all things family and has experience as both a writer and single mom. Her work can be found at
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