Reindeer Manor and More Stuff to Do in Dallas

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Look at the time Dallas, Fall is official amongst us, and just like that, we’re stepping into October with so many things to do in Dallas!

Things to do in Dallas are popping up at rapid rates, virtually and in-person. We’re elated that we have the option to do both right now, but we can’t stress enough to be safe, wear your mask, and take care of yourself as you explore the outside. 

We’re still talking about the Fair this week because there are so many things to do centered around it, Spooky Season is in full effect and Reindeer Manor starts this weekend, and Dallas AURORA present “Area 3” is popping up! Let’s get into it people. 

📷 State Fair of Texas

For the first time in its 134-year history, the State Fair of Texas is introducing the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-ThruThis one-of-a-kind drive-thru experience will celebrate all things Texan – giving you the opportunity to get your annual photo with Big Tex and a taste of the Fair while supporting the State Fair of Texas’s nonprofit mission.

This is totally different than what we’re used to but really exciting! We devastated when the State Fair of Texas initially announced the cancellation of the 2020 season…and yet here we are with a brand new unique experience!

As an icon of the Lone Star State and a true Texan, Big Tex will do his part as a good neighbor to keep the community safe by adding the latest and greatest accessory to his wardrobe for 2020 – a Big Tex-sized face mask. In a year of many firsts, this historic event will offer Fair lovers the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime photo and experience.

Fair Food & Photo Packages are available for these dates: 

  • Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, 2020 
  • Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12, 2020 (excluding Saturday, October 10, due to the AT&T Red River Showdown football game) 
  • ThursdayOctober 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2020 


Event Details
🗓 Now-Oct 18| FRI–SUN
📍 Fair Park | 3921 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75210

Things were looking a bit bleak for spooky season for a minute there, but we come bearing good news for all of our Halloween, haunted house diehards. Reindeer Manor is providing a no-contact drive-through Halloween attraction, it’s their 100 year anniversary so you’ll definitely be in for a treat. 

This is a first and it’s a pretty cool one, guests will have the opportunity to drive through 32 acres of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It sounds incredibly frightening and the goal is for you to make it through all the chaos in one piece. Luckily if you’re not the one driving you can duck and dodge anything too frightening. 

Event Details
🗓 OCT 3-31 | FRI & SAT 8PM-12AM
📍 Reindeer Manor Halloween Park | 410 Houston School Rd. Red Oak, TX 75154

Area 3 is taking the immersive experience to the next level. Transforming over 100,000 square feet of a parking garage in downtown Dallas, Area 3 will function on a shared profit model in an experiment to support local artists and vendors whose income has been affected in the wake of COVID-19. Featuring works by sixteen regional artists, the exhibition will include large-scale light, video, and sound installations as well as performances which will be viewable from the safety of attendees’ own cars.

Featured artists include:

Brandy Michele Adams + Michael Moore + Robert Anthony
Eric Trich + Taylor Cleveland
Alicia Eggert
Danielle Georgiou
Hal Samples + Favian Herrera
Melanie Clemmons + Zak Loyd
Zuyva Sevilla
David Stout
Francine Thirteen
Tramaine Townsend
Blake Weld

Important Things to Know:

  • Please be aware that you will be driving your motorized vehicle through the exhibition with your lights off and the only thing lighting your path is the artwork.
  • In case you are sensitive to light please be aware that there is a lot of different forms of lighting used in this exhibition. (There is no strobe lighting)
  • There are many works involving sound in the exhibition and please be prepared for different levels of decibels.
  • There is a possibility for smoke/haze while traveling through a few of the artworks.
  • Please make sure you have enough gasoline in your motorized vehicle to get from the lobby, exhibit, and exit safely. The approximate length of the entire visit will be about an hour.
  • Clearance is 7′ in the garage. Please ensure you’re able to enjoy the exhibit without any damage to your vehicle. 


Event Details
🗓 OCT 1 – JAN 1| 7PM – 1AM
📍 DalPark Parking Garage | Across from Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas, 1600 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75201

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Knox District First Friday Series

More Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

Although it sprung upon us, we’re here for all the Fall Things to do, traditional and spooky and luckily we have a variety of options!

📷 Dallas Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, highlights the 15th year of the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring four 20-foot-tall decorated pumpkin houses and creative displays fashioned from more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash.

Officially opened last weekend, “The Art of the Pumpkin” features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival includes the return of Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more!

There will be daily programming as well as seasonal programming to enjoy! 

Event Details
🗓 SEPT 9 – NOV 1 | 9AM–5PM
📍 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden | 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 

📷 Six Flags Over Texas

One of the most  infamous things to do in Dallas during the Fall is Six Flags’ annual Fright Fest! Well this year they’re switching it up and introducing, Hallowfest, a new Halloween celebration that will align with the way of the world and allow guests to enjoy themselves in the safest way possible. 

This all-new Halloween event features a modified haunted experience that is intended to keep guests and team members safe while having fun. Those in attendance can expect several spookily-themed features in outdoor, wide-open settings. These include fog, lighting effects, new props and scare zones. Daytime activities are to include themed photo opportunities, a trick-or-treat trail and more!

A Spooktacular Celebration of Freaky Frights
Gourd you loins, Six Flags is hosting a frightfully thrilling time at HALLOWFEST this year and we’re inviting you to get batty with us. Our haunted experiences are happening every weekend between September 25 and November 1, so mark your calendars (if you dare) for the spookiest season of the year as ghouls take over the park!

Thrills by Day
By day,  we’re pumpkin spicing things up a bit with hair-raising, HALLOWFEST enhancements throughout the park, complete with fall family favorite activities like spooky photo opportunities, a Trick-or-Treat Trail, and plenty of frighteningly delicious treats!  

Chills by Night

For Chills by Night, all Halloween attractions will be transported outdoors to the wide-open midways.

  • Creepy fog, eerie lighting, larger than life Halloween props and sinister music will create the perfect backdrop for nighttime scares and chills; including four hair-raising Halloween zones for guests to experience throughout the park;
  • Six Flags Over Texas’ signature collection of world-class roller coasters ramp up the fear factor for a heart-pounding HALLOWFEST experience as guests fly through the air at high speeds in total darkness on rides like TitanNew Texas Giant, MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, JOKER, SUPERMAN Tower of Power, and Shock Wave; and
  • Halloween-themed merchandise and scary apparel will be on sale along with everybody’s favorite glow-in-the-dark items.

For a full guide on events, you can check out what to expect HERE

Event Details
🗓 SEPT 25-NOV 1 | 0PM–0PM
📍 Six Flags Over Texas | 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, TX 76011

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Destiny King

Destiny King

Destiney is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Dallas area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagramand Facebook.