Red River Showdown & More Stuff to Do in Dallas This Weekend

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Hi Dallas!

Are you ready to have some FUN?! There are so many great things to do in Dallas this weekend! We can’t wait to share them with you!

From starting the weekend with a fun filled night at the Uptown Night Market, to cheering on your favorite college football team, to sipping your way through Legacy West, or shopping local artisans at the Boho Market, to enjoying an outdoor movie night featuring Hocus Pocus, or visiting the newly opened Children’s Aquarium, there are so many fun things to do happening in Dallas this weekend! It’ll be a blast!

First things first, are you READY for the Red River Showdown this weekend?

It’s THE football game of the State Fair of Texas! More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 9 | 12:00pm
📍 Cotton Bowl | 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, Texas, 75210
🎟 Tickets starting at $188

Have you been to the State Fair of Texas yet?

Raise your hand if you love the State Fair of Texas as much as we do! We are so excited that it’s finally State Fair time again here in Dallas. We are so happy that the State Fair is finally back this year so that we can enjoy all the delicious fried food, live performances, football games, the Auto Show, rides, the Rodeo, and so much more! The Best Things to Do at The State Fair of Texas

Now, let Vanessa and Kally help plan the rest of your weekend!

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Some Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Let’s get this weekend started!

Have you been to the Uptown Night Market at McKinney & Olive yet? It’s such a fun event with live music, delicious food, photo ops, lawn games, and amazing local artisans. Make a date night out of it or get your girls together for a fun girls night. 

Parking for the night market is free during market hours at McKinney & Olive’s garages on Olive and Harwood streets. ⠀⠀⠀

Event Details
🗓 Oct 8 |6:00pm–10:00pm
📍 McKinney and Olive | 2021 McKinney Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75201
🎟 Free

Calling all wine lovers!

The Plano Food + Wine Festival is happening this weekend at Legacy West. You don’t want to miss it. The event features 30 local and national award-winning wineries, live music, and food from 15 delicious Plano restaurants, including KAI Restaurant & Lounge, The Dock, Dillas Quesadillas, Torchy’s Taco, Shake Shack, and many more! 

Event Details
🗓 Oct 9 | 12:00pm–7:00pm
📍 Legacy West | 5908 Headquarters Drive, Plano, TX 75024
🎟 $45

Shop local this weekend!

Is there any better way to start the weekend than with a nice shopping spree?! Head over to CityLine for Night Market by the Boho Market. Shop from local artisans offering handcrafted goods such as candles, jewelry, accessories, and so much more!

Make sure to come hungry, CityLine restaurants all have a delicious menu, and lot of indoor and outdoor seating.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 8 | 6:00pm–10:00pm
📍 CityLine | 1251 State St, Richardson, Texas, 75082
🎟 Free

Who’s ready for a Halloween movie night to gear up for spooky season this weekend?! 

The Rooftop Cinema Club at Heritage Village is showing a bunch of fun Halloween movies this month. It’s a super fun open-air movie experiences. They have everything you need for a perfect movie night. You get to choose between three different seating options including bean bags, loungers, and love seats. Once the movie starts you just put on your wireless headphones to tune into the movie. Make sure to arrive early to have plenty of time to pick up your favorite concessions, including soda, popcorn, nachos, tons of candy, and jumbo pickles.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 8 | 7:30pm
📍 Heritage Village | 1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, Texas, 75215
🎟 15.50

Cheer on our Dallas Teams!

Event Details
🗓 Oct 5 | 7:00pm
📍 American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75201
🎟️ Tickets start at $5

Event Details
🗓 Oct 7 | 7:00pm
📍 American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75201
🎟️ Tickets start at $6

Event Details
🗓 Oct 6 | 7:30pm
📍 American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75201
🎟️ Tickets start at $13

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🗓 Oct 8 | 7:30pm
📍 American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75201
🎟️ Tickets start at $10

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🗓 Oct 10 | 3:25pm
📍 AT&T Stadium | 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas, 76011
🎟️ Tickets start at $48

We’ve found some fun sports bars that offer not only a place to watch a game but also some great food and drinks! Head to any of our favorite sports bars in Dallas to cheer on the Cowboys, Mavs and Stars. 

Spooky season is upon us!

Help stop the zombie outbreak in Dallas this weekend! Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive real time Zombie Hunt where you are the first person shooter in a zombie outbreak with special paintball equipment.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 8 | 7:00pm
📍 Cousins Paintball Dallas | 8975 FM 740 South, Forney, Texas, 75126
🎟 $9.95

Are you looking for some more spooky activities around Dallas?

We’re creepin’ it real this Halloween with the best things to do in Dallas. Whether you like to be spooked, want to have a hauntingly good time with the family, or are looking for some BOOze, we have compiled a list of the best haunted houses and Halloween events in Dallas for you.

Our Pick of the Week

The Children’s Aquarium is officially open again! The aquarium got a full makeover, from new paint colors, amazing murals by local artist Steve Hunter, new super fun hands-on experiences, and of course new fish. The Children’s Aquarium currently houses more than 15,000 fish featuring Swell Sharks, Archer Fish (that spit), Weedy Sea Dragons, Doctor Fish, Mahi Mahi, and so many more. It’s such a great place to explore with your kids. One of our favorite things to do at the aquarium was being able to touch the Cownose Rays and participating in a bunch of other hands-wet activities.

Monday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–5:00pm

During the State Fair of Texas: Monday–Sunday | 10:00am–7:00pm

📍 Dallas Children’s Aquarium | 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75210 (at Fair Park)

Looking for some more things to do in Dallas with your kids this weekend?

We’ve created a list with all the best things to do in Dallas with your kids. From indoor activities such as museums and waterparks to fun outdoor activities, like ziplining, paddle boarding, or a trip to the zoo, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Let’s jump right into it! The Best Things to Do in Dallas With Kids

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Still looking for something fun to do on Sunday?

Let’s get creative! ⠀

Join ColorHype for their Acrylic Pouring Flip Cup or Sipped Coasters this weekend at the Reunion Tower. It’s the perfect activity to do with your girls or for a fun date night. During this class you will learn how to how to acrylic pour using a flip cup or dipping a set of hexagon ceramic coasters. If you choose the Flip Cup option, you’ll receive an 8×10 canvas plus all other materials needed. If you choose the Dipped Pour Coasters, you’ll receive a set of coasters to dip. Time to have so fun!

Tip: Make sure to arrive early to that you can visit to the GeO-Deck at the Reunion Tower before your class!

Event Details
🗓 Oct 10 | 5:00pm–8:00pm
📍 Reunion Tower | 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, Texas, 75207
🎟 $58

Want to explore downtown Dallas a little more?

We don’t know about you, but we love free things to do in Dallas! Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Today we want to share some of the best FREE things to do in downtown Dallas with you. The Best Free Things to Do in Downtown Dallas

What's coming up?

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Calling all Whisky lovers, or anyone who wants to learn more about whiskies! Whiskies of the World is coming to Dallas and you don’t want to miss it. With its origins in San Francisco, Whiskies of the World features whiskies from around the globe, including Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. During the event you get to taste a variety of different whiskies and meet the outstanding personalities of the whisky world.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 28 | 7:15pm–9:00pm
📍 Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens | 2728 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Event Details
🗓 Oct 29 | 7:15pm–9:00pm
📍 Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens | 2728 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

See you next week Dallas!

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Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa 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 Instagram and Facebook.