Around Town: October 15 - October 19

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Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

It’s the 30th year of the Alliance Air Show - and it’s North Texas’ first ever drive-in airshow experience. This year’s headliner is the US Air Force Thunderbirds! Also making appearances are: the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II, and the C-17 Globemaster III. The drive-in experience will not include static displays, exhibitors, kids’ inflatables, paid seating areas or chalets.

Where: Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd, Fort Worth, TX

When: Saturday, October 17 & Sunday, October 18

Cost: $50/car

More info: https://www.allianceairshow.com/

Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru

It’s the last weekend of the Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru. Visitors drive through the grounds, decked out in State Fair style, picking up Fair food favorites as they go. When you reach Big Texas circle, you’ll park and exit your car to get a pic with the big man himself...taken by a professional photographer! Then you’ll drive a little more to pick up dessert and some fun on the Midway.

Where: State Fairgrounds, Parry Ave &, Exposition Ave, Dallas

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 18

Cost: $25 - $99

More info: https://bigtex.com/big-tex-fair-food-drive-thru/

Billy Bob’s Concerts

Concerts are finally back at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth. This weekend there are a full slate of performances. On Friday Roger Creger hits the stage. On Saturday it’s Shane Smith and the Saints. Billy Bob’s reminds you to arrive early, as COVID-19 protocols mean it will take longer than normal to get into the venue.

Where: 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth

When: Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.

Cost: $16 - $25 and up

More info: https://billybobstexas.com/events

Cutting Edge Haunted House

It’s opening weekend at Cutting Edge Haunted House. While some haunted houses have chosen not to operate during COVID-19, Cutting Edge is out there doing what they do best...scaring the tar out of people. Cutting Edge has been voted one of the Best Haunted Houses in America and Winner of Guinness World Record for the World's Longest Walk through Horror House.  Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as "Hell's Half Acre," the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear. The meat packing equipment from the Old West is still in use, but now it is a two-story human processing area. You must grab your timed ticket ahead of time.

Where: 1701 E. Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth

When: Friday Oct 9 (7p - 11:30p), Saturday Oct 10 (7p-Mid), Sunday Oct 11 (8p-10p)

Cost: $45

More info: https://www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com/

Dallas Arboretum: Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum highlights 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. With the theme, “The Art of the Pumpkin,” the Dallas Arboretum’s popular festival features one of “the Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season” by Country Living Magazine.   The event opens on September 19 and runs through November 1. Autumn at the Arboretum features breathtaking colors of fall including 150,000 autumn flowers accented by pumpkins, gourds and squash from Floydada, Texas. The festival features the return of the popular Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays, a hay bale maze, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for purchase, music and more.

Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas

When: Daily thru November 1; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two.  Parking is $15 or $10 purchased online.

More info: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/

Diary of Anne Frank: Virtual Performance from UNT

The UNT Theatre Department presents this virtual performance of The Diary of Anne Frank. It’s a recorded presentation that will be shown five times over the weekend. A donor made sure that the performance was free, and available to all, in honor of the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Where: Virtual

When: Thur 7:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: https://unt.universitytickets.com/

Fall Pumpkin Days at Mainstay Farm Park in Cleburne

One of the area’s best pumpkin patches is now open in Cleburne. They call it the “Biggest Backyard in Texas.” With over 40 attractions, plus delicious food and drinks, including, Wine Chillers, Mainstay Farm Wine, and freshly squeezed lemonade. Activities include a new roller coaster, hayride, pumpkin house, standing teeter totters, mazes, a 100’ chute slide, a kids train, farm animals, sheep racing, and more.

Where: 1004 W. Bethesda Rd., Cleburne

When: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, now till November 1

Cost: $14.95 - $17.95

More info: https://www.mainstayfarm.com/

Great Pumpkin Adventure at Golden Triangle Mall

It’s a family friendly halloween adventure all month at Golden Triangle Mall. Activities include: Life-size Tic-tac-toe; Decorate a Keepsake Pumpkin; Sensory & Fear Factor Laboratory; Spider Maze; Decorate Cookies at Grim Reapers Bakery; Skeleton Bone Dig; Gem Dig; Carnival Game Room; Movie Theater; Spooky Forest and Build Your Own Halloween Stuffed Animal.

Where: Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E, Denton

When: Friday, 4p-7p; Saturday, 12p-7p; Sunday, 12p-6p

Cost: $20 - $40

More info: https://shopgoldentriangle.com/sale/the-great-pumpkin-adventure/

Haunted Tall Tales at Reunion Tower

The spirit of Halloween can be found at Reunion Tower- or at least the spirits that inhabit the haunted places of Dallas can be found there this October.  Leave the weary world below to appreciate the view of some of the most haunted places in Dallas from high in the sky on Cloud Nine at Reunion Tower. Be drawn into the space between the worlds with some of the most unforgettable (g)hosts telling some of the tallest tales about the city they once called their home.

According to Director, Rue Neumann, “Halloween is a traditional time to honor the dead, and this year we are bringing some of those dead back to celebrate.” This unique theatrical based event merges the haunted history of Dallas with ghost stories as told by the campfire in a Covid compliant environment.

Where:  300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas

When: Select Dates from October 15 - 31 between 6 p.m. - 8:45 a.m. (every 15 min)

Cost: $45

More info: https://reuniontower.com/events/haunted-tall-tales/

Last Ditch Drive-In Concert Series: Antler and AV The Great

The pandemic has been extremely tough on the brewery industry. Armadillo Brewing Company is getting creative with their concert series. They’re calling it a last ditch effort to stay in business while waiting to get the go ahead that it’s safe to reopen. So these concerts with Antler (on Thursday) and AV The Great (Saturday) are being held drive-in style. Load the family into the station wagon and cruise on down to Armadillo Ale Works and Boca 31 – Denton for a socially-distanced concert experience unlike any other. There will be food and drinks for purchase. You’ll also need to purchase a spot to park your vehicle. No alcoholic beverages are allowed inside of vehicles. But you can sit in your lawn chair and enjoy yourself.

Where: Armadillo Ale Works, 221 Bell Ave, Denton

When: Thursday, October 15 and Saturday, October 17. Lot opens at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 - $60

More info: https://www.prekindle.com/events/armadillo-ale-works

Levitt Living Room Series: Closing Weekend

The Levitt Living Room Series is a group of concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. You can participate virtually (by watching on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/levittpavilionarlington/), or go in-person for limited seating in socially-distanced squares on the lawn.  Masks are required, except when eating or drinking while in your square. You can bring your own food, beverages, chairs and blankets. Friday, Abraham Alexander plays, on Saturday it’s Hayes Carll, and on Sunday, Josh Ward closes out the weekend.

Where: 100 W. Abram St, Arlington

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: https://levittpavilionarlington.org/venue/your-living-room/

Look Club at Dallas Heritage Village

Grab a mask, your paints or pencils, and a sketchbook! The Cedars Union, a nonprofit art incubator, is holding its Look Club, a four-part program that invites the public to draw observationally, focusing on a chosen subject each week. The subjects – Still Life, Landscape, Figure Drawing, and Architecture – will be led by a local artist who incorporates those subjects or themes in his or her work. The session begins with an artist talk, followed by two-and-a-half open hours of drawing or painting from life, whether chosen by the participant or constructed by The Cedars Union.

Where: Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Saturdays from October 3 - October 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m

Cost: Free if you register ($5 at the door)

More info: https://www.cedarsunion.org/organizer/the-cedars-union-2/

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo was pushed back, but it’s still happening in Denton! There’s plenty of entertainment, including main stage performances by Tracy Lawrence on Friday night, Wade Bowen on Saturday, and Pilotos de Chihuahua on Sunday. There’s a PRCA rodeo each night at 7:30 as well. And don’t forget the carnival, livestock shows, and art displays. Oh, and Saturday morning, check out the parade at 10 a.m.

Where: 2217 N Carroll Blvd, Denton

When: Friday, October 16 - Saturday, October 24

Cost: $15-$20, or 4 day passes for $60, or season pass for $120

More info: https://www.ntfair.com/

Perot Museum: Reopened to the Public

The wildly popular Perot Museum of Nature and Science continues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hours after reopening last month. There are new public-health protocols, ticketing procedures, reduced hours, and 25% occupancy limits. Because of the strict occupancy limits, guests should purchase their tickets online ahead of time for their timed entry into the Perot.

Where: 2201 N Field St., Dallas

When: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $13 (Youth 2-18), $18 (Seniors 65+),  $20 (Adults)

More info: https://www.perotmuseum.org/

Pumpkin Nights

Explore fantastical lands, built using over 3,000 hand-carved real (and synthetic) pumpkins. There’s magic around every corner, including a 40-foot long dragon, a ghostly pirate ship, and an undersea wonderland. It’s a family-friendly event that also includes Pumpkin Central, the main festival area, with food and beverages, photo-ops, The Spirit of Pumpkins fire show and more.

Where: Howell Farms, 4016 W. Division, Arlington

When: Now - November 3, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. nightly

Cost: $16 - $20

More info: https://pumpkinnights.com/dallas/

Six Flags Over Texas: HALLOWFEST

HALLOWFEST is underway, and runs weekends through November 1. Operating hours will be Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with limited capacity admission to prevent overcrowding. Reservations, masks and other COVID protocols are in effect. You can ride over 40 rides, and enjoy unique experiences not available the rest of the year.

Where: 2201 E. Road to Six Flags St., Arlington

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 1

Cost: Varies

More info: https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/special-events/hallowfest

Topiaries in the Garden at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) and Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to the newest exhibit “Topiaries in the Garden,” running Oct. 16, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Featuring 12 plant-based animal shapes, such as elephants, giraffes, and butterflies, the displays are sure to stimulate a sense of wonderment and fascination.

Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth

When: Debuting Friday, October 16 - through June 30, 2021

Cost: $6 - $12

More info: https://www.fwbg.org/welcome