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Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth in October

Get out and enjoy these spectacular fall events.

Now that summer has finally cooled its jets, it's a great time to get out and celebrate fall with food, football and festivals.

Pumpkin Village During Autumn at the Arboretum (Courtesy Dallas Arboretum)

Through Nov. 21  Autumn at the Arboretum

Jump into fall at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with a stunning array of flowers and plants and Pumpkin Village, with more than 90,000 pumpkins.

Through Oct. 31  Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 NFC East champions defend their title Oct. 20 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

State Fair of Texas (©Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)

Through Oct. 20  State Fair of Texas

It’s hard to pick where to start at the State Fair of Texas: There’s more than 70 Midway rides, live music across four stages, a livestock birthing barn and much more.

Through Oct. 20  World Food Championships

Adding some sizzle to the month, the World Food Championships take over the Reunion Tower lawn. It’s literally a competition to really sink your teeth into.

Oct. 19  Water Lantern Festival Dallas

Food, fun and music precede the launching of lanterns at this family-friendly event at Mark Holtz Lake at Globe Life Park.

Oct. 19-20  Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

The high-flying U.S. Navy Blue Angels headline this year’s Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. One of the country’s top air shows dazzles with exhibitions by the F-16 Viper Demo Team, the F-22 Raptor Demo Team and more, highlighting our nation’s armed forces. Go hands-on with exhibits and simulators and let the young ones explore two Kids Zone areas.

Piff the Magic Dragon (©Christopher DeVargas)

Oct. 26  Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff The Magic Dragon, his dog Mr. Piffles and Jade Simone (The Showgirl) take a break from their Las Vegas residency, bringing a unique comedy magic show to the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.