Here are seven festivals for Dallas-Fort Worth residents looking for family-friendly ways to spend a weekend this fall.


Plano Balloon Festival

The Plano Balloon Festival is a family-friendly event featuring balloon launches and entertainment. The festival includes a fireworks display, live music and a parachute team exhibition. In addition, food and merchandise vendors will be on the grounds.
  • Sept. 21-24, 5-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 4-10 p.m. Sept. 22, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 23, 6-11 a.m. Sept. 24
  • $10 (admission)
  • Oak Point Park Special Events Field, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Oktoberfest in McKinney

Enjoy authentic German food, domestic and imported beer, and live music in Historic Downtown McKinney’s Oktoberfest celebration. In addition to the live music, a beard and mustache competition will be held, and Tupps Brewery will tap the keg, which serves as the event’s opening ceremony.
  • Sept. 22-24, 4 p.m.-midnight Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-midnight Sept. 23, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24
  • Free (admission)
  • Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney
Lewisville Western Days Festival

The Lewisville Western Days festival will offer themed events, food, live music and more. Live music will be held at the Lewisville Grand Theater. Headliners Mark Chestnut and Lee Brice will be accompanied by various artists.
  • Sept. 29-30, 4-11:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sept. 30
  • Free before 5 p.m.; $15 for people 12 and older after 5 p.m.
  • Lewisville Grand Theater, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville
Flower Mound Arts Festival

Flower Mound residents can attend the town’s third annual Arts Festival at Heritage Park. The event will include live performances and art vendors. It will also allow attendees to create art and add to the community mural.October

Cottonwood Art Festival

The semiannual Cottonwood Art Festival returns to showcase national artists. This year will also include the inaugural Walk the Chalk sidewalk chalk art contest with a chance to win a cash prize.
  • Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 8
  • Free (admission)
  • Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson
Celebrate Roanoke festival

Residents can settle into October by participating in the 26th annual Celebrate Roanoke festival. This year, the event will include a rodeo, live music, a drone light show, children activities, longhorn visits and photos, and more. It will also feature several food booths and a photo booth, an alpaca petting zoo, an animal calling competition, bubble wrangling locomotive rides, and Western re-enactments.Plano International Festival

The 19th annual Plano International Festival will be held at Haggard Park in Plano. The event partners the Plano Symphony Orchestra with several local dance groups to bring multicultural performances to life. The event will also feature several vendors and children’s activities.