Around Cowtown: Family-Friendly Events for October 2016


FALL IS FINALLY HERE, and, hopefully, cold weather and the thick sweaters and actual need for warm drinks is not far behind. As you long for the heat to melt away, we imagine you’re searching for some October entertainment for the littles or the big kids or the whole family or even just yourself. Well, look no further! Here’s a great list of happenings this October.

If you happen to be on the hunt for pumpkin patch locations and fall festival whereabouts, then mosey on over to our 2016 Guide to Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals. Yes, there is so much going on this month, we had to create TWO guides.

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October 1-23

State Fair of Texas — 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Fair Park // It’s here folks. Get your corndogs, caramel apples, fried foods. Shop, check out the livestock, and enjoy some sweet tunes. Ticket prices vary.

October 8-9

“The Best of Everything” Consumer Expo — 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on October 8 and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on October 9 at Dallas Market Hall // You’ll find something for everyone, including: Belgian chocolate truffles, jewelry, skin care products, women’s fashion, handcrafted handbags, wickless candles, travel, fine art, dog accessories, cutlery, and gourmet food products from 54 different companies.

October 13-16

Christmas in Cowtown — varying times at Will Rogers Memorial Center // Get your Christmas shopping done early, and find some fun eats and treats!

October 14-16

Family Camping Weekend — Camp El Tesoro // Listen to stories around the campfire, and participate in outdoor activities such as zip lining, kayaking, archery, and even art. There will be new cabins, delicious meals, and family memories made to last. Enjoy this fall camping weekend with your friends and family. Cost is $25-$80 per person applies to ages five and older.

October 20-30 

The Phantom of the Opera — varying times at Bass Performance Hall // Witness this classic and chilling story brought to the stage in a fresh way.

Saturday, October 1

Camp Cullin Carnival and Fun Run — 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at HF Stevens Middle School // Camp Cullin is a retreat from grief for siblings of loss and their families. It hosts fundraisers throughout the year in order to sponsor kids at camp. Join the 4th annual fun run to support this organization. $5 entry and $1 cakewalk. Kids four and under are free. All money will go to the kids of Camp Cullin 2017.

Walk to Remember — 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Church // This is a time when you can gather with others to remember all the babies who have gone too soon. Join the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death for a beautiful ceremony that ends with a balloon release. You can also participate in a raffle or become a sponsor.

Animal Exploration — 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. at the River Legacy Living Science Center // Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals during a live animal observation with a River Legacy naturalist.

Sunday, October 2

Rhett’s Roadies — 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Billy Bob’s // Enjoy live acoustic performances from several Texas country music artists and a live, silent auction. The concert and auction are free to the public and all of the proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas, KinderFrogs at TCU, and the Fort Worth Dream Park. Admission is free.

Monday, October 3

Coyote Drive-In: Storks — Watch a family movie under the stars. Tickets are $5. Children four and under are free.

Tuesday, October 4

Discovery Day: Monarch Tagging — 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens // As the butterflies make their trek to Mexico, you can participate in this natural cycle by tagging and releasing the monarchs. Bring gardening gloves. Kids ages four to 18 are welcome.

Thursday, October 13

Artini Hour — 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the River Legacy Living Science Center // Turn newspapers into beautiful beads. Instruction, supplies, and a tasty adult beverage will be provided. This month’s featured drink is a Bloody Mary. Wine and light appetizers will also be served. Cost is $15 per person. Ages 21 up only. Driver’s license is required.

Friday, October 14

Friday on the Green — 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Magnolia Green Park // Good music, good food, and good times galore. Free.

Wednesday, October 19

Brenda West Cockerell Event — 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at North Richland Hills Library // Dallas-based author Brenda West Cockerell will host a special story time and sign copies of her book In Grandma’s Garden. The story time will include a tour through “Grandma’s garden,” crafts, and a fun “worms and dirt” dessert. Each child will also have the opportunity to plant a fall flower to take home to his or her own garden. This event is open to the public, and children of all ages are welcome.

Saturday, October 22

Children’s Workshop — Kids will view art in new ways by working with iPad photography. For children ages six to 12. Cost is $15.

Wild Edibles — 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the River Legacy Living Science Center // Season 2 Masterchef finalist Ben Starr will discuss the various native wild edibles available and lead a nature walk along the trails to forage for wild edibles. Best suited for ages 16 and older.

Art Discovery: Lost and Found — 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art // Take the family to browse the art Amon Carter has to offer. Then, create art yourself with objects you find along the way. Best for kids ages seven to 12. Free.

Dog Day Afternoon 40th Anniversary Celebration — 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Flag Pole Hill // Gather your furry friends and come out to the largest festival in Dallas that celebrates dogs and the people who love them.

Tuesday, October 25

Little Sprouts: Vegetables — 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens // Children ages 18-36 months will discover the wonder of vegetables and even learn some simple gardening tasks.

Friday, October 28

Dia de los Muertos — 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rose Marine Theater Plaza // Dance to music, let your kids have their face painted (or perhaps your own), and taste some pan de muerto. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will have its own booth at the festival.

Saturday, October 29 

Dark Waters — 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at SEA LIFE Grapevine // Experience a spooky, spine-tingling night. During this special after-hours event, follow the Hallow-marine scavenger hunt to unscramble a eerie phrase and don your best costume for a chance to win prize packs.

Be sure to check out the FWMB’s Calendar of Events for even more family-friendly fun, date night ideas, and kid-themed activities. You can submit events HERE. The Fort Worth Moms Blog also hosts local Neighbor Group Facebook pages for moms in various regions of Tarrant County as well as topical groups, such as adoptive moms, single moms, food allergy moms, etc. For a complete listing of Neighbor Groups, which offer monthly play date meet ups, visit HERE.


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