Get the family together for these fall activities in Fort Worth and beyond!
Who’s ready for some family fall fun and pumpkin patches in Fort Worth (Dallas-Fort Worth area)? I know I am! It might not be chilly in North Texas in September or even October, but we know how to put on some great family activities. These Fall Activities in Fort Worth do not wait for cool, brisk weather to arrive; yes, it will be hot.
I’ve updated this information for Fall 2022.
Here are a few of my family’s favorite activities you’ll want to put on your calendar for this fall.
Related: Top Farmers Markets in the DFW Area
Family Fall Activities In Fort Worth
Fall is the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors in Texas – not too hot or cold. The warm colors and the brisk cool air the autumn brings to our area are my favorite time of year. My family loves outdoor activities, and we try to attend as many fall and festivities as possible. There’s something about fall that is so irresistible.
1. Vintage Market Days of Denton/Ft Worth
The location is at the NRS Event Center in Decatur, TX, 309 CR 4228. Vintage Days of Denton/Fort Worth is a huge event.
Admission: Early bird – $15 – Sat/Sun $10
2. Denton Community Market
Every Saturday from April to November
Every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm on West Mulberry Street in downtown Denton. I love this market and always find something I need and want. My little Cissy and her tutu were the hit of the day. Denton Community Market. Dog-friendly. Look for live music, kids activities, local farms, artists, food trucks, food vendors, and more. Dog Days of Denton is on Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 9 to 2 pm. Make a day of it in Denton!
3. Fort Worth Botanic Garden
November is considered the start of the fall season at the FTW Botanic Gardens. That’s when all the pretty fall colors, including the Japanese Maples, are sure to be out. Check out the newest happenings – LIGHTSCAPE – Fort Worth’s newest holiday event from November 18 – January 8.
Admission: $6-$12 General
4. Fort Worth Oktoberfest At Panther Island
September 22-24, 2022 – 5:00 pm
Oktoberfest Fort Worth returns to Panther Island Pavilion for a 3-day celebration of German culture in September.
5. Rent A Kayak Or Canoe On The Trinity River
Explore the longest-contained river in Texas. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard or launch your own at several locations—a great activity for social distancing. Rent from Backwoods Paddlesports 6 days a week at Panther Island Pavilion. Also, at Panther Island, you can rent paddleboats, and kids can swim if it’s warm enough. Bring cash and credit. Life jackets are provided.
Tickets: $18 per person for one hour
Pro Tip: If you want to rent a kayak, sign the waiver online BEFORE you get there. WIFI is spotty out there.
6. Rent A Canoe At Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Pets on a leash are welcome. The Fort Worth Nature Center also offers guided hikes and hiking on your own. There is so much to do. Hours starting in September are from 8 am to 5 pm. I believe there is a fee to enter.
Canoe Rentals: $6 Adults (13-64) – Dogs $1. Bring cash.
7. Boo At The Zoo At The Fort Worth Zoo
October 28-30, 2022
Boo at the Zoo is back from 4:30 to 7:30 pm Tickets are the general admission fees, and extra treat coupons will be $3. Parking at the zoo is $5. Fort Worth Boo at the Zoo.
Admission: $13-$17. Parking is $5. Buy tickets online.
Pro Tip: In years past, it’s literally “a zoo” to get in. Lines will be long, so go early and brace yourself!
8. 36th Grapevine GrapeFest
September 15-18, 2022
The annual GrapeFest in Grapevine – a Texas Wine Experience- will feature music performers – headliner Jack Ingram, Taylor Dayne, country singer Joshua Ingram, and many more musical bands. I volunteered last year in a beer booth, but not this year. I hope I get to go this year. It’s always been a great event.
Entertainment at GrapeFest will be awesome with these well-known bands and singers. WOW!!
Admission: $5-$10 – Weekend Pass $20. VIP Tasting Sessions (People’s Choice Wine Tasting) are $50 this year! They usually sell out, but I remember tickets being $25.
9. 16th Annual Fort Worth Marathon
November 13, 2022
A non-profit event that helps fund the fight against child obesity. The race will begin and end at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion. Fort Worth Marathon. If time allows, this is a perfect time to visit downtown Fort Worth.
10. 25th Annual Butterfly Flutterby – Grapevine
October 15, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Butterfly Flutterby Grapevine will again be held at Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. Market vendors will be there selling their wares.
11. The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch Is Going to Open in 2022!
October 1st through October 31, 2022
Lots of pumpkins, hay bales, baked goods, and drinks are available at Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Admission: Usually free, but parking last year was $10 and $20 on weekends. Make Reservations Online.
12. Hall’s Pumpkin Farm Grapevine
It Opens on September 30, 2022
Last year – NEW PRICE – $15 adults, $5 seniors, kids (4-11) $10 – The admission fee included admission into the corn maze and parking. Cash only for hayride tickets. This pumpkin patch has become our favorite now, and I always find the perfect pumpkin here – you know, those knotted ones. Nine feet tall corn maze, hayrides, animals to see, petting zoo, mini pumpkins to buy, food trucks, and bathrooms are nice. Some activities cost money.
Bring CASH. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
13. The Official Monster Jam
October 15, 2022
Who doesn’t like watching big trucks run and dive in the mud? Back by popular demand at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Gates open at 5 pm. This is a fantastic event for Hot Wheel fans!
Monster Jam in Arlington, Texas, promises to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats the entire time!
14. Six Flags Over Texas Fright Fest in Arlington
September 24 – October 31, 2022 (Weekends)
Six Flags Fight Fest is coming, updates will be here when available. Head here for fun Halloween activities and scary moments. I’ve heard it has a cutting-edge haunted house.
Tickets: Parking is not free.
15. Celebrate Roanoke
October 8, 2022, Noon to 9 pm
Celebrate Roanoke’s annual event on Historic Oak Street.
Look forward to Gunfights and a chuck wagon, horse show, armadillo races, pig races, a petting zoo, and more. Brody and I loved going to this event in the past. There were all kinds of fun activities to do for the whole family, including bounce houses, food trucks, face painting, live entertainment, and vendors.
16. The Clearfork Farmer’s Market – Fort Worth
A year-round farmer’s market in Clearfork on the Trinity Trails’ riverfront is held on Saturdays from 8 am to Noon. Not far from the Fort Worth Zoo.
17. Grapevine Farmers And Artisan Market
10 am to 4 pm through September 2022
By the gazebo every Saturday at 325 S. Main St.
The Open-air Christmas Market will open soon afterward (dates to be announced)
18. State Fair of Texas
September 30 – October 23, 2022
It’s that time of the year for the Texas State Fair at Fair Park. https://bigtex.com
19. Fort Worth Cattle Herd
Every day at 11:30 am and at 4 pm
The Fort Worth Cattle Herd in the Stockyards is in the Fort Worth Stockyards on East Exchange Avenue. This is a sight if you have never witnessed the herd coming through town. Get your cameras ready. https://www.fortworth.com/the-herd/
20. AllianceTexas Aviation Expo Air Show By Bell
October 22, 2022
Tickets are sold online only at https://www.allianceairshow.com/.
21. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
January 13 – February 4, 2023
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is a huge deal in this area.
22. Dallas Arboretum
September 17 – October 31, 2022
DFW’s favorite fall spots to visit. This is a must-visit just for the pumpkin village and amazing photo opportunities. Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum
23. Dallas Farmers Market
Pet-friendly. Dallas Farmers Market: Things To Know
24. Lone Star Family Farm – Stephenville
September 24, 2022
If you want to take a short drive from Fort Worth, the Lone Star Family Farm is in Stephenville. It’s sure to be fun for the entire family, with racing pigs, a corn maze, lots of pumpkins to choose from, picnic tables, a hay bale maze, gourds, and more. We visited here years ago and had so much fun.
Happy Fall, Y’all! I know there are many more Fall Activities in Fort Worth, so I’ll update this list when I find more cool family activities. If you know of any, please leave the information in the comments, and I’ll be sure to add it to my list here. Thank you.
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