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Happy Fall Y'all! What To Do in DFW - November 2018

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Looking for something fun to do? Craving a new dining experience?

Our amazing team has pulled together their list of favorite fall activities and restaurants offering Seasonal Fall, Thanksgiving, and pre-Christmas holiday activities in various areas around the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. Check it out, and if you attend one of the suggested venues featured in our list, please come back and comment to share how it went!


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Date(s): September 15th-November 21st

Time: 8:00am-9:00pm

What: Preston Trail Farms: Dallas Pumpkin Patch

Location:15102 TX-289, Gunter, TX 75058

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at Preston Trail Farms provides visitors with a chance to experience blossoming small green pumpkins right on the vine, hay rides, a 6-foot hay maze, a farm train, and a petting farm for a taste of the country life. The Preston Trail Farms Café offers delicious meals for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Wednesday and for breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday - Sunday. Gift items, toys and books are available in the Preston Trail Farms General Store (and so much more!)

Date: November 16th 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.- 8: 30 p.m.

What: Addison Circle Tree Lighting

Where: Beckert Park

5044 Addison Cir, Addison, TX 75001

 Come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the Annual Addison Circle Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 in Beckert Park, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Along with a special performance by the WaterTower Theatre, the tree lighting will feature Santa & Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, giveaways, kids entertainment, holiday gift shopping, holiday music, and more!

Date: November 17th 2018

Time: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

What: Sundance Square Tree Lighting

Where: Sundance Square Ft. Worth, TX

Join us for this special evening celebrating the start of the Christmas season. See the beautiful 56-foot tall tree in all its glory and get your picture with Santa.

Date: November 18th, 2018

Time: 2 p.m.- 7 p.m.

What: Lights at Legacy

Where: Shops of Legacy Plano, TX

The Shops at Legacy kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting festival. There will be train rides, caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, toy soldier stilt walkers, little drummer boys and more. The countdown to the official tree lighting begins at 6 p.m.

Come early for a holiday screening of Elf (2 p.m. at the Angelika, $9). Starting at 4 p.m., the first 200 guests who visit the welcome booth (in front of Mi Cocina) receive an exclusive swag bag of goodies.

Photos with Santa are available for $15, with the proceeds benefiting Children's Medical Center Plano.

Date(s): October 30th- November 21st 2018

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm

What : Autumn at the Arboretum features Adventures in Neverland

Location: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squashes are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this summer, soon making their way to Dallas for Autumn at the Arboretum, a national fall festival presented by Rogers-O'Brien Construction. Named "One of The World's 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens" by Architectural Digest, the Dallas Arboretum's festival highlights Adventures in Neverland featuring scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The Pumpkin Village begins in London at the house of the Darlings. Other major stops include the Lost Boys hideout where Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys talk about never growing up. A pirate ship sails the seas of gourds and pumpkins in Pecan Grove where Captain Hook keeps his eye to the sky as his never-ending hunt for Peter continues. Tick-Tock, the Crocodile waits patiently among the pumpkins for another opportunity to attack. A visit to Neverland would not be complete without a stop by Tinker Bell's home where she does her tinkering.

Date: November 14th- 17th 2018

Time: Wed. 11/14: Preview Party, $75

Thu. 11/15: First Call 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $25

Thu. 11/15: General Admission 1-9 p.m., $12/$15

Fri. 11/16: GA 10 a.m.-8 p.m., $12/$15

Sat. 11/17: GA 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $12/$15

What: Chi Omega Christmas Market

Where: Centennial Hall at Fair Park

1001 Washington St, Dallas, TX 75210

Shop for holiday gifts and décor with more than 190 merchants, take photos with Santa and help raise money for local charities. Discounted tickets are available at Tom Thumb stores while supplies last.

Date(s): November 22, 2018

Time: 7am-10am

What: Plano Turkey Trot

Location: 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy

Plano, TX 75074

We are excited to announce that the Plano Turkey Trot has come together with Thanksgiving runs from around the nation to from a multi-city running festival called the American Turkey Tradition. Now, in addition to running with everyone at your local event you will be able to come together with runners from around the country in the World’s Largest Thanksgiving running festival.

Date(s): November 22, 2018

Time: 8am-10:30am

What: North Texas Turkey Trot: Benefiting Miracle League of Frisco

Location: 5500 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034


This is the 8th year for the popular and growing family event on Thanksgiving Day in Frisco. The event offers a 10K trot, 5K trot, and a Miracle Mile for kids. Join thousands of participants who celebrate the holiday with grandparents, relatives, friends and their youngest who we look to see with their own families in the years ahead!

Date(s): November 22, 2018

Time: 9am

What: Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Location: Dallas City Hall

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is one of the largest multi-event races in the country. The excitement that surrounds Dallas City Hall Plaza grows each year as more runners and new generations of families turn out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere that is the backdrop for the race and walk.

The Trot consists of both certified 5K and 8-mile races for serious runners. The 5K is also the choice course for new runners, families with young kids/strollers, grandparents, and anyone looking to take their time and enjoy the morning with friends and family.

All proceeds from The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot support community programs by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas like the YMCA After School program. Thanks to the support of participants and sponsors, we award over $300,000 in scholarships so Dallas's children have a safe, educational, and fun place to be after the school day is done.

For over 50 years the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has been THE thing to do Thanksgiving morning. It's Dallas's way to begin Thanksgiving Day!

We'll see you at The Trot!

Date(s): November 23- December 2, 2018

What: The Nutcracker

Location: AT&T Performing Arts Center
2403 Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201

It's a holiday tradition like no other. A magical Christmas Eve comes to life in the ballet that has delighted generations with its charming story and exquisite dancing. Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle an army of mice led by the evil Rat King, and travel through a winter wonderland to the Sugar Plum Fairy's Kingdom of Sweets. Step into the beloved Christmas dream, and add a little extra magic to your family's holiday memories.

Restaurant, Address, and Phone Number


The Capital Grille

Crescent Shops and Galleries

500 Crescent Ct. #135

Dallas, TX 75201


The Capital Grille

This steakhouse is bustling every night with diners primed to attack mammoth portions. High-rollers can start with an appetizer of beluga caviar served in regal style, but if you're not putting the meal on your expense account, opt for the tender lobster-crab cakes instead, or the wedge salad---a hefty chunk of iceberg lettuce crowned with blue cheese dressing and crumbled bacon. While there are some good seafood selections here, like the grilled Norwegian salmon with dill mayonnaise, it's the meat that rules, like the Prime porterhouse or the veal chop, sizzling with its Roquefort butter sauce. Sample the best of both worlds with the filet Oscar---ten ounces of filet mignon served with asparagus spears and colossal lump crab meat all drizzled with house-made béarnaise. Of the very good side dishes, we especially like the mountain of fried rounds of potatoes topped with fried shredded onions, probably enough for four hungry diners. Cap-off your meal with the creamy homemade cheesecake and check out the list of after-dinner drinks---perhaps the most extensive in town. Lunchtime diners will find a fine burger, but we can't resist the rich lobster salad accompanied by lots of good raisin-walnut bread.


4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038



The Law restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas will serve a memorable Thanksgiving feast suitable for royalty. The extensive menu includes everything from traditional favorites such as mashed sweet potatoes, stuffing, and roasted turkey to pork tenderloin, crab, oysters, salmon, sushi, and poke. Kids will love the buffet made just for them that features their favorite entrees like chicken strips and gourmet grilled cheeses. Brunch items are also included on the menu.

Cast Iron Restaurant

1300 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102-6556


Cast Iron

The Cast Iron Restaurant at Omni Fort Worth Hotel is set for a grand Thanksgiving brunch and dinner. Brunch is served until 3 p.m. and includes items such as bread, rolls, wine-poached pears, crab claws, turkey, ham, blueberry sausage patties, a cupcake display, and kids' buffet.

The evening Thanksgiving menu is equally delicious but has fewer items from which to choose. Selections include chestnut apple soup, persimmon salad, turkey ballotin, crusted salmon, braised short rib, spiced pumpkin pie, and cinnamon apple cobbler.

 Reservations are required for brunch. Children 5 and younger eat free for either brunch and dinner. If you'd like to eat at home but not have to cook, Cast Iron will prepare a takeout Thanksgiving dinner for you, but you must place your order by November 19.

III Forks

17776 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287


III Forks

III Forks restaurant in North Dallas will serve a four-course Turkey Day dinner. The first course includes either tenderloin tomato soup or lobster bisque; the second course is its award-winning III Forks salad. For the entrée, choose from spice-rubbed turkey, maple-glazed salmon, or beef tenderloin, and your dessert options include pumpkin pie cake, roasted chestnut ice cream, Kentucky bourbon chocolate pecan pie, or chocolate marquise torte.

Cadot Restaurant

18111 Preston Rd #120, Dallas, TX 75252


Cadot Restaurant

If you want to add a bit of French flavor to your Thanksgiving brunch, you can try this Dallas restaurant open on Thanksgiving as long as you're able to secure a reservation. However, you should act fast to book your table as this popular upscale restaurant is one of the fastest to fill up for the holiday. Cadot's Thanksgiving menu includes wild mushroom brie soup, bibb lettuce salad, roasted turkey, salmon, flat iron steak, warm apple tart, pumpkin pannacotta, and cranberry and pecan tart.

Table 13

4812 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254


Table 13

For a cozy and hip Thanksgiving spot, try Table 13, which offers vintage-inspired food and beverages in "a distinctive, upscale atmosphere reminiscent of (the) early 1960s," according to the restaurant's website. Table 13 is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner paired with live music all day, and reservations are required for a table.


2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201-1873



Fearing's restaurant in Dallas will be open on Thanksgiving. Dean Fearing, the restaurant's creator and a partner in the establishment, is the author of "The Texas Food Bible," and Fearing's has received many accolades, including being named Restaurant of the Year and Table of the Year by Esquire magazine. It also earned the Number One spot in Hotel Dining in the United States by the Zagat Survey. With its excellent reputation, you can't go wrong spending the holiday at Fearing's.

Gaylord Texan Resort

1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051


Gaylord Texan Resort

This resort, located in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, actually has three restaurants open on Thanksgiving: Riverwalk Cantina, Zeppole Coastal Italian, and Old Hickory Steakhouse. All three will serve turkey as well as other offerings based on the kinds of foods the restaurants specialize in. So if you want pasta, pancakes, or pastries with your turkey, you'll be able to satisfy your palate at one of these restaurants.

Q de Cheval

15201 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001


Q de Cheval

Enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch buffet at the luxurious Hotel Intercontinental. The feast includes salads, seafood, imported cheeses, prime rib, turkey, ham, salmon, sushi, pastries, and omelets. There's also a kids' buffet featuring mini burgers, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, and more. Relax with good food, a glass of champagne, and live music provided by an in-house classical musician.


4005 Preston Road, Plano, TX 75093



Mignon restaurant in Plano will serve up its annual Thanksgiving buffet, including all of the traditional Turkey Day fixings with a bit of a fancier touch. Menu favorites include butternut squash soup, turkey with sage butter and gravy, sugar-glazed ham, green beans with toasted almonds, cheddar whipped potatoes with chives, creamed corn with bacon and caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, and either (or perhaps both!) pecan or pumpkin pie.

The Grape

2808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206


The Grape

At The Grape, you can get your Thanksgiving feast to go. Open on Thanksgiving, this Dallas restaurant prepares dinners for you that serve up to 15 people and include carved turkey, quarts of gravy, pans of dinner rolls, cranberry-orange relish, stuffing, green beans, and pecan and pumpkin pies. If you would like this take-home feast, you must order by the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Bringing home this delicious dinner will make you a Thanksgiving hero.

The Second Floor Kitchen

13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240


The Second Floor Kitchen

The Second Floor at Westin Galleria Dallas, Level 2 (hence the restaurant's name), will have a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet with many seatings throughout the day. The buffet will include all of the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixings. The restaurant also provides free valet parking as part of the meal, which is something to be thankful for on this day of gratitude.

Restaurant 506

506 N. Center Street Arlington, TX 76011

(817) 801-5541

Restaurant 506

It’s your choice—from appetizer, entrée to dessert, you get to pick at Restaurant 506! First pick either a crisp butter & lettuce wedge or spiced butternut squash bisque for an appetizer then pick your entrée: oven roasted turkey with cranberry and sage stuffing, giblet gravy, garlic whipped potatoes; steelhead salmon with bacon lardon & leek couscous with roasted red pepper aioli; or a veal T-bone steak with wild mushroom ragout, glazed carrots and fingerling potatoes. Dessert options include 506 chocolate mousse pie OR pumpkin spice bread pudding The kid's menu has two choices: chicken tender with mac n’ cheese OR grilled cheese with fruit. Kids dessert options are vanilla ice cream or bread pudding. Enjoy this meal on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am to 3 pm. Make your reservations today.

Price: $49 for adults and $14.95 for children.

Humperdinks Brewpub

6050 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

(214) 368-1203

700 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX 76011

(817) 640-8553


Humperdinks on Greenville Ave, which also has a location near Six Flags in Arlington, is serving up a Thanksgiving feast: turkey, gravy, handmade stuffing, green beans, sweet yams, cranberry sauce and a side of pecan pie or pumpkin pie. Choose from all you can eat for $21 a person. Open 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Buttons Food and Music

4701 W. Freeway, Chapel Hill Shopping Center Fort Worth, TX 76107

(817) 735-4900


Buttons will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. at a reasonable price of $32 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under.

Bird Café

155 E. 4th and Commerce

Fort Worth, TX 76102


Bird Café

In Downtown Ft.Worth you can brunch it up at Bird Café from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cafe has a fun menu with items like Iowa cheddar ham and Texas pecan cheddar biscuits, corned beef benedict and waffle carne asada!

Del Frisco’s Grille

154 East 3rd Street Fort Worth, TX 76102-4063

(817) 887-9900

Del Frisco's Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille has a Thanksgiving pre-fixe menu: butternut soup or salad, slow-roasted turkey and dessert (pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie).

Hannah’s off the Square

111 W Mulberry  

Denton, TX  76201

(940) 566-1110

Hannah's off the Square

Hannah’s off the Square has been providing upscale comfort food for Dentonites and visitors for 16 years. Diners will be treated to a family-style Thanksgiving dinner of smoked Cornish hen, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing with chestnuts and sage, gravy, cranberry and pecan relish, butternut squash with brown sugar and sage, green beans, bacon roasted brussels sprouts, traditional cranberry sauce and homestyle macaroni and cheese. Pre-fixe prices are $89 for adults and $30 per child. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cool River Café

1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038

(972) 871-8881

Cool River Café

Irving’s upscale steakhouse, Cool River Café, is carving up a choice of either hickory smoked herb-crusted turkey breast, scrumptious sides and a choice of “Pumpkin Cranberry Bas” or classic pecan pies for $26.95. Open 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.



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