Dallas Chocolate Festival
Hang out with chocolatiers from around the country at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. Ticket holders will learn how to harvest cacao and how to package creamy chocolate. Add on a chocolate-making class or a tasting for a little more. And of course, there will be samples. Tickets start at $40 for adults. Learn more here. Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave.
- Addison, Sept. 14-17: One of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in North Texas is Addison’s four day celebration of Bavarian dancing, music, food, and biers. Expect German foods with a Texas twist, like schnitzel sandwiches with turkey legs, smoked jalapeño bratwurst, and jumbo pretzels. Paulaner, a Munich brewery, will be pouring six of its brews at the festival. The festival kicks off the night of Sept. 14 and runs through the 17th. Tickets start at $10. Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Cir., Addison.
- Fort Worth, Sept. 21-23: Slap on some lederhosen and continue the party at Fort Worth’s Oktoberfest, which will happen a week after Addison’s. Live music from dozens of bands will be accompanied by a dachshund race, bratwurst, and skillet potatoes. Tickets start at $15. Trinity Park.
- Dallas, Sept. 30: The 12th annual Dallas Oktoberfest will feature music, food, and brews from Texas and local vendors. The festival will take place at Flag Pole Hill and kick off at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $20 for presale and $10 for kids. 8015 Doran Cir.
The largest wine festival in the southwest attracts thousands each year. Texas has more than 400 wineries, and plenty of them will show up to meet eager enthusiasts. Tickets start at $10, though there are a lot of experiences to tack on if you want to keep the wine tasting going. 200 S. Main St., Grapevine.
Dîner En Blanc
The exclusive all-white French dinner party will take place somewhere on Sept. 16, but attendees won’t know until the day of. It is a decades-long tradition that first started in Paris. It’s been more than four years since the last Dallas Dîner en Blanc party, and we’re excited to see where it happens. Click that link if you’re interested—you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the rules.
SŌTŌ Sake Dinner at Elephant East
In the Harwood District, Asian-inspired concept Elephant East will host a $95 sake dinner featuring SŌTŌ sake and a three-course meal. The dishes will include salad, dry-aged Akaushi strip steak, and miso ice cream, all of which will have sake pairings. Reserve a seating here. 2823 McKinnon St.
The Mid-Autumn Festival in Grand Prairie is a perfect excuse to check out lion dances and gorge on mooncakes all weekend long. The festival celebrates the harvest moon, and one of the best ways to celebrate is with family and friends (and mooncakes). Learn more here. Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Grand Prairie.
Free admission to Sugar Fest gets you a tasting of up to seven tequila samples, a swag bag, and access to the entertainment. There will also be cocktails and food for purchase. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to get more spirit samples and food. Learn more here. Day one will take place at Mexican Sugar Las Colinas, 3215 Regent Blvd., Irving. Day two will take place at Mexican Sugar Plano, 7501 Lone Star Dr., Ste. B150, Plano.
Sept. 29-Oct. 22
State Fair of Texas
You already know this one. The State Fair of Texas is one of the most iconic food and drink events of the year. Start your deep-fried food journey with the Big Tex Choice Awards winners. It can only get better and greasier from there. Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave.