RSVP to the Arboretum’s Fall Festival Dinner on Sept. 22 courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

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Your Fall Bucket List: Dallas Edition

Go "boulevarding," sip salted caramel lattes, and pick the perfect pumpkin.

Autumn isn’t complete until the last leaf has fallen—and you’ve checked off every item on our list of seasonal musts.

  • Pick apples at Henrietta Creek Orchard in Roanoke. Instagram to your heart’s content.
  • Take a hike (while the weather actually allows it) at Cedar Ridge Preserve.
  • Learn how to spruce up your stoop at Dr Delphinium’s preserved flower-topped pumpkin class, offered on Sept. 25. And yes, wine is included.
  • Host an at-home scary movie marathon. 
pumpkin carving at the Old Monk on Henderson
  • Plunk down $13 for a pumpkin, carving kit, and a pint—all proceeds go to a local charity—and show off your ale-enhanced skills at the Old Monk’s annual pumpkin carving fundraiser, which runs Oct. 25–31.
  • RSVP to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Fall Festival Dinner on Sept. 22, a garden-to-table meal prepared by Preston Hollow Catering.
  • Spend a weekend sampling all the limited-time pumpkin-flavored goodies around town: pancakes at Café Brazil, cupcakes at Sprinkles, popsicles at Steel City Pops, and macarons at JOY, to name a few.
  • Sample the seasonal beers from our local breweries.

  • Look to the skies at the 40th Annual Plano Balloon Festival, held at Oak Point Park from Sept. 20–22.
  • Take flight at Romancing the Monarch: A Butterfly Festival, a free family event happening Oct. 5 at Granbury’s Demonstration Gardens, timed to the winged beauties’ annual migration.
  • Perfect a chili recipe.
  • Leaf peep at Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden, where the Japanese maples put on a fall foliage show the likes of which are rarely seen in DFW.
  • Pumpkin spiced lattes are so last year: Get your caffeine fix with Mudsmith’s salted caramel and rose hemp milk latte.
  • Tailgate at TCU or SMU (ahem, the ‘Stangs call it “boulevarding”) before one of their home football games.

    “Boulevarding” at SMU. By Scot and Kristi Redman 
  • Skip the fly-by-night pop-up shops and head to Dallas Vintage Shop for a Halloween costume that will upstage those ungrateful trick-or-treaters.
  • Pick the perfect pumpkin—plus, enjoy a hay ride, maze, petting barn, and more—at Preston Trail Farms Big Orange Pumpkin Farm, open Sept. 15–Nov. 21.
  • Lose your inhibitions at the legendary Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party. The decidedly adults-only affair takes place this year on Oct. 26.
  • Enter your prized pies ($10 an entry) or—better yet—sample the selection (just $5 per person) at the 11th annual White Rock Market Pie Contest, held Nov. 23
puzzle from Nicholson Hardie
  • Actually finish putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Burn Society’s “Folklore” candle—available from Labor Day through Christmas—and fill your home with autumnal notes of pomegranate, peppercorn, and sage.
  • Learn to make a comforting beef bourguignon at Sur la Table’s “Cozy Autumn Meal” cooking class, Oct. 11 at the Knox Street location.

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