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6 Fall Activities to Get You Out of Your House (and Maybe into Someone Else’s)

From pumpkin patches to home tours, here are just a few fun things to do while your guests are in town.
Autmn Arboretum
Autumn at the Arboretum. Strekoza2

Autumn at the Arboretum

Why carve a pumpkin when you can ride in Cinderella’s carriage? From September 17 through Halloween, the Dallas Arboretum will transform into your favorite storybooks, complete with a pumpkin patch, hay maze, 150,000 flowers, and more. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and a chunky sweater and pretend temperatures aren’t still in the upper 80s.

DFM Pumpkin Patch

A pumpkin on your front porch is gourd-geous (we couldn’t help ourselves). So, as you’re shopping produce this fall at the Dallas Farmers Market, stop by The Shed for your perfect pumpkin. Beginning September 17, DFM is selling more than 25 varieties at its seasonal pumpkin patch every day until Halloween. 920 S. Harwood.

Thrift Studio 

Through September 24, Dwell with Dignity is hosting its celebrated annual pop-up, Thrift Studio. In addition to scoring high-end home goods for a fraction of the retail price, shoppers can also browse wares by other area non-profits as part of the inaugural Social Impact Marketplace, happening on Saturdays. 1506 Market Center Blvd.

Kips Bay Show House

Kips Bay is back! Celebrating its third year in Dallas, the show house will feature 24 esteemed designers from across the country and will run September 22–25. The event benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York along with Dallas’ The Crystal Charity Ball and Dwell with Dignity.

Hollywood Santa Monica Home Tour

Just south of Lakewood Hills, Hollywood/Santa Monica conservation district is showcasing five homes during its 29th annual home tour. Sign up for Friday night’s Wine Walk and Candlelight tour or come during the day Saturday. There will be a silent auction item at each house, and the tour will also feature two art studios to showcase the work of local artists, as well as the Tennison Pollinator GardenSeptember 30–October 1.

Lakewood Home Tour

The Lakewood Home Tour is back in person for the first time in two years. For $25, you can tour six architecturally significant homes across the neighborhood. Says event chair Stephanie Bowen Wright, “Moms and daughters and grandmothers all get together and actually look forward to this as an annual tradition.” November 12–13.


Catherine Wendlandt

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