A Guide to Collin County Fall Festivals & Events

Fall festivals near me Be sure to check ahead for changes or cancellations.


Autumn Fest

Little Elm has a weekend full of live music, food trucks, a carnival with rides and games, and activities for kids of all ages. Armbands can be purchased for unlimited rides on Thursday and Sunday. See link for more details including varied event hours.

Location :: Little Elm Park, Little Elm

Date :: Thursday-Sunday, September 15–18, 2021; hours vary by day, see event page for details

Cost :: FREE admission

Autumn at the Arboretum

This year’s theme is “A Fall Fairy Tale,” featuring gourd-based reimagined takes on Jack and the BeanstalkThe Three Little PigsThe Sword in the Stone, and One Thousand and One NightsScroll through the seasonal activities for info on the Fall Vendor Market & Craft Fair (October 8–9) or the Diwali Pop-Up (October 22–23). See link for details and additional activities.

Location :: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas

Date :: September 17–October 31, 2022; hours vary by day, see event page for details

Cost :: Included with garden admission, from $10.

McKinney Oktoberfest

Polka, beer, brats, weenie dogs, and all the usual festival fun: marketplace vendors, live music, arts & crafts, carnival, and more. FAQs here with lots more info.

Location :: Historic Downtown McKinney Square

Date :: Friday–Sunday, September 23–25, 2022; hours vary by day, see event page for details

Cost :: FREE admission

State Fair of Texas

You’ll find so much info about visiting the State Fair on their site: Family Fun & Shows, New Food, a complete State Fair event schedule that you can filter by category, venue, or time. It’s a very comprehensive situation over there.

Location :: Fair Park, Dallas

Date :: September 30–October 23, 2022; hours vary by day, see event page for details

Cost :: From $10; prices vary and there are lots of discounts available. See here for info.

Celina Oktoberfest

Celina has done away with their fall balloon festival and switched over to bier instead. Live music, fair foods, costume contests for kids and adults, cookie and pumpkin decorating, games, a kids’ zone, and more. FYI: Free parking and shuttles from Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy and Celina High School.

Location :: Historic Downtown Square, Celina

Date :: Saturday, October 1, 2022; 11am–10pm

Cost :: $5/adults; 12 and under are free. (*Free admission if you wear traditional lederhosen or dirndl.)

Frisco Oktoberfest

This Oktoberfest event is probably least kid-friendly in the sense that they don’t have a kid zone. But they’ll have live music all day, vendors, delicious foods, and lots of bier-adjacent games and activities (brat eating contests, dachshund races, etc.). More details and a schedule at the link.

Location :: Frisco Square

Date :: Saturday, October 1, 2022; 11am–10pm

Cost :: FREE admission, tickets required for food and drink purchase

Prosper BBQ and Blues

While there’s nothing specifically fall-ish about this festival, it IS in October, so we’re counting it. They’ll have live music, an active kids’ zone with obstacle course, slides, sports, Kona Ice, and more. BBQ sandwiches, hotdogs, refreshments, and dessert provided by local partners.

Location :: Frontier Park, Prosper

Date :: Saturday, October 8, 2022; 5–9pm

Cost :: FREE admission

Perry Pumpkin Patch

I know this sounds like it should be in the “Pumpkin Patch” section, but it’s actually a one-time fall festival event. Enjoy old-fashioned games, photo opportunities, and pumpkins at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton. Get in the spirit of things by competing in the pie-baking contest or the pie-eating contest. Something for everyone! See link to reserve a pumpkin.

Location :: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton

Date :: Saturday, October 15, 2022; 11am–2pm

Cost :: FREE admission

Fall Fest

Celebrate fall at Grandscape with live musical on stage, craft and food vendors, fall-themed carnival games, a petting zoo, train rides, and pumpkins.

Location :: Grandscape, The Colony

Date :: Saturday, October 15, 2022; 12–4pm

Cost :: FREE admission, tickets required for some activities

Sachse Fallfest

Head to Heritage Park in Sachse for the 37th annual fall festival with over 100 arts & crafts, business and non-profit vendor booths, food vendors, live music, kid’s corner, Nerf games, Mud-lympics 2022, Alzheimer’s Walk and more. Visit the link for more details and to register for specific events.

Location :: Heritage Park, Sachse

Date :: October 22, 2022; 10am–5pm

Cost :: FREE admission

Princeton Fall Fest

Come out for arts & crafts, food, live music, kid’s costume contest, carnival games, pumpkins, bull riding, mutton busting, and Taste of Princeton featuring local food vendors.

Location :: J.M. Caldwell Sr. Community Park, Princeton

Date :: October 22, 2021; 2–8pm

Cost :: FREE admission


This one has evolved and expanded into a roving festival throughout the season. Check the dates and locations to find a festival near you! Each will have live music, a Taste of Texas Food Garden, juried art show, classic cars, custom motorcycles, and LOTS of attractions and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Locations :: Black Gold Harley-Davidson, Allen; Adriatica Village, McKinney; and Oak Point Park, Plano

Date :: November 5, November 12, and November 19, 2022; 10am–9pm

Cost :: Free admission and free parking

After almost 20 years in other parts of Texas, Katie now lives in Richardson with her husband and two kids. She's horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.


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