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  1.      State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is winding down, and if you haven’t yet attended, head there this weekend. This huge Texan celebration offers carnival rides and tons of food. There is constant entertainment, such as magic shows, pig races and live music. The last day of the fair is Sunday, Oct. 21. General admission is $16, but there are a number of discounts available, such as getting in half-price after 5 p.m. daily when you bring in four food cans to donate.

  1.   To the Races!

Lone Star Park is kicking off racing season this fall every Friday and Saturday evening until Nov. 10. The Quarter Horse season promises to be jam-packed with impressive horses and exciting competitions. Gates open at 5 p.m., first race starts at 6:05 p.m., and races go until 11 p.m. Lone Star Park is located at 1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie. Admission starts at $5.

  1.      Winspear Opera House presents “Carmen”

Enjoy a stylish night out at the opera to see Bizet’s musical masterpiece “Carmen.” Written in French, “Carmen” is the tragic story of a fiery gypsy who is reckless with others’ hearts. It will be showing Friday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 21, 24, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Winspear Opera House is a beautiful venue located at 2403 Flora St. in Dallas. Tickets start at $19.

  1.      Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival

Celebrate southern culture all weekend long with a variety of mouthwatering barbeque and the lineup of the most talented DFW blues artists at this food and music festival! The event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The location of the event is Armstrong Park at 100 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville. Admission price is $10.

  1.   Autumn at the Arboretum

A great way to spend an Autumn day in Dallas is at the Dallas Arboretum! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the Arboretum is opening its fall festival for visitors until Wednesday, November 21. Named “One of The World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest, the Dallas Arboretum’s festival is themed “Adventures in Neverland.” Meander through thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash, and the themed scenery for a morning or afternoon. Admission is $15.

  1.      Stars Games

Come out and support Dallas hockey this week. The Stars have games on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 and Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center. Accessible by DART. Tickets start at $7.

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