Two cosplayers at a convention center in Dallas, TX

11 fall events that you might not have tried – but definitely should 

Experience something new and amazing during Texans’ favorite season

Though fall is a relatively short season weather-wise, DFW comes alive with a variety of festivals, each offering its own unique charm and flavor. While the Metroplex offers plenty of beloved, established fall favorites, there are new, unique and unmissable events that you might not have experienced yet. Journey with us to find your new fall favorite. 

October 21:
Best Little Brewfest in Texas

Featuring more than 40 craft breweries from Texas and around the world, this is drinking done for good: The event donates 100% of the net proceeds to local charitable organizations. Sample a wide variety of beers while perusing retail vendors, trying local food trucks and listening to live music. A general admission ticket includes 12 beer tickets, a souvenir cup, access to vendors — and the knowledge you’re helping the community. Located at Old Town Lewisville, 151 W. Church St. Tickets start at $45.

An individual smiling as they prepare food at the Dallas Soul Food Festival

October 22:
Dallas Soul Food Festival

Dallas’ culinary diversity will be front and center at this year’s Dallas Soul Food Festival. Attendees can sample the rich and savory flavors of Southern cuisine, with soul food staples like oxtails, collard greens, and candied yams taking center stage. But it’s not just about the food; this festival features plenty of vendors to shop and a community-centric atmosphere that invites everyone to savor the tastes and traditions of the South. Located at Lofty Spaces, 816 Montgomery Street in Dallas.

October 20-22:
The Dallas Fan Festival

Also known as Fan Expo Dallas, the Dallas Fan Festival is one of the region’s best-attended pop culture and comic conventions. This experience is heaven on earth for fans of comics, movies, TV shows and gaming, featuring celebrity guest appearances, cosplay competitions, panels and a vast exhibition floor filled with merchandise and collectibles. Located at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W Las Colinas Blvd. Tickets start at $20.

October 29:
Rest in Plano (R.I.P) Fest

Back for a second year, the Rest in Plano Fest invites you to explore Downtown Plano’s haunted past, with walking guides through homes and businesses that are home to true-life macabre tales. Featuring Halloween-themed fun for all ages like tarot readings, spooky photo ops, pumpkin-sculpture demos alongside food and beverages, this is Plano like you’ve never seen it. Located in Historic Downtown Plano

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November 4:
Diwali Mela

Diwali – or the Hindu festival of lights – is one of India’s most important holidays of the year. Celebrate here in Dallas with Diwali Mela, where organizers say you can expect thousands of attendees who come for the vibrant, joyful atmosphere. The event will feature laser shows, fireworks, kids’ rides, performances (including a Bollywood Concert), a Desi Bazaar and plenty of excellent food options. Located at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park, 3750 The Midway in Dallas. Tickets start at $12.

A table with a white tablecloth and various dishes at Diwali Mela

November 3-5:
Greek Food Festival of Dallas

The Greek Food Festival of Dallas is a delightful (and delicious) celebration of Greek culture and cuisine. This annual event immerses visitors in the flavors and traditions of Greece, offering an array of authentic dishes like gyro, souvlaki, moussaka and baklava. Beyond the food, the festival features live music, traditional dance performances and artisanal vendors offering Greek crafts and goods. It’s a family-friendly affair with a dedicated children’s area, complete with games and activities. Located at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road in Dallas

November 4 & 5:
Fall Japanese Festival 

Embrace Japanese culture and traditions while you escape the hustle and bustle at the Japanese Fall Festival. Held at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, this festival is a cultural gem that transports visitors to the enchanting world of Japan. Attendees can expect martial arts demonstrations, serene tea ceremonies, captivating traditional dance performances and exquisite ikebana (flower arranging) displays, all with the stunning backdrop of the botanic garden. Adult tickets are $12. Located at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth.

November 4 & 5:
The Romanian Food Festival 

Take a delectable journey into the heart of Romanian cuisine and culture! Hungry visitors are treated to an array of traditional Romanian dishes, including mămăligă (cornmeal porridge), sarmale (cabbage rolls), mici (grilled sausages) and an assortment of pastries and desserts. It’s a culinary adventure that brings the flavors of Romania to Dallas, with plenty of live music, dance performances and cultural exhibitions, too. Free to attend. Located at St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, 3801 Glade Road in Colleyville.

November 5:
Sazon Latin Food Festival

A must-visit for food enthusiasts looking to explore the rich gastronomic heritage of Latin America without leaving home, this festival celebrates the diverse and flavorful cuisines from the Caribbean, Central and South America. The event promises great drinks, music and a festive atmosphere, creating an immersive experience that captures the essence of Latin American culture. Located at Lakewood Brewing Company, 2302 Executive Drive in Garland.

November 11:
Fort Worth Water Lantern Festival

At the Water Lantern Festival, people from all walks of life will come together to release beautifully crafted lanterns onto the water’s surface. This often produces a sense of unity, hope and reflection as people inscribe personal messages or wishes on their lanterns before releasing them. Tickets start at $35.99. Located at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street in Fort Worth.

A jewelry display with beaded jewelry, stones, and crystals at the Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival

November 11 & 12:
Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival

This festival showcases a diverse array of artistic talents, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and photography, giving attendees the opportunity to interact with artists and purchase unique pieces directly. Visitors can also enjoy live music, delicious food and a tranquil outdoor setting, making it a perfect weekend outing for art lovers of all ages. Free to attend. Located at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave in Dallas

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A juicy burger, with fries, and a drink sitting on the table at a local restaurant

How much does a good cheeseburger cost in Dallas right now?

Plus, we found the best bang for your buck at every price point

Cheeseburgers are a lot like great clothing staples: You can dress them up or down, but they’ll always be a classic. In Dallas, our burger game runs the dining gamut, from a fancy Wagyu handheld to a greasy smash burger. But in the years since the pandemic, when prices can creep insidiously upward, even this humble dinner staple can come with a side of sticker shock. So, we ran the numbers* on some of Dallas’ most popular choices to determine how much you can expect to pay — and found some clear winners that balance quality and price. Here is the Localite roundup of cheeseburger prices in Dallas.

Group One: Fast Casual-ish

Average Price: $9 (without sides)

A bar graph displaying the average price of a burger at several different fast but casual burger restaurants in the DFW area

Among most fast-casual restaurants, you’ll find that the price range largely falls between $9 – $11, with a few caveats. Some of the more expensive burgers also include expensive upgrades, like house-made pickles, a higher-quality bun, or low-or-no price add-ons, like signature spreads. And, some places serve a double patty as the standard offering.  

When it comes to quality and price, though, there are a few standouts. 

Keller’s Drive-In, known for its come-as-you-are vibe, is the clear standout for cheap eats. Even though the famed Dallas institution raised the price of a standard cheeseburger to $4.35, Keller’s is still more affordable than most fast-food restaurants. From the perfectly seared patties to the poppy-seed bun, this is an oft-recommended cheeseburger for good reason. 

Relative newcomer Sky Rocket Burger, which expanded from one location to three (with an additional Lewisville location on the way), offers burgers that look messy but taste meticulously well-balanced. Its patties are all ground on-site and can be churched-up with grilled onions, jalapenos and spicy mayo for around 50 cents each.

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Group Two: Fast Food

Average Price: $6 (without sides)

A bar graph displaying the average price of a burger at several different fast-food restaurant chains in the DFW area

You’ll find a narrow price difference between the mega-players in fast food. The most expensive burgers include The Shake Shack ShackBurger at $6.59 and a Burger King Whopper with Cheese at $6.79, but these options offer a distinct taste, setting them apart from affordable but unremarkable burgers from Sonic or Wendy’s (differentiated only by patty shape, unfortunately). Clearly, though, there is a winner.

Texas favorite Whataburger enters in the middle of the pack in terms of cost, but offers superior quality and taste compared to fast-food faves. Though Whataburger’s made-to-order patties often translate to longer wait times (intolerably longer after a drink or two), the Whataburger with Cheese tastes fresher than fast food competitors.

Group Three: Fancy-Schmancy Burgers

Average Price: $21

From steakhouses to French eateries, Dallas fine-dining establishments offer plenty of outstanding burgers, but they’ll come at a cost. Comparing the exact numbers can be difficult — the price of a side is sometimes included; sometimes not — but they all have one thing in common:  the highest-quality ingredients. Wagyu beef, artisanal cheeses, crispy vegetables and locally sourced ingredients create an elevated burger experience. 

Is the $21 price tag worth it? That’s between you and your wallet, but there are a few Dallas offerings that have earned consistent critical and patron praise. Our picks include Meridian, Knife, Neighborhood Services, Hudson House and Bistro 31, whose high-brow burgers and welcoming restaurant ambiance help satisfy your prime rib tastes on a hamburger budget.

Do you have an affordable burger joint we should try? Tag @Localite and tell us why we should increase our cholesterol for it. And for the Localite newsletter, compiled for you to enjoy where you live.

*Numbers accurate as of this writing and can change.

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Deviled eggs, topped with green onions and bacon crumbles, sitting on a blue plate

Your guide to Dallas’ 6 best happy hour food specials

Embrace your inner Golden Girl and eat at 5:00 p.m.

Dallas is known for its bustling culinary scene, and one of the best ways to experience it without breaking the bank is through happy hours. Whether seeking a mid-week pick-me-up or a way to unwind after a day of local adventures, Dallas has options that are sure to do the trick.

From pimento cheese dip to meatball sliders, Dallas’ happy hours are a treasure trove of delicious deals. Join us as we explore some of the city’s top spots to enjoy discounted dishes that will leave you in high spirits.

Lounge Here:
Cozy hideaway with daily deals

When: Tuesday – Sunday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Come for the cozy ambiance and stay for the discounted food and drinks. The intimate bar in Little Forest Hills offers happy hour daily. (That’s right! Every single day! Well, except Mondays because they’re not open on Mondays.) Enjoy $2 off cocktails, appetizers and soups while enjoying a playlist curated by the fine folks at Good Records. We recommend the deviled eggs, which come topped with smoked bacon, hot sauce and chives. And be sure to dive into the pimento cheese with crispy ham and a side of house potato chips and fresh veggies. (9028 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218)

Poco Fiasco:
Double the fun with two happy hours

When: Sunday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Late-night happy hour: Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. – midnight

What’s better than one happy hour? Two happy hours, obviously. This lively restaurant from Harwood Hospitality offers a standard late afternoon/post-work happy hour Sunday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. During this time, guests can indulge in $4 slices of pizza and $5 meatball sliders. They also have a menu devoted to $9 build-your-own martinis. (That counts as food if there’s an olive or two, right?) Those who prefer a midnight-ish snack can order a $4 slice of pizza or $8 pizza fries and mini calzones from 10 p.m. until midnight on Friday through Sunday. (2823 McKinnon St, Dallas, TX 75201)

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The Rustic:
Energetic hangout with daily specials

When: Daily, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This restaurant and live-music venue is your go-to Uptown hangout for happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sure, there are $5 frozen cocktails like a house margarita, frosé and mule, but the discounted bites alone are worth a stop. Indulge in tamales three ways; smoked brisket, chicken tinga and pork carnitas. Those who prefer to dip can opt for the smoked dip duo which includes smoked brisket, spinach and cheddar fondue and cold pimento dip with smoked salt potato chips. (3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204)

A variety of sushi and edamame beans displayed on a table

Craft your own tasting menu

When: Daily, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sure, you can order the ten-course omakase at this Uptown sushi oasis. It’s wonderful; we’ve done it. But you know what’s also wonderful? Assembling your own tasting menu during happy hour for a fraction of the cost. Happy hour is daily here, and with these deals, you can afford to try a little bit of everything, from nigiri to cool and hot tastings like oak-grilled escolar with candied citrus, ponzu and myoga to Japanese sea bass ceviche with gooseberry, leche de tigre and candied orange. Add $6 sake to the mix, and you have yourself a proper feast. (2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201)

Truluck’s Dallas:
Iconic happy hour at an Uptown institution

When: Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The happy hour at this Uptown institution is iconic. Sit in the bar area (honestly, the best place to be if you ask us) and enjoy half-price on all liquor, beer and wine. That’s right, all of it. Happy hour food options include sliders, with a choice of steak, crab cake or Maine lobster. We also recommend the salmon crudo with cucumber dressing, jumbo shrimp cocktail, salt and pepper calamari and a jumbo lump crab cake. Sipping a $7.25 espresso martini while munching on some fresh seafood is an excellent way to spend a Tuesday after work. Or any day, for that matter. (2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201)

Oysters served over ice with lemon on a plate

Hudson House:
Happy hour on the half-shell 

When: Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
What’s better than oysters after a long day? $3 oysters paired with half-priced martinis, Bellinis and wines by the glass. Those who aren’t into mollusks can opt for the $10 cheeseburger; two thin beef patties, topped with melted American cheese, pickles, onion and Hudson sauce. Trust us when we tell you it’s one of the best burgers in all of Dallas. (Multiple locations)

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