11 things to do in Dallas in October

Texas State Fair
Until October 17 | Fairground

Big Tex’s signature phrase – “Hi, folks! – serves as the theme for this year’s State Fair. Which makes sense. After a COVID hiatus in 2020, the extra tall cowboy and the rest of the gang are back and ready to welcome visitors again. Live music returns to the Chevrolet main stage, with everything from ’90s R&B (Dru Hill), pop (Sugar Ray) and country (Clay Walker) to contemporary psychedelic soul (Black Pumas). And what is a visit to the Fair without discovering new, innovative ways to fry various foods and taste combinations of wild flavors? Get ready for The Armadillo (a buttery cookie ice cream sandwich with two titular armored mammal-shaped fried cookies), fried seafood okra balls (pretty much what they look like) and the other savory and sweet finalists of the Tex Choice Grand Prix. The most important: don’t forget to mask yourself, all of you!

The supreme guide
28 Oct-Nov 21 | Dallas Theater Center

This exaggerated theatrical performance reinvents Kim Jong-un’s adolescence through the words of award-winning playwright Don X. Nguyen. In the theatricalized rendition of Nguyen, young Kim experiences the childhood struggles of the crushes, the boarding school, and the pride of his father (and his country) as the next leader.

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The merit system
29 Oct – Nov 13 | The Latin Cultural Center

Set in 1970s New York, Edwin Sanchez’s play explores race and assimilation through Ray Rivers, a young Puerto Rican. While working his way up the factory ladder, he forms an unexpected friendship with a recent divorcee who teaches him to embrace his heritage.

The return of Broadway, baby!

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The return of Broadway, baby!
October 9 and 10 | McFarlin Auditorium

Local performers Major Attaway (known for his performance as a Genie in the Broadway production of Aladdin) and Patty Breckenridge have headlined the Turtle Creek Choir’s first Broadway-themed show for over 10 years. Avoid the metro and head towards SMU.

Van Gogh and the olive groves

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Van Gogh and the olive groves
Oct. 17 – Feb. 6, 2022 | Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is the only place in North America to
view the Van Gogh Olive Groves series, painted in the last year of the artist’s life. The twisted trees that grew around Saint-Rémy, France, were the perfect subject for his swirling brushstrokes.

I am not a trophy
16 Oct – Nov 31 | Markowicz Fine Arts

In response to trophy hunting and poaching, Franco-American artist Arno Elias collaborated with model Cara Delevingne for a series of pieces combining photographs of the model and painted images of endangered animals. The exhibit raises awareness and raises funds for The Lion’s Share, a non-profit wildlife conservation organization.

Landscape replica (times are hard for dreamers)
Until October 2 | Urban Gallery

Inspired by mundane moments in human life, such as spray paint labels on buildings and scratched skateboards, this exhibit of city and natural landscapes reflects Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ relationship with his surroundings.

Rewind Sweet Tooth Hotel

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October 15 | Walters Creek at Montgomery Farms

Dallas artists Niki Dionne, Hatziel Flores, Sam Lao, Madison Mask and MOM (among others) are teaming up for the new interactive art gallery at the Sweet Tooth Hotel in Allen. The 5,000 square foot space will feature 10 art installations designed around “a full-fledged vintage video store filled with VHS tapes.” There will be secrets to be discovered.

Elgar Symphony No.1

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Elgar Symphony No.1
28-30 Oct | Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason brings her considerable talent to Mendelssohn’s interpolation of the energetic prelude to Wagner’s comic opera, The Master Singers of Nuremberg. Kanneh-Mason, an Elton John scholar and BBC Radio favorite, is one of the most famous pianists of her generation.


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# IfThenSheCan — The exhibition
Until October 24 | NorthPark Center

More than 120 statues of pioneering women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are on display to encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM. Each figurine is equipped with a QR code allowing visitors to learn more about the women actors of change.

Carol Bove: Sculptures-Collages
16 Oct – Jan 9, 2022 | Nasher Sculpture Center

The nine steel sculptures in this exhibition include two works by Bove made especially for the Nashers. Together, as director Jeremy Strick puts it, “the work skillfully extends traditional sculptural precedents into revealing new forms, physically and conceptually fresh, which confuse and delight.”

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