Don’t be sad when summer is over. Plano offers entertainment and plenty of cultural events for the whole family all year round. Here are five events happening in Plano this autumn.

Up in the Sky at Plano Balloon Festival

Plano Balloon Festival - Lone Star Cars
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The annual Plano Balloon Festival is a family-friendly annual festival that celebrates hot air balloons. The festival takes place September 23–25, 2016, in Plano. Children of all ages and their parents will have the time of their lives while watching spectacular firework shows and skydiving performances, listening to local bands playing, and admiring 45 colorful hot air balloons. Tethered rides will be available as well (adults $25, children $15). Admission costs $5 per person per day but is free for children under 36 inches.

A Tasting Tour of the Plano Arts District

The Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk, organized by Plano Magazine and the Historic Downtown Plano Association, is a great opportunity to spend a pleasurable night strolling around Plano’s historic neighborhoods. Participants can sample wine and enjoy music and art exhibitions around town. The event is held every second Thursday from April to November. Tickets cost $10, include a commemorative glass and wine samplings, and can be pre-purchased on Eventbrite. You must be 21 or older to purchase a wine glass.

Theater Shows for Everyone

One of the best spots for theater performances in North Texas, the Arts Centre Theatre on 5220 Village Creek Drive offers theater, dance, and singing classes for children and adults and weekly shows. The agenda for this autumn includes shows that are appropriate for all ages such as “In the Heights,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Tickets cost $15 and are available online or at the ACT box office.

Not Only for Beer Lovers

You don’t need to to be a beer lover to have fun at the Oktoberfest, held in nearby Addison September 15–18, 2016. Forbes and USA Today have named Addison Oktoberfest one of the most authentic festivals in the United States, so it’s a not-to-be-missed event. There will be rivers of the special “Oktoberfest” Paulaner cold beer and the chance to have dinner at the Chamberlain’s Brau Haus for a traditional experience. Everyone will enjoy Bavarian folk dances performed by German entertainers, can hear yodeling, and will find children-friendly activities as well. Entrance is free on Thursday and costs $10 all other days. You can find free parking  at the northwest corner of Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road.

Family-Friendly Activities at Murphy Maize Days

The annual Murphy Maize Days Festival returns for the eighth time on September 24, 2016. This family-friendly event features a kid zone, craft vendors, a pet adoption spot, a classic cars show, and live music all day long, along with other fun contests and activities. Let everyone hear your voice at the Karaoke Corn Idol Contest (starting at 11 a.m.) or sign up for the annual Murphy’s A’Maize-ing 5K, 10K, and Mile for Kyle marathons if you are feeling sporty. Don’t miss headliner Charlie Robinson or the closing fireworks show.


Cultural Events Aplenty in Plano

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