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From the Dallas Arboretum to White Rock Lake to the historic Lakewood Theater – East Dallas has no shortage of fun things to do every weekend. Here are some highlights for this fall.
Sept. 13 – Okrapalooza
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This sixth annual fundraiser for Promise of Peace Community Garden brings together celebrity chefs for an okra cook-off and includes live music, beer, wine and specialty okra dishes. Tickets cost $35-$45. http://promiseofpeace.us/
Sept. 16-26 – “King Lear” by Shakespeare Dallas
Watch the King Lear descend into madness. Tickets cost $10-$15. http://www.shakespearedallas.org/
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Don’t miss the chance to browse through 15,000 books, DVDs and other media, plus crafts, face painting and activities for kids. And it’s free! Sponsored by the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lakewood-Library-Friends-Dallas/390990974252112
Named one of “The Best Fall Festivals” by Country Living this year, this is one of the Dallas Arboretum’s most anticipated autumn events. The highlight of the Dallas fall festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. This year, to continue with the ongoing Texas theme, the display will be recreated into an Old Texas Town in the Pecan Grove. New in 2015 will be a Texas mosaic made of pumpkins. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum
The homecoming parade and pep rally starts at 5:30 p.m. Help get the Wildcats ready for the game! http://woodrowwildcats.org/student-life/homecoming/
Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with apple-themed programs and a special apple tasting. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/the-rory-meyers-childrens-adventure-garden/childrens-garden-activities
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monarch Migration Activities take place on the Moody Oasis, a rooftop garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure that is filled with plants that attract butterflies. A face painter will to paint butterfly faces on children. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/the-rory-meyers-childrens-adventure-garden/childrens-garden-activities
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Visit the Exploration Center Plant Lab to find out why leaves change color in the fall. Pull the pigments out of leaves using chromatography. Beneath the green, there’s a world of color to explore. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/the-rory-meyers-childrens-adventure-garden/childrens-garden-activities
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Head to the Glade Puppet Theater to experience the magic of live opera with excerpts from Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienne” performed by the The Dallas Opera. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/named-gardens-features/the-rory-meyers-childrens-adventure-garden/childrens-garden-activities
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