Fall is just around the corner, and here in Plano, that means lots of fantastic events for the whole family. Our town hosts parades, marathons, festivals, and concerts during this time of year, when the Texas heat gives way to cool breezes and perfect outdoor weather. Keep reading to find out about six great fall events in Plano, Texas.
H-E-B Central Market Balloon Plano Balloon Festival & Run
The H-E-B Central Market Balloon Plano Balloon Festival & Run is a four-day festival in Plano from Sept. 22-25, 2022. This popular event raises money for various nonprofit organizations operating in the Plano area. Over the past 41 years, the festival has raised over $3 million for different organizations, all while providing a fun and exciting annual event for Plano families. The event is appropriate for all ages, with activities for children and adults.
The main attractions are the balloon launches and the parachute exhibitions by the RE/MAX of Texas Parachute Team. Still, there will also be concerts, fireworks, a half-marathon, and a 10K run. You can find a tentative schedule of events on the festival’s website, along with information about tickets and parking.
Plano International Festival
On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, the Plano International Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Haggard Park. This festival has been going on for 18 years, making it the most significant and longest-running international festival in our region. Visitors can watch stage shows highlighting cultural music and dances from across the globe, browse handmade goods, and eat tasty food from local food trucks. Along with the stage shows during the festival, there will be a concert at 7 p.m., featuring cultural dances accompanied by the Plano Symphony’s string ensemble.
Admission to the Plano International Festival is free, but food and other vendor items might cost money. While the entire festival is family-friendly, the Children’s Global Village will offer child-focused crafts and activities for younger visitors. If you or your organization are interested in supporting the festival, the nonprofit group organizing the event accepts both volunteer applications and corporate sponsorships.
Rest in Plano and Apparition Expedition
The Rest in Plano and Apparition Expedition comes to Downtown Plano on Oct. 22, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A celebration of all things spooky, this festival is an expansion of the popular Apparition Expedition tours, which have taken place in the city center for several years. These tours, which will return this year, take visitors on a journey through Plano’s spookiest historic buildings, stopping for a closer look at the phantom sculptures that appear every October in the arts district. According to Texas Highways, this year’s festival will also include musicians and performers.
The city is still accepting applications for vendors and sponsors, so the festival’s offerings will be a surprise to visitors. Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but last year’s tickets for the Apparition Expedition cost $10, plus a $2 service fee. While the Apparition Expedition might be too scary for younger visitors, the festival might have more kid-friendly booths in the downtown area.
Hollydays Market of Plano
You can start your holiday shopping early when the Hollydays Market of Plano comes to the Plano Event Center in late October. This event runs from Oct. 21-23, 2022. This large vendor market will have over 100 different stalls, each one selling handmade goods, antiques, and personalized gift items. Younger visitors might enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus at their holiday photo booth.
The Hollydays Market of Plano will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday the 21st for preview hours. On Saturday, it’ll be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Sunday, shopping hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for the preview night and $6 for regular shopping hours, but visitors under 12 get in free. This event is an excellent opportunity to find unique gifts while supporting local artisans.
Underground Movement Festival
The Underground Movement Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano. This one-evening festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and pays tribute to the 40-year history of underground hip-hop dancing. This unique event showcases dance groups and features dance battles between single competitors and teams of two.
This event may draw young hip-hop dance leaders from across Texas and local hip-hop dancers. The festival is free to attend, but there is a fee if you want to compete. The prices are $10 per individual or $20 per two-person team. According to the city website, this event is appropriate for all ages and celebrates a vital part of American culture.
On Nov. 19, TexasFest Dallas is coming to Plano. TexasFest Plano will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Oak Point Park. This music and art festival celebrates life in Texas and will feature live music, pony rides, and Texas-themed attractions. There will also be plenty of local food to buy and over 150 vendors selling handmade Texan goods.
Admission to the festival is free, but all visitors must reserve their tickets online to ensure they get a spot. This event is appropriate for all ages, and there will be a special section for children’s games and rides. Some rides are ticketed, with the proceeds going to support local children’s charities.
Those are just a few of the exciting events that are happening in Plano this fall. If you’re looking for a new truck, sedan, or SUV to take your family on a beautiful fall adventure, Huffines Chevrolet Plano is here to help. With our skilled associates, stock of new Chevys, and quality pre-owned vehicles, we’re confident we can find you the perfect set of wheels to get on the road. Stop by our Plano lot today to talk to a team member.