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Celebrate the Last Weekend of Art in October With a Free Costume-Themed Family Celebration in the Dallas Arts District

After a month of festivities, Art in October: Celebrating the Dallas Arts District draws to a close on October 31 with the Art in October Closing Celebration, a free costume-themed family celebration.  Admission will be free to the museums and families are encouraged to come in their favorite costume.  Throughout the district, there will be free behind-the-scenes tours (including tours of Booker T. Washington High School), outdoor performances, mask and costume-making activities, scavenger hunts and more, including:

Free Admission and Family Activities at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Dallas Museum of Art will host a “Masks and Máscaras Family Celebration” in honor of the Mexican bicentennial exhibition México 200, Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos, and the African Masks exhibition.  Also on view is the newly-opened and critically-acclaimed exhibit The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Courts of Burgundy. Dallas Theater Center will present “A Conversation with Regina Taylor”, author of their upcoming production of The Trinity River Plays and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre premieres an original dance at the Dallas Museum of Art. Families can begin their trick-or-treating with complimentary Asian candies and Halloween-themed origami at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. The Nasher Sculpture Center will feature art activities, a guided tour, live music in the garden and more.

Flora Street Fair

Enjoy cuisine from food trucks such as Green House and City Street Grille, live music, family activities including caricatures, balloon animals and giant chess matches at 2121 Flora Street (across from the Belo Mansion).

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Spook-Tacular

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonic Spook-Tacular featuring some of the greatest “spooky” music ever written, including Mars from Holst’s The Planets, The Witches Sabbath from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Hall of the Mountain King from Grieg’s Peer Gynt and much more. There will be costume contests for both the audience and the musicians as well as pre-concert activities for ticket holders.  Tickets start at $19.  Before the concert, enjoy free pumpkin decorating and face painting in front of the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Fall Festival at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park

Visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center Sammons Park for pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, yummy treats and an area to take haystack photos.   Wear your favorite costume and join in the Costume Parade around the Center.

The Dallas Opera’s Anna Bolena and Costumed Contessa Costume Contest

The Dallas Opera will present a brand new production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena! The famed “Tudor Trilogy” allows us to witness the final, destructive days of the woman whose ambitions altered the course of European history.  Tickets start at $25.  Before the performance, The Dallas Opera’s very own Costumed Contessa will be hosting a costume contest outside the Winspear Opera House.  The Top 10 costumes will receive a pair of tickets to any performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

Dallas Theater Center DIY Costume Design

Venture into the AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre Costume Shop, led by Dallas Theater Center Staff, high above on the 8th floor of the Wyly Theatre. Design your own costume with inspiration from Dallas Theater Center’s season and take your designs home to kick start your holiday.

One Arts Plaza Fall Block Party

Celebrate the culinary arts with the Fall Block Party at One Arts Plaza, featuring live cooking demonstrations and complimentary tastings from the chefs of Screen Door, Fedora, Jorge’s and Tei An, culinary cook-offs, farmers market vendors, face painting, live music and more.  Be sure to join Cadillac at One Arts Plaza for their Test Drive event.  For every test drive, Cadillac will make a donation to the Dallas Arts District!

Art & Ability Exhibition at the Rotunda at Chase Tower

The Dallas Arts District and Dallas Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Arc Dallas, present a special exhibition to be featured at the Rotunda at Chase Tower. Art & Ability is a 10-day exhibition showcasing the work of The Arc of Dallas’s Artistic Expressions class and other artists with and without disabilities. For each artwork sold, half of the proceeds will go to the artist, providing an important source of income. The other half supports The Arc of Dallas’ programs and services for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. The Art & Ability exhibition series feature extraordinary paintings, sculptures, drawings and more to delight audiences throughout the D/FW area and help extinguish stereotypes about the “ability” of those with a disability. The exhibition will run October 22 through October 31.


The Dallas Arts District is a unique, 68-acre, 19-block neighborhood in the heart of Downtown. A rare jewel, the District is a center of innovative architecture, world-class exhibits, exemplary cultural programming and much more. Operating under the umbrella of Downtown Dallas, Inc.,a private nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate for Downtown Dallas, Dallas Arts District acts as an advocate, steward and representative on behalf of the Dallas Arts District.

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