Through Nov. 27
Autumn at the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum uses more than 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash every year to form its nationally acclaimed storybook pumpkin village, which is on display through Nov. 27.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road,
214.515.6500, $10-$15, plus $10 for onsite parking
and $5 for offsite parking

Nov. 2
The Shops at Park Lane hosts Parktoberfest from 4-7 p.m. The event includes live music from Rhythm & Beards, Whole Foods samples and a pet costume contest. There also will be an opportunity to adopt pets from Paws in the City.
Shops at Park Lane,
Park Lane and Central,
parklanedallas.com, free entry

Nov. 9
RISD Spirit Run
Run like the wind while drum lines and jazz bands from four high schools perform Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Afterward, vote for the most spirited high school and see which school wins the coveted Spirit Trophy. Proceeds benefit Richardson ISD education programs.
Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance,
469.593.0241, risdspiritrun.com, $25

Dia de los Muertos _ a_opt

Dia de Los Muertos art by Melissa Lenore

Through Nov 16
Dia de Los Muertos
Walk through the 27th annual Dia de Los Muertos exhibition to view the works of more than 60 artists working in both traditional and contemporary styles to celebrate, explore and honor people, things and ideas that have “passed on.”
Bath House Cultural Center,
521 E. Lawther,
214.670.8749, free

Nov. 21
Shopping Soiree
The LHAECPTA (Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA) shopping event of the season happens at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  More than 25 vendors peddle goodies such as apparel, jewelry, gifts, cards, and soaps and lotions, many of which are made and sold by Lake Highlands residents.
Knights of Columbus,
10110 Shoreview, 214.348.3931,
lhaecpta.org, free

Nov. 21-23
Chi Omega Christmas Market
Get into the spirit of gift-giving at the Chi Omega Christmas market, held from 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit numerous local organizations, including Community Partners of Dallas, Foundation for the Education of Young Women, Healing Hands Ministries of Lake Highlands, Just Say YES, Crisis Center of North Texas and Chi Omega collegiate scholarships.
Centennial Hall at Fair Park,
3929 Grand, 214.890.1999, chiomegaxmas.org,
$15 at the door, $12 in advance


Begins Nov 22
’Twas the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy a new take on the most popular Christmas poem ever. Dallas Children’s Theater presents a holiday musical focused on the author, Clement Moore: He has four days to write a feature for the “New York Evening Post,” but he has writer’s block. For ages 5 and up.
Dallas Children’s Theater,
Baker Theater, 5938 Skillman,
dct.org, 214.978.0110, $17-$28

Nov. 30- Dec. 24
Spend local and win
Save some cash, win amazing prizes, and support local businesses including Brumley Gardens, Lucky Dog Books, The Store in Lake Highlands and Nueva Casita restaurant. Print a map of participating retailers at shoplocaldfw.com, then make purchases at five businesses on the map to receive prizes and raffle goodies.
For additional information, contact
Brad Schweig at 972.239.3716,