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Your Guide to Texas-OU and the State Fair of Texas 2015: Week 3

Texas-OU Weekend leads into the fair’s biggest week yet.

The Red River Rivalry reignites and thousands of Texas and OU fans fill the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Whether you’re looking to party for the Red River Showdown or just plan to fill up on fried food at Fair Park, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to Texas-OU Weekend and Week No. 3 of the State Fair of Texas.

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10 Haunted Houses to Brave in North Texas

It’s the scariest time of the year. A lot of amateurs try to deliver the frights on Halloween, but North Texas is full of professionals adept at making your worst nightmares come to life. If you’re feeling bold, head to some of the most horrifying, gory, absolutely terrifying haunted houses around. Here are 10 of them.

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7 Family-Friendly Things To Do In Dallas This October

October is a month where even adults are allowed to put on costumes, although we should probably still leave the trick-or-treating to the kids. Still, there’s plenty of fall fun to be had for all ages this month, from face-painting at the State Fair to coffin races at Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival. And a symphony performing the music from Legend of Zelda should definitely draw out the kid in anyone with fond memories of early Nintendo games.

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Your Guide to the State Fair of Texas 2015: Week 2

The State Fair of Texas remains in high gear, ripping and roaring and frying down at Fair Park until Oct. 18. With so much fair to go, and so many new things to see and do, we’re releasing weekly guides to all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells to take part in. Whether you’re planning your first visit or already itching for a return trip this year, we have you covered.

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Things To Do at the State Fair of Texas: Opening Week 2015

It’s here. The State Fair of Texas returns Friday at noon with the traditional opening parade through downtown Dallas. The next 24 days at Fair Park will be a whirlwind of fried food, Midway games, rides, prime people-watching, and all the usual excitement that accompanies the biggest event in North Texas.

Whether you’re planning on one visit or a dozen, there is always plenty to do and see at the fair. Here are some of the best things to do and see at the fair this first week.

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Free Concerts to See at the State Fair of Texas

A trip to the State Fair of Texas can be an expensive proposition. (Unless, of course, you follow our guide to finding all the discounts and free attractions.) Regardless, a visit to one of North Texas’ biggest institutions is almost always worth it. The live music — free with an admission ticket — is worth the price of entry alone. And there is a lot of it. This year, expect to find performances on four stages, plus daily shows at the Big Texas Music Exhibit in the Hall of State along with U.S. Marine and Drum Bugle Corps concerts in Marine Corps Square.

Understandably, country music gets a lot of play at the State Fair of Texas. But you’ll find live music in a wide variety from genres — R&B, Tejano, rock, pop — at the fair this year. To help navigate a crowded concert schedule at the fair, here’s a guide to some of the best free shows you’ll find.

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How to Spend 12 Hours in Deep Ellum

The fortunes of Deep Ellum, one of Dallas’ most historic neighborhoods, have risen and fallen–and risen again–over the years. An early hot spot for jazz and blues musicians in the first half of the 20th century, Deep Ellum continues to be a hub for the city’s music scene. On any given night, the sounds of local bands and national touring acts can be heard coming from the area’s many venues.

After some down years, Deep Ellum is enjoying its latest renaissance, with new bars, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs again making it one of the liveliest communities in town. There’s a lot to love about the neighborhood and its artistic culture.

Our Dallas neighborhood guide looks at how the city lives, works, and plays. But the best way to get to know a place is firsthand. Spend a day in Deep Ellum to see Dallas at its most creative.

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