At last! It’s time to embrace the sights, sounds, food and fun that make Texas a great place to play in the fall.
“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” celebrates the fashion designer’s inspiring life and award-winning work, featuring 60 garments that include ensembles worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Oct. 5. bushcenter.org
In only five years, this day of giving, founded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, has put more than $60 million into North Texas communities. Log on and raise funds for 1,350 local nonprofits. Sept. 18. northtexasgivingday.org
The Plano Symphony Orchestra proudly welcomes Haochen Zhang, Cliburn Gold Medalist, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor for the Fall 2014 Opening Night celebration. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. planosymphony.org
Put on your black suit and grab your Ray-Bans for the Blues Brothers Revue, part of the popular Cool Thursdays concert series at the Dallas Arboretum. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. dallasarboretum.org
Raise your corny dogs and salute Texas’ biggest, boldest icon. The annual State Fair of Texas welcomes performers Kool & the Gang, Deryl Dodd, Danielle Bradbery and others. Sept. 26-Oct. 19. bigtex.com
No time to travel to Paris for the weekend? “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée D’Orsay” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is showcasing works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and more. Oct. 19-Jan. 25. kimbellart.org
Royalty, passion and religious fervor come together in “Salome” by Richard Strauss, a lush rendering of Oscar Wilde’s play set in ancient Judea. Oct. 30-Nov. 8. dallasopera.org
Enjoy a day submersed in the art, architecture and design of early 20th-century Vienna and learn more about the Wittgenstein collections and commissions. Nov. 15, 10 a.m. dma.org
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What will the world of tomorrow look like? Explore the possibilities and enjoy a night of dining and dancing in support of The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s annual Night at the Museum fundraiser. Nov. 15, 7 p.m. perotmuseum.org
Enjoy the wild outdoors at the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Free Third Thursday events. Hike the trails, explore in the exhibit hall, and picnic in the café. Nov. 20. trinityriver.audubon.org
The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a 47-year tradition for friends and families who call it a great way to start Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27. Thetrot.org
CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.