Plano Fall Bucket List 2020

Fall in Plano, Texas

Updated: 10/08/2020

Fall is almost here! Though fall may seem a little different this year, I think we can all agree we are looking forward to cooler temps, fall foliage, and safe fall events. We’re rounding up all the fun things to do this fall. Let’s go!

Fall Foliage Nature Hikes

Plano has 4,370 acres of park land, so there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the outdoors in these cooler temps. One beautiful thing about fall park walks is taking in the sights of the changing fall foliage.

The 800-acre Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve has 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft trails along Rowlett Creek. This park provides for a stunning backdrop to your nature hikes.

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a two-mile walking trail, and stunning views of the prairie and forest. No matter where you turn, Arbor Hills is always glowing with a breathtaking view.


Eats & Drinks

Pumpkin spice everything comes to mind during these cooler fall months. XO Coffee and 1418 Coffeehouse in the Downtown Plano Arts District both have spectacular pumpkin spice lattes.

See our list of Plano coffee shops here.

With Oktoberfest season, nothing gets you more in the mood than this Downtown Plano restaurant, Jörg’s Cafe Vienna.

This family-owned restaurant serves authentic Austrian and German food in an Old World atmosphere. Inside they have a cozy dining room with a bar, a bier stuben, and an outdoor biergarten.

Their menu includes old family recipes and traditional dishes such as wiener schnitzels, cream schnitzels, wursts, goulash, sauerkraut, red cabbage, spatzle, and apple strudel.

Another favorite is Bavarian Grill. Since 1993, Bavarian Grill has served authentic Bavarian food, beer and wine alongside weekly live German music. They focus on authenticity. Every recipe they use can be found in German restaurants in Bavaria, and most of their beer is imported from Bavaria and Munich.

How about a hot bowl of ramen? Chef Chin’s Hibachi Ramen at Legacy Hall is the perfect bowl of deliciousness to warm our tummies and hearts.

Missing The State Fair of Texas fair food this year? Don’t worry! Plano’s Front Burner Restaurant Group, known for their innovation in the restaurant community, has you covered. Read Local Profile’s article to see which Plano restaurants are offering fair-inspired curbside kits.

Front Burner Restaurants Offer State Fair Food in Curbside Kits

Bulla Gastrobar at Legacy West has also rolled out their new fall menu.

New Fall Menu Items:

  • Short Ribs/Costillas de Res Braises short ribs, tetilla cheese, caramelized onions, homemade potato chips, salsa criolla, potato foam 
  • Vegan Bolognese Linguini, Beyond Meat, blistered cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic bread crumbs 
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup ‘Spanish style’ mushroom soup, parmesan cheese, EVOO
  • Bibb Lettuce Salad Bibb lettuce, bacon, avocado, toasted hazelnuts, orange segments, hazelnut vinaigrette
  • Scallops with Cauliflower Puree Herb marinated oyster mushrooms, kale, shaved cauliflower, chorizo vinaigrette 
  • Veggie Burger Crispy portobello mushrooms filled with Mahon cheese, sliced tomato, artisan lettuce, ‘Bulla’ sauce
  • Basque Style Cheesecake Traditional creamy cheesecake from San Sebastian, blueberry compote

New Fall Cocktails: 

  • Bianco Negroni Bombay Dry Gin, Campari, Cinzano Bianco Vermouth, caramelized orange slice
  • Elderflower G&T Bombay Dry G in, fresh lime, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, peach oolong syrup

Biscuit Bar at The Boardwalk is offering three fall-inspired menu items:

  • Pumpkin Pie French Toast Biscuit, $6.7, Fresh and flaky biscuit, soaked in pumpkin pie custard then fried until golden, topped with powdered sugar and house-made whipped cream.
  • The Tipsy Jack- -Latte, $7.5, An Icey, spiked spin on the crowd-favorite PSL
  • Apple Cider Mimosa, $6, A crisp twist on the classic brunch mimosa

Events this Fall

Several annual fall events in Plano have been canceled for this year, but there are still many events that were created with safety as a top priority. Here’s a round-up of events this fall if you feel like venturing out.

Legacy West Friday Night Lights Movie Night: Friday Night Lights

Kenny Chesney Tribute: Barefoot Nation at Legacy Hall

Foo Fighters Tribute: Grohl at Legacy Hall

Cowboy Country Under the Stars at Haywire at Legacy West

{CU•RAT•ED} A Modern Pop Up Market @ Legacy West

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Urban Crust

Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs Pop-Up Events

Legacy West Friday Night Lights Movie Nights: The Blind Side

Southfork Ranch Fall Concert Series: Texas Flood – Ultimate Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan

Beatles Tribute: Hard Night’s Day

Journey Tribute: Departure ATX

Cowboy Country Under the Stars at Haywire at Legacy West

Legacy West Friday Night Lights Movie Nights: Remember the Titans

Southfork Fall Concert Series: Shameless – Garth Brooks Tribute

Tom Petty Tribute: Petty Theft at Legacy Hall

3rd Annual Oktoberfeast at Legacy Hall

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Cowboy Country Under the Stars at Haywire at Legacy West

2020 Courtyard Texas Music Series: Roger Creager

Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West

Southfork Fall Concert Series: The Texas Bluesmen – Tribute to The Blues Brothers

Straight Tequila Night (90s Country Covers) at Legacy Hall

Bon Jovi Tribute: Blaze of Glory at Legacy Hall

Legacy Live – October

Mean Girls Movie-n-Brunch at Legacy Hall

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Fair Fest at Legacy Hall

Texas vs. Oklahoma Red River Watch Party at Legacy Hall

Plano Food + Wine Walk at The Shops at Willow Bend

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Apparition Expedition: Homebound Edition

Captain & Camille (Smooth ’70s)

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Fleetwood Mac Tribute: Forever Mac at Legacy Hall

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Downtown Plano Oktoberfest Bier Walk

Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West

For a complete list of events in Plano, click here.
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