Anyone planning to be in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area in November will have cool—or cooler—temperatures and a slew of autumnal events to look forward to. The milder climate is perfect for enjoying the cities' ample outdoor spaces, while the beginning of the holiday season provides persistent entertainment throughout the month.
From watching a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day to shopping at Christmas markets and hunting for holiday lights around the metroplex, there are endless November traditions in which to partake.
Dallas–Fort Worth Weather in November
The relentless summer heat finally begins to loosen its grip on DFW by Halloween, providing a refreshing respite come November. Although the temperature drops increasingly throughout the month, it rarely dips below freezing.
- Average high: 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius)
- Average low: 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius)
November is sometimes noticeably windier and more humid than other times of year. There are, on average, about six rainy days throughout the month, but you'll also get the occasional 90-degree afternoon. Texas weather is notoriously unpredictable, so it's wisest to keep an eye on the weather ahead of your travels.
What to Pack
Because Texas is one of the southernmost states, it's not nearly as cold as some other places in the U.S. in November. As a result, you may not need to bring a coat but you will want to pack long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and pants for layering. Rain jackets and waterproof clothing isn't usually necessary this time of year but sunscreen is a must even when it isn't hot.
November Events in Dallas and Fort Worth
Dallas-Fort Worth is packed with sporting events, holiday happenings, and autumnal festivals during the month of November.
- The AAA Texas 500: This NASCAR Cup Series held at the Texas Motor Speedway has been won by greats like Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch. It typically takes place in November, but in 2020, it will be held on October 26. Tickets range in price from $49 to $400.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's Holiday at the Arboretum: A "12 Days of Christmas"-inspired lights display meets holiday market, this two-month extravaganza is composed of "25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos," the organizers say, and more than a million lights strung around the gardens, on historic homes, and so forth. Holiday at the Arboretum will take place from November 7 to December 31, 2020.
- Lakewood Home Festival: The Home Festival began in 1976 when a local PTA staged a fundraising tour showcasing five historic neighborhood homes. Now, it also features a gala and intimate Saturday evening candlelight tour. Proceeds go to the area's schools. In 2020, the Lakewood Home Festival will showcase homes from outside and the auction will take place virtually November 13 to 15.
- Sundance Square Parade of Lights: Held each year in downtown Fort Worth, the Sundance Square Parade of Lights features more than 100 illuminated entries, marching bands, antique cars, an appearance by Santa Claus, and performers. Street seats are available for a fee but there are also plenty of free viewing areas along the route. The parade begins at 7 p.m on November 22, 2020, at the intersection of Weatherford Street and Houston Street.
- YMCA Turkey Trot: More than 25,000 people participate in this Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk. Guests are encouraged to dress like a turkey and commence the charity race from Dallas City Hall at 9 a.m. In 2020, the race will take place virtually from November 20 to 29.
- Cowboys Thanksgiving Football Game: Watching football on Thanksgiving Day is a Texas tradition and in Dallas, it's all about the Cowboys. On November 26, 2020, they'll take on the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium.
- Prairie Lights: This two-mile stretch of decorations features more than four million lights and a pedestrian Holiday Village featuring photos with Santa, a snow maze, an illuminated walk-through forest, snacks, and souvenirs. In 2020, it will be a drive-through experience, open every night from 6 to 10 p.m. between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
- McKinney's Home for the Holidays: For nearly 40 years, the town of McKinney has hosted a Christmas event in historic downtown. It includes live entertainment, food galore, photos with Santa, arts and crafts for gift shopping, costumed characters, a Ferris wheel, carousel, Frosty's train, and more. In 2020, Home for the Holidays will begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue every weekend in December.
- Christmas in the Square: North Texas' largest choreographed holiday lights and music show is located in Frisco. It features more than 175,000 lights and is visited by 750,000 people each year. You can experience Christmas in the Square by car, foot, or carriage ride every night from 6 to 10 p.m. November 27 to January 4, 2021.
- ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort: Every year, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center presents a walk-through attraction made from two million pounds of hand-carved ice. It has in the past featured five two-story-tall ice slides as well as a full nativity scene. In 2020, ICE! has been canceled.
November Travel Tips
- Although summer is the official peak travel season for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the football season and Thanksgiving can attract crowds. Try to visit when the Cowboys are away if you aren't interested in attending a game; otherwise, you can expect especially high hotel prices.
- Fall marks the start of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center's season and this year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a rendition of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" plus a tribute to soul and R&B greats like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston.
- If it's fall foliage you're looking for, a day trip to Daingerfield, Dinosaur Valley, Lake Bob Sandlin, or Tyler State Parks—all within about two hours of DFW—will provide prime leaf peeping early in the month.