Attend the Plano International Festival, Plano Food + Wine Festival, and a walking tour of the city’s “paranormal past”

October 15: Celebrating Culture

The 18th annual Plano International Festival includes food, music, art, and other activities aimed at celebrating the city’s diversity and raising awareness of the city’s many ethnic communities. A full schedule is available online. An opening ceremony with presentation of the flag and naturalization ceremony begins at 11 a.m. plan. A Fitzone will offer demonstrations on various workouts including yoga, weights, South Indian martial art of combat, Masako Mai workout, brain exercises and more from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 00 at Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St., Plano. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free (entry). Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. www.planointernationalfestival.org

October 15: Attend cultural performances

Dancing with the Symphony, which is offered in conjunction with the Plano International Festival, will feature multicultural dances accompanied by a quartet from Plano Symphony. Participating groups include Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico, McLane School of Irish Dance and Bolly Rhythms Dance Academy. Proceeds will go to a scholarship fund that rewards Plano ISD middle school students with free private lessons. $25 (tickets available online). 5 p.m. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave., Plano. www.planosymphony.org

October 15: Pay Tribute to the Beatles

Join the Beatles tribute band Hard Night’s Day for a belated John Lennon birthday celebration at the Red Tail Pavilion in Oak Point Park. Participants can bring their own chairs, blankets, coolers and alcohol. Burgers, fries and sodas will be available for purchase. 6 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (start of the show). $10 (12 and under), $12 (seniors), $15 (adults); all tickets have an additional $2 service charge. 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. 972-941-5600. www.visitplano.com/event/hard-nights-day-at-red-tail-pavilion

October 18: Test your horror movie knowledge with trivia

Legacy Hall Box Garden hosts a horror movie trivia night with spooky food and cocktails from Legacy Hall’s more than 20 bars and restaurants. First come, first served. 7:30 p.m. $ (per team up to six players). 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano. 972-846-4255. www.visitplano.com/event/horror-movie-trivia-night

Oct. 20: Attend a benefit evening for cancer research

II Brothers Grill & Bar is hosting an event to benefit The Cure Starts Now to help fund pediatric brain cancer research. The event is in honor of Mateo Sparkman, a child who died of an incurable form of brain cancer in 2021. Attendees can enjoy music, food, drink and a raffle with prizes. 6 to 9:30 p.m. $30 (registration includes admission, drink and raffle ticket); $5 (additional raffle tickets). 8308 Preston Road, Ste. 198, Map. https://csnevents.regfox.com/rockin-for-the-cure-2022

October 22: Drink at this festival

The fifth annual Plano Food + Wine Festival features a wide selection of award-winning wines as well as cuisine from 15 restaurants. One of the main attractions of this year’s event is the Lombardi Family Concepts culinary experience stage, where chefs from Lombardi Family Concepts host cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Different ticket options are available. Check the Plano Food + Wine Festival website for details. Noon-6 p.m. $45 (wine tasting only)-$125 (VIP). Legacy West, 5908 Headquarters Drive, Plano. www.planofoodandwinefestival.com

October 22: Discover the haunted history of Plano

Live music, circus performers, food, drink and more round out Rest in Plano Fest which runs in conjunction with Apparition Expedition, a walking tour of Plano’s “paranormal past,” according to the online description. of the event. 5-10:30 p.m. Free (RIP Fest); $8 (Apparition Expedition, tickets are limited and incur an additional $2 service charge). 1201 E. 15th St., Plano (RIP Fest); McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St., Plano (apparition expedition). www.plano.gov/1043/rip-apparition-expedition

October 29: Celebrate Halloween

The third annual North Texas Performing Arts Trunk-or-Treat event features candy-filled themed cars for trick-or-treaters, entertainment by NTPA students, food trucks, giveaways and Moreover. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12 to $30. The Shops at Willow Bend parking lot near Chapel Hill entrance, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. https://ntpa.org/trunk-or-treat/

Nov. 5-6: Discover a retro exhibition

The Plano Event Center hosts vintage toys, comic books, video games, VHS tapes, vinyl records, action figures, autographs, Pokemon, T-shirts, art, memorabilia horror and more during Retro Expo. 10am-6pm (5 Nov), 11am-5pm (6 Nov). Free (8 and under with adult), $8.66 (9-12), $12.99 (early general admission), $37.89 (early VIP). 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. www.retroexpo.com

Nov. 5-12: Honoring Veterans and First Responders

The Rotary Club of Plano East hosts the sixth annual Plano Flags of Honor event in recognition of veterans and first responders. A field of 1,111 American flags will be on display for a week. Special events, such as veterans organization programs, musical performances, patriotic re-enactments, safety fair, tethered balloon rides over the flags and much more will take place. Event times vary. FREE ENTRANCE). Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. https://planoflagsofhonor.com

Darcy J. Skinner