Big shows are back at full throttle in Dallas’s top venues this fall. October begins with a big, bold bang Grammy winner jazz trumpeter Chris Botti performing at the Meyerson Symphony Center with the Dallas Symphony (Oct. 8-10).

On Oct. 11 the renowned Doric String Quartet is joined by pianist Jonathan Bliss for a concert at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium.  Current Dallas resident and former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks as part of the SMU Tate lecture series on campus at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 12.

On Oct. 14-17 the Dallas Symphony returns with a performance of Beethoven’s last piano concerto, Emperor, bursting with heroic themes and virtuosic cadenzas at the Meyerson Symphony Center. International operatic great Andrea Bocelli performs at the American Airlines Center on Oct. 20.

Beginning Oct. 17, the Dallas Museum of Art reunites for the first time Van Gogh’s stunning olive grove series painted in 1889 during his stay at an asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Next door at Winspear Opera House, a bold new program called Opera’s Greatest Hits is an exciting constellation of international stars, singing selections from the most beloved productions and presented by the Dallas Opera on Oct. 22 and 30.

Country superstars Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell headline the annual Cattle Baron’s Ball on Oct. 23 at Gilley’s, while crossover sensation Amy Grant plays the grand Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas on Oct. 27. Sizzling Damien Escobar performs his violin-driven eclectic blend of blues, jazz, pop, and more Oct. 29 at the House of Blues in Victory Park. The Dallas Symphony closes the month with an afternoon signature salute to Dia de los Muertos(Day of the Dead) on Oct. 31 at the Meyerson.

Turn up the volume past 10 with the world’s greatest rock and roll band as the Rolling Stones play the Cotton Bowl on Nov. 2. The same evening, Grammy-winning soft rocker Christopher Cross takes the stage at the Majestic Theatre.

Nov. 4 former “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric speaks at McFarlin Auditorium as part of her “Going There” Tour; on Nov. 5 razor sharp TV talk show hosts Trevor Noah is at the AAC, with Hasan Minhaj the following night at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

DSO music director Fabio Luisi hosts superstar soprano Renee Fleming for a special concertwith the Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Nov. 5 and 7.

Centennial Hall at Fair Park is the site of the World Food Championships. It features tasting experiences, and 1,500 competing chefs Nov. 5-7 at the annual culinary event that’s a highlight for foodies. 

On Nov. 10 Aussie guitarist extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel brings his sensational show to the Majestic (you must see him to believe what he can do with six strings)

Rubberband dance company has not only redefined breakdance but opened the way for new creators to expand the boundaries of the art form. Catch them live Nov. 12-13 at Moody Performance Hall – plus the yearly Big Texas Beer Fest returns to the Automobile Building at Fair Park on the same days, just in time to sample the suds.

Tacolandia celebrates one of the most popular food in Texas on Nov. 13 at Energy Square Plaza – an opportunity to select, sample and vote for favorites.

On Nov. 16, theDallas Winds presents Firebirdat the Meyerson, a special concert with guest artists Epoch Percussion Quartetperforming exciting new works plus highlights from recent seasons.

Broadway darling Hamilton returns for a twenty-day stand beginning Nov 16. at the Fair Park Music Hall, and top-notch touring comedian Jo Koy takes the stage for two nights at the Winspear Opera House on Nov. 16-17

A seasonal highlight on Nov. 17-21is the Chi Omega Christmas Market at Fair Park’sCentennial Hall. For over 40 years, the shopping extravaganza has featured hundreds of merchants with gifts, holiday decor, women’s clothing, accessories, home accents, children’s toys and more.

On Nov. 18 the Majestic welcomes Straight No Chaser. What started as a college a cappella ensemble evolved into a musical phenomenon with one top selling album after another. The following night is an all-new benefit for the Performing Arts Center presented by the Dallas Opera. It’s called Bravo and features a special performance by Phillipa Soo, known for her Broadway role as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton, followed by record setting country/pop duo Dan + Shay at the AAC on Nov. 21. Luke Combs is scheduled for two nights of AAC shows a few days before on Nov. 18-19.

Nov. 26-Jan. 2, check out Enchant Christmas at the Fair Park Esplanade, a maze of millions of twinkling lights and art installations, an ice-skating trail, and a Christmas market. 

Close the month at the Majestic on Nov. 30 with Postmodern Jukebox, amulti-talented collective has inventively interpreted pop music by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Radiohead and others in vintage jazz, swing and 1950s styles.

Concerts, dance, symphonic performances, and Broadway’s best highlight two months of unforgettable events deep in the heart of Dallas best venues.