Fantastic festivals fill Dallas-Fort Worth with fun and food in spring
Spring is scheduled for festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth. Typically, from March to May, our calendar lists are as extensive as those of Bluebonnet fields.
These are still not normal times, of course, and the coronavirus pandemic has continued to force the cancellation of beloved events like Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival and Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. Others, like the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, have been pushed to topple. And some, like the EarthxFilm Festival, have switched to new, COVID-safe formats.
The events that re-emerged this spring are promising precautions for COVID-19: contactless ticketing and payments, socially distant tables, disinfection stations, mask requirements, and limited attendance. So limited in fact that getting tickets now is a good idea.
Below are festivals with confirmed dates for this spring. Below is a list of local festivals that have been canceled or postponed. Some organizations have not yet announced any plans. We’ll update the list as more are confirmed.
Where are you going in america A festival of new American pieces from April 7th to May 2nd
The Whither Goest Thou America New Works Festival, presented by the Undermain Theater, features virtual streams of David Rabe’s new solo piece, adapted from his short story Suffocation Theory (April 7-25), and virtual readings of three new pieces: Second Hand conversations with Irene by Teresa Marrero (April 14-18), Bright Boys by Blake Hackler (April 21-25), and Feeding on Light by Lenora Champagne (April 28th-May 2nd). The entire event is virtual; More information and tickets on the website.
Water Lantern Festival, Fort Worth, April 10th
The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event all about connections. The festival includes food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with love letters, hopes and dreams that are reflected on the water. Every participant in the family-friendly event is allowed to decorate, light and float a lantern. Everything happens in the Panther Island Pavilion. Free- $ 64.99.
Frisco uncorked April 10th
O’Neil Wysocki Family Law presents the 2nd Annual Frisco Uncorked in Frisco Square. The one day outdoor wine festival features a wide variety of wines, five bands, grape competitions, local vendors, and more. The event supports the Frisco Arts Foundation and The Warriors Keep. Tickets are $ 30 for 15 tastings or $ 80 for a VIP experience that includes wine tastings, additional VIP exclusive wines, food, an upgraded wine glass, and access to the VIP tent with seating, a photo booth, and more .
Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie, April 10th – May 31st
For those who have never participated, this popular Renaissance festival is exactly what you can imagine: costumes, beer halls, corsets, jugglers, jokers, mead, leatherworking, tournament … and the list goes on. It’s like times 1,000 in the Middle Ages. But it only happens on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays on Memorial Day. View the entire daily schedule and tickets here.
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival, 16.-18. April
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails are open for touring from April 1st to April 30th. The festival, which coincides with the peak weekend for the bluebonnets, includes live music, food, vendors, and more. More information and dates here.
EarthXFilm Festival, Dallas, May 16-25 April
EarthxFilm will feature drive-in, outdoor and online screenings for 10 days and nights during this year’s hybrid edition of the Dallas-based environmental film festival. The festival continues its mission of showcasing films and emerging media that address science, conservation, climate change and the environment while honoring the heroes who work to protect our planet. A full schedule and tickets can be found on the website.
Indie Meme Film Festival, 16.-25. April
The sixth annual Indie Meme Film Festival is a virtual event featuring more than 20 South Asian feature films, documentaries and shorts. Festival badges allow access to all film screenings and questions and answers from filmmakers. Indie meme selections come from established directors and new voices. From socio-political dramas to animated adventures to concise documentaries, the festival’s mission is to promote socially relevant independent cinema from South Asia. Tickets ranging in value from $ 55 to $ 100 are available on the website.
Plano Music & Arts Festival, McKinney, 17.-18. April
Visitors can enjoy live music, art exhibits, a vintage car show, a bespoke motorcycle show, a GO TEXAN Farm Fresh Market, and dozens of fun attractions and highlights in Myers Park and the Event Center. The Taste of Texas Food Garden offers delicious cuisine as well as cold house and craft beers. National recording artists such as Mike and the Moonpies and Curtis Grimes will perform on the main stage throughout the afternoon and evening, as well as juried visual artists showcasing the city’s heritage and culture. Free- $ 15; For tickets, visit the website.
Music @ Mill Music Festival, McKinney, 23.-24. April
The Music @ Mill Music Festival delivers the expressive, authentic energy of world-class live music that is safely socially distant in an old industrial area of the Cotton Mill in McKinney. The two-day festival includes performances of pieces from pop to classical by artists such as the Texas Cellos, the Miro Quartet, violinist Chee-Yun Kim, pianist Amy Yang and cellist Joseph Kuipers. There is a mixology cocktail class with one of Dallas’s finest bartenders, and cocktails, wine, and food trucks are available for purchase. $ 20- $ 45.
Dallas International Guitar Festival, April 30th – May 2nd
The Dallas International Guitar Festival is the largest and oldest guitar show in the world. The festival unites musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities in a huge musical extravaganza. Visitors can buy, sell, trade, or simply browse among thousands and thousands of new and vintage guitars. Visitors can also hear the best local and regional bands performing on the festival’s various stages. Performances by more than 60 local, regional, and national artists take place on four music stages in Dallas Market Hall. One day general admission, $ 30, with other options available.
Dallas Burlesque Festival, May 8th
The annual burlesque festival returns for the 12th time. Audiences can enjoy world-class burlesque and celebrate glitz, glamor and the art of teasing at the historic Shell band in Fair Park. $ 15- $ 35.
West Main Arts Festival, Arlington, May 8th
Formerly known as the East Main Arts Festival, this year’s event takes place in a new location – on West Main Street around the Arlington Museum of Art and other businesses in the Arlington Arts District. The festival will feature 78 local artists and vendors in a socially distant environment. The art booths feature a variety of media, including live painting, sculpture, and pottery. Two stages will welcome numerous bands and artists throughout the day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free.
The city of Carrollton is hosting the Chalk Art Festival on May 15th
Carrifton’s second annual Chalk Art Festival features prepackaged crafts for non-attendees, including an area for budding young chalk artists, some artisans exhibiting their crafts, and a variety of dining options. To enter the competition, artists (ages 8+) who have not sold their artwork can enter as an amateur for $ 5. Artists (ages 13+) who have sold their artwork must sign up as a Pro for $ 10. For more information about the competition and how to participate, please visit the event website.
Taste of Parker County, May 20th
The one-day food festival showcases food and drink from Parker County’s restaurants and vendors, including Back Home Bakery, Drake’s Yoke – Wood and Wine, Edgewise Eight Brewing, Ironworks Coffee, Lady Bird Pearl Macarons, White Beard’s BBQ, and more more. The festival takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Park in Weatherford. The proceeds will go to the Weatherford College Foundation. Tickets ranging in value from $ 35 to $ 40 are available on the website.
Nesian Fest, Grand Prairie, 22.-24. May
The Nesian Festival celebrates the month of heritage of the islanders in the Asia Pacific region. The opening of Asia Times Square will be celebrated on Saturday. Celebrations include vendors, live performances, and a ceremony. Free of charge, but register here.
Try Addison June 4-5
At Addison’s annual food and music festival, guests can sample dishes from classic Addison restaurants as well as well-known newcomers. In addition to the meal-size nibbles, each restaurant sells one or more taste bites – smaller servings of favorites are available for $ 3 or less per item. Musical entertainment will take place on two stages this year. Addison Circle Park has a grocery store, children’s arts and crafts, and more. Free- $ 15.
Dallas Pride June 4-5
Dallas Pride is back with a two day festival to raise awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ + community. In addition to the personal experiences in the Fair Park amphitheater, the event will also be broadcast online for those who are more comfortable from home. The event offers musical entertainment on Friday evenings. On Saturday evening, a variety show will be hosted by entertainer Marsha Dimes. More information and tickets can be found on the website.
Canceled or postponed for 2021: