Fun and quirky festivals are abloom in Dallas-Fort Worth this 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 result in popular events like Mayfest, Fortress Festival, and Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival being canceled. Others, like the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, have switched to new formats.
The festivals, which are back this spring, are promising precautionary measures 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.
Thin Line Fest – A virtual popup experience from March 25-29
Thin Line Fest, the largest documentary film festival in Texas, is making a return to virtual pop-up style. The festival features world-class cinema and music delivered directly to viewers, including 27 feature films, 44 short films and 17 musicians, all of which are live-streaming for free. The festival’s virtual platform offers participants the opportunity to meet filmmakers, musicians and other participants in virtual locations between film screenings and performances.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is hosting the Japanese Spring Festival from March 27th to 28th
The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens Japanese Spring Festival celebrates the Year of the Ox. The family-friendly event, sponsored by the Fort Worth Japanese Society, features traditional Japanese performances, dining, and more in the garden. The festival takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Puptopia Festival, Dallas, April 10th
The Puptopia Festival is the first surprise park for dogs and their owners. Puptopia Festival is a highly curated, sensory experience to see, touch, and feel the best trends for dogs while realizing their fantasies in one place. The all-day Puptopia Festival schedule includes larger-than-life photo opportunities, never-before-seen activities for dogs and their owners, amazing pupformances, and much more. On the main stage of the Puptopia Festival, festival-goers can see the internationally renowned stunt dog show Canine Stars. Everything happens in Pacific Plaza Park. $ 30.
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 wine 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. However, it only takes place on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays on Memorial Day. Here you will find the entire daily routine, tickets and much more.
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.
Music @ Mill Music Festival, McKinney, 23.-24. April
The Music @ Mill Music Festival offers the expressive, authentic energy of world-class live music that is safely socially distant in an old industrial area of McKinney’s Cotton Mill. The two-day festival includes performances of pieces ranging 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 Dallas 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.
The city of Carrollton is hosting the Chalk Art Festival on May 15th
The second annual Chalk Art Festival in Carrollton 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.
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 the Taste Addison food and music festival, guests can sample dishes from a variety of 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.
Canceled or postponed for 2021: