When spring finally rolls around each year, it always seems to bring with it a fresh set of events worth getting out for, no matter what city you’re in. Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas are no exception. Festivals come in no short supply, and whether you’re looking for things to do in Dallas like get your foodie fix, score a one-of-a-kind souvenir made by a local artist, or have a fun-filled family day out, you’re in luck! Between the two cities, you’ve got plenty of choices.
If you like to eat for a good cause, don’t miss the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. This three-day festival combines homegrown Texas flavors with historical venues and celebrity chefs to promote the local food scene and, more importantly, gives back. Proceeds from the festival go to local grant programs and culinary scholarships.
When it comes to Dallas festivals, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival is the most eclectic. Taking over six blocks worth of Main Street in downtown, it’s right in the heart of the entertainment district. The event showcases more than 200 juried visual and decorative artists, plus there are 100 different and original live musical performances, food, drink and even a pet parade! The best part (other than the pet parade, of course)? It’s free to attend!
Not to be outdone by the neighbors, Fort Worth’s Arts Festival is definitely worth checking out, too. A bit larger than Deep Ellum, Fort Worth’s festival features 200 artists and more than 300 live performances spanning four days and a mile-long stretch of downtown. It’s also family friendly with kid-themed arts and crafts areas.
Heralded as the biggest party in Fort Worth, Mayfest offers fun for the whole family and takes place in Trinity Park, near the nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo. The festival boasts three music stages, four performing arts stages, a children’s area, arts and crafts, and plenty of food and beverages for purchase. This festival also gives back to the community, with proceeds donated in support of community programs like the Junior League of Fort Worth, Streams & Valleys, and the city’s Park and Recreation Department.
Anyone who’s been to Dallas knows it’s a city with music deep in its roots. In fact, it’s home to the oldest and largest guitar festival in the world! The International Guitar Festival began in a small hotel meeting room in 1978. Today, it’s three days of music and clinics on four different stages with more than 500 exhibitors and guitar manufacturers.
When a festival coincides with American Craft Brew Week, you know it’s a match made in hops heaven. Celebrate the best of Texas in adorable and historic downtown Grapevine at Main Street Fest with more than 75 craft brews ready for sampling. Live music and food for pairing round out the lineup, making the event a must-do for any beer geek.
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