Spring has officially arrived, which means Texans are headed outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. There are many spring festivals throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, so everyone should find something that piques their interest. There are even a few indoor festivities for those rainy spring weekends. Here's a look at the best spring festivals in Dallas-Fort Worth this April and May.
Daily through Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
From $20, plus $10 for parking
The Dallas Arboretum will continue its Dallas Blooms exhibit through this Sunday. The Arboretum has been recognized as one of the best gardens in the world, and Dallas Blooms is one of its best exhibits every year. On weekends, the gardens can become crowded. On Saturdays and Sundays, however, there is live music and a silhouette artist. Anyone planning on visiting the Arboretum again within a year should consider purchasing a membership. A single visit for two people regularly costs $30 or $40, but a year-long membership for two is only $79.
Thursday, April 4-Sunday, April 14, various times
Various locations in Richardson, Dallas, and McKinney
The 2013 Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, boasts, "a film for everyone." With dozens of films, there certainly will be something for everyone to enjoy. Films will be shown at theaters throughout the DFW Metroplex, and other events, such as presentations and parties, are scheduled, as well. A single pass costs $10, while a package of 10 is priced at $75.
Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Palace Arts Center
300 S. Main St., Grapevine
$50 Friday, adults only; $15 Saturday for adults; $5 Saturday for children ages 7 and under
Grapevine's ninth annual ChocolateFest features chocolate, wine, and art. Does any more need to be said? Friday and Saturday will be two distinct events, hence the difference in price. Friday evening is reserved for adults 21 and over. It is an evening of chocolate and wine. Saturday will be a day of chocolate and art, which children can also enjoy.
Friday, April 5, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Main Street between Hall Street and Good Latimer Expressway, Dallas
Where else can you see a pit bull wearing a tutu or a lizard on a leash? Other art festivals in the area have great artists and awesome music, but none has a pet parade like the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The pet parade will start Sunday, April 7, at noon. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and requires a $10 donation. Plus, the artists have excellent work for sale, and there is always a band playing. Veterans of the festival prefer stopping in one of the local restaurants for a meal, bypassing the food trucks. For the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Main Street in Deep Ellum will be closed to traffic from Good Latimer Expressway to Hall Street.
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
BA Glassworks & Tiki Lounge
2123 Silverado Drive, Dallas
In the southeast corner of Dallas, art enthusiasts from around the city will gather on Saturday, April 6, for the Art Spring Arts Festival. While this is a smaller festival than others in the area, it will feature a wide range of artists. In addition to painters, photographers, potters, and sculptors, there will be glass blowers, a body artist, a digital artist, and a jeweler. Five bands are scheduled to provide live entertainment, the most intriguing of which might be the Minor Mishap Marching Band. The festival's website describes this band as "a 25-piece renegade circus-punk-brass band, Bourbon Street meets Budapest." Both admission and parking at this festival are free.
Saturday, April 6, 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Fair Park Automobile Building
1010 First Ave., Dallas
With more than 400 varieties under one roof, the Big Texas Beer Fest is a beer connoisseur's dream. Outside, bands will be serving up tunes. Inside, breweries from nearby and far away will be serving up drinks. A $35 ticket includes 12 2-oz. samples; VIP tickets are available for $60.
April 6-May 27, weekends and Memorial Day, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
2511 Farm to Market 66, Waxahachie
$20 for adults; $9 for children 12 and under
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is worth driving down to Waxahachie for. With a plethora of unique artists selling Renaissance wares, 200 daily performances, and three jousting matches a day, there is plenty to do and see here. This is an annual event that the whole family can enjoy. The prices above are standard, single-day prices. There are multiday options available, and Tom Thumb has had discounted tickets in the past.
Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m.
Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie
While Opening Day at a horse track is not technically a spring festival, kicking off the 2013 thoroughbred season is a rite of spring for horse-racing fans. This will be the 17th year of the Premiere Stakes. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Main Street between First and Ninth, Fort Worth
The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is one of the largest art festivals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. With around 200 artists, everyone will be able to find a piece they like here. In addition to all different types of pieces, performing arts will also be celebrated. Several stages will be set up in the vicinity surrounding Main Street. Everyone will be able to appreciate the work on display at this festival, but avid collectors might especially love this art festival.
Friday, April 19, noon-midnight; Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dallas Market Hall
2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
From $10; free for children 10 and under
As its name implies, the 36th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival is all about guitars. Guitar manufacturers, dealers, players, and collectors will all meet to celebrate their passion. The hours listed above are for the general public; dealers are welcome to come Friday morning. During the day, visitors will have a chance to peruse the many different guitars. Friday and Saturday evening will feature a jam session. The $10 ticket is good for the jam session only. A full-day pass is $22 for adults.
Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
2800 block of Main Street, Dallas
The first-ever North Texas Taco Festival is bringing together some of the best taco joints in Dallas. Within the city, there is a wide variety of tacos. Now, the public has a chance to try several different styles all in one place. This is a great opportunity to be introduced to a new taco restaurant or have a couple favorites all in one place. In all, there are 10 restaurants participating, including Velvet Taco and Rusty Taco. Although admission is free, the tacos are not.Earth Day Dallas
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1211 First Ave., Dallas
Earth Day Dallas is an opportunity for researchers and businesses involved in environmental responsibility to gather with grass-roots enthusiasts and the general public. DFW residents have a chance to learn practical ways they and others can live greener lives, while celebrating the progress that has been made. Organizers are expecting at least 65,000 attendees, so guests might want to take the DART Green Line to Fair Park. What better way is there to get to Earth Day Dallas than taking environmentally responsible mass transit?
Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.
1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite
$20 for adults at the gate; $10 for adults until April 14; free for children 12 and under
Come out and celebrate everything Texas at the Real. Texas. Festival. in Mesquite. In addition to great music, there will be a barbecue contest, battle of the bands, and youth basketball three-on-three tournament. This is one of the more diverse festivals this spring, and it celebrates much of what our great state has to offer. Those purchasing tickets at the door can receive $3 off the price of one admission by bringing a food donation.
Friday, April 26, 4 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Southlake Town Square
1256 Main St., Southlake
Approximately 145 artists will have pieces at Art in the Square, and there will be two stages with live bands. Among the artwork, visitors will see paintings, photography, jewelry, and sculptures. The festival will take place throughout Southlake Town Square.
Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Quartertown Park and Facilities
321 E. McKinney St., Denton
The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is celebrating its 33rd year. This event will feature a multitude of jazz bands, as well as a variety of local artists. There will be seven stages set up throughout the park, so visitors will not suffer from a lack of music. The headliners are David Sanborn, The "Original" Blues Brothers, and Brave Combo.
Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Trinity Park, Fort Worth
$10 for adults; $5 for children ages 3-12
The 41st Mayfest will have seven stages, three of which will feature bands and four that are dedicated to the performing arts. In addition to these performances, visitors will have an opportunity to see sharks, a giant sand version of Cowtown, and duck races. Parking is $10 at Farrington Field, 1501 N. University Drive, Fort Worth.
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson
The Cotton Art Festival is held every two years in Cotton Wood Park, which is one of Richardson's most beautiful green spaces. This year's event will feature artist Michelle Mardis, who is originally from Fort Worth but now lives in Florida. Mardis is known for painting vivid portraits of both people and pets. In addition to her work, many other artists will have their pieces on display. Visitors should park in the high school football stadium parking lot, which is across the street from the park. A shuttle will be running continuously from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, May 19, 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson
$10 for Richardson residents; $20 for adults; $30 for a three-day pass; $3 for children between ages 5 and 12
Wildflower! is Richardson's most rocking music festival this spring. At the time of writing, the full music lineup had not been announced. Some performers include The Toadies, Slaid Cleves, and Eleven Hundred Springs. In all, there will be four stages, including a singer-songwriter stage.
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