Dallas, TX Festivals
Welcome to Dallas, Texas, the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. This ultra modern and sophisticated city covers 343 square miles and is home to over 1.2 million people. Due to the fact that the Dallas metropolitan area is the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas, our team of Dallas mortgage experts decided to put together a list of Dallas area events and festivals for both visitors and residents.
Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
When: Friday, January 18, 2013 – Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where: 3400 Burnet Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX
What: Established in 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is legendary. Every year the Fort Work Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off with an All Western Parade, where nearly 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown. This annual event proudly celebrate Fort Worth’s western heritage by showcasing 23 exciting days of world-class livestock shows, kid friendly exhibits, carnival/midway fun and live music. If you are looking to go to a festival that is purely Texas, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is just that.
Hot Chocolate 15/5k
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Where: Fair Park
What: Known as America’s Sweetest Race, the Hot Chocolate 15/5k is a unique running event that treats its participants to not only a satisfying 15 and 5k race in Dallas, but also a soiree of chocolate fondue, hot cocoa and a variety of chocolate treats from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company after the race. The race will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
When: TBD (March 2013)
What: Known as the most delicious food and wine festival in Texas, Savor Dallas is truly a feast for the senses. Get out there and enjoy the weekend and your opportunity to drink in the arts, and enjoy premium wine, spirits, beers, and cutting-edge cuisine from the top chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Annual Chocolate Fest
When: Friday, April 5, 2013 – Saturday, April 6, 2013
Where: DeLaney Vineyards and Winery & Palace Arts Center, Grapevine, TX
What: Chocolate Fest Grapevine is an annual fundraising festival that features two events and benefits Travelers Aid Dallas/Fort Worth. The festival begins Friday evening with a Chocolate and Wine event. Saturday’s event features a day of chocolate and art. The Annual Chocolate Fest brings together the best in chocolates, wine and art. This is an event you wouldn’t want to miss!
Art in the Square
When: Friday, April 26, 2013 – Sunday, April 28, 2013
Where: Southlake Town Square, Southlake, TX
What: Hosted by Southlake Women’s Club, this annual event ranked #8 out of the Top 100 Arts Festivals in the U.S.! Art in the Square is held at Southlake Town Square and is free to the public. The festival features over 140 national and local artists, children’s arts and activities, ongoing entertainment, and delicious food and drinks. All proceeds of Art in the Square are donated to local charities benefiting families and children.
Addison Kaboom Town
When: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Where: Addison Circle Park
What: Recognized by Forbes, The Travel Channel and Bing as one of the best places to watch Fourth of July fireworks in the country, Addison’s Kaboom Town is a must in Dallas, TX. Enjoy the holiday in Addison where over 170 restaurants and 22 hotels host watch parties for the amazing air show. When the fireworks show reaches the grand finale, Addison Kaboom Town’s party really gets going with a live performance on the Dos Equis Stage and lively after party.
Taste of Dallas
When: Friday, July 13, 2012 – Sunday, July 15, 2012
Where: Fair Park
What: The 26th Annual Taste of Dallas is going to be the biggest yet so start prepping your palate. This Dallas event will feature dozens of the city’s top restaurants, beer and wine tastings, cookbook signings, chef demonstrations and even a Kids’ Taste Town. This three-day culinary festival will also have live music on several stages located throughout the park.
Bastille on Bishop Street
When: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Where: Bishop Arts Oak Cliff
What: Bastille on Bishop celebrates Oak Cliff’s historic “La Reunion” French colony. Break out the baguettes and put on your best beret for this fun-filled French fest. Watch Bishop Street come alive with mimes, cirque performances, scooter rallies, French maid relays, bicycles, crepe stand and accordions. It is sure to be one amazing night!
Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival & Fair
When: Friday, August 17, 2012 – Sunday, August 19, 2012
Where: Copperas Branch Park
What: Head to Copperas Branch Park for the Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival & Fair. Bring your fold out chair or blanket and enjoy the hot air balloon races, pancake breakfast, live music, arts & crafts exhibit, carnival rides and the “Memory Lane Classic Car Show”. The HV Balloon Festival is truly a unique experience and all for a great cause. All proceeds from the festival will sponsor various Lions Club and local charitable endeavors.
North Texas State Fair and Rodeo
When: Friday, August 17, 2012 – Saturday, August 25, 2012
Where: 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton, TX 76201
What: The 84th Annual North Texas State Fair and Rodeo will bring over 20 top tier country and country rocks bands to the two stages over the course of the nine-day event. Top names like Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew Band, Josh Abbott Band and Kyle Park will all be heading to Dallas for this rodeo. Come out and support the North Texas State Fair Association, watch the bull riding, admire the horses, and get to two-stepping to your favorite Texas Country Bands.
Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest
When: Saturday, September 1, 2012 – Sunday, September 2, 2012;
Where: 1900 L. Don Dodson Drive, Bedford, TX 76021
What: The annual Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest showcases the blues for all senses. Whether you are looking to taste the blues by sampling barbeque from the team competition or hearing the blues from music headliner Kenny Wayne Shepard, this Blues and barbeque festival has something for everyone.
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 – Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: Grapevine, TX
What: GrapeFest Festival-goers will enjoy the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic (the largest consumer judged wine competition in the nation), the GrapeStomp, the Culinary Pavillion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, a Kid Zone and six stages of live entertainment. Join in on the fun this year and celebrate the 26th anniversary of Grapevine’s GrapeFest.
When: Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Sunday, September 23, 2012
Where: Addison Circle Park
What: Held in September to coincide with the opening of the world-renown Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Addison Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 fans of polka, German food and Spaten Bier. This four-day festival features an official tapping of the keg, live music, folk dancing, Dachshund races and much more. Listed as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfest in North America by USA Today, Addison Oktoberfest is a guaranteed good time.
Plano Balloon Festival
When: Friday, September 21, 2012 – Sunday, September 23, 2012
Where: Oak Point Park
What: This year will mark the 33rd year on Ballooning in Plano, Texas. Join in on this spectacular three-day event as the sky fills up with brightly colored balloon, sky divers and fireworks. Although it is called the Plano Balloon Festival, there is more to the fun than what is in the sky. The festival will have live entertainment, half marathon, 5K Run, and 1K Fun Run/Walk, special kids’ activities and food to tempt all taste buds. During the evenings of the festival, watch the sky light up with a breath-taking array of glowing balloons. The Plano Balloon Festival is a must see festival for everyone.
Greek Festival of Dallas
When: Friday, September 28, 2012 – Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
What: There is no passport necessary to kick it up Greek-style at the 56th Annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas. Come and enjoy all the delicious tastes of Greece. From gyros to baklava, the Greek Festival of Dallas has a taste for every palette. Once you have eaten to your heart’s content, learn the basics of Greek folk-dancing and enjoy the live music. The Greek Festival of Dallas helps support the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s ministries, community outreach, and youth programs.
Fort Worth Music Festival
When: Friday, September 28, 2012 – Saturday, September 29, 2012
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center
What: The Fort Worth Music Festival is two days of non-stop music featuring some of the best names in national, regional and local music scenes. The festival will have two stages, over 20 different musical acts for all ages, cooking classes by area chefs, and artwork for sale by local artists and vendors.
Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
When: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Where: Rahr & Sons Brewery
What: Grab your Dirndl and run or walk the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K. After the race, participants can enjoy authentic German food, live music, and hand-crafted German-style lager. Proceeds from the race will benefit Trinity’s Habitat for Humanity. Whether you run for the brew or run for the fun, the Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K is great way to kick off 2012’s Oktoberfest!
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off
When: Friday, October 19, 2012 – Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park
What: Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and head out to the free Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-off. The outdoor, rain-or-shine festival will be held at the beautiful and shady Farmers Branch Historical Park. Headliners for the festival include, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Blue Highway, Travelin’ McCourys w/ Peter Rowan, the Gibson Brothers and many more!
Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: Million Air Dallas at the Addison Airport
What: If you are a connoisseur of top shelf spirits, the Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival is just for you. The festival will showcase over 150 of the world’s best whiskey, single malt scotch, cognac, brandy and other fine spirits. In addition to sampling the fine spirits, guests will also be able to sample gourmet food from several culinary teams. If top-shelf whiskey and gourmet food is not enough to convince you why this festival is one of the best in Dallas, then maybe the live entertainment and casino-style gaming tables will. The Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival is definitely a great time for those who are 21 and older.
State Fair of Texas
When: Friday, September 28, 2012 – Sunday, October 21, 2012
Where: Fair Park
What: Held in Dallas, TX, the State Fair of Texas is the largest in the nation. The fair features a 52′ tall cowboy, referred to as “Big Tex”, Fletcher’s Brand Corn Dogs, some of the most unusual deep-fried foods, and perhaps the biggest game in collegiate football. Whether you come to the State Fair of Texas for the auto show, the food or the Red River Rivalry, you will not be disappointed. Just make a trip to the fair one of the 24 days it operates and you will see what the other 2.5 million annual attendees love about it so much.
Cotton Bowl at Fair Park
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Where: Fair Park
What: Red River Shootout, Red River Rivalry, Texas-O.U., O.U.- Texas… Whatever you call it, the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park is still one of the greatest rivalries in American sports. Since 1900, this collegiate matchup has been one of the most anticipated football games. Watch the burnt orange collide with the crimson red as these two top-ranked teams duke it out for the Red River Rivalry trophy.
The Trains at NorthPark
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Sunday, January 6, 2012
Where: NorthPark Center in NorthPark Mall
What: The Trains at NorthPark is a seasonal attraction that features the most elaborate toy trains. This annual holiday production attracts over 80,000 visitors a year and supports the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. If you find yourself finishing up your holiday shopping at NorthPark Mall, take some time to stop and watch the brilliantly-themed holiday trains whiz by on their journey across America.
A Christmas Carol
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – Sunday, December 23, 2012
Where: Dallas Theater Center
What: Scrooge up your holidays! The Dallas Theater Center puts on a fantastic production of the Dickens classic. From tiny tots to young-at-heart seniors, this festive production is just the thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit. DTC’s Christmas Carol is a lot like Christmas itself, magical, moving, colorful and filled with laughter.
When: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Where: Texas Scottish Right Hospital
What: Now offering early registration fees, the Metro PCS Dallas Marathon is Dallas’ oldest and largest marathon. Last year, the friendly race raised over $1 Million for the Texas Scottish Right Hospital. The marathon will feature over 40 bands and 28 water stops along the way! From the moment the runners’ line up for the race, the excitement begins; fireworks and confetti kick off the race, while 26.2 miles of rock, funk, country, soul, hip hop and pop keep everybody moving.
When: Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Where: Lynn Creek Park, Grand Prairie, TX
What: Featuring over 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path, the Prairie Lights are a must see Christmas attraction. After driving through the longest light tunnel in the nation, hop out of the car and take a stroll through Holiday Village where you can enjoy hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, seasonal foods and more light displays. To get the full effect of Prairie Lights, pick up tickets to the Holiday Magic Walk-Through Lighted Forest where you can see the brand-new Dancing Christmas Tree!!!