Guide to Dallas Festivals

Dallas, a bustling city in the heart of Texas, is known for its vibrant culture and diverse population. One of the key elements that make this city so special is the numerous festivals that take place throughout the year. These festivals celebrate the traditions, values, and heritage of the various communities that call Dallas home, and provide a platform for people to come together and enjoy music, food, and entertainment. Festivals play an important role in promoting cultural diversity, fostering a sense of community, and attracting visitors from all over the world. From the Texas State Fair to the Dallas International Film Festival, these events offer a unique glimpse into the city’s rich history and offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Let’s explore the many Festivals in Dallas and surrounding areas. 

January Festivals in Dallas

  • January 13 – February 4: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • January 25 – 29: Denton Black Film Festival

January 13 – February 4

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is the most authentic western lifestyle experience anywhere. If you have been, you know that’s no joke. It features the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, Best of Mexico Celebración, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding and Texas Champions Challenge. The FWSSR PRORODEO Tournament tops it off in the world’s most awesome venue for rodeo – Dickies Arena. There are also livestock and horse shows, kid-friendly activities and exhibits, live music, carnival midway, shopping, great food and much more.

The Fort Worth Rodeo is located at 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

January 25- January 29 (In Person) // January 29 – February 6 (Virtual)

Denton Black Film Festival

The Denton Black Film Festival has grown into a five-day event that allows you, our guest, to immerse yourself in some of the best artistic showcases of Black cinema, music, spoken word, art, and more. The Denton Black Film Festival was created in order to address under-representation in film and media by giving Black stories an audience and Black creatives a platform. The festival has expanded to the the Denton Black Film Festival Institute and serves filmmakers and creatives of all backgrounds.

February Festivals in Dallas

  • February 19: Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade
  • February 25: Monster Energy Supercross
  • February 25 – April 16: Dallas Blooms

Februrary 19

Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade

This must-see Oak Cliff tradition is sure to be filled with floats, music, and colorful costumes. Be sure to arrive early to grab a spot along the parade route and bring your friends and family for a festive and fun-filled afternoon. The parade will kick off at 2:00 p.m. CST and will run along Davis Street from Nova (near Kessler Theater) down toward Encina.

Kidd Springs Park – Oak Cliff, 1003 Cedar Hill Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

February 25

Monster Energy Supercross 

Don’t miss this high energy competition. Supercross is a motorcycle racing sport that takes place on indoor tracks featuring jumps and obstacles. It is a highly competitive series with some of the best riders from around the world competing for the championship title. Fun for all ages!

AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011

February 25 – April 16

Dallas Blooms 

Named by Southern Living as one of “The Best Places to See Stunning Spring Blooms Across the South,” the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest.  The spring festival showcases an explosion of color from 100 varieties of spring bulbs, 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.  Highlights include 500,000 spring blooming bulbs and a variety of themed programming, demonstrations and more. 

Dallas Arboretum,  8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

March Festivals in Dallas

  • March 3-5: North Texas Irish Festival
  • March 4: Dallas Literary Festival
  • March 4: Whiskey Riot Dallas
  • March 4: Dallas Blues Festival
  • March 4: Dallas Festival of Colors / Holi Mela
  • March 10-20: New New Festival
  • March 11: St Patricks Day Parade
  • March 23: Dallas Food and Wine Festival
  • March 26: Soul Food Festival
  • March 30 – April 2: Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

March 3-5

North Texas Irish Festival

Celebrate the rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture with fun for the whole family. The North Texas Irish Festival returns once again to Fair Park March 3-5, bringing with it all the music, dance, culture and excitement that this well-loved, family friendly event creates.

Fair Park, Dallas Texas

March 4

Dallas Literary Festival

SMU presents the Dallas Literary Festival as a way to showcase and encourage conversations about contemporary literature, both on campus and in the larger community. This Festival brings leading literary voices to the DFW metroplex while attracting and audience that extends far beyond the walls of Dallas Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

March 4, 2023

Whiskey Riot Dallas

Here’s your chance to taste over 200 whiskies! Discovering new whiskeys can be an expensive exploration. Signage in a liquor store and the details on a bottle’s label will only tell you so much. How do you know you’re going to take home something you love? There’s no better way to find your new favorite drink than side-by-side comparison tasting.

Whiskey Riot is a large format tasting event complete with brand representatives who can answer questions, explain the nuances of what your tasting and leave you feeling armed with more whiskey knowledge.

Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue Dallas, TX 75201

March 4, 2023

Dallas Blues Festival

The Dallas Blues Festival showcases some of the very best blues music and musicians. The festival aims to preserve and promote the blues genre by highlighting its history, cultural significance, and contribution to American music. The 18th annual Dallas Blues Festival features the following acts: Pokey Bear, King George, J’Wonn, Tucka, Calvin Richarson, Roi Anthony, and Ronnie Bell.
 
Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way, GRAND PRAIRIE

March 4, 2023

Holi Mela Dallas Festival of Colors

Holi marks the start of Spring and welcomes life with the blooming flowers, the new leaves and so much happiness! When we all get colored, we loose all the distinctions based on economic status, religion, caste or creed, nationality. we all become one! What makes Holi – Dallas Festival of Colors special is the non-denominational inclusion of all faiths- which has led a diverse crowd of all ages and cultures. 

This event attracts 8,000 people and is the Largest Festival of Colors (Holi Mela) in North Texas.  It’s an all day event featuring Live cultural dance performances, DJs, Indian Percussion specials(DHOL), multicultural street food market, yoga and dance classes, vendors offering clothing, jewelry, local handmade items and gifts. Wear White and if you come early we give out free T shirts and Free color to the first 200 entrees.

SouthFork Ranch,  3700 Hogge Dr, Parker, TX 75002

March 10 – 20, 2023

New New Fest Musical Festival

Dallas Fort Worth’s Music Discovery Festival is held over a course of 11 days at various locations throughout the city. This festival has over 50 bands from around the World with 20 + shows at 10 locations. Some of the venues include Four Corners, Sons of Hermann Hall, and Opening Bell Coffee. 

March 11, 2023

St. Patricks Day Parade

Witnessing the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival (formerly knows as the “Greenville Ave St. Patrick’s Parade) puts you in a quasi fraternity of sorts. It’s a little like going to Mardi Gras and then again not so much. This occasion is truly unique. The parade has become the signature event of the St. Patrick’s celebration for our fair city. Many Dallasites have attended and bared witness to the evolution of this neighborhood parade from about ten pickup trucks and a couple of flatbeds to the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest.

The St Patricks Day Parade starts at Blackwell Street at 11 AM but plan to get there much earlier.

March 23, 2023

Dallas Food and Wine Festival

This food-filled festival features an evening with over three dozen top Dallas chefs serving their delectable dishes, an amazing selection of wine & beer and entertainment during the height of Dallas Blooms. Stroll the garden, revel in the 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs and treat your taste buds to the very best bites the city has to offer.

Dallas Arboretum

March 26, 2023

Dallas Soul Food Festival 

Come enjoy food from over 30 different food vendors from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and other surrounding cities. The Dallas Soul Food Fest will be a mix of foods including pork chops, oxtails, candied yams, greens, fried chicken, fish, barbecue, funnel cake, turkey legs, tacos, vegan & keto optional available.

Lofty Spaces 816 Montgomery st Dallas Tx

March 30 – April 2, 2023

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is North Texas’ most celebrated cuisine and beverage festival, taking place over four days and nights in venues around our thriving culinary community. The festival’s growing roster of talented chefs and food artisans, as well as craft brewers and distinctive vintners, bring a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the diversity of the city itself. We also offer events leading up to the festival, including Shooting with the Chefs and Reserve Wine Tasting.

There are six signature events at the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival – Tacos + Tequila, The Main Event, Night Market, Rise + Dine, Burger, Brews + Blues and Ring of Fire. Learn more about each one here. 

April Festivals in Dallas

  • April 7: Dallas Reggae Fest
  • April 14 – April 16: Ennis Blue Blonnet Festival
  • April 15: Big Tex Beer Fest
  • April 20 – April 23: Dallas Art Fair
  • April 20 – April 23: Fort Worth Main Street Art Fair
  • April 21 – April 23: Earth X Org Earth Day Festival
  • April 22: Skyline Half Marathon
  • April 22 – April 23: Ubbi Dubbi Fest
  • April 28 – May 5: Dallas International Film Festival

April 7, 2023

Dallas Reggae Fest

This family-friendly reggae festival will feature unique treasures among the arts, crafts, and jewelry vendors, Caribbean-inspired food, and various artists and local reggae bands celebrating cultural equality through reggae music. Mike Frakaz, promoter for Reggae festival, says, “Reggae music brings us together, unites communities, and serves as a rallying cry when everything else seems to fall on deaf ears. The goal is to unite the audience with performers from many different generations. We want people to escape to the islands for a few hours”

This is a family-friendly event so you don’t have to leave the kids at home.

Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Cir, Addison, TX 75001

 

April 14 – April 16, 2023

Ennis Bluebonnet Festival

71st annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. Once a year, the bluebonnet craze takes over Northern Texas. And the epicenter of it is in Ennis, the home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” and the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” Ennis Bluebonnet Festival is the annual celebration of the town’s favorite flower that promises even more fun activities. Nature walks are complemented with live music concerts, arts and crafts fair, food vendors, and wine tastings. Kid’s activities and entertainment are also available.  The festival kicks off at 10am on Friday, April 14th. Throughout the weekend, there will be unique shopping vendors and fabulous live entertainment that will have visitors dancing and singing all weekend long.

Over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails from April 1-30, 2023 plus the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails

Downtown Ennis, 201 NW Main, Ennis, TX 75119

 

April 15, 2023

Big Texas Beer Fest

One of the best festivals in Dallas, don’t miss out on Big Texas Beer Fest. You’ll find 100+ booths with several beers at most for you to sample and enjoy. Often times, the head brewmaster or owner of each brewery will be at the booth to talk about what they do, and how they do it. This event is about enjoying, and exploring beer through a journey, unlike many events or festivals you’ve been to. Tickets will sell out so grab them while they’re still available.

Fair Park Automobile Building, 1010 First Avenue Dallas TX

April 20 – April 23, 2023

Dallas Art Fair

In the heart of the downtown arts district, the Dallas Art Fair offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by leading national and international galleries. Thoughtfully curated exhibitions and innovative programming encourage lively conversations and close looking in a robust and rapidly growing arts community.

Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201

April 20 – April 23, 2023

Fort Worth Main Street Art Fair

The largest four-day event in the southwest brings the finest in art, music, food and culture together in an incredible urban setting. This event is always free! MAIN ST. jams with live music daily on four stages. Be sure to check out the full concert lineup, including local bands and festival favorites. The food at MAIN ST. just tastes better! Order favorites like burgers, turkey legs and funnel cakes, or try some Cajun, Mexican, BBQ or German cuisine. Adventures for children come to life in the TCC Makers Zone – a full city block filled with creative, hi-tech and interactive activities for kids of all ages!

April 21 – April 23, 2023

Earth X Org Earth Day Festival

The EarthX Expo is the world’s largest green gathering held annually around Earth Day in Dallas, Texas. Our Congress of Conferences highlights a wide range of environmental & sustainability-related topics. It has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world, bringing together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts. EarthX Expo also features live music, art and food to help create a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning.

Fair Park – Main Gate, Parry Ave @ Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

April 22, 2023

Ubbi Dubbi Fest

Ubbi Dubbi Festival is an electronic dance music EDM festival at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas on April 22-23, 2023. Ubbi Dubbi is a two day, three stage electronic dance music festival featuring some of the world’s top dance music artists, food and retail vendors, art installations, and more! 

Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth Texas

April 28 – May 5, 2023

Dallas International Film Fest

The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) has become the place for storytellers and audiences to connect and experience film as a community. This year DIFF 2023 will screen 100+ diverse feature, short and documentary films from 25+ countries.

May Festivals in Dallas

  • May 4 – May 7: Fort Worth Mayfest
  • May 6 – May 7: Cottonwood Art Fest
  • May 10:  The Other Art Fair
  • May 19 – May 21: Wildflower Festival
  • May 20 – May 23: Grapevine Main Street Fest
  • May 20: Tacos and Tequila Festival
  • May 28: Carne Asade Fest

May 4 – May 7, 2023

Fort Worth Mayfest

Mayfest is the biggest party in Fort Worth! Four days of live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, pet adoptions, more than 60 Art and Gift Market vendors, free children’s activities, special attractions – the list goes on and on! Held on the first weekend in May on 33 glorious acres in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, Mayfest is one event you won’t want to miss!

May 6, 2023

Cottonwood Art Fest

Cottonwood Art Festival has developed into one of the most prestigious fine art festivals in the United States. Local artists staged their first festival at the scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas. Cottonwood is an event for everyone including kids! Learn to weave, paint like picasso, play with clay and much more in ArtStop. Cottonwood features over 200 artists chosen to exhibit their museum-quality work from approximately 1,400 submissions. Grab a bite to eat from a variety of Vendors including everything from BBQ and southern cooking to handcrafted soda and espresso.

Admission to Cottonwood Art Festival is FREE, however some activities in the ArtStop Children’s area require a nominal fee.

Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Rd., Richardson, TX  75080

May 11 – May 13, 2023

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair is known for their immersive art. Over a hundred independent artists, thousands of artworks, eclectic and interactive experiences.

May 19 -May 21, 2023

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival

Come for the music, but experience so much more at Wildflower! Check out your favorite artist on a variety of stages on the festival grounds and inside the Eisemann Center, shop your way through the many artisans in the Marketplace, devour your favorite festival treat, catch a performance by local acrobatic artist on Performance Row or grab a cold beer and bid on your favorite handmade guitar in the Art Guitar Auction.  Three days at Wildflower! is sure to fill your soul with a variety of tunes and create lasting memories!

May 19 – May 21, 2023

Grapevine Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience

Thousands of guests enjoy three fun-filled days of breath-taking shows, a Craft Brew Experience, live music, and tons of delicious festival food each year. Main Street Fest is a family-friendly event that you do not want to miss out on. 

May 20, 2023

Tacos and Tequila Fest

Come hungy and stay for the amazing throwback artists. There will be over 100 different local chef inspired street tacos!

You’ll need something to wash those tacos down with, why not a refreshing margarita? Check out the Margarita lineup: House, Skinny, Grapefruit, Cucumber Mint, Orange Cream, Blueberry Ginger, Peach Cinnamon, Salted Watermelon, Strawberry Habanero, and Hibiscus Lime. Now for the amazing line up – Flo Rida, Fat Joe, Ying Yang Twins, Paul Wall and more!

 

May 28, 2023

Carne Asada Fest

The BIGGEST Carne Asada in TX! Join us for the most authentic Music and Food Festival in Dallas, TX. Showcasing the best of Latin music, food, and brands, this year’s Carne Asada is expected to be even bigger and better.

Use promo code FOODIE to save on tickets

Gilleys Dallas, 1135 Botham Jean, Dallas

June Festivals in Dallas

  • June 2 – June 3: Taste of Addison
  • June 3: Dallas Pride Festival
  • June 4: Dallas Pride Parade
  • June 24 – June 25: So What Music Fest

June 2, 2023

Taste Addison

Sample all that Addison has to offer at Taste Addison, the iconic festival that dates back to 1993. The best-in-DFW experience includes national music artists, top-notch Addison eateries, wine and spirits tastings, special performances, activities for the whole family, and a chance to discover what makes Addison the live-work-play capital of North Texas.

Addison Circle Park: 4970 Addison Circle

June 3 – June 4

Dallas Pride Parade and Festival

Pride weekend kicks off with the Dallas Pride Music Festival, followed by Dallas Pride’s Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade the following day. The event makes a weekend of fun honoring the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, sponsors, and supporters.

June 24 – June 25

So What Music Fest

So What?! is known for being a tastemaker event introducing the festival world to artists like A Day To Remember, G-Eazy, Bring Me The Horizon, and many more before mainstream festivals. 2023 will be the 15th edition of So What?! Music Festival. The event is produced by Third String Entertainment and Disco Donnie Presents, and will feature dozens of mixed-genre artists across three stages daily. Their success comes from their commitment to staying ahead of the curve, booking today’s most exciting breakthrough artists across all genres before anyone else. So What?! attracts tens of thousands of music fans to Texas annually.

 

July Festivals in Dallas

  • July 4: Fair Park Fourth
  • July 13 – July 16:  Asian Film Arts Festival
  • Bishop Arts Bastille Fest

July 4

Fair Park Fourth

The event, which is free and open to the public, will offer patriotic performances, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, food trucks and concessions, and a spectacular fireworks show beginning approximately at 9:45 p.m

 

July 13 – July 16

Asian Film Arts Festival

Over the last 20+ years, the festival has provided opportunities for over 400 Asian and Asian American filmmakers and documentarians to share their vision, often providing the only venue for their films to be shown in Dallas. The films have also allowed festival goers a chance to experience other lives and cultures without leaving their seats.

 

Bishop Arts Bastille Fest

Roaming this Oak Cliff festival is free. The only expense is what visitors eat, drink, or buy when shopping in Bishop Arts, or in the pop-up markets.

August Festivals in Dallas

 

 

September Festivals in Dallas

  • September 1 – September 3: TBAAL River Front Jazz Festival
  • September 14 – September 17: Addison Oktoberfest
  • September 15 – September 18: Grapefest
  • September 16 – November 5: Autumn at the Arboretum
  • September 21 – September 24: Plano Balloon Festival
  • September 29 – October 22: State Fair of Texas
  • September 29: Uptown Dallas Block Party

 

September 1 – September 3

Riverfront Jazz Festival

The 5th Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival in DallasTexas Labor Day weekend features renowed music artists from around the world performing jazz, blues, R&B. Each performance is staggered 30 minutes between acts on two main stages (Jazz Main Stage and Blues/Soul Stage). The Promising Young Artists stage is staggered 15 minutes between acts.

Kay Bailey Hutchingson Convention Center, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas 75201

 

September 14 – September 17

Addison Oktoberfest

At Addison Oktoberfest, enjoy a taste of the original Bavarian celebration with a purely Texan twist. For more than 35 years, people have donned dirndls and lederhosen (or have just come as they are) for four days of revelry in German culture, food, music and bier. Experience the sound of polka bands and other traditional entertainers on multiple stages in Addison Circle Park, and participate in special games for bier lovers, kids of all ages, dachshunds and more. Raise your favorite German stein and say, “Prost!” Addison Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 14-17. 

September 14 – September 17

Grapefest

GrapeFest® is a celebration of Texas wines. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the United States. GrapeFest offers a variety of Wine Experiences that include different wine tasting opportunities. GrapeFest is family-friendly! There are plenty of options for kids if you wish to bring them along. From the Carnival & Midway to the Kidz Zone, there is something for everyone. 

September 16 – November 5

Autumn at the Arboretum

Love everything Fall time represents? You’ll LOVE Autumn at the Arboretum. Every year they share 100,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, hailing from THE pumpkin capital of Texas, Floydada, throughout the garden. It’s a magical wonderland with a new theme each year. Once this year’s theme is announced, we will update.

September 21 – September 24

Plano Balloon Fest

This weekend event offers something for everyone; entertainment on the Main Stage, special kids activities, sky divers, an enormous variety of food to tempt your taste buds, merchandise and handmade products showcased, and of course the incredible hot air balloons.

September 29 – October 22

State Fair of Texas

Arguably the best event in Dallas, the State Fair of Texas is month long event that you don’t want to miss. There is everything from the most delicious fried food you’ve ever tasted, wild carnival rides, vendor booths and so much entertainment. Before you go, be sure you know how to save at the State Fair of Texas as it can get pricey. 

October Festivals in Dallas

  • October 7 – October 8: Cottonwood Art Festival
  • Dia de los Muertos Parade
  • October 1 – October 31: Pumpkin Patches Throughout Dallas

October 7 – October 8

Cottonwood Art Festival

Cottonwood features over 200 artists chosen to exhibit their museum-quality work from approximately 1,400 submissions. Grab a bite to eat from a variety of Vendors including everything from BBQ and southern cooking to handcrafted soda and espresso. Cottonwood is an event for everyone including kids! Learn to weave, paint like picasso, play with clay and much more in ArtStop.

October 1 – October 31

Pumpkin Patches in Dallas Forth Worth

October is one of my very favorite months because all the pumpkin patches start opening. There are tons of pumpkin patches in Dallas and each one is so different and offers something different. Dallas Pumpkin Patches are opened during various times in October and offer the best photo opps. No matter if you have a large family or just want to go with a couple friends, you are bound to have a great time. Check out our full list of Pumpkin Patches in the area

November Festivals in Dallas

  • Chefs for Farmers
  • November 11 – November 13: Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival

Chefs for Farmers

Chefs For Farmers Dallas (CFF Dallas) is proud to showcase the talents of Texas’s best chefs and food artisans while celebrating the farmers that make great food possible. Since its inception in 2010, CFF Dallas has grown from an intimate farm-to-table dinner to one of the largest food and wine events in Texas. From intimate dinners to walk around tastings, there’s something for everyone!

November 11 – November 13

Turtle Creek Arts Festival

The Turtle Creek Fine Arts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun presented by AFFPS, for people of all ages, races, customs, and interests. This event will feature up to 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers, and crafters! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an Emerging Artists Pavilion, a children’s play area, plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives.

Decemeber Festivals in Dallas

  • Run Dallas Tx Marathon

The following Festivals are happening in and around Dallas but have not announced any additional information. Once we get word, this post will be update accordingly.  

  • Fame Fest Tour
  • Juneteenth Fair Park Celebration
  • Katy Trail Dallas 5k
  • Greek Fest Dallas
  • M Line Trolley Taste of the Trolley
  • Wild West Mural Fest

If you have more info about a festival we have listed or would like to include yours, please send an email to Betsy(@)TheDallasSocials.com


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