Easter weekend getaway. A parade of all puppies. Drinks and food. The center of Dallas' LGBTQ community. If you're jet setting this Easter season and all of those things are on your list, then join us in Dallas for Easter in the Park 2019 on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. Hosted by the Turtle Creek Conservancy and the City of Dallas, this annual event is possibly in the running for the cutest event of the season thanks to the headlining Pooch Parade. Attendees are welcome to bring their dog dressed in costume and compete for one of many prizes such as best look-a-like or most creative.
The event emcees will be Steve Kemble (yes, that Steve Kemble) and Lee Anne Locken (yes, from Real Housewives of Dallas). In addition to the Pooch Parade, the event features live music, an Easter egg hunt, a variety of food trucks, and of course an appearance from the most famous rabbit around. All food trucks will donate a portion of their sales to the Turtle Creek Conservancy, so showing up hungry won't be a bad thing. And since dogs might come hungry too, pack a pocket full of dog treats and make some fluffy friends once you arrive.
Competition is steep, so plan ahead if your pooch plans to compete in the competition. Last year, one dog's costume included a golden carriage to complete a Cinderella look. There is a registration fee for competing dogs, but humans can attend for free.
Head to Brunch
When you're in need of some off-site cuisine, consider getting a table at Oak Lawn's newest brunch hotspot, Snooze! A Denver concept that got to Texas as fast as it could is now open on Oak Lawn Avenue. You can snag a pancake flight to avoid having to choose just one of their fun creations. And wash it down with a mimosa (carafe)!
If you're down for a retro feeling and want to dine inside of Oak Lawn history, visit Lucky's Café. Featured in our DTX series, this quaint spot has both plenty of character and delicious menu options. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and brunch is served all day so you don't have to rush!
Fill up your weekend itinerary
Complete your weekend with a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The garden will be packed not only with beautiful spring blooms, but also egg-straordinary events for the family. The plant lab will be dying Easter eggs, there will be a scavenger hunt, and the garden staff are planning an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bunny hop on Saturday, April 20 at noon.
If you need a place to stay, consider The Mansion at Turtle Creek. A one-night stay is all you need to understand what they mean by one-of-a-kind. This former private residence has been expanded and restored to offer guests an intimate experience with luxury. Not only are the rooms well-appointed, but the amenities are vast as well. The restaurant and scenic terrace are an excellent place to get dinner or drinks. And the pool, spa and fitness center create opportunities for a well-rounded stay.
Another great option is the Warwick Melrose – Dallas on the corner of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs. Not only will you be impressed by their attention to detail, but you will also appreciate how walkable the neighborhood is. The cedar springs strip is just around the corner and there are lots of restaurant options on Oak Lawn Avenue. But you wouldn't even need to leave the hotel if you choose to just enjoy your night cap in their bar, The Library.
Header photo credit: The Conservancy