Festivals & Annual Events in Dallas
Whether you're an art enthusiast, sports fanatic, foodie or someone simply looking to have a good time on your Dallas getaway, your entire year is covered with these exciting annual events.
Dallas has honored the life of Dr. King for more than 35 years in one of the largest commemorative events in the nation. The parade, a festive mix of floats and marching bands, takes place along MLK Boulevard in the middle of January.
Home to the largest floral festival in the Southwest, the Dallas Arboretum is a beautiful sight to see during Dallas Blooms. The garden features over 500,000 blooms from tulips to pansies, making it a great place to visit in the spring.
This week-long event in May is the largest film festival in Texas, bringing in respected filmmakers every year to present their work. Other activities include panel discussions and galas, making this festival a great spectacle for all independent film lovers.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, one of the country’s premier celebrations of Irish culture takes place in Fair Park in March. The festivities include world-renowned Celtic musicians and competitive dancing and whisky tastings.
Thousands of people flood the streets annually for this Dallas favorite St. Patrick’s Day event, which has been a March tradition for more than 35 years. The parade features more than 90 colorful floats that ride along Greenville Avenue.
Dallas celebrates local visual and performance artists, showcasing the city’s flourishing arts scene during the month of April. More than 100 events take place, including festivals, plays, concerts and exhibitions.
To experience Dallas at its most bohemian, diverse and relaxed, head to Deep Ellum for this 3-day event in early April. You’ll find live music stages tucked into various corners of the festival, and electric art booths lined up along the main streets of the neighborhood.
Trendsetting chefs and restaurants from the Dallas area bring their finest dishes to this unique festival in early April. The week-long celebration starts with nightly dinners, followed by an opening Thursday night event and a trendy Friday cocktail party. Saturday’s agenda is dedicated to an exclusive wine tasting event before the Grand Tasting, where more than 75 local chefs and restaurants bring their tasty creations to Fair Park.
Enrich yourself in a variety of works of art from painting and sculpting to photography and video from both national and international artists in mid-April. Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District, attendees can mingle with others that share similar art interests.
The legendary PGA tour stop is reason enough to venture west of Dallas. It is one of Dallas’ biggest spring sporting events, bringing in 270,000 attendees every year in May. The tournament is played at its new location on the Trinity Forest Golf Course.
Restaurants from all over North Texas attend this end-of-June event to showcase their tasty dishes. There is definitely something for everyone to eat and enjoy at this family-friendly event. Enjoy live music and entertainment, street art, and a family fun zone.
Only the very best cowboys go head-to-head in this competitive rodeo June through August in classic events, including bareback, steer wrestling and bull riding. Mesquite is 14 miles east of Dallas.
During Labor Day weekend, this musical event spans over three days and three venues. The festival is jam-packed with some of the world's best national and international jazz artists of all sub-genres, including Dallas native Erykah Badu.
Led by Texas Monthly editors alongside Texan thought leaders, elite chefs and musicians, this September event celebrates the best of Texas culture and its bright future. The weekend-long festival features engaging stories, cuisine and musical performances.
For over 30 years, Dallas residents have celebrated the LGBT community at this vibrant September event. The festivities include a parade and festival along Cedar Springs Road in the popular Oak Lawn neighborhood.
Held in historic Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation. From the famous Fletcher’s corny dog to the Texas Star Ferris wheel, the fair brings 24 days of family fun and entertainment to Dallas every fall.
A classic football match-up that has been held at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park in early October for more than 100 years, the Red River Showdown features the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners in one of the greatest rivalries in college football.
This festive parade, full of larger-than-life floats and spirited marching bands, travels through the streets of Downtown Dallas with over 450,000 onlookers, making it one of the largest parades in the country. The parade takes place on the first Saturday of December.
Participants come from across the world gather in early December to run Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon. The course highlights Dallas landmarks and popular neighborhoods throughout the 26.2 mile run.
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