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Experience all the diverse festivals and events Dallas has to offer

Dallas is rich with an abundance of cultures and history. Celebrate Asian, Latino, African American and additional diverse cultures at the numerous festivals held throughout the year. 

Chinese New Year Festival

A more than 20-year-old tradition, the Crow Museum of Asian Art’s Chinese New Year Festival has something fun for everyone. The festival is on Lunar Day and offers face-painting, dragon and lion dances, art-making and giveaways, as well as a special performance that honors the Chinese zodiac animal for that year.

Asian Festival

The annual Asian Festival is held every spring and showcases the more than 20 cultures that make up this diverse region of the world. The festival provides a unique opportunity for various organizations (educational, religious, artistic, business, etc.) to come together and hail their culture as one. The event is free and is the perfect opportunity to watch Asian performances and taste the delicious food that Asia has to offer.

Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival

The Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival on Greenville Avenue, is held every March and is the largest of its kind in the Southwest. This celebration features more than 90 parade floats and various family activities, as well as Brew Fest, a VIP experience and block party filled with a local beers and live entertainment.

SOLUNA

A month-long festival in April, SOLUNA brings Dallas’ finest arts venues and international artists together. Enjoy everything from special performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and critically-acclaimed opera singers to exclusive discussions by world-famous artists and top arts organizations in Dallas.

Dallas Pride

Featuring both a parade and festival, Dallas Pride is one big party hailing the LGBTQ community in Dallas. Recently moved to Fair Park and held in June, Dallas Pride has an abundance of thrilling activities and events. Enjoy live music performances, exciting games and giveaways, special guests, as well as learn more about the various LGBTQ organizations in Dallas.

Festival of Joy

The Festival of Joy, also known as Ratha Yatra, is an extraordinary cultural festival that celebrates Indian culture. The festival is held at Klyde Warren Park every spring and includes multiple meditation sessions, classes about astrology, arts and crafts and authentic Indian foods.

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

OPA! The annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas celebrates the “cradle of Western civilization.” Traditional Greek folkdance, music, art, and especially food (gyro and baklava galore!) make this a highly popular event in Dallas each September.

Riverfront Jazz Festival

Bringing together some of the top jazz, blues and R&B artists, the Riverfront Jazz Festival is a celebration of Black music and artists. While watching live music performances, enjoy food and art from the African American community here in Dallas. The festival is held on Labor Day weekend and has included artists like Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore and Dallasite, Erykah Badu.

Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival

The Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival honors the holiday, which commemorates Mexico’s victory against France in the Battle of Puebla. A local staple, the parade runs along the historic Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff and features festive floats, marching bands, Forklorico dancing, special guests and traditional Mexican dishes, like chilaquiles and elote.

Asian Film Festival

The Asian Film Festival is a celebration of film and Asian culture every July and throughout Central and North Dallas. Watch films that are produced and written by more than 400 local and worldwide Asian filmmakers. The festival features a variety of film genres including, documentaries, short films and narrative films – all centered around Asian cultures and experiences.

Latino Street Fest

The largest event of its kind, Latino Street Fest showcases the very best of Latino culture. The free street festival is held in Downtown every April and features live music, games, contests and food and provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate Dallas’ vast Latino community.

Harambee Festival

A community-focused celebration, the Harambee Festival is an inspiring, cultural experience that praises African American history and the African American community in Dallas. The free, family event is held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and features African drumming, dance performances, storytelling, an African mask exhibit and an African Marketplace every Halloween.

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Last updated on 05/10/2019.