A Guide to Dallas-Fort Worth Street Festivals for 2017-2018

One of the best things about living in Dallas-Fort Worth is the warm weather almost year-round. You don’t have to wait for summer months to enjoy being outdoors. Most people think that leisure in Dallas-Fort Worth is all about what you can do in air-conditioned indoor comfort — and of course, everybody already knows about the Texas State Fair, which is truly legendary. Dallas-Fort Worth may not have as many historic or ethnic neighborhoods as you would find in other cities, but that doesn’t mean you should stay indoors. There’s no shortage of exciting events that make it worthwhile to get out and explore our busy, sprawling city.

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June 2: Uptown Family Fest

Come out to West Village in the Uptown neighborhood and find fun for kids as well as the young at heart. Enjoy family-friendly activities like a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, and photo booths at the festival. Free admission.

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July 14: Bastille on Bishop

Celebrate Bastille Day in the Bishop Arts District. Come in costume, berets, and chic stripes to enjoy French wine, food, and music. The event is free to attend, but you must register in advance for wine tasting, which costs $25. VIP packages also available.

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September 16-17: Dallas Pride

Both Dallas and Fort Worth celebrate LGBTQ Pride Week, but Dallas has the bigger and more exciting event. Come out to Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn for a two-day party with dancing, floats, food, and music. Admission is $10 per day for adults, but children 13 and under are admitted free with an adult.

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October 21: ArtsGoggle

This event was created to show off how much there is to do in the trendy Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth. Come see a side of Fort Worth you may not have known existed, with indie musicians, up-and-coming artists, and a celebration of biking and walking.

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October 21: Texas Veggie Fair

Texas may be known for beef, but vegetarians have a solid presence here, too. Come see a celebration of all things veggie at Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn. Enjoy the beer tent and bring your dog, too.

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January 27: Chinese New Year Festival

Located in the heart of the Arts District, the Crow Collection of Asian Art puts on a major celebration for Chinese New Year. Enjoy traditional music and dance performances, face painting, kung fu classes, and calligraphy demonstrations.

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March 1-3: North Texas Irish Festival

Whether you’re celebrating your own Irish heritage or just appreciating the culture, you’ll find a lot to do at this huge annual celebration. Located in Fair Park, this event features southwest Celtic music, local beer, and Irish cuisine. Tickets range from $10 for Friday only to $30 for the weekend.

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March 10: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Not just a short little stroll — this is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival in the southwest. The parade in Lower Greenville begins at Greenville at Blackwell Street and ends at SMU Blvd/Central Expressway. Join the crowd for a great party.

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March 30-31: Big Texas Beer Fest

Come celebrate all things related to craft beer at this two-day event in Fair Park. Taste more than 500 beers from more than 120 breweries. Enjoy live music and food vendors. See why locals rated this one of the top festivals in Dallas in the Dallas Observer. Admission ranges from $35 to $60.

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April 6-8: Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Come see edgy musical and visual arts performances in a fun atmosphere in the Deep Ellum entertainment district. Bring your furry friends Sunday for the pet parade. Supervised children and teenagers may attend, but be aware that this is an event that caters to adults. Admission is free.

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April 19-22: Main Street Arts Festival

Enjoy the distinctly laid-back and cool vibe of art and food in Downtown Fort Worth. The fine art showcase is considered one of the best in the Southwest. Activities for kids like ceramic tile painting and glitter tattoos make this a family-friendly outing. Attendance is free, but be aware that the event is not pet-friendly.

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April 22: Latino Street Fest

Celebrate Latin culture in Dallas at this vibrant street festival in the Dallas Arts District. Enjoy food, artists, traditional dances, and musicians. Talent competitions choose the best amateur singers and dancers in both adult and children’s categories. Admission is free.

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April 27-29: Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Denton isn’t just the college town between Dallas and Fort Worth; it’s also a showcase for some of the best artists and musicians in the region. Come to Quakertown Park and see talented musicians, innovative artists, and enjoy family-friendly games at the festival. Admission is free.

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May 4-7: Mayfest

This four-day festival in Trinity Park is a Fort Worth tradition. Carnival rides, activities for the kids, live music, and a fun run make this an event you don’t want to miss. This festival brings out the city, so it’s great for people-watching, too. Tickets range from $5-$8 per day.

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May 27: Dallas Margarita Meltdown

Dallas invented the frozen margarita and a lot of locals take pride in that fact. Come out to Downtown Dallas and sample margaritas from dozens of entrants, then vote for the winner. Enjoy music, food, and a pet-friendly environment. Tickets range from $35 to $100.

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