DFW Annual Events Calendar

Ferris Wheel at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, Texas.

Photo by Barbara Brannon (Flickr)


If you're new to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, then this list of annual events will be extremely helpful for introducing you to the fun happenings that the area has to offer!  Try to attend an event each month, and by the end of the year, you'll be a DFW entertainment pro!  Also, be sure to check our live events calendar, which is updated regularly with the latest and greatest entertainment options in the DFW area!




Kid Film Festival

Dallas; 214-821-6300; www.usafilmfestival.com

Sponsored annually by USA Film Festival, the Kid Film Festival features classic and new quality children’s films at various Dallas area venues.


Martin Luther King Birthday Parade

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas; 214-670-8355; www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org

The annual Martin Luther King Parade in downtown Dallas honors the late civil rights leader every January.


Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr., Fort Worth; 817-877-2400; www.fwssr.com

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has entertainment for all ages.  The 2014 rodeo will mark this DFW tradition’s 118th year.




Dallas Home and Garden Show + Fort Worth Home and Garden Show

Dallas Market Hall; 2200 N Stemmons Fwy. Dallas; www.texashomeandgarden.com

Fort Worth Convention Center; 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth

This bi-annual event features innovative ideas for your home and garden. Event dates in both Dallas and Fort Worth as well as others cities across Texas in the Spring and Fall.


Dallas Autorama

Dallas Market Hall; 2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas; 248-373-1700; www.autorama.com

Enjoy collectible cars and the latest auto innovations at the annual Dallas auto show in Dallas Market Hall.


Fort Worth Bead Market

Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, Will Rogers Center

3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth; 903-734-3335; www.thebeadmarket.net

Held twice a year in February and July the Fort Worth Bead Market is a treasure trove for jewelry makers.


West End’s Mardi Gras Parade

1010 First Avenue, Dallas; 214-741-7180; www.mardigrasdfw.com

Celebrate a Texas Style Mardi Gras in Dallas’ historic West End.




Spring Gallery Night

Fort Worth • www.fwada.com/gallerynight.html

Many of the Fort Worth area’s most significant art galleries hold open houses.


Texas Indian Market and Southwest Showcase

Arlington Convention Center, Arlington; www.indianmarket.net

Art, food and many Native American acts such as the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers. Entry is $12, Children under age 13 get in free


Russian Festival

SMU McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas; 214-718-0701

The Russian American Center presents a traditional Russian ballet, music and art at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium.


Dallas Bloom, Dallas Arboretum Botanical Society

Dallas Arboretum; 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-515-6500; www.dallasarboretum.org

Enjoy the Arboretum’s gardens in their spring glory.


Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Dallas; 214-757-9000; www.greenvilleave.org/st-patricks-day/

Usually held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this Dallas tradition is fun for the entire clan.




Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

Denton’s Quakertown Park and Facilities; 321 East McKinney, Denton (Corner of McKinney and Bell); www.dentonjazzfest.com

This free three-day event features talented artists and jazz musicians.  It is one of DFW’s most popular festivals


Arbor Daze

Euless City Hall Complex; 201 N. Ector Dr., Euless ; 817-685-1449; www.arbordaze.org

A family oriented festival encouraging tree planting.  Events include a business expo, kids’ rides, and nightly entertainment.


Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Dallas; 214-855-1881; www.deepellumartsfestival.com

Talented artists from around the DFW area show off their work in Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum neighborhood.


Air Power Expo

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth; 817-782-3094; www.airpowerexpo.com

Enjoy the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ aerial acrobatics.  The show is part of the annual Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week aimed at educating the public about the Navy’s community projects, etc.


Grapevine New Vintage Wine & Arts Festival

636 South Main Street, Grapevine; 817-410-3185

Enjoy seminars and tours hosted local wineries and witness the Blessing of the Vine and the Blessing of the New Release.


Earth Party—Fort Worth


Celebrate Earth Day at this fun festival. Free entertainment for the entire family at Sundance Square.


USA Film Festival

214-821-6300  • www.usafilmfestival.com

Now in its 43rd year, the USA Film Festival annually features independent films from across the globe.




Cottonwood Art Festival

Cottonwood Park; 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson; 972-744-4582; www.cottonwoodartfestival.com

Held annually for over forty years, the Cottonwood Art Festival features the works of new and established artists, along with entertainment and food.  Admission to the festival is free.



6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 160, Fort Worth; 817-332-1055; www.mayfest.org

This annual festival held in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park features arts, crafts, entertainment, food, and amusement rides.  Proceeds go to the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, the Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., and Streams & Valleys, Inc.


Taste Addison

Addison Circle Park; 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison; 972-450-2851; www.addisontexas.net/events/TasteAddison/

A chance to taste cuisine from more than 60 Addison restaurants, as well as enjoy live music performances.  This three-day event also features activities like the Taste Run 5 K and Fun Run.


Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Maverick Stadium; 1307 West Mitchell, Arlington; 800-363-7268; www.texasscottishfestival.com

Authentic Scottish music, food, and athletic contests.  Enjoy the all Scottish breeds dog show. This family-friendly event has something for all ages.  Traditionally held in June, promoters have now moved it to May to take advantage of the cooler weather.




Juneteenth Celebration


This eight day celebration has events at various venues in Fort Worth and Dallas to commemorate the day people in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Sponsored by the Citizens concerned with Human Dignity/Community Development, Inc.




Castle Hills Freedom Festival


For over 15 years, Castle Hills residents have enjoyed a community-wide July 4th Freedom Festival, culminating in an impressive fireworks display over The Lakes at Castle Hills golf course. This event is free and open to the public.


Old Fashioned Fourth of July

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park; 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas; 214-421-5141; www.dallasheritagevillage.org

Fun for all ages, this event includes a barbeque and rides for kids.


Shakespeare Festival

Samuell-Grand Park, 1500 Tenison, Dallas; 214-559-2778; www.shakespearedallas.org   

Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park during June and July.


Taste of Dallas

Fair Park, 3600 Grand Avenue, Dallas; www.tasteofdallas.org

Enjoy live performances as well a great food at this outdoor food festival held at Fair Park.




KRLD Restaurant Week

Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex ; North Texas Food Bank: 213-330-1396

DFW restaurants have specials and other events to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Call the Food Bank directly for more information.




Bedford Blues and BBQ

951 L. Don Dodson, Bedford; www.bedfordbluesbbq.com

Featuring great music and great food this annual reasonably priced event is held on Labor Day weekend.


Dallas Dance Festival

972-929-4500; www.dallasdancefestival.com

This annual event features professional and emerging dance companies performing in the Dallas Arts District.


Greek Festival of Texas

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas; 972- 991-1166; www.greekfestivalofdallas.com

Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and more at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival.


Dallas Blooms Autumn

Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214-515-6500; www.dallasarboretum.org

A celebration of autumn’s color and the cultural richness of Dallas.  The Dallas Arboretum hosts many festivals and concerts throughout the year.  Check out their website for more information.


State Fair of Texas

3921 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas  214-565-9931; www.bigtex.com/sft/

Walk through the State Fair entrance and you’ll be greeted by Big Tex, the legendary statue that is the fair’s mascot.  The Fair features rides, entertainment and plenty of food.  It’s known for its unique fried treats.




Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert

817- 265-1535; www.srvrideandconcert.org

In October, Texas blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan is honored with a parade and concert.  The parade begins at Hooters in Dallas and travels to Arlington for the concert. For a small fee participants can ride their motorcycles in the parade.


Boo at the Dallas Zoo

650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas; 214-670-5650; www.dallaszoo.com

Each year, the Dallas Zoo offers a safe venue for young trick-or-treaters.


Butterfly Flutterby

Grapevine; 800-457-6338

Each year Grapevine marks the migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico with a celebration and parade.


Haunted Orchestra

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas; 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com

This annual event at the Dallas Symphony features the antics of nerdy Mr. Kirby (Dan Kamin) who must be convinced of the magical powers of music.  Pre-event activities in the lobby include a piano keyboard dance floor, costume contest, and many fun family games.


Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival

Fort Worth Stockyards; 121 E Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth; 800-433-5747; redsteagallcowboygathering.com

This three-day event features a chuck wagon gathering, some traditional rodeo events, including the Ranch Rodeo in which competitors represent their ranches, cowboy poetry and lots of food and great music.




Tom Thumb Texas Stampede

Allen; 214-520-8874; www.texasstampede.org

This event held at the Allen Center in Allen, Texas benefits North Texas children’s charities.  In addition to a rodeo and live music there is golf tournament, a Christmas market, a beauty pageant, and tons of other fun activities. The Western Festival includes kids’ rodeo activities.


Chi Omega Christmas Market

3600 Grand Avenue, Dallas; www.chiomegaxmas.org

First held in 1978, this wonderful Christmas Market at Fair Park in Dallas has tons of unique gift items.  The event benefits several local charities.


Turkey Trot

Dallas; www.ymcadallas.org/healthy_living/family_time/turkey_trot/

The annual YMCA Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning in Dallas has a host of other events besides the race.  The Turkey Trot began in the 1940s, but became an annual event beginning in 1968.




The Trains at NorthPark

NorthPark Center; 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas; 214-361-6345; www.rmhdallas.org/news-and-events/the-trains-at-northpark/

This huge exhibit of toy trains at NorthPark Center in Dallas benefits the Ronald McDonald House.  The trains travel over 1600 feet of track through major cities such as Dallas, San Francisco and New York.  You can sponsor individual cars which will be personalized with your name.


Dickens of a Christmas

McKinney; www.believemckinney.org/dickens.php

Be transported back to Christmas’ past with this delightful Christmas festival in McKinney.  Enjoy horse-drawn carriages, carols, music, food and plenty of activities for children.


Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade

Dallas; www.childrensmedicalcenterdallas.com/development/parade

The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade benefits the Child Life program at the hospital.  Now in its 26th year this event is a Dallas tradition, looked forward to by children and adults alike.



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