Dallas County, TX is a vibrant and exciting place to be, especially during festival season. From April to May, the area is alive with a variety of events that celebrate culture, music, art, and more. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly event or an evening of entertainment, there's something for everyone in Dallas County. The Festival of Joy is a great way to kick off the season.
Taking place on April 15th in Klyde Warren Park, this fun-filled day features bright colors, flowers, traditional street food, and a free vegetarian banquet. There's also music, dancing, and interactive activities for holistic and cultural life. The Big Texas Beer Fest is another popular event. On April 15th at the Automobile Building in Fair Park, you can sample more than 500 beers, ciders, hard soft drinks, hard kombucha, mead and more from over 100 breweries.
There will also be food trucks and local vendors as well as performances by local bands. The Dallas Art Fair is a must-see for art lovers. From April 20th to 23rd at the Fashion Industry Gallery, you can interact with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by leading national and international galleries. The Deep Ellum Music Festival is another great event taking place in November.
This festival celebrates the culture and talent that come from the entertainment district with performances by rock band Bowling For Soup and Doug E. New and revered series of Run-DMC. The festival starts at 12 p.m., making it the perfect outdoor event for post-pandemic times (although DFW loves its festivals so much that there are also indoor versions). The Japanese Spring Festival takes place on April 22nd and 23rd at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.
Here you can enjoy performances by Taiko drum groups, traditional dances, karate experts, bonsai tree displays, origami demonstrations, calligraphy and Japanese games. The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival is an annual event that takes place from April 14th to 16th in Ennis. This 71st edition features a wealth of activities and live music throughout the weekend as well as a spectacular array of Texas bluebonnets on 40 miles of trails. The Dallas Arts Festival (formerly known as Turtle Creek Spring Arts Festival) takes place on April 15th and 16th in Reverchon Park.
This open-air fine arts festival features approximately 125 local and regional painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass artists, jewelers and more. The City of Carrollton presents the Chalk Art Festival on May 20th at Mary Heads Carter Park. Here talented contestants turn sidewalks into works of art. The annual Ubbi Dubbi festival takes place on April 22nd and 23rd at Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion with an expanded festival venue and a new fourth stage.
H-E-B presents the Allen Food + Wine Festival on May 13th at The Village at Allen. This event includes wine tastings, craft beer, cooking classes, live music, shopping at local boutiques, photo shoots and more. Mayfest takes place from May 4th to 7th in Trinity Park in Fort Worth. This four-day event features live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, pet adoptions, more than 60 art and gift market vendors as well as activities for children.
Finally, the Dallas International Guitar Festival is held from May 5th to 7th at the Dallas Market Hall. This is the largest and oldest guitar show in the world bringing together musicians, fans collectors and celebrities in one great musical show. The United States Film Festival takes place from April 19th to 23rd at the Angelika Film Center. This is one of two major film festivals held in Dallas this spring.