Best D-FW Festivals to Attend This Spring

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D-FW is such a culture melting-pot and there so many festivals and activities celebrating everything you can imagine at any given time. The weather is nice now, not too hot yet, so how about checking out one (or two) of these festivals happening over the next few months! Here is a list of my favorite taken from D Magazine.

Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas | Apr. 29 | Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library – Taking place across the street from each other downtown, these symbiotic festivals have more on their mind than most. At the library’s central branch, nationally acclaimed authors (Kristin Radtke, Jef Chang, others) speak while various panels pay testament to the city’s ongoing literary renaissance. At city hall, thinkers from around the country talk about innovations in a number of fields — education, health, the arts — can be applied to better our city. The two festivals unite to hear from author Yaa Gyaasi, whose Homegoing was one of the most talked about books of 2016. You can also expect performances and other activities on the city hall plaza, including an evening show by the Polyphonic Spree. Both festivals are free.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival | Apr. 28-30 | Quakertown Park – This long-running, free event in Denton is a testament to the city’s love affair with jazz music, with a busy lineup and seven stages of local and national performers that will knock your socks off, as well as plenty of other options for festival fun.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Through May 29 | Fair Grounds in Waxahachie – The Renaissance and Late Middle Ages: like Game of Thrones without the dragons. The jousting, turkey legs, Renaissance dress-up, and mermaids (yes, mermaids) stick around every weekend through the end of May.

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ChocolateFest | May 5 & 6 | Grapevine Convention Center – If the name hasn’t already done it for you, know that North Texas chocolate-makers dish their best wares on both days. Wine and art help sweeten the deal.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend | May 5-7 | Hyatt Regency DFW Airport – The massive horror convention boasts a number of celebrity guests: famed director Dario Argento (Suspiria), actor Freddie Highmore, wrestler Sting. It also has movie screenings (The Shining, The Thing), lots of terrifying vendors, and panels on horror movie filmmaking.

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Off the Rails Country Music Fest | May 6 & 7 | Toyota Stadium – Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and all the other popular country musicians you can handle at this Southern-certified blowout in Frisco.

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Bugs and Brews | May 6 | The Granada Theater’s Parking Lot – The music (Big Ass Brass Band and Freeloaders, among others) conspires to set a New Orleans vibe, as does the spread: chow down on all the crawfish you can handle here.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival | May 19-21 | Galatyn Park – The family-friendly Richardson festival has The B-52s on Friday, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, and Shooter Jennings on Sunday. More live music, art displays, and tons of carnival-ish food and fun are all weekend.

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Thai Culture & Food Festival | May 27 & 28 | The Buddhist Center of Dallas – Visit the inspiring Buddhist temple, watch Thai dancers and other authentic performances, and feast to your heart’s content after selecting a mix of eats from the food bazaar.

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Dallas Margarita Meltdown | May 28 | West End – North Texas’ best purveyors of the margarita sling their beverages in the most important competition of the summer. Tequila lovers are the default winners.

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A-Kon | June 8-11 | Fort Worth Convention Center – The 28th edition of this storied anime convention, billed as the oldest in the U.S., moves out to Fort Worth, where you’ll find just as many cosplayers, anime nuts, and celebrity guests as ever.

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Thanks to D Magazine for always having the best articles, stories and information to read!

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