January in Dallas means it’s time for the Cotton Bowl Classic NCAA football game, now held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. January also brings the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, including a prominent parade which has become a Dallas staple of almost 30 years. Another event in Dallas worth checking out if you have kids is the KidFilm Festival, an annual film event held in late-January for well over 20 years straight in celebration of children’s cinema.
The Dallas Autorama is a 50+ year and running car show which is an annual Dallas staple among automobile enthusiasts taking place in February each year. The Dallas Burlesque Festival, held over three nights at the House of Blues is another prominent February event well worth checking out.
Celtic culture enthusiasts should be sure to check out the North Texas Irish Festival in early March, which is the largest Celtic festival in the Southwest United States. The Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is another major Irish celebration which has become a Dallas staple. Lovers of great blues music also have reason to celebrate in March, as the Dallas Blues Festival hits the Dallas Convention Center.
Early April’s Deep Ellum Arts Festival, a music, food, and art centered block party held since 1995 in Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum entertainment district is a can’t miss April staple event in Dallas. For film-lovers, The USA Film Festival is another longstanding April festival of over 40 years, and food and wine lovers are sure to delight in the Dallas Wine and Food Festival. Guitar enthusiasts should definitely pay a visit to the Dallas International Guitar Festival, a 30+ year event and the biggest and longest-standing of its kind. Craft beer buffs should definitely hit up the big Texas Beer Fest at the Fair Park Automobile Building, held annually in early April.
CityArts in Fair Park is a popular annual arts festival held in May each year, as is the Cottonwood Art Festival, a 40+ year Dallas area institution held in Cottonwood Park in Richardson, TX. You might also want to check out Mayfest in Ft. Worth, a popular 40+ year four-day festival featuring a wide variety of entertainment. Some of the proceeds from Mayfest go to support positive local charities each year, making it a great opportunity to have fun and support good causes at the same time.
The annual Juneteenth Festival, held in Dallas’ Fair Park is a major yearly event celebrating African-American history and culture. The Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games, held in Arlington, is a yearly three-day celebration of Scottish culture which has been running for almost 30 years. You might also want to check out the Chisholm Trail Roundup, a 40+ year barbeque and music festival held in Lockhart, TX in June annually.
Taste of Dallas, a three-day food festival held in July in Fair Park is a Dallas culinary culture institution, delighting foodies for over 30 years. Lovers of Shakespeare should be sure to check out Shakespeare Dallas, a free Shakespeare Festival which has been a Dallas institution since the 1970s.
August in Dallas is a slow month for events and festivals due to the sweltering Dallas heat reaching its peak, but August does bring the Viva Dallas Hispanic Expo, a yearly event celebrating Hispanic culture held on the first Saturday of August. There is also a major food event in Dallas in mid-August each year, the KRLD Restaurant Week during which top restaurants in the city offer discounted 3-course meals.
The Addison Oktoberfest is an acclaimed, long-standing Dallas-area staple event held in Addison, TX in September each year. Other prominent events held in September include the Dallas Pride Festival, a 20+ year Dallas LGBT celebration held in Lee Park, as well as the annual Greek Food Festival, a popular Greek Food and culture event in Dallas for over 50 years. Grapefest Dallas is another September event which is sure to please the wine connoisseurs among us, while lovers of anime should check out Animefest, held in late-August through early-September annually.
While the general LGBT Pride celebration is held in September each year, October brings the annual Black Gay Pride festivities to Dallas. The Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival is another prominent October celebration of 20+ years that cowboys/girls and fans of the culture should definitely not miss.
Dallas wine lovers rejoice each November as it brings the Beaujolais and Beyond French and American Wine Festival, a Dallas staple for almost 30 years. Foodies in Dallas also have reason to love November as the Romanian Food Festival of Dallas delights taste buds in early November each year.
Lights All Night, a three-day electronic dance music New Year’s Eve extravaganza held in Fair Park is one of the best places to be for NYE in the country, hands down. If you want to let it all hang out for three straight days in a no-holds-barred party atmosphere for NYE, it doesn’t get better than Lights All Night in Dallas.