Weekend whirlwind

April 6-8: A Feast of Fests

Have you ever thought to yourself: “HOW THE HELLO am I supposed to choose the exact right festival to attend this weekend??” Well, it’s your weekend to get no sleep and attend them all. Foodies? Check. Book lovers? Check! Indian food and dance?  Cosplayers? Of course, times two! Music madness? Hell, yeah. Knitters??! Yes, you’re covered, too! And this is really just a few of everything happening in NTX this weekend.

As a metalhead bookworm foodie crochet queen who likes to dress like Batman, I AM STOKED. (I’m a couple of those things, but I’ll never tell.)

Festival of Joy Dallas 2018


The Festival of Joy – also celebrated as the Festival of Chariots, or Ratha Yatra – has its roots in ancient India and the bhakti tradition and is celebrated in major cities all across the world.This festival is a chance to do the same – to reconnect and celebrate family and friends – while feeling that same joy.

When: Saturday, April 7 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Where: Klyde Warren Park | Map

Fan EXPO Dallas

FAN EXPO Dallas™ is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas, quickly growing into one of the largest events in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests! The pop culture extravaganza is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Dallas Convention Center for the three-day event every Spring.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, April 6 | 4 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, April 7 | 10 AM – 7 PM

Sunday, April 8 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas | Map

Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival

 Now in its fifth year, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is North Texas’ most celebrated cuisine   and beverage festival, taking place over three days and nights in venues around our thriving   culinary community. The festival’s growing roster of talented chefs and food artisans, as well as   craft brewers and distinctive vintners, bring a range of tastes, styles and methods that reflect the   diversity of the city itself.

  Rise + Dine

Saturday brunch gets the FWFWF treatment, with noted area restaurants contributing dozens of dishes, from eggs Benedict to breakfast tacos, plus a generous selection of craft beer, specialty wines and spirits.

When: Saturday, April 7 | 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM

Where: Pier 1 Corporate Office | Map

  Pitmasters Picnic

The Pitmasters Picnic will highlight tastings from 18 Texas barbecue rock stars, paired with Texas craft beers, wines and spirits. No one does ‘cue quite like Texas, and this is your chance to sample the best of the West. The beautiful Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork has plenty of lawn space, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to make it a true picnic.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 2 PM – 4 PM

Where: Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork | Map

North Texas Book Festival

Image courtesy North Texas Book Festival Facebook page


Join authors as they sell and sign their books and talk to their readers. The North Texas Book Festival, Inc. provides grants to school and public libraries and literacy programs in the Denton County area. The annual Book Festival is held in April in Denton, Texas, connecting authors and readers in a fun, casual setting.

When: Saturday, April 7 | 11 AM – 4 PM

Where: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | Map

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Race Weekend

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series roars into Texas with the best drivers in the World wil only one thing on their minds, locking themselves in to the Playoffs.

When: Sunday, April 8 | 1 PM

Where: Texas Motor Speedway | Map

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The free 3-day, Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Downtown Dallas embodies everything that makes DFW rock. Experience more than 200 juried decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, and 100 original bands and performers artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from six different stages and two additional performance areas!

When: Friday, April 6 at 11 AM to Sunday, April 8 at 8 PM

Where: Deep Ellum Arts Festival | Map

Opening Weekend of Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival® 2018 will showcase more than a dozen new stage and lane shows, a new Royal court, and many incredible new artisans and their amazing artistic creations as they kick off their 38th season on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The 2018 season begins with The Time Traveler’s Weekend April 7 & 8, 2018. This newly themed weekend will include Time Traveler’s costume contests for the adults and a “travel through Scarborough” scavenger hunt for the kids. It will also be our “Kids Free Weekend” when up to three children (ages 5-12) are admitted free with each paid adult. Children 4 and under are always free. Seniors 65+ get a special discount this weekend as well with half price tickets at the gate. Guest performers opening weekend include the London Broil Show and Ky Hote. Guest Artisans are Painted by U, Storm Leather Werks and SWS Cutlery.

When: Saturday, April 7 to Sunday, April 8 | 10 AM – 7 PM

Where: Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Map

Dallas Festival of Ideas

Since 2015, the Dallas Festival of Ideas has aimed at shaping the city of the future by igniting, uniting, and energizing the people of Dallas through the power of ideas. The theme of the 2018 Festival is “The Connected City,” through which we hope to spark ideas that will help all parts of the city become connected: physically and digitally, economically, educationally, medically, and culturally. Nationally known keynote speakers and locally prominent panelists will present and discuss ideas across four “city tracks”: the Educated City, the Healthy City, the Inclusive City, and the Physical City. And in a repeat of last year’s partnership with the Dallas Public Library, the Dallas Festival of Ideas will be co-located with the Dallas Book Festival, this year in the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library downtown.

When: Saturday, April 7 | 9 AM – 5 PM

Where: Dallas Public Library | Map

DFW Fiber Fest 2018

DFW Fiber Fest is the Premier Annual Festival in North Central Texas providing classes and shopping opportunities for the Fiber Arts community.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, April 6 | 4 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, April 7 | 10 AM – 7 PM

Sunday, April 8 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas | Map

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