May 18 – 20
Lots of festival-sized fun this week all over DFW. I love how fans have created their own 2.5-hour shindig for tasting and treating us to different tomatoey cocktails at the Bloody Mary Festival. Plus the Pet Expo, then the Taste Addison soiree, and the popular Wildflower Festival featuring a battle of the bands and budding vocal competition. The spotlight is on Irving with the Kite Festival and foodie fun Taste of Irving. With the sudden shift from a sweet spring to summer sweat, be sure to bring water wherever you go this weekend.
$30 advance ticket price ($35 at the door) includes 2 drink tickets, crawfish, BBQ buffet, cash bar and live entertainment featuring Tejas Brothers and Austin Allsup Sponsored by Brotherhood For The Fallen, River Ranch Stockyards and Ft. Worth Harley-Davidson.
When: Sunday, May 20 | 1 PM – 6 PM
Where: River Ranch Stockyards | Map
Taste Addison returns with a weekend full of great food, live music and tons of family fun. A three-day menu of fun, May 18 – 20, the festival pairs bites from dozens of the town’s favorite eateries with great music at Addison Circle Park.
LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN 2 TIX TO TASTE ADDISON BY 5/18. Tix will be left at will call. Winner chosen noon on Friday, May 18. Cross-posted to all social media.
When: Friday, May 18 | 6 PM – 12 AM Saturday, May 19 | 12PM – 12 AM Sunday, May 20 | 12 PM – 6 PM
Where: Addison Circle Park | Map
Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is an eclectic celebration of visual and performing arts featuring events and activities for the whole family. The festival spans three days and has live entertainment across multiple stages, boasting national as well as local talent in the lineup. The Kidz Korner offers all kinds of fun such as free games, crafts, a climbing wall, bouncy house and a live butterfly habitat. The Wild! Marketplace is a shopping adventure with imports, novelties and arts and crafts, and the festival’s Food Garden offers delectable regional delights in addition to traditional midway fare.
When: Friday, May 18 | 8 PM – 9:15 PM Saturday, May 19 | 4 PM – 10:15 PM Sunday, May 20 | 2 PM – 3:15 PM
Where: Galatyn Park in Richardson | Map
Grapevine’s Main Street Fest takes place over a weekend in May and coincides with American Craft Beer Week. Main Street Fest includes its own craft beer experience with over thirty regional craft beers to taste as well as pre-festival food and beer pairings at local restaurants. The Texas Wine Terrace showcases a variety of delectable wines, and don’t forget to check out the Grillin’ Competition and live entertainment stages. There are activities for the little ones, too, including the KidCave, an aquarium pool, games and carnival rides.
When: Friday, May 18 | 10 AM – 11:30 PM Saturday, May 19 | 10 AM – 11:30 PM Sunday, May 20 | 11 AM – 6 PM
Where: Along Main Street | Map
When: Saturday, May 19 | 10 AM – 10 PM
Where: Harry Myers Park | Map
Taste of Irving offers an opportunity to sample some of the top restaurants in the Irving area, while enjoying live music, children’s rides and activities. The festival is a free family-friendly event that takes place in Cimarron Park. While adults are enjoying the tasty bites (for sale at $5 or less each), the kids can get their faces painted or play at the petting zoo in the Fun Zone.
When: Saturday, May 19 | 12 PM – 6 PM
Where: Cimarron Park Recreation Center | Map
All kinds of cuddly animals will be within arm’s reach at the Dallas Pet Expo. Amongst the chorus of joyful barks and soft meows are dozens of exhibitors showing the latest in pet fashion and other pet products. You’ll squeal with excitement as you see incredible talent shows, adorable costume shows and an area where people can adopt a furry friend. You can even bring your pet from home to play and eat their weight in delicious treats.
When: Saturday, May 19 at 10 AM – Sunday, May 20 at 4 PM
Where: Dallas Market Hall | Map
This vodka-soaked cocktail with tomato juice has its very own festival, and it’s likely coming to a major city near you. Let this nugget of information marinate on your conscious for a minute or two. Because it’s the largest event devoted to the famous brunch cocktail, you can expect the most delicious craft bloody marys—traditional and experimental mixes—to fill your glass. Participants include Taverna Rossa, Lucy’s Lot and Another Broken Egg Cafe. While you’re sipping on this concoction, there’s delectable food and live music to enjoy as well. $45 – $65 per person.
When: Sunday, May 20 | 1 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: 2616 Commerce Event Center | Map
Wisteria Street Market is an arts + crafts fair held at the Mansfield Activities Center every May. Families can enjoy shopping with the arts + crafts vendors, food, free make + take crafts, kids activities, and more!
shop. food. mingle. fun.
When: Saturday, May 19 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: Mansfield Activities Center | Map
2018 Malcolm X Festival Celebrates Culture and the Life of Freedom Fighter and Humanitarian Malcolm XMalcolm X’ often discussed using culture as a tool for self-discovery, as well as a weapon in the struggle of black empowerment. Thus sprouted this year’s festival theme, ‘Culture, A Tool for Liberation; Educate, Educate, Organize’.
When: Saturday, May 19 at 11 AM – 7 PM
Where: Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center | Map
Made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream arrives in Fort Worth, as Tarrant County’s first Creamistry opens Saturday, May 19. • FREE made-to-order ice cream from 12 to 2 p.m.• Photo contest to win free ice cream for a year.• Family-friendly fun including selfie station, prize wheel, dj & more!Creamistry Fort Worth supports Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County — $1 per cup/cone sold during our opening week will benefit the non-profit.
When: Saturday, May 19 | 12 PM – 10 PM
Where: Creamistry (Fort Worth, TX) | Map
This FUN event can be equally enjoyed by both gardeners and non-gardeners because the festival isn’t merely a plant sale; it’s a day sprinkled with interesting speakers and studded with a host of awesome vendors offering a wide variety of unique items. Bring family and friends and spend thyme shopping for “scent”sational handmade herbal soaps and lotions; beautiful handcrafted baskets, pottery, ceramics, artwork, and jewelry; nature crafts; garden structures and decor; herbal pet products; specialty kitchenware and household products; award-winning handmade cheeses; and much more.
When: Saturday, May 19 | 9 AM
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Map
A full throttle celebration of the growing sport of dragon boat racing takes place during the DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival. Teams of 20 descend to the lake to race for the title in a 250-meter sprint. In between the adrenaline-pumping races, guests can enjoy a beautiful celebration of Asian culture. Large and decorative kites and lanterns are the centerpieces for contests and exhibits, while musical entertainment takes place throughout the festival.
When: Sunday, May 20 | 8 AM
Where: Lake Carolyn at the Las Colinas Urban Center | Map
This fun, family-friendly, and educational event is FREE and open to the public during the Denton Community Market. There will be tractors on display, a kids tractor pull, a blacksmith demonstration, crafts, multi-era displays, booths from AgriLife and the Master Gardeners, and more!
When: Saturday, May 19 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Where: Denton County Historical Park | Map
Featured photos by KDB Creative