Spring is here! It’s time to get out and enjoy the perfect patio weather and seasonal happenings in Dallas | Fort Worth. Not sure where to start? Here’s our list of favorite events and things to do this spring in DFW.
Our Top 10 Things to Do This Spring in DFW
1. Dallas Blooms
The Southwest’s largest spring floral festival, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms: Flower Power is a popular springtime tradition. With this year’s theme you can “get your groove on” as you meander through the garden with Peace, Love and Blooms. The event features more than 500,000 blooming bulbs, florally decorated topiary VW bugs, and many fun activities. Dallas Blooms runs February 25 – April 9, however, there are plenty of other springtime events beyond the festival, including the Cool Thursdays Concert Series on the lawn. Check out the details at DallasArboretum.org.
2. Taste of the Cowboys
We never miss an opportunity to party with a purpose, supporting the North Texas Food Bank! This year’s Cowboys tailgate-themed event is moving to The Ford Center at The Star! Rub elbows with Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, sample delicious gourmet tailgate fare, and enjoy live entertainment by Americana/Texas country band, Reckless Kelly. You can also bid on some amazing items at the live and silent auctions supporting NTFB’s work to feed hungry North Texans. The event takes place Sunday, May 7. Get your tickets at NTFB.org/Cowboys.
3. Bluebonnet Trails
Taking photos with the official state flower is a must-do spring tradition in these parts! You can find the lush indigo wildflowers across North Texas, but nearby Ennis is the best-known Bluebonnet destination. Ennis’ Bluebonnet Trails feature about 40 miles of wildflowers on a route that is officially open throughout the month of April. You can also enjoy the festival that runs in downtown Ennis from April 7-9, featuring bluebonnet souvenirs, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music and more. Check out visitennis.org.
4. Dallas Farmers Market
If you haven’t been to the Dallas Farmers Market in a while, you’re in for a real treat. Nestled among the city skyscrapers is a place that, since 1941, has been filled with wholesome produce. But now there’s much more. Enjoy The Market Shops (open 7 days a week) featuring a 26,000 square foot food hall with an artisanal vendor market with four anchor restaurants. There’s indoor and outdoor seating where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the Dallas skyline. The Farmers Market @ The Shed is open on weekends (including Fridays). It’s an open-air pavilion where you can shop from regional vendors. You’ll find a mix of farmers with seasonal produce, ranchers with naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs, honey, and more. The Shed also features arts and crafts vendors throughout the year. Get the scoop at DallasFarmersMarket.org.
5. Savor Dallas
Dallas loves to dine out and Savor Dallas, presented by Goody Goody benefiting The Dallas Morning News Charities is billed as the ultimate epicurean extravaganza. The three-day event features signature, chef-driven flavors, wine and spirits tasting opportunities, live entertainment, and cultural experiences that define the vibrant Dallas landscape. One of the best things about the Savor Dallas festival is its variety, with 75+ restaurants and chefs, 450+ wines, 70+ spirits, and more, across five signature events. The event runs April 7-9. For more info, visit SavorDallas.com.
6. Portraits of Courage
This exhibit is worth heading indoors to the beautiful George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU. Sparked by President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush. The art features members of the United States military who served our nation with honor since 9/11. The Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. After enjoying the exhibit, you can also purchase the Portraits in Courage book, supporting the George W. Bush Presidential Center and its Military Service Initiative. What a beautiful and meaningful gift! For information, visit BushCenter.org.
7. Texas Rangers Baseball
Our beloved Rangers are back! The April 3rd Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington launched what is sure to be a great Texas Rangers baseball season. There are a lot of great home games on the schedule and the Rangers will also be at home for two major holidays, facing Tampa Bay on Memorial Day, May 29 and hosting Boston on July 4. Head out and support the Rangers before the summer heat set in. Check out the schedule at TexasRangers.com.
8. Taste Addison
Enjoy food from some of Addison’s best restaurants while taking in live music in the park at Taste Addison. The festival includes pay-per-bite samples from local restaurants (most in the $3-$5 range), stages full of live music, cooking demonstrations and a children’s activity area. The event runs May 19-21, at Addison Circle Park, Addison. Visit tasteaddisontexas.com.
9. Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
Forth Worth hosts Texas’ largest free music and arts festival. Head out and celebrate one of the top Downtowns in the country along a magnificent mile of art, music and food. Get ready for entertainment headliners Bettye LaVette, Dave Alexander, Doyle Bramhall II, The Rocketboys, Elephant Revival, Chaka Demus & Pliers and the Acrobats of Cirque-tacular. The 2017 Artist’s Gallery showcases our invited artists, juried in from over 1400 applicants. Join the fun on the red bricks of Downtown Fort Worth, April 20 – 23. Visit MainStreetArtsFest.org
10. PGA Golf
Each spring golf lovers flock to North Texas’ two PGA Tour events. The AT&T Byron Nelson hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and benefiting the Momentous Institute tees off May 15, at the TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas, for the final year at this location. The Dean & Deluca Invitational (“the Colonial”) will take place the following week, starting May 22, at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. In 2016, the tournament generated more than $11 million for Birdies for Charity. Whether you’re a golf lover or a people watcher, these events are a great way to enjoy the sunshine on two of the areas most beautiful courses.
What’s on your list of top things to do this spring in DFW? Comment with your favorites!
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(Cover photo: Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens via PR Newswire)