The city of Ennis, designated as the official Bluebonnet City of Texas, is home to the famous Bluebonnet Trails and also ranked among the top 30 “Most-Pinned Places on Earth” by Mashable. Visitors from around the world can find this enchanting flower that blooms for just a short time every spring. Ennis is easily accessible from Dallas, about 30 minutes south on I-45, and is definitely worth the trip.
The Ennis Garden Club sponsors the 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails where you can drive through and see what makes Ennis so vibrant this time of year at no charge. The bluebonnets will bloom in different sections of the trail every year, so be sure to check with the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau for updated information on where to find the best view points. The peak bloom this year is expected during the second and third week of April (depending on the weather).
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival in historic downtown Ennis carries the tradition of celebrating this magical time with a three-day festival: April 20-22, 2018. Admission is free to the festival.
Featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and craft vendors, and delicious food, the festival kicks off Friday at noon. Texas Bluegrass, Classic Western, Alternative Country, Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Gospel, Jazz and more can all be heard from the main stage at Minnie McDowal Park throughout the weekend. The city of Ennis sure knows how to put together a great list of artists like The Western Flyers and Band of Ruhks, so there will be plenty of good tunes to enjoy. Check the calendar for the performance schedule.
Attendees 21+ can sample wines from all over Texas by participating in Wine Wander, another featured attraction during the event. Each $30 ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, event bag and a map of participating wineries. Enjoy a stroll through the historic downtown while visiting the local wineries offering a taste of some of the finest wines in the state. Limited tickets will be sold.
If you haven’t been to the Bluebonnet Trails and Festival in Ennis, then make this a bucket list activity and cross it off this spring.