It’s time to ditch the spring cleaning and make memories that will last a lifetime. No matter your family’s entertaining style or budget, any of these DFW area festivals are sure to deliver the perfect weekend getaway this spring. Plenty are free, and most are located close to one another in the Metroplex — making it easy to festival hop should you choose.
1. Main Street Arts Festival – Fort Worth
April 11 – 14 | FREE
Growing up in Fort Worth, this festival was mandatory for our family. It’s well-organized, clean and full of live music and talented artists across various mediums. Located in downtown Fort Worth, Main Street Arts offers plenty of hands-on, arts and crafts activities in an outdoor art studio!
2. Spring Into Nash – Grapevine
April 13 | FREE
If your family enjoys history and educational outings, Grapevine’s Spring into Nash event is for you. Learn what life was like when the city’s earliest settlers made their home in Grapevine at the city’s Historic Nash Farm. Activities include heritage toys, kitchen gardening, cotton planting, farm animals, tractor-drawn wagon rides, field cultivation, and wood carving demonstrations.
3. Denton Arts & Jazz Festival – Denton
April 26-28 | FREE
Who doesn’t love exploring art while listening to festive Jazz music? Perfect for budding musicians, this three-day event features 3,000 artists, 7 stages, music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, tons of games, food and beverages.
4. Mayfest – Fort Worth
May 2-5 | FREE on Thursday
As a child I performed tap and ballet dancing in front of crowds of families at this annual festival celebrating 45 years this year. I plan on taking my own family soon to repeat the tradition. Mayfest spans across 33 acres in Trinity Park and offers four days of live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, market vendors and kids activities galore.
5. Taste Addison – Addison
May 31 – June 2 | FREE on Sunday, Children 5 and under FREE
Full disclosure: Before kids, I coordinated this event. That was also when I had a ton of energy to burn. Now that I have a family of my own, I can’t wait to bring my kids to Taste Addison, an event filled with great food, live music, free inflatables, face painters, and yard games.
6. Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival – Richardson
May 17 – 19
Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is another favorite because it combines music and art in a way that all families can enjoy. WF! Kids is a perfect stop for your little rockers at heart. Families can also visit the Texas Native Butterfly Tent featuring over 250 native Texas butterflies!
7. Grapevine Main Street Festival – Grapevine
May 17 – 19
Grapevine’s Historic Downtown area sets the stage to host a one-of-kind festival with hands-on children’s activities. Kids can create fun builds at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Junior Builder Competition or experience a touch pool provided by SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. The festival also has a Carnival & Midway to entertain children and adults alike.
Which North Texas festivals are you most excited to bring your family to this Spring?
Featured Image: Mayfest