In Dallas-Fort Worth, there’s a festival for everything — and when I say everything, I mean everything! We’re lucky to have tons of passionate communties across town that put together amazing festivals throughout the year. Although you may know of bigger festivals like Mayfest or Grapefest, there’s also a lot of smaller festivals that should be on your radar. Here are six that I’m looking forward to this year!
Ennis | May 24 – 26
At first, I was a little hesitant about this. A polka festival? You bet. After visiting Ennis for the fun this year, I totally understand what all the excitement is about! Every May, polka dancers in from around the world head to Ennis for the National Polka Festival. Here, you can experience Czech food, traditions, religious customs and even grammy-winning artists. It’s like traveling to the Czech Republic right here in DFW! Still curious about this unique little fest? Check out VisitDFW’s guide and oompah your way to Ennis to experience it yourself!
Fort Worth | July 6 – August 10
Rockin the River at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth is basically a free mini music festival every Saturday! Gates open at 1 PM, and the music starts at 2:15 PM. Bring a swimsuit, because you can float on the river and sip a Coors, all while listening to lineups with artists like Kody West, Cory Morrow, and Prophets & the Outlaws. You can also bring your own tube (or anything else that floats, as long as it doesn’t have a motor), or you can rent a tube there for $6. After the music ends, look to the sky — Rockin the River always ends with an awesome firework show!
Denton | September 7
Amazing wine, beer, food and musicians can all be found in Denton, especially during this annual festival! Admission is free, and sampling passes start at $25. You can spend the day exploring Downtown Denton and sampling wines from all over Texas. If you’re more into craft beer, don’t worry! They’ll have plenty of those for you to try, too. This tasty festival is made complete with famous chefs serving up some of the best food in North Texas, so you can spend a day eating, drinking and enjoying live music from different talented bands.
4. FAME FEST
Dallas | September 27 – 28
For the first time ever, fitness, arts, music and culinary experiences are coming together for one epic FAME Fest weekend. Head to the Omni Dallas and take part in fitness classes (pilates, spin, yoga and boot camps, just to name a few) from morning to evening both days. FAME Fest is bringing arts into the workout by pairing each class with a musician or an artist. How cool is that? In between classes, you can attend the Restaurants on Lamar Block Party, listen to live music, shop the vendor market and dine on some of the top Dallas culinary creations. Yes, please!
Plano | October 12
One of the largest international multicultural celebrations in DFW happens every year at Haggard Park in Downtown Plano. The Plano International Festival is a chance to see performances from different cultures from around the world while snacking from international food trucks and viewing cultural displays! There will even be foreign film screenings and a flag parade. This free festival represents people from over 100 countries, all in one place.
Dallas | October 24 – 27
This will be the 11th year of the annual Dallas Bachata Festival, filled with bachata, salsa, kizomba, and other dance workshops. If you love dancing (or simply want to dance out all that end-of-the-year stress), you won’t want to miss this festival! There will be dance parties with different rooms based on dance forms, a choreography competition and performances from top dancers. Not a professional? There are beginner bootcamps and opportunities to go from no skill to decently pro in just a few days!