THIS WEEKEND IN DFW: FESTIVALS, POOL PARTIES + BASEBALL
With graduations, the end of the school year and summer vacation, there’s a lot to celebrate around here! What better way to do so than with food, drinks and outdoor festivals? Take a look below and see what could be in store for your weekend!
Dallas | June 5 – 9
If you are looking to see independent filmmaking that pushes boundaries, look no further. Established in 2011, the Oak Cliff Film Festival is self-proclaimed as one of “America’s very best small film festivals.” In addition to its big screen features, the festival also features theatre and art venues, restaurants, bars and small businesses of Oak Cliff. Nothing says ‘Dallas art scene’ like indie films and after parties!
COST — Tickets to individual films start at $10.
Grand Prairie | June 6 – 8
Start your summer right by going to the first-ever FlowaPalooza festival at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark. The festival includes a packed schedule of live music, games, action sports vendors, and a Flow Rider competition. To add to the fun, there will also be free concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, both starting at 7:30 PM. This sounds like a pretty EPIC weekend if you ask me!
Frisco | June 7
Although Dirk traded in his basketball jersey, he proudly puts on a baseball jersey each year, as a way to give back to the community that loves him so dearly. His celebrity baseball game raises funds for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. Players include teammates from the Mavs and Dallas Cowboys players. With big sports names like these, I’m not suprised that there’s only lawn seats left (but not for long — tickets are selling fast)!
COST — Lawn tickets are $11.
Fort Worth | June 7 – 9
Each summer, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Botanic Gardens come together to create unforgettable performances. If you weren’t already wowed by the music and beautiful surroundings, just wait for the fireworks finale that concludes each show! For this year’s opening weekend, come rock out to music by legends Tina Turner, Carol King and Pat Benetar on Friday night. But, hey, if that’s not your thing — the music of Harry Potter will be performed on Saturday and the music of Mozart will be performed on Sunday.
COST- Tickets start at $25. Lawn seating FREE for children.
Dallas | June 7 – 9
There’s a foodie in all of us. Come let yours loose at the 33rd annual Taste of Dallas. This year’s food and drink festival will be organized by neighborhood to show the uniqueness and variety of Dallas’s food scene! New this year is Whiskies of the World, which will showcase over 200 spirits from all over! It’s basically the Dallas version of day-drinking at Epcot. If a cooking competition is more your scene, don’t worry — they’ve got that covered too with the new El Centro College Mentor Cooking Competitions, featuring well-known chefs like John Tesar!
COST- Friday’s 21+ event tickets are $75 for GA and $100 for VIP. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $12 online and $20 at the door (not including food and beverage tickets). Kids under 12 are FREE.
Frisco | June 7
It’s starting to feel like we are at the edge of summer as the days get longer and hotter here in DFW. It’s already hit 90 degrees! The Omni Frisco Hotel’s annual pool party sounds like the perfect way to cool off and celebrate the new season. Hawaii is coming to DFW — Put on your hula skirt and get ready to dance the night away! There will be live entertainment provided by DJSC, handcrafted cocktails, and Hawaiian-inspired culinary dishes. This is a 21+ event.
COST – $35 per person for the general public (includes two complimentary cocktails, Hawaiian-inspired dishes and valet parking).
7. CANAL FEST
Irving | June 8
At this annual Irving event, people from all over gather to share their culture through dance, music, art and food from around the world with scenic views that stretch along the Mandalay Canals and Lake Carolyn. The festival features four distinct areas: Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas! What better place to celebrate the “melting pot” of America than right here in Irving? After all, it is one of the nation’s most diverse cities.
COST – FREE for activities on land. Rentals are available for those who would like to get in the water.