It’s my favorite time of the year in Texas. It isn’t just spring, it’s festival season, which means there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the best of arts, culture, food and music in North Texas! Come for a weekend, or stay for more, and get inspired by these FREE DFW-area arts festivals happening throughout the entire month of April.
DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL | APRIL 5 – 7
During the first full weekend of April, Deep Ellum Arts Festival takes over the east side of downtown Dallas. Already an eclectic neighborhood that’s a haven for live music, Deep Ellum shows off its lively, creative personality over this 3-day event. Experience 200 artists plus 100 original bands and performance artists on four different stages. Deep Ellum Arts Festival is celebrating their 25th anniversary, so you know it’s going to be awesome! Click here for the lineup and festival guide.
MAIN STREET ARTS FESTIVAL | APRIL 11 – 14
Downtown Fort Worth’s Main Street is completely transformed at this four-day buzzing spring festival. With over 200 featured artists from around the world, a stellar live music line-up and not-your-average festival food, this event is one you’ll want to experience for more than just a day. Get there early and use their comprehensive festival guide to make the most of your time.
PLANO ARTFEST | APRIL 27 – 28
Meet your friends and bring the entire family to spark your creativity at this arts festival in Plano’s Downtown Arts District. The weekend offers live entertainment, art installations, local food, and a makers market. The little ones will love the family chalk art and the kid zone filled with bounce houses and interactive stations!
ART IN THE SQUARE | APRIL 26 – 28
Named one of the best small art festivals in the nation, Southlake’s Art in the Square has more than just art to offer. This Southlake signature event highlights over 150 artists around the country and includes a rockin’ line-up of live music and performing arts on two different stages. From the Kids Korner featuring hands-own creativity to The Zone area with bounce houses and rock climbing, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
DENTON ARTS + JAZZ FESTIVAL | APRIL 27 – 29
Who doesn’t love exploring art while listening to festive Jazz music? Perfect for budding musicians, this annual Denton festival features 3,000 artists, six stages, music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, tons of games, food and beverages. Many local North Texan artists display and sell their work in the main hall and throughout festival grounds, offering everything from jewelry to mugs. Browse artwork and jam out to Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band and Brave Combo, headliners of this year’s free festival.