Check Out the Dallas Festival Scene
Dallas is a hugely diverse (and overall huge) city, which fits nicely with it being in Texas. Its festival scene is no different, and that’s good news for the millions of people who call it home. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex hosts some of the most iconic festivals in Texas, like the State Fair of Texas and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of the quintessential Texan lifestyle; Dallas offers virtually every festival genre under the sun, and with all the festivities happening around-the-clock, you can never claim that “there’s nothing to do around here.” The batch of festivals below will be a nice distraction if you ever get the urge to bug Mark Cuban for free Mav’s tickets. Come and test the limits of what can and cannot be deep-fried, and don't forget to say howdy to Big Tex!
Top Dallas Festivals Lights All Night
Lights All Night is the best way to cap off an unforgettable year. The EDM-centric festival brings the hottest names in the genre across three entertainment stages, turning Dallas Market Hall into an all-night dance party. Bring the glow sticks and toast to an epic New Year by tearing it up on the dancefloor. State Fair of Texas
Drawing approximately 2.25 million people in 2017, the State Fair of Texas is a gargantuan event of epic proportions. Big Tex, the 55-foot-tall mascot standing at the entrance, welcomes you to snack on deep-fried treats, ride thrilling carnival rides and enjoy more than 85 live music performances over the course of 24 jam-packed days. Deep Ellum Arts Festival
From little shindig to full-blown street party, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival has it all. Main Street comes to life with over 100 musical acts spanning multiple genres, wildly entertaining street performances and 200 juried visual artists selling original works in all disciplines. Best of all, admission to the festival is free! North Texas Irish Festival
Dallas has a big Irish community, so it makes sense for there to be an equally big Irish festival. The North Texas Irish Festival is a three-day cultural extravaganza that's filled to the brim with kilts, bagpipes, folkloric dance, authentic Irish cuisine, Celtic horse riding and so much more. Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival
Whether you've got Irish blood in your veins or just like to pretend you do, the St Patrick's Parade & Festival is an incredible cultural experience for all involved. The parade itself spans two miles in downtown Dallas with a legion of floats and big crowds decked out in green. Beyond the parade, there's a giant block party with participating venues getting in on the festive action. Taste of Dallas
Texas will never fail you on portion sizes, and neither will Taste of Dallas. Take your curious taste buds to the famous Fair Park in Dallas to explore delicious options from over 70 indoor and outdoor restaurants. Come with an empty stomach, a big appetite and willingness to try new dishes. Homegrown Music and Arts Festival
The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival is exactly what it sounds like - homegrown. And as a Dallasite, you wouldn't have it any other way. Head over to Main Street Garden Park to see an eclectic mix of local musicians on two stages and a host of visual artists across all mediums. Dallas Pride
Look to the major cities to be the most accepting of others in the Lone Star State. Dallas Pride is a week-long celebration of the LGBTQ community with a host of activities from colorful parades to live music performances and other fabulous events. It's all love and rampant positivity here. Grapevine GrapeFest
As the Southwest's biggest wine festival, you simply can't miss out on all the savory blends you'll find here. You can participate in the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic to judge the tastiest wines, there's an intense grape-stomping competition and all the wine you could ever want.