When planning a trip to Dallas, it is quite easy to coincide your visit with one of the cities many annual events. Dallas is a city that loves to celebrate, and during your stay you could catch anything from the St Patrick’s Day Parade, to the Dallas Blooms flower show.
If you want to catch a quintessentially Texan event when in the city, these are some of the ones to look out for:
The State Fair of Texas – Sept. 29 – Oct. 22
Potentially the biggest event on the calendar in Dallas is the three-week long State Fair of Texas. As the longest-running fair in the United States, many people from across the country arrive in Dallas just for the fair.
Established in 1886, the State Fair celebrates Texan tradition, agriculture, education and community, whilst raising money for charity through auctions and food drives.
The State Fair of Texas offers visitors the chance to take part in many family friendly activities, including farm animal encounters, crafting events, live music, the Chevrolet Ride and Drive experience and cultural exhibits. With hundreds of food vendors, the State Fair is a great way to spend a day or two.
Savor Dallas – April 6 – 9
Savor Dallas is a great event to catch if you are into your food and drink, as it celebrates the rich variety of culinary delights available across the city. With over 75 restaurants and food companies being represented, and with 450 wines and 65 spirits to sample, Savor Dallas is a must see for foodies.
Savor Dallas takes experiencing food to a new level, with seminars, demonstrations, sampling events and wine tasting, meaning that guests can learn about their food, as well as taste it.
Each night of the festival is based around a different theme, opening with the Dallas leaders in barbecue, and ending on a farmer’s market style brunch. Savor Dallas is probably not one for the kids, but would make a great stop on any city break.
Mardi Gras Texas Style – Feb. 18
In the United States, Mardi Gras celebrations change from city to city, each one bringing a unique experience. Dallas is no different, celebrating Mardi Gras Texas Style for the 16th year running.
Using the State Fairgrounds, Mardi Gras Texas Style mixes the traditional fun and food of Mardi Gras with twenty big country music acts, all originating from Texas.
Spread over five stages, Mardi Gras Texas Style has more of a music festival vibe than one of the carnival, with 10,000 people attending to see their favorite acts. The tunes play and the drinks flow way into the night so be prepared for a long day. With VIP tickets available, guests can pay more to have exclusive access to different bars in order to see some acts play acoustic sets.
Whilst children are allowed to attend, it is recommended that they don’t come along, as with all Mardis Gras celebrations, Mardi Gras Texas Style may not be appropriate for children.