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13 Festivals In Dallas To Get Excited For In 2016

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Although Austin and Houston are the cities known for festivals like SXSW and the Houston Rodeo, Dallas has its own events to get excited about each year. Dallas is the largest metropolitan area in the South, so it comes as no surprise that their festivals will be big this year. Here are our top picks for 2016.
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Mudbud Bash

Crawfish season is in full effect in March, and Mudbud Bash is taking advantage of that. Come hungry to the 4th annual festival because there will be 4,000 pounds of crawfish. If that doesn’t excite you, there will also be live music, beer and a ton of fun.

When: March 19, 2016
Where: Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St, Dallas, TX, USA
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Dallas Art Fair

If you’re an art fan, this event was made for you. The 6th annual Dallas Art Fair will be showcasing a variety of art including paintings, sculptures, photography, video, and installations. This four day event will have something for everyone.

Savor Dallas

This four day festival celebrates Dallas’ and Fort Worth’s food, wine and culture. There is The Grand Tasting where you can sample a variety of foods, beers and wine and The Reserve Tasting, an event for a smaller group of guests to taste the most rare and exclusive wines. This is a festival to savor.

When: April 7-10, 2016
Where: Dallas, TX, USA
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Trinity River Wind Festival

Come enjoy some kite flying by the Trinity River at the Trinity River Wind Festival. This free festival will be a full day of celebrating the beauty of Dallas. Whether you are planning to fly a kite or just viewing, this is an event worth attending.

Dallas Margarita Meltdown

If you love margaritas, then this is the festival for you. It makes sense that Dallas would have a margarita festival since the frozen margarita machine was made here. Taste and judge 40 of the best margaritas in the area. There will be music and local vendors set up for you to peruse while enjoying your margarita samples.

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Taste of Dallas

Going on its 30th year, Taste of Dallas will be giving all attendees a taste of what the city of Dallas has to offer. This three day festival will be showcasing art, music and food for all to enjoy. Get ready to be immersed in the culture and heritage of Dallas.

When: June 3-5, 2016
Where: Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX, USA
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Addison Oktoberfest

This four day festival has been named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfests by USA Today. Located in Addison, just a short drive from Dallas, Addison Oktoberfest celebrates German culture with activities like Barrel Rolling, German food, with several types of sausages, sauerkraut, strudels, and, of course, beer.

When: September 17-20, 2016
Where: Addison Circle Park, Addison, TX, USA
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Autumn At The Arboretum

With more than 75,000 pumpkins, Autumn at the Arboretum is one of Dallas Arboretum’s most awaited events. Bring a group or go with your family to walk among the fall flowers and pumpkin patches. This is also the perfect place for some fall themed photos.

Plano Balloon Festival

With a variety of unique and colorful hot air balloons floating in the sky, how can you not be interested. Just a short drive from Dallas, this will be the 36th year that Plano’s sky will be filled with vibrant balloons. There will also be food and even fireworks at the end of the festival.

When: September 23-25, 2016
Where: 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX, USA
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State Fair Of Texas

If you’re a Texan and haven’t been to The State Fair, you really have to go. The State Fair of Texas has been celebrating Texas and its culture since 1886. This month long festival is the longest running fair in the nation (and also the largest). Filled with food, music, special events and activities, livestock and much more, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

When: September 30-October 23, 2016
Where: Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX, USA
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Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival And Chili Cookoff

Rain or shine, the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cookoff is going to kick off. Enjoy some music while sampling a variety of chili. On top of chili and music, there will be an arts and crafts marketplace for you to walk through. Make sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair so you can relax while viewing the bluegrass performances.


There’s no doubt that Texas has some delicious tacos. At Tacolandia, you will be able to sample a number of tacos from local Dallas restaurants. Going into its second year, this fairly new festival will also offer drinks and live music.

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Untapped Festival – Dallas

Calling all beer and music lovers, Untapped Festival is coming back this year, and the beer list is expected to be bigger and better. Untapped started solely on the love of high quality craft beer. So come by and taste some brews. You’re bound to find one you like.

When: November 12, 2016
Where:Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX, USA
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