FES­TI­VAL FAN­FARE

Spring has sprung, and that means fes­ti­val sea­son is in full swing. From art, live mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture to film, food and na­ture, we’ve hand-picked some of the fresh­est events of the sea­son to en­rich your ex­pe­ri­ence in Dal­las-Fort Worth with a healthy dos

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FOOD & DRINK MARCH 11 TATER TOT & BEER FES­TI­VAL

This tour­ing fes­ti­val hon­or­ing the hum­ble tater tot pairs chef­pre­pared pota­toes with craft beer from lo­cal and re­gional brew­eries. A gen­eral ad­mis­sion ticket to the 21-and-up event, held just east of down­town at Fair Park, gets you a “Beer Pass­port” and a smat­ter­ing of tater tot sam­ples. Up­grade to a VIP ticket for ac­cess to ex­clu­sive ar­eas— and, most likely, shorter lines. 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.tater­tot­fes­ti­val.com

MARCH 30-APRIL 1 FORT WORTH FOOD & WINE FES­TI­VAL

Cow­town gets culi­nary dur­ing this four-day fes­ti­val ded­i­cated to sam­pling and sip­ping some of the best bites and bev­er­ages in North Texas. Held at mul­ti­ple venues through­out Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Food & Wine Fes­ti­val pro­vides pa­trons with the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple lo­cal cui­sine from re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned chefs while en­joy­ing Texas wines, craft beer and spir­its from top brew­eries and dis­til­leries. Mul­ti­ple venues, Fort W or th,www. fort worth food and wine­fes­ti­val. com

MARCH 31-APRIL 1 BIG TEXAS BEER FEST

Fair Park hosts the sixth an­nual Big Texas Beer Fest, a two-day event for those 21 and up look­ing for ex­clu­sive and rare brews from nearly 150 re­gional and na­tional beer pur­vey­ors. Ex­pect about 500 op­tions for sam­pling, plus an ar­ray of food truck and live mu­sic per­for­mances. Fair Park Au­to­mo­tive Build­ing, 1300 Robert B. Cul­lum Blvd., www.big­tex­as­beer­fest.com

APRIL 7-10 SA­VOR DAL­LAS

A foodie fa­vorite held each spring for hun­gry (and thirsty) pa­trons, Dal­las’ spring epi­curean event hosts group din­ners, wine tast­ings, a gar­den party in the Dal­las Arts District and a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion at the Dal­las Ar­bore­tum & Botan­i­cal Gar­den. At­ten­dees must be 21 years of age or older to at­tend. Commerce Street, Down­town Dal­las, sa­vordal­las.com

ART & FILM ON­GO­ING ARTS & LET­TERS LIVE!

The DMA’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed lit­er­ary and arts series re­turns for its 25th sea­son with a di­verse spec­trum of pro­gram­ming in­tended to en­ter­tain, ed­u­cate and in­spire. Fea­tur­ing to­day’s most dis­tin­guished au­thors, ac­tors, po­ets and per­form­ers, this spring’s lit­er­ary lineup in­cludes Si­mon Tolkien, Nathaniel Philbrick, San­dra Cis­neros, David Sedaris and more. 1717 N. Har­wood St., 214.922.1280, www.dma.org

MARCH 30-APRIL 9 DAL­LAS IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FILM FES­TI­VAL

The Dal­las In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val celebrates its 11th an­niver­sary with movie pre­mieres and ex­clu­sive screen­ings from in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers, worl­drenowned di­rec­tors and undis­cov­ered tal­ent from Texas and be­yond. Take your pick from doc­u­men­taries, dra­mas, shorts and come­dies, or ex­plore the fes­ti­val’s wealth of other spe­cial events, from red car­pet-style par­ties to panel dis­cus­sions and more. Mul­ti­ple venues, www.dal­las­film.org

APRIL 7-9 DAL­LAS ART FAIR

Now in its ninth year, down­town’s Dal­las Art Fair is a three-day, popup art show fo­cused on con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art from the U.S. and around the world. Lo­cated at the Fash­ion In­dus­try Gallery (FIG) the event show­cases re­gional and global art deal­ers and gal­leries ex­hibit­ing a va­ri­ety of me­dia, in­clud­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture, works on paper, pho­tog­ra­phy, video, and dig­i­tal me­dia. 1807 Ross Ave., 214.220.1278, www.dal­lasart­fair.com

APRIL 7-9 DEEP EL­LUM ARTS FES­TI­VAL

A free, fam­ily-friendly event in what is ar­guably Dal­las’ arti­est neigh­bor­hood, the Deep El­lum Arts Fes­ti­val has blos­somed into a be­he­moth block party fea­tur­ing con­certs, carnival rides, food and bev­er­age ven­dors, a pet pa­rade and more than 200 dec­o­ra­tive and vis­ual artists hail­ing from across the coun­try. Buy sou­venirs, gifts or some­thing spe­cial for your­self straight from the source, and en­joy the full sched­ule of live lo­cal mu­sic through­out the day. 2800 Main St., Dal­las, dee­p­el­lumarts­fes­ti­val.com

APRIL 15-MAY 7 FORT WORTH OPERA FES­TI­VAL

The Fort Worth Opera’s an­nual spring series pre­views its 2017 reper­toire with three per­for­mances of Bizet’s “Car­men” (April 22 and 30; May 5) and “Cruzar La Cara de la Luna,” a mari­a­chi­opera (April 29 and May 7). Ad­di­tion­ally, see the world pre­miere of the true-crime opera “Voire Dire” from April 23May 6 at McDavid Stu­dio, across the street from Bass Hall. 525 Commerce St. and 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.731.0726, www.fw­opera.org

APRIL 20-23 MAIN STREET FORT WORTH ARTS FES­TI­VAL

An­chored by a main stage of live mu­sic in Sun­dance Square, this an­nual (and free!) cel­e­bra­tion of the arts in down­town Fort Worth show­cases a range of works from artists

in Texas and the U.S. Find a va­ri­ety of styles from sur­real to sculp­tural, and a plethora of jew­elry de­sign­ers, print­mak­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, dig­i­tal artists and more. Down­town Fort Worth, www.main­stree­tarts­fest.org

NA­TURE THROUGH APRIL 9 DAL­LAS BLOOMS

Roughly half a mil­lion blooms of tulips, pop­pies, daf­fodils and nearly 100 other flo­ral va­ri­eties await at the 66-acre Dal­las Ar­bore­tum and Botan­i­cal Gar­den’s an­nual spring flo­ral fes­ti­val—the largest of its kind in the South­west. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Flower Power,” so week­end ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment will pay tribute to the groovi­est decades of the 20th cen­tury. The Ar­bore­tum will also host its first an­nual food and wine fes­ti­val in March, the culi­nary lineup for which fea­tures North Texas’ premier chefs. 8525 Gar­land Road, 214.515.6615, www.dal­lasar­bore­tum.org

APRIL 7-9 BLUE­BON­NET TRAILS FES­TI­VAL

This free fes­ti­val celebrates the 40 miles of Blue­bon­net Trails that sur­round the small town of En­nis—the “Of­fi­cial Blue­bon­net City of Texas”—with three days of mu­sic, crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties. Blooms peak around the third week of April, but guided tours by the En­nis Gar­den Club will help vis­i­tors find the best blue­bon­net spots all month long. 101 N. Main St. West, En­nis, www.vis­iten­nis.org

APRIL 19-23 EARTH DAY TEXAS

The The largest Earth Day event in the world, this free an­nual fes­ti­val and expo celebrates all things “green.” En­joy en­vi­ron­men­tally ori­ented en­ter­tain­ment like the new EDTx film series EARTHxFILM, com­pris­ing movie pre­mieres, out­door screen­ings, an eco-vir­tual re­al­ity spot­light and more. For fans of ‘Tiny House Hun­ters’ or minia­ture home­steads in gen­eral, B.A. Nor­rgard’s “A Bed Over My Head” re­turns to EDTx 2017. The in­stal­la­tion en­com­passes three tiny house “vil­lages” scat­tered through­out Fair Park for vis­i­tors to ex­plore. Also re­turn­ing are eats from the chef-driven Sa­vor Dal­las Sus­tain­able Food Mar­ket, a lo­cal beer gar­den stocked with lo­cal va­ri­eties from en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble brew­eries, and nearly 250 guest speak­ers. Fair Park, 1010 1st Ave., 214.310.1200, www.earth­daytx.org

LIVE MU­SIC MARCH 24-25 TEXAS MU­SIC REV­O­LU­TION

The 21st an­nual coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val pre­sented by lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion KHYI 95.3 re­turns to Plano’s Oak Point Park and Na­ture Pre­serve with a lineup that in­cludes Grammy Award-win­ning Kacey Mus­graves, Josh Rit­ter and Kiefer Suther­land Band, which high­lights the mu­si­cal tal­ents of the well-known Hol­ly­wood ac­tor. 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, www.bit.ly/2jY7g21

APRIL 1 EDGE­FEST 2017

Head­lin­ers run the gamut at this an­nual mu­sic fest in Frisco show­cas­ing the best in in­die, al­ter­na­tive and pro­gres­sive rock mu­sic. This year’s lineup in­cludes Blink-182, Fort Worth band The Toad­ies and more. With two main stages at Toy­ota Sta­dium that al­ter­nate set times, you’ll never have to miss one of your fa­vorite acts to see an­other; plus, there’s prac­ti­cally no bad seat in the house. 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, www.kdge.com/on­air/edge­fest-53754

APRIL 8 OLD 97’S COUNTY FAIR

Dal­las na­tives the Old 97’s bring their spring fes­ti­val back to down­town Dal­las’ Main Street Gar­den Park, along with county fair clas­sics like carnival games, fried food ven­dors and a Fer­ris wheel. The back­drop of the down­town Dal­las sky­line makes for a unique fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence, which draws a di­verse au­di­ence of neigh­bor­hood lo­cals and mu­sic fans both young and old. Main Street, Down­town Dal­las, ww.old97scf.com

Deep El­lum Arts Fes­ti­val For more in­for­ma­tion where­trav­eler.com

Fort Worth Food & Wine Fes­ti­val

Dal­las In­ter­na­tional FIlm Fes­ti­val

Old 97’s County Fair

Dal­las Blooms

The Toad­ies (Edge­fest 2008)

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