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Top 20 Events and Festivals in Dallas Texas USA

Here Top Events USA highlights the top 20 Dallas Texas USA events, festivals and fairs.

The most popular events and festivals taking place in Dallas, Texas are the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – the oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo – and the State Fair of Texas, the origins of which can be traced all the way back to 1886.

See below for a complete list of the main Dallas Texas US events

Dallas Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade
mid January
Dallas, Texas

martin luther kingOne of the Top 5 celebrations in the country and nominted here as one of the top 20 Dallas Texas USA events in the country commemorating Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the Annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade complete with marching bands, floats, drill teams and dance troupes and more attracts more than 250,000 attendees each year.

For more information about the Annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade visit:

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
mid January to early February
Fort Worth, Texas

Top Rodeos  in the USAThe oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo, the 23-day Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been a hugely popular rodeo event since 1896 and is now regarded as one of the top 20 Dallas Texas USA events, festivals and fair, and attracts over a million visitors every year with a host of popular events including world class livestock and highly respected livestock shows, daily live music, child-friendly exhibits and cowboy cuisine, fun, carnival/midway thrills and acres of unique shopping opportunities.

For more information about the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo visit:

Mardi Gras Texas Style

Fair Park – Dallas, Texas

Top Mardi Gras events in the USAThis one day event attracts more than 10,000 enthusiasts to enjoy the talents of more than two dozen Texas/Red Dirt & Country music stars showing off their talents on 5 stages all day long. Other attractions of the Mardi Gras include a wealth of Cajun food offerings from Mardi Gras pies to crawfish and jambalaya.

For more information about the Mardi Gras Texas Style visit:

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival
early March
Water Tower Theater – Dallas, Texas

For the past ten years, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, one of the top 20 Dallas Texas USA events applauded as the best theatre festival in Dallas, offers some of the best acts in theatre including musical, dance and dramatic performance from all over Dallas, Texas and the world.

For more information about the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival visit:

North Texas Irish Festival
early March
Fair Park – Dallas, Texas

One of the main main Dallas Texas US events, and a popular event for 30 years – the largest celebration of Irish culture in the southwest USA, the North Texas Irish Festival celebrates the music of the Emerald Isle by featuring many of the top Irish musicians and dancers in the world, as well as cultural presentations on nine stages at Fair Park. Fun activities include enjoying a wide variety of exhibitors, workshops, plays and demonstrations.

For more information about the North Texas Irish Festival visit:

Savor Dallas
mid March
Dallas, Texas

Known as the most delicious food and wine festival in Texas, and also recognized as the largest premium wine and food event in Texas, Savor Dallas is a celebration of fine living and the arts, featuring delicious food from over 65 top chefs, and hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beers.

For more information about Savor Dallas visit:

Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade

mid March
Dallas, Texas

Top St Patrick's Day Events in  the USAThe largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest with more than a hundred floats and more than 100,000 revelers, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade along Greenville Avenue features floats, performers, costumes and animals. More than 30 years old, this celebration is said to rival those featured in Boston, Chicago and even New York.

For more information about the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade visit:

Azalea & Spring Flower Trail
end March to mid April
Tyler, Texas

top floweer and garden eventsin the USAOfficially certified as an Azalea City in 2007, Tyler is the perfect host for this celebration of the Azalea that has been a tradition here for 50 years. Visitors can enjoy miles of azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers amidst beautiful historic homes as they tour residential gardens, enjoy plant sales, arts and crafts shows, historic home tours and living history exhibits set in a backdrop of vibrant azaleas.

For more information about the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail visit:

Dallas Blooms

Dallas, Texas

top floweer and garden eventsin the USADallas Blooms is a celebration of spring at the Dallas Arboretum, arguably one of the top five floral display gardens in North America. The gardens feature more than 400,000 spring-blooming bulbs, 6,000 azaleas and thousands of annuals and perennials spread throughout the 66-acre garden. Included in the festivities are music, food, celebrities, poetry and rich history.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival
early April – late May
Waxahachie, Texas

Top Renaissance  Events in the USAA popular event for more than 32 years, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival is one of the largest and most popular Renaissance Festivals in the USA. Covering more than 35 acres, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers almost two dozen stages featuring 200 acts of unique live entertainment including swordplay and even comedy acts, as well as hundreds of craft shoppes offering everything from leather goods to jewelry and all types of art, as well as plenty of food and unique dishes from centuries ago.

For more information about the Scarborough Renaissance Festival visit:

USA Film Festival

late April
Dallas, Texas

top film festivals in the USAFeaturing a variety of independent new releases from the USA and around the world for more than 40 years, the USA Film Festival highlights excellence in the film and video arts and bringing together filmmakers, including directors, producers, actors, screenwriters, editors, composers and cinematographers, and audiences.

For more information about USA Film Festival visit:

CityArts Festival
end May
Fair Park – Dallas, Texas

Held in historic Fair Park, CityArts Festival offers activities and entertainment for families and art aficionados including a wide array of art at Artfest, showcasing fine art and original pieces by nearly 150 renowned Texas and national artists, as well as music, dance performances at 60s-themed dance parties, two outdoor movies, chef demonstrations by some of Dallas’ most famed chefs, as well as children’s activities and family-fun shows.

For more information about the CityArts Festival visit:

"Texas" Outdoor Musical Drama
June - mid August
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

This family-friendly, outdoor musical drama by Paul Green, over 48 years in production, is touted as the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. Set in the 1800s, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle – complete with a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers. Song and dance abound-and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too – with spellbinding lighting, special fire and water effects, including nightly fireworks and the Dancing Waters of TEXAS! The Amphitheatre, 25 miles from Amarillo, is carved out of and nestled intoa natural basin in the majestic Palo Duro Canyon. The evening’s entertainment is preceded by an old fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ Dinner on the covered patio.

For more information about the "Texas" Outdoor Musical Drama visit:

Great Texas Balloon Race

early August
Longview, Texas

top hot air balloon events  in the USAA Balloon Federation of America event, and one of the most important big balloon events in Texas, The Great Texas Balloon Race is considered by many competing pilots to be the best-run event on the circuit, complete with chances to watch the balloon preparations up close. Music entertainment showcases headliners on Friday and Saturday night, and other attractions include viewing arts & crafts displays and letting the children enjoy the safe Kid Land play area.

For more information about the Great Texas Balloon Race visit:

Viva Dallas Hispanic Expo

early August 
Dallas Market Hall – Dallas, Texas

Attracting more than 40,000 visitors each year, Viva Dallas is a Hispanic exposition showcasing a number of popular attractions designed for the whole family including various forms of entertainment, health services with free health screenings, cuisine and consumer goods geared for Hispanic consumers.

For more information about the Viva Dallas Hispanic Expo visit:

Dallas Pride Parade
mid September
Dallas, Texas

top gay pride events in the  USAe USADallas began holding a Gay Pride celebration in 1972 to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the basis for many Pride events. The formal name for the Dallas Gay Pride is Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival. Entertainment includes a wealth of gay entertainers and more.

For more information about the Dallas Pride Parade visit:

Addison Oktoberfest
mid September
Addison, Texas

Top Oktoberevents  in the USAOne of the most authentic Oktoberfests outside of Munich, the four-day Addison Oktoberfest in Addison Circle Park attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year to enjoy the German food including schnitzel as well as the all time beer favorites, a yodeling contest, folk music, polka dancing, sing-alongs, the unique German Spelling Bee, and children's entertainment, and more.

For more information about the Addison Oktoberfest visit:

mid September
Grapevine near Dallas, Texas

The largest wine festival in the Southwest, and a popular event for over 25 years, GrapeFest features four days of wine tastings, festival food, live entertainment, children’s activities, carnival rides, and even a GrapeStomp. Highlights include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest, consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off where the distance taken by popped corks are measured, and GrapeStomp.

For more information about GrapeFest visit :

Great American Trucking Show
late September
Dallas Convention Center – Dallas, Texas

The second-largest trucking trade show in the USA, the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas features a huge variety of trucks and trucking accessories, free educational and informational sessions featuring top industry leaders, as well as entertainment and informative seminars all about trucks.

For more information about the Great American Trucking Show visit:

State Fair of Texas
end September to mid October
Dallas, Texas

top state fairs in the USAThe roots of the State Fair of Texas can be traced all the way back to 1886. Today, it is a 24-day celebration of the state with over 70 amusement rides, Texas Star (the tallest Ferris wheel in North America), 8,000 livestock entries, 7,000 creative arts entries, about 200 food service locations, the largest new car show in the Southwest, and of course, Big Tex, the world's best-known 52-foot-tall cowboy who made his first State Fair appearance in 1952.

For more information about the State Fair of Texas visit:

MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
mid December
Dallas, Texas

top marathon events in the USAThe MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, formerly the Dallas White Rock Marathon, is Texas’s oldest marathon and has been a popular event for 44 years. One of Dallas’s largest spectator events, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon attracts more than 300,000 fans to watch 6,000 participants in the marathon, 13,000 participants in the half marathon and 6,000 participants in the relay race. An official running time at the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon makes the runner eligible to run in the Boston Marathon. In itself, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a “qualifying race” that requires a qualifying time from another marathon before a runner can take part. Along with the Houston Marathon and the Austin Marathon, the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is one of the three Marathons of Texas, held in the winter months from December through February.

For more information about the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon visit:

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