Nature festivals, next-level art exhibitions and can't-miss sporting events top our list of things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth this spring.
For the Artsy Traveler: Experience April Art Month
Now in its tenth year, the Dallas Art Fair (April 13-15) is a pop-up art show focused on contemporary and modern art. Located downtown at the Fashion Industry Gallery, the event features national and international art dealers and galleries, who exhibit paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, videos and installations. Look out for renowned galleries and artists both in the U.S. and internationally, as well as regionally based galleries including Barry Whistler, Bivins Gallery and more. During the expansive fine art expo, other new media and performing arts installations will take place to commemorate Dallas' April Art Month. On April 14 from 6pm to midnight, the touring dance and acrobatic troupe, Australia's Strange Fruit, takes over the Dallas Arts District for the neighborhood's Changing Perspectives block party.
A free, family-friendly event in what is arguably Dallas’ artsiest neighborhood, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival (April 6-8) has blossomed into a behemoth block party featuring concerts, food and beverage vendors, a pet parade and more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works. Shop for gifts or something special for yourself straight from the source, and enjoy the full schedule of live local music throughout the day.
Over in Fort Worth, the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is touted as the largest and highest-rated arts festival in the Southwest. This annual (and free!) celebration of the arts in downtown Fort Worth showcases a range of works—from sculpture to jewelry to paintings—by over 200 top-notch artists selected from over 1600 applicants. Also find street performers, performance artists and live music from local, regional and national bands spread across multiple stages. While you enjoy the art and music, feast on festival fare like crawfish, bratwurst, funnel cakes and ice cream paired with beer, margaritas and Texas wines.
For the Eco-Conscious Traveler: Get Outside
Over 100 varieties of spring bulbs and half a million blooms await at the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s dazzling floral festival—one of the largest in the Southwest. This year, the world-class tulip show’s theme is “A World of Flowers,” so each week of the event showcases different regions of the world. On the weekends, take a guided tour of the garden, and head to International Crossroads Village, located in Pecan Grove, for activities and entertainment from around the globe. "Celebrate Birds" at the Trinity River Audubon Center offers free admission to its annual family festival, which will delight bird enthusiasts and nature lovers of all ages. Meet live birds of prey, enjoy 5 miles of hiking trails with guided hikes, participate in crafts and more.
The largest environmental forum in the world, Fair Park's free Earth Day festival and expo celebrates all things “green” and encourages attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world. The event brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, subject-matter experts and interactive programming, along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions. We personally can't wait for the exhibit of Tiny Homes to return, not to mention a vegetable market courtesy of Texas VegFest. Also enjoy environmentally oriented entertainment like the EARTHxFilm series, which showcases films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change and the environment.
Finally, the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival (April 20-22) celebrates the 40 miles of bluebonnet trails found in the small town of Ennis—the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” Expect three days of live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities and scenic country rides to take in the beautiful wildflowers. All of April is actually a celebration of the flower; blooms peak around the third week of April, but the Ennis Garden Club will help visitors find the best bluebonnet spots all month long.
For Sports Fans: Visit Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers and the 2018 NFL Draft
If Opening Day festivities (Thursday, March 29) aren't enough reason to head to Globe Life Park for some good ol' fashioned baseball, consider it your chance to witness a classic Lone Star State rivalry: the Texas Rangers host the Houston Astros (the 2017 World Series Champions) in its first series of the season. Don't forget to indulge in more than just Crackerjacks.
The biggest news for football fans (especially those in Texas) is that an NFL stadium will host the 2018 NFL Draft (April 26-28) for the first time ever this spring; that stadium just happens to be Jerry World, which we'd be willing to bet will ensure the annual event will be Texas-sized to say the least. A free outdoor festival will bring fans of all teams together for football drills, autograph sessions, selfies with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more.