Dallas Annual Events Calendar & List

2021 Dallas Calendar of Events

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The Dallas events calendar is jam-packed with a variety of Dallas events for work or play, all year round. Attend nearby corporate functions at the Dallas Convention Center, or plan a day of fun at one of the exciting festivals and Dallas events spanning the Metroplex. Please take a moment to browse our calendar of Dallas events.

January

Holiday in the Park

January 1 | Six Flags Over Texas
A Dallas calendar of events favorite, explore the wonders of Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington decked out in full holiday regalia. High-flying rides that take your breath away, holiday-themed entertainment, roaming carolers, and more come together to celebrate the joy of this magical season.

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

January 6 | Dallas Cowboys Stadium
A New Year’s Day tradition in DFW, this classic bowl game is an edge-of-your-seat battle against two of the nation’s best collegiate football teams. It’s only fitting that such a legendary clash would be hosted in the equally epic Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Southwest Dental Conference

(Private)
January 12 – 14 | Dallas Convention Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival

January 14 | Dallas City Hall
Features over 200 entries, including floats, marching bands, drill teams, vehicles, walkers, and more, ending at the State Fair Grounds of Texas. Afterward, a festival is held in Fair Park’s Tower Building with a health fair, vendors, children’s activities, and gospel concert, to name a few.

Kid Film Festival

January 21 – 21 | Angelika Theatre
The kiddos will delight in this happy event featuring both classic and modern films, and guest appearances by the authors of their favorite bed-time stories. As the longest-running children’s festival in the country, years of work have gone into perfecting this informative and family-friendly event.

Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show

January 13 – February 14 | Fort Worth Stockyards
One of the most anticipated Dallas, TX events, enjoys 23 days of stock shows, midway fun, live music, and eclectic shopping. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, it is not to be missed.

February

ASI Show

(Private)
February 1 – 3 | Dallas Convention Center

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Banquet

February | Dallas Convention Center
Established in 1926 and standing proudly as the longest-running Black Chamber in the nation, this event awards the DBCC Community Service Award, which has been handed out annually since 1985 to a member who has gone above and beyond in significant volunteer contributions.

Dallas International Boat Show

February 3 – 5 and 9 – 12 | Dallas Market Hall
Exhibitors from all across the nation come together to participate in the Dallas International Boat Show, one of the largest in the nation. Bring the whole family because there are plenty of activities for the kids including Bubble Runners and the Kids Fish Tank.

HELI-EXPO

(Private)
February 12 – 14 | Dallas Convention Center

Dallas Autorama

February 17 -19 | Dallas Market Hall
Gleaming classic cars, shiny celebrities, and a generous charity auction is the meat and potatoes of this hot-rod lover’s heaven. Unite with fellow gear heads and classic-car enthusiasts to take-in amazing stunt driving, Chip Foose designs, and live-action pinstriping of both conventional and unconventional items.

Russian Festival

February 31 | SMU McFarlin Auditorium
Celebrate Russian music, food, and culture with the Russian American Center. Displaying their proud traditions in ballet, art and more, the 2012 Russian Festival is an exciting cultural experience that is not to be missed.

March

Dallas Spring Home & Garden Show

March 2 – 4 | Dallas Market Hall
Stay “in the know” with the latest trends in gardening, remodeling, home décor, and more. This seasonal event is your chance to speak face-to-face with over 500 experts and try out more than 1,000 cutting-edge products and services for the home enthusiast.

Six Flags Spring Break Out!

March 10 – 18 | Six Flags Over Texas
Welcoming Spring Breakers from across the nation, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington commemorates the season-opening with a celebration of all things Spring Break. Featuring world-class musical acts, heart-pumping rides, and more.

Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 17 | Greenville Avenue
Over 25 years and going strong, this all-day affair includes activities for the entire family and has come to be known as the St. Patty’s Day Celebration of Dallas, TX. Kicking off with a 5k run and culminating in lavish floats, Irish music, dance, and live entertainment, everyone enjoys the one time of the year we can all be Irish.

Dallas Bridal Market

March 18 – 20 | Dallas Market Center
You’re one-stop-shop for bridal and special occasion wear, consumers and retailers alike convene for this veritable bridal extravaganza. You won’t find a wider variety of wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses, Mother-of-the-Bride wear and more in one place.

Rock & Roll Half Marathon

March 25 | Fair Park
A full weekend celebrating health and fitness, check out the sizeable fitness expo featuring numerous vendors and enjoy live music along the race route, a post-race concert and race lengths with varying degrees of difficulty so everyone can get in on the action.

Crest Expo

March 30 | Dallas Convention Center
People from all sectors of the commercial real estate industry come together for the commercial real estate trade show of Dallas/Fort Worth. Special guests include the Building Owners and Managers Association, The Appraisal Institute, the American Society of Interior Designers, and many more.

Savor Dallas

30 – 31 | Victory Park/Dallas Arts District
Decadent varietals and savory cuisine make Savor Dallas the premium wine and food event in North Texas. Stroll through the arts district wine-in-hand or attend a special wine-tasting class featuring Maximilian Riedel. This opulent weekend has something for everyone.

April

Dallas Blooms Spring

April 1 – 9 | Dallas Arboretum
Watch the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum come alive with the return of spring. Celebrating its 28th anniversary and named by MSNBC as “One of the Top 14 Places in the World to See Spring Flowers,” the spring blossoms are truly a sight.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

April 7 – May 28 | Waxahachie, Texas
A nod to days gone by, explore this 135-acre village featuring food, performers, artisans and more. Take in over 200 performances daily on 21 stages and definitely make time to experience one of the three full-combat jousts held each day of the festival.

Dallas International Film Festival

April 12 – 22 | Victory Park/various locations
One of the fastest-growing film festivals in the world and named by MovieMaker Magazine as “One of the 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” DIFF has featured more than 900 films from 49 countries, including many Academy Award winners and nominees.

Lone Star Classic

April 13 – 23 | Dallas Convention Center
The Lone Star Classis is the largest of the junior national qualifiers for youth volleyball. Over 1200 teams were in participation at last year’s tournament.

Arbor Daze

April 28 – 29 | City Hall Complex in Euless, TX
Celebrating tree planting, preservation, and forestry initiatives, this free event features live entertainment, food, exhibitors and demonstrations emphasizing the importance of trees and the role they play in our environment.

May

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

May 4 – 6 | Maverick Stadium UT/Arlington
Take in a variety of Scottish athletic competitions, Championship Scottish Highland and Scottish National dance competitions and world-class musical acts at the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This year’s festival will also host many workshops including fiddle and kilt-making sessions.

Cottonwood Art Festival

May 5 – 6 | Cottonwood Park, Richardson, TX
For over 40 years the Cottonwood Art Festival has been a premier Texas event proving that “There’s an Art to Having Fun.” Enjoy live music from all genres and over 240 local, regional and national artists competing in categories ranging from 3D mixed media to digital to painting, sculpture, and much more.

Asian Festival

May 12 | Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas
North Texas’ largest celebration of Asian culture featuring martial arts, native art, food, dance, and children’s activities.

Novo Nordisk (Private)

May 12 – 18 | Dallas Convention Center

HP Byron Nelson Championship

May 14 – 20 | Four Seasons Resort and Club, Las Colinas, TX
A premier sporting event in Dallas, this golfing tradition began in 1944 and is known as one of the most highly competitive tournaments on the PGA TOUR. This event extends on into the night with the Pavilion After Dark and kids activities going on all day at the KidZone.

Main Street Days – Grapevine

May 18 – 20 | Grapevine Historic District
Grapevine’s summer kickoff, enjoy international wines, craft beers, and delectable pizzas all weekend long. Sunshine, live entertainment, shopping and the Pizza Piazza are a perfect way to say, “Hello summer.”

Taste of Addison

May 18 – 20 | Addison Conference Center & Theater
Three days of food, music, and entertainment, partake in the top dishes of more than 60 Addison restaurants at special “Taste of Addison” prices. Celebrity chef demonstrations, carnival rides, and award-winning children’s entertainment are just a few of the scheduled activities during this epic weekend event.

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Golf Tournament

May 21 – 27 | Colonial Country Club, Ft. Worth, TX
This week-long tournament is hosted at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, one of the world’s highest-ranked golf courses in terms of difficulty. More than 100 Tarrant County charities are beneficiaries of this annual event, including Cook’s Children, Birdies for Charity, and The First Tee.

Artfest

May 25 – 27 | Fair Park
Featuring more than 200 artists from across the nation, this juried event is open to the public and is managed by members of the 500 Inc.  club, a group of volunteers who have been raising funds to support the arts in Dallas for more than 60 years.

June

Dallas Gun and Knife Show

June 9 – 10 | Dallas Market Center
The biggest gun show in Texas and a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Rifle Association, the Dallas Gun and Knife Show is for collectors of arms and accessories to increase their awareness in their arms and their values.

American Water Works Association

June 12 – 14 | Dallas Convention Center
The only water conference where all sectors of the water industry are represented, ACE12 aims to bring together consumers and clients to introduce new and safer water technologies.

AVID Summer Institute

(Private)
June 18 – 20 | Dallas Convention Center

Dallas International Lighting Market

June 21 – 25 | Dallas Market Hall
Covering more than a million square feet with lighting fixtures for business or home, this incredible collection of portable and fixed lighting draws about 3000 buyers from across the globe.

July

Kaboom Town

July 3 – 5 | Addison Circle Park
This 30-minute fireworks spectacular has been named one of the best places to watch fireworks in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and the Wall Street Journal. This weekend-long event also includes amazing food, live music, and an air show by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum Warbird Flyover.

4 Fair Park Fourth

July 4 | Fair Park
Enjoy a Dallas Wind Symphony patriotic concert, dancing water shows, a dazzling fireworks display, and much more at Fair Park Fourth. Participating in Fair Park museums will also be offering free or reduced-price admission. Come celebrate our country’s independence with a variety of patriotic activities all afternoon.

Taste of Dallas

July 13 – 15 | Fair Park
Mark your calendars for the 26th annual Taste of Dallas event. Top chefs and restaurants come together with the area’s favorite local bands, sports teams and a variety of kid activities to make this one of the most anticipated DFW events of the year.

Til Midnight at the Nasher

July 13 – 15 | Nasher Sculpture Center
To usher in spring the Nasher Sculpture Center is offering free admission till midnight. Bring the whole family to enjoy live music and a screening of Martin Scorsese’s’ Hugo in 3D. Refreshing sandwiches, salads, and more are available for purchase.

Dallas Summer Boat Show Expo

July 13 – 15 & 20 – 22 | Dallas Market Hall
The ultimate summer boat and outdoor show, browse boats, docks, accessories, and more or participate in a whole host of family activities including rock climbing, archery and fishing. Enjoy live entertainment by professional BMX and trick cyclists as well as Radio Disney.

Mary Kay, Inc. – Seminar

(Private)
July 18 – August 4 | Dallas Convention Center

Dallas Bridal Show – Summer

July 28 – 29 | Dallas Market Hall
Providing brides with a unique one-stop-shopping experience and businesses with a fantastic opportunity to meet their clientele face-to-face, this well-respected bridal trade show features over 300 wedding professional exhibitors.

August

Viva Dallas! Hispanic Expo

August 4 – 5 | Dallas Market Hall
This flagship event of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce includes business, entertainment and health exhibitors geared towards the Hispanic community. With activities for the whole family, try your hand at bailes folkloricos or take advantage of free health screenings.

MetroCon

August 9 – 10 | Dallas Market Hall
The nation’s largest design-related regional expo and conference, the Texas Chapter of ASID and the Texas/Oklahoma Chapter of IIDA have come together to help strengthen the design community by offering top exhibitors and continuing education workshops for everyone.

Europa Super Show

August 17 – 18 | Dallas Convention Center
Be inspired at this health and fitness expo featuring a wide variety of “get fit” events including Zumba, bodybuilding, wrestling, kids activities, and much, much more.

Sage Quick Technology

(Private)
August 20 | Dallas Convention Center

KRLD Restaurant Week

August 15 – 28 | various locations
With over 125 participating restaurants and delectable 3-course dinners for just $35/person, KRLD Restaurant Week is a Dallas foodie’s paradise. Spend $25 or more at Dallas Central Market and get a voucher for a FREE fourth course at participating restaurants.

Visions – Women’s Expo

August 25 – 26 | Dallas Market Hall
In their 23rd year, at Visions Women’s Expo women come together to discover the latest in beauty, fashion, and general fun. As the largest women’s expo in the Southwest, this year’s exhibitors include Mary K, Scentsy, the Red Hat Society, and many more.

September

Freedom Run & Festival

September 7 – 9 | Dallas City Hall Plaza
This 5k fun run and festival honors the victims and heroes of 9/11. After your 5k run, bring the whole family to the Freedom festival where there’s even a child-friendly Kids’ Zone

Dallas Fall Home & Garden Show

September 8 – 9 | Dallas Market Center
As the air turns chilly and the leaves begin to fall, stay up to date on all the latest trends in gardening, remodeling, home décor and more. This fall event is your chance to speak with more than 500 experts and try out a variety of the latest products and services for the home.

Dallas Bridal Market – Fall

September 9 – 11 | Dallas Market Hall
You’re one-stop-shop for fall bridal and special occasion wear, consumers, and retailers combine for this extreme bridal showcase. You won’t find a larger variety of wedding and bridesmaid’s dresses, Mother-of-the-Bride attire, and more.

Grapefest

September 13 – 16 | Grapevine Historic District
Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the ever-popular Grapevine Grapefest is taking an Australian spin this year with a focus on Australian wines and entertainment. Of course, traditional Grapefest activities are still in the line-up including the Grape Stomp, Grapefest Golf Classic, and the lively KidZone.

Southwest Veterinary Symposium

(Private)
September 21 – 23 | Dallas Convention Center

InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival

September 21 – 23 | Oak Point Park, Plano, TX
Take part in an event-filled weekend that includes hot air balloons, skydivers, a massive kid’s fun zone, exhibitors, food, and more. A must-see is the beautiful glow of the balloons against the night sky on Friday and Saturday evenings.

State Fair of Texas

September 28 – October 21 | Fair Park
Say hello to Big Tex at this massive festival featuring rides, entertainment, and the most scrumptious fair fare you’ve ever imagined. Indulge in the likes of fried bubble gum, buffalo chicken in a flapjack or a fried PB & J sandwich. If you can dream it, somebody is probably frying it.

Greek Festival of Texas

September 28 – 30 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Partake in amazing cuisine, artistry, and tradition at the Greek Festival of Texas. Enjoy cooking demos, traditional Greek music and dance or shop the wares of authentic Greek artisans. This festival is a celebration of North Texas’ flourishing Greek culture.

October

Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas

October 1 – 31 | Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington
Weekends are a scream during Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Wind your way through haunted mazes, explore Cadaver Hall Asylum or bear witness to extreme Monstertainment like Welcome to Arania’s Nightmare. FrightFest guarantees you’ll have the “fright of your life.”

Med Assets Business & Technology

(Private)
October 9 | Dallas Convention Center

SBC Red River Rivalry

October 13 | Cotton Bowl in Fair Park
Considered one of the major rivalries in the NCAA, this clash of the titans pits the Longhorns against their rival to the North, the Oklahoma Sooners. This intense rivalry brings fans from all over Texas and Oklahoma to watch as their favorite teams battle it out for extreme bragging rights.

American Numismatic Association

(Private)
October 18 – 20 | Dallas Convention Center

Race for the Cure

October 20 | NorthPark Center
Join the Warriors in Pink as the Race for the Cure. Benefitting breast cancer research, this celebrated organization hosts an annual 1K and 5K running/walking event to raise awareness and funding, celebrate survivors, and educate the public.

North American Spine Society (NASS)

(Private)
October 24 – 27 | Dallas Convention Center

“Hallo”ween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

Dates TBA | Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo reopens at 6:00 p.m. for a not-so-scary Halloween celebration including fun activities like Witch-recipe, dancing the Monster Mash, themed candy stations for trick or treating and a haunted carousel ride.

Chili Pepperama

Dates TBA | Old Town Shopping Center, Lovers Ln. and Greenville Ave.
Spice enthusiasts from DFW and the surrounding areas unite for a festival that will set your taste buds into overdrive. Neighborhood restaurants dish out their spiciest dishes while the annual chili cook-off is not for faint of heart. Artisans, craft booths, and live music are the perfect backdrop to this celebration of Texas heat.

Rescue Round-Up

Dates TBA | Fort Worth Stockyards
Mingle with dog lovers from across DFW as the Fort Worth Stockyards are over-run by pure-bred rescue dogs of all shapes, colors and sizes. Designed to raise awareness about breed-specific rescue organizations in North Texas, this loveable, free event is the life-saving alternative to buying from a breeder.

November

Holiday at the Arboretum

Dates TBA | Dallas Arboretum
The DeGolyer House and gardens get a sparkling winter make-over for Holiday at the Arboretum. Featuring an astounding selection of Santas and seasonal themes including the North Pole, the 12 Days of Christmas, and the Night Before Christmas, this jolly event is the perfect way to welcome the holiday season.

Galleria Holiday Kick-Off & Grand Tree Lighting

Dates TBA | Dallas Galleria Mall
The grand 95 foot tall Christmas tree at the Dallas Galleria Mall includes over 10,000 ornaments, 250,000 lights, and takes two to three days to decorate. As an added bonus, this massive tree sits smack in the middle of the ice-skating rink for the adventurous folks who’d like to see the tree up close.

Bank One Trains at NorthPark

Dates TBA | NorthPark Center
A Dallas tradition since 1987, watch little eyes sparkle in amazement at the intricate workings of more than 35 detailed train sets. These zippy locomotives traverse the USA through a Dallas diorama to dioramas of New York City, San Francisco, New England, and Washington, D.C.

Dallas Sample Sale

November 8 – 11 | Dallas Market Hall
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping with this once a year event featuring jewelry, toys, children’s clothing, home accessories, furniture, and manufacturer samples at wonderfully discounted prices.

Holiday In the Park

November 25 – January 2 | Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington
Six Flags Over Texas gets a beautiful holiday makeover for this special season. Slide down glistening Snow Hill, enjoy outrageous holiday-themed entertainment and shows, peruse a variety of holiday-themed shops or warm up with hot cocoa, apple cider, or a number of other festive holidays treats.

Dickens of a Christmas

Dates TBA | Historic Downtown McKinney, TX
A traditional Christmas celebration including horse-drawn carriages, strolling carolers, visits with Santa, and official tree lighting ceremony. Spread out over 3 days, enjoy music, food, and children’s activities sponsored by local organizations.

December

Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade

Dates TBA | Downtown Dallas
The Children’s Med Center Holiday Parade features lively marching bands, beautifully detailed holiday floats, immense balloons and so much more. Benefitting the Child Life Department at Children’s Med Center, this annual event is a staple in the DFW holiday season.

Run the Rock – Dallas White Rock Marathon

January 2 | Fair Park
Voted the best Texas running event for 2010, the White Rock Marathon is always a favorite among the Dallas running community. Try the full marathon, half marathon or 5K. If running isn’t quite your style there are plenty of other events including a health and fitness expo, the lively Runner’s Village or come-as-you-are happy hour.

Kwanzaa Fest

Dates TBA | Fair Park
A two-day festival celebrating African American culture and traditions, Kwanzaa Fest draws world-renowned hip-hop and R&B acts as well as numerous arts and crafts vendors to celebrate Kwanzaa and promote unity among the community.

Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village

Dates TBA | Dallas Heritage Village
This beautiful holiday celebration redecorates Heritage Village into an authentic, turn-of-the-century style. Enjoy candlelight performances by local groups, carriage rides, numerous children’s activities, and the Guild’s scrumptious annual bake sale. Allow the friendly folks of Heritage Village to take you back in time.

Blue Yule Art Sale

Dates TBA | The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary
Celebrate the joy of the holiday season and support McKinney Avenue Contemporary at the Blue Yule Holiday Party and Fundraiser. Buy elegantly hand-crafted ornaments, participate in the silent auction or indulge in the infamous Blue Mystery Punch, either way, you’re furthering a great non-profit cause.

Starbucks Jingle Bell Run

Dates TBA | Downtown Dallas
An exhilarating night-time dash through the twinkling streets of Downtown Dallas, the Starbucks Jingle Bell Run benefits Carter Blood Care and consists of a one-mile fun run or 5K. Runners can also participate in a costume contest, pet pageant, or let the little ones run wild in Santa Land.

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