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ou know it’s springtime when all of the festivals start cranking up, and this year the Deep Ellum Arts Festival celebrates it’s 25th anniversary beginning Friday, April 5, 2019. Six blocks of Main Street in the Dallas entertainment district of Deep Ellum, 2900-3400 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226, will be transformed into one enormous street festival. Featuring 200 top-notch decorative and visual artists, 100 original bands and singer/songwriters performing from four different stages and two additional performance areas, The Artists in Motion Walk, and enticing foods and drinks.

Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, as well as other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating original pieces on the spot. This is an “adult-oriented” visual and performing arts festival; while supervised young children and teenagers are welcome during the day, there are no specifically planned activities for them.

Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-8:00pm
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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

April 6-May 27, 2019

celebrating it’s 39th season, Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is truly a hands-on interactive fun event for everyone, 16th Century Style. Enjoy full combat armored jousts, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon and Renaissance entertainment on 27 stages. Discover exquisite crafts in 200 village shoppes and marvel at the artisan demonstrations. Partake in Renaissance rides and games of skill and feast on food & drink fit for royalty. For the more discerning tastes there are daily wine and beer tastings as well. Plus, every weekend has a different theme and a variety of special events.

The festival runs 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day, so there’s plenty of time to schedule your family’s perfect get-a-way. And yes, you and your family are welcome to ‘dress up’ in your Renaissance attire as well! Check their website for event schedules, directions and festival activities.

Regular Admission: $28.00 Adults, $13.00 Children (ages 5-12)
Children age 4 and under are free
3 Kids (ages 5-12) are FREE per Paid Adult Ticket!
Child’s Season Passes: $24.00 (ages 5-12)
Seniors are Half Price at the Ticket Gate!
Discount group and consignment programs are available

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Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival 2019

April 11-14, 2019

the 34th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts festival will bring 223 of the nation’s finest artists from across the U.S. to Downtown Fort Worth on April 11-14. An estimated $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold during the four-day event, which also features live music from a variety of genres, authentic local cuisine, and interactive arts-and-crafts activities for the entire family. Some of the headliners this year are: RECKLESS KELLY, JENNY AND THE MEXICATS, AUSTIN ALLSUP, LARRY GEE, THE JAMES HUNTER SIX, AND MORE!

Ranked as the #3 fine arts event in the U.S., MAIN ST. represents a diverse blend of artists and mediums, ranging from sculpture to painting to leather-work. As a juried arts festival, MAIN ST. practices a thorough selection process, prioritizing quality of workmanship, originality and artistic concept. Out of the 1,300 artists that applied, only 223 were selected to exhibit their work at this year’s event.

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McKinney Arts In Bloom Festival

April 12-14, 2019

produced and sponsored by McKinney Main Street, Arts In Bloom takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney and features 150 juried artists, the Local Artist Village, and the Student Art Tent from McKinney Independent School District all set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

A nationally recognized participant in the Main Street Program, downtown McKinney offers a unique and beautiful setting of restored, turn-of-the-century buildings that now feature cafes, offices, bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

During the event the streets of downtown come alive with fascinating sights and sounds as fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors take part in the three-day celebration. There’s also a hands-on interactive area for children, the Kids Creation Station, where young Picasso’s can learn about art processes and create their own masterpieces.

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Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

April 26-28, 2019

get your dancing shoes ready for the 39th annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, located at Denton’s Quakertown Park. The Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. This 3-day event features 6 outdoor stages, 1 indoor stage, 50-100 roving musicians, continuous music, fine art, crafts, food, games, children’s art area, a percussion petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, rock climbing and so much more.

Not only is there an abundance of jazz, but also Tejano, blues, rock, country, Conjunto, Tex-Mex, polka, folk and ensembles of the University of North Texas’ College of Music playing various stages. Top headliners this year are jazz trumpeter Randy Becker, Brave Combo and Los Lobos!

Fri, April 26th, 3pm – 11pm
Sat, April 27th, 10am – 11pm
Sun, April 28th, 11am – 9pm

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Grand Prairie Main Street Fest

April 26-28, 2019

the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is hosting the 8th Annual Main Street Fest. The 3-day event takes place on the 200 block of W. Main St. and surrounding areas. The festival, with FREE parking and admission, will celebrate the fun, festive, family atmosphere that is Grand Prairie with live music featuring Texas Country Singer-Songwriters (Micky and the Motorcars, Wade Bowen and Josh Turner), Texas Tejano (Monica Saldivar, La Mafia and Tejas Brothers), and some soul (Kirk Thurmond and the Millennial’s) and a variety of regional bands. Throughout the event enjoy a variety of Novelty Entertainment, more than 14 Carnival Rides, Arts & Crafts vendors, Business Expo vendors, 3 Entertainment Stages, plenty of Food & Beer Gardens, a KIDZONE and plenty of FUN for all! PLUS, on April 20, get an all-you-can-ride carnival pass for $15/person!

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Southlake’s Art in The Square

April 27-29, 2019

art in the Square celebrates its 20th anniversary this year at Southlake Town Square. Art is in abundance! Over 160 juried professional, 6 emerging and 100 high artists will be displaying their artwork. New for the 20th is a “Featured Artists Alley” located on Main Street recognizing artists for their participation for at least 15 of the 20 years. All artists bring outstanding 2D or 3D artwork for the patrons to enjoy and purchase.

Two stages of live music beginning with Friday Night’s Headliner, the “Walton Stout Band” performs musical sounds that encourages dancing in the street. Saturday Night’s Headliner, “A Thousand Horses” will entertain the crowd with their southern rock and contemporary country sounds. Closing out the festival will be Escape, a Journey tribute band.

Food and beverages can be purchased in the Le Bistro and around the festival. Kids Korner offers hands on children’s art experiences. The Zone thrills children with the zip line, bungee and rock climbing. For the less adventurous there are inflatables and more. Tickets are required for food and children’s activities, but admission and parking are free.

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Plano ArtFest

April 27-28, 2019

the Plano Artfest is a FREE community event built around artistic inclusiveness, creative curiosities, and cultural connection. The 2019 festival will include a week of community art programming that culminates in a two-day festival in the Downtown Plano Arts District.

The festival begins on Saturday, April 27th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and continues on Sunday the 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live music, contemporary art installations, performances from local arts groups, a makers market of craftsman and artisans, family chalk art, a kids zone with bounce houses, and much more. Come let your creativity loose!

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Fort Worth’s Mayfest

May 2-5, 2019

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veryone loves the festivals this time of the year, and most don’t seem to mind if they need to go a few extra miles, especially when it’s going for a good cause like Mayfest. Fort Worth’s Mayfest is an annual four-day family festival held on 33 picturesque acres in Trinity Park in Fort Worth, Texas. 200,000 people attend Mayfest each year to experience the many different attractions and areas. From young to old, Mayfest includes something for everyone and entertains the entire family.

With three dedicated music stages playing over 70 hours of live music, everyone will definitely be entertained – no matter what their taste in music might be! Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Texas Country, Bluegrass, Cover bands, and more are heard throughout the festival grounds. If you love music, you’ll love Mayfest!

The mission of Mayfest is to raise and contribute funds to enhance the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. Mayfest has given more than $7.5 million to the Fort Worth community since 1973.

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Cottonwood Art Festival

May 4-5, 2019

it’s hard to believe that the festival is 50 this year. It seems to go by way too quickly. Although the festival is held twice a year, we enjoy going in the spring as the weather is a bit more tolerable. Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event that features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas (map), this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years.

The festival takes place on the first full weekend in May and the first full weekend in October each year. Admission is free and parking is free. Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 1,400 artists submitted their work for consideration. For each show, jurors select over 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. A list of this year’s artists can be found on the Event Artists page.

Cottonwood isn’t just about the art, though. The festival also features local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Be sure to check out the Lakeside Courtyard, where you can sit in the shade by the lake and relax while you enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard. The beautiful atmosphere and ambience of the courtyard is created and designed by Donal McKinney, owner of Green Sculptor.

Saturday, May 4, 2019: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019: 10 am – 5 pm

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Allen Arts Festival

May 10-12, 2019

the Allen Arts Festival is an annual event that always takes place the 2nd weekend of May, rain or shine. It is usually the Mother’s Day weekend. This family friendly arts festival features juried artwork from fine visual artists from all over the country, and has been a staple in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm in Allen for the last 10 years. 2019 will feature close to 90 artists showcasing their work in diverse categories. Parking and admission is free.

Allen Arts Alliance is a non profit organization promoting all non profit arts and cultural organizations in the Allen area as vital components of cultural and economic development and enrichment in our community. Through building awareness, scholarships, grants and professional and organizational support to our arts partners; as well as ArtSparks art literacy programs in AllenISD schools, Blue House Too ArtSpace and Gallery, and collaborating with schools and other agencies through ArtReach programs in the community to make art accessible to all.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival

May 17-19, 2019

if you’re going to attend just one festival this year, then this is the one! The Wildflower Arts and Music Festival is an event held annually in Richardson, Texas, and typically has a turn out of about 70,000 people. It began in 1993 as a small community event held in a local park in Richardson, and got its name from the March through May celebration season when wildflowers blossom throughout the city.

Headliners include Fitz and the Tantrums, Judah & the Lion and more than 80 other bands and musicians are booked to perform on six stages during this smashing three day festival. Perhaps you remember some of these classics that are scheduled to appear as well: Quiet Riot, RATT, Blue Oyster Cult, Grand Funk Railroad to name a few. Truly a musical journey through time.

General admission one-day tickets are $30 online or $40 at the gate, and good for entry Friday or Saturday. Sunday tickets are available online for $15. Want to rock all weekend? The three-day festival passes are available online only for $65 and include access on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This ‘must-see’ festival includes live performances by national, regional and local bands, the Singer Songwriter Stage, contest and workshop, the Marketplace, and Performers Row, showcasing strolling entertainers, buskers and acrobats. And don’t miss the Performing Songwriter Contest, an epic Battle of the Bands contest, Budding Talent Vocal Competition, and the Art Guitar Auction.And most importantly; The Taste of Texas Food Garden.

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35th Annual Main Street Fest-Grapevine

May 17.19, 2019

grab your cowboy boots, bandana, shorts and wineglass, and head out to The 35th Annual Main Street Fest – A Craft Brew Experience, offering three full days of non-stop live entertainment on multiple stages. Main Street Fest attendees will find a variety of musical acts to entertain all members of the family. Some of the featured artist’s are: Ray Scott, Live 80, the Rock Bottom Boys, Darryl Worley, Doc Brown and Delorean, Will Carter, Chaz Marie and more!

This three-day family-friendly festival coincides with American Craft Brew Week and is one of the longest-running and most exciting annual events in North Texas. Guests can “Texperience” more than 75 craft brews from over 35 breweries across 15 states, boogie down to live music on three stages, sample delicious festival food and much more right in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine.

As you stroll up and down Main Street, you’ll encounter various live entertainers and street performers – so be sure to keep your eyes open! And even KidZone has some live acts (along with the live animals you can see from SEALIFE Grapevine Aquarium!)

Adults-$7
Seniors-$5
Children 6-12 years-$5
*Children under 6-FREE

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27th Annual Taste Addison

May 31-June 2, 2019

a North Texas legend since 1993, Taste Addison dishes out the best food and flavor with a healthy side of jam. The region’s original food festival continues to deliver Addison’s favorite eateries, national music artists, and activities for the whole family with a three-day menu of fun. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities such as face painting, balloon artists and much more at the Creation Station. Or grab a cotton candy from the Carnival and sit in the shade by The Family Stage featuring music, dance and specialty shows designed for all ages to enjoy.

The festival kicks off musically on Friday with music from platinum-hit artist Walker Hayes followed by the beloved Texas country group, Josh Abbott Band. Saturday, June 1 brings a legendary lineup sure to make your night as memorable as the music! Enter a world of nostalgia with 90’s pop bands Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors and sing along to some of the 2000’s’ biggest hits from Plain White T’s and The All American Rejects!

On Sunday, Taste Addison finishes the weekend with a collection of legendary songs. An array of the country’s top tribute bands will celebrate the music of bands that spread the decades of Taste Addison’s history. Grab a Taste Bite and stroll through the Marketplace which features over 50 booths of original handmade arts & crafts. From unique art, to specialty clothing and novelty items, you are sure to find something for the entire family.

Featuring amusement rides, midway games, and carnival food booths. Ride prices start at $3 and go up. Adult tickets are $15, Kids-ages 6-12 are $5, and VIP are $80. Tickets are required for Friday and Saturday. Sunday General Admission is FREE for all ages.

Friday, May 31: 6pm – 11pm
Saturday, June 1: 11am – 11pm
Sunday, June 2: 11am – 6pm

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Cynthia is a part-time author, photographer and full-time mom who has lived in The Colony for 15 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Cynthia enjoys the arts, her two dogs and keeps plenty busy with two teens in the household.