College Baseball (throughout the DFW Area)
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
North Texas Mean Green, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Wesleyan Rams, UT Arlington Mavericks
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Three days of activities, including musical performances and special guest speakers, focusing on the life and message of Dr. King. An essay and artwork contest for students is held in conjunction with the celebration. For more information, call the Public Information Office at (817) 459-6402.
Cotton Bowl at Fair Park (Dallas)
The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl kicks off at Fair Park on New Year's Day as a partnership with the Big 12 Conference, the Pacific 10 Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and the Plymouth Holiday Bowl. Call (214) 634-7525 for more information.
Kid Film Festival (Dallas)
For better than two decades, USA Film Festival, Inc.'s Kid Film Festival has featured both the best new and classic children's films from around the world at various venues. Call (214) 821-6300 for more information.
Martin Luther King Birthday Parade (Dallas)
A march through streets of downtown Dallas celebrates the life and achievements of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call (214) 670-8355 for more information.
Texas Home & Garden Show (Dallas)
Big on Texas flavor, this expo at the Dallas Convention Center showcases new looks for homes, gardens and patios. Call (800) 654-1480 for more information.
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - Rodeo (Fort Worth)
The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show has been a regular Fort Worth event since 1896. It is held every year at the end of January and the beginning of February. The rodeo is the longest-running in the United States, displaying twenty-eight performances in seventeen days. In addition, the exposition offers a carnival, a petting zoo, and commercial exhibits, auctions and entertainment from across the country. Call (817) 877-2400 for more information.
Free Boat-Building School for the Cardboard Boat Regatta
The free Boat-Building School for the Cardboard Boat Regatta (see April) is typically held in February. Learn how to make a cardboard boat float and make a great entry for the Regatta! For more information on how to build a cardboard boat and enter it in the Regatta, call the River Legacy Living Science Center at (817) 860-6752.
Daddy & Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Break out the black ties and patent leather shoes for an evening of magic your daughters will remember for a lifetime! The Arlington Convention Center Ballroom will be transformed into a winter wonderland staged for dancing and enchanting. Individual tickets include a corsage, light refreshments, parting gift for daughters and a memorable photograph.
Dallas Autorama (Dallas)
Collectors and hopefuls can take a spin around this expo at Dallas Market Hall in mid-February with hundreds of vintage and modern cars on display. Call (248) 293-1700 for more information.
Russian Festival (Dallas)
The Russian American Center presents a festival of traditions of ballet, music and art at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. Call (214) 503-8435 for more information.
West End's Mardi Gras Parade (Dallas)
The West End Historic District celebrates with a Mardi Gras parade king and queen, beads and more. Call (214) 741-7180 for more information.
Fort Worth Bead Market (Fort Worth)
Also staged in November, vintage buttons, beads, gemstones, silver, jewelry, books, tools and more are at the Fort Worth Bead Market, featuring "all the beads you need" at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Memorial Complex. Call (903) 843-5555 for more information.
Dallas Bloom, Dallas Arboretum Botanical Society (Dallas)
Gardens of the Dallas Arboretum bloom anew at a festival featuring more than 300,000 spring-blooming bulbs and 20,000 flowering azaleas. Call (214) 327-4901 for more information.
Dallas Spring Home & Garden Show (Dallas)
For upgrading domestic environs, the Dallas Spring Home & Garden Show has all the latest innovations. Call (800) 654-1480 for more information.
North Texas Irish Festival (Dallas)
More than 50 bands, street performers, storytellers, vendors, cultural events and exhibits converge on Dallas' Fair Park. Call (972) 943-4624 for more information.
Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade (Dallas)
For more than a quarter century, this Dallas tradition has provided luck of the green frivolity for the entire family. Call (214) 757-9000 for more information.
Savor Dallas (Dallas)
Early in March, Savor Dallas is a feast for the senses which includes a Wine Stroll in the Arts District, celebrity chef cooking demos, and wine tasting seminars with the pros, plus an International Grand Tasting with more than 500 wines and 50 top chefs serving signature samples. Call (866) 277-7920 for more information.
International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America. The free event held at the River Legacy Living Science Center encourages bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through hikes, bird watching, information about birds and migration and a variety of other educational programs for children and adults. For more information, call (817) 860-6752 or visit www.riverlegacy.org.
Tees and Trees Annual Golf Tournament
Tees and Trees Annual Golf Tournament is a fundraiser to enhance awareness and expand education of the environment in Arlington. This tournament is held at the eco-friendly Tierra Verde Golf Club at The Reserve. Call (817) 478-8500 for more information.
Major League Baseball
Catch a game of the all-American sport at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The major league baseball season runs each year from April all the way to the World Series in October.
For more than a dozen years, the Downtown Dallas Improvement District has sponsored a free outdoor festival with live entertainment and exhibits at Pegasus Plaza themed for Earth Day. Call (214) 744-4819 for more information.
USA Film Festival (Dallas)
Dallas puts on an eight-day extravaganza of excellence in independent short and feature films from around the world. Call (214) 821-6300 for more information.
Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff (Grand Prairie)
Festival-goers are urged to bring Texas-sized appetites and crackers to go with the granddaddy of all North Texas cookoffs, where chili is only part of the fun. Call (972) 647-2331 for more information.
Major League Soccer (Frisco)
There's no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals. Enjoy the FC Dallas soccer team play at Pizza Hut Park in nearby Frisco.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas)
Talent from throughout the region gathers in restored Deep Ellum to show their works. Call (214) 855-1881 for more information.
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series: Samsung / Radioshack 500 (Fort Worth)
The Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the site of this racing competition held in April.
Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden (Fort Worth)
At the Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Bring the entire family and enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies with the elegant backdrop of the Japanese Garden. A Fort Worth tradition for over 25 years, this spring's festival promises to be the best yet!
Cardboard Boat Regatta
The Cardboard Boat Regatta is sponsored by River Legacy Parks. Teams explore the inherent characteristics of cardboard while being creative in meeting the challenges of staying afloat. The major objective is to have fun! For info on how to get involved, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (817) 459-5474.
Not all cardboard boats float... Rescue teams pull ex-contestants from the water.
Memorial Day Weekend festivities at Fair Park include more than 300 artists from across the country, food, and music, with proceeds aiding area arts organizations. Call (214) 670-8400 for more information.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration (Dallas)
Cinco de Mayo at Texas Stadium celebrates Mexico's 1862 victory over France, featuring carnival rides, entertainment and food. Call (972) 785-4000 for more information.
Cottonwood Art Festival (Richardson)
Richardson's Cottonwood Park has more than 200 artists display fine arts and crafts, plus food and entertainment. Call (972) 744-4582 for more information.
Bank of America Colonial Golf Tournament (Fort Worth)
The nation's top golfers compete in this nationally televised tournament at Fort Worth's Colonial Country Club. Call (817) 927-4277 for more information.
Fort Worth Opera Festival (Fort Worth)
The Fort Worth Opera Festival is one of the country's premier opera festivals. In 2006 the Fort Worth Opera switched to a festival format, with all of its operas and concerts being presented over a four week period in May instead of throughout the year. Alternating performances allow patrons to view multiple works within a few days.
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
A Kilted Golf Tournament, dance contests, athletic competitions and more unfold, with action centered at the University of Texas in Arlington's Maverick Stadium. Call (817) 654-2293 for more information.
Antique Auto Swap Meet (Grand Prairie)
Auto collectors gather at Traders Village amid displays from more than 1,000 vendors of car buff collectibles. Call (972) 647-2331 for more information.
Trinity Arts Conference (Irving)
On a weekend early in June, the Haggerty Arts Complex at the University of Dallas in Irving hosts artists, musicians and writers who gather for mentorship, networking and integration of their work with their Christian faith. Call (469) 767-1077 for more information.
Chisholm Trail Round-Up (Fort Worth)
Street dances, Indian powwow, trail rides and more help celebrate Fort Worth's historic role as the last major stop in the Chisholm Trail. Call (817) 625-7005 for more information.
Juneteenth Celebration (Fort Worth)
Day-long activities start with a parade in downtown Fort Worth near the Fort Worth - Tarrant County Convention Center with other festivities at Fair Park in Dallas. Call (214) 353-4445 for more information.
Concerts in the Garden (Fort Worth)
The Garden Summer Music Festival offers 19 nights of outdoor concerts every weekend from May 28 through July 4. This series offers a variety of music for every taste, from Elvis to the Eagles to Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture, plus fabulous fireworks every night and three nights of Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic on July 2, 3 and 4!
Fourth of July Parade
The City of Arlington celebrates Independence Day every year. Festivities include a Fourth of July parade and other activities. For more information about planned activities or volunteer opportunities, contact the City Manager's Office at (817) 459-6100.
Light Up Arlington
Plan for an explosive night of entertainment at Arlington's annual July 3rd fireworks festival. Light Up Arlington is held downtown at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion. Enjoy a night filled with live music, great food and children's activities topped off with a thrilling fireworks show. Call (817) 459-5474 for more information on this event.
Kaboom Town (Addison)
Addison hosts a Fourth of July extravaganza of fireworks, food and historic warplane fly-bys. Call (800) 233-4766 for more information.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July (Dallas)
At Old City Park in Dallas. Brass bands, barbecue, pony rides and a parade are part of the patriotic fun for families. Call (214) 421-5141 for more information.
Shakespeare Festival (Dallas)
Blankets, picnic dinners, and appreciation for Shakespeare are what popularizes this annual festival at the Grand Amphitheatre. Call (214) 559-2778 for more information. (June - October)
Taste of Dallas (Dallas)
The largest outdoor food festival in Dallas features multiple musical stags, restaurants and retail booths. Call (214) 741-7185 for more information.
Mimir Chamber Music Festival (Fort Worth)
The Mimir Chamber Music Festival occurs every summer when a collection of premier chamber musicians and select students gather at Texas Christian University. The festival includes five faculty performances, three hours a day of coaching, masterclasses on solo and orchestral repertoire, and public performing opportunities. Performers and students are drawn from around the world and make the Dallas-Fort Worth area a musical destination each July. Performances are in PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Walsh Center for the Performing Arts. Call (817) 257-5443 for more information.
KRLD Restaurant Week (Dallas)
Metroplex area restaurants pitch in at the Westin Galleria for one of the most popular fundraisers in Dallas benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Call (213) 330-1396 for more information.
Texas International Blues Festival (Dallas)
Blues musicians from Texas and elsewhere arrive for two full days of blues revelry at the Sons of Hermann Hall. Call (214) 823-3966 for more information.
Viva Dallas! Hispanic Expo (Dallas)
This free event is designed to attract Hispanic consumers with entertainment, new products, family resources, and health services. Call (214)-521-6007 for more information.
Great American Trucking Show (Dallas)
A convention for anyone involved in the trucking industry, in any capacity. The popular event draws everyone from truck drivers and their families to shipping executives and mechanics. You'll find a few hundred exhibitors, a truck "beauty pageant," a variety of workshops and seminars, and free concerts. There's also free onsite truck parking. Last weekend in August at the Dallas Convention Center.
Partyfest at the Dallas Convention Center gathers DJs, caterers and other party suppliers, with decorations, theme ideas and more all under one roof to help plan events. Call (214) 652-4300 for more information.
Elvis Run (Dallas)
Elvis may have left the building, but this 5K run hailing The King (and sponsored by the Hard Rock Café) lives on to aid the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Dallas. Call (972) 235-2513 for more information.
NFL Football - Dallas Cowboys
Watch the famous Dallas Cowboys play pro football in the new state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Make A SPLASH
Make A SPLASH at River Legacy Living Science Center during this interactive hands-on water festival in association with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). The event includes a variety of activities, such as water play, water wizardry, pond sampling and water color painting. Call (817) 860-6752 or visit www.riverlegacy.org for more info. Free.
Addison Oktoberfest (Addison)
This Munich recreation celebration at the Addison Theatre Conference Centre features a lively weekend of German food, drinks and entertainment. Call (800) 233-4766 for more information.
State Fair of Texas (Dallas)
Running through early October, the State Fair of Texas in Dallas is a lively montage of midway rides, music, exhibits and live stock events. Call (214) 565-9931 for more information.
Charity Car, Truck and Cycle Show (Lewisville)
Lewisville City Hall hosts this magnet for car enthusiasts of all ages benefiting assorted charities with goody bags, door prizes, pig races, pony rides, and more. Call (972) 989-6616 for more information.
College Football (throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex)
NCAA Football in the DFW area includes the SMU Mustangs, TCU Horned Frogs, North Texas Mean Green, and the UT Arlington Mavericks.
After Dark in the Park Fall Kids Festival
Check out the night life at River Legacy Parks during After Dark in the Park, a four-day family friendly fall festival for ages 2 to 12. The event offers a glimpse of River Legacy Living Science Center's educational programs and features unique activities such as a children's craft area, storytelling under the stars, pumpkin patch, night hikes and hayrides. For more information, call (817) 860-6752 or visit www.riverlegacy.org.
Fright Fest Pet Parade
At Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, puppies, pigs, cows, cats and other pets become goblins for a day. Call (817) 640-8900 for more information.
National Hockey League (Dallas)
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime. Dallas Stars.
Boo at the Dallas Zoo (Dallas)
The Dallas Zoo becomes a favorite haunt for Halloween, providing a safer environment for trick or treating. Call (214) 670-5650 for more information.
Haunted Symphony (Dallas)
The symphony takes an annual frolic into the world of spooky musical movie themes and other chilling classics at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Call (214) 692-0203 for more information.
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering Western Swing Festival (Fort Worth)
Fort Worth's Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival occurs each October and features a rodeo, trail rides, chuckwagon competition, horsemanship clinics, cowboy poetry, campfire songs, and Western swing music. The three-day event is held in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Call (800) 433-5747 for more information.
Hangman's House of Horrors (Fort Worth)
At the Hangman's House of Horrors visitors get to explore a creepy haunted house, a dark maze and a 3-D mansion. The venue also features frequent live music. Call (817) 336-4264 for more information.
National Basketball Association (Dallas)
Watch the NBA's Dallas Mavericks play basketball at the American Airlines Center in Dallas from late October through April.
Interstate Batteries Texas Stampede (Dallas)
Country music's biggest stars mix with championship rodeo competition including saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding at American Airlines Center. Call (214) 520-8874 for more information.
Holiday at the Arboretum (Dallas)
Through early December, Holiday at the Arboretum features Christmas fanfare at the DeGolyer house and gardens. Call (214) 515-6500 for more information.
The Nutcracker (Dallas)
Majestic Theatre hosts the classic Nutcracker ballet on a vibrant set with a peace and harmony theme. Call (800) 320-1733 for more information.
Trains at NorthPark (Dallas)
Running quite literally through January, more than 35 "0" gauge toy trains have been a holiday tradition enchanting children and other toy train lovers since 1987 at NorthPark Center. Call (214) 361-6345 for more information.
Turkey Trot (Dallas)
Thanksgiving morning brings the annual Turkey Trot, an 8M - 5K event running for nearly 40 years through streets of Dallas. Call (214) 954-0500 for more information.
NASCAR Races - Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth)
The Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the site of several NASCAR races held in November.
Holiday Lights Parade
Don't miss the annual Holiday Lights Parade! The City lights its Christmas tree and family activities and entertainment are provided free of charge. Entertainment in years past has included live band music, strolling minstrels, free carriage rides, free pictures with Santa, face-painting and more! For more information, visit www.arlingtonparadeoflights.com.
Interlochen Holiday Lights Display
The holiday lights in the Arlington neighborhood of Interlochen are known throughout the Metroplex as a stunning display. The light competition usually begins in mid-December. The route to view the lights traditionally begins at Randol Mill at Westwood, west of Cooper Street.
Christmas Boat Parade & Bonfire (Grand Prairie)
Decorated boats light up the lake at Grand Prairie's Lynn Creek Park during an evening beginning at dusk, capped by fireworks. Call (817) 640-4200 for more information.
Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Christmas Parade (Dallas)
Held during the first week in December and sponsored by Capital One and the Adolphus Hotel, fabulous floats, marching bands, and Santa make this parade with reserved bleacher seating a big part of Dallas. Call (214) 456-8795 for more information.
Starbucks Jingle Bell Run (Dallas)
This annual 5K run - walk at the Dallas Convention Center features Santa Land for kids, a costume contest and a post race party. Call (817) 412-5500 for more information.
Cotton Bowl Parade of Bands (Dallas)
High school bands from across the nation strut their stuff at this Cotton Bowl parade sponsored by Southwestern Bell. Call (214) 670-8400 for more information.
Dickens In Historic Plano (Plano)
Historic Downtown Plano transforms into a Charles Dickens winter wonderland with holiday music by choirs, carolers and bands at intervals throughout the month. Call (972) 941-7250 for more information.
Celebrity Cutting (Fort Worth)
Sports, music, and media icons ride horseback at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, followed by the famed after-party celebrity concert, sumptuous buffet and silent auction, all to benefit Careity Foundation and NCHA Charities. Call (817) 871-8150 for more information.