April showers bring May flowers. And what do May flowers bring? Why festivals of course!
May is the perfect time to make that pilgrimage (yes, I got the pilgrim reference in there!) to one of the many area outdoor festivals before the real summer heat kicks in and we search for air-conditioned venues and activities.
So take a look at some of the exciting festivals and events for the whole family that the month of May has to offer. And don’t forget to honor our veterans during Memorial Day weekend. There are lots of great events taking place in honor of those who have served.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival began as a small community event in 1993 held in a local park in northeast Richardson, Texas. Over twenty years later, the festival has become one of the premier music events in the area. Originally a community event designed to celebrate the acres of wild flowers planted throughout the city each spring, Wildflower! quickly “blossomed” when national headlining entertainment was added after only the second year. Now the event has expanded with multiple stages, over 30 acres of arts, music, and family activities. The award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts event will live up to its reputation as North Texas’ largest music festival by featuring a variety of local and national acts performing the best in classic rock, R&B, country, pop, alt-rock, folk and Americana across six stages in Richardson’s Galatyn Park.
Addison Circle Park
A three-day menu of fun, May 13-15, 2016, Taste Addison delivers the tastiest eateries with the best music at Addison Circle Park. Known for 180+ restaurants in less than 4.4 miles and its nationally recognized special events, Addison serves up a good time no matter the craving. But make sure to leave room for the sweetest treat, a featured performance from the award-winning, chart-topping group, The Band Perry. Get ready to taste the food, taste the ambience, taste the destination…Taste Addison.
Allen Arts Festival
Central Expressway & Bethany Road, Allen, TX 75013
The festival features an outstanding group of 95+ juried artists, local and regional, showcasing original art in different media categories. Live music and dance, children's art activities and much more is offered throughout the weekend.
Main Street Fest
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Kick-off American Craft Beer week by attending pre-festival beer and food pairings at restaurants all around the Metroplex that will feature different types of craft beers paired with a variety of foods chosen by the brewmaster and chefs. At Main Street Fest, there will be a separate ticketed craft brew experience on the festival grounds that will offer more than 80 craft beers to taste.
Also, take part in the fun activities for the family such as watching your kids explore the KidZone, enjoying a variety of different stages featuring kids stage shows, museum exhibits and live entertainment throughout the festival. Make sure to visit the Carnival & Midway.
Main Street Fest features a unique line-up of marketplace and artisan vendors at this year's event. With new and returning vendors, Main Street Fest is the perfect spot to find a fabulous gift for yourself or that someone special. And don't forget, the more than 80 locally-owned shops, galleries, restaurants, jewelry stores, boutiques and more lining Grapevine's Historic Main Street will be open during the festival.
Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band
(not technically a festival – but a super fun tailgating event and great people watching!)
Saturday, May 28, 2016
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033
Don’t miss the annual parking lot party in Frisco, which is considered to be one of the best tailgates among roadtripping Parrotheads. Texas' ZZ Top will open the show.
May 23 - 29
The Shops at Willowbend
6121 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093
Visitors walk through a conservatory filled with flowering plants and observe more than 1,000 flying butterflies in a natural setting. Learn about the anatomy of the butterfly, its life cycle and ecosystem. You may get an opportunity to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis. Complimentary craft project included in tour and everyone gets a chance to feed a butterfly.
Toyota Texas Fest
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033
The Toyota Texas Fest is a three-day outdoor festival that will take place May 20-22, 2016 at Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas). The mission of the event is to raise awareness and funding for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. One of the festivals’ main events is the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. TTBC is a world-class bass fishing tournament featuring the top 36 bass anglers competing on Lake Ray Roberts (Denton, Texas). Additionally, the festival will include exceptional entertainment and a wide variety of outdoor programming for the entire family. Activities include games and interactive displays at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area and an outdoor consumer expo featuring the latest products and services from event partners. Throughout each day, country music’s biggest stars including Lee Brice, Kip Moore, and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and more, will entertain thousands of fans.
Carry the Load
Dallas Memorial March
Sunday, May 29, 4:00 PM - Monday, May 30, 12:16 PM
Reverchon Park - Dallas, Texas
Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to restoring the true meaning of Memorial Day. Carry The Load provides active ways to honor the countless military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping our country safe.
The Dallas Memorial March is a 20-hour 16-minute Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. You can join in the Memorial March at any time during the 20 hours and walk even for just a few minutes. You do not have to carry a weighted pack. The event takes place at Reverchon Park and on the Katy Trail in Dallas.
Here’s a handy link to many of the area’s events/activities calendars for a more detailed list of happenings:
Little Elm: http://www.littleelmtx.us/index.aspx?nid=523
Frisco RoughRiders: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t540