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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Autumn at the Arboretum
Autumn at the Arboretum

(214) 515-6615

8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218   Directions Website

Ready for something fun and festive to do with the whole family? Look no further than the Dallas Arboretum. The seasonal fest is filled with exciting opportunities for everyone. From capturing photos of Cinderella's carriage and thousands of pumpkins at Pumpkin Village to sampling tea and other goodies at Harvest Tea and treating children to face painting and petting zoos on select days, there's no shortage of fun to be had.

Visit and immerse yourself in the beauty of the world-class gardens and exhibits. And if you're planning a wedding or corporate event, their luxurious private venues are the perfect choice. With 66 acres of lush gardens and gorgeous vistas on the banks of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum is the place to reconnect with beauty.

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cookoff
Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cookoff

(972) 919-2631

2540 Farmers Branch Ln
Farmers Branch, TX 75234   Directions Website

If you're a fan of Bluegrass, the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival is an event you won't want to miss. With two stages and two full days of traditional and progressive Bluegrass, as well as Americana and country sounds, there's something for everyone. And if you're lucky, you might even stumble upon one of the impromptu jam sessions that happen throughout the festival grounds. These jam sessions are always organic and full of talented musicians eager to share their love of Bluegrass.

But that's not all the festival has to offer. You'll also have the opportunity to take up-close photos of the beautiful varieties grown in Farmers Branch. And of course, no festival would be complete without delicious food options. You can indulge in local favorites like Mex-Mex, corny dogs, roasted corn, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and more. And if you're looking for something to wash it all down, there's a great selection of premium and local craft beers, wines, and frozen wineries to choose from.

Dallas Chocolate Festival
Dallas Chocolate Festival

(214) 748-4344

Dallas, TX

Dallas Chocolate Festival is the main event that chocolate lovers should not miss out on. There are so many exhibitors with unique chocolates to sample and purchase.

Explore all aspects of chocolates from tree to bar to bonbon and beyond with a full day of chocolate demos and classes. The best part is that all ages are welcome, so bring your whole family. Look forward to getting your hands dirty with interactive chocolate experiences. You can even learn to make your own chocolate from bean to bar or serve the perfect chocolate pairing with wine, port, whiskey, or tea.

Dallas Video Fest
Dallas Video Fest

(214) 207-7696

Dallas, TX

If you're a fan of cutting-edge films, videos, and documentaries, you won't want to miss the annual four-day Dallas VideoFest every Fall at several venues.

The festival is open to professional and non-professional filmmakers and specializes in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media. You'll  see hard-to-find works that are rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere, despite their artistic excellence and cultural and social relevance. It's a great opportunity to discover new and exciting voices in the world of film and media.


(800) 457-6338

Grapevine, TX

If you're looking for a fun and exciting event to attend, you'll want to mark your calendars for GrapeFest. This annual festival is packed with a variety of events and activities, from wine tastings to family-friendly fun.

While wine is certainly a major focus of GrapeFest, the festival takes pride in celebrating Texas wine specifically. The People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, one of the festival's biggest events, is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation and exclusively features Texas wines. With so much to see and do, GrapeFest is a must-attend event for wine lovers and families.

Greek Food Festival
Greek Food Festival

(972) 991-1166

13555 Hillcrest Rd
Dallas, TX 75240   Directions Website

The Greek Food Festival is an amazing event that celebrates everything Greek. There's much to see and do, from fun activities to delicious food, dancing, shopping, and even cooking demos.

If you're a foodie, you'll love the cooking demos where you can learn how your favorite cuisine is made in Grandma's kitchen. And of course, you can't leave without sampling the tasty sweets and wonderful Greek food selection.

Check out the inspiring Taverna where you can take a sip of Greek wine or  try Greek beer. The Marketplace is full of Greek-themed trinkets, and the cultural center and bookstore are great places to indulge your intellect.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo
Mesquite Championship Rodeo

(972) 285-8777

1818 Rodeo Dr
Mesquite, TX 75149   Directions Website

Hey there, y'all! Are you ready to experience some heart-stopping rodeo action? Look no further than the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where you can cheer on some of the most talented athletes and cowboys in the world.

From bucking bulls to barrel racing, you'll see it all under the bright lights of the Mesquite Arena. And it's only a short drive from downtown Dallas.  So grab your boots and cowboy hat, and head on down to the Rodeo Capital of Texas for a night you won't forget.

Plano Balloon Festival
Plano Balloon Festival

(972) 867-7566

2801 E Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074   Directions Website

Looking for a fun and family-friendly event? Look no further than the Plano Balloon Festival. This non-profit agency is dedicated to educating attendees about hot air ballooning while offering other local non-profits an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of their programs and services.

With entertainment on the Main Stage, special kid's activities, skydivers, delicious food, handmade products, and unique hot air balloons, there's something for everyone at this weekend's event. Don't miss the 30 magnificent, colorful hot air balloons, including the fun Special Shapes that attend each year. And be sure to check out the Kids Fun Zone, with inflatable rides, obstacle courses, art activities, and more.

State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas

(214) 565-9931

925 S. Haskell
Dallas, TX 75223   Directions Website

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a State Fair that features tons of blue-ribbon animals, favorite fair food, games, major entertainment, and plenty of family fun? Well, the State Fair of Texas is just that! This annual festival takes place over four weeks in September and October, and it's worth checking out.

If you happened to miss out on the opportunity to purchase a Big Tex t-shirt or a State Fair of Texas holiday ornament, don't worry. You can shop Big Tex merch all year round in their online store. They have shirts, hats, novelties, and even accessories for your dogs.

Taste of Dallas
Taste of Dallas

(214) 655-6100

2200 North Stemmons Frwy
Dallas, TX 75207   Directions Website

Enjoy a unique and elevated celebration for Valentine's Day in Dallas with the special event hosted by Taste of Dallas at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in February.

This event is perfect for couples who want to enjoy the best of the city's culinary artistry and diversity, with regional cuisine and local wines available for sampling from sun up until sun down. Plus, with exciting cocktail creations, wine, bourbon, and more, this all-inclusive event is sure to be a hit with everyone.

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