Dallas Festivals


Everything is a party in Dallas. As a hip and stylish city that appreciates the finest things in life, Dallas is always finding new ways to celebrate everything from movies to food. Both locals and tourists are invited to indulge in incredible food of all kinds at the Dallas Wine and Food Festival, the Taste of Dallas or the Greek Food Festival; and anyone who is a true wine-lover will find their own personal Eden at the GrapeFest, a four-day wine tasting event with live music, delicious food, grape stomping and wine competitions. The festivals in Dallas also reveal the city’s deep appreciation for the arts, especially at the soulful, bohemian Deep Ellum Arts Festival, where hundreds of artists and musicians provide the backdrop for one of the best parties of the year. From Out Takes, the lesbian and gay film festival ranked one of the best in the country, to the world-renowned Texas State Fair, Dallas is alive year round with some of the most famous festivals in Texas.

Dallas Video Festival

Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas; Tel. 214.526.8210
Kicked off in 1986 as a way to show that video is a creative medium for artists, The Dallas Video Festival has continued into the new millennium with entirely new mediums including DVDs, websites, streaming video, high definition and 24P. Supported by the non-profit group Video Association of Dallas, the festival continues to promote video as a medium of art and cultural force while advancing the work of Texas (and worldwide) artists working in video and electronic arts.

Dallas Wine and Food Festival

Various locations, Dallas, Texas; Tel. 214.841.9191
Some of the gold medal wines from The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition are featured at the Dallas Wine and Food Festival to promote an appreciation and knowledge of the process that leads to fine wine and artisan cuisine. Cooking demonstrations, films, a farmer’s market and other exhibitions give people from all backgrounds the chance to experience the wondrous world of food and wine in Dallas. The Rising Stars Chefs’ Contests gives up-and-coming chefs the chance to compete their way to the top at the festival and offers an exciting event for the public.

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

2932 Main St, Dallas, Texas; Tel. 214.855.1881
One of the trendiest areas of Dallas, Deep Ellum, gives even more reasons to be a hip place to hang out in with the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The free three-day festival is adult oriented with rock bands, beer gardens and the potential to be one of the best parties of the year in Dallas. Over 100 decorative and visual artists, poetry, muralists and dancers will be at the festival also known for the Pooch Parade. View website for details.

GrapeFest

Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine, Texas; Tel. 817.410.3185
In the middle of September the city of Grapevine, Texas takes the time to celebrate the fruit of their namesake city. The GrapeFest is a four-day wine tasting event with live music on several stages, grape stomping, auctions, wine competitions, cooking demonstrations and even a tennis match. As the largest wine festival in the Southwest, the Annual GrapeFest allows wine connoisseurs and novices to have the chance to taste award-winning wines from Texas and beyond.

Greek Food Festival of Dallas

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Rd., Tel. 972.233.4880
Signature Greek cuisine and wine accompany performances, children’s activities and a marketplace for A Taste of Greek Dallas. The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church puts on the Greek food festival to profit several groups including the Girl Scouts of Tejas Council. Prepared by Dallas-area chefs, Greek pastries, food and wine give a taste of the Greek culture, one especially known for their great festivals. Families are encouraged to experience the Dallas Greek Festival especially since it offers options for all budgets.

Out Takes Dallas: Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

The Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave., Suite 100, Dallas, Texas; Tel. 214.764.9106
The trendy West Village near Lemmon/McKinney plays home to Dallas’ lesbian and gay film festival, Out Takes. Films featured at the festival focus on films that have gay and lesbian content or appeal to a gay and lesbian audience. Started in 1999, the festival has become one of the top lesbian and gay film festivals in the United States and is run by the non-profit organization, Out Takes Foundation. Folks from all walks of life, sexual orientation, gender and ages attend the festival to enjoy the featured films with proceeds that are turned back out into the lesbian and gay community. It also takes place at the Magnolia Theaters every 2nd Thursday of every month. View website for details.

Taste of Dallas

208 North Market, Suite A, Dallas, Texas; Tel. 214.991.0199
Over 40 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants sell food below menu price at this free-entry Dallas festival. The outdoor event draws more than 275,000 people throughout the weekend to the trendy West End of Dallas to enjoy food, drink, retail booths and music on three stages. Even the pickiest palate will be pleased at this annual Dallas event with food from all over Texas to choose from.

Texas State Fair

3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, Texas; Tel. 214.565.9931
Every fall for the past hundred years the month-long Texas State Fair has been held in Dallas’ 277-acre Fair Park. The festival has more than 70 rides including America's biggest Ferris wheel known as the Texas Star. Other activities include the Texas-OU football game, the TXU Energy Extravaganza (a light show along the Esplanade that impresses crowds with pyrotechnics and strobes) and the Blockbuster Starlight Parade, which has amazing floats, glittery costumes, giant puppets and talented acrobats. When festival attendees get hungry, they can head to one of about 200 food booths. There is an admission charge but most attractions inside the festival are free and well worth a visit.
—Dallas festival review by Avital Binshtock