Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas

By: Steven Lindsey

March 22, 2016

Things really heat up in Dallas during the summer. But it’s not just the temperature. Summer is a fantastic time to experience the North Texas region and many of its iconic foods, drinks and traditions. Here are five of our favourite festivals in Dallas to tempt you to Texas this summer.

Dallas Margarita Meltdown

29th May 2016

Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas
Bartenders from RJ’s Mexican Cuisine get ready to shake up some margaritas © Dallas Margarita Meltdown


Dallas is a city that loves its margaritas, whether it’s a traditional lime-agave-tequila on the rocks or an unusual creation like last year’s Dallas Margarita Meltdown winner, made with Dippin’ Dots ice cream pellets. Dozens of bartenders from local restaurants compete for the winning margarita as voted on by the crowd. The late-afternoon event is a huge party and a great way to kick off summer over Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the season in the U.S.

Taste of Dallas

3rd – 5th June 2016

Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas
A festivalgoer gets ready to dig into a plate of brisket nachos at Taste of Dallas in Fair Park © Taste of Dallas


For more than 30 years, Taste of Dallas has been a Texas-sized food and beverage event filled with live music, art and experiences for the entire family. This year’s anniversary event returns to historic Fair Park, the spectacular 277-acre park that’s home to the State Fair of Texas each autumn. Situated among the Art Deco buildings are hundreds of vendors selling food and drinks from some of the area’s best restaurants. Plus, the park’s on-site museums and attractions provide a much-needed bit of air conditioning between bites.

Shakespeare in the Park

15th June – 23rd July 2016

Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas
The crowds gather as the sun begins to set at Samuell Grand Park © Boleyn Photography

Shakespeare Dallas’ summer productions take place under the stars at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre in East Dallas, just minutes from downtown. People arrive just before sunset to enjoy picnic dinners, wine and to grab a good chunk of grass. The theatre company often stages modern updates of the Bard’s best works. This year’s summer productions include Richard III and She Stoops to Conquer. The autumn season (which technically kicks off the day before summer officially ends) will find The Tempest onstage as the weather begins to cool.

Addison Kaboom Town!

3rd July 2016

Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas
Fireworks are set to music high above thousands of people gathered in Addison © Addison Kaboom Town!


The Fourth of July holiday isn’t just for Americans celebrating their independence. It’s also a chance to experience some of the most mind-blowing fireworks imaginable. Luckily for anyone visiting Dallas, this firework spectacular in Addison (a town that borders Dallas to the north) has been rated one of the Top 10 displays in the United States. The event includes food, drink and music, too, drawing crowds of close to half a million visitors each year in Addison Circle Park and surrounding areas.

North Texas Fair & Rodeo

19th – 27th August 2016

Five of the best summer festivals in Dallas
A bull rider gets wild and crazy at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo © North Texas State Fair Association, Inc.

Though not quite as large in scale or long in duration as the State Fair of Texas, this mighty fine festival is a wonderful way to experience many of the Lone Star State’s biggest cultural contributions. The North Texas Fair & Rodeo features everything from bull riding to calf roping, while livestock shows allow visitors to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of animals. Add in a carnival midway with thrill rides, kiddie attractions and games of skill (as well as lots of crazy fried foods) and you have nine days of Texas-sized adventure in nearby Denton, Texas.

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Have you been to any of these summer festivals in Dallas? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.



Steven Lindsey

Steven Lindsey is a Dallas editor, freelance writer and obsessed lover of travel, food and cocktails. Steven is editor of the Zagat blog in Dallas and Contributing Editor of He Said Magazine's USA and Dallas editions. Additionally, he regularly contributes to The Dallas Morning News special sections.

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