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
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
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
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
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
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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