Friday, March 22, 2013

Totally Texas -- Fling into spring!

From the many spring festivals in North Texas, I’ve picked a sampling to help plan your season. As always, I favor outdoor events, preferably free. This post lists annual or semi-annual festivals. A selection of recurring events follows next week.


Currently through April 7 -- Dallas Blooms, at Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Sixty-six acres of gardens decked out for spring, on the shores of White Rock Lake. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For ticket information and discounts, see

Currently through April 7 -- Tyler Azalea and Spring Flowers Trails. Miles of self-guided driving trails begin at the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau, 315 N. Broadway. Related events include walking tours and arts and crafts exhibits, many free. For map and schedules, see


April 6 -- The Celebrate Nature Festival, Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Includes interactive animal presentations, music, nature-inspired arts and crafts, and more. The Heard’s spring sale of native plants also returns April 5-7. Free for members. For schedule and nonmember ticket prices, see

April 6 - May 27 -- Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie at 2511 FM 66. Thirty-five acre “village” with events drawn from the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Adult admission $24, but numerous discounts available. See

April 20-21 -- Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth. Traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts, and more. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 20, noon - 5 p.m. April 21. Tickets $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-12. See

April 20-21 -- Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival, Ennis, various locations. Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and of course, bluebonnets. The bloom season usually starts the first week of April. Free. For information and to check on bloom, see

April 20-21 -- April in Edom, downtown Edom (at the crossing of FM 279, 314 and 2339, southeast of Canton. Old-fashioned street fair with children’s activities, music, car show and pet parade. Free. Hours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., with April 20 street dance until 8 p.m. See


May 4-5 -- Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, at Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit Road. A juried art fair with food, music, and children’s activities. Free. Open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. May 4 (music until 8 p.m.) and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 5. See

May 17-19 -- Wildflower! arts and music festival. Richardson’s Galatyn Park Urban Center, at U.S. 75 and Galatyn Parkway. Art, music, food, and kids’ activities. Ticket sales start April 15. Adult one-day pass $20, children 5-12 $3. Discounts for multi-day passes and for Richardson residents. See

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