9 cultural events to enjoy in warmer weather
The days are longer, the sun is shining and the weather is a bit more predictable. Spring has sprung and it’s begging us to get outside. Herewith, a list of must-do seasonal treats!
Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival
When: Thursday, March 26, through Sunday, March 29
Fort Worth becomes a stage for the area?s best chefs, craft brewers and wine makers. Our pick: Saturday?s Burgers, Brews & Blues at Heart of the Ranch along the Trinity River, where 22 craft breweries will be pouring great Texas beers.
Fort Worth; fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com
Dallas Art Fair
When: Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 12
A four-day event that hosts more than 90 national art dealers and galleries showcasing art in a variety of mediums, the Dallas Art Fair at FIG in Downtown is a great opportunity to pursue upcoming artists or to shop.
1807 Ross Ave.; dallasartfair.com
When: Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19
Since everything is bigger in Texas, the Academy of Country Music is hosting its 50th-anniversary awards show at AT&T Stadium (a.k.a. Jerry’s World). Our best pick: ACM Party for a Cause at Globe Life Park on Friday and Saturday. This is two full days of daytime and evening performances by leading country musicians like Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Clint Black, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney (to name a few).
1 AT&T Way, Arlington; acmawards50.com
Austin Food + Wine Festival
When: Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26
So it’s a three-hour drive away, but the Austin Food + Wine Festival is planning to take the state by storm with an awesome lineup of local and national chefs. Expect to sample dishes from famed culinary talent such as Hugh Acheson, Richard Blais, Antonia Lofaso, Paul Qui and Matt McCallister, and learn from top wine enthusiasts like Mark Oldman and master sommelier Craig Collins.
Hall of Famer Birthday Benefit
When: Thursday, April 30
Music, sports and charitable giving collide as Texas Rangers MLB Hall of Famer Eric Nadel hosts his fourth annual Birthday Benefit concert with Jimmy LaFave and Emily Elbert at the Kessler in Oak Cliff. The evening raises funds and awareness for Focus on Teens, a Dallas nonprofit that provides support to children and young people in the early stages of homelessness.
1230 W. Davis St., Oak Cliff; thekessler.org
When: Saturday, May 9
The beauty of living in almost “twin cities” is the fact that Dallas hosts Untapped in the fall, while Fort Worth hosts Untapped in the spring. The one-day Fort Worth festival, held at Panther Island, includes brews from more than 70 craft breweries, as well as indie music. Insider tip: Gates open at 2:30 p.m., so you can go early and beat the late-night crowd.
Panther Island Pavilion; untapped-festival.com
When: Saturday, May 16
If you haven’t had a chance to see Oral Fixation live (or hear the podcast of previous episodes), make this May show a must. The evening will present a spirited discussion of immigration, from people on both sides of the fence.
1717 N. Harwood St.; oralfixation.com
The Byron Nelson
When: Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24
This Las Colinas tournament is one of the best parties of the year, even for non-golfers. The days are sun-filled and the cocktails are always flowing. (Forget the standard golf attire and opt for flirty shorts, a cute top and wedges). Insider tip: Take the day off from work and cab it to the Friday opening for guaranteed good times.
4150 N. Macarthur Blvd., Irving; hpbnc.org
Welcome to Margaritaville
When: Saturday, May 30
Save the date for the largest parking-lot party of the year: Jimmy Buffett?s return to Toyota Stadium in Frisco. This is a full day of wild antics from Parrot Heads across the state. Expect seas of Tommy Bahama-clad men, hula-skirted ladies and, of course, more margaritas than there are lime trees in Dallas. No tickets. No worries.
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco; margaritaville.com