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North Texas Irish Festival

The North Texas Irish Festival brings about 60,000 guests to celebrate each year. It is the second oldest Irish festival in the United States and the largest in the southwest, and the largest cultural event held in Fair Park, Dallas, with food and music, dance and music.
The 2021 North Texas Irish Festival will be held as a virtual event. Please see the website for more information.

Date: 05 March 2021 - 07 March 2021
Website: http://www.ntif.org

USA Film Festival

A short festival in the past, the organiser has now committed to provide a wide variety of cultural and educational programmes year-round for over 30,000 attendees. The annual USA Film Festival held in every April remains the highlight, however.

Date: 01 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.usafilmfestival.com


Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is a vibrant, eclectic and fun festival with the character of a street party. It is the biggest weekend of the year for the Deep Ellum Entertainment District and is free to the public. It features four outdoor stages with non-stop performances by 100 national, regional, and local original bands and more than 200 top-notch juried decorative and visual artists. Various cuisines are also served at this festival, including Mediterranean, Cajun, Caribbean and Latino.

Date: 02 April 2021 - 04 April 2021
Venue: Deep Ellum Entertainment District.
Website: http://www.deepellumartsfestival.com


BMW Dallas Marathon

With an international field of more than 10,000 runners, a world-class course and a weekend of entertainment for participants, their families and the community, the BMW Dallas Marathon is one of the best in the United States, as it’s a qualifier race for the Boston Marathon. Live entertainment venues line the course to offer continuous enjoyment and encouragement for runners and spectators, and there are plenty of other events during the marathon weekend. The event includes a half marathon, a 50K ultra marathon and a five-person relay.

Date: 30 April 2021 - 02 May 2021
Venue: The streets of Dallas.
Website: https://www.bmwdallasmarathon.com/

Free to spectate.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in Mexico. Dancers, artists and performers gather to celebrate the city's rich Mexican heritage.

Date: 05 May 2021 - 05 May 2021
Venue: Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff

Shakespeare in the Park

The 'Shakespeare in the Park' series provides family-friendly entertainment under the stars throughout the summer. Be sure to bring a blanket and a picnic.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Samuell-Grand Park, Addison Circle Park
Website: http://www.shakespearedallas.org


Greek Food Festival

The annual Greek Food Festival at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas is a lively festival offering a wonderfully succulent taste of Greek Dallas, featuring signature dishes from the best Greek restaurants in the city. There is also live entertainment and demonstrations of traditional Greek music and folk dancing. The focus of the festival is food, and there are cooking demonstrations by local chefs, but it also gives visitors a contextual understanding of Greek food traditions through offering a good grounding of Greek culture and history.

Date: 01 September 2021 - 30 September 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Website: http://www.greekfestivalofdallas.com


State Fair of Texas

Arguably the biggest, loudest and most diverse fair in the region, the annual State Fair of Texas is an eagerly-awaited event that's a firm favourite amongst locals. Primarily an agricultural show featuring numerous displays and exhibitions, the fair also includes a whole host of other events and entertainment ranging from live music and sporting contests to an auto show and livestock auctions. Even back when the fair was first held back in 1886 the event attracted 100,000 visitors; now the fair entertains in excess of 3.5 million visitors each year.

Date: 24 September 2021 - 17 October 2021
Venue: Fair Park.
Website: https://bigtex.com


Martin Luther King Birthday Parade

Taking place around MLK day, this event commemorates the late Dr. King's legacy. The parade brings floats, bands, community, civic and church groups together in a march through downtown Dallas, past the MLK Community Center to Fair Park.

Date: 01 January 2022 - 31 January 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Homes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd

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Featured Hotels


Hotel ZaZa

As you'd expect from a hotel named for movie icon Zsa-Zsa Gabor, Hotel ZaZa specializes in luxury details – think Frette bed linen, rainforest showers and enormous swagged curtains in every suite. The building itself is an old-fashioned colonial-style affair and comes complete with a chic bar and an expensive restaurant.

Hotel Lumen

Unusually minimalist by Dallas standards, Hotel Lumen is an oasis of soothing colors and ergonomic furniture. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool, a hosted wine reception every evening and an on-site fitness centre. Off the lobby, the Front Room is a casual-chic restaurant serving three meals daily.

The Highland Dallas

Ultra-modern and possessed of a lobby decked out with gold seating and blinging chandeliers, The Highland does Dynasty chic reworked for the 21st Century. Rooms are large and the beds supremely comfortable, while bathrooms come stocked with Diptyque toiletries.

Hyatt House Uptown

On the northern edge of downtown, the Hyatt House Uptown sits amidst a bustling business district very close to Cedar Springs and Maple, an area dense in art galleries and antiques stores, as well as dozens of good restaurants. Rooms are a businesslike affair but there is a complimentary breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas

Just around the corner from City Hall, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown couldn't be more central. A stone's throw from city center attractions, rooms are comfortable and clean, if fairly uninspiring. No matter – there's a pool onsite, guest parking and you get a free buffet breakfast in the morning.

W Dallas - Victory Hotel

If JR branched out into hotels, the W Dallas Victory would be it. Overlooking the sports venue of Victory Plaza, the hotel offers 252 oversized rooms and suites in categories named Wonderful, Cool Corner, Spectacular, Fabulous, Mega, Fantastic, Marvelous, Wow and Extreme Wow. There's also a great spa and onsite restaurant.