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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
SPRING  2016

MARCH

  March 3–5 - Fort Worth
53rd ANNUAL FORT WORTH SHOW OF ANTIQUES & ART...
Over 150 exhibitors from across the U.S. with a fun mix of all styles, eras and price ranges of antiques, art & vintage. Thurs & Fri  9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm. Will Rogers Memorial Center, $8 admission; kids free. (817) 291-3952. Discount coupon at www.fortworthshow.com.  Show news at www.go2antiques.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/fortworthshow.

  March 5 - Possum Kingdom Lake
MARDI GRAS - BOURBON STREET-ON-THE-BRAZOS...
 An afternoon parade down PK’s own Bourbon Street signals the start of Mardi Gras, Possum Kingdom style! Complete with floats, beads, candy, trinkets. Round out the day with a shrimp feast, Cajun dance music, crowning of King Possum/Queen Carp &  costumes/floats awards. (940) 779-2424. Toll-free (888) 779-8330.

  March 10–13 - Denton
TEXAS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL ... “
Stirring the Pot:  A Tantalizing Taste of Storytelling Stew”. Featured Tellers are Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, Eldrena Douma & Antonio Sacre, plus storyteller concerts, ghost stories, Liar’s Contest, kids’ activities & workshops. Denton Civic Center. 940-380-9320. www.tejasstorytelling.com.

  March 19–20 - Granbury
38th GENERAL GRANBURY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY BEAN, BRISKET & RIB COOK-OFF...
Hosted around the downtown Historic Courthouse Square, celebrate the birthday of the town’s namesake with arts and crafts booths, bean-eating contest, outhouse races, and entertainment. (817) 573-5299. www.granburysquare.com.

APRIL

  April 2 - Granbury
TEXAS CHICK-O-RAMA FESTIVAL ...
Free admission, family-friendly events include chicken & egg cook-off, sack races, chicken coop building contest, games, live music, hayrides, seminars & more! Dedicated to chicken lovers and preservation/education of heritage and near extinct chicken breeds, plus encouraging future chicken hobbyists. 9am-6pm. Camp Crucis, 2875 Camp Crucis Ct. For details: www.facebook.com/txchickorama or (817) 968-8242.

  April 9 - Hamilton
SPRING FLING...
Hamilton Extension Education Council’s annual Spring Fling is at Hamilton High School Auditorium & Commons, 611 S. College St. 8:30am-2:30pm. Admission of $10 includes speakers, silent auction, door prizes, vendors, and generous salad lunch. Benefiting County AgriLife Extension & 4-H programs. For info: (254) 386-8396 or malambert65@gmail.com.

  April 15–17 and September 16–18 Grandview-Sand Flat-Cleburne-Alvarado-Venus-Maypearl -
ANTIQUE ALLEY TEXAS + 30 MILES OF SHOPPING...
This biannual event covers 30+ miles. Grandview offers 100’s of down-town sidewalk/railroad easement vendors & award-winning Masonic Lodge BBQ. Maps available at Pop & Grans Antiques. Pasture sales galore between Grandview & Cleburne.  www.Facebook.com/AntiqueAlleyTexas. (817) 240-4948. www.AntiqueAlleyTexas.com. Please don’t park on highway!

  April 16 - Princeton
PRINCETON SPRING ONION FESTIVAL...
Enjoy craft and activity booths, food vendors, 5K Run,  Silent Auction, Onion Cook-off, Tennis Tournament, 3-on-3 Basketball & much more. Princeton High School, 1000 East Princeton Dr. (Hwy 380). www.princetononionfestival.com.

  April 15-17 - Ennis
ENNIS BLUEBONNET TRAILS FESTIVAL...
Discover a springtime celebration of fine arts/crafts, performing artists, bluebonnet & wildflower trails, car show (Saturday only), children’s activities, live music, and entertainment. Downtown Ennis. In its 64th year as Texas’ Official State Bluebonnet Trail. www.visitennis.org. (972) 878-4748.

  April 22–23 - Whitewright
XTREME PRO MUD RACES...
Two fun-filled evenings of mud racing! Approximately 2000+ people attended last year. Camping passes are offered to the public for this event. For more details, contact Ginger Miller (903) 815-7558. And check out www.Whitewright.org.

  April 22–24 - Muenster
41st ANNUAL GERMANFEST...
Enjoy continuous entertainment, plus great German food booths, Texas wineries, arts/crafts, large BBQ cook-off, fun run, carnival rides, bike rally, Nagelschlagen, water bumper boats & much more. www.germanfest.net or www.muensterchamber.com.

  April 23 - Denton
23rd ANNUAL REDBUD FESTIVAL ...
This award-winning event celebrates “The Redbud Capital of Texas” and Arbor Day with a Home and Garden Show, free seminars, Kids Zone, live music & environ-mental activities. Don’t miss the live TRASHion Runway Show with designer fashions made from reused & recycled items. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Held at Denton Civic Center. www.kdb.org. (940) 349-8737.

  April 29–30 - Granbury
7th ANNUAL GRANBURY WINE WALK...
A casual venue offering visitors the opportunity to mingle with 20 Texas wineries, food purveyors, cheese makers, artists, musicians & vendors around the historic Granbury Square. Fri 2pm-8pm & Sat 11am-7pm. Tickets: $25 online/$30 at gate. Granbury Wine Walk, a 501C(3) non-profit, benefits local charities & scholarships.  Visit www.granburywinewalk.com for more information.

  April 29–30 & May 1 - Denton
36th DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FEST-IVAL 2016...
Celebrating music and art with seven stages of FREE entertainment! See Jazz Stage headliners The Flatlanders, Patrice Rushen & Friends, Brave Combo and many more. Also enjoy great food, fine arts/crafts & kid’s activities. FREE admission! Quakertown Park (two blocks off Courthouse Sq). No pets or coolers. (888) 381-1818 or (940) 565-0931. www.dentonjazzfest.com.

  April 30 - Corsicana
40th ANNUAL DERRICK DAYS FESTIVAL...
A celebration of Corsicana’s rich oil heritage held annually since 1976. An entire week’s worth of cultural arts, entertainment & family events culminate with a street festival. Enjoy marketplace & food vendors, great line-up of live musical acts, a carnival, parade, horseshoe tournament, cook-off, volleyball spike-off & more! www.derrickdays.com. (903) 493-7205.

MAY

  May 6–7 - Breckenridge
STEPHENS COUNTY FRONTIER DAYS...
Enjoy vendors, food, fun zone, Breckenridge Talent Search, 42 and horse shoe tournaments & other family entertainment while listening to live music. Held at Breckenridge City Park, in conjunction with Bob Drake Memorial Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Free admission. For more information: chamber@breckenridgetexas.com, 254-559-2301, or www.breckenridgetexas.com.

  May 6–7 - Electra
33rd ANNUAL ELECTRA GOAT BBQ COOK-OFF...
Cook-off with over $2500 prize money. Six cooking events include goat, chicken, ribs, brisket, jackpot beans & steak. Kid’s games, craft booths and FREE dance at the Fairgrounds. electracoc@electratel.net; (940) 495-3577; www.electratexas.org.

  May 12–15 - Seagoville
7th ANNUAL MAYFEST...
Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food & craft vendors, car show, co-ed softball tournament & more! Presented by Seagoville Chamber of Commerce. For vendor opportunities, call (972) 287-5184.

  May 14 - Whitewright
HONKY TONK FESTIVAL...
Join us for an all-day outdoor events starting at 11am. Enjoy craft, merchandise & food vendors and a Horseshoe & Corn Hole Tournament at 1pm. Beginning at 2pm, music runs all day till midnight, with many bands & local artists performing. Weekend camping passes available. For  more information, visit www.Whitewright.org, or contact Ginger Miller (903) 815-7558. Vendors please contact Cathy Pierce (903) 364-2000.

  May 14 - Greenville
AUDIE MURPHY DAYS...
A celebration honoring the military and Audie Murphy—the most decorated hero of WWII. Speakers include actor Tommy Cook as a special guest! Enjoy entertainment, static displays & more. For more information, contact Audie Murphy / American Cotton Museum: Visit www.amacmuseum.com, or call (903) 450-4502.

  May 15 - Irving
9th DFW DRAGON BOAT, KITE & LANTERN FESTIVAL...
Dragon boat racing; kite flying demos/competition; 15 countries cultural performances; ethnic food; lantern displays/riddles; shuttlecock contest; shopping & more. Free admission & free con-cert. Marco Polo World Foundation is proud to be the first to bring dragon boating to North Texas! Lake Carolyn near Riverside/Hwy 114. 8:30am-6pm. http://dfwdragonboatfestival.com.

  May 27-29 - Ennis
49th ANNUAL NATIONAL POLKA FESTIVAL...
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Czech & Slovak heritage festivities, folk dancing, authentic cuisine, Czech costumes, 200 craft & food booths, 14 live polka bands, country concert, and a giant parade. Downtown & three Czech Halls. www.nationalpolkafestival.com. (972) 878-4748.

JUNE

  June 4–5 - Greenville
COTTON BOLL ARTFEST...
This arts & crafts festival features hand-made jewelry, pottery, artwork & more on the grounds of the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. For more information, call (903) 450-4502, or visit www.amacmuseum.com.

  June 30–July 2 - Whitewright
OUTLAW TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL ...
 Enjoy 3 great nights of truck & tractor pulls, with pullers coming from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa,  South Dakota, and even New York! With around 85 hooks, this event is sure to entertain everyone! Over 7000 people attended last year. Come join the fun! For details, contact Ginger Miller (903) 815-7558, or check out www.Whitewright.org.

JULY

  July 9 - Weatherford
PARKER COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL...
Historic Downtown features over 200 arts, crafts, food & activity vendors, special stage entertainment, children’s events and the Famous Peach Pedal Bike Ride. (888) 594-3801. www.peachpedal.com  or www.peachfestivaltx.com.

OCTOBER

  October 22–23 - Muenster
ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST...
Enjoy great musical entertainment, a Stein-Hoisting competition, Weiner Dog Race, Best Dirndl & Lederhosen contest, Bier Belly contest, fun run, bike rally and more at Heritage Park Pavilion, 301 N. Ash. For more details: (940) 759-2227 or www.muensterchamber.com.  v

 
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