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NORTH TEXAS EVENTS
SPRING  2014

MARCH

  March 1–2 - Granbury
TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION...
Enjoy a Texas-size event with an artisans’ village of 1800’s-era products, crafts, games, history reenactments and lifestyle demos. Also experience live bull riding at City Beach Park on Lake Granbury, Dutch oven & chuck wagon cook-offs, parade, storytellers, cowboy music, dancing, and more! Downtown Square. (817) 578-0234. www.march2texas.com.

  March 1, April 5 & May 3 - Denton
NORTH TEXAS HORSE COUNTRY  TOURS...
With one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the USA, Denton County offers official behind-the-scenes guided tours. Discover large breeding & training facilities, equine specialists, quarter horses, thoroughbreds, Arabians, appaloosas, warmbloods & paints, plus world-champions for cutting, halter, western pleasure, reining & more. 9am-3pm. 1-888-381-1818. www.discoverdenton.com.

  March 7–8 - Fort Worth
51st ANNUAL FORT WORTH SHOW OF ANTIQUES & ART...
Over 100 exhibitors from across the U.S. with a gutsy mix of all styles, eras and price ranges of antiques, art & vintage. Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm. Will Rogers Memorial Center, $7 admission; kids free. Discount coupon at www.fortworthshow.com. Find show news at www.go2antiques.blogspot.com or facebook.com/fortworthshow. (817) 291-3952..

  March 15 - Dublin
ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION...
“The Irish Capital of Texas” presents a festival of fun, including arts & crafts and food vendors, pageants, parade, Shamrock Shuffle Run, dog show, costume contest, gun show, roller derby, carnival, family-friendly entertainment and much more! dublintxchamber@embarqmail.com. (254) 445-3422. www.dublintxchamber.com.

  March 15–16 - Granbury
36th GENERAL GRANBURY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY BEAN, BRIS-KET & 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, parade & entertainment. granburyhgma@gmail.com. (817) 573-5299. www.granburysquare.com.

  March 31 - Hamilton
SPRING FLING...
Hamilton Extension Education Council’s annual Spring Fling is held at St. John Lutheran Church, 122 Cheyenne Mesa, 8:30am-2:30pm.  Admission of $8 includes generous salad and dessert luncheon, plus a full day of program presentations, silent auction & door prizes. For available vendor space, contact Linda Waggener:  kwaggener@htcomp.net or (254) 386-5259.

APRIL

  April 12 - Denton
21st ANNUAL REDBUD FESTIVAL ...
“The Redbud Capital of Texas” celebrates Spring & Arbor Day with a Home and Garden Show with 60 booths, free seminars, Kids Zone, live music & environmental activities. Don’t miss the TRASHion Runway Show with designer fashions made from reused & recycled items. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Held at Denton Civic Center. www.kdb.org. (940) 349-8738.

  April 12 - Malakoff
CORNBREAD FESTIVAL...
Munch on delicious cornbread and beans as Malakoff celebrates this Southern culinary delight. Events include Run to the Corn 5K, booths, Cornbread & Bean Cook Off, pet contest, live entertainment & more. For details and booth info, visit www.malakoffchamber.org, or call (903) 489-8118.

  April 12 - Grapevine
BLESSING OF THE VINES & NEW VINTAGE WINE & GALLERY TRAIL ...
Enjoy 11am events at Delaney Vineyards, 2000 Champagne Blvd. Free shuttles til 6pm. www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com. (800) 457-6338.

  April 12–13 - 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 63rd year as Texas’ Official State Bluebonnet Trail. www.visitennis.org. (972) 878-4748.

  April 18–20 (including Easter Sunday) & September 19–21
Grandview, Maypearl & Cleburne
ANTIQUE ALLEY TEXAS AND 37 MILES OF SALES... 
From Grandview to Cleburne (“Little Round Top”) to May-pearl & locally surrounding towns, shoppers are welcomed with treasures galore. Maps are available (during the show) in Grandview. Vendor Inquiries welcome! (817) 240-4948. Check www.AntiqueAlleyTexas.com for more details and locations.

  April 18-20 & Sept 19-21 - Cleburne
WHIPP FARM ANTIQUE ALLEY SHOW...
Discover 180 dealer booths at Whipp Farm, 1900 E. on FM-4 South during the community’s bi-annual Antique Alley & Yard Sale. Vendor inquiries welcome! For info: www.whippfarm.com; (817) 648-9183; or whipp.farm.antiques@gmail.com.

  April 26 - Princeton
PRINCETON SPRING ONION FESTIVAL...
Enjoy craft & activity booths, food vendors, 5K Run,  Silent Auction, Onion Cook-off, 3-on-3 Basketball, Tennis Tournament & much more. Held at Princeton High School, 1000 East Princeton Dr. (Hwy 380). www.princetononionfestival.com.

  April 24–26 - Granbury
5th GRANBURY WINE WALK...
Vintages from 18 Texas wineries are featured at a weekend of wine, celebrity chefs, art show & sale, vendors & more on Granbury Square. (682) 498-3089. www.granburywinewalk.com.

  April 25–27 - Denton
34th DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FEST-IVAL 2014...
Celebrating music & art with seven stages of free entertainment! See Jazz Stage headliners Asleep at the Wheel, Quebe Sisters Band, Al Jarreau, and Brave Combo, plus many more. Enjoy great food, fine arts & crafts & kid’s activities. Free admission! Quakertown Park (two blocks off Courthouse Sq). (888) 381-1818 or (940) 565-0931. www.dentonjazzfest.com.

  April 26 - Fort Worth
9th FORT WORTH PRAIRIE FEST...
Tandy Hills Natural Area offers free, solar-powered festivities with outdoor adventures for kids & families, plus live music, wildflower tours, science hikes & more. 11am to sunset. 3400 View St. www.tandyhills.org/fest.

  April 26–27 - Euless
ARBOR DAZE 2014...
Experience the 25th Anniversary of great free-admission entertainment in Euless! Enjoy live music on stage, arts/crafts, forestry village, business expo, kid’s activities, free Arbor Day trees & more. www.ci.euless.tx.us. (817) 685-1666.

  April 25–27 - Muenster
39th ANNUAL GERMANFEST...
Enjoy continuous entertainment, including Wade Bowen, Dave Alexander & His Big Texas Swing Band, Alpine Express, Das Is Luslig, 3rd Generation, and an 80’s Flash Back on Friday. Enjoy great German food booths, Texas wineries, arts & crafts, large BBQ cook-off, fun run, carnival rides, bike rally, Nagelschlagen, water bumper boats & more. For more info: www.germanfest.net or www.muensterchamber.com.

MAY

  May 2–3 - Breckenridge
STEPHENS COUNTY FRONTIER DAYS...
Enjoy vendors, food, fun zone, Breckenridge Talent Search, 42 and horseshoe tournaments, and other family entertainment while listening to live music. Held at Breckenridge City Park, in conjunction with the Bob Drake Memorial Chuck Wagon Cook-off. Free admission. For more info: 254-559-2301, chamber@breckenridgetexas.com, or www.breckenridgetexas.com.

  May 9–10 - Electra
31st ANNUAL ELECTRA GOAT BBQ COOK-OFF...
Cook-off with over $2500 prize money. Six cooking events include goat, chicken, ribs, brisket, jackpot beans & steak. Plus kid’s games, craft booths and FREE dance at the Fairgrounds. (940) 495-3577; Email: electracoc@electratel.net; Website: www.electratexas.org.

  May 16–17 - Greenville
AUDIE MURPHY:  SALUTE TO THE MILITARY...
A two-day celebration honoring the military and Audie Murphy—the most decorated hero of WWII. Speakers, entertainment, demonstrations, static displays & more. For more information: Audie Murphy / American Cotton Museum: (903) 450-4502 or www.amacmuseum.com.

  May 18 - Irving
8th ANNUAL DFW DRAGON BOAT, KITE & LANTERN FESTIVAL...
Dragon boat racing; kite flying demos & com-petition; 15 countries’ cultural performances; ethnic food; lantern displays; shuttlecock contest & more. Marco Polo World Foundation proudly brings the first dragon boating to North Texas! 8:30am-8pm. Free admission. Free concert. Lake Carolyn near Riverside/Hwy 114. Ride DART to Las Colinas Urban Ctr Station & enjoy free APT Transit System to the Fest. Go to http://dfwdragonboatfestival.com.

  May 23–25 - Ennis
48th ANNUAL NATIONAL POLKA FESTIVAL...
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Czech & Slovak heritage festivities, folk dancing, authentic cuisine, 200 craft & food booths, Czech costumes, 14 live polka bands, country concert, and a giant parade. Downtown & three Czech Halls. (972) 878-4748. www.nationalpolkafestival.com.

JUNE

  June 7–8 - Waxahachie
46th ANNUAL GINGERBREAD TRAIL TOUR OF HOMES...
Tour five historic homes, and enjoy an antique car show, arts/crafts/antiques fair and courthouse tours. www.gingerbreadtrail.net. (972) 937-0681.

  June 14 - Cross Plains
16th ANNUAL BARBARIAN FESTIVAL...
Antique & classic car show, antique tractor show, kids games, Civil War re-enactors, live music, food, pony rides, fun for the family! Treadway Park on Hwy 36, one mile west of Hwy 206 intersection. Come to Cross Plains, the hometown of Robert E. Howard--creator of Conan the Barbarian! Saturday, 9am-4pm. www.BarbarianFestival.net.

June 14, Saturday - Paris
CLASSIC CAR SHOW...
30+classes, many special awards, ARTS/CRAFTS, food, SWAP MEET, kid’s activities, special shopping! Cruise night, giant 50’s street party, music/entertainment Friday 6pm, Love Civic Center - 2025 S. Collegiate. Hosts: Red River Valley Honkers Car Club. Contact S. Carroll. (903) 739-9763. SEEKING VENDORS: kscarrol@att.net. www.RRVhonkers.com.

  June 19–21 & June 26–28 - Albany
76th FORT GRIFFIN FANDANGLE...
Recapturing wild characters of the old west through a grand story, singing, dancing, horses & a herd of longhorns. Presented in a renowned amphitheater production, “Texas’ Oldest Outdoor Musical” features a local 400-member musical cast. Free activities all day. Parade Sat 5pm. BBQ 5pm nightly. For tickets & additional information: fandangle@bitstreet.com; (325) 762-3838; or www.fortgriffinfandangle.org.

JULY

  July 12 - Weatherford
PARKER COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL...
Historic Down-town features over 200 arts/crafts, food & activity vendors, special stage entertainment, children’s events and Peach Pedal Bike Ride. For additional information: www.peachpedal.com or www.peachfestivaltx.com. (888) 594-3801.  v

 
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