Whether planning a spring break escape, a family vacation, or gearing up for a business trip, globetrotters can expect to find a robust roster of events across Dallas this season. An epicenter for top attractions, museums, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and more, the city boasts authentic experiences for all. Chief among them includes the kick off of Dallas Arts Month in April.
ART, MUSIC, FASHION & DESIGN...OH MY!
Dallas Arts Month has become one of the city's most anticipated cultural events of the year. This month-long series of events and exhibits is designed to build awareness and appreciation for the work of local artists and organizations across all disciplines.
SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival (April 4 – April 28): SOLUNA celebrates Dallas' rich cultural legacy and diversity of expression. Featuring performances by The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), the festival brings together international artists with the city's finest arts organizations. Guests can enjoy Academy Award- and GRAMMY® Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson in a headlining performance with the DSO as part of a special, one-night-only event on April 20.
Dallas Blooms (now through April 7): Hosted at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas Blooms is one of the largest floral festivals in the southwest bringing in visitors from around the world. This year's festival theme, "Life's a Picnic," will feature a larger-than-life picnic scene topiary comprised of a stunning 40'x40' picnic blanket, a vase of flowers, a picnic basket with pie and a giant ant. Each week the Arboretum will highlight some of the most famous picnic scenes in film, starting with the 1955 film, "Picnic."
The Art of the Brick (now - August 18): This critically acclaimed traveling exhibition touts the world's largest and most elaborate display of art pieces constructed entirely of LEGO®bricks. Created by world-renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, the display is designed to inspire ingenuity with original pieces and re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous masterpieces like Van Gogh's Starry Night.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival (April 5-9): Celebrating its 25th year, the free arts festival will take over Main Street in the hip neighborhood of Deep Ellum. The event will showcase unique works of art from more than 200 juried fine artists and feature more than 100 live performances of all original music.
Dallas Art Fair (April 11-14): Comprised of thoughtfully curated exhibitions and innovative programming, the Dallas Art Fair in the Downtown Arts District offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by leading national and international galleries.
10th Annual Homegrown Music and Arts Festival (April 13): Visitors and locals will celebrate an impressive lineup of legacy Texas artists with a blend of stellar music, live art and local vendors.
Celebrate the Children (April 15 through October 15): The newest summer exhibit created by acclaimed sculptor Gary Lee Price will be on display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The outdoor exhibit includes more than 25 different, hand-produced, bronze sculptures of children to playfully interact with, encouraging guests to revisit their childhood memories.
Dior: From Paris to the World (May 19 through September 1): The exhibit will make its second and only other U.S. stop at the Dallas Museum of Art. The stunning display includes a selection of 100+ haute couture dresses, original sketches, photographs and other archival material highlighting the House of Dior's 70+ years of global influence. The exhibition not only profiles Christian Dior, but also his subsequent directors including Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano.
Beyond Art Month, there is no shortage of diverse spring festivals across Dallas:
The Dallas International Film Festival (April 11 – 18): This is the largest film festival in North Texas with movie screenings in various theaters throughout the city. The festival showcases a diverse range of films, Q&A sessions with filmmakers as well as other activities.
EARTHx2019 (April 26-28): Now in its ninth year, this three-day festival hosted in Fair Park offers eco-friendly, interactive activities; film screenings; exhibitions; live music; and sustainable beer and food pavilions.
Dallas Pride (June 1 & 2): Coinciding with National Pride Month, the 2019 Dallas Pride theme "Stonewall STRONG, Dallas PROUD" was selected to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. Dallas Pride includes the Miller Light Music Festival at Fair Park on June 1, followed by the 36th annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on June 2.