If you have never been to the Dallas / Ft Worth area of Texas, and you’re planning your first vacation there in 2016, hole your horses and read this. You may just realize there is a specific date or dates you really want to be there, because vacation is all about fun, right?
The month of March seems to be all about adult fun related to letting loose and parties, especially related to booze. March 4-6 brings you a start to the “Irish Month”, with the North Texas Irish Festival, as if the Irish really needed a reason to party. This is an exciting and fun weekend of Irish and Celtic sounds, dancing and of course Guinness during this event in Fair Park. The music his year will highlight Celtic music from way back when as well as new up and comers today. Of course, there will be an abundance of beer and whisky tastings (and drinking), as well as good Irish food, and even draft horse pulling demos. You can well expect that if you get a bunch of “over-influenced” Irishmen together, there will be stories, for sure.
The North Texas Irish Festival is quite the lead into the 37th Annual Dallas St Patrick’s Parade & Festival, held March 19, 2016. The parade itself enjoys over ninety floats, almost 2000 participants, and every year brings over 130K people to cheer it on. The festival features of course, Irish Whisky, beer and an abundance of food, as well as arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family.
Noe if dancing, music and costumes sounds exciting to you, your going to love the Dallas National Polka Festival April 27-29th. This festival is all about the Dallas area Czech heritage, and has its own parade, mounds of ethnic foods and of course live polka dancing.
The 4th Of July weekend will bring well over a half a million spectators this year to view the fireworks display at Kaboom Town. This celebration is on July 3rd this year, and the gates open at 4 PM in the Addison Circle Park. There’s plenty to see before the fireworks, with Air Shows overhead, military bands, and of course the “beer tent” for adults to cool off and relax a bit. This is all great safe and family fun.
On Labor Day Weekend the one awesome reason to visit the Dallas area, is to attend (and munch away) at the Bedford Blues & Barbeque. Lets face it, Texas is all about barbeque, and their ribs and meat smoked for hours to perfection is an eating man and woman’s dream. There is a very competitive spirit at this event, as teams compete for the name and prizes. You get to enjoy some of Texas best foods, maybe a bottle or two of Shiner Bock, and some good old Texas tunes and a two-step.
Finally lets talk about the largest and oldest pastime in Texas, the rodeo. If you plan on visiting the Dallas / Ft Worth area in December, you have get some boots and a hat, and join in the fun. November 30-December 31st is the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. There’s nothing more exciting than walking around all those horses, cattle and such, especially for the youngsters in your family. Plus, there are exhibitors, some serious shopping, and lots to eat and drink. No matter where you live, you will definitely bring back a “tall tale” or two from attending this event.