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Big Fun in Big D: 27 Annual Dallas Events You’ll Want on Your 2019 Calendar


Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Everybody knows we do things BIG here, and that includes Martin Luther King Jr Day. We celebrate for a full week with multiple events culminating in a candlelight ceremony, a gala, a film screening, and of course, a parade.

The Dallas parade was first held in 1983, the year Ronald Reagan signed legislation to establish the MLK holiday.

2019 Details:

1/18 Candlelight Ceremony – 7PM at MLK Recreation Center


1/19 Celebration Gala – 6:30 PM at Hyatt Regency Dallas – get tickets


1/20 Screening of the movie “Selma” – 4PM at Texas Theatre

In conjunction with the Dallas Holocaust Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Center


1/21 MLK March/Parade – 10AM Starting from Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd

You can also learn more about King’s speeches in Dallas and about active civil rights leaders in Dallas during this era at an ongoing exhibit that debuted at the 2018 State Fair of Texas.

Through February 17th –Dallas in the Time of MLK – Hall of State, Fair Park


KidFilm is the largest and longest-running children’s film festival in America. The Dallas-based USA Film Festival has hosted KidFilm as one of its programs for 35 years. Kids of all ages can enjoy all of the free events including international feature-length films as well as animated and live-action short films.

2019 Details:

1/19-20 KidFilm at the Angelika Film Center

Best in the rest of DFW: FWSSR



Lunar New Year

Dallas Blooms

Also in February this year: Mardi Gras

Best in the rest of DFW: Texas Tulips


Spring Festival Season Kicks Off

St Patrick’s Day

DFW Auto Show

Best in the rest of DFW: Mansfield Pickle Parade


Dallas Art Month

Bluebonnet Season


Dallas International Film Festival

USA Film Festival

Spring Festivals Continue

Best in the rest of DFW: Denton Arts and Jazz Festival


Cinco de Mayo

Byron Nelson

Mothers Day Home Tour

Memorial Day

Spring Festivals Continue

Best in the rest of DFW: Mayfest, Cottonwood, Taset of Addison, Scottish Festival


Dallas Pride

Taste of Dallas

Oak Cliff Film Festival


Conventions:Prego, Tattoo

Best in the rest of DFW:


July 4th

Shakespeare Festival

Best in the rest of DFW: Mesquite Rodeo, Kaboom Town and many, many July 4th events


DFW Restaurant Week

Conventions: LeakyCon


Labor Day Weekend

State Fair of Texas

Fall Festivals Begin including Dallas Dance Festival, Greek Festival

Best in the rest of DFW: Grapefest, Addision Oktoberfest,



Autumn at the Arboretum

Boo at the Zoo

Fall Festivals Continue

Best in the rest of DFW: Pumpkin patches and Halloween events


Turkey Trot

Christmas Tree Lightings

Best in the rest of DFW:  More tree lightings and Christmas events – FW Parade, Grapevine, etc.


Holiday Parade

Dallas Marathon

Trains at NorthPark

Santa Rampage and other Christmas Crawls

Tuba Christmas

New Year’s Eve

Best in the rest of DFW: Christmas and New Year’s Events