Dallas-Fort Worth’s spring festival season kicks off with one of the largest Irish culture celebrations in America, which highlights music, folklore and food from the Emerald Isle over three days at Dallas’ Fair Park. Shout “Slàinte!” during a whiskey tasting, hear Celtic storytellers and take a trip back in time at a DeLorean car show. There’ll be music and dance performances on 13 stages throughout the park by artists from around the world, such as Altan, JigJam and the U.S. Air Force’s Celtic Aire.
March 6 from 6 to 11 p.m., March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas. March 6 admission: free before 7 p.m., $10 after. March 7-8: $20, free for children 11 and younger. $30-$35 for multiday passes. ntif.org.
FREE What’s more Texan than mechanical bull rides, Americana bands and craft beer brewed right in the Lone Star State? Taking a selfie with a living, snorting longhorn. Enjoy all of the above and more at this annual Texas Independence Day celebration in Carrollton. Hear local music from Vandoliers, Kirk Holloway, Frankie Leonie and Atlantis Aquarius. Get $3 samples or $7 12-ounce pours from Texas breweries and cideries, including 3 Nations Brewing, Bishop Cider Co. and Bitter Sisters Brewing Co. And pose for Old West photos for free.
March 7 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 1106 S. Broadway St. in downtown Carrollton. Free admission. cityofcarrollton.com/texfest.
Professional rodeo athletes and the amateur cowboys and cowgirls who qualified in the semifinals will compete in events such as team roping, barrel racing and bull riding for a $2.35 million purse — one of the biggest payouts in rodeo. Spectators can also check out a free Fan Zone, which features vendors March 7-8 and autograph sessions with rodeo competitors on March 7. On March 8 at 9:30 a.m., ticketholders can attend Cowboy Church at the stadium. Park in Lot 10 and enter through the A section to join a church service featuring pastor Trey Johnson and country singer Susie McEntire. Ticketholders can also attend a pre-rodeo concert by country singer Ned LeDoux on March 8 at 1:30 p.m.
March 7 at 6:30 p.m., March 8 at 2 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington. Tickets start at $18-$20. americanrodeo.com.
This free, one-day festival once again promises to be an exciting and important destination for fans of middle-grade and young adult books — and not just the readers who live in Dallas-Fort Worth. Highlights from this year’s list of more than 70 authors include Marissa Meyer (Renegades, Lunar Chronicles), Marie Lu (Warcross) and John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska). Festival attendees can expect panels, author signings and a handful of events, including a version of “speed dating” with books. While the festival is free and open to everyone, select events and author signing lines require wristbands for entry, which will be available at the venue on the morning of the festival.
March 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free admission. $10 for parking. northtexasteenbookfestival.com.
Toast theater with an afternoon of quirky quaffing featuring Bard-inspired beverages, Elizabethan costumes and thespian trivia from Shakespeare Dallas. Start the crawl at Twilite Lounge at 2 p.m., then visit Trinity Cider from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., Ruins from 3:45 to 5 p.m. and Westlake Brewing Co. from 5 to 7 p.m. Each will have drink specials. There’ll also be a scavenger hunt where participants can visit select Deep Ellum retailers to collect stickers to win Shakespeare in the Park tickets.
March 7 starting at 2 p.m. with check-in at Twilite Lounge, 2640 Elm St., Dallas. $15. Attendees must be 21 or older. facebook.com/shakespearedallas.
FREE The cuisine from the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country consisting of more than 7,000 islands, features flavors and influences of many ethnic groups. Get a taste when five Dallas-area Filipino food vendors — Not Your Lola’s, Ulam, Bilao, Hello Lumpia and Marie’s Kitchen — cook and sell their specialties. The festival will also have desserts from Stephen Smith, who used ube (purple yam) at now-closed Betty Ringer Ice Cream, and nonfood items from several Filipino vendors.
March 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at Four Corners Brewing Co., 1311 S. Ervay St., Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/notyourlolas/events.
If you’re looking to introduce a favorite pastime to the next generation, here’s a golfing expo that will appeal to the whole family. Throughout the weekend, serious recreational players can improve their game with free seminars and a testing and fitting center, then show off in putting, driving and KP contests. Try clubs before you buy and score above-par deals from more than 100 vendors. March 7 is Kids and Family Day, featuring similar activities specifically for young players.
March 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. $14, free for children 12 and under. dfwgolfshow.com.
FREE Radha Krishna Temple of Allen and Radio Caravan present a free festival with colors for purchase, music by DJ Manish, traditional Indian Holi performances, a marketplace with food and more, games, carnival rides and bounce houses.
March 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at McKinney’s Third Monday Trade Days site, 4550 W. University Drive. Free admission; advance registration available online. Parking is $10 cash. radhakrishnatemple.net.
Start the day with a 9 a.m. run where participants will get covered in colors. The festival, which begins at 11 a.m., will have color throws, DJs, dhol drummers, dancers and booths selling Indian street food, color packets and more.
March 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive, Parker. $10 in advance online, $15 at the event, free for children 4 and younger. $15 for the color run and festival. Parking is $10 cash only. dallasfestivalofcolors.com.