Best May Events Not To Miss In DFW

April 30, 2012 5:00 AM

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May brings the summer to the Metroplex with some of the most exciting events and festivals of the year. Whether your interest is arts, music or you just want a weekend out with the family, there will be plenty to do in Dallas-Fort Worth without blowing your budget.
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Trinity Park
1110 Penn St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-1055

Dates: May 3 through May 6
Hours: Thurs and Fri – 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets: One-day tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, ages five and younger admitted free

It’s the 40th year for Mayfest, and the Trinity Park festival returns to raise money for DFW charities. Mayfest has many different areas with attractions for the whole family. The Zone will be a prime location for family fun, with a giant human-sized maze, bungee jumps, henna tattoos, a petting zoo, pony rides and much more. Arts and crafts will be well represented in The Market, and the riverbank area on the Trinity River’s xeriscape garden is a nice spot to sit and relax. Mayfest features three music stages and four performing arts stages, with entertainment of all kinds including music and dance. There will also be a Mayfest Run on Saturday, with all participants getting free admission to the festival afterwards.

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Taste Addison 2012
Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-2851

Dates: May 18 through May 20
Hours: Fri – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $15 on Friday and Saturday after 5 p.m., $5 before 5 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday. Discount $10 “Anytime Tickets” are available at DFW Albertsons. Children 3 and under are free.

Taste Addison is a blend of food, entertainment and family events, with more than 60 Addison restaurants serving samples from their menus at discounted prices. The three-day event will also showcase the King of the Grill competition, with the Char-Broil Infrared Grilling Tour. The Taste Showcase brings the tasting indoors to the Addison Convention Centre for wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and more. The event also has a carnival, a family fun zone, arts and crafts and a musical performance for kids on Saturday and Sunday.

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2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
(972) 744-4580

Dates: May 18 through May 20
Hours: Fri – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30 for a three-day pass, $20 for a single day adult, $10 for a Richardson resident, and $3 for a kid’s pass (ages 5-12)

Richardson’s arts and music festival, Wildflower!, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with top acts coming to town again to rock and dance. Musical performers include Neil McCoy, Nelly, Mark Chesnutt, the Commodores and Lou Gramm. A singer-songwriter stage will feature acts such as Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Gorkaand Guy Clark. There will also be a Battle of the Bands and a songwriting contest. Bring everyone out for some fun as the festival has a Kidz Korner for the kids, a game zone for adults and kids alike, an art guitar program and an auction.

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Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Park
1321 W Belt Line Road
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 744-4581

Dates: May 5 through May 6
Hours: Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: Free

For more than 40 years, the Cottonwood Art Festival has been home to some of the finest arts, crafts, musical acts and entertainment in the Metroplex. This year, the festival will feature more than 240 local, regional and national artists. The highlight is the art festival; a juried competition with about 1,400 artists initially submitting works for consideration in 14 different categories. For the kids, there’s an ArtStop area to try various forms of art from sculpture to collage. The festival will also feature music in The Courtyard with 10 different bands like The John Adams Group, Shoot Low Sheriff, 2-Bit Palomino and Dragline performing.

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CityArts Festival
Fair Park
3809 Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 670-8400

Dates: May 25 through May 27
Hours: Fri – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Price: Free, City of Dallas charges $10 to park in Fair Park

The CityArts Festival began in 2004, and takes place in Fair Park over Memorial Day Weekend. The Festival is free to the public. ARTFEST returns this year to bring in more than 200 visual artists from across the country for the juried art show. The festival will also feature ArtCars and a collection of antique cars, after-dark outdoor film screenings and free or reduced admission to Fair Park’s world-famous museums. There will also be multiple stages with music, dancing and other performing arts.

Related: Dallas Council Wants To See More Out Of Fair Park

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