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2009 and 2010 Events in the DFW Metroplex

January 4th, 2010 · 32 Comments

If anything, the 2009 / 2010 social year for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex looks to be even busier than the 2008 season. As I did for 2008, I’ll track the events for 2009 and 2010 month by month, and continue to add new events as I find out about them. I’ll attend and write about as many as I can, but of course there are certain times of the year when there’s just so much happening I just can’t make it to everything. That’s where the Skribit voting app on the top right side of the homepage comes into play. You can make suggestions for new events right there, and vote on the ones you’d like me to write about. For those instances in which two events overlap, I’ll pick the one with the most votes to attend.

As before, I’ll continue to add events as they appear and as the dates are firmed up, and occasionally I’ll do a round-up of the coming month or two to remind you of what’s happening. I’ll also insert new events into the calendar as they’re announced or as I find them, so please check back regularly. Don’t hesitate to inform me of the ones I’ve missed, so I can add them to the schedule.

I’m working on this first version in mid-September 2008, so as I get further into the year, the event dates (and whether or not some of them will happen at all, despite their annual status) become increasingly nebulous. That being the case, for the moment I’ll cut this calendar off at the end of August. But fear not — I’ll keep adding to it as things become clearer, and once 2009 rolls around, I’ll finish it up through the rest of the year. By then, most of the events should have been at least loosely scheduled.

And now (drumroll, please!), here’s the events list for the great year of 2009, as it exists thus far.

January

  • January 1-May 17. Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. A once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of all the wonders of Ancient Egypt’s golden age. See Laura’s comments.
  • January 2. AT&T Cotton Bowl. Fair Park, Dallas. Dallas’ classic bowl game, featuring the No. 2 team from the Big 12 and the top team from the Southeast Conference. football-media, silvio canto, joymagnetism,
  • January 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards. Rip-roaring rodeo entertainment every Friday and Saturday at the stockyards.
  • January 3. Arts District Stroll. Downtown Arts District, Dallas. An hour-long guided tour through the heart of the downtown arts district.
  • January 3-4. Dallas Gun and Knife Show. Market Hall, Dallas. One of five large knife and gun shows sponsored anually by the Dallas Arms Collectors Association.
  • January 9-11. Kurt Thomas Invitational Gymnastics, Dr. Pepper StarCenter, Frisco. An exciting competition for Level 7 to Elite gymnasts.
  • January 9-11. 8th Annual Dallas Home Show. Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. An exposition of just about everything you could ever want in terms of home furnishings and improvements.
  • January 16-18. 29th Annual Fort Worth Home and Garden Show. Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth. See above.
  • January 16-31. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth. The 113th annual iteration of this most western of events.
  • January 17-18. TAAF Winter Games of Texas. Frisco Athletic Center, Frisco. An Olympic-style event consisting of 15 sporting competitions.
  • January 31-February 1. Lunar New Year “Tet-in-DFW” Festival. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A celebration of Vietnamese-American culture, including arts, food, and fireworks.

February

  • February 1. Lunar New Year “Tet-in-DFW” Festival. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A celebration of Vietnamese-American culture, including arts, food, and fireworks. Will firm up date as more information comes available.
  • February 1-8. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth. The 113th stock show’s winding down by this point, but there’s still plenty to do.
  • February 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards. Rip-roaring rodeo entertainment every Friday and Saturday at the stockyards.
  • February 7. Arts District Stroll. Downtown Arts District, Dallas. An hour-long guided tour through the heart of the downtown arts district.
  • February 18-22. Dallas Auto Show, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. Forty-two car manufacturers, from Ford to Lamborghini, will be on hand to show off their new models.
  • February 20-22. ConDFW VIII. Richardson. Large literary science fiction and fantasy convention held annually in Dallas since 2002. Location has not yet been determined.
  • February 22. 7th Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade. Main Street, McKinney. A Mardi Gras-inspired afternoon of canine-related fun, including a parade and best-dressed dog contest. This year’s theme is Classic TV.
  • February 14-15. WOGA International Women’s Invitational. Frisco Conference Center, Frisco. A fan-friendly event where gymnasts from National Teams all over the world will meet to compete.
  • Late February/Early March. North Texas Irish Festival. Fair Park, Dallas. A three day celebration of everything Ireland, from music and dancing to good food and drink. Dates still TDB.
  • February 27-March 1. All Texan Garden Show. Arlington Convention Center, Arlington. A Texas-oriented gardening show, starring expert Neil Sperry.

March

  • Early March. Six Flags Amusement Park, Arlington. The Lone Star State’s answer to Disneyland opens its doors for the year. Date TBD.
  • Early March. Festival de Primavera Musica. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A Hispanic spring music festival featuring food, fun, and the area’s best Mexican musical artists. Date TBD.
  • March 6-7. 5th Annual Savor Dallas. Downtown Dallas. An fine international experience of wine, food, spirits and arts, taking place in some of the most upscale localities in Dallas.
  • March 6-8. 30th Annual Dallas Home and Garden Show. Market Hall, Dallas. Everything you’ll need for the home and garden, packed into three eventful days.
  • Early March. Out of the Loop Festival. Water Tower Theater, Addison. A ten-day celebration of theatre, music, and the arts. Dates TBD.
  • March 7. Arts District Stroll. Downtown Arts District, Dallas. An hour-long guided tour through the heart of the downtown arts district.
  • March 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards. Rip-roaring rodeo entertainment every Friday and Saturday at the stockyards.
  • March 7-April 12. 25th Annual Dallas Blooms. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas. The largest outdoor floral festival in the Southwest – six full weekends of music, food, fun, and flowers.
  • March 13-15. 10th Annual Fort Worth Home Show. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s answer to Dallas’ annual home show.
  • March 13-15. All-Con. Crown Plaza North, Dallas. A large convention uniting fans of science fiction, fantasy, anime, mystery, arts, crafts, film-making and more, all under one roof!
  • Mid-March. Feria de la Que Buena. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. Another Hispanic spring music festival (this one offered by KESS 107.9 FM), featuring food, fun, and local Spanish musical artists. And clowns. Date TBD.
  • Late March. Best Southwest Bookfest. Cedar Hill. The area’s largest annual literary event. Includes panel discussions, author talks, book signings, and more. Date TBD.
  • Late March. Festival de la Primavera. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. Yet another Hispanic spring music festival (KDXX, 107.1 FM) featuring food, fun, and local musicians. Date TBD.
  • Late March: FC Dallas soccer. Pizza Hut Park, Frisco. Check out this soccer powerhouse at their first home game of the season. Date TBD.
  • Late March-Early April. AFI International Film Festival. A yearly event hosted by the American Film Institute, celebrating celluloid artistry.

April

  • April 3. Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Resistol Arena, Mesquite. The 52nd annual rodeo season kicks off at one of the oldest continuous rodeos in the DFW area. Shows will be held every Friday and Saturday from now until late September.
  • April 3-5. Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Deep Ellum District, Dallas. Over one hundred hours of art and fun in “the Metroplex’s most progressive and eclectic neighborhood.”
  • April 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25. Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards. Rip-roaring rodeo entertainment every Friday and Saturday at the stockyards.
  • April 4. Arts District Stroll. Downtown Arts District, Dallas. An hour-long guided tour through the heart of the downtown arts district.
  • April 4-May 25. Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Waxahachie. Experience medieval life, crafts, and food at the premier renaissance festival in Texas.
  • April 5-12. Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup XXX. Pizza Hut Park, Frisco. A soccer invitationl including hundreds of teams from dozens of countries.
  • April 6. Texas Rangers baseball. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Take yourself out to the ballgame to see the Rangers’ first home game of the season.
  • April 10-13. 23rd Annual Texas Storytelling Festival. Texas Woman’s University, Hubbard Hall, Denton. A four-day storytelling session including workshops, field trips, and stories.
  • Mid-April. 34rd Annual Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A free chili extravaganza that also features the World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating. No, really. Date TBA.
  • Mid-April. Redbud Festival. Denton Civic Center, Denton. Another short spring festival including a gardening and Arbor Day show, as well as lots of food, fun, and kids’ activities.
  • April 16-18. North Texas Jazz Festival. Crown Plaza Hotel, Addison. A collaborative effort between the University of North Texas and the City of Addison, featuring top jazz artists from all over the country.
  • April 16-19. MAIN Street Arts Festival, Downtown Fort Worth. A four-day arts extravaganza, including a juried art competition, street performers, tasty food, and live concerts.
  • April 17-18. New Vintage Wine Trail, Grapevine. This event takes you on a tasting tour of nine local wineries.
  • April 17-19. Dallas International Guitar Festival. Dallas Market Hall, Dallas. The world’s oldest and largest guitar show, where you can buy, sell, or trade your guitars, and learn how to play from legends.
  • Mid-April. 58th Annual Bluebonnets Trail Festival. A classic festival celebrating over 40 miles (!) of mapped bluebonnet trails, along with arts, live music, crafts, and kid’s activities. Date TBA.
  • April 24. Euless Arbor Day Festival. Euless. A celebration of trees that draws an estimated one million people every year.
  • April 24-26. Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Denton Civic Center Park, Denton. A free event featuring more than 1,000 musical performers on six stages, not to mention all kinds of artsy-craftsy stuff.
  • April 24-26. Real. Texas. Festival. Mesquite. Three days of rodeo, Wild West shootouts, paintball shoots, a car show, a barbecue competition (I’m there!), and live music.
  • April 25. 4th Annual Prairie Fest. Tandy Hills Nature Area, Fort Worth. A celebration of our natural world with music, art, and dancing. The best place in D/FW to see wildflowers, in a 160 acre site deep inside the city!
  • April 25-26. Dallas Gun and Knife Show. Market Hall, Dallas. One of five large knife and gun shows sponsored anually by the Dallas Arms Collectors Association.
  • Late April. Springfest. Broadway Park, Haltom City. A brief spring festival (just a few hours long) with music and fun. Date TBA.
  • Late April. Spring Onion Festival. Princeton. A celebration of everyone’s favorite root vegetable, including a craft show, music, a 5K Onion Run, a raffle, and even a beauty pageant. Date TBA.
  • Late April. Country Music Weekend. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. The Reggie Brown Band performs traditional country music and Texas Swing favorites from 12-4 PM. Date TBA.
  • Late April. Sixth Annual Russell Maryland Celebrity Golf Tournament. Bear Creek Golf Club, Dallas. A charity golf tournament benefitting the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. Date TBA.

May

  • May 1-3. Mayfest. Trinity Park, Fort Worth. Mosey down to banks of the Trinity River for a three-day celebration of Spring, featuring food, music, arts, and crafts.
  • May 1-3. Dallas Fine Mineral Show. Embassy Suites Hotel, 14021 Noel Road, Dallas. Dozens of fossil, gem, and mineral specialists descend upon Dallas for a must-see mineral show in an intimate setting. Attendance is free!
  • May 2. 22st Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration. Quakertown Park, Denton. A festival honoring Mexican history and culture, including music, food, and a parade.
  • May 2. Cinco de Mayo Festival. Old Town, Lewisville. Lewisville’s version of this traditional celebration of Mexican culture and history.
  • May 2. Cinco De Mayo Festival. Grand Prairie. A celebration of Mexican history and culture.
  • Early May. Taste Addison. Addison Circle Park, Addison. A weekend of fun, music and especially food – you can try samplings from 50 local restaurants. Date TBA.
  • Early May. Mayfest. Kirby Creek Park, Grand Prairie. A fun-filled day of educational and entertaining activities, food, and goodies lasting from 9 AM – 3 PM. Date TBA.
  • Early May. Texas Frontier Forts Days. Fort Worth Stockyards. This gathering of re-enactors from all over the country demonstrates what life was like in frontier Texas. Dates TBA.
  • Mid May. 12th Annual Folklorico Festival. Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. A Bilingual event (in Spanish and English) that offers performances, workshops, and classes celebrating Hispanic folklore.
  • May 15-17. Main Street Days. Main Street, Grapevine. Grapevine’s 25th annual weekend of Main Street music, fun, food, and adventure.
  • May 15-17. Wildflower Arts and Music Festival. US 75 and Galatyn Parkway, Richardson. A huge music-oriented festival with plenty of great concerts. I saw Huey Lewis and the News there one year.
  • May 15-16. 12th Annual Cajun Festival. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A great excuse to eat boudin, jambalaya, and crawfish, and listen to some excellent Louisiana music.
  • May 16. Greater Fort Worth Herb Society Herb Festival. Fort Worth Botanical Garden Center. A one-day celebration of all things herbs, with vendors, lectures, and demonstrations.
  • May 17. Tutankhamen and the Gold Age of the Pharaohs, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. Your last chance to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of all the wonders of Ancient Egypt’s golden age.
  • May 18-24. EDS Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Four Seasons Resort, Irving. One of the top professional golf tournaments in the world, with a purse in excess of $6,000,000.
  • May 25-31. 63rd Annual Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial Golf Tournament. Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth. Defending Champion Phil Mickelson will be on hand for a second try at the Colonial, which offers a total purse of $6.1 million.
  • May 22-June 7. Cliburn 2009. Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth. Like the Olympics, the Van Cliburn competition happens only every four years — so if you’re in town, take this opportunity to enjoy the talents of 20 promising pianists.
  • Late May. ArtFest 2009. Fair Park, Dallas. A rich artistic celebration, back for its 39th year, that includes hundreds of artists from all over the United States, along with food, entertainment, a children’s interactive area, and more. Dates TBA.
  • May 22-24. National Polka Festival. Ennis. The 43rd annual edition of a nationwide dance and music festival that celebrates Czech and Slovak heritage.
  • Late May. Founder’s Day Festival. Rockwall, Texas. Town historical celebration. Date and musical guests TBA.
  • Late May. Dog Days of Denton. Quakertown Park, Denton. A rain-or-shine day out with man’s best friend, including festival events, food, contests, and live entertainment.

June

  • June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series. Old Town Lewisville. For the 20th consecutive year, Lewisville brightens up the summer with a series of Tuesday-night concerts.
  • Early June. 34rd Annual Auto Swap Meet. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A huge automotive swap meet featuring everything on wheels. Date TBA.
  • Early June. 13th Annual Great American Scrapbook Convention. Arlington. A convention celebrating scrapbooking and the preservation of personal and family histories. Dates and location TBA.
  • Early June. Old Tyme Barbecue Cook-off. The Village, Colleyville. A judged, nationally-sanctioned event benefitting Special Olympics. Dates TBA.
  • June 5-7. Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Maverick Stadium, Arlington. This three day festival of all things Scottish is one of the largest of its type in North America. Lay on, MacDuff.
  • Early June. Highland Village Days, Red, White and Blue Music Festival. Copperas Branch Park, Highland Village. Despite the name, a single-day even including a family fish-out, food, music, and fireworks.
  • June 12-20. Hunt County Fair. Hunt County Fairgrounds, Greenville. Nine days of exhibits, livestock shows, creative arts and entertainment, just northeast of D/FW.
  • June 12-14. 6th Annual City Arts Celebration. Arts District, Dallas. A free showcase of local culture, including music, performing, visual, and culinary arts.
  • June 13-14. Dallas Gun and Knife Show. Market Hall, Dallas. One of five large knife and gun shows sponsored anually by the Dallas Arms Collectors Association.
  • Mid June. Festival de Garibaldi Mariachi Festival. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. A mariachi musical event in which local bands compete for the coveted title of best local mariachi group. Date TBA.
  • June 15-20. Juneteenth. Various venues: Denton, Irving, Plano, Dallas. A celebration of Texas African-American culture. Includes beauty pageants, talent expositions, parades, a gospel extravaganza, barbecue cookoffs, and the Dallas Juneteenth Film Festival.
  • Late June. Philippine Republic Day Celebration. Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. Join the local Filipino community as they celebrate the Independence Day for the Philippines. There’ll be plenty of cultural presentations, music, songs, food, and vendors on hand! Date TBA.
  • Late June. Neighborhood BBQ Cook Off and Small Town Saturday Night. City Hall Square, Cedar Hill. An all-day event full of food, fun, and small town charm. Date TBA.
  • June 25-28. 4th Annual Celina Balloon Festival. Old Celina Park, Celina. A family-oriented event located in the little town of Celina, just north of Frisco.
  • June 26-27. Celebrate Freedom 2009. Pizza Hut Park, Frisco. The largest annual free Christian music festival in the country.
  • June 27-28. Festival of Freedom. Pecan Grove Park, Rowlett. A weekend of musical entertainment and fireworks, celebrating Independence Day.
  • June 27. Allen USA Festival. Celebration Park, Allen. An annual music and arts festival that also includes balloon launches, a golf tournament, and fireworks.
  • June 27. Southwest USA Sports and Fitness Expo. Arlington. A full service sports and fitness expo including vendors, bodybuilders, etc. More info as it becomes available!

July

  • Early July. Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration. Lone Star Racetrack, Grand Prairie. Two days of thoroughbred racing and family activities, capped off by patriotic fireworks displays in the evenings. Dates TBA.
  • Early July. Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. A gathering of premier chamber musicians from all over with world, with live performances open to the public. Dates TBA.
  • July 3. Kaboom Town! Addison Circle Park, Addison. A huge Fourth of July party featuring fireworks choreographed to music.
  • July 3. Sunnyfest. Town Center Park, Sunnyvale. A day of fun, food, and games, culminating in an exciting fireworks display.
  • July 3. Annual Farmer’s Branch Independence Day Celebration. Farmer’s Branch Historical Park, Farmer’s Branch. A day of food, fun, and, of course, fireworks!
  • July 3. Star-Spangled Fourth. Firewheel Town Center, Garland. A large Fourth of July Celebration complete with musical guests, food, fireworks, and fun from 10 a.m to midnight.
  • July 4. 4thFest. Bedford Boy’s Ranch Park, Bedford. Enjoy an old-fashioned flag-waving Independence Day celebration, complete with a concert, fun, food, and fireworks.
  • July 4. Liberty by the Lake Festival. The Colony. A city-wide celebration of Independence Day, including a parade, the Anything That Floats Regatta, concerts, a car show, a salsa shootout, and of course a fireworks extravaganza.
  • July 4. Eighth Annual Frisco Freedom Fest. Various locations, Frisco. A one-day, rain-or-shine event filled with patriotic food, drink, live entertainment, and fireworks.
  • July 4-5. Third Annual Trinity River Fiesta. West End, Dallas. A free, fun-filled holiday weekend celebrating Independence Day in the West End.
  • July 4, 11, 18, 25. July Jazz. Esplanade Park, Addison. Free live concerts from local jazz artists.
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28. Sounds of Lewisville Summer Concert Series. Old Town Lewisville. For the 20th consecutive year, Lewisville brightens up the summer with a series of Tuesday-night concerts.
  • Mid-July. 23rd Annual Taste of Dallas, West End, Dallas. Experience samples of the best food in Dallas, along with live entertainment. Dates TBA.
  • Late May. 10th Annual Gran Fiesta. A three day party featuring all the best in local Hispanic and Latin cultures, including food, family, art, dance, and music. Dates TBA.

August

  • Early August. Dallas Cowboys football. Cowboys Stadium, Arlington. Be on hand for the Cowboys’ first home game in their brand new stadium! Dates TBA.
  • Early August. Spikefest Volleyball Tournament. Five Star Sports Complex, The Colony. One of the nation’s largest amateur grass volleyball tournaments. Dates TBA.
  • August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Symphonic Saturdays. Esplanade Park, Addison. Free live symphony concerts, brought to you by Dallas Wind Symphony and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.
  • Early-Mid August. 2009 Viva Dallas! Hispanic Expo. Dallas. A multi-faceted celebration of Hispanic culture, including cultural awareness initiatives, product samples, celebrities, food, live entertainment — you name it! Dates TBA.
  • Mid August. 2009 Hunter’s Extravaganza. The granddaddy of all hunting shows, including contests, attractions, and a hunter’s supermarket. Dates TBA.
  • August 14-16. 16th Annual Sports and Fitness Show. Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. Includes everything sports and fitness related, including prob bodybuilders and powerlifters, and everything they use to get there.
  • August 14-16. Lion’s Club Balloon Festival. Copperas Branch Park, Highland Village. A grand local tradition featuring three days of balloons, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.
  • Mid-Late August. 81st Annual North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. North Texas Fairgrounds, Denton. A yearly western extravaganza that includes a carnival, a rodeo, music, and a series of special events and attractions. Dates TBA.
  • Late August. Tulisoma South Dallas Book Air and Arts Festival. South Dallas. Local book fair celebrating African-American writers and culture. Dates TBA.
  • Late August. Annual Championship and Household Pet Cat Show. Arlington Convention Center, Arlington. A cat show including not just cat competitions, but vendors and an exhibition of new breeds. Dates TBA.

Remember, folks, there will be more to come as the social year develops!

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maya // Dec 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    This listing is fabulous. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this together.

  • 2 Floyd // Dec 7, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Maya,

    Why, thank you. I hope to finish out the year soon — so be sure to check back for your September-December events sometime in January or February.

    Cheers,

    Floyd

  • 3 Don Young // Feb 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Will you please add a hyperlink to the Prairie Fest listing on April 25?

    Thanks a mil!

  • 4 Floyd // Feb 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Don,

    You got it! I’m looking forward to April.

  • 5 Tom Viviano // Mar 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    please add:
    Cottonwood Art Festival
    http://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/
    May 2nd and 3rd 2009

    Great list. Thanks

    Taste of Addison Link and Actual Date
    http://www.addisontexas.net/events/TasteAddison/
    May 8-10 2009

  • 6 Evette Y. // Mar 11, 2009 at 12:05 am

    What ever happened to the Dallas West End area… when are they going to have some fun over there? The only people left are the spraypaint artist and the flower man. Is there something they know that we don’t?

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  • 8 Nicholi // Mar 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Sweet! I’ve been looking for a list like this. Do you happen to have it in Google Calendar so that I can import it into my Calendar? Would be awesome if you did. 🙂

  • 9 Gayla Lutyk // Mar 23, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Hello,

    I have a non profit event I would love to post if I could. How can I do this?

  • 10 MP // Apr 15, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Great! Great list !

    Though I think the list would be amiss without mentioning 2 huge indian festivals celebrated in the metroplex.

    Diwali Mela (Festival of Lights) at Texas Stadium in the month of October attracts about 60000 people.

    Anand Bazaar at Lone Star Park on Aug15,2009 also attracts people in huge numbers as well.

    Both events show case food, music, vendor, performances..etc

  • 11 Floyd // Apr 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Thank you, MP! These will make wonderful additions to the list.

    Cheers,

    Floyd

  • 12 Susan Friedman // May 19, 2009 at 8:42 am

    best list ever. thank you!

  • 13 Floyd // May 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you — I appreciate it! That means a lot, coming from you!

    Cheers,

    Floyd

  • 14 Christie // Jun 11, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I am in the process of contacting area publications about posting our 2009 event scheudle for the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX. Please contact me if this is possible.
    Thank you

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  • 18 Joe // Sep 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Are you covering Grapefest 2009?

    I don’t see it on your 2009 calendar yet. The music lineup looks awesome.

    Thanks,

    Joe

  • 19 Floyd // Sep 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I’m not sure yet whether I’ll attend, but I just might. Obviously I haven’t updated the blog for a while, but we’ll see what happens.

    Cheers,

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  • 21 JDavis // Nov 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Hi, just want to make sure everyone knows they are invited to
    the first Spaghetti Warehouse celebrating 37th Anniversary
    Nov. 16-20; Party for restaurant’s guests set for Nov. 18.

    Story:

    When the first Spaghetti Warehouse opened in the historic West End District of downtown Dallas in 1972, the restaurant quickly became a fun-filled destination for Dallasites and visitors.

    “We’re celebrating our 37th anniversary November 18th with a party for our guests,” said Azam Malik, President of Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants. “We invite everyone to come downtown to enjoy the celebration we have planned in the picturesque Dallas West End neighborhood.”

    On its anniversary November 18, the restaurant will feature food specials and live music, and will donate 10 percent of its net sales to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program. For a complete list of event specials visit us at http://www.facebook.com/SpaghettiWarehouse.

    Specials November 18 include: 15-layer lasagna, $6.99; spaghetti, salad and soft drink, $4.99; half-price draft beer; and Spaghetti Warehouse sangria, $1.99 a glass.

    Following live music in the bar (5-7 p.m.), the band Glass Apple will perform on the main stage upstairs (7-9 p.m.). Glass Apple is a “Beatles and Beyond” tribute band performing Beatles classics and solo hits by members of the Beatles.

    The West End Spaghetti Warehouse is also offering another special during its anniversary week November 16-20. “1972 was a good year in Spaghetti Warehouse’s history, and we know it was for many of our guests, too,” said Mr. Malik. “That’s why we are offering a week-long anniversary special for guests showing any legal document with a 1972 date.”

    Patrons who bring any legal document (driver license, marriage certificate, diploma, birth certificate, etc.) that contains a 1972 date will receive a free Original Spaghetti entree during the week November 16-20.

    The Spaghetti Warehouse is renowned for classic, Italian-American food, with its fresh, made daily Incredible 15-Layer Lasagne, handrolled meatballs, and made from scratch sauces. “There’s no better place for you and a group of your friends to enjoy a great meal with lots of fun in an eclectic, casual atmosphere,” said Mr. Malik.

    The Spaghetti Warehouse in the West End is a renovation of the Pillowtex pillow factory that was built in 1908. The West End location contains more than $1 million in antiques. Among the treasures: a Tiffany and Co. lamp, a bed that belonged to Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin (which is now a booth that fits up to 8 people), an antique confessional from a church in New England, antique barbershop chairs and an original East Dallas trolley car is in the main dining room.

    “Since the beginning, Spaghetti Warehouse has been the anchor of the West End Historic District,” said Bill Dewbre of Wild Bill’s Western Store. “They attract a lot of people down here because of their good food and fun atmosphere, and they remain a vital part of West End history.” To help celebrate the 37 year historical event, Wild Bill’s Western Store will be offering a 10 percent discount on any purchase from their store when accompanied by a valid receipt from Spaghetti Warehouse during the week of November 16-20, 2009. See store for details.

    The West End Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 1815 North Market Street, Dallas, Texas 75202, at the corner of Munger and Market, just north of Ross. The restaurant is open 11 a.m-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Follow Spaghetti Warehouse online at http://www.facebook.com/SpaghettiWarehouse. Call us at (214) 651-8475 or log on to http://www.meatballs.com.

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    About The Spaghetti Warehouse
    The Spaghetti Warehouse is an eclectic casual restaurant that delivers American-Italian food, friendly service and good value while bringing a smile to your face through nostalgic fun. A festive atmosphere, large seating capacity and more than 20 locations in nine states make Spaghetti Warehouse ideal for family celebrations and group gatherings. For more information, log on to http://www.meatballs.com.

    Spaghetti Warehouse Locations:
    1815 N. Market Dallas TX 75202 (214) 651-8475 (214) 571-9851 [email protected]
    901 Commerce St. Houston TX 77002 (713) 229-9715 (713) 227-3220 [email protected]
    117 West 4th St. Austin TX 78701 (512) 476-4059 (512) 476-4071 [email protected]
    1226 E. Houston St. San Antonio TX 78205 (210) 299-1114 (210) 299-1147 [email protected]
    1517 N. Central Expwy Plano TX 75075 (972) 516-8903 (972) 516-4876 [email protected]
    1255 W. I-20 Arlington TX 76017 (817) 557-0321 (817) 557-0323 [email protected]
    3855 Emporium Circle Mesquite TX 75150 (972) 613-1478 (972) 613-1520 [email protected]
    397 West Broad St. Columbus OH 43215 (614) 464-0143 (614) 464-0145 [email protected]
    36 West 5th St. Dayton OH 45402 (937) 461-3913 (937) 461-7412 [email protected]
    42 S. Superior Toledo OH 43604 (419) 255-5038 (419) 255-9225 [email protected]
    510 S Main St Bldg 33 Akron OH 44311-1055 (330) 374-0025 (330) 374-0804 [email protected]
    101 East Sheridan Oklahoma City OK 73104 (405) 235-0402 (405) 235-1402 [email protected]
    221 E. Brady St. Tulsa OK 74103 (918) 587-4440 (918) 587-8889 [email protected]
    2601 Smallman St. Pittsburgh PA 15222 (412) 261-6511 (412) 261-9675 [email protected]
    1026 Spring Garden Philadelphia PA 19123 (215) 787-0784 (215) 787-0789 [email protected]
    1911 13th St. Tampa FL 33605 (813) 248-1720 (813) 247-3618 [email protected]
    40 West Huling Memphis TN 38103 (901) 521-0907 (901) 526-9352 [email protected]
    2475 Delk Rd. Marietta GA 30067 (770) 953-1175 (770) 953-6541 [email protected]
    101 Busse Rd. Elk Grove IL 60007 (847) 593-0374 (847) 593-0385 [email protected]
    689 N. Clinton Syracuse NY 13210 (315) 475-1807 (315) 475-8126 [email protected]

  • 22 JDavis // Nov 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hi, just want to make sure everyone knows they are invited to
    the 33rd Annual, Dallas Margarita Charity Ball – Nov. 21st
    World’s Largest, Invitation-Only Gala Benefits Dallas Children’s Charities

    Story:

    On November 21st, 2009, the Dallas Margarita Society, Inc. d/b/a Dallas Children’s Charities will host its 33rd Annual Dallas Margarita Ball. This annual event is the largest attended annual invitation-only gala in the world! The event will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive in downtown Dallas, and is scheduled to begin at 7pm and last until 1:30am.

    “The reason we do this goes far beyond the spectacular Ball itself,” says Tom Ford, president, Dallas Margarita Society, Inc. “The Dallas Margarita Ball generates literally truckloads of toys that we give to thousands of underprivileged children in the Dallas/Fort Worth region during the holidays. We have an amazing time with our guests and supporters, but our festivities ultimately benefit thousands of kids in Dallas/Forth Worth each year.”

    Admission is by invitation only, and each invitation admits two people only. Each guest must be at least 21 years of age and must have proper photo identification for admittance to the Dallas Margarita Ball. Each guest is requested to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $35 or more, or to make a cash or credit contribution of at least $35. All toys and proceeds are utilized here in North Texas. These gifts may be the only presents these Dallas/Forth Worth kids receive during the holiday season.   

    Dallas Margarita Society, Inc. and Dallas Children’s Charities enjoy the support of many personal and corporate sponsors who receive special privileges through their affiliation with the charity. Dallas Margarita Society, Inc. and Dallas Children’s Charities offer sponsorship opportunities for as little as $500. This year’s committed major sponsors to date are Diamond Sponsor (donation of $25,000 or more) Sauza Tequila and Ruby Sponsor (donation of $10,000 – $25,000) Hornitos Tequila.

    For more information about this great Dallas organization, sponsorship opportunities, how you can volunteer, or the 33rd Annual Dallas Margarita Charity Ball, visit: HYPERLINK “http://www.dallaschildrenscharities.org” http://www.dallaschildrenscharities.org or HYPERLINK “http://www.dallasmargaritasociety.org” http://www.dallasmargaritasociety.org . A video is available at the Dallas Margarita Society, Inc. website explaining more about the 33rd Annual, Dallas Margarita Charity Ball, as well as the organization itself.

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    ABOUT DALLAS CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
    The Dallas Margarita Society, Inc., (d.b.a. Dallas Children’s Charities) was formed in 1977 when a small group of business acquaintances decided to host a holiday party for associates and friends, and asked their guests to bring Christmas gifts for less fortunate children. DMS/DCC is a non-profit charitable organization whose goals are twofold. The first is to provide disadvantaged Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex children with gifts at Christmas time, and the second is to help those community organizations that work directly with underprivileged children throughout the year.  Its annual Dallas Margarita Ball has grown over the years and is now believed to be the largest annual invitation-only charity black tie gala in the world, with over 11,000 guests, providing gifts for more than 7,000 disadvantaged children each year. Since 1977, DMS/DCC and its volunteers have contributed over one million hours of community service and more than 155,000 toys and gifts valued at more than $3,500,000.  In 2008 alone, more than $694,000 in toys and cash was donated to “at risk” youth in North Texas and the charities and organizations which work with them on a regular basis.

    DMS/DCC is unique in that it has no paid staff and no fixed overhead – all Officers, Directors, Members, and Directors Emeritus serve on a volunteer basis. DMS/DCC achieves its goals by hosting social fundraising networking events throughout the year, an annual golf tournament in early summer and the Dallas Margarita Ball early in the holiday season.  Guests at the Dallas Margarita Ball are encouraged to bring toys or sponsor gifts with cash. Additionally, individual and corporate sponsorships are solicited, and through Sponsors’ generosity DMS/DCC provides operating support and scholarships to numerous community organizations. All DMS/DCC fund-raising activities and events, and all supported charitable organizations are located within the DFW Metroplex

    “THE DALLAS MARGARITA SOCIETY/DALLAS CHILDREN’S CHARITIES IS NOT TRYING TO BE THE BIGGEST CHARITY IN NORTH TEXAS, BUT A CHARITY THAT DOES BIG THINGS, IN SMALL WAYS, EVERY DAY.”  

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  • 24 Jo Trizila // Dec 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Dallas New Years’ Eve Masquerade Gala and Boot Drop at Bella
    Red carpet arrival and winner of the SFR Model Search to be announced

    Ring in the New Year Texas Style at Bella Bar & Restaurant and meet the finalists for the SFR News Casting Call. The announcement will be made immediately after the midnight countdown that will commence at 11:59 p.m. with the dropping of Gene Autry’s famous boot. While a masquerade ball adds to the mystique of the evening, a red carpet arrival will make every guest feel like a star.
    Timeline of events:

    7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    VIP Seated Dinner Open to the public, RSVP required $50 per person for four course meal

    9:30 p.m.
    Red Carpet Arrival Begins

    9:30 to 2 a.m.
    Party in the Tented Canal Lounge

    11:50 p.m.
    Unveiling of “The Bella Boys” and introduction of the five finalists for the SFR News Casting Call

    11:59 p.m.
    Gene Autry Boot Drop countdown begins

    RSVP:
    [email protected] or Tony at 214-855-5001

    Address:
    Bella Bar & Restaurant – 2626 Howell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

    Cost:
    Party admission is free with drink tickets available for purchase at $50 for six drinks

    Additional information:
    • Complimentary shuttle service from 7:30 to 2 a.m.
    • Meet the five finalists for the SFR News Casting Call and the new face of “What’s Hot” in Dallas
    • Dress is costume or evening attire

    About SFR Media
    SFR Daily is an international online news publication owned solely and wholly by a family trust in Rome, Italy. The cutting edge concept of providing the most interesting and up to the minute news online was borne out of the ever-developing trend of the mass consumer’s desire for news via the internet, versus the traditional media outlets. SFR Daily provides only the most interesting, up to the minute fashion, entertainment, gossip, society, political and world news on a daily basis.

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  • 25 JDavis // Jan 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Bella Grand Re-Opening; Party set for Set for Jan. 8, 2010
    Red Carpet Arrival with Heidi Dillon, co-host of The Fashionistas

    WHAT:
    Join Dallas’ hottest celebration this weekend by walking the red carpet with host Heidi Dillon of The Fashionistas. Meet the three stars of the new Dallas-based reality television show, “Bella Boyz” starring Robert “Peach” Petrie, Anthony “Tony” Porcaro and Mordan Stefanov. At the A-list event sponsored by SFR International Magazine and Bella Events, guests will find out the winner of the SFR News Casting Call. In addition, Bella Bar & Restaurant unveils its new makeover and SFR International Magazine will debut its Spring issue to partygoers.

    WHO:
    “Bella Boyz”, SFR Television’s hottest new reality series (set to release in Spring 2010) takes a look into the lives of the Dallas elite – the extreme, crazy, power-filled, sexy lives of the three men running hotspot Bella Restaurant in Uptown, Dallas. Follow powerhouses Robert “Peach” Petrie, Tony Porcaro, and Mordan Stefanov as they make magic happen among the crowds filling the dance floor and red carpets at Bella. SFR Daily is an international online news publication providing cutting edge coverage of the latest fashion, entertainment, gossip, society, political and world news on a daily basis.

    WHEN:
    Friday, January 8, 2010
    8:00 PM Red Carpet Arrival
    9:30 PM After Party benefitting The Fashionistas

    WHERE:
    Bella Bar & Restaurant
    2626 Howell Street
    Dallas, Texas 75204
    214.855.5001
    http://www.belladallas.com

    ENTRY INTO PARTY:
    Admission is free. RSVP to [email protected] or Peach at (914)672-4607.

    WHY:
    ⁃ Be one of the first to preview “Bella Boyz”, the hot, new Dallas-based reality television show featuring Peach, Tony and Mordan
    ⁃ Meet the winner of the SFR News Casting Call and the new face of “What’s Hot” in Dallas
    ⁃ Catch a glimpse of new SFR International Magazine’s Spring Edition

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    To learn more about new reality show “Bella Boyz”, visit http://www.sfr-daily.com.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Jo Trizila
    TrizCom Inc.
    Office: 972-247-1369
    Mobile: 214-232-0078
    [email protected]

    Or

    Michelle Metzger
    (214) 217-7300
    [email protected]
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    About Bella:
    Bella has quickly skyrocketed to the top of the list of Dallas’ greatest experiences in dining and partying, combining both a see-and-be-scene Uptown atmosphere with the warmth and personal touch of your favorite bar and eatery. The Dallas Morning News terms Bella ‘sleek and stylish’ but also calls it ‘relaxed like a neighborhood restaurant.’ Gifted Dallas restaurateurs Tony and Peach, along with chef Christopher Short, have created a masterpiece for ‘scenesters’ but also for anyone with a taste for fine wine and fine food and even Sunday brunch. Located in the Quadrangle with easy parking, a cool patio, a fashionable-yet-cozy atmosphere cocktails, Bella is perfect for that ‘special time’ … or for any time! For more information call: (214) 855-5001 or http://www.belladallas.com.

  • 26 Budget Van Lines // Jan 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    is there a list for 2010?

  • 27 uberVU - social comments // Jan 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by 75001: 2009 and 2010 Events in the DFW Metroplex Dallas / Fort Worth and Me http://bit.ly/afsBAF via http://outside.in/75001

  • 28 guitar teacher // Feb 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    yeah, i’m visiting this summer, is there a 2010 list?

  • 29 JDavis // Feb 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Say ‘I Love You’ From Head to Toe with A DFW Massage Envy Gift Card.

    Free Box of Godiva Chocolate with $60 Gift Card

    The Dallas/Fort Worth area Massage Envy clinics are offering a special Valentine’s day offer– buy a gift card valued at $60 or more and get a free box of Godiva Chocolate for your sweetheart. This offer is only valid at the 27 DFW area Massage Envy clinics and while supplies last. Must be redeemed in person. Two of the DFW Massage Envy clinics now offer Murad healthy skin facials. Massage Envy gift cards may be used for any combination of products and services offered in any Massage Envy clinic nationwide.

  • 30 Racing Boots // Feb 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I cannot wait to check it all out!!

  • 31 Richard // Feb 12, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Great idea, the list of events (lot of work?). I’m not the first to ask but is there one for 2010?

  • 32 Richard // Feb 12, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Oh, sorry, silly me, it’s here bellow…

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