Get your Art on : Spring 2017 Art Festivals around DFW

Whether you are sidewalk chalk artist or an accomplished artist Spring is a good time to be in Dallas. The weather is breezy and beautiful, blue bonnets are blooming filling up the medians and sidewalks. Texans love to maximize on the balmy weather this time of the year – be it drinks on the patio, alfresco dinning or visiting art festivals. We have quite a few of them around the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex where you can get your creative juices flowing and your art on this spring.

Creativity is Intelligence having fun! – Albert Einstein


When: April 1 – 2

Arts in the Square is a Juried Fine Arts and Crafts festival featuring over 120 of the best local and regional artists selling their handmade creations. The 9th annual arts festival will be held on April 1st and 2nd at the Simpson Plaza, where you can listen to local talent, watch ongoing performing arts, enjoy interactive art activities, and treat yourself to the food and spirits available at the variety of award-winning restaurants in the Frisco Square.


When: April 7 – 9

Located at the Fashion Industry Gallery – adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the revitalized downtown Arts District – the 2017 Dallas Art Fair features prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. The fair runs from Friday April 7th to Sunday April 9th with a Preview Gala benefits the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary on April 7th.


When: April 7 – 9

McKinney Arts in Bloom will be held from April 7th to 9th in historic Downtown McKinney. The event is a celebration of art and wine. During Arts In Bloom the streets of downtown McKinney come alive with fascinating sights and sounds as fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors take part in the three-day celebration – it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the magic of McKinney’s historic shopping district while also enjoying art, music, food and more! 150 local, regional and nationally recognized artists represented 15 states and 45 cities from across Texas. Local Texas wineries will showcase their wines at the Trinity Falls Wine Garden. In this area on Louisiana St., patrons will get to taste local wine and meet the winemakers.

Deep Ellum

When: April 7 – 9

The free 3-day, Deep Ellum Arts Festival will be held April 7th to 9th is the Metroplex’s most eclectic neibourhood exemplifies everything that makes this area rock. You can experience more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, and 150 original bands and performance artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from 6 different stages and 2 additional performance areas! While you are there walk around to discover the many murals in the area and don’t miss the pet parade on Sunday.


When: April 22 – 23

Plano Artfest is community event built around artistic inclusiveness, creative curiosities, and cultural connection. The 2017 festival will include a week of community art programming that culminates in a one day festival in the Downtown Arts District. April 22nd and 23rd festivities will include the Saturday night Artfest experience, that will be geared towards a more contemporary art crowd. On 23rd Sunday’s Artfest event will be the traditional family fun day for young families and art lovers of all types. It will include the free sidewalk chalk contest, Chalk It Up, and will feature performances from Plano’s best art and cultural groups on the community stage. There will be local food vendors, a makers market, and a Kids Zone with bounce houses and art make-it-and-take-it stations.

Fort Worth

When: April 20 – 23

Mainstreet Art Festival is the largest four-day event in the southwest brings the finest in art, music, food and culture together in an incredible urban setting. There will be four days of music, some amazing art by over 200 artists who made the cut of over 1400 applicants. It is free to attend the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, where you can browse art, listen to music and enjoy a variety of street performances at no charge. Certain activities (such as MAIN ST. Creates!) and food and beverages requires coupons that can be purchased on site. The festival runs April 20th to 23rd.


When: April 28 – 30

The Art in the Square held in Southlake has grown to be one of the top small art shows in the nation. Youth Art in the Square offers aspiring high school artists an invaluable opportunity to participate in and learn the mechanics of a world-class art festival In addition to offering the best in visual arts, Art in the Square features a tremendous lineup of musicians and performing artists. Two stages feature continuous entertainment all weekend long. It will be held April 28th to 30th.

Dallas Arboretum

When: April 29 – 30

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host its annual fine art show, Artscape, on April 29 and 30. The event will feature 103 artist tents which will be displaying a wide-range of artworks, from sculpture to photography. New elements this year include a university zone with artwork and Dallas galleries featuring artwork for sale in the DeGolyer House. DeGolyer House will be transformed into a fine art gallery, featuring art from Dallas’s top galleries, on display and for sale. In the grassy area of the circular drive at the DeGolyer, 10- 12 universities will be represented by professors and/or students selling their works of art.


When: May 6 – 7

Now in its 48th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried art show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 800 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Each Spring and Fall a featured artist is selected to represent the festival. Cottonwood isn’t just about the art, though. The festival also features local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk.  This premier fine art event in Spring will be held May 6th and 7th.


When: May 12 – 14

The Allen Arts Festival is an annual event that always takes place the 2nd weekend of May, coinciding perfectly with Mother’s Day weekend, this year it will be May 12th to 14th. This family friendly arts festival features juried artwork from fine visual artists from all over the country, and has been a staple in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm in Allen for the last 9 years. 2017 features 88 artists showcasing their work in diverse categories. Live music and dance, children’s art activities, and much more is offered throughout the weekend.

Featured Image by artist Julia Pappas

2 thoughts on “Get your Art on : Spring 2017 Art Festivals around DFW”

  1. I’m so excited to see the continual artistic growth in and around Dallas. This spring has been an AWESOME year to be a Texan who is also an avid art lover.

  2. Its so nice that the art community and culture is growing in Texas! There seems to be quite a few different options to suit everyones artistic needs 🙂

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