Thursday, May 16, 2013 , Updated 11:09 a.m., May 17, 2013
Weekend warrior: 7 North Texas festivals to hit May 17-19
This weekend, boredom is not an option.
At this point in the year, we'll take any excuse we find to spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons outside. Luckily, there are more than just a few ways to do that this weekend. North Texas has a festival for every preference, from food and music to kites and culture. Venture out to one of the seven festivals below. The weather should be near perfect -- upwards of 90 degrees with partly sunny skies -- so don't forget sunblock and water.
Taste Addison (May 17-19) -- You’ll find food, celebrity chef demos, music, carnival rides, midway games, and more during this three-day festival. More than 70 Addison restaurants will offer samples of their menus at reduced prices. This year’s musical headliners are Blue October, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Breaking Southwest, and Tim Urban. The fest also features wine tasting seminars and children’s entertainment. Runners can also access restaurant samples at tasting stations during the May 18 Tasty Run, a 5K and fun run.
Main Street Days (May 17-18) -- Enjoy live entertainment, pizza and festival foods, craft beers in a new tasting tent, international wines, and local wines from the Lone Star state at this fest in downtown Grapevine. The young at heart will find fun at a full carnival, and youngsters will find plenty to do at an interactive KidCave with shows, exhibits, and games.
Dallas Comic Con (May 17-19) -- Guests at the pop culture extravaganza at the Irving Convention Center include Star Trek’s William Shatner,
Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Castle fame (UPDATE: He canceled), Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, John Noble from Fringe, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton, Kristin Bauer from True Blood, and many others. Comic book artists will be on hand, and other attractions include autograph and photo-op sessions, guest panels, and exhibitors with collectibles and memorabilia.
Trinity River Wind Festival (May 18) -- Bring your kites to this family-friendly event that celebrates the wide-open spaces along the Trinity River here in the heart of Dallas. You can see Japanese kite makers and wind-driven fun in action at the show’s kite arena. Frisbee dogs, music, a bird exhibit, an animal exhibit from Dallas Zoo Outreach, street artists, bounce houses, clowns, face painting, and food trucks will add to the day’s festivities. Free kites will be offered, while available, by NRG.
Warbirds Over Addison (May 18) -- Vintage warbirds will take flight in Addison at this family-friendly event that also offers personal flights. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum will fly many of its World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam-era airplanes including: the P-51 Mustang, AD-5 Skyraider, FM2 Wildcat, P-40 Warhawk, and the flying debut of its FG-1D Corsair. Features will include a Corsair start-up and aircraft carrier demonstration, Japanese Zero/P-51 Mustang aerial demonstration, aircraft displays, a Sherman Tank demonstration, and Kids Zone with military vehicle rides, a face painter, and paper airplane-making station.
Citibank Asian Festival (May 18) -- Enjoy cultural dance performances and entertainment, and taste Asian cuisine from food trucks and vendors at the 23rd annual festival. This year’s activities also include the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession, children’s entertainment and activity areas, and Asian arts and crafts.
Wildflower (May 17-19) -- Richardson's arts and music festival features six performance stages filled with live music. Acts include Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, the Toadies, Grand Funk Railroad, Uncle Kracker, Reverend Horton Heat, Spin Doctors, and Le Freak. The Charlie Daniels Band will be the headliner May 17, with Gretchen Wilson as the opener. There’ll also be arts and crafts, children’s activities, interactive exhibits, acrobats, and more. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this story.
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