Spring is the time when a young Texan’s fancy turns to street festivals. The ice of winter is a memory and the heat of summer is just a promise. So why not get out and enjoy it?
Even better if said street festivals are overflowing with eclectic and calorie-laden food options, because man can’t live on sunshine and fresh air alone.
Here are 10 of our favorite spring festivals where you can also get your feed on.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Now that Deep Ellum is back as both a music and food destination (we can’t wait for the opening of the barbecue wonder Pecan Lodge), this three-day celebration is more relevant than ever. Some of the best the local music scene has to offer — Nicholas Altobelli, Fox and the Bird, the Effinays, the Phuss, Brave Combo — will be performing, while the likes of H&M Creole Kitchen, Fuzzy’s, Buzzbrews, Alligator Cafe, Taste of Cuba, Mama Faye’s BBQ and the Green Room will be spooning up the eats. And, yes, there will be lots of art and vendors of all stripes. Along Main Street in Deep Ellum. Free. deepellumartsfestival.com.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
April 5-May 26
OK, so food isn’t the main reason to come out for this celebration of jousting, knights and wenches. But the experience is a whole lot more fun (and medieval) with giant roasted turkey legs, steaks-on-a-stake, New World fajitas and Scotch eggs to munch on. And beer, lots of beer. 2511 Farm Road 66, Waxahachie. $20 one day in advance; $24 on site; $32 two-day weekend pass; $9 child, $20 child season pass. www.srfestival.com.
Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival
The trifecta of art, music and street food come together in this annual downtown party. Music will be provided by Robert Cray, the Mavericks, Mingo Fishtrap, Bob Schneider, the Fort Worth Opera and Larry g(EE). And you can accompany it with food from Reata, Riscky’s Barbeque, Schakolad, Crepe Crazy, Crawfish Connection and our out-of-town favorite, Schmidt’s German Village. Main Street, downtown Fort Worth. Free. mainstreetartsfest.org.
Art in the Square
This community fundraiser, which says it has raised more than $2 million for northeast Tarrant County charities, is also a good way to check out the work of some 145 artists while being entertained by the likes of this year’s headliner, the Cadillac Three. There are two food/drink areas: Le Bistro (offering everything from Mexican to gyros) and a beer tent called King and Queen Pub. Southlake Town Square. Free. artinthesquare.com.
Denton Art & Jazz Festival
Denton’s long-running jazz heritage is on display at this annual gathering that this year will be headlined by Al Jarreau, the Quebe Sisters Band, Asleep at the Wheel and Brave Combo. In addition, there’s a juried fine arts and crafts show as well as six food courts serving Asian, Mexican, Cajun, Greek, German and Italian fare, as well as burgers, hot dogs, and turkey legs. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. Free. dentonjazzfest.com.
This annual Fort Worth institution features a mix of music and performing arts on seven stages; the Mayfest Run; more than 60 booths of art, sculpture and jewelry; games and sports, including bungee jumping; carnival rides; a children’s area; and a feast of festival food, including funnel cakes, jambalaya, tacos and crawfish. And new this year, there will be a Best of the Fest food contest among the vendors, at 4 p.m. May 1. Admission $8, $5 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger. Trinity Park, Fort Worth. mayfest.org.
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Now that this event has settled into being a May event, instead of June like it was a few years back, you don’t have to worry as much about sweating through your kilt. Enjoy Scottish games, bagpipe competitions, whiskey tasting, shortbread and “bonniest knees” contests, dancing, music from the likes of the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, and as much fish and chips, haggis, meat pies, and bangers as you can handle. Maverick Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington. $12 on Friday and Sunday, $18 on Saturday; $25 Friday-night barbecue; $8 ages 13-17, $5 ages 6-12. texasscottishfestival.com.
Homegrown Music & Arts Festival
See some of Texas’ best bands at this downtown Dallas music fest that’s headlined by the Toadies. Other acts include Seryn, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Wild Moccasins, the Phuss and Houston’s phenomenal the Suffers. You can stuff your face with food from Rusty Taco, Tiff’s Treats and Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams, among others. Main Street Garden Park, Dallas. $20. homegrownfest.com.
Wildflower Arts and Music Festival
If you’re a fan of classic rock, Wildflower is your jam. Loverboy, Foghat, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Ed Kowalczyk (from Live), and Fastball are all going to be there this year, as well as Kool & the Gang and disco revivalists Le Freak. While that may satisfy your hunger for old time rock ’n’ roll, the Taste of Texas Food Garden should satisfy your cravings for something to eat. Galatyn Park, Richardson. $20, $30 three-day pass, $3 ages 5-12, free age 4 and younger. wildflowerfestival.com.
Main Street Days
This Grapevine get-together is enjoying its 30th edition this year, and it’s subtitled A Craft Brew Experience. In addition to beer tastings and live entertainment, there will be all sorts of festival food such as turkey legs, jalapeños on a stick and wild game sausage, as well as access to the many area restaurants. Downtown Grapevine. $7, $5 ages 6-12 and 62+. grapevinetexasusa.com.