The Dallas Region is filled with hidden gems and some Dallas faves that our newbies and locals love. The Say Yes to Dallas team did the research and found some of the Region’s best-kept secrets. We also included some popular spots for you to get out and explore. We’ve covered everything from friendly-family parks, best places to grab a drink, and popular events going on during the month. Come explore with us.
Enjoy summer nights with family and friends at events around the region. From Hawaiian luaus to live concerts, there is an event for you to enjoy.
Cinco de Mayo
Tex-Mex, Chihuahua races, mariachi concerts, or a margarita on the rocks— there are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Dallas Region.
Hitting the Trails, Dallas Style
Walkers, cyclists and runners venture into some fascinating places in the Dallas Region. These include former outlaw hideouts, abandoned rail beds and suburban oases. Of course, not all 442 miles of off-street paths in the region offer such adventures. So, the “Say Yes” crew has cobbled together a list of trails that effectively debunks the notion that the Dallas Region is four-wheel-centric.
Views of Dallas
Admit it – this is one of the best cities to live in. Many restaurants and bars are now open. Need an excuse to get back out and explore? Check out our pick of places to be and views to see from our Views of Dallas hidden gems list!
Dragons, Dogs and Bears (Oh My)
Remember that abandoned house down the street with the light flickering in the attic? Can you still smell the cotton candy and feel the pinch of the admission bracelet from the amusement park you obsessed over at age 8? These 10 gems await your discovery in the Dallas Region.
Hitting the Sweet Spots: Dallas’ Hidden Candy Gems
Past the whirly, twirley gumdrop waterfalls and up Oompa Loompa Mountain sits Candy Junction. We suggest you take a detour and stop by some of the store’s real-world counterparts here in the Dallas Region.
Offbeat Eats: Consuming Hidden Dallas
A metropolitan region can be judged as much for its dining experiences as by any other metric – air quality, availability of mass transit and its biking/jogging trail network. Dallas shines by this measure: from Chinese dumplings, to schnitzels to baba ghanoush, dining options well reflect the region’s diverse population of 7.2 million people. But where to start? The “Say Yes” crew met that question with steely determination, producing this list of best off-the-beaten-path drinking-and-eating experiences.
Festival of Colors
Known as the Festival of Colors, Holi is the annual Hindu celebration of the eternal and divine love of Radha Krishna, a Hindi God. In celebration colored powders are thrown in the air to mark the beginning of spring. The Dallas Festival of Colors will take place on Saturday, March 19 with the largest color party featuring DJs, food trucks, performances, and so much more.
St. Patrick′s Day Parade
Lucky you, the Dallas Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back! No. 41 himself, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki will be the grand marshal for the 41st annual parade on Saturday, March 12, at 11 AM. The parade will begin on Blackwell Street and end on SMU Boulevard. In case you miss the parade, you can also join the festivities at The Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade Official Concert featuring the Toadies, 40 Acre Mule, bars, DJs, food trucks and more!
Top 10 Tunes For Your Dallas’ Playlist
The Dallas Region has served as fodder for lyricists and tunesmiths for nearly as long as audio recordings have existed, perhaps earlier. From blues legend to pop star, check out our list of top 10 tunes for your Dallas’ playlist – song recordings that best capture the spirit of Big D.
Experience the Holidays in Dallas
Whether you are planning your holiday staycation or visiting from out of town, witness the wonder and magic of the season through these unique Dallas Region holiday experiences.
Time to get down and dirty to protect our planet. This month, the region will celebrate Earth Day in a series of events commemorated through cleanup days, expos, and more.
- Filled with expos, speakers, live music, and more, Earth X (April 20-24) is a 4 day event educating and inspiring people and organizations to take action towards a more sustainable future.
- On Sunday, April 3, Oak Cliff celebrates people and our planet at the beautiful historic Lake Cliff Park. With Dallas College as the premier sponsor, this day will highlight the uniqueness and beauty of Oak Cliff.
The month of April brings Dallas Art Month with exhibits displayed around the region. AURORA and Downtown Dallas, Inc. bring a month-long program of projections displayed at parks and on outdoor surfaces. Video Art Nights will take place every Friday from 8 PM to midnight in April. Free to the public, each event will have live music and artisanal markets.