Hey, it hasn't been snowing this week! Celebrate by checking out our top five fests, including Dallas' big St. Patrick's Day parade, some of our favorite zombie-fighters and the return of a Denton music fest.
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival: Get your green on, do some wild-partier watching and catch beads along the 2-mile parade route on Greenville Avenue. A new addition for the 36th edition of the parade is Brew Fest, with ales, food trucks and a DJ. The Mavs Corner at Greenville Avenue and Lovers Lane will be the spot to see Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs, Champ and Mavs Man. Hit the Family Place Family Zone for exhibitor booths, food trucks and activities for all ages. (We've also rounded up plenty of other fun St. Patrick's Day celebrations .)
35 Denton: Eclectic music fest 35 Denton is back after a yearlong hiatus with more than 250 bands at 13 local venues and on two outdoor stages. Headliners include '60s pop band the Zombies, Texas country artist Jimmie Dale Gilmore and indie rockers the Lonely Wild. The fest will continue to support local bands, too -- more than 130 of them -- but there are new additions to the lineup such as yoga, a social run and workshops.
Walker Stalker Con: Love The Walking Dead? Scheduled guest appearances at this gathering include Danai Gurira (Michonne), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Emily Kinney (Beth) and more. There'll be a cosplay contest, a zombie hunt, panels with the actors, meet-and-greets, photo ops and autographs, vendors and gobs of zombie costumes and makeup. (Another local con this weekend is All-Con, complete with Doug Jones from Hellboy and Cerina Vincent from Power Rangers.)
Holi Festival of Colors: Wear white clothes and they'll turn rainbow-colored at this annual fest, which welcomes spring. It features "color throws" every half-hour, during which participants toss colored powders. The event will also include live performances, DJs, dancers, hookahs, Indian street food and a bazaar.
Santa Fe Days in the Park: The celebration of American Indian arts and culture moves to a new location, Sandy Lake Amusement Park, this year. Expect music, dancing, educational opportunities, storytelling, and chances to see the work of 70 American Indian jewelers and artists. Hungry? Try the fry bread and Indian tacos.
Compiled by Ann Pinson, Tiney Ricciardi and Dena Hill