Crowds flock to the  Deep Ellum Arts Festival's dog parade, a festival tradition.

Crowds flock to the  Deep Ellum Arts Festival's dog parade, a festival tradition.

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It's almost Easter, so there are plenty of egg hunts and brunches to get your  weekend hopping (here are some ideas). We've also rounded up plenty of fun fests to try, including a celebration of Deep Ellum and the first of many weekends of Renaissance fair fun. 

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Main Street from Good-Latimer to Hall Street will be closed to traffic so 200 visual artists and artisans can set up shop through the heart of Deep Ellum. More than a hundred bands will perform original music on the fest's five outdoor stages, and there will be food and drink vendors mixed in. The Sunday parade of costumed pets is a fest tradition.  Check it out Friday through Sunday.

Henry VIII and friends strolled the streets at a previous Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

Henry VIII and friends strolled the streets at a previous Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

For eight weekends each spring, a 35-acre site in Waxahachie houses a Renaissance village with its own monarchy, plus other colorful characters such as mermaids, fire jugglers, jousters, sword fighters and turtle racers. Seriously. Eat a giant turkey leg, buy something from the artisans at the shops, watch a game of human chess, or simply take in the sights.  It kicks off this Saturday and runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) through May 25.

Picnics amid the blooms are always fun at the Dallas Arboretum.

Picnics amid the blooms are always fun at the Dallas Arboretum.

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Easter at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum's seasonal floral festival, Dallas Blooms, is underway and there'll be extra fun for Easter weeekend. Activities will include face painting, crafts, a petting zoo and a roving costumed bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there'll be Eddie Coker children's concerts at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and pony rides in the Pecan Grove from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Pin Show is devoted to local indie fashion designers. 

The Pin Show is devoted to local indie fashion designers. 

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The Pin Show

Nearly two dozen local independent fashion designers will showcase their lines on Saturday during the Pin Show runway event at the Bomb Factory, attended by buyers, representatives, retailers and the public. Musical guest Zhora and Friends will perform. The evening will also include a live photo shoot with models. 

Visitors gather around Kathy Copus of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center and her red-tailed hawk during Earthfest.

Visitors gather around Kathy Copus of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center and her red-tailed hawk during Earthfest.

Earthfest Allen

Spend some time outside at Dayspring Nature Preserve during Earthfest Allen on Saturday. Learn from exhibits about greener living, take a picnic, listen to live music and even try kite-flying. The festival will also include wildlife demos, bird-watching, nature walks and more.

Compiled by Ann Pinson, Shannon Sutlief, Nancy Churnin and Dena Hill

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