Market Street Allen USA
This popular Allen event is marking its 20th year with special "zones" to entice everyone in the family before the fireworks begin. The kid zone will include inflatables, games and rides, along with a craft tent and toddler area. The teen zone, in its second year, might actually keep hard-to-please teenagers entertained with a DJ, karaoke, dance-offs, a selfie station, a gaming bus and a phone-charging station.
Other zones include a Jurassic Zone featuring a sampling of the Dallas Zoo's current "Giants of the Jurassic" exhibit; a sports zone with challenges and appearances by professional athletes; the GuideLive food zone, with items ranging from fair-food standards to healthy offerings from Market Street; and the cool zone, home to musical performances by artists including event headliner Michael McDonald. Finally, we get to the fireworks: The display produced by Pyrotecnico is one of the largest in Texas. The show is choreographed to music that accentuates each boom and blast of color in the sky. You'll be humming patriotic tunes for the rest of the week.
We've also rounded up more great fests (including some other early ones with fireworks) here.
Taco Trail's José R. Ralat chose more than a dozen local taquerias, including El Tizoncito, Revolver Taco Lounge and El Come Taco, for this new festival in Main Street Garden.
There will be tacos starting at $2 each, plus beer, tequila and lucha libre wrestling . Keep an ear out for live music by Ozomatli, Deep Blue Something (try to resist yelling "Play Breakfast at Tiffany's"!), Piñata Protest, TEAM*, Party Static, Valise and Dustin Cavazos. Admission is $12 per person before 5 p.m., $22 after, $60 for VIP.
Reunion Lawn Party
Enjoy music, lawn games, food and drinks for purchase, a beer garden with local craft beer as well as wines, and more during the once-a-month lawn party near the base of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas.
The location is the green space where last year's NCAA March Madness music festival was held. The musical headliner is Folk Family Revival and the opener is Jonathan Fox Band. Visitors can rent games such as cornhole and bocce ball or bring their own to play. Take cash for goodies from the food trucks, beverages, parking and a deposit for rented lawn games. Feel free to take your own picnics, blankets, chairs and lawn games.
Bluegrass on Ballard
Historic downtown Wylie will be filled with life at this celebration of freedom. The event features performances from world-class bluegrass bands as well as arts and crafts vendors in Olde City Park, a chili cook-off, pony rides, food and a car show with more than 150 automobiles on display.
Musicians including Phil Ferguson & Texas True, In Achordance, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band will perform beginning at 3 p.m. Take your own instrument and jam with other bluegrass lovers throughout the day.
Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game
When you think of Dirk Nowitzki, the 7-foot-tall Mavericks star, your thoughts might not naturally turn to baseball. For one, baseball players are generally not that tall. But baseball is a summer sport, and in summer, even Nowitzki likes to participate in our national pastime. However, this is no ordinary game: Nowitzki gathers his famous friends and plays for charity.
On the roster this year: two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash; fellow Mavs Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and Charlie Villanueva; NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant; Texas Rangers great Michael Young; actors Geoff Stults (The Odd Couple, Wedding Crashers) and Josh Henderson (Dallas); and more. The game benefits the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, which provide health and education services to children around the world as well as sports training and competition to kids and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
The day begins at 3:30 p.m. outside Dr Pepper Ballpark with the CBS Radio DFW Fan Fest, featuring a bounce house, inflatable football toss, games, giveaways and more. Before the big game, the first pitch of the Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game will be thrown at 4:45 p.m. During the main event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., stunts, interactive activities and other family-fun crowd-pleasers will take place between innings to keep the crowd entertained. Topping it all off is a post-game 10-minute fireworks finale.
Compiled by Sara Burgos, Shannon Sutlief, Dena Hill and Ann Pinson