Dallas-Fort Worth is a hub for beer, wine and spirits, so it's only fitting locals have a myriad of events where they can experience each one. Grab your drinking buddies and check out these six tipsy festivals happening this spring.
Craft Brew Experience at Main Street Fest
When and where: May 19-21 at Historic Downtown Grapevine
Craft beer has been a pillar of Grapevine's long-running Main Street Fest since 2013 when the event added a "brew experience." Said experience includes three days of sampling suds from a variety of local and national breweries, alongside cask tappings throughout each day. A $15-$18 ticket to the Craft Brew Experience needed to be purchased in addition to entry to Main Street Fest ($7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 6-12). Details for 2017 are still TBA.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Craft Brew Experience listing.
Bloody Mary Festival
When and where: May 21 at 2616 Commerce Event Center (Dallas)
Keep the brunch vibes rolling all day at this festival dedicated exclusively to the Bloody Mary cocktail. Ten Dallas restaurants, including Taverna Rossa, Capitol Pub and Jed's Grill, will showcase their best boozy concoctions in hopes of winning over a panel of judges and drinkers who attend. There's a People's Choice Award up for grabs after all. The event also includes live music and food, which is included with the purchase of a VIP ticket or otherwise available for purchase.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Bloody Mary Festival listing.
Brewhaha: A Day of Beer Magic
When and where: May 21 at the new Four Corners Brewing facility (1311 S. Ervay St., Dallas)
If you're a regular home brewer or beer drinker in Dallas-Fort Worth, you may have noticed there's a certain beloved festival missing from this list. Brew Riot, Oak Cliff's long-running homebrew competition, announced a hiatus in March. But never fear, because another beer fest is here! Brewhaha: A Day of Beer Magic brings local home brewers to the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas for a day of sampling. The event will also include a market where attendees can shop from local businesses and artists, as well as live music. Entry buys all this fun and a sneak peek at Four Corners Brewing Co.'s new production facility, which is expected to be up and running in June.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Brewhaha: A Day of Beer Magic listing.
Dallas Margarita Meltdown
When and where: May 28 at West End Marketplace (Dallas)
North Texans are passionate about their margaritas, which is why this festival has been such a success over the last six years. It moves to a new home this year at the West End Marketplace in downtown Dallas, where dozens of local restaurants and bars will shake up their best combination of tequila, lime and salt in hopes drinkers will vote them Best Margarita in Big D. Past winners include Savor, Pie 314, Whiskey Cake and more. Pro tip: Take the DART train, which stops walking distance from the venue.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Dallas Margarita Meltdown listing.
When and where: May 28 at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. (Dallas)
Beer and barbecue are natural partners, which is why this annual event at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is consistently a good time. The Brew-B-Q has grown over its six years and 2017 promises carnival games, sumo wrestling, giant beer pong and a bounce house. The entertainment has also grown more enticing -- Texas-based roots-rock songwriter Israel Nash is slated to headline the event. Come hungry, come thirsty, and if you don't already have Memorial Day off, be sure to request it. Your hangover will thank me later.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Brew-B-Q listing.
Tour de Fat
When and where: June 17 at The Bomb Factory (Dallas)
In 2000, New Belgium Brewing Co. hosted a philanthropic festival of bikes and beer in its hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. Since then, the event, known as Tour de Fat, has grown into a nationwide celebration that travels city to city throughout the summer. This year, Tour de Fat makes its Dallas debut at The Bomb Factory, bringing with it stellar craft beers including the brewery's famous Fat Tire amber ale and Citradelic IPA, and the sounds of Texas roots-rock band Jamestown Revival. There were also be vaudeville performers, magicians and comedians, according to a statement. Unlike the event in Fort Collins, the Dallas edition will not host a bike parade, though attendees are encouraged to bike to the festival dressed in crazy costumes. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Bike DFW, which focuses on education and advocacy to make cycling in North Texas safer and more convenient.
- For times, ticket info and more, visit our Tour de Fat's listing.