North Texas Fair and Rodeo
This annual nine-day fair and rodeo offers all of the wonderful things that make a regional fair so much fun: horse and livestock shows, carnival rides, two concert stages, a chili cook-off, a pageant, a parade and more.
Concerts include performances by the Randy Rogers Band, Ronnie Milsap, the Josh Abbott Band and the Charlie Daniels Band. Rodeo events take place nightly at 7:30. For cowboys and girls in training, mutton bustin' can be done Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. A kids' zone features tractor pulls daily at 6 p.m. and more pint-sized fun.
This sprawling festival organized by Bishop T.D. Jakes delivers inspirational entertainment with spiritual leaders and celebrities from music, film, television, comedy and more. More than 80,000 attendees from about two dozen countries are expected to converge on Dallas for the festival, last held here in 2013.
While the event emphasizes spiritual events and speakers, it also offers a whole lineup of entertainment and things to do, including a choir competition, a dance conference, children's events, an expo area and more.
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Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival
This 21-and-older festival raises a glass to several of the things that make Texas great: food, music and (most important?) beer. Tasty Texas food offerings will come from Gilley's Jack Daniel's Saloon, Easy Slider, What's Da Scoop? and El Come Taco. Musical performances feature headliners Old 97's as well as the Black Angels, Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, LaTasha Lee and the Black Ties, and the Deathray Davies.
Rounding out the fun: carnival-themed games and activities including a mechanical armadillo, dueling basketball hoops, a high striker and cornhole; a photo booth; a trading post; and more. The event is free, but is limited to a capacity crowd. Don't want to risk being left out? A $25 advance ticket will guarantee entry; that $25 will go to the North Texas Food Bank.
Coleman Family AdventureFest
Climb a rock wall, try some archery, build a rocket and learn about fishing at this outdoors-inspired fest for ages 7 and older. Attendees can also try products and see demos from the event sponsor, Coleman.
Guests include Creek Stewart of the Weather Channel's Fat Guys in the Woods, mountaineer Matt Moniz, environmentalist and explorer Philippe Cousteau, and former NFL player Herschel Walker. Advance ticket purchases are recommended.
Hatch Chile Festival
If there is an upside to the blistering days of August, this is it: Hatch chiles, those rare specimens from New Mexico with the short harvest season, are finally back in stores. Celebrate your love for the little green guy at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market's annual fest.
In addition to selling hot-roasted Hatch chiles, the festival offers live music from the Crawfish Band from 9 to 11 a.m., food from market farmers and vendors and a chance for kids to color their own tiles for the future Epic recreation center. You can also do your regular farmers market shopping while you're there.
Compiled by Sara Frederick Burgos and Ann Pinson.