In case you were wondering when prime festival season is for Dallas-Fort Worth, it is apparently mid-May. This weekend will see no fewer than four major festivals, five if you include the goings-on inside the Dallas Convention Center.
Below are your best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, May 15
LuminArte Gallery presents The Prince of Texas reception
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was one of the team's biggest acquisitions in recent years, a fact that inspired artist Bruce Sulzberg to create the new piece he calls The Prince of Texas. Both Fielder and Sulzberg will be on hand for a special reception at LuminArte Gallery to unveil the piece, at which copies of the 3-D serigraph will be for sale.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Festival: Beethoven's Fifth
No retrospective of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven is complete without a concert featuring his iconic Fifth Symphony, something the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will do this weekend as part of their Beethoven Festival. Playing four times Thursday through Sunday at Meyerson Symphony Center, the concert will also include the composer's Triple Concerto and Egmont Overture.
Friday, May 16
Main Street Days
The annual Main Street Days are Grapevine's time to shine, as the city lines Main Street with shopping opportunities, kids activities, stages for performances, food, drink and more. Grapevine is, of course, known for wine, but this year's event will also put the focus on craft beer, as there will be a special area where those of drinking age can taste more than 30 craft beers. The festival runs through Sunday.
Dallas Comic Con
If you're even somewhat into science fiction, fantasy, comic books or the like, Dallas Convention Center is where you'll want to be this weekend for the annual Dallas Comic Con. Running through Sunday, you'll be able to geek out over appearances by celebrities like William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Robert Englund, Christopher Lloyd and Adam Baldwin.
Fort Worth Music Fest
It seems like every recent outdoor festival has to multitask, offering a little bit of everything. But the Fort Worth Music Fest will be all music, all the time, with 20 bands performing on two stages at Panther Island Pavilion on Friday and Saturday. Headliners will be acts like Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Eat World and Jackopierce, with early time slots going to a bevy of local bands.
Wildflower Arts and Music Festival
Richardson also gets into the festival act this weekend, offering a variety activities and entertainment for both kids and adults at Galatyn Park, just outside of Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Arts may come first in the title, but it's music that's mainly showcased here, with headliners including Lonestar, The Wallflowers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, among others.
Saturday, May 17
Trinity River Wind Festival
Dallas may suffer from a lack of rain, but if there's one thing we have in abundance, it's wind. The Trinity River Wind Festival uses that to its advantage, taking to the wide open spaces around the Commerce Street Viaduct to showcase the flying of kites by professionals and amateurs alike. The free festival will also have a special kids area with face painting and bounce houses.
Dave Matthews Band in concert
The latest appearance in Dallas by the Dave Matthews Band will be a bit different than others in recent years. The performance at Gexa Energy Pavilion will feature two separate sets by the band, one acoustic and one electric, with the band alternating from a full lineup for some songs to just a couple of musicians for others. Fans are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food donation items for the BamaGreen Food Drive - anyone who donates will be entered to win prizes.
Sunday, May 18
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Pixar in concert
Film scores are many kids' first exposure to the magic that instruments used by orchestras can accomplish. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the works of composers like Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman and Thomas Newman, who have helped Pixar's animated films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles come alive. The concert will be presented three times Friday through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Lone Star Film Society presents ArthouseFW: Wings
The latest presentation from the Lone Star Film Society will be a screening of 1927's Wings, the first film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. The silent film was shot in Texas and features some truly awe-inspiring aerial sequences done at a time when special effects hardly existed. The screening will take place at the Kimbell Art Museum.