Happy March, lovely readers. We’ve got lots going on in Dallas this month – Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day, Holi, daylight savings, and the return of FESTIVALS. So many festivals in our future. And don’t forget about our DMB Egg Hunt coming up March 3rd and 4th! Get your tickets now because this awesome event always sells out!
All Month :: Dallas Blooms is back at the Arboretum. This year’s theme is “A World of Flowers,” featuring food, flowers, activities, and more from different parts of the world each week. Check out the calendar for each day’s activities. If you’re not a member, be sure to purchase parking online in advance for $9 (otherwise it’s $15 at the gate).
March 1, 3 :: We haven’t mentioned Stories and More at Texas Discovery Gardens in a while. They just expanded it to also include the first Saturday of every month. Make crafts, read a book, meet special friends, and enjoy themed snacks. The program is designed for toddlers, but older siblings are welcome! Tickets $8/ages 3 and up, $3/ages 1-2.
March 2, 16, 18, 30 :: The American Girl Store at the Galleria hosts WellieWishers Friendship Tea Parties for ages 5 and up on select dates this month. Bring your doll and enjoy a special menu, crafts, cupcake decorating, and more. 2-4:30pm. $13.50 per person, reservations required.
March 2-4 :: Fair Park hosts the North Texas Irish Festival this weekend. From Scottish Clans to culinary demonstrations, DeLoreans to chalk artists, there’s attractions here for all ages. Kids’ rides, sheep herding, music, dance, folk storytelling, and lots of food and drink. Ticket prices and hours are different each day – check here for details.
March 3, 10, 17, 24 :: How about an interactive, family-friendly night of improv at Dallas Comedy House? 6pm. Tickets start at $5 when purchased in advance.
March 3-4 :: Did you see our post about the 4th annual DMB Egg Hunt? Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out! Sweets, treats, activities, and egg hunts by age group. It’s a fun one. Stay connected to our Event Facebook Page for details!
March 6 :: First Tuesday at the DMA is all about “The Greatest Show on Earth” this month. Geppetto’s Marionette Theater will be there, along with all sorts of circus-related arts, games, and activities, including an interactive museum tour. Complete schedule of activities at the link. 11am-2pm. Free!
March 10 :: So much going on at Fair Park this month, like the annual Color Run 5k, which I’ve always wanted to do. Special $14.99 pricing for kids under 6 who can run as “Heroes in Training.” Other registration levels start at $24.99. See the link for more info and to register online.
March 10 :: Discovery Days at the Perot is all about coding this month. Try your hand at coding a Raspberry Pi (the versatile minicomputer), turn everyday objects into computer keyboards, learn how video games are made, and explore the concept of virtual reality. All Discovery Day activities are included in general admission.
March 10 :: Head to Klyde Warren for Spring Fling today. They’re throwing it back to the 80s and 90s with a breakdance competition and skateboard halfpipe demonstrations. Dance contests consist of 3 vs. 3 breakdance competitions, 2 vs. 2 all styles dance battles, and kids dance battles. That sounds super fun, y’all. 2-9pm. Free!
March 10, 14 :: Barnyard Buddies at Dallas Heritage Village has a Little Blue Truck theme for March. Read the book, do a hands-on activity, and fun craft. Great for children aged 18 months to 5 years. 11am-1pm. $5 per child age 2 and up, $5 per adult.
March 11 :: (at 2 am) Time to spring forward! YAY for more daylight, BOO for trying to put kids to bed when it looks like the middle of the afternoon.
March 16-17 :: A short drive to the southwest is the St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza in Mansfield, TX. It’s a family festival with a pickle market full of crafts and vendors, a pickle playground, pickle contests, live music, and a big old parade complete with pickle queens. Parade kicks off at 1pm on 3/17. Free!
March 17 :: Time for the 40th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival in the Greenville Avenue area. Over 90 floats follow a 2-mile route with beads, bands, bagpipes, and more. The designated “festival” area is for 21+ and is sure to be a hot mess, so head to Mansfield if you want a more family-oriented festival to go with your St. Pat’s parade. 11am-2pm. Free!
March 17 :: The Dallas Holi Festival is at Fair Park today. DJ, dance, loads of color play, games, food, the Desi Bazaar, and a keynote speech by Swami Mukundananda. 12-5pm. This is a free event, but they do have a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person to support the Radha Krishna Temple of Allen.
March 17 :: The 4th annual DFW Literary Fest takes place at Pan African Connection this afternoon. Participate in the community spelling bee, African American bingo, raffles, performances, authors, vendors, STEM, food, workshops, panels, and more. There will be free books to take and/or you can donate your old books. Plus, free grab bags for the first 100 guests! 11am-5pm. Free!
March 18 :: Alamo Drafthouse Richardson will show Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, complete with extra candy, bubbles, and more. I watched this with my 6-year-old the other day, and other than that weird tunnel scene, she loved it! And I have a new, adult appreciation for Gene Wilder’s Wonka. He’s very sassy. Showtime is at 4pm.
March 23-25 :: Dallas Children’s Theater presents Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet – Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Visit the link for tickets.
March 28, 31 :: Mosey on over to Bookmarks at Northpark for Marshall Mitchell’s Cowboy Music for Kids,a fun and engaging program for any age. He and his trusty side-kicks intertwine character traits with interactive songs and stories. March 28 at 10:30-11am. March 31 at 2-2:30pm. Free!
Any other fun March events? Let us know in the comments!