Taste Addison

Attractions: What to Do This Weekend / 18 Reasons to Get Out of the House Friday–Sunday

Elizabeth Smith
Taste Addison // Town of Addison
May 17, 2018
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Whether you’re going out to celebrate your kid’s kindergarten graduation or to take advantage of the promising weather, you’ll find plenty of weekend-long festivals and entertainment worthy of a family outing in Dallas-Fort Worth, including Taste Addison and Main Street Fest in Grapevine.

Main Street Fest, Grapevine

Friday–Saturday, May 18–19, 10am–11:30pm
Sunday, May 20, 11am–6pm
Grapevine historic district’s 34th annual festival returns with plenty to do and see all weekend, so here’s a tip: Take your family on Friday for unlimited carnival rides with the purchase of the wristband (good for Friday night only). For your kids 7 and up with vocal chops, sign them up online for the DFW ICON Singing Competition (think American Idol). Prelims begin Friday inside Palace Theatre and finals are on the Main Stage on Sunday. General festival admission: $7 adults; $5 children ages 6–12. $15 weekend pass. Free admission Friday through 5pm.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, Richardson
Friday, May 18, 6pm–12am
Saturday, May 19, 11am–12am
Sunday, May 20, 11am–6pm
Among the many local and big-name musicians performing at this family-friendly festival are the young finalists of the Budding Talent Vocal Competition. Cheer on your favorites and let your littles belt out tunes too with kid karaoke, one of several entertainment offerings at the WF! Kids area next to the Plaza Fountain. Adult admission: $30 on Friday and Saturday; $15 on Sunday; $65 for a three-day pass. $5 admission any day for children 5–12; free for 4 and younger.

Taste Addison
Friday, May 18, 6pm–12am
Saturday, May 19, 12pm–12am
Sunday, May 20, 12–6pm
The town famous for its “restaurant row” knows how to throw a food festival. Take your pick of bites from dozens of local eateries spread out over Addison Circle Park and, after digesting, climb in the Ferris wheel and other kiddie carnival rides open all weekend. Buy your admission tickets online to skip the line at the gate. $15 in advance through May 13; $20 May 18–19; $10 on May 20. Free admission every day for kids 11 and younger.

Extra Kid-Friendly Fun at the Ballpark
Friday, May 18, game begins at 7:05pm
Sunday, May 20, game begins at 4:05pm
The Frisco RoughRiders minor league baseball team competes against the Corpus Christi Hooks in four consecutive games Friday–Monday, and on select days the Dr Pepper Ballpark offers additional family fun activities to keep the kids entertained. Let your littles play with 2,000 square feet of Lego blocks, play catch on the field, run the bases, and lean back to watch a post-game fireworks show. Tickets from $7.57 for lawn seats. $29 to float the Choctaw Lazy River.

Warbirds Over Addison
Saturday–Sunday, May 19–20, 10am–5pm
Bring your littles to climb in the cockpit and talk shop with pilots of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s most treasured military planes from the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam eras. The warbirds stretch their wings with flyovers during the day and ground-level demonstrations feature a Sherman tank and naval carrier aircraft operation. $12 adults; $6 children ages 4–12. Personal flights from $75.

Jack Sparrow Costume on Exhibit in Arlington
Saturday, May 19, 10am–5pm
Sunday, May 20, 1–5pm
Johnny Depp’s costume from Pirates of the Caribbean and Emmy Rossum’s gown from The Phantom of the Opera are among 40-plus artistic and couture costumes from period films on display now through Aug. 12 at the Arlington Museum of Art. Bring your family’s movie and history buffs to take an up-close look at the exhibit Cut! Costume and the Cinema, featuring costumes that help to set the scene and establish authenticity in each film. $10 adults; free for children age 12 and younger.

Garden Party at the DMA’s Late Night, Dallas

Friday, May 18, 6pm–12am
See May flowers in abundance at the Dallas Museum of Art during this special Late Night of tours of the museum's floral still lifes, outdoor activities, and kid-friendly entertainment including the Creativity Challenge. Sign up beginning at 7:15pm and meet on level two for a project using everyday art supplies (paper, tape, pipe cleaners) to make a beautiful bouquet inspired by the art around you. $10; free for children 11 and younger and DMA members.

Kids Who Care’s Earth and Soul Play, Fort Worth
Friday, May 18, 7:30pm
The young actors of Kids Who Care Musical Theatre wrap up a nine-month tour with a final performance on their home stage, W.E. Scott Theatre. Reserve your seats for this musical that explores taking care of the planet through recycling and respecting the honeybees. $20 adults; $17 kids age 15 and younger; $55 ticket supports the More Than a Trip program.

Denton County Farm Heritage Day

Saturday, May 19, 9am–1pm
Let your littles climb into the driver’s seat of antique tractors and watch as blacksmithing pros shape metal into tools during the second annual family day celebrating Denton's agricultural history. Bring your reusable bags with you to this Saturday morning event at Denton County Historical Park and browse for fresh, local foods at the farmers market. Free.

Raptors of North Texas Bird Show, Coppell
Saturday, May 19, 10am–12pm
Learn all about real birds of prey including hawks, owls and falcons during this live animal presentation by the executive director of the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. Make sure to show up on time for this program at Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park. Doors must remain shut once the show begins. Free.

Teddy Bear Parade, Frisco
Saturday, May 19, 10am–12pm
Bring your child’s favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal friend to the Frisco Heritage Center’s gazebo for a tiny parade led by two furry mascots: Buddy Bison of the National Park Trust and Ted E. Bear of the Frisco RoughRiders baseball team highlighting the history of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Free.

Taste of Irving Food and Music Fest
Saturday, May 19, 12–6pm
Let your picky eaters experiment with new foods while you satisfy your own taste buds when more than 20 food trucks park at Cimarron Park and offer $5 samples. Kids entertainment at this outdoor food and music festival includes a free fun zone with inflatable rides and games and at 1pm inside the rec center, a performance of Peter and the Wolf by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Free.

Family Fun on Continental Avenue Bridge, Dallas
Saturday, May 19, 5–9pm
If Spider-Man were to throw his webs and swing through downtown Dallas, he would surely swing over the Continental Avenue bridge park connecting downtown and West Dallas. Come watch a screening of the 2017 Spider-Man Homecoming movie on the pedestrian bridge and enjoy the bounce houses, games, and ice cream and snow cones from food trucks. Free.

Laps for Charity, Fort Worth
Saturday, May 19, 5–10pm
If your kids’ dream job is NASCAR driver, don’t miss out on this special opportunity to drive around Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval racetrack. Stay for the car show, live music and concessions. $40 per vehicle in advance for three laps and T-shirt; $50 on event day. $30 per additional set of laps. $10 for photos in Victory Lane and $15 per additional T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities.

Family Night Owls Hike at the Arboretum, Dallas
Saturday, May 19, 6–10pm
Explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden during this evening program for families with kids 5–12. Register online for your spot and join the Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as a flashlight night hike. $35 per person, includes a light snack; $30 for arboretum members.

Colores de Maya, Fort Worth
Saturday, May 19, 7pm
Stories from Mayan culture live on in this eclectic, colorful presentation starring Grupo Pakal Mayan Performing Arts on stage in Rose Marine Theater. Come see the incredible dance and story of the Mayan god Kukulkan, the “feathered serpent,” and stay after to meet and chat with the cast. Tickets from $10.

Kids Triathlon Benefiting Scottish Rite, Lewisville

Sunday, May 20, 6:15am
Help your kids keep their hearts healthy and help raise funds for Scottish Rite Hospital by signing up for the fifth annual North Texas Kids Triathlon, open to ages 6–15 and held at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center. Registration is $50, plus $10 for an annual, youth membership to the USATriathlon, a requirement for each child competitor.

Pirates and Princesses Marionette Show, McKinney
Sunday, May 20, 3pm
Come before the show for a meet and greet with musicians of the Plano Symphony Orchestra and more pre-concert activities beginning at 2pm inside the McKinney Performing Arts Center. For the main event, company dancers from KJ Dance of Plano as well as marionettes from Le Theatre de Marionette dance to songs from Aladdin, Cinderella and Pirates of the Caribbean. Tickets from $8.

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