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Art&Seek Jr: Celebrate With These 4 Weekend Festivals!

by Therese Powell 7 Jun 2016 9:57 AM

Celebrate with your favorite kid at one of these weekend family festivals.

Summer’s here and it’s time to celebrate! The kiddos have 10 whole weeks of no-school bliss and parents get a break from car pool, homework monitoring, and making the dreaded school lunches. If those aren’t reasons to jump for joy I don’t know what is. Put on your party hats and check out these 4 family-friendly festivals because…well, you should celebrate!

Come celebrate at Fair Park. Photo: Justin Terveen

Come celebrate at Fair Park. Photo: Justin Terveen

Fair Park is having a huge celebration of their own this Wednesday through Saturday. They’ll be commemorating the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Centennial Exposition with a free, four-day festival.There will all sorts of fun (and free!) activities to mark the occasion. Highlights include, musical performances from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Brave Combo, The Quebe Sisters, The Mavericks, and jazz from local musicians; free Ferris Wheel and Tower rides; and games on the Midway. There will also be plenty of things for the tinies like vintage lawn games; a KidZone featuring a zip line; a new kid-friendly pocket park complete with a new carousel. And of course, a fireworks show each night.

Celebrate girls on Saturday night at a free event at the Perot Museum. IGNITE Texas is hosting Girls Rock! Music, Politics and Science, an inaugural event for high school girls, their family and friends. All DFW families are invited to join the night’s activities which include food, dancing and tour of the museum.

Catch the wind at the 2016 Trinity River Wind Festival. Photo: Therese Powell

Catch the wind at the 2016 Trinity River Wind Festival. Photo: Therese Powell

Don’t you just love wide open spaces? Well, the wide open space along the Trinity River it s the perfect backdrop for the 2016 Trinity River Wind Festival. You can bring one of your own kites to fly or watch one of the many spectacular show or stunt kites. Kids can also take part in a paper airplane making, see the Blackland Prairie Raptors, and watch Japanese kite makers at work. The festival happens this Saturday from 11 to 5.


Celebrate diversity at Canal Fest 2016. Photo: City of Irving

According to the real estate website Trulia in a Forbes article, Irving boasts the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the country. Come out and celebrate diversity this Saturday at Canal Fest 2016. The festival will feature folk dancing and live drumming by artists from around the world and performances from former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns. The kids can enjoy hands-on crafts and face painting, while  the adults can get their fortunes read or get a henna tattoo at the Arts Zone. Be sure to come hungry. Indian and Latin American fare, as well as traditional festival food like pizza and barbecue will be available for purchase at the food court. The fun happens from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Las Colinas Urban Center along the beautiful Mandalay Canal in Irving.