Newcomers to Dallas will find they have plenty of exciting events to look forward to throughout the year. Regardless of whether one is interested in food and wine, arts and culture or sports, there's sure to be an event that appeals to every type of resident in Dallas.
Here's a list of must-see festivals, events and celebrations in Dallas.
Annual events in Dallas
Martin Luther King Birthday Parade (January)
Each year more than 250,000 spectators head to downtown Dallas to view this colourful march through the streets celebrating the life and achievements of the famous civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival (May)
Each year the streets of downtown Dallas become a hive of activity as thousands of visitors come to view the annual parade and cultural festival. The festival includes a parade of floats and marching bands as well as food stalls and festive mariachi bands.
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games (June)
This festival celebrates Scottish culture with highland dance, athletics and rugby. Attendees can also indulge in whisky tasting and enjoy classic Scottish fare such as haggis. Culinary expats can even enter a shortbread-baking contest.
Dallas Turkey Trot (November)
The largest of its kind in the US, the annual Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving run of 8 miles (13km) through the streets of Dallas. For less serious runners, there's also a fun run of three miles (5km).
Dallas Holiday Parade (December)
Attracting nearly half a million attendees each year, this fun and festive celebration is the largest one-day outdoor event in all of Dallas. Children and parents alike will be enthralled by the spectacle and Christmas spirit of the parade.
► For more about entertainment in the city, read See and Do in Dallas
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