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Spring festival season kicks off this week with huge events, such as the North Texas Irish Festival and Dallas Blooms. In addition, we’ve rounded up 40 more fests that you might want to mark on your calendars (be sure to check Guide every week for even more festival goodness).
NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL
The 31st annual North Texas Irish Festival, presented by the Southwest Celtic Music Association, returns to Fair Park. There’ll be plenty of Celtic singing and dancing by top Irish musicians and dancers from around the world. You’ll also find Irish food, storytellers on the new Schanachie Stage, fun for kids on Urchin Street, equestrian shows, blacksmithing demonstrations, archery, Gaelic football and high-profile chefs giving demos on Irish cuisine. Dog lovers may also find new pets from local rescue groups in attendance.
March 1 from 6 to 11 p.m., March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., March 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fair Park, 3809 E. Grand Ave., Dallas. Admission is free March 1 from 6 to 7 p.m., or $10 later that evening; a one-day ticket is $20 on March 2, $15 on March 3 at the gate; a two-day ticket is $25; a weekend pass is $30. Discounted tickets can be purchased at area Tom Thumb stores or on the festival website. Free for ages 11 and under when accompanied by an adult family member. Seniors over 65 or current military (with valid ID) receive a $5 discount. A $1 animal-rescue-group donation serves as admission for dogs on a short leash. 214-821-4173. ntif.org