Now is the time to get outside, enjoy the sun and the beautiful spring weather before the blast furnace starts up this summer.
Looking for things to do? How about spring festivals? It’s the peak of festival season in North Texas, with plenty of options near you and beyond with day trips to consider.
Here are a few to discover next weekend:
Japanese Spring Festival
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden/Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) celebrates the Year of the Tiger with cultural demonstrations, shopping and traditional meals.
Highlights will include performances by two Taiko drumming groups and traditional Japanese martial arts experts.
Bonsais will be exhibited, as well as demonstrations of origami and calligraphy.
Vendors will sell unique treasures such as origami jewelry to handicrafts made with vintage kimonos. And you can feast on authentic Japanese dishes prepared by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
Visitors to this year’s Spring Festival will be spoiled as a bonus with access to two ongoing exhibitions.
“Stickwork”, a sculpture by artist Patrick Dougherty, remains on the ground. Dougherty wove string, twigs, and saplings into shelters, towers, mazes, cocoons, and other structures.
And you can marvel at larger-than-life insect sculptures as part of the “Big Bugs” exhibit, which is open until June 12. The sculptures are created from whole trees, cut green saplings, dry branches and other forest materials.
When: April 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Or: Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Tickets: Adults, $12; Seniors 65 and over, $10; Children 6-15, $6; 5 and under, free. Go to fwbg.org/japanesefestival
The one-day extravaganza along Magnolia Avenue is Fort Worth’s largest local artist festival.
It’s also free and fun for the whole family.
ArtsGoggle hosts over 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, and various art exhibits. Plus, plenty of food and drink options are available along the one-mile, 21-block artists’ stretch on Magnolia.
The festival, which began 19 years ago to promote the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside, is designed to showcase the work of local artists, musicians and performers.
ArtsGoggle attracts over 60,000 visitors to its annual 10-hour event.
When: Saturday April 23, 12-10 p.m.
Or: Magnolia Avenue, from 8th Avenue to S. Main Street (21 blocks, 1 mile stretch), Fort Worth; Also, inside participating Near Southside locations such as restaurants, bars, offices and retailers.
Tickets: Free. For more information, visit artsgoggle.org.
Of course, there are plenty of sausages, apple strudel and other goodies to enjoy at this annual celebration in Muenster, a small German community about 75 miles north of Fort Worth.
But there’s so much more too, including a 5k run, bike rally and rib cookout, plus plenty of other entertainment including folk dancing, music, arts and entertainment. crafts, climbing, children’s theater, etc.
And you can celebrate German heritage in the tight-knit town of Muenster, founded in 1889. The town now has around 1,500 residents, but it will swell by the thousands for one of Texas’ biggest parties this past weekend. full April.
When: April 22-24 (Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday, 10am-midnight; Sunday, 10am-6pm
Or: Heritage Park, 301 N. Ash St., Muenster, TX 76252
Tickets: $10 Friday and Sunday, $15 Saturday; Free for children 12 and under; Parking, $5. Go to muensterchamber.com for more information, including accommodation options in the area.