Whether you prefer beer, wine or spirits, Dallas-Fort Worth has plenty of options to satisfy your thirst. Heck, there are even whole events dedicated to catching a buzz. Grab your drinking buddies, here are 10 boozy spring festivals you don’t want to miss.
Big Texas Beer Fest
When and where: March 30-31 at the Automobile Building at Fair Park (Dallas)
Beer, beer, bottomless beer. Whether you’re a die-hard hophead or craft beer newbie, there’s something to enjoy here. That’s because more than 100 breweries come to pour samples of their best, most popular and rarest recipes. Couple that with food trucks and live music, and you’re prepared for a good time.
- Tickets to Big Texas Beer Fest cost $35 for general admission on Friday night (7-11 p.m.), $29 for general admission on Saturday (2-6:30 p.m.) and $60 for VIP on Friday night. More info.
DFW Fine Spirits Festival
When and where: March 31 at Cavanaugh Flight Museum (Addison)
- Tickets to DFW Fine Spirits Festival cost $35 and include a commemorative sampling glass. The event runs 6-10 p.m. More info.
Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival
When and where: April 5-8 at various locations in Fort Worth
Fort Worth’s premiere food and drink festival is comprised of six different events, each specializing in something delectable. For drinkers, the top picks are Tacos and Tequila at Brik on April 5, which features eight chefs slinging tacos alongside top-shelf tequilas to wash them down; and the Main Event at Pier 1 Imports Building on April 6, which brings more than 100 different wines, beers and spirits under one roof to pair with chef-y food samples. (Other events feature desserts, burgers, brunch dishes and barbecue.)
- Tickets to Tacos and Tequila, which runs 8:30-11 p.m. on April 5, cost $50-$60. Tickets to the Main Event, which runs 6-9 p.m. on April 6, cost $125-$150. More info.
When and where: April 13-14 at Globe Life Park (Arlington)
“CFW” stands for craft beer, food and wine, all of which are on deck for this new festival. In addition to having beer, wine and food tents, the event promises cooking demonstrations each hour. And there’s music: Josh Abbott Band, Young the Giant, R.LUM.R. and Lonestar are slated to perform.
- Tickets to CFW Festival cost $34.99 adult single-day access, $11.99 for children single-day access, $49.99 for adult two-day admission, and $149.99 for VIP two-day admission. More info.
The Whiskey Extravaganza
When and where: April 27 at Union Station (Dallas)
- Tickets to The Whiskey Extravaganza cost $135 for general admission and $175 for VIP. The event runs 7-10 p.m. More info.
Hops and Props
When and where: April 28 at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum
“Beer flight” takes on a new meaning at this festival. It’s an afternoon full of sampling D-FW beers complimented by sights at the museum, a kids zone, live music, and a demonstration from the Liberty Jump Team, which will parachute to the event from a plane high above. The general public, too, can get the thrill of riding in a helicopter or vintage C-47 military transport — with beer! — for an additional cost.
- Tickets to Hops and Props cost $5 for designated drivers, $20 for veterans, $25 for general admission, and $110-$120 for VIP. Plane flights cost $130-$150 per seat. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but beer samplings start at noon. More info.
Murphy Craft Beer Festival
When and where: April 28 at Murphy Central Park
Who says Dallas gets to have all the beer-soaked fun? Residents in suburbs to the north can come to Murphy Central Park for a day of beer drinking and live music. This event promises a kids zone, car show and crawfish boil, making it an great option for the whole family. Wine will also be sold by the glass.
- Entry to Murphy Craft Beer Festival is free, but cards for beer sampling cost $30. Crawfish costs $10 for one pound or $15 for two pounds. More info.
Punk in Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival
When and where: May 6 at Panther Island Pavilion (Fort Worth)
In 1994, punk band NOFX release an album called Punk in Drublic. In 2017, the band partnered with Stone Brewing to create an original beer, a hoppy lager, by the same name. This year, they’re taking that title on the road, fittingly, with a festival specializing in those two very things. NOFX headlines the festival with support from Bad Religion, Mad Caddies, the Last Gang and more than 100 beers for tasting.
- Tickets to Punk in Drublic cost $39.50 for general admission and $99.50 for VUP (very unimportant person). The event runs noon to 9 p.m., however, complimentary tastings only last until 4 p.m. Patrons can buy beer, including the NOFX recipe, thereafter. More info.
When and where: May 14-20 at various locations in Dallas
Dallas’ premiere food and drink festival features five different events, each with a tasty shtick. For drinkers, the best events are Shaken + Stirred at Fashion Industry Gallery, which features local bartenders shaking up their signature cocktails; and the Reserve Tasting at Sixty Five Hundred, which showcases the festival’s most exclusive wine selection, plus some spirits. Bites are also available at the parties, both of which take place May 18. (Other Savor events feature brunch dishes, barbecue and oh-so-much wine.)
- Tickets to Shaken + Stirred, which runs 7-10 p.m. on May 18, cost $60. Tickets to the Reserve Tasting, which rusn 6:30-9 p.m., cost $125. More info.
Dallas Margarita Meltdown
When and where: May 27 at Dallas Farmers Market
This festival focuses on one of Dallas’ favorite cocktails: the margarita. Bartenders from area restaurants and bars will be on hand mixing up their versions of this classic in hopes of winning to coveted title of best margarita in D-FW. That’s where you come in, oh thirsty drinker: The winner is determined by a popular vote.