Denton is a lovely Texas city no matter the season. However, spring brings something special to Denton. If you’re looking for some of the best events around the city to enjoy this spring, check out a few of these great options available this year.
Texas Storytelling Festival
The Texas Storytelling Festival celebrates the history and tradition of oral storytelling March 8 through 11 at the Denton Civic Center. Featured storytellers this year include Beth Horner, Tim Tingle, Laura Packer, and Adam Booth. You can check out the Talespinner Party on Saturday night for a gathering of storytellers over dinner. The silent auction, which runs from Friday morning to Saturday night, includes items donated by storytellers and festival participants. You’ll also find workshops, concerts, and events for the kids.
Horse Country Tours
North Texas Horse Country is one of the largest groupings of horse farms in the country, and you can see even more of the breeding farms and training facilities when you take a behind-the-scenes-tour with Horse Country Tours on April 7 or May 5. These tours only happen six times a year, and the spring tours are even more special because you might get a chance to watch some of the baby foals galloping around. Not only will you be able to see everything from Arabians to Thoroughbreds, your tour also includes a barbecue lunch at Oak Meadows Ranch.
North Texas Book Festival
On April 7, the North Texas Book Festival celebrates local and national authors and their books at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. You can start the day by signing up for the Chuckwagon Breakfast to enjoy your meal as you listen to author Janet Sever Hull and illustrator Vicki Killion Guess speak. As you walk around the festival, you’ll find plenty of other authors at booths doing readings, autograph signings, and question and answer sessions.
Denton Redbud Festival
The Denton Redbud Festival is the official Arbor Day event for the city, and you can enjoy it at the Denton Civic Center on April 21. This fun community festival features dozens of vendors selling gardening products, trees and plants, landscaping services, and handmade crafts. You can also take part in one of the free workshops about tree care, landscaping, and gardening. Kids will be entertained with the tree-themed story time and inflatables, and everyone will enjoy the live music and festival food.
Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
At the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, you can celebrate jazz and art with a variety of activities. On April 27 through 29 at Quakertown Park, you can enjoy this free event that features six outdoor stages, one indoor stage, and several roving musicians. If you want to enjoy art, check out the juried art show, fine art exhibition, and arts and crafts area. Children can also get in the spirit by creating their own masterpiece at the Children’s Art Tent or checking out the instruments in the Percussion Petting Zoo.
No matter what you’re interested in seeing and doing, you’re sure to have a good time when you explore these exciting spring events in Denton.
This photo, “60.BabaC.Storytelling.Citified.46thSFF.WDC.5July2012,” by Elvert Barnes used under CC BY-SA 2.0. | cropped from original