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Shake Off the Winter Blahs at Fair Park

Telltale signs that spring has sprung abound throughout our park

Few places better prove the point that spring has sprung in Dallas than Fair Park. Showers or sun, cloudy or clear, Fair Park is a great place to come shake off the winter blahs and “spring” into action.


Like the perennials in your flower beds, several events at Fair Park this month tell us warmer weather is on its way.

The Texas Discovery Garden is prepping for its not-to-be-missed spring plant sale and is ready to sign up your young-uns for one of their informative and fun summer camps.

The cyclists who compete in our weekly Fair Park Crits no longer shove off under twilight. Don a safety helmet and come join the racers.

Meanwhile, spring harkens the appearance of the Friends of Fair Park’s ultimate fund-raising event, the Spirit of the Centennial Award Luncheon. This year’s award recipient is Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and you still have time to pick up tickets for our most important luncheon of the year.


Spring represents the arrival of new, delightful things just as much as the re-emergence of things we’ve grown to love over time. That pertains to Fair Park, as well.

Granted, it would be awesome if the musical taking the stage at our Music Hall at Fair Park this month was “Spring Awakening.” But I don’t think too many people will complain that the show set to arrive is “Hamilton,” considered by many to be the greatest Broadway musical in a generation. If you can find any tickets to this blockbuster event, I can promise you they will cost you many, MANY Hamiltons.

Finally, EarthX may not be a new event at Fair Park but it is an exhibition about everything new on the planet. I love strolling among the booths and watching the demonstrations to discover the innovations out there that can make our homes, our properties and our cities more earth-friendly. You’re almost certain to find some gadget or gizmo that will greatly reduce your carbon footprint (and your utility bills, as well).

What really excites me is that the presentations of “Hamilton” and EarthX 2019 reflect the fundamental reason Dallas civic leaders developed Fair Park so many decades ago: the desire to bring people together to enjoy grand events, and create grand memories, at the very same time.

These are just a few of the reasons that (apologies to Cole Porter) “I love Fair Park in the springtime.” Come spend some time with us and I will bet that you will too.

Matt Wood


Matt Wood
Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
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Early morning Leonhardt Lagoon photograph by Fair Park visitor Paige Weaver