If you’re interested in filling out your calendar this spring, we have a wealth of options for you in the Plano area. You can attend live concerts, drink in the sights at local art festivals, pursue greater wellness, and more. Keep in mind that the schedule of events or number of permitted attendees may change as the COVID pandemic evolves. Check back with these events regularly for more information.
17th Annual DFW-CAI Expo and Tradeshow
Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX
April 2, 2021
The annual Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter Community Associations Institute Expo and Tradeshow was originally scheduled for September 2020 but has since been moved to April due to COVID-19. This special event is designed for homeowners who are interested in improving their communities. In honor of the event’s original 2020 date, the theme of the tradeshow is the Roaring ’20s. The first 150 attendees at the expo will receive a special themed gift.
The first session of the event begins at 9 a.m., followed by a keynote presentation from Brent and Kyle Pease at 10:15 a.m. The expo floor opens at 11:25 a.m., and a second educational session takes place at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., you can attend a social hour followed by prize giveaways at 3 p.m. The show closes at 4 p.m. Homeowners who are members of the DFW-CAI may attend for free. Nonmembers pay $10 at the door.
Plano Artfest 2021
Historic Downtown Plano Arts District, 1013 E. 15th St., Plano, TX
April 24, 2021
Though the Plano Artfest culminates in a full day of festivities on April 24, this event builds gradually throughout the whole week prior through a vibrant assortment of community art programming in the Downtown Plano Arts District. The Artfest itself lasts from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and includes live music and performances, art installations, art demonstrations, and a bustling market of artisans and craftspeople. Among the highlights is a live performance by Forgotten Space. The festival is free to attend.
2021 Plano Music & Arts Festival
Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive, Plano, TX
April 24 – April 25, 2021
The sprawling 63,000 square feet of Southfork Ranch will play host to the 2021 Plano Music & Arts Festival. This event features a full schedule of live music, including:
- Rose Short: April 24, 1 p.m.
- Jason Eady & Courtney Patton: April 24, 3 p.m.
- Jeremiah Johnson: April 24, 5 p.m.
- Jesse Kinch: April 24, 7 p.m.
- The Wilder Blue featuring Zane Williams: April 25, 1 p.m.
- Curtis Grimes: April 25, 3 p.m.
- Mike Zito: April 25, 5 p.m.
- Texas Hill featuring Craig Wayne Boyd, Casey James, and Adam Wakefield: April 25, 7 p.m.
In addition to these concerts, you can also enjoy comedians, magicians, a vintage antique market, a motorcycle show, a classic car show, the 4-H clubs’ livestock display, a camper and RV display, a boat and marine display, and a mobile entertainment showcase. Visitors of all ages will enjoy highlights like the parakeet encounter, youth artist showcase, ultimate laser tag, and an exhibition of Frisbee flying dogs. You can even visit the Humane Society’s Adopt-a-Pet event and meet some furry creatures looking for a home of their own.
The food pavilion keeps chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, sides, salads, and desserts on hand, so all your needs are met throughout the festival. A $10 weekend pass provides access to all concerts and attractions throughout the two-day event.
Salt the Rim 2021
McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St., Plano, TX
May 1, 2021
This margarita tasting celebration gives attendees the chance to vote on the best margarita in all of Plano. Every voter gets an entry in the raffle for prize drawings. Your margarita tasting ticket includes not only the available margaritas but a selection of tequilas as well. A Latin party band, folklorico dancers, and a mariachi band will provide entertainment while you make your choice. The event lasts from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and your tasting ticket costs $40.
National Day of Prayer 2021
Plano Municipal Center, 1520 Municipal Ave., Plano, TX
May 6, 2021
Celebrate the National Day of Prayer at the Plano Municipal Center with a free event featuring music from a wide variety of religions. Jewish, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Unitarian, Sikh, Bahai, and Hindu religious organizations are included, among others. The celebration takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Beatles Night 2021
Amphitheater at Oak Point, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX
May 22, 2021
Plano’s annual Beatles Night features Revolution 9 followed by the headliner Hard Nights Day. The concert lasts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Hard Nights Day has a repertoire of more than 200 songs and is among the best known Beatles cover bands in the area. Coolers and picnics are welcome, and guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under the age of 6 are free.
Holistic Festival of Life & Wellness 2021
Plano Event Center, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
June 5, 2021
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Plano Event Center will host thousands of anticipated attendees and hundreds of local wellness businesses to promote holistic wellness. The schedule of events includes yoga and meditation classes, guest speakers, live music and dance, and informative workshops. Attendees can also explore the holistic vendor market, join the drum circle, or participate in activities like ecstatic dance and contact improv. Whether you’re seeking a healing session or just looking to make connections with like-minded people who may become your tribe, you’ll find this is a welcoming environment to pursue your goals.
You can preregister and get an all-access VIP pass for just $10. This includes classes, meditations, and speaker sessions.
These are the events that we’re most excited to see on the calendar. How about you? Did we miss any upcoming festivals in the Plano area? Let our team at Huffines CJDR Plano know where you’re headed this spring so we can keep our recommendations up to date.
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