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Community Market

April – November; Every Saturday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Local art and produce market located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. near downtown. A community gathering space with live music by local artists, fresh local produce, locally-produced handmade arts and crafts, delicious on-site food, local business, community groups and more! Visit for more details.

Farmers’ Market

June – September; Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Denton County growers sell fresh produce during the growing season in North Texas from 7:00 am to noon, or sell-out. Bayless-Selby House Museum Parking Lot, corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Blvd. Market sponsored by Denton Country Growers Association.

Star Stories

June – July
People from around the world and through time have seen the same stars but they have seen different pictures in the sky. Each culture has made up stories to explain the star patterns they saw in the night sky. Let the Sky Theater take you on an adventure through space and time to discover some of these “Star Stories” at the  Sky Theatre in the UNT Environmental Sciences Building , 1704 West Mulberry Street  $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Student & Children   940-369-8213 for  times.

Unicorn Lake Concert Series

July – August; Every Thursday
Concert is beside the fountain at Beth Marie’s Ice Cream Shop.
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Celebrate Highland Village

June 6th
It is the opportunity for the community to welcome summer with festivities for all ages. The event begins in the heart of Highland Village at our community gathering place, Unity Park with a 1K/5K run through the city and a family fish-out, then attendees can spend the evening at Highland Village’s hidden gem, Pilot Know Park where they will enjoy music, food, drink and activities for the kids.  The days event will  finish with a spectacular fireworks show from the shores of Lewisville Lake.  Free to the public.  Check out the fun!
Morning events at Unity Park are:
6:30am – Registration for 1K/5K Run (1K at 7:30 and 5K right after)
9:00am Family Fish-Out,    10:30am Arbor Day Proclamation,
10:45am Fish-Out Awards
Evening Events at Pilot Knoll Park are:
5:30pm Gates open, 6:30pm Josh Grider, 8:00pm Zane Williams, Grand finale Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk.
Bring chairs, blankets, bug spray, small cooler. No pets or glass containers.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19th & 20th
Free family event at Fred Moore Park celebrating this historic and oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America.
Friday evening:
5:00pm Vendor booths open, 7:00pm Gospel Night begins
9:00am Parade begins at the Civic Center and ends at Fred Moore Park. Adult coed softball tournament begins at Fred Moore Park softball field.
10:00 am Free kid’s games begin, 11:00 am Vendor booths open, live DJ, and entertainment begins. 940-349-8575 for vendor space and to register for the softball tournament ($100/team).

Denton Airshow

June 20th
8:00 am – 2:00 pm,   $12/Adults Kids under 6 free, buy discounted tickets online. $10/Adults until June 14th. Vintage Aircraft, Helicopter Rides, and breathtaking Aerobatic Demonstrations will be seen throughout the afternoon.  Bring Dad and the whole family to this year’s event to enjoy the kickoff to Father’s Day Weekend. Visit for a complete schedule

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The Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden invites parents and their children to learn about gardening through planting, maintaining, and harvesting vegetables and herbs.   The DCMGA Children’s Garden shares the garden area with Fair Oaks, a senior independent living community. This project is a hands-on garden, providing a supervised experience in preparing gardens and growing vegetables.  The children also play games about nutrition and learn about good and bad bugs and worms. No registration is necessary. The Children’s Garden activities continue each Thursday until June 11th, weather permitting. In addition, we’ve  added some Monday evenings from 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm:  April 13th,  April 27th,  May 11th, and May 25th. The garden is located at Fair Oaks Independent Living Center, 1950 Lattimore Street. For more information, contact Denton County Master Gardener Help Desk at 940-349-2892.

Denton Redbud Festival

April 18th  |  Quakertown Park

Our Official Arbor Day celebration that features dozens of vendors with tree and plant sales, gardening supplies, household items and local/handmade products, along with family-friendly activities and live, local music.

Twilight Tunes

April 23rd – July 2nd

Denton Main Street Association will begin it’s award-winning concert series in downtown Denton starting Thursday, April 23rd., the concert event sets the tone for fun downtown every Thursday night in May and June, the first Thursday in July and a special July 4th concert that will follow the parade.

DCMGA Plant Sale

April 25th

From 9:00 am – 2:00 pm or until sellout, at the Trinity United Methodist Church located at 633 Hobson Lane in Denton. Great selection of hard-to-find shrubs, ground covers, and bedding plants. Expanded selection of herbs, Texas native plants, tough-as-nails perennials, and no-fuss roses. Special container plants and pass-along plants from Master Gardeners’ gardens. Master Gardeners on hand to help you make your selections!

28th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 2nd  |  Quakertown Park

We invite you and your family to join in celebrating this rich and cultural experience with a  full day of activities, traditional cultural music, dance, crafts, food and informational booths, games and much more!

National Day of Prayer

May 7th  |  Courthouse-On-The-Square

We welcome you to our event as we join millions of others praying for America. You will be inspired and encouraged by the live worship music starting at 11:30 am, the Firemen’s Arch of Honor, the Vietnam Veteran’s Color Guard, the shofars calling us to prayer, and the passionate prayers that follow. Free Bibles, white yard crosses, NDP prayer guides, bookmarks, and bottled water are available to all. Will be held at the Courthouse-on-the-Square, in case of inclement weather, we will move to Cross Timbers Community Church, 312 West McKinney St, Denton. We’d love to see you there!

DCMGA Spring Garden Tour

May 9th

Come out and spend the day in beautiful Denton County gardens.   This year all of the gardens are in the City of Denton.  There are 5 gardens belonging to Denton County Master Gardeners and one bonus garden not usually open to the public.

Through self-guided tours of each garden, learn how the garden owner has addressed issues that most gardeners deal with in the development of their own spaces. Master Gardeners will be on-site at every location to answer your questions. Tour tickets are $10, available from Master Gardeners, local nurseries and online. Children 12 and under are free.  Admission to a single garden is $5 at the gate.

Pulling For Kids Sporting Clay Tournament

May 15th

Pulling for Kids is a sporting clay tournament to benefit the children served by CASA of Denton County. Now in its 15th year, Pulling for Kids raises an average of $125,000 annually, or approximately 18% of CASA’s annual revenue. Join the fun with a gun raffle, dinner and awards. Held at the Dallas Gun Club in Lewisville, Texas; Pulling for Kids offers a morning and afternoon flight.   Come Join the Fun!

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30th AnnualTEXAS STORYTELLING FESTIVALMarch 12th – 15thCity of Denton Civic CenterThis is the 30th Texas Storytelling Festival – thirty years of stories, workshops, feasts, and fun. We’ve brought back a stellar set of featured tellers for you to enjoy.  You’ll want to see everything from the opening spooky tales on Thursday to final moments of the sacred tales on Sunday.
Early Bird Special of $60 for TSA members and $95 for non-members for those registering before February 15th.  After February 15th, full weekend prices go up to $95 for TSA members and $130 for non-members. Can’t make the whole weekend but still want to come for the day or maybe you can only make a concert or two?  That’s all right.  You can also buy individual tickets!
For tickets:

Denton Christian PreschoolAnnual Mexican SupperFebruary 27th from 5:00 – 800 pmFirst Presbyterian Church’s Erwin Hall114 West University DriveTickets are $15/adult, $10/children under 12, and may be purchased at the door or at the preschool. Ticket holders will be eligible for a drawing for a marvelous cruise.

Black History Month CelebrationFebruary 21st from 12:00 – 2:00 pm  MLK Jr. Rec CenterLocal artists, grades 6-12, are invited to participate in an art competition focusing on the theme, “Liberty and Justice for All,” as we celebrate Black History Month. We will accept art through Feb. 11th, and judging will take place the week of Feb. 16th.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)February 7th from 9:00 am – 12:30 pmVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a United Way of Denton County program that provides free tax preparation and e-filing services for low- to moderate-income families and individuals. To qualify for the VITA program, participants’ annual income must be $50,000 or less. VITA is made possible by partnerships with the Internal Revenue Service and local libraries and learning centers. For a list of documents and information you should bring to your VITA session, go to  For more information, call 940-566-2688.
Volunteers will be available at the following times and will assist customers on a first-come, first-served basis: North Branch Library3020 N. Locust Street  |  DentonTuesdays 5:00 – 7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:30 pmFebruary 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28March 3, 7, 10, 14, 21, 24, 28 United Way Office1314 Teasley Lane  |  Denton  |  Mondays 5:00 – 7:30 pmFebruary 2, 9, 16, 23March 2, 9, 23, 30
Hackberry Elementary7200 Snug Harbor Cir.  |  Frisco  |  Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:30 pmFebruary 4, 11, 18, 25March 4, 25
Little Elm Public Library100 W. Eldorado Pkwy  |  Little Elm  |  Thursdays 4:00 – 6:30 pmFebruary 5, 12, 19, 26March 5, 12, 26
Sanger Public Library501 Bolivar St  |  Sanger  |  Appointment Only 940-458-4859February 7, 14, 21, 28March 7, 14 NCTC Lifelong Learning1404 N. Corinth St  |  Corinth  |  Thursdays 5:00 – 7:30 pmFebruary 5, 12, 19, 26March 5, 12, 26

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Reindeer Romp!

December 5th

See Christmas lights and holiday decorations up close during the Reindeer Romp as you run or walk through South Lake neighborhoods. Race begins at South Lakes Park. The entry fee includes a T-shirt, fruit, snacks, and beverages at the end of the run.  Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m., and the race begins at 7:30 p.m. Early registration ends December 3rd for $15; Race-day registration is $20.

Free Holiday Fun Zone
Participate in Reindeer Romp while we entertain your kids. Activities will be from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and include a giant bounce house, face painting, and crafts. If temperatures fall below 38 degrees, we will not host the fun zone.

Santa’s Snap Shots

December 6th

10:00 a.m. – noon at MLK Jr. Rec Center. $5.00 per child ($2.00 for extra print). Kids can meet Santa, tell him what’s on their wish list, and have their picture taken with him. There will be games and activities in addition to Santa.

Denton Humane Society Santa Pet Pics

December 6th and 13th

DHS and Santa Paws will be taking photos with your pet at Calloway’s Nursery on Dallas Drive from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This year they will only be doing two weekends in December. So bring in your pet, whether they have fur, feathers or shells and get that remarkable photo your friends will be envious of!

Trophy Club Women’s Club Tour of Homes

December 7th

Tickets for Trophy Club Women’s Club Christmas Tour of Homes are now available for purchase.  Tickets available at Tom Thumb in Trophy Club, Roanoke Pharmacy and Sadie’s Resale in Roanoke.  Tickets are $20 for advance sales.  Homes available to Tour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Silent Auction, handcrafted ornaments, cookbooks and raffle tickets will be available at the after tour event at Premier Academy.  For further information visit

Breakfast with Santa

December 20th

For ages 1 through 12. Register by December 18th. From 9:00 -11:00 a.m. at the Denton Civic Center. $10.00 per child; $13.00 at the door. This will be the highlight of your holiday season! Enjoy the morning eating breakfast, get your kid’s face painted, jump in the bounce house, and make holiday crafts. The kids can write a letter to Santa and visit with him, while getting a commemorative picture. Adults may eat for $3.00.

Holiday Blast Camp

December 22nd-23rd, 29th-31st & January 2nd, 5th

For grades K-6th, from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center. Cost is $28.00 per child per day. Kids will have a blast during winter break with exciting field trips and activities such as crafts, sports, and games.

LEGO® Winter Wonderland

January 2nd

Mini-Camp for ages 5-12 at the North Lakes Rec Center. Cost is $36.00 per child. Register by December 28th, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Race your snowmobile through snow-covered LEGO® hills and jumps, build an ice fortress and use snowballs to defeat the Ice Monster! In this fun-filled, creative mini-camp, kids learn building techniques that help make their ideas a reality. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 19th

“Walking the Staircase of Faith”
11:00 a.m.    - Flag football begins at MLK Jr. Rec Center
3:00  p.m.    - Rally begins at the UNT Union Building, coordinated
by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc
4:30 p.m.    - March begins at UNT
5:00  p.m.    - Meet Denton community at Fred Moore Park to continue
to MLK Rec Center
Program will begin immediately following the march in the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center.

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Aubrey Peanut Festival

October 4th
The 29th Aubrey Peanut Festival dates to 1986, when residents began celebrating the harvest of the local cash crop.  Today it honors the area’s peanut heritage and includes a full slate of activities.  Festival begins on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Festival Grounds (301 S. Main St) with the Annual Peanut Festival Parade. Come out and enjoy the days festivities!

Muenster Annual Oktoberfest

October 18th – 19th
The Muenster Oktoberfest will provide a taste of Germany right here in North Texas with German food vendors, and of course, great German beer.  You will find quality arts and craft vendors many with German items for sale. Bring your dancing shoes because they will have entertainment all day long with a variety of Polka, Jazz , Swing and popular music bands. Traditional German Dancers will entertain and educate the crowd with performances throughout the day.  Authentic German Cuisine, German Roasted Nuts, Strudel & Pastries, German Sausages, Kettle Corn, Cheeses and German Beer. For the car enthusiast there will be a VW car show with trophies awarded. There will be lots of fun for the children in our Kinder Spielen area with games and fun galore. Fun for the whole family.

Located about and hour north, 13 miles West of I-35 on U.S. Hwy 82.   Tickets $5. 940 759 2227

Keep Denton Beautiful Tree Giveaway

October 25th  |  8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. will hold its 16th Annual Community Tree GiveAway at the City of Denton Landfill, in celebration of National Make a Difference Day. KDB will distribute nearly 1,000 free one-gallon trees to registered Denton residents. Available tree species include: Burr Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Mexican White Oak, Shumard Oak, Texas Ash, Little Gem Magnolia, Eve’s Necklace, and Texas Redbud.

City residents may register through the KDB website at   Trees species and quantities are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one tree per household.  Participants must register prior to the October 17 th deadline and provide proof of City of Denton residency (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license with City of Denton address) in order to receive their tree. For more information about KDB programs, please visit

Fall Bazaar

October 25th  |  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Fall Bazaar. Food, arts and crafts, holiday gifts.  1200 North Elm in Denton.

One O’Clock Lab Band Fall Concert

November 25th  |  8:00 pm
Six Grammy nominations (and counting!) Multitudes of great composers, performers, and educators all throughout the music world. Over 60 recordings and a tradition that just keeps swingin’.  The band will  perform its 54th Annual Fall Concert at the UNT’s Murchison Performing Arts Center.  For more information, or call 940 565 3743.

Christmas Tour of Homes

December 7th  |  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Save the date! The Annual Trophy Club Women’s Club Christmas Tour of Homes will feature five uniquely decorated homes in the Town of Trophy Club.   Following the tour, participants are invited to attend a festive celebration which includes appetizers, music, raffle/silent auction, wine pull and handcrafted ornaments.  For more information go to www.

Denton Earns Prominent Scenic City Certification

Denton has been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Program, a project of the nonprofit organization Scenic Texas. Denton is one of 15 cities in the state to earn first-time or upgraded certification for the 2014-19 period. Denton’s Main Street Program, resilient unity of design standards (which include eight Special Purpose and Overlay Districts), robust waste management efforts, and citywide sustainability and conservation initiatives were all heavily featured in the city’s application, which played a role in earning the recognition.

Representatives from Denton will accept the award at a reception in early October.

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Steve Wozniak

August 18th  |  8:30 – 9:30 pm  |  UNT Colesium
As part of the UNT Distinguished Lecture Series, Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products. Tickets will be available Aug. 1st. Student tickets are free with student ID cards. Student guest tickets are $10; UNT faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10 and tickets for the public are $15. All tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

North Texas Horse Country Tour

September 13th to November 1st  |  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The North Texas Horse Country, one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States, offers a variety of breeds and disciplines. World champion horses abound in cutting, halter, western pleasure, reining and many other disciplines.  Join one of our behind-the-scenes guided tours or by downloading a self-guided driving tour. Tickets are $40/$45 and need to be purchased via the Denton Visitor Bureau.  Call 940-382-7895,

North Texas Giving Day

September 18th
North Texas Giving Day focuses on increasing the awareness and visibility of, and, more importantly, funding nonprofit agencies and meeting core requirements in the sixteen county region of North Texas. While the economy is recovering, we are all seeing increased need and opportunity across all categories of participating nonprofits. North Texas Giving Day inspires donors to make new and increased gifts.

Denton Blues Festival

September  21st and 22nd  |  Quakertown Park
The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Denton Blues Fest.  Come out and join the fun.  We will have music for everyone and Blues Idol contest and Apollo Night for the young.
For more information, visit the

Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza

September 13, 2014
This festival showcases up to 200 car show participants whose owners are competing for numerous award.  This year there will be six themed awards for the public to vote on, including Best“Family Truckster,” Best “Mid-Life Crisis Car,” “Diamond in the Rough”, and more.

The Chalk Art Fest Contest is back!  Last year artists of all ages sketched fabulous chalk drawings on the West Oak Street sidewalks downtown – a must-see during and after the event.  Entry fees, applications and more information is available on the website.

The arts and antiques abound at this event and festival-goers can shop and stroll through vendor booths, as well as those offered in the specialty boutiques, antique and vintage stores, art galleries and studios in downtown.   The antique collector, or those aspiring to start, can learn some fast facts about a special antique or heirloom in the “Attic Treasure” information appraisals, conducted in some of downtown’s stores with specialists available to provide information on general antiques and collectibles, including art, jewelry, clocks, china, silver, glass, and general antiques. Limit 3 items. No furniture or photos of items please.  Appraisals are $5 per item or 3 for $10.  Tickets are available at stores where specialists are located or at the Information Booth on the courthouse lawn during the event.

The silent auction inside the courthouse will also be a place to bid on some nice items ranging from downtown merchant goods and restaurant certificates to local entertainment and art packages. The auction benefits the Denton Main Street Association, which is the organization and program responsible for the revitalization and promotion of downtown’s great historic district.

Hands-on arts, crafts and games keep the kids busy, while local bands playing live music entertain the crowds all day long.  The fall festival atmosphere is complete with tasty eats from any of downtown’s coffee houses, candy stores, ice cream and yogurt shops, or restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.

With all the activities and entertainment, this is the ideal way to spend a weekend in Denton.  General admission to the event is FREE.  Check the website, for information and deadlines and fees for entering the car show, “Attic Treasure” information appraisal locations and guidelines, and chalk art entry rules. Also, find us on Facebook at Downtown Denton – Denton Main Street Association and follow us on Twitter @DentonMSA.

Arts, Antiques & Autos is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with The Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, and Northstar Bank, with the support of the City of Denton and numerous other sponsors.  Sponsorships and booth spaces are available.

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