Mark Your Calendars For The Biggest Events in Dallas This Summer.

Now that the Homegrown Music And Arts Festival has come and gone, it's safe to say that we've officially reached the summer events.

Disagree? Well, screw you.

We here at Central Track are ready for summer. So ready, in fact, that we want to help you get ready, too.

To that end, we've put together the below list of this year's biggest concerts and events. Y'know, so you can start planning your schedules and budgeting your finances. You're welcome.

Now get to planning, yeah?

Fort Worth Music Festival at Panther Island Pavilion (May 17)
Formerly the Fort Worth Jazz Festival, this year's event promises to be bigger and better. Over 30 bands — among them The Walkmen, Delta Spirit ad the Old 97's — will perform on two stages over the course of two days, surrounded by amazing food and beer options.

Wildflower Arts and Music Festival at the Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson (May 17-19)
The Reverend Horton Heat, Toadies, Eleven Hundred Springs, Spin Doctors and Blue Oyster Cult are just a few names on the impressive and expansive musical lineup for this laid back fest out in Richardson. Head out for a weekend filled with nostalgia, art and great tunes.

Dallas Comic Con at the Irving Convention Center (May 17-19)
Yes, it's time to break out that Superman of Doctor Who costume you have laying around in your closet and head out to the nerd mecca of Dallas. Oh, and, while you're there, you can chat it up with the original Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner.

Indie in the Big D: Artist Market and Music Showcase at 406 S. Haskell Ave. (May 25)
A full day of open, independent market shopping and local music — and topped with food trucks to boot. Buy some clothes, feed your face and fill your ears.

Jambalaya Festival at the Palladium Ballroom (May 25)
No actual jambalaya will be served at this one. But you will be able to catch sets from G-Eazy, RL Grime, Araabmuzik, Zed's Dead, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Boi and Tyler, The Creater. And that's pretty boss.

Aziz Ansari at the Verizon Theatre (May 31)
He's funny on Parks & Recreation. His stand-up is even funnier, though.

KXT Summer Cut Music Fest at Gexa Energy Pavilion (June 1)
The second annual music festival from the folks at KXT 91.7-FM will feature performances from the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Matt & Kim and Dawes. Last year's offering drummed up positive reviews, as you may recall. No need to expect anything different this year.

Fleetwood Mac at American Airlines Center (June 4)
Did you know that Fleetwood Mac is Bill Clinton's favorite band? Find out why and embrace your long dormant inner hippy at this reunion tour.

Oak Cliff Film Festival at various Oak Cliff theaters (June 6-9)
Back for the second year, and now with various war metaphors!

Indy Firestone 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway (June 8)
Beer and speeding cars don't usually mix. Except in this case.

Seinfeld at the Winspear Opera House (June 8)
Finally, a chance to have the comedian explain the atrocity that was NBC's The Marriage Ref. Actually, make that two chances: He'll be performing two shows on this date, one a 7 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m.

Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at the Verizon Theatre (June 10)

Mumford & Sons at Gexa Energy Pavilion (June 11)
They're big for a reason, right? Right? Right?!?!?!

Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock at the Verizon Theatre (June 12)
Kendrick Lamar brings his whole Black Hippy crew to town.

New Kids on The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees at the American Airlines Center (June 12)
C'mon. You know your inner '90s tween is curious.

Pitbull and Ke$ha at Gexa Energy Pavilion (June 23)
Let your inner pop radio freak flag fly.

Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest III at the Granada Theater (July )
Now word yet on a specific date or any reveals on the lineup. But know this: It's happening. And it'll probably be sickeningly hip.

LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul at the Verizon Theatre (July 1)
Recent “Accidental Racist” transgressions aside, LL's a legend, and so are the rest of the seminal rap acts on this bill. Show some respect.

Kaboom Town at Addison Circle Park (July 3)
Arguably the best fireworks display in North Texas. I mean just look at the name.

Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at the Fort Worth Stockyards (July 4)
Celebrate America the Texas way with Krist Kristofferson and Willie Nelson himself, two legends who both rank in in the top five of our 100 Greatest Texan Musicians list.

Whiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Smoke DZA, Chevy Woods, Joey Bada$$, Berner, Pro Era and Trinidad James at Gexa Energy Pavilion (July 28)
First go all gold. Then get purple. Then go young, wild and free. And, if you don't know what we mean, as your most streetwise friend. He or she will.

Beyonce at the American Airlines Center (July 6)
All hail Queen Bey.

H2O Music Festival at the Cotton Bowl (August)
While organizers have yet to announce a definitive date and line up, if last year's festival was any indication, we can expect a return and more great things from this multicultural, day-long event.

Vans Warped Tour at Gexa Energy Pavilion (August 2)
The summer skater rock festival makes its way to Dallas yet again. And a whole bunch of locals are on the bill this year, including Bowling for Soup, Forever the Sickest Kids, Crown the Empire, Oh, Sleeper and Memphis May Fire.

Rockstar Mayhem Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion (August 4)
Rob Zombie headlines this roving metal festival.

Lil Wayne, T.I. and Future at Gexa Energy Pavilion (August 16)
A Martian, a king and an up-and-comer walk into a music venue…

Mad Decent Block Party in the West End (August 31)
Major Lazer, Baauer and Flosstradramus? A happy Labor Day weekend, indeed.

Paste's Untapped Indie Music and Beer Festival (September 7)
What started off as a giant block party aimed at celebrating local music and craft beer has since ballooned into a full-on national deal, with several incarnations taking place in different cities this year. Already, we've seen the first of these festivals out in Fort Worth back in April. No lineup has yet been released, but we do know that the fest returns to Dallas on September 7 for its second annual go.

Fun. and Tegan & Sara at Gexa Energy Pavilion (September 12)
Tonight, you are young.

Dia de Los Toadies at Panther Island Pavilion (September 13-14)
The sixth annual music festival from the Toadies heads for the first time to Fort Worth this year to take over the Panther Island Pavilion with 12 bands on two stages. Among those performing? Gary Clark, Jr. and — duh — the Toadies.

Addison Oktoberfest at Addison Circle Park (September 19-22)
Someone tell the people of Addison to invest in calendars.

Depeche Mode at Gexa Energy Pavilion (September 20)
You still can't get enough, can you?

The State Fair of Texas at Fair Park (September 27)
Check out the newly reconstructed Big Tex while filling your face holes with the most decadent and artery-clogging fried foods the fair will certainly have to offer.

Ongoing Concert Series
Barefoot at the Belmont
The annual summer concert series, which takes place at the Hotel Belmont’s pool area, will host around 10 different events for your entertainment. The series kicked off late April and will run through August 8th.

Fridays on the Green at Magnolia Green
The folks over at Fort Worth Weekly have teamed up with Fort Worth South, Inc. to present this family-friendly summer concert series, which kicked off back in April. This event presents the area's best musical acts, plus food truck offerings and tasty brews from Rahr and Sons.

Rockin’ The River Live on the Trinity Summer Tubing and Music Series at Panther Island Pavilion
What could be better than floating, drinking and listening to live music? This Fort Worth summer series kicks off the first week of June and continues through August 8th.

The North Texas Chevy Music Showcase at Sundown at Granada
The folks over at North Texas Chevy have teamed up with Sundown at the Granada to present their summer music series held on the last Thursday of every month. This summer, Larry G(ee), Somebody's Darling and Josh Weathers will be making your Thursdays a little more awesome.

Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum
How about having a delightful picnic surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery topped with live music? Eh? Sounds nice, right?

Cover photo by Steven Visneau.


















































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