The Taste of Dallas Family Fun Zone presented by Direct Energy is over 50,000 sq feet of indoor, air-conditioned family fun, with interactive and engaging activities. Kids 10 years of age and under get in FREE to Taste of Dallas at Fair Park on Saturday and Sunday with an accompanying parent or guardian -- all courtesy of Direct Energy!

Our children see the world with vibrant, positive energy where everything and anything is possible. This indoor air-conditioned fun zone is an interactive experience designed for families & kids of all ages with various attractions including:

  • Large Inflatables & Slides
  • Minions Meet & Greet Area
  • Kids Fit Activity Area
  • Kids Healthy Cooking Demos
  • Entertainment Stage
  • Toddler Area
  • Storybook Characters Meet & Greet Area
  • Springfree Trampoline Fun Spot
  • Chalk Art Alley presented by VersaChalk

Enjoy family friendly performances all weekend long on our Kid’s Stage with acts every hour on the hour each day. Kick back and relax while the kids are entertained by jugglers, magicians and more of their favorites!

Get physical in our Kids Fit Activity Area with a variety of fun, free activities provided by these participating exhibitors:

  • Bridge Lacrosse
  • Contemporary Ballet of Dallas
  • DFW Bubble Ball
  • Express Cheer
  • First Tee
  • Game on Athletics
  • Golds Gym
  • Hype Kids Nation
  • International Bowling Museum
  • Jewish Community Center of Dallas
  • Kids Triathlon
  • Michael Johnson Performance

Want to see something despicable? Drop by the 2017 Family Fun Zone presented by Direct Energy and meet two of Gru’s loveable Minions! Have your photo taken with them, post the pic to social media for a chance to win prizes.

See ALL of the Minions, Gru, Lucy, and their adorable daughters in DESPICABLE ME 3 in theaters and Real D 3-D June 30th. #despicableme3 #dm3tod

See this attraction in the Automobile Buiding

What: Sip, Swirl and Savor Wines and Food Pairings at the Wine Pairing Experience. If you love the way well-paired wine and food tend to bring out the best in each other, don’t miss the Wine Pairing Experience at Taste of Dallas. Great wineries will offer reds, whites and sparkling wines that range from fruity to dry and everything in-between. Find your new favorite here, where you also have the opportunity to purchase a full glass if you desire.

Where: Inside Taste Marketplace in the Automobile Building

  • When:
  • Saturday June 10th   •   2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday June 11th   •   2pm to 5pm

Tickets for the the Wine Pairing Experience are limited and 21+ only with valid ID. Special Ticket Packages are available ONLINE ONLY for $30 dollars and include Taste of Dallas general admission PLUS access to this exclusive wine tasting area (2pm to 5pm) with a commemorative tasting glass, (10) samples of wines for the participating wineries, and small plate pairings that complement each vino. Attendees can also purchase an additional wine sampling wristband for $10 dollars for an additional (10) 2oz samples.

CLICK HERE to purchase Wine Pairing Experience tickets before they sell out.

Participating Wineries

Taste of Dallas has created a unique festival experience for 2017. If you love burning hardwood, crackling embers, and you like to cook with either High Heat or Low & Slow, it will be hard to leave our new BBQ, Burgers & Brews, curated by Tim Byres of Smoke and presented by Napoleon Gourmet Grills. You'll enjoy some of the very best barbecue and burger joints in the Metroplex plus over 20 craft breweries to sample and pair their craft brews. Then grab a plate and head over to our new exhibition area and watch as some of the biggest names in the sizzling Dallas food scene spill their secrets with hourly demonstrations.

CLICK HERE to purchase Limited, Online Only Special Ticket Packages which include General Admission to Taste of Dallas plus a Craft Beer Sampling Wristband good for (12) 2oz samples & a tasting mug for $30 dollars (21+ with valid ID). Additional craft beer sampling wristbands can be purchased for $5 dollars.


Sat & Sun - 15 minute sets

12:15  •  1:15 •  2:45  •  3:45  •  5:15  •  6:15


Sat & Sun - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

and in between bands

Outlining the beautiful Esplanade and its fountains is Restaurant Island. This is the chance to taste it all – indulge in local and international tastes ranging from Mediterranean to Mexican, Italian to Indian, Cajun to cupcakes, - it will take both days to eat your way through this open-air feast!

Tour over 45 food booths and trucks surrounding the beautiful esplanade and its fountains and indulge your taste buds! Tastings are priced from $2 to $5, allowing you the opportunity to try a wide variety of deliciousness!

Taste Marketplace brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tastings and specialty vendors. This cornucopia of tasteful delight is showcased in the most colorful way at the Taste Marketplace.

Wander long aisles packed with a variety of sinfully delicious and unique culinary creations and commodities. Sample and bring home tastes from one-of-a-kind exhibitors offering handmade spices, sauces, dips, olive oils, jams and more. Take time to peruse the exceptionally wide selection of contemporary vendors, artists and craftsmen plying their trade and selling their wares.

For more information on participating in theTaste Marketplace please email vendorinfo@tasteofdallas.org