April Happenings

April is upon us, and as we gratefully welcome the spring-like weather this month brings, we here at IFM wanted to share some opportunities you have to enjoy this warmer weather and some of the unique events Denton is offering this April. Oh, and the best part? THEY’RE ALL FREE.

Denton Community Market
When: Saturday April 5 and April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Historical Park of Denton County: 317 West Mulberry St.
So What? The Denton Community Market is an artist’s and farmer’s market that launched in April of 2010. The market features locally grown food, live music and activities for children. Visitors can also browse handmade items such as purses, jewelry and clothing that are for sale.

Denton Redbud Festival
When: Saturday April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Denton Civic Center: 321 East McKinney Street
So What? Sponsored by Keep Denton Beautiful, the annual Denton Redbud Festival serves as Denton’s official Arbor Day event. The event features a home and garden show with more than 70 booths featuring trees and plants, gardening products, landscape and home improvement items for sale. This year’s festival will also offer children’s environmental exhibits and activities, face painting, a live TRASHion show, educational workshops and delicious festival foods. Live music will be provided by Levi Cobb and Big Smoke, Ryan ThomasBecker and more. The TRASHion show is a program that works with local designers to promote reuse, recycling and art. The show features fashion made from materials that would normally be considered trash. The runway show will take place at noon on the Pratt Recycling Outdoor Festival Stage.
Denton County Heritage Festival
When: Saturday April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Courthouse-on-the-Square: 110 West Hickory Street
So What? Sponsored by the Denton County Historical Commission, the Denton County Heritage Festival features several activities and exhibits celebrating the great history of Denton County. This year’s event celebrates the years 1861-1877 and features an opportunity to meet historical figures from Denton’s past, music from local artists, civil war re-enactors, an old-timed funeral march, activities and storytelling for children and displays from the Denton Community Market. 

Teen Twilight Egg Hunt
When: Wednesday April 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: Denia Rec Center: 1001 Parvin Street
So What? After the sun goes down, teens (11-16) will have the opportunity to hunt for door prizes and enjoy a fun night with friends. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight. 

Easter Eggstravaganza
When: Saturday April 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Denton Civic Center: 321 East McKinney Street
So What? Sponsored by Denton Parks and Recreation, the Free Easter Eggstravaganza is a fun, traditional Easter experience for toddler-aged children to those in 5th grade.  The event includes a bounce house, arts and crafts, and a magic show at 10:45 a.m. The Easter Bunny will also be available for pictures for $2 per child. At 11:30 a.m. the Easter Egg Hunt begins and kids can run through Quakertown Park to hunt for over 21,000 Easter Eggs filled with goodies. Children are divided into groups based on age and grades. It is recommended that people arrive early to find their designated group in the park.
Twilight Tunes
When: Thursday April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Courthouse-on-the-Square: 110 West Hickory Street
So What? Sponsored by the Denton Main Street Association, this award-winning concert series takes place every Thursday from April 24 through July.  Listeners are encouraged to bring their own meal and a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2014 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners. The concert on April 24 features alternative rock music from Lydia Low.

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
When: Friday April 25 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday April 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday April 27 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Quakertown Park: 321 East McKinney Street
So What? The 35th annual three-day event is a celebration of the arts. More than 2,000 professional and amateur performers on six stages showcase the best in jazz, pop, rhythm & blues and full orchestra music. In addition, community and school groups represent a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling and theatre performances. Fine artists and craftsman, who are juried, come from all over the region to demonstrate exhibit and sell their creations. Abundant options of food and beverages are available in addition to the entertainment. Clowns and other activities compliment the festivals, including the large Children’s Art Tent that offers numerous art experiences under the leadership of qualified instructors.

As you can see, Denton has a lot to offer in the month of April. So grab those sunglasses, maybe slather on a bit of sunscreen and check out some of the events that make our community so unique.