Diwali, the festival of lights, symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Widely celebrated in India and among Indian American communities like Dallas-Fort Worth, Diwali transcends religious boundaries, being cherished by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. These local celebrations welcome people of all backgrounds.
DFW Diwali Mela at Cotton Bowl Stadium: Date: Nov. 4, 5 p.m. - midnight Location: Fair Park's Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas Highlights: Laser light show, fireworks, Bollywood performances, bazaar, children's rides, Ramlila, and more. It's back at the Cotton Bowl after a pandemic hiatus. Admission: $12-$100, free for kids under 5, $10 for parking.
Diwali Mela: Dallas Festival of Lights: Date: Nov. 5, noon - 10 p.m. Location: Southfork Ranch, Parker Highlights: Fireworks, carnival rides, dance and music performances, fashion show, marketplace, arts and crafts, and a food court. Tickets: $10 (eventbrite), $12-$15 at the event, free for children under 10, $25 for unlimited carnival rides.|
Diwali in the Park: Date: Nov. 12, noon - 3 p.m. Location: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Highlights: Indian music, dance performances, traditional crafts, chai, photo opportunities, and more. Admission: Free, with paid parking available.