Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids? Plan to attend an annual festival! Some of the best events in Texas happen every year. From exciting outdoor celebrations to holiday extravaganzas, there’s a terrific local affair taking place this month. So grab the kids and head out for food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment courtesy of the team at Crème de la Crème of Coppell.

Gobble Wobble 5K and Fun Run

A father holds up his son at an annual Thanksgiving event in Coppell, Texas

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This year represents the third annual Coppell Gobble Wobble 5K and Fun Run. Organizers host this terrific event each November on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It takes place at Andrew Brown Jr. Community Park East on Parkway Boulevard, and proceeds from this fantastic race benefit local animals service programs. 

The starting gun sounds at 8 a.m. for the in-person race, or your family can opt for the virtual alternative. If you decide to take the latter route, you can complete the 5K any way you like, including:

Fa La La La Lights and Display Contest

December ushers in a variety of outstanding winter holiday experiences to enjoy. To celebrate this joyous season, the City of Coppel hosts its annual Fa La La La Lights and Display Contest. Organizers invite businesses and residents young and old to deck their homes, yards, and storefronts with lights and compete for the best presentation.

This twinkling display and competition is in its second year for 2021, and this occasion should prove to be the best yet. Preregister to show off your family’s holiday spirit, then begin adorning your space with festive decor. Sign up early to be one of the first 100 people who register. You’ll get a free Coppell Fa La La La Lights sign to proudly post in front of your display.

Look for a virtual map with the locations of all registered participants when it goes live in early December. So grab the kiddos, bundle up, and walk or drive around the neighborhood to see the sights and share in the festivities. Everyone in the family can cast a vote for their favorite display. Hosts will announce the winners in categories like:

  • Buddy the Elf Holiday Cheer Award.
  • Clark Griswold Award.
  • Cindy Lou Who Citizen’s Choice Award.


If you love spicy food, you have to cut loose at Zestfest! This world-class foodie event features everything you want in a culinary festival, from live music to celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of John Hard and Stefon Rishel.

The Irving Convention Center on West Las Colinas Boulevard hosts Zestfest each June to the delight of thousands of residents who relish the hotter things in life. Tickets usually run under $20 and are available online. There are many ways for families to indulge in a fiery food experience at this unique festival, such as:

  • Taste delicious samples from some of the area’s highest-profile chefs.
  • Enter the “puckerbutt” jalapeno eating contest.
  • Stuff yourself at Eddie Deen’s pig roast and barbeque dinner.
  • Dance all those calories off with plenty of live music.

Independence Day Party in the Park

Flaunt your patriotic enthusiasm and join fellow Coppell families for Party in the Park. This event takes place every Independence Day weekend at Andrew Brown Park East on East Parkway Boulevard. There will be music, food, and fireworks for everyone to enjoy.

The city follows up Party in the Park with an Independence Day-themed parade. Dress your kiddos up in red, white, and blue and follow the route along Parkway Boulevard. Organizers post exact times and dates on the Coppell city website before the event.

Virtual Job Fair

Register for the City of Coppell’s annual Virtual Job Fair, whether you’re entering the workforce or you’re on the lookout for a new career. Mark the date on your October calendar and participate in this exciting online event. You can attend this online event from anywhere, including your mobile device.

Job seekers will discover a variety of opportunities from local and national businesses. You’ll also have the chance to speak directly with leading employers through live online chats, connect with other professionals, and build a stronger network. Some former participating businesses include:

  • Datamax.
  • Quick Trip.
  • The Container Store.
  • Gordon Food Services.
  • Amazon.
  • Kroger.

Scare on the Square

Halloween tops many Coppell family’s favorite holiday list, and this is one city that knows how to celebrate. Don your best costume and head to Old Town on West Main Street. Get your scare on each October with trick-or-treating at participating local businesses like GEORGE Coffee + Provisions and Coppell Farmer’s Market in a safe, outdoor environment.

This event usually takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so children of all ages won’t have to stay up late to savor the excitement. Parents also get the opportunity to learn more about our community’s fantastic local shops with this walking tour.

Irving Main Street

Families all around Coppell look forward to September. In addition to all your normal back-to-school activities, this month ushers in the free Irving Main Street event. This annual street fair in the heart of Texas honors the joys of hometown living with attractions for all ages. There are rides for the kids, and admission to this two-day event is free. Immerse yourself in this charming city’s Heritage District with:

  • Live musical performances.
  • Manifolds on Main Street car show.
  • Craft people with pieces like jewelry, decor, and apparel.
  • Art galleries.
  • Food vendors.
  • Marketplace and shopping.
  • Children’s activities.

This list of annual festivals and events was brought to you by Crème de la Crème. Which gala celebrations around Coppell will you and your kiddos attend this year? Did we include all of your family’s favorite events? Drop us a line if we missed one, so we can add it to our directory. Other Texas parents are looking for fun new destinations, too.