An expanded Southlake Spring Festival is planned for early next year to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Southlake City Council approved a special use permit for a mass gathering on Feb. 10 during the Dec. 19 meeting.

The details

Larry Zhou made the request for an event that will be held at Rustin and Family Park near Southlake Town Square. The show was created to showcase the diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures in Southlake. The two previous events didn’t require the special permits, but the event is expected to have between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors in 2024, according to documents.

The Springfest Festival includes booths and performances representing cultures from Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. According to even organizers, from 2000 to 2022, the Asian population in the Dallas-Fort Worth area grew by 224%.

Five elements of SpringFest:
  • Culture activities, such as paper crafts, calligraphy sessions and traditional tea ceremonies
  • Asian food trucks serving flavors of East and Southeast Asia
  • Donations play a role in the cultural celebration and future festivals.
  • Student Volunteer Program features groups, such as Association of Chinese American in Southlake Texas, Southlake Sister City, local Boy Scout Troops and Taiwan youth group Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors.
  • Five hours of live performances from music and dance to theatrical displays
The event will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and a makeup date in case of bad weather is Feb. 17.