The City of Roanoke has a full calendar of events this spring, all designed to bring families together to enjoy the outdoors.

Located 30 miles west of Dallas, Roanoke offers residents and visitors a small-town feel and a multitude of restaurants. Roanoke’s city council dedicates funds to the city’s special events team so the community can enjoy free and low-cost events throughout the year. Roanoke also collaborates with community partners to bring these events to life.

Special Events and Sponsorship Manager Michael Davenport said city staff has planned events to get families out of the house and away from technology.

Here’s an overview of the three upcoming events in Roanoke.

March 23: Egg-a-palooza
  • Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Roanoke Soccer Complex, 505 Roanoke Road
  • Free
The city will host an egg hunt with 25,000 candy-filled eggs for children ages 12 and younger. Individuals of all ages can participate in a sensory egg hunt. Attendees can also enjoy food trucks, a petting zoo, bounce houses photos with the Easter bunny and time with family and friends.

A few of the eggs will have a numbered piece of paper instead of candy inside. These eggs can be exchanged for prizes such as scooters and sidewalk chalk.

“I love seeing those 2,000 kids line up at the [starting] line, and seeing the excitement on their faces,” Davenport said.

April 11 - June 20: Evenings on Oak Street
  • Every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak St.
  • Free
This outdoor concert series is hosted through a partnership with Arts Council Northeast. Families can enjoy live music and conversations with friends. Guests are welcome to bring coolers with food and drinks, or they can visit one of Roanoke’s many restaurants.

“The good thing about Austin Street Plaza is it's right in the middle of downtown Roanoke and you have 60 unique shops and restaurants that the families can go to before or after [the concert],” Davenport said.

May 4: Roanoke Round Up
  • Noon to 9 p.m.
  • downtown roanoke, from City Hall to Travis Street
  • Free
Local chefs compete for prizes at this competitive steak cooking competition. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Guns & Hoses –a non profit benefiting families of fallen police officers and firefighters – and Texas Motor Speedway Children’s charities. Guests can sample food, participate in eating contests and watch chefs compete.

“We have nice broad sidewalks lined with trees and tons of restaurants down here,” said Recreation Specialist Collin Knight. “[There are] lots of fun things for families to do down here and it's truly a unique feel that you don't get a lot of in the downtown areas of other cities in the Metroplex.”

Want to learn more about events in Roanoke? visit the city’s website for more information.

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