Special Events

The City of DeSoto is proud to present a wide range of events, festivals and celebrations all year round. There’s something for everyone, so come join us as we celebrate our community.

The DeSoto Town Center is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road on the northeast corner of the intersection of Hampton and Pleasant Run Roads. The DeSoto Town Center contains the DeSoto City Hall, the DeSoto Recreation Center, The Corner Theatre, the DeSoto Public Library, the DeSoto Civic Center and the Outdoor Amphitheater.

Vendor Opportunities for Special Events
The City of DeSoto Ordinance requires an application to be completed for a temporary Special Event, including but not limited to our Crawfish Event, Juneteenth Celebration, Independence Celebration, Hispanic Heritage Festival, and the Hometown Holiday Parade. 

Things to Consider when Applying for a Temporary Food Permit
  • A Temporary Food Permit is required 
  • Applications will NOT be accepted 2 weeks before the event.
  • The DeSoto Action Center will contact you within 48 business hours for the completion of the required documents. 
  • Payment must be received within 72 business hours after approval.
  • Once the application and temporary food permit payment are received, the vendor will receive an acceptance e-mail.

Due to the approval process for the food vendors, an email must be sent to specialevents@desototexas.gov for additional steps for approval.


Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

The Best Southwest area which includes DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill, and Lancaster is so named because of the cities’ ability to work together on projects that benefit Southern Dallas County. Read More

Crawfish Festival

Come and enjoy tons of delicious spicy crawfish, great food, live music, vendors and games. Revel in the best blues and funk and enjoy the infectious rhythms. This will be a friendly, relaxed and fun community event. Read More

Daddy & Daughter Dance

You are cordially invited for a memorable evening of dancing and elegance. This formal affair is a sophisticated and stylish night where Dads make Daughter’s dreams come true. This event is an unforgettable occasion with food, fun and giveaways. Read More

Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter Bunny is on the way! Bring your Easter baskets and join us for the Easter Eggstravaganza for children ages 10 and under. There will be hundreds of Easter eggs up for grabs, so hop on over to the fields at Zeiger Park. Read More

Hometown Holidays DeSoto On Ice

Join us for the Annual Hometown Holidays Celebration. This holiday season will be filled with family fun activities, food, vendors, and guest performances.

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July 4th Fireworks Celebration

Experience a fun-filled night for the whole family that will feature live music, children's activities, games for all ages, food from a variety of vendors that will be sure to satisfy any taste buds, and of course, Fireworks. Read More

Kids Fishing Tournament

Come out to the fishin’ hole at Briarwood Park for the City’s Annual Kids Fishing Day. Briarwood Pond will be generously stocked with fish to increase the odds of a memorable fishing experience. Read More

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Join us as we enjoy the sounds of local and national Latin recording artists. Bring your lawn chairs and prepare for an evening full of live music, great food, a variety of vendors and fun for the entire family.

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Mother & Son Dance

This will be a special evening for mothers and sons to dress up, dance, and share a special bonding experience that will be a cherished memory for many years to come. Read More