Special Events

The City of Garland's Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department hosts several annual events.

If an event is actively collecting registrations, the link will be included in the event details.

Parks and Recreation Month

Each year, Garland's Park, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department celebrates National Park and Recreation Month in July. A whole month of activities, contests, and special deals to get you outdoors!

Check back for our July 2015 plans!


This event includes pet services and supplies, pet adoptions, and prize drawings. Plus your pooch gets some pool time! Proceeds support Garland Pawsibilities’ mission to increase shelter pet adoptions in Garland.

Aug. 16, 2014
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$5 per dog, $1 per human
(rabies tag/cert required)

Garland Animal Services
Holford Pool
2322 Homestead Place

Outdoor Fest at
Living Expo

This year we are bringing Outdoor Fest to the Healthy Living Expo.  We will have Bass Pro Shops, Dallas Off Road Bike Association, and Garland Parks and Recreation Department on hand to help you find the perfect outdoor activity to suite your level of adventure.

Sept. 27, 2014
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Healthy Living Expo
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd

Garland's Gone Camping

Grab your tent and sleeping bag and head to Audubon Park for a night under the stars with family and friends.  Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a campfire, and an outdoor movie.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

Oct. 18-19, 2014
3 p.m. to 8 a.m.

To register you must call:
Audubon Recreation Center
Audubon Park
342 W. Oates Rd.

Snacks with Santa

Join us at Fields Recreation Center for a fun filled evening of holiday fun! Enjoy making crafts, playing games and having a snack with Santa and his helpers.  This event is held in mid-December.

Dec. 16, 2014
5 - 8 p.m.

Fields Recreation Center

1701 Dairy Road

Sweetheart Dance

Sweetheart Dance is held at The Atrium in Downtown Garland. Dads, granddads, and uncles, watch your little one shine at the Sweetheart Dance in early February.

Feb. 7, 2015
Times for each age group

The Atrium
300 N. 5th St.

Easter Egg Hunt

Children get the chance to hunt for colorful candy and toy filled eggs.  Bounce around in a jump house, go through the obstacle course, and load up on recreation activity information.  This event is held the Thursday before Easter at Central Park.

April 2, 2015
6 p.m.

Granger Recreation Center
Central Park
1310 W. Ave. F