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.

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.


Christmas on the Square

Join us at Garland's historic Downtown Square for the annual tree lighting! There will be craft vendors, children's choirs, holiday food, train rides, snow tubing hills, and even Santa! This year there will also be a special surprise during the tree lighting.

Dec. 4, 2014
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Garland Square
200 N. Fifth St.

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

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.

2015 date coming soon!

Garland Animal Services

Outdoor Fest &
Living Expo

Outdoor Fest has joined the Healthy Living Expo.  Bass Pro Shops, local outdoor organizations, and the Garland Parks and Recreation Department will help you find the perfect outdoor activity to suite your level of adventure.

2015 date coming soon!

Healthy Living Expo
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd