Celebrate Summer in Carrollton
Celebrate summer in Carrollton at a variety of City events all season long. Take the children to Carrollton’s free Youth Fishing event; read a book and earn points and prizes; surprise dad with breakfast tacos or mom with a “Foodie Passport” complete with food samples, cocktails, and a World of Foodies Fest souvenir glass; watch the fireworks over Josey Ranch Lake; catch a movie at the Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex; and much more. Beat the heat and have some fun in Carrollton, where there is always something for everyone.
Youth Fishing Event
The first Saturday in June is designated as a Free Fishing Day by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, so children age 16 and under can come out to Josey Ranch Park Pond (1440 Keller Springs Road) and have fun; no license necessary. The pond will be generously stocked with adult catfish and prizes and trophies will be awarded to the children who catch the longest and second longest fish in three age categories: 6 and under, 7-11, and 12-16. It is recommended that participants bring their own equipment, but loaner rods, reels, bait, and tackle will be provided as supplies are available. Register at the event; there is no preregistration. Adults may stay after the event for open fishing. For more information, call 972-466-9816 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/events.
Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Free
Summer Reading Program Kickoff: C-Con
Celebrate the beginning of the Library’s Summer Reading Program at the inaugural C-Con (Carrollton Convention) event. Fans of all ages are invited to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) to enjoy comics, games, art, trivia, and more. The youngest heroes up to age 8 will have an opportunity to show off in a costume parade, followed by a judged competition for more seasoned cosplayers ages 9+. Register for the Summer Reading Program through August 1 at carrolltonlibrary.READsquared.com. Visit either Library location or call 972-466-4800 for more information.
Saturday, June 1 from 1-8 p.m. – Free
Father’s Day Breakfast
Start dad’s day with a smile by grabbing a breakfast taco at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) and then enjoy games in the beautiful 10-acre setting of Pearl Perry Gravley Park. Whether taking dad to the movies, the park, or a historic home, he will need fuel for his day. Free breakfast (limited to the first 150 attendees) and beverages will be served. Children can also make dad a Father’s Day craft. For more information, call 972-466-6381 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/events.
Saturday, June 15 from 9-11 a.m. – Free
World of Foodies Fest
Chow down on a world of culture and cuisine on the Historic Downtown Carrollton Square (1106 S. Broadway Street) while enjoying authentic international refreshments, photo ops, free henna, games, and live performances. The event is free to attend, but bites will be available for individual purchase in sample portions. “Foodie Passports,” for ages 21+, can be purchased before the event for $30 while supplies last at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow. Passports include two cocktails, five food samples, and a souvenir glass. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.
Saturday, June 29 from 3-9 p.m. – Free
Fourth of July Concert
The entire family is invited to enjoy patriotic music at the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road) performed by the New Horizons Band. In-N-Out Burger will be serving free box lunches including a hamburger or cheeseburger with chips and a drink from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (one lunch per person). No registration is required. Supplies are limited. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/events or call 972-466-9816.
Wednesday, July 3 from 12-1 p.m. – Free
Community Fireworks Display
The City will host a 15-minute Community Fireworks Display over Josey Ranch Lake (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks are scheduled to begin after sunset at approximately 9:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to view the display from their neighborhood or from one of the few parking areas available. There will be no on-site event. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enhance the viewing experience. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/fireworks or call 972-466-3593. Rainout date is Friday, July 5.
Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. – Free
Saturdays on the Square
Stay cool in a snow area or take a photo in our life-sized summer-themed snow globe in Historic Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street). This photo op might make the funniest family Christmas card ever. For more information or additional fun Downtown events, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.
Christmas in July, Saturday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. – Free
Join us at the newly renovated Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) for a poolside showing of Space Jam (1996), PG. Open swim will be offered from 7 p.m. until dusk and the movie will begin shortly after sunset. The cost to attend is $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents, and $3 for children ages 4-6 (season pass holders receive a $2 discount). Driver license must be presented for resident rates. Tickets will be sold at the event only. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/aquatics or call 972-466-9816.
Friday, July 19 from 7-10:30 p.m.
Saturdays on the Square
Movie Night, Saturday, August 10 at Sunset – Free
Bring lawn chairs to Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) and watch a family friendly movie, Incredibles 2 (2018), PG. Watch as Elastigirl is sent on a mission to make supers legal again and Mr. Incredible is left to care for Jack-Jack, Violet, and Dash. Find out if the family can save the day once more from a dangerous new threat. For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.
The City of Carrollton also offers adaptive programs for individuals with varying abilities to foster friendships, independence, and self-esteem. Visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow in the Community section for more information.