Springtime is the perfect time to fall in love with the Falls. Located two hours north of Dallas, Wichita Falls is an ideal destination for a getaway. Our close-knit community offers activities for every lifestyle. With everything located within walking distance in our revitalized downtown, travelers can leave the hustle and bustle of urban life behind.
With the chill of winter giving way to the rejuvenating springtime breeze, now is the time to take advantage of the relaxed ambiance and historic views available to patio-diners throughout downtown Wichita Falls.
Foodies will find the perfect spot to unwind at Karat Bar and Bistro which pays homage to the original Zales Jewelry building in both its name and philosophy that “good things take time.” Dine on globally-inspired made-from-scratch dishes, including their mouthwatering brunch menu that reenvisions contemporary American classics, while enjoying a scenic view of downtown’s classic Romanesque and Victorian architecture and timeless red brick road.
The whole family will delight in Highlander’s unique approach to Celtic/Texas fusion which offers a bridge between the location’s proud Texas heritage and the great pubs of the U.K. Pair your meal with a craft cocktails made with handcrafted in-house bitters. Four-legged family members will appreciate the pet-friendly Texas-sized patio.
Wine enthusiasts will delight in the selections available within walking distance at the urban wineries. Enjoy live music while dining on flatbreads and sipping local wine from the patio of Sixth Street Winery, a historic building once home to a blacksmith now provides one of the most relaxing ambiances this side of North Texas. A stone’s throw away, visit OG Cellars at the Holt, located on the ground floor of the historic Holt Hotel, the tasting room features wine made from old world techniques and 100% Texas grapes as well as a tempting selection of tapas.
Travelers will be rewarded for journeying a short distance from the Depot Square Historic District to bask in the hospitality and authenticity of Fox Hill Restaurant and Gardens. Break bread on the serene patio which offers breathtaking views of the terraced gardens and raised beds. Take note of the on-site produce featured in the restaurant’s seasonal farm-to-table menu.
Springtime means that festival season in Wichita Falls kicks off with two of the most highly anticipated downtown events of the year. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in head-to-toe green and fully immerse in the downtown shenanigans during the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. Put on your festival best and join in the 5k run through historic downtown or enjoy a refreshing green beer and cheer from the sidelines. The six-hour block party features something for everyone in the family with a full lineup of live music, games, a kids area, beer garden, shopping, and food vendors.
The Cajun Fest brings a taste of Louisiana to the heart of downtown Wichita Falls. Bring your appetite to this family-friendly festival and feast on all your favorite Cajun dishes: crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, roasted corn, funnel cakes, and more. Come for the food and stay for the live music, games, and contests. Kids 12 and under enjoy the festivities for free and have access to a special kids area with games, inflatables, and activities for no additional cost.
For art enthusiasts, downtown celebrates the thriving art scene the first Thursday of each month from April through October during the After Hours Artwalk. Patrons of the event leisurely stroll downtown while sampling local wine and exploring the art galleries, studios, and booths. Live music can be enjoyed up and down the celebration starting with the spotlight performance at the Downtown Farmers Market.
For daytrippers interested in a closer look at life on the farm, the Morath family hosts Farm to Table Dinners serving up comfort food with a side of southern hospitality. After a tour of the 90 acre family farm, diners are seated family-style on a RBF table in the wide open spaces of the Morath Orchard where they are encouraged to enjoy the scenery, fellowship, and the freshest food available. The carefully-curated menu features home cooked meals planned around the fresh produce grown on the farm and includes a starter, main entree with sides, and dessert. The Farm to Table dinners sell out fast. Watch the website or Facebook page for the spring schedule.
Wichita Falls has something for everyone to love. With everything centrally-located, travel time is virtually non-existent allowing tourists to focus on what really matters and not getting from point A to point B.