While clearly not quite as awesome as Plano, there’s no doubt that our neighbor, Addison, is pretty cool, too—just take a look at this impressive 2016 events calendar! (Alternatively, click here for the 2016 calendar of events just announced for Downtown Plano).

Hosting almost one million guests annually with its nationally acclaimed WaterTower Theatre, award-winning Kaboom Town!, and the beloved Addison Oktoberfest festival, Addison has the recipe for fun for everyone. And this year, the 4.4 square-mile municipality is cooking up something even more exciting…adding everyone’s favorite, Taste Addison, to its lineup of must-attend events for 2016!

2016 ADDISON EVENTS CALENDAR

HOTCAKE HUSTLE 5K/10K
Jan. 16 @ Addison Conference Centre
Start the new year off healthy by walking or running the Hotcake Hustle that awards all that hard work with a big plate of pancakes from the legendary Original Pancake House!

OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL
Feb. 15–29 @ WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre teams with performing arts organizations from around the region to bring to life exciting contemporary works. Theatre productions, dance and music performances and an art exhibit pack 10 days with exhilarating entertainment.

WALK MS
Apr.9 @ Addison Circle Park
Walk MS is one of the largest organized walking events of its kind. Join over 4,000 participants in the 1-mile or 5K walk to raise money in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

WELLNESS EXPO
Apr. 16 &17 @ Addison Conference Centre
Oct. 15 & 16
Start living healthier at the Dallas/Fort Worth’s best loved source of alternative health information featuring two dozen wellness lectures and more than 100 exhibit booths.

TASTE ADDISON
May 13–15 @ Addison Circle Park
A celebration of food, music and fun, Taste Addison dishes out the best food and flavor with a healthy side of jam. A three-day menu of fun, Taste Addison delivers the tastiest eateries with the best music at Addison Circle Park.

VITRUVIAN NIGHTS LIVE
June 2–Aug. 11 @ Vitruvian Park
(Every Other Thursday)
Vitruvian Nights Live gives you the best local bands, food and fun for free all outdoors at the Vitruvian Amphitheatre.

VITRUVIAN SALSA FESTIVAL
June 4–25  @ Vitruvian Park
Aug. 6–27
Bring your dancing shoes to the Vitruvian Salsa Festival! Get moving with live bands, DJs, professional salsa lessons and gourmet food trucks.

SUMMER SERIES
July 9, 16, 23 @ Addison Circle Park – & 30 Bowl Stage
Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Enjoy outdoor entertainment from local musicians and singer-songwriters, or enjoy your favorite movie while you picnic or dine under a blanket of North Texas stars.

ADDISON KABOOM TOWN!®
July 3 @ Addison Circle Park
Addison’s most explosive party of the year, Kaboom Town!, features dazzling fireworks choreographed to music, plus food, live music, spectacular Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s historic warbird flyovers and more. Rated as one of the top 10 fireworks shows in the country by USA Today, Kaboom Town! promises spectacular views from just about anywhere in Addison.

ADDISON OKTOBERFEST
Sept. 15–18 @ Addison Circle Park
An Addison tradition! Addison Oktoberfest is a four-day festival based on the authentic re-creation of the Munich Oktoberfest featuring German food, entertainment, traditional folk dances, children’s entertainment and more.

SHAKESPEARE DALLAS
Sept 29–2 @ Addison Circle Park
Oct. 5–9
Experience William Shakespeare’s The Tempest under the stars, performed by Shakespeare Dallas.

MK5K
Oct. 1 @ Mary Kay Headquarters
This annual race benefits the Mary Kay Foundation’s goal to raise awareness about domestic violence and cancers that affect women.

ADDISON CIRCLE HOWLFEST
Nov. 1 @ Beckert Park
Addison has gone to the dogs with this free community event designed to celebrate canine friends! Guests can participate with their pooch in costume contests while enjoying a DJ, snacks (with proceeds benefitting Operation Kindness), discounted pet registration and much more.

ADDISON CIRCLE TREE LIGHTING
Nov. 20 @ Beckert Park
Celebrate the beginning of the season with the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree for the Addison Community. Enjoy holiday fun featuring children’s activities, horse carriage rides, holiday shopping, refreshments, door prizes and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

VITRUVIAN LIGHTS
Nov. 25 @ Vitruvian Park
Dec. 3, 10, 17
Walk and wind through the 12-acre park, with millions of sparkling LED lights wrapped around more than 400 glittering trees, creating a magical holiday wonderland. Enjoy live music, food trucks, delicious desserts, beverages, FREE photos with Santa, holiday characters and more!

Find out more here.

Rebecca Silvestri

Rebecca Silvestri is the executive editor at Local Profile. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, Publisher of Local Profile. In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher (in London and the Dominican...