What’s Hoppenin’ in DFW for Easter Sunday

by Brook Benten on April 7, 2023 in General,

Here’s a peek and a Peep at the biggest and best Easter celebrations in Dallas-Fort Worth. From dusk til dawn, Big D will keep the Easter B busy on 04-09-23.



Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Big D Easter celebrations. Photo courtesy  Galleria Dallas.

Easter Brunch with the Second Floor Kitchen by The Westin Galleria Dallas

Easter Sunday 10:30am & 1:30pm

The Westin Galleria Dallas

13340 Dallas Parkway

Dallas, TX 75240

Feast on a delectable brunch for the whole family. This signature buffet crafted by Chef David will feature brunch favorites like eggs benedict, a pancake station, signature items like Lobster deviled eggs, and a succulent carving station of prime rib and honey ham. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes will be available. As an Easter treat, kids may enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt (an AM session for early hoppers, and a PM session for late bloomers).

Reservations can be made here.

Adults $65, Children 12 and under $30, Children 5 and under eat free

After a fun Easter morning, hop over to the iconic Dallas Galleria, inspired by the classical structure of Milan’s famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest functioning shopping center in Italy. Dallas has more shops and restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the United States, but The Galleria Dallas sets the standards through the glass dome roof with world-class shopping.

After you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, retreat back to The Westin Galleria Dallas for a comfortable Easter night sleep, where you will find egg-cellent packages, checking in on Easter Sunday, April 9, checking out on Monday, April 10.

Easter In Turtle Creek Park

Easter Sunday 1:00-4:00pm

Turtle Creek Park

333 Turtle Creek Blvd. 

Dallas, TX 75219

This >50-year old tradition, presented by the Turtle Creek Park Conservancy, hatches once again in Turtle Creek Park, after a three-year hiatus. The event historically draws over 5,000 Easter enthusiasts together to hatch excitement and hunt eggs in the historic green space in the heart of the big city. This year’s event features food trucks, music, games, photos with the Easter B, a notorious Pooch Parade, a live concert by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and a new 2023 Easter Egg r’EGG’cognition Wall.

Donations can be made to this free community event here. (All donations will be recognized on the donor egg wall)

Free; $25 for pet costume entry in Pooch Parade 

Hop to it! Today is the last day to register Fido for the ($25) costume contest Pooch Parade. Photo Brian Maass.

La Stella Cucina Verace

Easter Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

2330 Flora St #150

Dallas, TX 75201

Hop into your Easter Sunday best, and enjoy brunch at the highest rated fine dining Italian restaurant in Dallas. Brunch includes a carving station with many meat options, as well as 

Uova in Camicia, eggs Benedict on a rice cake with Bolognese sauce and black truffle caviar, and Salsiccia Fatta in Casa, grilled house made light spicy sausage and cannellini beans. Finish on a sweet note with an impressive dessert menu, including Colomba Pasquale, a house made traditional Dove Easter cake with almonds, Pastiera Napoletana, a Neapolitan tart flavored with orange flower water. While dining, enjoy live music from David Slater (11:30am-3pm). 

Reservations can be made here.

$95/person for brunch, $25/pitcher of mimosa or bellini

The Easter Bunny will have to straighten his bow tie before dining at the highest-rated fine dining Italian restaurant in Dallas. Ciao bella! Photo courtesy La Stella Cucina Verace.


Easter Sunday 6:30am-3pm

1717 Leonard Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Dye your eggs, then paint up the Dallas Arts District at Ellie’s. Ellie’s, located in HALL Arts Hotel, is celebrating Easter with a specialty jazz brunch featuring live music and culinary creations by Executive Chef, Anthony Hsia. The exclusive Easter jazz brunch experience will feature craft cocktails and fine dishes such as lemon ricotta pancakes, sea salt grilled branzino, and devilled eggs with smoked trout roe. Enjoy smooth, jazzy music for an elevated experience from 11am-3pm.

Reservations can be made here.

A la carte pricing.

From smooth jazz to fine art, cocktails, mocktails, and brunch, everything about Ellie’s is easy like Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Ellie’s Restaurant and Lounge.


The Christmas Capital of Texas doesn’t serve sour grapes for Easter, either. Photo courtesy Hotel Vin Autograph Collection.

Easter Brunch at Hotel Vin + Kids’ and Adult Egg Hunts

Easter Sunday 11am-3pm

215 E. Dallas Road

Grapevine, TX 76051

Hotel Vin and Bacchus proudly present a family-friendly Easter brunch in the Bordeaux and Tuscany Ballrooms. Offerings include a flambee crepe and Belgian waffle station, seafood station, raw bar, prime rib carving station, omelet station, a kids buffet and many more seasonal breakfast & lunch favorites. A special someone will make an appearance from 11am-2pm (okay, it’s the Easter B).

Reservations can be made here.

$25 Adult Egg Hunt, Children Hunt for Free with Brunch

Celebrate the holiday with Chef Juan Pablo Silva’s bountiful buffet menu. Photo courtesy Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection.

Kids’ egg hunts are free with the purchase of Easter Brunch (see above). Tickets for the adult egg hunt cost an Easter penny, but totally worth it for the fun and super sweet prizes! Prizes found within the eggs include Harvest Hall gift cards, bottles of wine and spirits, Bacchus Kitchen + Bar gift cards and a one-night stay at Hotel Vin! Your ticket also includes a glass of wine to get you in the egg hunting spirit.

$25 Adult Egg Hunt, Children Hunt for Free with Brunch

Ride the Easter Bunny Express

Easter Sunday 12:30pm (for 1:00pm departure) or 2:30pm (for 3:00pm departure)

705 S. Main Street

Grapevine, TX 76051

Enjoy a ride on the Easter Bunny Express with the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Your train ticket includes a bag of Easter candy, family photos on the platform, and a visit from the Easter B! His feet get tired from overnight hopping, so for Easter afternoon, he takes the train. This nostalgic train ride sells out months in advance for the North Pole Express when it takes over the train for the Christmas holidays (tickets open the last week in September and sell out within hours). Now is your chance to get to ride for a fraction of the price and snag your tickets just hours before Easter. Life is like a bowl of jelly beans, and this sweet deal is like picking a pink one! {Pssst, save this link for September}. 

Easter Bunny Express tickets are $20 per person.

For more than thirty years, Grapevine’s Historic Vintage Railroad has delighted visitors looking for an authentic rail experience. Photo courtesy Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection


Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Have Cavities. Photo courtesy Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection.

Easter Brunch at 97 West

Easter Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm

200 Mule Alley

Fort Worth, TX 76164

Enjoy a classic Texas-infused Easter Brunch at Hotel Drover, located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and award-winning Mule Alley. 97 West Kitchen & Bar will offer a special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu, featuring items such as smoked salmon & cucumber tea sandwiches, deviled eggs, and crab benedict. Full mouth-watering menu can be viewed here

Reservations can be made here.

Adults $59, Children $25

Hotel Drover Egg Hunt, Live Bunnies, and the Life-Sized Easter Bunny

Easter Sunday 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

200 Mule Alley

Fort Worth, TX 76164

Get ready, get set, go! 97 West + Hotel guests (yes, this isn’t just for kids) are invited to partake in a classic Easter Egg Hunt, with two (2) golden eggs to be found — one for adults and one for kids — during each hunt, resulting in a total of four (4) Golden Eggs. 

The Golden Egg- Adult Winners- will include:

One night midweek stay

Complimentary pool cabana mid-week

Two tickets to the rodeo

$100 resort credit

Two Hotel Drover Robes 

The Golden Egg- Kid Winners- will include:

One night midweek stay in a bunk room

Complimentary cabana mid-week

Two tickets to the rodeo

$100 resort credit

Lil ropers package add-on (Aurora Horse Plush Doll, Custom Printed Bandana, and Two (2) Children’s Robes to Take Home)

All bunnies will be “hoppy” to pose for your ‘gram-worthy selfie or memorable family portrait. Photo courtesy Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection.

While not hunting for golden goodies, play with real bunnies in The Backyard — the property’s half-acre oasis overlooking Marine Creek. If the furry farm animals are better seen than snuggled in your designer Easter dress, grab an Easter embrace with the life-sized Easter Bunny. Real bunnies and life-sized Easter Bunny will be available 10:00am-3:00pm.

Hotel Drover Egg Hunt, Live Bunnies, and Life-Sized Bunny event is exclusively for 97 West guests and Hotel guests.

Make your dining reservation at 97 West here or hotel stay at Hotel Drover here.

Hayes and Jules enjoy an Easter Egg hunt, complete with cascarones (confetti eggs). Photo Brook Benten.


Cover photo courtesy of Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection.

Brook Benten, M.Ed. is a respected and published wellness-industry expert. Along with her family (husband, Daniel, children, Hayes and Jules, and cat + dog, Bert and Ernie), she wishes you a Hoppy Easter. IG @BrookBenten