Special Events and Festivals

Barks & Rec combines the best of Mansfield's Parks with the pups our residents love so much into a unique combination of fitness and furry fun!
In the Spring, sign up for a couch-to-5k program with shelter dogs joining you for your weekly training run. At the end of the six weeks, you and your pup will run in the Barks & Rec 5k, held in early April benefiting Mansfield Animal Care and Control. The fun run is open to anyone who would like to join in, either with their own dog or with a dog from an area shelter. After the race, enjoy a festival celebrating our four-legged friends, complete with food, games, shopping and a pop up dog park.

In the Fall, the Barks & Rec Hiking Club brings avid walkers and hikers to Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, where the shelter dogs get to experience a whole new surrounding and plenty of fun things to sniff and explore. Hikes are scheduled on Saturday mornings and registered individually by the week, so you can participate as often as you like!

Here is a great alternative to going door-to-door. Bring the family and meet your friends at the MAC for a night of games, crafts, snacks, and of course Halloween candy! This carnival-style event will be geared toward children ages 2-6 years old, but all ages are welcome. We will be sure to give your little goblins a frighteningly good time!  Boo Bash is held the Friday before Halloween at the Mansfield Activities Center.

The Mansfield Fire Department host this community-wide the first Saturday in October as part of its National Fire Prevention Week observance.  With a goal of making learning about fire safety fun, families can visit interactive and hands-on demonstrations that will teach fire safety skills and show kids how to prevent fires in the home.  The event also features entertainment, food and family activities.


Music Alley is a music and arts festival hosted as a partnership between the City of Mansfield and the Mansfield Commission for the Arts.  The day-long festival is held in September and includes live music and food from different genres, interactive artist displays, and family-friendly activities.

Make a racket with the Mansfield Summer Slam Pickleball Tournament at Fieldhouse USA Mansfield in September.  Tournament includes a Friday night social and two days of competition including
lunch both days and great tournament play for all skill levels.  Awards will be given in all age categories for mens, womens and coed doubles teams.

The 99th observance of Veterans Day in the United States will be the start of a new tradition in Mansfield as the city gathers for a Veterans Day Parade.  There are veterans working for the schools, the city, as first responders, for private companies and of course retired. This event is a way for them to all come together, share that common bond and see how much the city appreciates their service.

Wisteria Street Market is an arts + crafts fair held at the Mansfield Activities Center every May.  Families can enjoy shopping with the arts + crafts vendors, food, free make + take crafts, kids activities, and more!

shop. food. mingle. fun.