Denton Redbud Festival

The award-winning Denton Redbud Festival is Denton’s Official Arbor Day celebration – promoting community beautification and Denton pride since 1994. The Denton Redbud Festival features dozens of vendors with tree and plant sales, gardening supplies, household items and local/handmade products, along with family-friendly activities and live, local music.

The Redbud Festival traces its roots back to an annual Texas Woman’s University Festival that was held from the 1930s until 1981 to celebrate the school’s beautification and tree planting efforts. In 1994, Keep Denton Beautiful gave the festival new life in honor of Denton’s designation as the “Redbud Capital of Texas.”


“To engage our community in creating a clean and beautiful Denton.”

For nearly three decades, we have partnered with Denton neighborhoods, businesses, community groups, and families to achieve our vision of a clean, beautiful, vibrant city.

Using the Keep America Beautiful model of community engagement, KDB works directly with Dentonites to inspire positive change, and provide residents the resources they need to leave a lasting mark on the beauty, health, and quality of life in their city.


The 2018 Denton Redbud Festival will include:

  • A ceremonial Arbor Day TREE PLANTING with city council members in Quakertown park (10 a.m.)
  • More than 50 VENDORS with plant sales, home improvement products, and local/handmade crafts;
  • FREE YOGA with Shambhala Wellness (10 a.m.)
  • FREE WORKSHOPS, hosted by City of Denton (COD) Sustainability – Tomato Gardening (10 a.m.), Birding 101 (12:30 p.m.), and Intro to Beekeeping (2 p.m.)
  • A FREE TREE CLASS, led by local Arborist Scott Geer of Tree Shepherds and COD Urban Forester Haywood Morgan (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.);
  • LIVE MUSIC performances from local band Autumn’s Amber and performer Jimi Watusi;
  • Tree-Themed STORY TIME for children and their caregivers, hosted by the Denton Public Library (11 a.m.) Attendees receive a free copy of a tree-themed book (while supplies last);
  • The TRASHION FASHION Runway Show, in partnership with SCRAP Denton and the Denton Public Library (noon);
  • Inflatable KIDS ZONE with multiple bounce houses;
  • Activities, FACE PAINTING, and fun for ALL AGES; and
  • Delicious FESTIVAL FOODS from DoeBoy’s Taste of Chicago, Kona Ice Denton, Pops Kettlecorn, Prime From Scratch Food Truck, and Twin Stacks BBQ.

The festival will once again play host to KDB’s popular “Free Tree Class.”

Festival-goers are eligible to take home a free 3-gallon size tree after attending a 30-minute tree care class. Tree recipients must agree to plant the tree within the Denton city limits, and register their planting address.

The Free Tree Class at the Redbud Festival is made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a citywide campaign from KDB and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees. Learn more about the Denton Tree Initiative at


Schedule of Events 

10 a.m.

–Commemorative Tree Planting at Quakertown Park (weather-dependent)

–Free Tree Class (Community Room)

–How to Grow Tomatoes (meeting room)

–Free Yoga with Shambhala Wellness

11 a.m.

–Tree-Themed Story Time (Community Room)

11:30 a.m.

–Free Tree Class (Community Room


–TRASHion Fashion Runway Show

12:30 p.m.

–Free Tree Class (Community Room)

Birding 101 (Meeting Room)

1 p.m.

–Band: Autumn’s Amber (Outdoor Stage)

1:30 p.m.

–Free Tree Class (Community Room)

2 p.m.

–Intro to Beekeeping (Meeting Room)

2:30 p.m.

–Free Tree Class (Community Room)

–Band: Jimi Watusi (Outdoor Stage)