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Calan Mai Book Festival

Calan Mai Book Festival & Ball

Event & Ticket Information

Lakeside, TX | May 3, 2025

 

From Day To Night This Event Will Be Like No Other

Beyond the Books Events by RMK welcomes you and your Spring Court to an event like no other. Step into the gardens and get ready for a first ever fantasy book themed festival with a masquerade ball under the stars to follow. Both the festival and the ball will feature a unique cosplay cast!

If you love all the bookish things: merchandise like t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, swords, Indie authors as well as other unique vendors. There will be an assortment of activities to participate in from crafts like painting with a special guest, to making friendship bracelets, design your own mask, a live artist and more. And let us not forget the importance of having our very own Maypole! As the event gets closer, we will announce specific vendors participating.

The Ball that follows will be a night to remember with dancing, activities, and other fun opportunities to bond with all your book loving besties. 

 

More details below.

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But First: Why Calan Mai?

Calan Mai, literally translates to "first day of May" is a Welsh holiday that is about being merry, joyous and living in the moment. Calan Mai marks the beginning of summer and traditionally it involved festivities around bonfiresmaypoles, and carol singing (which YES you will see these featured at our event!).

CALAN MAI STYLED SHOOT

Calan Mai Book Festival & Ball

Upcoming Events

  • Calan Mai Book Fest
    Calan Mai Book Fest
    Sat, May 03
    Lakeside
    May 03, 2025, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Lakeside, the frontage rd, 8229 Jacksboro Hwy on, Lakeside, TX 76135, USA
    May 03, 2025, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Lakeside, the frontage rd, 8229 Jacksboro Hwy on, Lakeside, TX 76135, USA
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  • Calan Mai Masquerade Ball Under the Stars
    Calan Mai Masquerade Ball Under the Stars
    Sat, May 03
    Lakeside
    May 03, 2025, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Lakeside, the frontage rd, 8229 Jacksboro Hwy on, Lakeside, TX 76135, USA
    May 03, 2025, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Lakeside, the frontage rd, 8229 Jacksboro Hwy on, Lakeside, TX 76135, USA
    Dance the night away under the stars with us at the Spring Courts event of the season!

Want to have your "Main Character" moment?

If you are worries about not feeling like the main character, let me just say "No, you are the Main Character!" While we will have casted cosplayers at Calan Mai, their job is to enhance the experience for the guests, not take away from it!

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GENERAL ADMISSION BOOK FESTIVAL $75 PER GUEST

Calan Mai Book Festival

A Beautiful Outdoors Book Themed Festival in Lakeside, TX

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Immersive activities throughout the event:

     Explore all that Hidden Gardens has to have with vendors throughout the property (indoors & out)

     Interact with our event cast who will be running select activities (to be scheduled) & engaging guests

     Enjoy themed savory festival foods like: turkey legs, corn on the cob and more (food/drink not

     included in the cost, buy directly from vendors)

     Live music and a DJ will be played throughout the event

     Activities Included In the Cost: 

          The White Castle Bounce House, Axe throwing, Friendship bracelets and more!

     Activities Not Included In the Cost: (additionally cost determined by the vendor)

          Painting with Feyre, Live Tattoo Artist, Create Your Own Flower Crown with Lake

         Worth Florist, Design Your Own Mask and more to be announced!

     Shop from some of our favorite bookish vendors!

     Meet and greet with authors and narrators (to be announced)     

Calan Mai Book Festival & Ball

Calan Mai Book Fest
Calan Mai Book Fest
May 03, 2025, 9:00 AM
Lakeside

Calan Mai Masquerade Ball Under the Stars

GENERAL ADMISSION TO THE BALL
$299 PER GUEST

A Night Under the Stars Masquerade Ball in Lakesides, TX

8:00PM - 11:00PM

Ticket Includes:

     Access to the event starting at 8:00PM 

     Enjoy our open bar with specialty cocktails

     Artisan grazing table featuring: cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts & more

     Photo opportunities through out the event 

     Get captured by our live event artist (additional cost to the artist)

     Mark the night forever with a tattoo from our live artist (additional cost)

     Shop from select bookish vendors

     Get 'fairied' up with our hair and makeup team (additional cost to the artist)

VIP ADMISSION TO THE BALL
$399 PER GUEST

The VIP Experience

7:30PM - 11:00PM

Ticket includes everything from General Admission plus the following:

     VIP Gift bag

     Complimentary keepsake invitation suite 

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SPRING COURT ADMISSION TO THE BALL $499 PER GUEST

Enjoy a family style feast with the Spring Court before the Ball begins 

6:00PM - 7:30PM

     This is ideal for guests who want to have an intimate dinner with our cast

     Dinner will feature: meats, salads, fruit and vegetable options, with Faerie wines & Suriel tea

     Plated dessert to follow dinner 

Immersive activities throughout the Ball:

     Early arrival beginning at 6:00PM

     Includes everything from General and VIP Admission Plus:

     A Seated Dinner Feast

     Priority parking at the venue

     Ability to shop vendors before anyone else 

     Photo opportunities before anyone else with no lines

    

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Located only minutes from the heart of downtown Fort Worth. This quaint piece of history sits just off of Highway 199, nestled in the back of the property surrounded by trees, for that "Hidden Gardens" feel.

 

This beautiful Venue was built in 1932. 

Prior to it being a venue, it was a home to many, a hunting lodge and a Russian Spy Camp. 

 

After years of neglect, lots of hard work and elbow grease, the beauty of this stone building was able to shine through once again

More details will be provided prior to the event

Must be 18+ to attend the Masquerade Ball, under 18 to attend the festival with an adult & must be accompanied at all times.

Please reach out to us in the "Let's Chat!" box with any questions or concerns!

Hidden Gardens Venue

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