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Soak Up the Sun Warm weather and longer days make for a great time to explore the attractions and activities taking place across the region. DART Rail and D-Link can take you right to many of the area's spring festivals, outdoor concerts, arts venues and more, so make riding the train part of the day's adventure.

Rider Insider Featured Event:
Aug. 1 Grab your friends and family for a day of fun with the FC Dallas Scavenger Hunt presented by DART. Race up and down the DART Rail System in search of scavenger hunt destinations while competing for awesome FC Dallas prizes. Team check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. at Wild Salsa located at 1800 Main St. Check out the details and register:

Through Sept. 7 The biggest zoo in Texas gets even BIGGER on April 1 with the opening of the Giants of the Jurassic exhibit, featuring more than 20 roaring, animatronic dinosaurs, plus the world-renowned, interactive theater puppet experience of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live. The exhibit will be free with zoo admission, so guests pay no additional charge to explore the land before time. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy. Information:

July 29-Aug. 9 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents LEGENDS. Behold the living legends! In an all-new show, experience epic family fun as legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination until now: the Unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show starts an hour before the show. Meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth® , get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. The American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Ave. Information:

Aug. 1 For the second year, join Dallas Love Field, the Frontiers Of Flight Museum and Dallas City of Learning in Turn Up! at Dallas Love Field, a unique event for the entire family. Besides FREE admission to the great Frontiers of Flight Museum, families will be able to enjoy these and many other activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:
  • Exploring a Frontier Flyer airplane and other open cockpits
  • Viewing a living history performance of prominent people in aviation history
  • Experimenting with wind tubes
  • Touring the new terminal at Dallas Love Field
  • Checking out the largest snow removal trucks
  • Discovering other airport equipment and machines that keep the airport running
  • Learning more about the people who keep the airport and runways open
  • Checking out an operating Airport Rescue Fire-Fighter Truck (ARFF)
  • Sampling food from the concessionaries that serve airport passengers
The Frontiers Of Flight Museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Ave. Information:

Aug. 1 Join 105.3 The FAN at the Third Annual Sausage Fest at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St. Nothing spells summer fun quite like the smell of sausage on the grill, a frosty beverage in hand and some good ol' fashioned rock n 'roll for your ears. This year's summer bash comes equipped with some of your favorite activities including sausage games with prizes, bikini bull riding, a celebrity squirrel and the 105.3 The FAN Host's in the dunk tank! Be sure to come on out to listen to DJ Melissa Richey spinning and live main stage music by Velcro Pygmies. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Sausage Fest is a 21+ event. Information:

Saturday nights in Aug. Pack a picnic and gather up your family and friends for Addison's annual Summer Series. Spend your Saturday nights in August enjoying a family-friendly, classic 80s movie -- all of this under a blanket of beautiful North Texas stars in Addison's Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle. Movies will begin when it is dark enough, close to 8:30 p.m. Coming up:
  Aug. 1 Top Gun
  Aug. 8 Ghostbusters

Aug. 2, Aug. 16 The Texas Theatre along with the Oak Cliff Cultural Center is proud to present The Class of 1985. They are bringing back fun-filled movie classics to the big screen such as Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Return to Oz. All films will be shown on Sunday afternoons at the Texas Theatre and are free to attend. Upcoming movies:
  Aug. 2 Pee Wee's Big Adventure (35mm), Directed by Tim Burton
  Aug. 16 Return to Oz (35mm), Directed by Walter Murch
The Texas Theatre is located at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Information:

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming performances include:
Aug. 6 Dr. Cesar Lozano
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Aug. 7 The 19th Annual Mayor's Back to School Fair will be presented by Walmart and Sam's Club on Friday, August 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fair Park's Automobile and Centennial Buildings. The Mayor's Back to School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public health departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers. The Fair is free and open to the public. Free school supplies are made available to families with school-aged children who (a) reside in the City of Dallas or attend Dallas ISD schools and (b) who meet eligibility requirements. Eligible students can avoid long lines and guarantee their receipt of free school supplies at the Fair by pre-registering. Information:

Tastes & Tunes
Aug. 14 Tastes & Tunes is Farmers Branch's new summer food truck series. There will be a live band, a variety of food trucks, wine/craft beer for sale, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Limited seating is available so lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. On August 14, enjoy Live 80 Band. The concerts will be held at The Grove at Mustang Crossing and parking is available at Farmers Branch Station and the Dr Pepper StarCenter, 2430 Carrick St. Information: 972-919-1433 or

Aug. 14 Salmagundi! brings "circus dinner theater with a really silly name" to Carrollton Plaza Arts Center. Performers will provide a family-friendly circus experience with food and variety entertainment. The Circus Freaks plan to put on a monthly production of Salmagundi!, with a different performance lineup each time. Every production will be geared toward people of all ages, and families are welcome and encouraged to see the show. The Circus Freaks are a self-described "plucky band of versatile variety vaudevillians who mix improvisational theater, musical mayhem and big top talent for your circus entertainment." This quirky troupe of talented circus folk has performed nationally and locally, all the while upholding their core values of quality performance, education and public service along the way. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Arts Center, 1115 Fourth Ave., Carrollton. Information:

Kevin Hart Aug. 14 Superstar entertainer, actor and comedian Kevin Hart is bringing his 'What Now?' Tour to American Airlines Center on August 14. Kevin Hart is one of comedy's biggest stars with a celebrated and award-winning career that has seen the talented entertainer become one of the industry's most important and influential voices. Since his career began Hart has worked non-stop and in 2015, he will release two movies as well as hit the road for his What Now? Tour. The consummate worker, Hart is a force in television as well where he is currently Executive Producing the hit show, Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET. Information:

Downtown Garland August 15 Come down to Historic Downtown Garland for the Marketplace every 3rd Saturday of the month from April to September. The public is invited to the Downtown Square, corner of 6th and Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for growers, produce, vendors and food. This is a great opportunity to support local artisans, craftsman, growers, and merchants. The Marketplace is produced by Eventive Marketing Solutions and benefits the Good Samaritans of Garland. Information:


Aug. 19-23 Big things happen in Dallas, and it doesn't get any bigger than MegaFest! Looking for games and excitement for the kids? MegaFest has it. Needing a little inspiration? MegaFest has it. Wanting to take in exhilarating concerts? MegaFest has it. How about some laugh-out-loud comedy? MegaFest has that and so much more! Information:

Aug. 29 The Reunion Tower welcomes you to their backyard with the Reunion Lawn Party! What better way to celebrate the summer than with a series of backyard parties in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas? The Reunion Lawn Party will be held the last Saturday of every month (June-September) from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Lawn Party will be hosting local and regional bands on stage, food trucks and local brewers on the lawn, as well as leaving plenty of lawn space for activities and games! Free entry for all ages (just bring some money for food and beverages). No coolers or outside food allowed. Come one, come all! Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Safari Shuttle Saturdays through September 5, 2015 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo Saturdays from May 23 through September 5.

Trolley Boarding Times
The Safari Shuttle leaves on the hour and 1/2 hour from the ITC Station at 1001 Jones St., downtown Fort Worth. Board the shuttle to the zoo at Bus Bay A at the ITC. Returning to the ITC Station is simple - board where you got off. Return trips from the Zoo board every 30 minutes.

ITC Station To Fort Worth Zoo: first trip is 9:30 a.m., last trip is 6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Zoo to ITC Station: first trip is 10:00 a.m., last trip is 7:00 p.m.
Shuttles operate every 30 minutes until the last trip of the day.

Fort Worth Zoo visitors arriving from Dallas and the Mid-Cities by the TRE may ride the Safari Shuttle from the ITC free of charge by using their TRE Regional day pass or with a valid weekly, monthly or annual regional pass.

Information: 817-215-8600 or

Through Aug. 23 Like Father, Like Son: Edward and Brett Weston is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Edward Weston (1886–1958) and his son Brett (1911–1993) were both master photographers. Yet rarely is their work shown together. Featuring twenty-three prints, this exhibition offers an unusual opportunity to compare the visions of these two artists and to see how each balanced recording the world's direct appearance with a sense of abstraction. Admission to the museum is free. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Through Sept. 20 Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. The 55 paintings in the exhibition span a period of more than 400 years (1490–1932) and include some of the greatest holdings of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - the three institutions that comprise the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. The exhibit will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Admission to this special exhibition will require an entry fee. Information:

Aug. 12-16 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents LEGENDS. Behold the living legends! In an all-new show, experience epic family fun as legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination until now: the Unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show starts an hour before the show. Meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth® , get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. The Fort Worth Convention Center is located at 1201 Houston St. Information:

The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:

Denton and Lewisville:

Tuesdays through July 28 The Sounds of Lewisville concert series is a free summertime family entertainment option located in Old Town Lewisville. Performers included some of the top musical acts in North Texas. Coming up:
July 28 121 North
Concerts are held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. during the months of June and July in the courtyard of the MCL Grand, 150 W. Church St. Information: call 972-219-3401 or
Denton Community Market Saturdays Apr. Through Nov. Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays through November near downtown Denton. Experience a community gathering space alive with music, local food and produce, locally produced handmade arts and crafts, on-site food, local business, community groups and more! The market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. Information:

Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information:

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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Special Offers with your DART Pass

Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

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