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DART to Springtime Fun It's the time of year when outdoor activities get cranking up again, and DART is your ticket. Here are a few festivals and other cultural events going on in the DART Service Area this March and April. Break out your springtime clothes and hit the DART System.

Rider Insider Featured Event: Through Apr. 19 The 9th Annual Dallas International Film Festival is presented by AutoNation and is a production of the Dallas Film Society. The film festival mission is to encourage this universal art form by bringing to Dallas quality independent films from around the world and by promoting local filmmakers on an international stage. North Texas filmmakers and the Dallas film community continue to grow, producing inspirational and entertaining works that capture the attention and respect of the international cinematic community. In 2015, the films of Germany will be celebrated with a showcase of films that investigates the complex facets of that country's cinematic heritage. Screening venues include the Angelika Film Center Dallas at Mockingbird Station; the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.; the Annette Strauss Square in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St.; and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St. Information:

DART to DIFF: Receive $2 off any regular screening when you bring your DART ticket to the Prekindle Box Office in Mockingbird Station

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:

Apr. 17 Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is held from 6 p.m. to midnight. Join the DMA as they explore the evolution of the portrait and ideas of identity - from 17th-century European portraiture to the modern-day selfie. Included in the evening's activities is a Happy Hour performance featuring Ashley Daneman, a Pop-Up Belgian Brasserie and a Late Night Art Bytes: Role Call featuring a technology infused performance by DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. The DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood. Information:

Apr. 18 Texas History Alive! is presented by Texana Living History Association and the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum from noon to 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for learning about Texas history in a fun environment with lots of hands-on experiences. Texas history will truly come alive right before your eyes. You will see an 1870's chuckwagon and visit with Smokey (the cook) or the fur-trapper with his pelts. See costumed volunteers demonstrating life skills such as lace making, spinning and weaving. You may help with chores such as the laundry (wash board and lye soap), butter churning and corn grinding or play with the pioneer toys. There will be presentations by historical figures like Sam Houston, Molly Goodnight, DeLiens Rose or Susanna Dickenson. Docents will be available for tours of A.W. Perry Homestead, a beautifully restored turn of the 20th century farmhouse. Make-and-take crafts will be available at this family event. The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum is located at 1509 N. Perry Rd. Cost is $10 per child (Adults free). Information:

Apr. 18 Join in the Great American Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration at the Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. From 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., enjoy Vocal Trash in concert, the Bash the Trash Show & Plano Litter Cheer Squad, Birds of Prey and Litterati - A Litter Force Experience with Jeff Kirschner as well as family workshops and other on-going activities. Food will be available for purchase. Information:

Apr. 24-26 Earth Day Texas is a free annual, family-friendly festival where exhibitors gather at Fair Park to celebrate spring and demonstrate how "green" lifestyle choices can lower your cost of living, create a healthier environment and improve your health. The heart of the festival is the Eco Expo where exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations. And since nothing's better for your health than fun, there will also be entertainment, food vendors, and, of course, plenty of people-watching. The festival is held at magnificent Fair Park. Information:

Apr. 25 Join together to form teams of 2 or more with friends, family, or coworkers for the 2nd Annual Deep Ellum Urban Race. In this fresh take on the traditional scavenger hunt, you and your team will conquer the diverse neighborhood that is Deep Ellum, TX. With challenges ranging from pop-culture trivia to local history, your team will decode clues, solve puzzles, and follow breadcrumbs that will lead you around Deep Ellum and straight to the finish line. As a team you'll work together on such tasks as painting murals, crafting instruments, and solving brain bending riddles. Compete head to head against your friends and neighbors to prove who's king or queen of the block in the ultimate Dallas urban race. What better way to wrap up a day of competition and hard work then with cold drinks, music, and games. Once you've finished the race, kick back at the after party! There will be raffles for cool stuff and awards for the race, so don't leave before you win something! Check in at Life In Deep Ellum, 2803 Taylor St. Information:

Apr. 29 Whole Foods Presents the Dallas Observer Iron Fork, a grand tasting event that will take place on April 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Fair Park. The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge Moderated by Restaurateur Kent Rathbun. Two top chefs will receive a basket of ingredients and will go head to head for the prestigious Iron Fork award. It's simple: each chef will receive a basket of ingredients, including one mystery ingredient. It's up to them to battle for the glory and the coveted Iron Fork award. During the event, attendees will enjoy the chef challenge, tastings from local restaurants, alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings. Information and tickets:

May 4-24 2015 marks the inaugural year of SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in Dallas. This year's theme is Destination (America) in honor of the artists who came to create in freedom, and to those inspired by a uniquely optimistic view that is central to the American experience. Anchored by DSO performances led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the three-week festival will showcase internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, artists and ensembles in visual and performing arts along with the leading companies and ensembles in the Dallas Arts District and beyond. Venues include the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theatre, the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Annette Strauss Square, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Latino Cultural Center, the Dallas Contemporary, the Goss-Michael Foundation, Cliff Temple Baptist Church, and Klyde Warren Park. Information:

May 7 Do it for fun. Do it for your health. The annual Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair is a free event for seniors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Attendees are encouraged to save on parking and ride DART's Green Line directly to Fair Park Station where signs will direct attendees to the hall. Senior citizens can meet special guest Steve Pickett, CBS 11 Emmy Award winning journalist and get free health screenings for prostate, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes while enjoying lunch, prizes, drawings and information on a variety of topics. Information:

May 9 Dallas' local music and arts outdoor festival, Homegrown Music and Arts Festival has expanded to include many great bands with ties to Texas and continues to prove itself an annual celebration of Homegrown music, art and fun. This year it will again feature 12 acts with ties to the state of Texas performing many genres and styles of music on two main stages. The 6th Annual Homegrown Festival will once again fill vibrant downtown Dallas with music and art at Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main St. on Saturday May 9th. The lush lawns, gardens and fountains scream music festival especially if you throw in live art demonstrations, a dog park, and local vendors selling art, wares, food and beverages. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $33 online and $40 at the gate the day of event. As a family friendly bonus, kids under the age of 10 are free. Information:

May 16 The Trinity River Wind Festival returns to the banks of the Trinity as an event to celebrate the beauty and spirit of the wide open spaces along the Trinity River; it's one of the most unique festivals in the Southwest. The Trinity River Corridor Project brings an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities to the festival including public kite flying, show and stunt kites, the North Texas Hang/Paragliding Association, a City of Dallas kite giveaway (while supplies last), a Girl Scout Zone (photo booth, snow cones, face painting), a Sprint booth (phone recycling and giveaways) and paper airplane making. Hours of the festival are 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The entrance to the festival is located at 146 W. Commerce Street Viaduct. Information:

Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville

Fort Worth:

Through Apr. 26 What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a new traveling exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. It reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image. What's Up, Doc? examines Jones' development as a filmmaker and visual artist and showcases many of his most significant films, which come to life on screens throughout the exhibition. Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Jones perfected the quintessentially suave and wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the perpetually exasperated Daffy Duck, the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd, and created the incurably romantic Pepé Le Pew, and the eternal antagonists Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Through May 24 The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass is a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh - Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Enclosed Field with Plowman, 1889 - and a major still life by Picasso, Fruit Dish, Bottle, and Guitar, 1923. 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 is free to this special exhibition. 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:

Apr. 24-26 The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the city of Denton. Held the last full weekend in April at downtown Denton's Quakertown Park, the event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Headliners for 2015 include The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Randy Brecker, Dr. John the Night Tripper and Brave Combo. Quakertown Park is located at 321 East McKinney (Corner of McKinney and Bell). Information:

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

Koala Walkabout Meet the only koalas in Texas - Kobi and Tekin - at the Koala Walkabout at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, and lorikeets (in an interactive feeding aviary!). 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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