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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: 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:

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. 24 Downtown Carrollton Chocolate Walk is a delectable evening to enjoy deliciously free chocolate as you shop for springtime treasures. The stores in Historic Downtown Carrollton will stay open late. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., check out each store for chocolate treats, sips, and surprises. Downtown Carrollton is located in the area around 1102 W. Main Street. 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 2 Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival taking place on Jefferson Boulevard celebrates with the Big Parade and Festival. Enjoy the showcase of cultural heritage with music, dance, food and activities that express and represent the spirit of the Cinco de Mayo - Battle of Puebla. Check out the car show or buy a parking space to tailgate. The parade and festival will take place on W. Jefferson Boulevard between Zang Boulevard and Polk Street. Information:

May 2-3 The Cottonwood Art Festival returns Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd. Admission is free. Now in its 45th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 800 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas. The artists' works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children's events require a fee. Cottonwood Art Festival is more than just the art. The festival also features top local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Check out the courtyard, sit in the shade by the lake, relax and enjoy the music. Spirits are also available in the courtyard. Information:

May 2 25th Annual Asian Festival will be held in Klyde Warren Park. Presented by the Greater Dallas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Asian Festival showcases over 30 countries. Created to appeal to a broad-range of visitors to educate and celebrate the arts and cultures of Asia, this year's event will feature performances ranging from traditional and contemporary dance, music to lion dances and more. In addition to the main stage, booths will be set up along Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District and throughout Klyde Warren Park highlighting traditional and contemporary art-making techniques, as well as vendor booths, food trucks and the Crow Collection of Asian Art's ever-popular "Passport to Asia for Kids." All vendors are carefully selected to exhibit the highest quality of hand-crafted goods. A second stage, located on the east lawn of Klyde Warren Park, will highlight wellness practices, with classes including Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation running continually throughout the day and traditional Asian games such as sudoku, carrom and shuttlecock. The event is free and open to the public. Klyde Warren Park is located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Information:

May 2 Plano AsiaFest 2015 will showcase the rich cultures of Asia: Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in the southeast. This free, family-friendly event will include live music, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, cultural exhibits and a variety of delicious Asian food. demonstrations, performances, and vendors will provide a fun and engaging time for your entire family. The festival runs 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street. Admission is free. Information:

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:

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:
May 4 Garrison Keillor
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. 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 9 Irving's 5th Annual Bicycle Fest at the Old Lumberyard a free opportunity for event attendees to learn more about bicycling in and around the Irving area, including general bicycling information, safe routes for commuter bicycling, basic on-the-spot bicycle checks, information about bicycling gear, a Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo, transit options for commuting throughout DFW, entertainment and more. This year's event features:
  • Live music by the Boxcar Bandits
  • Food Trucks
  • Vendors
  • Kids' Bicycle Safety Rodeo
  • Pedal smoothies
  • Free helmets (must qualify, while supplies last)
  • Bicycle check-up station
  • Group ride (email to register)
  • Solar Shuttle (learn about solar energy)
  • Face painting
The Bicycle Fest takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lumberyard, 221 E. Irving Boulevard. Information:

May 15-16 Fork and Cork is a unique and innovative destination that introduces the culinary minded to local celebrated chefs, assorted breweries, wineries and spirit makers. An authentic, one-of-a-kind experience that satisfies the epicurious, Fork & Cork is an interactive festival that serves up tasteful artist demonstrations and live Music, as well as tasty dishes. It's casual, yet sophisticated. Busy, yet intimate. Personal, yet communal. Friday night, come see featured celebrity chef Cat Cora. On Saturday night, check out headlining band, The Gin Blossoms. All events are held at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. Information:

May 15-17 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is an award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts and music festival featuring six performance stages, the Wild! Marketplace, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the family friendly Kidz Korner, and a whole lot more! North Texas' largest music event will bring a distinctive lineup of Grammy award-winning artists, American rock legends, prolific singer-song writers performing the best in classic rock, country, pop, alt-rock, folk and Americana. The official lineup of performers include: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Kansas, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Blue October, 38 Special, Everclear, Fuel, Leon Russell, The Smithereens, Tonic, Minus The Bear, The Joe Ely Band, Gary P. Nunn, Max Stalling, Trout Fishing In America, The Zane Williams Band, Susan Werner, Zepparella - a tribute to Led Zeppelin and Le Freak. The 2015 festival's three-day pass goes on sale for $30 on April 13, at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online. The three-day pass will be available for sale until 5:30 p.m. May 15. Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20, as well as through the festival's website beginning April 13. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free. The festival hours are Friday, May 15 - 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 16 - 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, May 17 - 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All events take place at Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Information and tickets:

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:

Photo: May 17 Enjoy Univision's Festival de Mayo at Fair Park. This free event features live entertainment, food vendors and more. It takes place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Bring the family out for a big day at Fair Park. Information:

May 17 DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival features cultural performances, an international costumes parade, interactive activities, lantern riddles and carnival-type games. In addition to the exciting dragon boat race, the festival will feature spectacular kite flying and a shuttlecock demonstration and competition. Explore cultural classes on Chinese embroidery, the Mandarin language, counting with an abacus and many other demonstrations free of charge. Enjoy the gondola ride on the beautiful lake Carolyn. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be a hit for kids. Throughout the festival venue, visitors also can indulge in a smorgasbord of ethnic cuisine. Admission to the festival is free. The festival takes place 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lake Carolyn in the Las Colinas Urban Center. Information:

May 17 Uptown Ciclovía, hosted by Uptown Dallas, Inc. with the Metropolitan Dallas YMCA, is a one-mile, car-free route that turns major city streets into safe and open, car-free environments for families to run, bike, play and be well together. Originating in Bogota, Colombia over 30 years ago, ciclovías are now held in hundreds of cities worldwide. Dallas' second annual Ciclovía will be held in Uptown from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The route will connect Katy Trail to Klyde Warren Park via Cedar Springs Road. There is no start or end, just join where you can! You do not need to register to attend and there is no fee to participate. Opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. 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, 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:

Every Thursday Through July 2 Denton Main Street Association presents the Twilight Tunes concert series in downtown Denton. The concert series will continue every Thursday evening through July 2nd. Join the fun on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert is held on the lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season. Admission is free. Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton. The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners. Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area. 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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