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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.

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:

Through May 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 23 Rowlett's Memorial Day Celebration featuring Touch-A-Truck is back! The City of Rowlett comes together at 10 a.m. to honor the brave men and women who dedicated their lives to preserving our freedom. Citizens, friends and family meet at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main St. to pay homage to our fallen soldiers. This special day continues from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Touch-A-Truck, a fun and educational opportunity for children of all ages to touch, climb on and explore over 25 trucks lined up throughout Rowlett Community Centre parking lot. Included will be a fire truck, ambulance, 18 wheeler, school bus and more! Note: in the case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Monday, May 25th. Information:

May 23 Launching the second year of Dallas City of Learning (DCoL), Big Thought and Mayor Mike Rawlings are hosting a free Dallas City of Learning summer kickoff at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your family to enjoy free hands-on activities including: build a tin box sculpture with Fossil Group designers; join Best Buy's Geek Squad to invent with electronics and turn everyday objects into touchpads using the littleBits and Makey Makey invention kits; climb into the cockpit of a plane with the Frontiers Of Flight Museum; spot counterfeit money with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; join the Trinity River Audubon Center and learn some uncommon facts about your friendly neighborhood pigeon; and much more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at on-site food trucks. During the event, kids ages 6 to 18 will be able to register for Dallas City of Learning and earn a digital badge for activities they participate in. Information: and RSVP at

May 23 Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings at the Farmers Branch Historical Park will be filled with the sounds from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Activities leading to the firework fun include tours within historical structures, bounce houses, face paintings and more free activities in the Kidzone, and a photo station to document all the fun! Select concessionaires will be onsite selling a variety of festival fare, beer, wine, and snacks. You can also pre-order one of the many picnic baskets prepared by Central Market. The Park will open its gates on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. with activities for the young and the young at heart including the all-time favorite low level fireworks show. Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

May 24-25 Join Carry The Load's vision to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel. The Dallas Memorial March is a 20-hour 15-minute Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. You can join in the Memorial March at any time during the 20 hours and walk even for just a few minutes. You do not have to carry a weighted pack. The event takes place at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. and on the Katy Trail in Dallas. Information:
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  • Note: In observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, DART buses and trains will follow a Sunday schedule and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate between Dallas and Fort Worth.

May 29-31 Fan Expo Dallas returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin for three days of exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. The pop culture extravaganza is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Dallas Convention Center every spring. Fan Expo Dallas is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas. Meet your favorite celebrities, writers and artists, enjoy panels and workshops, showcase your costumes and cosplay, meet your favorite anime voice stars, and shop til you drop. Information:

May 30-31 DFW Ultimate Women's Expo lets you explore your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find and re-ignite your inner you. Connect with inspiring Keynote Speakers Melisssa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, Nene Leakes, Tabatha Coffey. Indulge yourself with the very best Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy. Explore hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family - and that all important "You". The DWF Ultimate Women's Expo scours the globe to bring new and innovative products, services and ideas to the Expo. From emerging designers to great beauty discoveries, delicious cocktails to free giveaways, The Ultimate Women's Expo will connect women with great resources and information, amazing food and tons of fun.

Purchase your tickets online to save 50% on Admission with a 2-For-1 Special offer at only $5.00 per person. Admission includes all the Speakers, Seminars, Complimentary Spa Treatments, Tastings and Hundreds of Exhibits. Regular Admission is $10.00 per person at the Expo. The Expo takes place at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. Information:

May 31 The Historic Downtown Plano Association (HDPA) will hold its first-ever, long table fine dining event - Night Out on 15 - on Sunday, May 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will close down 15th Street in quaint, historic downtown Plano and turn it into an outdoor, dining destination. The multi-course meal will be served "family style" with platters to share featuring chef specials from Jorg's Cafe Vienna, Lockhart Smokehouse, Urban Crust, DaLat's Vietamerican, Uni Shushi, Kelly's Eastside, Angela's by the Crosswalk, Bake Rejoice, Coffeehouse 1418, Brix Bar & Grill, Ye Ole Butcher Shop, and Urban Rio and "off the menu" items from our talented chefs sure to impress the foodies with our culinary treats. Libations (including non alcoholic items, plus beer & wine) will be included with the meal. Information and tickets:

June 6 Hike Through History with the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation as they trek and explore the Plano Historic District. The hike will start at the Interurban Railway Museum (built in 1908), located in Historic Haggard Park. Journey around Old City Cemetery - the final resting place for Plano's first settlers - and past historic homes, buildings and the First Christian Church. Your trail guides will point out historic facts about the history of these buildings and sites. The hike will be approximately three miles and take about two hours. The hike starts at 8 a.m. at the Interurban Railway Museum at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street. Information:

June 7 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:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

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:

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:

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:


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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