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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:

Sept. 4 There is no better way to end the week than with a laugh. Lake Carolyn, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., located in the Las Colinas Urban Center, provides a beautiful backdrop for Laughs by the Lake, an evening of comedy and live music. The show offers Irving adults free entertainment, scenic views, and meal options such as tacos, pizza, burgers, Indian cuisine, BBQ and beer. The 2015 line up includes Ryan Perrio, Eunice Elliott, and 2009 'Funniest Comic in Texas' Paul Varghese. Immediately following the 2 hour comedy show, Memphis Soul Band will take the stage with a soul and funk music concert. Please note that while there will be no profanity or obscene language, all comedic content will be aimed at adults. All ages are welcome to attend, but there will not be any activities geared toward children. Information:

Sept. 5 Join police, firefighters and EMS from North Texas for the 5th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm St. from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants from all over the area are supported by members of the community, coming together for a day of remembrance. Cheer on local first responders as they climb 110 floors to honor the sacrifices of local heroes and those public safety professionals who perished on 9/11/01. Most climbers wear their personal protective equipment. ALL climbers wear the name and picture of the hero they are climbing for. Information:

Sept. 5-6 Say farewell to Giants of Jurassic during Labor Day Weekend! Join the Dallas Zoo as they send the dinos off in style before they disappear after September 7. There will be extended Zoo hours and live music both nights on shady Cat Green for an epic last hoorah. Listen to the vocal stylings of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band on Saturday and the Ray Johnston Band on Sunday. The music kicks off at 7 p.m. Kick back on a blanket or lawn chair, or rent a cabana for your family and friends, while enjoying the food, craft beer, cold soft drinks and wine available for purchase. There will be other special activties both days. The concerts are free with admission to the Zoo. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy. Information:

Sept. 11 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:

Sept. 12 Join at the Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, September 12, for the Dallas Chocolate Festival 2015: The Art of Chocolate. Celebrate chocolate makers and chocolatiers that have elevated their craft to an art form. The event will showcase everything from beautifully painted bonbons to imaginative chocolate sculptures, and several bean-to-bar artisans in between. There will be a conference hall full of chocolate purveyors and their delectable samples, an interactive children's table sponsored by Callebaut, food trucks, Mistress of Ceremonies Madame Cocoa, sweet VIP packages, and demonstrations throughout the day. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $5 for children, and are available for 4 different sampling sessions during the festival. The Addison Conference Centre is located at 15650 Addison Rd. 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:
Sept. 12 Patton Oswalt
Sept. 18 Chris Hardwick
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Sept. 12 the 5th Annual BrewFest is set for Saturday, September 12th at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. Enjoy samples of over 350 types of beer from around the globe, while listening to live music by Larry g(EE). Twelve (2oz) beer samples are included in the ticket price. Guests must be 21+. Additional sampling cards are available for purchase at the event. Enjoy the Whole Foods Market Hangout, FC Dallas Game Zone and Sapporo Beer Garden. BrewFest is presented by Whole Foods Market, FC Dallas, Sapporo Beer, ZICO Premium Coconut Water, and Bryan Street Tavern. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for General Admission. Information:

Richard Petty and Richard Petty Motorsports have donated this stunning custom Petty Edition 2015 Ford Mustang GT to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
"The King" himself and Richard Petty Motorsports have donated this stunning custom Petty Edition 2015 Ford Mustang GT to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Buy it in Dallas, meet Richard Petty and help support the PVA!
Sept. 16-19 Looking to buy or sell a classic ride? Mecum Auctions brings over 1,000 vehicles to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin St. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader in live auctions of collector cars, classic cars, corvettes, hot rods, street rods and muscle cars. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. A one day ticket is $25 per person and children 12 years and younger are free. Information:

Sept. 17-20 Come help Addison celebrate the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich! Join more than 70,000 fans of polka, German food, and Paulaner Bier, in Addison's spectacular Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr. for four days of music, schnitzel, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children's entertainment, and more! Information:

Sept. 18-20 Hot-air balloons will take to the sky for the 2015 Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. Sponsored by InTouch Credit Union, the three-day festival attracts more than 95,000 visitors annually to witness the colorful splendor across the Plano sky. The 36th Annual Plano Balloon Festival features five balloon launches at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 18), and 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) and Sunday (Sept. 20). Visitors can experience breathtaking views of the illuminated balloons against the dark sky during evening balloon glows. Information:

Downtown Garland Sept. 19 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:

Sept. 19 The second annual "The Great Texas Food Truck Rally" benefitting Executives In Action will take place September 19 from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. With a new and larger venue this year, there will live music, a beer garden sponsored by The Nodding Donkey and 20+ food trucks! Munch on a multiplicity of cuisines at the second annual The Great Texas Food Truck Rally, taking place at the lawn of Reunion Tower. Enjoy downtown views while listening to live music and enjoy a wide array of cuisine! Information:

Sept. 20 Enjoy the 32nd Edition of the Heineken Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, presented by The Dallas Tavern Guild, on Sunday, September 20 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The parade travels down Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Blvd. The entries will turn right on Turtle Creek and proceed to Reverchon Park at Maple Ave. The Festival in the Park at Reverchon Park will be held from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. Ty Herndon and his band will perform on the main stage. The Family PRIDE Zone is a family-friendly outdoor space in conjunction with the Festival in the Park and will be open from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. A fenced off safe space will be created in Reverchon Park inside the gates of the main Festival in the Park. Park entrance fees are $5 for adults and children under 13 are free. No coolers, no alcohol and proper attire will be listed among other house rules. Information:

The Comedy Get Down Sept. 25 Cedric 'The Entertainer,' Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. The Comedy Get Down is a once in a lifetime chance to see five members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year on Friday, September 25 at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. at 8:00 p.m. Information:
Sept. 25-Oct. 18 The State Fair of Texas is your "Passport to Texas." Find out why for yourself as DART Rail carries you directly to the gates of big exhibits, live entertainment, livestock shows, arts and crafts contests, spine-tingling Midway rides, and of course, great food. It's all at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Information:
Available on the App Store (opens in a new window) Android App on Google Play (opens in a new window) Download the GoPass app
DART and the State Fair of Texas are making it easier than ever to buy your 2015 general admission tickets to one of the finest fairs in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of riders have used GoPass to buy and display transit passes.

Beginning September 14, you can also buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the same app. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass at the gates to get in. To make the deal even sweeter, you'll save two dollars on every fair ticket by using GoPass!

When approaching the gate, please have your State Fair of Texas GoPass general admission ticket(s) activated and ready to be scanned.

Sept. 26 Science Day at the Dallas Zoo is back! Teachers are invited to enjoy a fun and innovative way to connect with Zoo and Aquarium educators and community partners while discovering the world of science. Participate in all new, hands-on activity stations for Pre-K through 8th grade. Event booths are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration deadline is September 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Preregistered educators will earn four (4) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) credit. Information:

Sept. 26 Enjoy live music, dinner, and a movie under the stars at Date Night in the Park. Bring a date, a group of friends, or fly solo as you enjoy a meal from your choice of DFW's most popular food trucks. Try out some local brews at our all-new Craft Beer Tasting area. Childcare is available at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center the same night for $10/child. Pre-registration is required. Contact 972.247.4607 for more information on childcare. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information: 972-919-1433 or

Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville

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

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:

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:

Sept. 25-26 The 2015 Lewisville Western Days Festival will be held in the heart of historic Old Town Lewisville. There will be live music, festival vendors, children's activities, professional cooking demonstrations, car show, and so much more! This year's event will feature three stages of live music, an expanded Western Village featuring the Ghost Horse Native American Dancers, the Legends of Texas gunfighters, a mechanical bull attraction, a working Old West jail for photo ops and a working blacksmith. Also on festival grounds will be the Kid Kountry Playground presented by Castle Hills, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Stage for additional music and entertainment acts, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade, Castle Hills Culinary Corner, and at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, an art gallery exhibit and community group performances.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, September 25 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. Free tickets will be available for download at Download or print out as many as needed and present them to the gate for free admission between the hours of 5-7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. However, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, free tickets will no longer be redeemable, and a $10 charge will be assessed for admission for everyone except children 10 and under. 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

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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