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|The State Fair of Texas is a statewide tradition, but DART can also get you up close and personal with some cool neighborhoods and events that have local flair to spare.|
|If you're looking to enjoy the visual arts, live music and culture, Deep Ellum is the stuff of legend. A hundred years ago blues legends plied their trade on these storied streets; today, it is an eclectic mix of galleries, clubs and cafes. Soak up the local vibes of Club Dada, sample any one of the district's innovative restaurants, or take in a big-ticket show at the Factory of Deep Ellum.
EDITOR'S PICKS: Collective Soul and Switchfoot Sept. 25; Arlo Parks on Oct. 6; and Judas Priest on Nov. 25. For complete listings, go to thefactoryindeepellum.com. The district boasts two DART Rail stations, both on the Green Line: Deep Ellum Station or Baylor University Medical Center Station.
At the northern end of the Green Line, you'll find historic downtown Carrollton. This eclectic, charming town square features a lively blend of quaint shops and a variety of restaurants. It also hosts one of the biggest festivals of the region: Festival at the Switchyard. This annual blowout is perfect for music lovers and features some A-list talent. This year, the festival happens on Nov. 5, and features headliners Soul Asylum. With limited parking, riding DART is the best way to get there. The festival is a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station.
If bratwurst and polka are your thing, Addison Oktoberfest fits the bill. From Sept. 15-18, Addison Circle Park becomes one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations this side of Munich. Also check out Addison After Dark, a fun night under the stars with food trucks and other attractions. On Oct. 15, the theme is Harvest Hootenanny; on Nov. 19, it's Holiday Cheer. Of course, you can check out the surrounding neighborhood year-round. A quarter mile from Addison Transit Center, you'll find all kinds of restaurants and taverns lining the streets of this urban jewel.
Over on the Blue Line, Downtown Garland offers homegrown specialty shops, colorful boutiques and public art installations. The Plaza Theatre regularly hosts performances, and the city's Band Together on the Square concert series is a great way to catch some local talent. On Sept. 16, check out the rockabilly and surf stylings of Steve Curry & Vinyl Stripes; on Sept. 23, enjoy Remain, a rock band from Denton; and on Sept. 30, see Jimmy Wallace’s Guitar Army, a group of seasoned axe-wielders that came together at a treasured local guitar shop.