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Rider Insider Featured Event: Sept. 28-Oct. 21 The State Fair of Texas® is here again, and this year's theme is "Celebrating Texas Innovation." Fried food! Fabulous rides! Festivities! Fun! All your favorites are there - including corn dogs, the Midway and livestock shows. There are also some new additions you won't want to miss. The Green Line drops you off right at Fair Park Station, at the Main Gate, and at MLK, Jr. Station, located a couple blocks from Gate 6 near the Cotton Bowl. You can even buy your fair tickets and transit passes in one convenient place - DART's GoPass® app. You'll save $2 on your State Fair admission ticket purchased through GoPass, free on Google Play and the App Store. Fair Park is at 1121 1st Ave. For more information on how to get there on DART, visit The State Fair's website is

Through Nov. 21 Autumn at the Arboretum is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 stunning, fall-blooming plants, and the Pumpkin Village, which features more than 90,000 pumpkins and other gourds. The theme this year is "The Adventure in Neverland," and the Pumpkin Village will feature figures and scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8657 Garland Road in Dallas. Information:

West Village Movie Night presents outdoor screenings of family favorites. The third Wednesday evening of each month through October, grab a blanket head to the West Village - between Mi Cocina and the Magnolia Theatre. If you get there early, you may even snag a patio table at one of the many nearby restaurants. Before the film starts, there will be live music and DJs.

  • Oct. 17 The Greatest Showman
West Village is at 3699 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Information:
"Hitchcocktober" celebrates the Master of Suspense throughout the month with screenings at the Angelika Film Center's Dallas and Plano locations. The month is capped off with a showing of Psycho on Halloween.

  • Oct. 18: Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Oct. 25: 39 Steps (1935)
  • Oct. 31: Psycho (1960)
The Angelika Dallas is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, just up the escalator from the station. The Angelika Plano is at 7205 Bishop Rd. Information for Dallas: and for Plano:

Oct. 18 Uptown Block Party features free concert by Bowling for Soup in Griggs Park. There will also be food trucks, beverages and games. Parking is limited, so transit is the best way to get there. Griggs Park is at 2200 Hugo St. in the State-Thomas neighborhood of Uptown. Information:

Oct. 18 The businesses located on Main Street in Deep Ellum open their doors every third Thursday evening for Wine Walk. It's an art-centric stroll; for $10, you get a specially designed wine glass that will be topped off at the neighborhood's many galleries and shops. Make Kettle Art Gallery at 2650-B Main St. your first stop. Information:

Oct. 19-20 Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival is an award-winning hootenanny at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Enjoy all-day bluegrass music, a kids' zone, a crafts marketplace and more. The musical lineup includes the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and many others. The park is at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

Oct. 19-21 Dallas Fan Days gives you three whole days to geek out on comics, fantasy/sci-fi, and creative cosplay. You'll get the chance to meet your favorite pencillers, inker and writers, enjoy thousands of amazing costumes (and wear your own), and take advantage of autograph sessions and photo opps with your favorite celebrities. The popular event takes place at Irving Convention Center, 500 Las Colinas Blvd. W. Information:

Oct. 19 'til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent paired with film screenings in the Nasher Garden. 'til Midnight is free and open to the public and takes place the third Friday of each month. Plan your evening by ordering a picnic basket from Central Market/H-E-B or enjoy a cash bar, grab and go snacks and street tacos provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Steel City Pops will also be selling all-natural popsicles in seasonal flavors. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Information:

Oct. 19 Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, and more! Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is held every third Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Information:

Oct. 26-27 Park & Palate is a two-day event in Klyde Warren Park featuring Dallas' favorite chefs, wineries and breweries. On Friday, celebrity chef Kent Rathbun will host a VIP dinner, while a wide range of area chefs will provide all guest with unforgettable food under the stars. There will also be food trucks and live music. Saturday, there will be a Grand Taste event teeming with tastemakers. Klyde Warren Park is at 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas. Information:

Oct. 27 Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of entertainment and activities with free outdoor movies in the Downtown Carrollton Square. Hotel Transylvania (2015, PG) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at sunset. Information:

Nov. 3 In its ninth year, the Festival at the Switchyard is Nov. 3, from, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy Free concerts, live children's entertainment, food vendors, face painting, balloon art, free arts and crafts, rides and games, a beer garden and much more at this free event for the whole family! The Green Line drops you off right at the Downtown Carrollton Station – just steps way from all the fun, food and entertainment! The easiest way to purchase your transit pass is on DART's GoPass® app. It's free on Google Play and the App Store. The real-time trip planning tool in the app will make getting to the festival easy. The Festival's website is

Nov. 3 AURORA is a spectacular exhibition exploring the possibilities of light, video and sound art. This year's theme, "Future World," invites artists and visitors to imagine a series of possible futures. The thought-provoking event will engage your creativity as it challenges you to actively participate in the creation of our world’s future. The exhibition takes place throughout downtown Dallas; its focal point is Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. Information:

80s Rewind is a fun program at Angelika Film Center Dallas that's just what it sounds like. The first Monday of every month through the end of the year, the popular theater winds back the clock to the 1980s to bring your favorites back to the big screen.

  • Nov. 5: Back to the Future
  • Dec. 3: A Christmas Story
The Angelika is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, just up the escalator from the station. Information:

Nov. 8 Get an early start to the weekend by partaking in the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk, presented by Plano Magazine! This is a sip and shop event where participants get to sample selected wines at their favorite shops in Downtown Plano while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. It's the perfect way to unwind in Plano's new arts district. The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December. This month's theme is Neon Night. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at McCall Plaza. Information:

Nov. 9 The Urban Movement Festival brings hip-hop culture to Downtown Plano. This all ages, family-friendly event showcases the best of the local scene. There will be vendors, “2 VS 2” dance contests with prizes and more. The free festival takes place from 5-9 p.m. in McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St. – just a few hundred feet from the rail station. Information:

Nov. 10 The Urban Flea is Garland's Downtown market of stylish vintage finds and re-purposed goods. Dozens of vendors showcase unique antiques, handmade items and simply pretty things. Live music completes this experience in a Historic district surrounded by "Mom & Pop" shops and restaurants. A percentage of the proceeds from the event go towards Church @ the Square local mission. Information:

Saturdays Irving Farmers Market: Irving Arts Center Farmers Market, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays. The market is designed to replicate the European-style markets, where individuals can meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and crafts people, and purchase products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Local foods and music also are planned to provide attendees an opportunity to dine while enjoying the market. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

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Oct. 7-20 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry. Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to the Futurity each year. Expect thrills and spills as 3-year-old horses test their prowess in three demanding events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Other activities include the NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the mammoth Best of the West trade show. The event takes place at Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth. Information:

Through Nov. 18 Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The evocative power of sculpture seems boundless in the hands of five living women artists whose work fills the Amon Carter's gallery dedicated to regional artwork. Texas-based artists Celia Eberle, Kana Harada, Sharon Kopriva, Sherry Owens, and Linda Ridgway take the traditions of sculpture in new directions for the twenty-first century. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 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:

Sundance Square offers the widest range of entertainment options in Fort Worth. Live music, live theatre, and improv comedy. World-class shows and performances. Museums and art galleries. Nightlife and hangouts. Movies both indoors and out. Plus special events and festivals for both adults and kids. Learn more at:


A-train Service Modifications During PTC Testing
Effective Friday, May 18, DCTA will modify service for its A-train commuter rail to conduct Positive Train Control (PTC) testing to meet the federal mandate required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). DCTA plans to suspend the last two trains on Friday evenings and the first train on Saturday mornings to accommodate the required PTC testing.

PTC testing will start Friday, May 18, 2018, and may continue through November 2018. DCTA encourages riders who typically utilize these specific A-train schedules to make plans to board an alternate train schedule.

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Oct. 20 Best Little Brewfest in Lewisville. Make plans to go to the Best Little Brewfest to kick back, relax and try some brand-new brews before the craziness of the holidays start! With over 80 breweries present, over 300 beers to sample and live bands, food trucks, vendors and more, the Best Little Brewfest gives you the opportunity to have fun, and you can #RideDCTA to get home safely! For just $40 (or $70 for VIP Early Entry), you can join in on the festival from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Ride the A-train to Old Town Station to safely get to and from the festival. Information:

Oct. 27 Denton Day of the Dead Festival. Halloween means something different to everyone – whether you're into creepy costumes and coffins or buckets filled with candy and picking pumpkins, Denton Day of the Dead has all that... and more! The Denton Day of the Dead festival celebrates fall, Dia de los Muertos and all things Halloween in a fun and activity-filled way. This FREE event takes place on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., so make sure you take the A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) to get to and from the intersection of East Hickory and Industrial Streets during the day! Information:

Every Tuesday in October Lewisville Rocktober Concert Series. The City of Lewisville is continuing music festivals into the fall with Rocktober, a concert series featuring rockin' bands every Tuesday night. Whether you are a fan of funky tunes or hard rock, the Rocktober lineup will bring the sounds and music every week! Ride DCTA's A-train to the Old Town Station every Tuesday in October from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to dance, sing along and have a blast in Wayne Ferguson Plaza! Tickets are FREE before 7 p.m. and $10 after the show starts. Information:

Denton Community Market Saturdays, Apr. through Nov. Denton Community Market. The Denton Community Market is back! From handmade art pieces to fresh produce, business owners throughout Denton and North Texas residents will once again be able to come together for FREE every Saturday from Apr. to Nov. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to shop, sell and socialize. With different vendors every week and dozens of opportunities to shop small and buy local, the market always has something new. Ride our A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center and transfer to Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8 to get to all the fun shopping! 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 [email protected] 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:

Nasher Sculpture Center image Conceived as a serene urban retreat for the enjoyment of modern art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is the home of the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Collection - which numbers more than 300 sculptures together with 20th century paintings, drawings, prints and photographs - rotates in thematic installations throughout the Center's seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces: an elegant, light-filled 55,000-square-foot building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Special Nasher Sculpture Center offer with a DART Pass: Show your same-day DART Pass to receive a $2 discount off the regular Adult admission price. Information:

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