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Apr. 25 Iron Fork features unlimited food samples from more than 45 restaurants. In addition, there will be plenty of adult libations, with representatives from some of the finest brewers and distillers around. The event takes place in the Centennial Building in Fair Park, located at 1121 1st Ave. 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 shows include:
Apr. 26 Lewis Black
May 5 Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Bigfoot
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Apr. 28 Celebrate Arbor Day with Irving Parks and Recreation at the Arbor Day Celebration. In honor of National Arbor Day (Apr. 27), the City of Irving will host an Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Apr. 28, at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main Street. The free event will include activities and interactive displays about trees, nature and the outdoors. Adults can enjoy live music from the Texas Gypsies, a question-and-answer session with tree experts, vendor exhibits and a demonstration of a 10-inch live oak tree being transplanted. Children can learn how to climb a tree safely and watch a snake humorist show. Attendees will receive free tree saplings, information booklets and giveaway items while supplies last. Food will be available for purchase. Information:

Apr. 28 The 4th Annual Wheels of Hope Car Show is in downtown Garland on Saturday, Apr. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year will feature the Stratoblasters, a local band that plays some of the greatest guitar based blues and rock in the state. G.I.S.D. will also provide plenty of attractions including the Mariachi Band, SGHS Auto Body Hood Art, Drumline and several groups from the new Career Technology Center. Kids will have plenty to do with Face Painting and Hubcap Art booths. Information:

Apr. 28 Bicycle Fest is back! Join The City of Irving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at North Lake College, 2000 W. Walnut Lane. Bike Fest offers the chance to learn all about the benefits of cycling. Visitors can pick-up information on safe routes for riders, transit options for commuting throughout DFW, basic on-the-spot bike maintenance and information about cycling gear. Attendees also will enjoy live music, food trucks, a bicycle rodeo for the kids, face painting and kite flying. Information:

Apr. 28 Taco Libre Dallas, now in it's fourth year, is a gathering of the region's best taquerias served with a side of a lucha libre wrestling and music. But really, it's all about the tacos. Tacos will range from traditional to contemporary. Each taqueria will have a $2 taco and there will be plenty of veggie options. Taco Libre Dallas takes place Saturday, Apr. 28 from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood Street. This is a family friendly event. Information:

Apr. 29 The Asian Festival at Klyde Warren Park showcases different cultures, food, art and music from throughout Asia. There will also be interactive dance performances, origami and chopsticks workshops. Conceived as a kickoff event for Asian Heritage Month, which is May, the festival is a chance for Asian Americans from throughout North Texas to share their culture with the public. Klyde Warren Park is at 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas. Information:

May 3-10 The 12th annual Dallas International Film Festival finds a new home at The Magnolia in West Village. This year, all competition feature and short film screenings at the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) will take place at the Magnolia in Uptown' West Village. The 2018 Dallas International Film Festival will screen over 110 films from 25 countries and will include a series of Special Events including a 25th anniversary event for Steven Spielberg's blockbuster Jurassic Park which will screen at Studio Movie Grill-Spring Valley, 13933 N. Central Expressway on Sunday, May 6. Information:

May 4 Carrollton celebrates "May the 4th be With You" (also known as Star Wars day) with a free event on the square - there will be booths, face painting, an awesome laser tag arena, and much more. There will also be two free screenings of The Last Jedi in the Plaza Arts Center - one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged! The fun is centered on 1106 South Broadway St. Information:

May 5-6 There is an art to having fun at Cottonwood Art Festival! This free semi-annual event features works from the nation's top visual artists and has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. The festival takes place on the first full weekend in May and the first full weekend in October each year. Cottonwood isn't just about the art, though. The festival also features local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Be sure to check out the Lakeside Courtyard, where you can sit in the shade by the lake and relax while you enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard, so drop by and savor the beautiful atmosphere and ambience of the courtyard at Cottonwood. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Road. Information:

May 5 Enjoy The Marketplace Garland, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, sweet breads, culinary items, unique items from local artisans and craftsmen and more! The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans of Garland and for those interested in doing so, donated items of canned and boxed food items will be accepted at the Good Samaritans booth. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information:

May 5 The Dallas Cinco de Mayo is one of the biggest and longest running celebrations with a parade and fiesta. There are several activities planned as part of the celebration including, the Big Parade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with festive floats and marching bands, tailgating, and awards; the Fiesta on Jefferson Blvd. will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and beyond, with over 200 storefronts - enjoy the Shop & Dine Jefferson offering specials on a variety of products and delicious Latin foods; DJs on every block playing diverse musical genres, vendors and food trucks, tailgating and free parking, plus the Cultural Expressions Showcase with spectacular performances by ballet folklorico, mariachis, live bands and more. Information:

Saturdays, May 5 to Sept. 29 The Farmers Branch Market supports local vendors that want to share their passion and products with our community. We believe in creating an environment that promotes eating fresh, eating local and bringing people together in a fun environment. The market is open Saturdays with new Twilight Hours, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Nestled under a canopy of Post Oak trees, the Farmers Branch Market is located at the Grove at Mustang Crossing. Information:

May 6 Get ready for the 6th annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration in Downtown Historic Garland on Sunday May, 6. It's a free event for the entire family. Gates open at 12 noon. There will be live music from Jaime Y Los Chamcos and more as well as food, a car show and a kid's zone. Information:

May 6 Bubbles & Boutiques in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District is a "sip & shop" event where you can enjoy complimentary champagne while browsing the area many shops and boutiques, many of which will have special Mother's Day offers. The neighborhood is situated on several blocks adjacent to the DART Station. Information:

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May 10 The 24th Annual Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair sponsored by DART will be held Thursday, May 10, at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be health screenings, entertainment, giveaways and more! Now is the perfect age to engage. Information and registration:

May 10 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 I Love the 90s. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at McCall Plaza. Information:

May 12 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:

May 13 Treat Mom Like Royalty. This Mother's Day put Mom on the ultimate pedestal at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck! Show Mom how much she means on Mother's Day by giving her the best view Dallas can offer. Make her "queen for the day" with a keepsake sparkly red rose and crown, a digital photo and a free 5x7 photo to remember the day, all included with a general admission ticket purchase. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station. Information:

May 17 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:

May 18-20 Taste Addison returns with a weekend full of great food, live music and tons of family fun. A three-day menu of fun, the festival pairs bites from dozens of the Addison's favorite dining destinations with great music at Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle. On Friday, May 18, hear Southern sounds by Whiskey Myers followed by North Texas' very own Casey Donahew. Headlining the festival on Saturday night, May 19, is the Academy of Country Music award-winning group, Eli Young Band with opening act Cory Morrow. On Sunday, May 20, take your family on a trip down memory lane with classic hits from great tribute bands. Information:

May 18-20 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will have more than 80 acts this year, including Kool & the Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, Trout Fishing in America and Reckless Kelly. The three-day festival, created to celebrate Richardson's wildflowers, also will feature a children's area, tons of vendors and great food. It all takes place at Galatyn Park Urban Center, 2351 Performance Drive.

May 18 '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:

May 18 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:

May 20 Univision's Festival de Mayo is a free multi-cultural event in which some of the most nationally recognized artists perform live to make their audience dance and sing in a unique atmosphere, Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 10 p.m., next to the Fair Park Coliseum. This year's edition will feature performances by Los Ángeles Azules, Conjunto Primavera, Los Rieleros Del Norte, Banda Rancho Viejo, Virlán García and more. In addition, guests will be able to meet on-air personalities from La Buena Buena 94.1, La Jefe 99.1, Latino Mix 107.9, and Univision 23. Information:

May 26 Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of entertainment and activities with free outdoor movies in the Downtown Carrollton Square. Despicable Me 3 (2017, PG) is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 at sunset. Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Join the minions on another journey to take over the world! 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

Fort Worth:

May 2 Tea and Talk at Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth is a great way for art enthusiasts to chat over a "cuppa." The monthly program, which takes place from 12-12:30 p.m. the 1st Wednesday of each month through May, encourages you to savor, pause and reflect. Each event focuses on a different piece in the collection, which is centered on the American West. After visiting the gallery, you can head to the studio for tea and sandwiches. The museum is at 309 Main St. in Fort Worth. Information:

Through May 6 GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World offers guests of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History an entertaining, engaging and educational hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history: the guitar. The exhibit is comprised of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. The exhibit engages visitors in an experience that is visual, tactile and aural. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World has it all: Music. Science. History. Pop culture. Video. Education. Interactives. Games. The museum is located at 1600 Gendy Street. Information:

Through Aug. 19 From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection at the Kimbell Art Museum is a foundational look at Asian art from the Neolithic era through modern times. The art tells the histories of the people through materials uniquely associated with Asia: Chinese jade, blue and white porcelain, and more. Hundreds of pieces are on display at this exhibition, which revolves around a passion for Asia. The Kimbell is at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 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:

Denton and Lewisville:

Apr. 27-29 The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival will showcase art and music from talented people around Denton and the United States on Friday, April 27 (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Saturday, April 28 (from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and Sunday, April 29 (from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at Quakertown Park. Whether you want to listen to some jazz, look at handmade artwork, get your face painted or just sit back and relax, the festival will feature seven stages and over 20 acres of things to do such as create art projects, climb rock walls, try on handmade jewelry and more. Take DCTA's FREE shuttle service every day of the festival to get to and from the festivities. Information:

May 12 Texas Tunes – Jon Christopher Davis & Deryl Dodd. Texas Tunes is back this year! The event goes on throughout the first half of the year and celebrates Texan musicians by showcasing an act every month. The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the MCL Grand Theatre. Take the A-train to Old Town Station to get to and from the concert. Information:

Denton Community Market Saturdays, Apr. through Nov. Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays Apr. through Nov. 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 [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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