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Aug. 26 Dallas Park and Recreation presents the Urban Health & Wellness Expo at Opportunity Park, 3105 Pine Street. Free school supplies, medical screenings, social services information, fresh produce, yoga classes and fitness games will be available for families with school-aged students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Information:

Aug. 26 The Reunion Lawn Party returns with more summer fun on the last Saturday of each month, June-August. Taking place on the lawn across from Reunion Tower, this free event features live party bands, food trucks, Nodding Donkey beer garden and lawn games. Dallas sports teams will be taking over the lawn each month with swag and more. Information:

Aug. 27 Together We Ball. Dallas Police (including DART Police Officers), Pastors, and Community Leaders come together for a friendly game of basketball and community building! Basketball contests, DJ entertainment, face painting, Mavs ManiAACs, community education, giveaways and more! The community is invited out to spend an afternoon of building relationships, participating in fun and educational activities for all ages and watching an entertaining game of basketball. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the events begin at 2 p.m. at the P.C. Cobb Field House, 1720 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard. Information:

Through Aug. 31 Enjoy the end of summer at the Dallas Arboretum with a picnic and a cool beverage. During August Dollar Days, admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs and root beer floats, $1 popsicles and $4 ice cream sundaes. It's a great outing for the family as summer break winds up. The Arboretum is at 8657 Garland Rd. Information:

The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory offers performances from the intimate to the blockbuster, excellent acoustics and an incredible live entertainment experience for both artists and fans. Upcoming shows include:
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Dave Chappelle
Sept. 2 Brad Paisley: Weekend Warrior World Tour 2017
Sept. 3 Jeff & Larry's Backyard BBQ with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, The Marshall Tucker Band & Eddie Money
Sept. 4 Lifehouse & Switchfoot: Looking for Summer Tour
Sept. 6 Goo Goo Dolls: Long Way Home Summer
The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:
Sept. 1 There is no better way to end the week than with a laugh. Lake Carolyn, located in the Las Colinas Urban Center, provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of live entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. Laughs by the Lake is the largest outdoor comedy show in North Texas. The show offers adults free fun, scenic views and great food. 2017 Entertainers include Ben Bailey, Troy Walker, Dorie McLemore, and Comedian Q. Information:

Sept. 1-30 Reunion Tower Salutes the Military and First Responders. This September, Reunion Tower is saying thanks to those who keep us safe. Military personnel and first responders receive 50% off GeO-Deck tickets when they show their valid ID through September 30, 2017. Enjoy panoramic views of the world's best skyline, interactive exhibits and unique perspectives with their newest 360-degree video experience. Information:

Sept. 2 Enjoy the 5th season of 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 (except May 6th), April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information:

Sept. 4 The 72nd Annual Garland Labor Day Parade and festivities are presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland and will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4. A true community event, spectators will enjoy local bands, sports groups and floats during the parade through historic Downtown Garland. The parade will begin at the intersection of Glenbrook Drive and Avenue D, then will head north on Glenbrook toward Main Street. Follow the parade east on Main and north on Fifth Street. The parade will continue down Fifth and will end near the Granville Arts Center. Following the parade, gather in the Downtown Garland Square for the Sixth Annual Exchange Club Labor Day Classic Car Show and Kids' BBQ Competition. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station
  • Note: DART bus and light rail services will follow a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 4. The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.

Sept. 7 In honor of The Statler's reawakening, Downtown Dallas, Inc. invites you to enjoy Movies in the Park at Main Street Garden. Beginning in the 50s, an iconic movie from each decade will be showcased, making our way back to the future. On Sept. 7, enjoy Best in Show (2000), an American mockumentary comedy film co-written (along with Eugene Levy) and directed by Christopher Guest. Movies start at sundown in Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street. Information:
Sept. 9 Dallas Chocolate Festival. Come experience the greatest chocolate on Earth! Dozens of chocolate vendors to sample and shop, informative talks and demonstrations, kid's activity area and food trucks. Delicious fun for the whole family. New venue in 2017 is the Fashion Industry Gallery (the F.I.G.) in downtown Dallas, 1807 Ross Avenue. Information:

Sept. 9 Head to Downtown Carrollton for Step on the Square. Get those boots scootin' to the beat of King George: A Tribute to George Strait. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with two-step dance lessons followed by the band's performance from 7-9 p.m. The event includes great food and beverages for purchase from food truck vendors as well. Bring a date or find one there and get "Carried Away" for an evening of classic country covers of one of Texas' own. Information:

Sept. 14 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. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at event1013. Information:

Sept. 15 '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 from May to October. Presenting sponsor Central Market/H-E-B offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining. Guests may pre-reserve picnic dining by calling the Central Market Lovers Lane catering desk at 214.234.7000 by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before the event. Wolfgang Puck Catering will continue to offer bar services, grab & go snacks, and street tacos the night of the event. Steel City Pops also returns to offer all-natural popsicles in seasonal flavors. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Information:

Sept. 16 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:

Sept. 21 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:

Sept. 23 Farmers Branch's Date Night in the Park is a free event - bring a date, a group of friends, or fly solo as you enjoy live music from the Midnight River Choir, dinner, and a movie under the stars. The region's most popular food trucks will be on hand, along with plenty of local brews - capped off by a movie. It all happens at farmers Branch Historical Park at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. 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:
Oct. 7 Imparables: Adrian Uribe y Omar Chaparro
Oct. 19 RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Saturdays through Oct. 28 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 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 1 through October 28. Nestled under a canopy of Post Oak trees, the Farmers Branch Market is located at the Grove at Mustang Crossing. Information:

Sundays Year-Round Head to Downtown Plano Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to buy locally grown produce and other goods at this new, year-round farmer's market located in the parking area of the Plano Municipal Center on Municipal Ave. and Ave. K. It's a short walk from the DART Rail Station. Information:

Saturdays and Sundays Irving Farmers Markets: Irving Arts Center Farmers Market, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Heritage Crossing Farmers Market at the Clock Tower, 200 block of Main Street at Rock Island Road will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays. The markets are 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:

Fort Worth ITC Station Saturdays through Sept. 2 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo on Saturdays through September 2nd.

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. The Safari Shuttle's route is from ITC to Colonial Parkway – a short walk from the zoo's main entrance.

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

Through Sept. 24 Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ is on exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street. Journey to the world of Clifford™ and Emily Elizabeth™! Like tourists visiting Birdwell Island, you will start your journey aboard the ferry, complete with seagull sounds and clanking ship bells. Take the captain's seat and steer the ship's wheel as you arrive on Birdwell Island. As visitors explore Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, they will encounter the people and places that make-up Clifford's world. Information:

Aug. 27-Dec. 31 Casanova: The Seduction of Europe at the Kimbell Art Museum explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Bringing together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and period costume, Casanova will bring this world to life. Following its display in Fort Worth, the exhibition will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Kimbell Art Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. 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:


Aug. 18-26 The North Texas State Fair Association presents Denton's Annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo which will feature a world championship rodeo, entertainment from the best Texas Country musicians, carnival rides and games, fiddling contest, petting zoos and barbecue cook-offs! The fair will take place at the North Texas Fairgrounds from Friday, August 18 through Saturday, August 26. Ride the A-train and take Denton Connect Route 4 to get to all the rowdy fun. Information:

Through Sept. 30 UNT on the Square is hosting 40 pieces of Tapestry will be shown at the Small Tapestry International 5, an exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance at UNT on the Square. The American Tapestry Alliance was founded in 1982 to promote awareness for woven tapestries. The 850-member group hosts exhibitions, retreats, mentoring programs and workshops. This particular exhibition features entries from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Mexico, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Ride Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8. 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:

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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