Celebrating the Season in DFW


Group Of Friends Drinking Mulled Wine At Christmas Market

Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!


Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
 –
 Until Dec. 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m. and there’s an outdoor ice rink where you can skate until your heart is content.

 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas – Until Dec. 31
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts – Dec. 7 to 16
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.

 

Dallas Zoo Lights – Until Jan. 1
This Dallas Zoo spectacular has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over 1 million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats, including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.

 

Holiday Carriage Rides – Until Dec. 30
Take a tour of Highland Park and Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely ride to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available to accommodate your party size and budget.

 

Holidays at the Heard – Dec. 14 and 15
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.

 

Mannheim Steamroller Concert – Dec. 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Mannheim Steamroller takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets start at $49, and you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.

 

Panther Island Ice Skating – Until Jan. 14
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week, including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax.

 

Six Flags Holiday in the Park – Until Dec. 30
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.

 

Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 7 to 24 at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.

10 Plants to Brighten Your Winter Landscape


As temperatures drop, so often do our hopes of having full flowerbeds. But winter doesn’t always have to be so dull and bleak. Whether you’re buying a new home or updating your landscape for wintertime, there are many different plants to choose from that enjoy cooler temperatures.

“Generally you’re going to be in pretty good shape if you’re using native plants,” said Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. “Native plants are a great way to reinforce Texas heritage and Texas pride.”

Whether using native Texas or non-native plants, here are our picks for adding color and texture to your winter garden.

1. Baby Blue Eyes – Nemophila menziesii

Baby Blue Eyes

These charming sky-blue flowers are great choice for late winter/early spring color. In moderate winter temperatures, flowers will grow (even in shade) until they bloom. This low growing plant is easy to start from a seed and requires little maintenance.

 

2. Camellias – Camellia japonica

Camellia

Delicately scented camellias are a great, winter hardy option for the cooler months, with the exception of unusually cold winters. The large blooms can be white, pink, red, yellow and lavender. Camellias dislike irregularity in watering or sudden temperatures changes, but can tolerate droughts or light freezes while still remaining bright. Camellias are a versatile option for a garden, as they can define spaces or spread in front of flowerbeds.

 

3. Christmas Fern – Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

“Christmas fern got its name because it stays green right through the holiday season,” according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center online database. This robust, glossy fern is a great option for a border or accent plant. Although it won’t flower, ferns are easy to grow and stable in the right conditions. The evergreen fronds grow in clusters that will increase in size over time.

 

4. Coral Honeysuckle – Lonicera sempervirens

Coral Honeysuckle

Some species of honeysuckle such as Hall’s Japanese are not native, so DeLong advises people to stick with Coral, also known as Trumpet. This high-climbing vine is a great option for a fence or trellis and can often bloom sporadically in January and beyond, especially in a warm spot or south-facing wall. The beautiful clusters of red or coral flowers will attract hummingbirds and large butterflies, and it has glossy evergreen foliage.

 

5. Hellebore – Helleborus niger

Hellebore

Hellebore, also called Christmas roses, are a late-winter blooming perennial that can bloom sometimes even when snow is still present and continue into the spring. The cup-shaped blooms are around three inches and pure white, although hybrid varieties are available in a range of other colors.


6. Ornamental Cabbage & Kale – Brassica oleracea

Ornamental Cabbage/Kale

Ornamental cabbage and kale are low-maintenance fall and winter plants that become more vibrant as temperatures drop. They provide unique texture to a landscape or flowerbed with their colorful foliage. Cabbage leaves are broad and flat while kale leaves are ruffled, and the plants cover a lot of space. Leaves can be cream, lavender, purple, and bicolor green/white and can survive several frosts.


7. Pansies and Violas – Viola tricolor var. hortensis

Pansies

Pansies and violas are a popular bedding choice for cooler temperatures because they bloom continuously through fall and spring. The plants come in a variety of colors such as yellow, purple, red, white and lavender and also look great as a border or in containers.


8. Snowdrops – Galanthus

Snowdrops

These delicate, white blooming bulbs prefer cool climates and can be expected to bloom in the winter, even through snow cover. The flower resembles drops of snow, hence its namesake.

 

9. Southern Wax Myrtle – Morella cerifera

Wax Myrtle
Photo by Helen Hamilton, Co-author of Wildflowers & Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain

Perhaps known for its spicy smelling foliage, wax myrtle (in the bayberry family) is an evergreen shrub with olive green leaves and grey-white bark. In the winter, female plants have pale blue berries. This is a great option for screens, hedges and landscaping.


10. Winterberry (also known as possum haw) – Ilex decidua

Winterberry background. Ilex verticillata, the winterberry, is a species of holly native to eastern North America in the United States and southeast Canada, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Minnesota, and south to Alabama. Other names that have been used include Black Alder Winterberry, Brook Alder, Canada holly ,

Winterberry is an iconic plant in the holly family with bright red or orange berries. When it loses its leaves, the berries are left behind and will last until spring. The bark is a beautiful silvery white. However, be cautious when planting this one: the berries are poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets. This holly is great for homemade wreaths during the holiday season.

 

If you’d like to learn more about native Texas plants, click here.

Dallas Arboretum Welcomes ‘Cool Thursdays’


Food-Trucks111The Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays concert series is back and will continue each week through fall.

 

The series features a variety of singers each Thursday and will allow guests to relax on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of White Rock Lake. Guests are also encouraged to bring picnic baskets, ice chests and coolers with their choice of favorite snacks and drinks. And, some of Dallas’ favorite food trucks will also be on site.

 

To purchase tickets for any concert, visit here.

 

Spring/Summer Concerts

 

April 28: The La Bamba (Tribute to Richie Valens)

 

May 5: Fast Lane (Tribute to the Eagles) – SOLD OUT

 

May 12: The Molly Ringwalds (World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band)

 

May 19: Bruce in the USA (World’s No. 1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band)

 

May 26: All Funk Radio Show Band (Dallas’ Own High Energy Motown, R&B and Authentic Funk Cover Band)

 

June 2: Walk to the Line (Authentic Johnny Cash)

 

June 9: The McCartney Project (Paul McCartney, Wings and Beatle Tribute)

 

June 16: Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show)

 

June 23: Supernatural (The Ultimate Tribute to Santana)

 

June 30: The Dallas Winds (A Patriotic Tribute to America)

 

Fall Concerts

 

Sept. 1: Paisley Craze (60s Music Anthology Band)

 

Sept. 8: The Limelight Band (Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band)

 

Sept. 15: Sting Police (A Tribute to Sting and the Police)

 

Sept. 22: Memphis Soul (Premier Motown Band)

 

Sept. 29: The Prince Experience (Prince Tribute Band)

 

Oct. 6: Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band)

 

Oct. 13: Turnstiles (The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band)

 

Oct. 20: A Hard Night’s Day (A Tribute to the Beatles)

 

Oct. 27: Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson Tribute)

 

Photos courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/18-9/21)


Your Weekend Round Up (9/18-9/21)

This weekend is a big one for the arts! We have everything from the Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk to the Funny or Die Comedy Tour to Shakespeare in the Park. If you’re looking for daytime activities or live music, there are plenty of options for those, too!

 

North Texas Giving Day: Today is North Texas Giving Day! Donate to your favorite local non-profit before midnight to help raise money. All donations over $25 will be matched.

 

Music Thursday and Klyde Warren Park: This week’s event features a JazzMasters Set with the Mark Lettieri Group (Grammy Award Member of Snarky Puppy). Grab a blanket and a friend and enjoy the nice, cooler weather.

 

Shakespeare in the Park: Shakespeare Dallas begins the fall season with Antony and Cleopatra, a great story of love, loyalty and power. The show will play at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater through Sept. 27 and then at Addison Circle Park October 1-12.

 

35th Annual Plano Balloon Festival: The festival in the Balloon Capital of Texas is back from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21. Saturday is the day to be there, with live music, activities for kids, and a balloon glow and fireworks at night.

 

Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Some of comedy’s biggest names, including Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, will perform stand up at Gexa on Friday night.

 

Limp Bizkit: Though the band hit their peak in the early 2000’s, they’re still producing new music. Friday, they’ll be at the South Side Ballroom promoting their new album with Machine Gun Kelly as their opening act.

 

Til Midnight at the Nasher: Friday’s free event features a 7 o’clock live outdoor concert by Goodnight Ned and a screening of The Great Gatsby in the Garden at 9pm.

 

16th annual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2-8pm, experience all your favorite galleries in Deep Ellum and Expo Park. This event is free and open to the public and provides the perfect break from the Salsa Fest nearby at Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. This year’s galleries include 500x Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Beefhaus, CentralTrak, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Kettle Art Gallery, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Mokah Gallery, The Power Station, The Public Trust, Rachel Nash Gallery, and WAAS Gallery.

 

Luke Bryan: Country music sensation, Luke Bryan makes his stop in Dallas on Saturday at Gexa with openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, each of whom are stars in their own right.

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday in celebration of the beginning of Fall. There will also be a hay bale maze and scavenger hunts. You can enjoy all this fun through November 26.

 

Cowboys at Rams: In week three, the ‘boys will take on the St. Louis Rams in an away game at 12pm CDT on Sunday. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

State Fair of Texas: only 8 days left! See how to get the best tickets deals for this year’s Fair before it starts next Friday.

 

If you’re looking for events that are more food-and-drink-centric, click here for this week’s list!

 

Image via Dallas Arboretum

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)


Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)

This weekend is ALL about live music with a little football sprinkled in. From Aerosmith to Nickel Creek and the SEC to the Cowboys, if you’re a music or football fan, you need to check out what’s going on.

 

6th Annual DFW SEC Kickoff Party: DFW SEC fans are hosting their annual party-of-the-year at Community Beer Co. tonight, Thursday, August 21, to celebrate the beginning of another great season of SEC Football.

 

Music Thursday: Check out this week’s local artist showcase at Klyde Warren Park, Rania Khoury and the Stone Wolves.

 

The Wizard of Oz: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this ultimate classic at the Texas Theater on Friday, August 22 with a simultaneous showing of Dark Side of the Moon.

 

Aerosmith: American Airlines will host legends Aerosmith, Slash, and Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators all in one place on Friday.

 

Nickel Creek: Country/bluegrass fans of the 2000’s are invited to welcome back the band after a seven year break. On Friday, they’ll take the stage at the Majestic Theater to celebrate their new album.

 

Panic! At The Disco: The rock band will play Friday night at South Side Ballroom.

 

Design District Market Festival: Saturday, August 23, from noon-5pm, you’ll find jewelry, clothing, and art by local vendors at this indoor/outdoor market. There will also be food trucks, free drinks, live music, and the return of the Dallas Contemporary Dumpster Pool.

 

North Texas Fair & Rodeo: This event kicked off on the 15th and goes through Saturday. There’s live music, great food, stock shows, and more!

 

Sarah Jaffe: This Denton native has opened for Norah Jones and recorded a song with Eminem. Now she’s back to celebrate her third album, Don’t Disconnect, which dropped August 19, with a show on Saturday at the Majestic Theater.

 

One Direction: Sunday, August 24,  is a big day for pop music fans in Dallas. The British pop sensation band, also known as One D, will take over AT&T Stadium for their “Where We Are Tour.”

 

Judy Collins: She has vocals and acoustics that have inspired audiences for generations. Now you can see her live at the Granada on Sunday.

 

Hottest Half & 10k: Starting and finishing at Community Beer Co. in Dallas, this run through town most definitely will not lack refreshments. Join the crowd on Sunday and get your medal/beer opener at the finish line.

 

Cowboys: Don’t forget to tune-in to watch the Cowboys at Dolphins game on Sunday at 6pm!

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through Sunday, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Tango in the Park: Revel in the romance of Argentine tango music and dancing under the stars at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday. There will be Tango lessons with Dallas masters, a dance performance, and a DJ.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

Image via Dallas Cowboys Facebook

End Summer With a Bang


End Summer With a Bang

You know those things you always say you’ll do over the summer? Did you do them? If not, there’s still time. Maximize the last few days of summer before back to school is officially here by visiting some of D-FW’s best attractions!

 

Aquariums and Zoos:

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas

The Dallas Zoo, Dallas

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth

Frank Buck Zoo, Gainsville

Sealife Aquarium, Grapevine

 

Bowling:

Alley Cats, Arlington

Cowtown Bowling Palace, Fort Worth

Bowl & Barrel, Dallas

Plano Super Bowl, Plano

 

Mini Golf:

Put-Put Fun Centers, Fort Worth and Arlington

TopGolf, Allen, Dallas, and The Colony

 

Museums and Libraries:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Dallas

Dallas Fire Fighters Museum, Dallas

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth

George Bush Library, Dallas

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth

National Scouting Museum, Irving

Perot Museum, Dallas

 

Other:

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth

Galaxy Drive-In, Ennis

Reunion Tower, Dallas

Sundance Square, Fort Worth

Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas

 

Theme and Water Attractions:

Bahama Beach Water Park, Dallas

Celebration Station, Mesquite

Dinosaur World, Glen Rose

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose

Galveston Island, Galveston

Hawaiian Fallas Water Park, Garland, Mansfield, The Colony

Hydrous Wake Park, Allen

Jump For Fun, Southlake and Flower Mound

Legoland, Grapevine

North Texas Jellystone Park, Keene

NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills

Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

Stockyards Station, Fort Worth

Water Works Park, Denton

 

Photo via Dallas Zoo Facebook

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/14-8/17)


Weekend Round Up (8/14-8/17)

It’s all about live music this weekend in D-FW. From hip hop to The Beatles, there’s a show for you to move to. Of course if a play or a day outdoors is more you speed, you have those options, too!

 

Under The Influence Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, and an long list artists are taking over Gexa tonight, Thursday, August 14, for a night of rap and hip hop.

 

Music Thursday: Check out this week’s local artist showcase at Klyde Warren Park, which includes Darrin Kobetich, Madi Anne Davis, and Northern National.

 

None of The Above: Looking to indulge in a live Rom-Com? Tonight, Pegasus Theatre presents None of the Above, a play about an evolving relationship between a girl and her SAT tutor.

 

2014 KXT Summer Cut: Join indie music fans at Gexa on Friday, August 15, for KXT’s annual festival. This year, The Happy Funtime Fest line up includes Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine, The Hold Steady, and more. Handmade goods and food trucks will also be on hand.

 

’til Midnight at Nasher Sculpture Center: As with the third Friday of every month, the Nasher is hosting music and a movie with free admission. The week’s headliners are the Whiskey Fold Ramblers, who will be followed by a screening of Where the Wild Things Are.

 

Edwin McCain: If you were alive and near a radio in 1997 you probably remember McCain’s huge hit single “I’ll Be.” Go on a nostalgic trip with him Friday night when he plays at Granada. The show begins at 7pm.

 

Trevor Douglas: Just listen to this kid’s bio, “Trevor Douglas is a 16 yr old singer, songwriter, musician, composer, beat boxer, loop pedal pro, actor, dancer, and science enthusiast from Fort Worth.” Yeah, you’re going to want to see that Friday night at the House of Blues.

 

1964: The Tribute: You won’t want to miss the show Saturday, August 16 at Bass Performance Hall. 1964: The Tribute is said to be one of the most authentic Beatles tribute bands around, plus this show will feature the Debbie Brooks Orchestra.

 

2014 Dallas One-Minute Play Festival: Have you ever heard the Mark Twain quote “If you want me to give you a two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech, it will take me two weeks to prepare”? Now imagine the work it must take to write a one minute play. That’s what’s happening at Kitchen Dog Theater this weekend. Through Monday, August 18, there will be three, 60 minute shows during which more than 30 playwrights will showcase their one-minute plays.

 

Dogfight: Addison Theatre Centre is holding the first performances of Dogfight outside of New York until this Saturday. The story is set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination and follows a newly inducted marine before he’s set to ship off to Vietnam.

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through August 24, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Simply Beautiful: Photographs from National Geographic: The Irving Arts Center is currently exhibiting more than 50 images that highlight the loveliest and most appealing photography from the publication’s impressive archive. They will be on display through November 16.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

Family-friendly Summer Movie Series: Five theaters around D-FW are featuring special series that are fun for the whole family. Ticket prices range from free to just $2.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the multitude of farmer’s markets during this rare summer cool front.

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)


Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)

This weekend is big for live music, tax-free deals, and all forms of art and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a show to catch with friends or a way to spend time with the kids, we’ve got something on the list for you.

 

Tim McGraw: One of the most well-known artists in country music will be joined by up-and-comers Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope at Gexa on Friday, August 8. If you missed Tim when he was here for the March Madness Music Festival, be sure to catch him now.

 

Monte Montgomery: If you like Eric Clapton and/or John Mayer, check out Monte Montgomery at Granada on Friday. He’s an Austin native and is said to be one of the most energetic performers in Texas.

 

Frisco Rough Riders vs. Tulsa Drillers: From Friday to Sunday, the Rough Riders will be taking on the Drillers. Plus, Friday night is Craft Beer Night at Dr. Pepper Stadium. Get friends and family together to cheer on our team.

 

Oak Cliff Cultural Center Block Party: Saturday, August 9 , join in on the celebration of the Center’s fourth anniversary. The event will have live music, face painting, art booths, food, and dancing.

 

Family Yoga: Get the family together for some outdoor activity and zen on Saturday. The Crow Collection will host a class beginning at 10am at Klyde Warren Park.

 

2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: If you don’t make Friday night’s show at Gexa, you can still catch live music there on Saturday. 20 rock and metal bands, including Korn and Avenged Sevenfold, will play on four different stages.

 

Target Second Saturday: The Latin Cultural Center is offering up fun for the whole family Saturday with music by Grammy Award-winning artist Mr. Blue Shoes. Kids can enjoy Latin dance lessons, an early exposure to blues music, and a lesson in history.

 

Metalachi: Do you love metal? Do you love mariachi music? Then Metalachi is the band for you. This one-of-a-kind band will be singing classic hard rock songs while playing traditional mariachi instruments Sunday, August 10 at Trees in Deep Ellum.

 

Dogfight: Addison Theatre Centre is holding the first performance of Dogfight outside of New York through August 16. The story is set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination and follows a newly inducted marine before he’s set to ship off to Vietnam.

 

Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Have you heard the word? The circus is in town! Now through Sunday, August 10 get your seats to see clowns, tigers, a human canon and all the circus classics at American Airlines Center.

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through August 24, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Tax-Free Weekend: The kiddos will be going back to school before we know it and it’s time to get them ready by taking advantage of tax-free weekend, which lasts from Friday to Sunday. Generally, clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100 are all tax free.

 

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs: Have a kid who loves dinosaurs? Are you a dinosaur-buff yourself? Looking for a great indoor activity? Check all the boxes at the Perot Museum this weekend at this exhibit that displays Earth’s inhabitants as the were 140 million years ago.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

Family-friendly Summer Movie Series: Five theaters around D-FW are featuring special series that are fun for the whole family. Ticket prices range from free to just $2.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

 

Water Parks: Take advantage of the free time your kids have during the summer to visit one of D-FW’s many water parks.

 

D-FW Weekend Round Up (7/31-8/3)


Your Weekend Round Up (7/31-8/3): Lakewood Brewing Co. turns 2

You guessed it, there’s a ton of incredible fun to be had in D-FW this weekend. Concerts, craft beer, and the circus are just a few of the many wonderful events kicking off the first weekend in August!

 

311: Loyal 90’s fans rejoice, 311 is playing tonight, July 31, at South Side Ballroom to showcase their most recent album and give you a taste of nostalgia.

 

Music Thursday: This week’s feature at Klyde Warren Park is Carl Sullivan and Friends. Their songs originate from the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, so grab a spot on the lawn and prepare for a good time.

 

Steve Martin feat. Edie Brickell: Actor/musician/comedian Steve Martin and Dallas-resident Edie Brickell will have you laughing and singing along all night on Friday, August 1 at the Winspear Opera House. The set will also include Martin’s band the Steep Canyon Rangers.

 

Asleep At The Wheel: The group that opened for George Strait’s last concert in Dallas will play at The Kessler Theater Friday night. They’ve been in the business for nearly 40 years, producing many western-swing favorites.

 

Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Have you heard the word? The circus is in town! Now through August 10 get your seats to see clowns, tigers, a human canon and all the circus classics at American Airlines Center.

 

Bachendorf’s Sale: Been thinking about investing in a new piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one? Now through Saturday, August 2, one of biggest names in Dallas fine jewelry is holding a 30% off sale on all Konstantino jewels.

 

L. Bartlett Spring Sale: Now through Saturday, swing by L. Barlett on McKinney for their spring clearance, which includes discounts from 50-75% off.

 

Local Brews and Local Grooves: Saturday, August 2, House of Blues Dallas is hosting 12 local breweries and 10 local bands and eateries for a night that’s being called “the ultimate music and craft beer festival.” Doors open at 4pm.

 

Target First Saturdays: The Nasher has teamed up with Target to present a day of family fun the first Saturday of every month. Activities run from 10am-2pm and admission is free.

 

Sarah McLachlan: With more than 25 years in the recording industry, McLachlan is a household name thanks to songs like “Angel” and “I Will Always Love You.” Sunday, August 3 you have the chance to experience some of her new material when she performs at the Winspear.

 

Lakewood Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Bash: Sunday, celebrate this local brewery turning two at one of Lakewood’s hottest spots, Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, where Lakewood Brewing sold it’s very first kegs. There will be commemorative glasses, t-shirts, and a brand new wine-barrel-aged brew to try.

 

Ansel Adams: Masterworks: The Arlington Museum of Art currently has on display 48 photographs that the artist considered to be his best work. They’re printed by Adams himself and Sunday marks the final day you can see them.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Dallas Arboretum: This weekend will be perfect to take advantage of the plethora of children’s activities taking place at the Arboretum. From water-filled fun to animal habitats, there’s something for everyone to love. Plus, general garden admission is $1 during the month of August!

 

Farmer’s Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the multitude of farmer’s markets during this rare summer cool front.

 

Image via Lakewood Brewing Co.