Places You Need to Visit Before School Starts


Goodbye, SummerTechnically, summer isn’t over until September 22, which is roughly a month and some change away. If you ask the kids, though, they’ll likely say it’s over the minute the school bell rings.

 

If you haven’t gotten around to doing those things (or visiting those places) you say you will over the summer, maximize your time now and take in all that D-FW has to offer before it’s too late.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Dallas

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Zoo

Gainesville

Frank Buck Zoo

Grapevine

Sea Life Aquarium

 

Bowling

Arlington

Alley Cats

Dallas

Bowl & Barrel

Fort Worth

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Plano

Plano Super Bowl

 

Mini Golf

Allen, Dallas and The Colony

Top Golf

Arlington and Fort Worth

Putt-Putt Fun Center

 

Museums and Libraries

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Frontiers of Flight Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Meadows Museum

The Old Red Museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Kimbell Art Museum

Irving

National Scouting Museum

 

Theme and Water Attractions

Allen

Hydrous Wake Park

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas

Bahama Beach

Denton

Water Works Park

Fort Worth

Panther Island Pavilion

Stockyards Station

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Garland, Mansfield and the Colony

Hawaiian Falls

Glen Rose

Dinosaur World

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Keene

North Texas Jellystone Park

North Richland Hills

NRH2O Family Water Park

Southlake and Flower Mound

Jump for Fun

 

Other Attractions

Dallas

Bishop Arts District

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

GeO-Deck

Texas Discovery Gardens

Trinity River Audubon Center

Fort Worth

Sundance Square

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests in D-FW


If you’ll soon have guests in town for the holidays it’s time to plan for those hours that don’t involve feasting and opening presents. Thankfully, North Texas is bustling with cultural opportunities. The walls and galleries of our region’s favorite museums and performance halls are ready for your guests’ curious eyes.

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St.

Sightings: Alex Israel

Through January 31, 2016

In his native Los Angeles, multi-format artist Alex Israel works on everything from his own sunglasses company, Freeway Eyewear, to his YouTube talk show As It LAys, where he interviews Hollywood personalities. Deeply entrenched in LA culture, he also creates backdrop paintings for Warner Brothers studio. His Nasher installation positions his paintings with sculptural objects related to his upcoming feature film SPF-18.

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
November 20, 2015 – March 20, 2016

This exhibition is the largest ever assembly of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings. Some works included have not been exhibited for more than 50 years, and several were considered missing. This exclusive U.S. presentation of the exhibition provides insight into this lesser-known period of Pollock’s career from 1947 to 1949.
dma.org

 

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2100 Flora St.

Alexander Gorlizki: Variable Dimensions

Through March 20, 2016
Explore the lesser-known non-paper works of this artist including embroidered handkerchiefs, wallpapers, installation and video. The intense exhibition will allow viewers to seamlessly move with the artist across formats, media and sensations.

 

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St.

Winspear Opera House

Jersey Boys

December 16 – 27

Experience the Tony award-winning musical about the Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The true-story features hit songs and tells the tale of how four blue-collar kids made pop music history.

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

The Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Through January 10, 2016

See more than 60 works from this Los Angeles-born artist’s 14-year career. Wiley’s paintings famously represent images of street life in Harlem, often replacing the historical subjects in the works of renowned painters such as Titian and van Dyck with fashionable young black men.

 

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

Through January 3, 2016
Explore self-taught and folk artists through more than 100 works of art with this exhibition featuring textiles, needlework, ceramics, drawings, paintings, furniture and more from the 18th century to present day.

 

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye

Through February 14, 2016

Explore some of the most daring paintings from the height of Impressionism with more than 50 paintings from Gustave Caillebotte. The artist’s images of Paris streets and domestic life will showcase a full range of Caillebotte’s vision.
kimbellart.org

 

Top Tips for Entertaining Out-of-Town Guests

Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St.

The Nutcracker

December 11 – 27

Fan-favorite The Nutcracker returns to Bass Hall for the holidays with Ben Stevenson’s take on the story of a young girl and her magical doll. Texas Ballet Theater’s performance allows viewers to truly get lost in an enchanting performance complete with flying carpets and snow.

 

Learn more about all that’s going on in North Texas and discover many of the region’s most extraordinary luxury homes at grandviemagazine.com.

 

 

Goodbye, Summer


Goodbye, Summer

Technically, summer isn’t over until September 22, which is roughly a month and some change away. But, if you ask the kids, they’ll likely say it’s over the minute they find themselves back in the classroom, which is just around the corner, too.

If you haven’t gotten around to doing those things you always say you’ll do over the summer, maximize your time and take in all that DFW has to offer before it’s too late.

 

Aquariums and Zoos

Dallas

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Fort Worth

Fort Worth Zoo

Gainsville

Frank Buck Zoo

Grapevine

Sea Life Aquarium

 

Bowling

Arlington

Alley Cats

Dallas

Bowl & Barrel

Fort Worth

Cowtown Bowling Palace

Plano

Plano Super Bowl

 

Mini Golf

Allen, Dallas and The Colony

Top Golf

Arlington and Fort Worth

Putt-Putt Fun Center

 

Museums and Libraries

Dallas

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas Holocaust Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Frontiers of Flight Museum

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Meadows Museum

The Old Red Museum

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Sixth Floor Museum

Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

Kimbell Art Museum

Irving

National Scouting Museum

 

Theme and Water Attractions

Allen

Hydrous Wake Park

Arlington

Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

Dallas

Bahama Beach

Denton

Water Works Park

Fort Worth

Panther Island Pavilion

Stockyards Station

Frisco

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Garland, Mansfield and the Colony

Hawaiian Falls

Glen Rose

Dinosaur World

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Grapevine

Great Wolf Lodge

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Keene

North Texas Jellystone Park

North Richland Hills

NRH2O Family Water Park

Southlake and Flower Mound

Jump for Fun

 

Other Attractions

Dallas

Bishop Arts District

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

GeO-Deck

Texas Discovery Gardens

Trinity River Audubon Center

Fort Worth

Sundance Square

 

Photos courtesy of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Yum! This week’s edition of Food & Beverage News is packed with wine-paired dinners, new openings and, yes, a chocolate tour! Check out all the delicious events below.

 

EVENTS

Tuesday, July 7

Scotch Tasting Benefit: Kirby’s Steakhouse in Southlake is joining forces with Heroes for Children, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to families with children battling cancer. At Kirby’s, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a special tasting of Glenfiddich finest scotches, with some available for purchase. $20/person. The tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

TEXSOM Wine Dinner: Rebecca Murphy, founder of the TEXSOM International Wine Awards will be joining Stephen Pyles for a night of gold medal winning wines. The wine list includes selections from Albert Bichot, Left Coast Cellars, Handley Cellars, Dr. Loosen Winery and Maison Tardieu-Laurent. $125/person. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214-580-7000.

 

Wednesday, July 8

Wine — But Not from the Vine: Travel to Whole Foods Market (Preston/Forest) and indulge in refreshing wines that are not made from grapes. Taste the unique flavors of berry, fruit and honey wines. The tasting begins at 7 p.m. FREE, but you must RSVP here.

 

Thursday, July 9

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Friday, July 10

Grapevine Craft Brewery Grand Opening: Grapevine Craft Brewery is set to open their new taproom and beer garden to the public, and they plan to celebrate all weekend long. All beers will be available on tap. Specialty sodas, cold press coffees, live music and food trucks will be on hand, too. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. For a detailed schedule of events, click here.

 

Saturday, July 11

Asian Street Food Dinner: Grace restaurant in Fort Worth will host an Asian street food dinner on the patio. Grace chef Blaine Staniford and Tokyo Cafe chef Kevin Martinez will create a menu that features Asian-inspired and American dishes. Think watermelon pickle, ramen, chili lobster and more. To view the full menu, click here. $74/person. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 817-877-3388.

 

Sunday, July 12

Dallas by Chocolate: Love chocolate? Here’s your chance to taste Dallas’ best chocolate from local chocolatiers. Board the Dallas by Chocolate bus and visit four to five delicious venues, including Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Sweet Firefly and more. Sample the sweet stuff and enjoy some drinks along the way. The bus departs at 1 p.m. To reserve your seat, click here.

 

Sunday Supper: A kickoff to a weekly series, CBD Provisions will feature a different three-course menu every Sunday. Dishes range from Caesar salad to fish to coconut layer cake. Also, enjoy 50 percent off all bottles of wine on Sundays during dinner service (5-9 p.m.) $37/person. For reservations, call 214-261-4500.

 

NEWS

CityLine: The mixed-use urban development near the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway just added three new restaurants to their list of tenants: Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine, Fresh to Order and Tricky Fish.

 

Matchbox: Love pizza and sliders? Matchbox will offer just that when it sets up shop in Preston Hollow Village. The D.C.-based concept is slated to open in 2016.

 

Oreos: Yes, the cookies. They’re getting a makeover. Oreo Thins will feature a skinnier look that can’t be twisted. Nabisco says the new look is for “sophisticated” adults who do not wish to dunk or twist their cookies.

 

Roomies Ice Cream: This new ice cream shop will make its debut at the Dallas Farmers Market shed on July 9. Serving six flavors at a time, owner Mark Wang incorporates herbs, cake bites, butter waffles and more for enhancement.

 

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/25-6/28)


DFW Weekend Round Up

From live music to culinary events and baseball to fireworks, DFW is serving up something for everyone this weekend. Get the details for those events and more below.

 

 

Thursday, June 25

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Twilight Tunes: Kick off the weekend early and visit downtown Denton to hear live music by local bands. This Thursday, hear the country tunes of the Bonnie & Nick Norris Band. The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so remember to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE.

 

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by the Buddy Holly Revue — a tribute to Buddy Holly. The concert will feature Buddy’s hits, as well as hit songs he recorded by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and bug spray! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 26

Savor Mexico — Puebla: Sample the wonderful flavors of Puebla, Mexico in the annual culinary event, hosted by Desperados Mexican Restaurant, which celebrates the tastes and culture of a particular region of Mexico. The menu, designed by visiting chef Rodrigo Pineda, will be accompanied with imported wine, beers and specialty cocktails. $50/person. 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Concerts in the Garden: In this concert event, experience the sights and sounds of Star Wars at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Have your picture taken with Star Wars characters, then catch the stunning laser light show! The spectacle begins at 8:15 p.m. Don’t forget to pack a picnic! Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and watch the skies light up with colorful sparks.  This 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it has the best view and features a DJ with plenty of music. 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 27

Organic Farmers Market: Visit the Design District’s first Farmers Market along Hi Line Drive. Held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., this event will provide attendees the opportunity to purchase organic produce, order from local food trucks, enjoy live music and participate in on-site fitness demos. A few Design District shops will be featuring sample sales, too, so get there early!

 

Taco Libre!: Travel to downtown’s Main Street Garden and experience Dallas’ first taco and music festival. Sample an array of tacos from DFW’s best taquerias and enjoy live music from local acts. 2-10 p.m. View the schedule of events here. For ticket information, click here.

 

Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game: Once again, Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco will be hosting Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by Baylor Medical Center. Benefiting the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, this game will feature an a-list lineup, including Mavericks and Cowboys players, actors, singers, and local radio hosts. Arrive early for family-fun activities and stay late for post-game fireworks. 4:45 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, June 28

Salsa & Sangria Sundays: Enjoy sangria and live salsa music on Saint Ann’s patio, located in the Harwood District of downtown Dallas. 7-10 p.m.

 

Concerts in the Garden: Texas native and NBC’s The Voice star Luke Wade will be performing at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Witness his soulful voice at 8:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Image courtesy of Heroes Celebrity Baseball

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/18-6/21)


DFW Weekend Round Up
Plenty of events to treat Dad to this Father’s Day weekend, including arts, crafts, music and food!

 

 

Thursday, June 18

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will get to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Twilight Tunes: Kick off the weekend early and visit downtown Denton to hear live music by local bands. This Thursday, hear the blues and rock tunes of the Maylee Thomas Band. The concert is held on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, so remember to bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray. 6:30-8 p.m. FREE.

 

Cool Thursday Spring Concert Series: Visit the Dallas Arboretum and listen to a performance by Le Freak, the greatest disco band in the world. Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs and bug spray! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 19

Summer Block Party: Held in the Dallas Arts District, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center join forces to bring you the annual Summer Block Party. Enjoy film screenings, outdoor concerts, guided tours, activity tables, scavengers hunts, and more! For more details and schedule of events, click here. 6 p.m.-midnight.

 

Friday Night Fireworks: Travel over to Grapevine and watch the skies light up with colorful sparks.  This 12-minute show is accompanied by exciting music, which is available for download here. Try to set up shop on the rooftop of the Gaylord Texan’s parking garage — it will give you the best view and there will be a DJ and plenty of music. 9:30 p.m.

 

Concerts in the Garden: In this multimedia concert event, experience the sights and sounds of some of the most popular video games at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Enjoy music from Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy and more, all combined with synchronized images and spectacular lighting! The spectacle begins at 8:15 p.m. Don’t forget to pack a picnic! Purchase tickets here.

 

Saturday, June 20

Denton Air Show: Kickoff Father’s Day weekend and take dad to see vintage aircraft, aerobatic demonstrations and helicopter rides. Booths and concessions will be available. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. View the airshow schedule here. Purchase tickets here.

 

Architecture Walking Tour: The Dallas Arts District and Dallas Center for Architecture are hosting a 90-minute walking tour of Dallas’ urban arts district. Led by a trained tour guide, guests will examine Dallas buildings from the 1890s to the present day, including the detail, institutions and visionaries who played a roll in their creation. 10 a.m. Tickets start at $10. Register here.

 

Father’s Day Weekend at Dallas Arboretum: The Dallas Arboretum put some special events together for dad and the gang. Enjoy a Saturday concert, filled with a spectrum of music from Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Sinatra and more. Sunday brings craft time and classic cartoons — create a flower pot or bird house for dad, then enjoy classic superhero cartoons shown in the air-conditioned comfort of Rosine Hall.

 

Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day)

Today is dad’s special day and only you know what truly makes him feel appreciated. But if you’re still looking for a place to treat that special man, Dallas Morning News’ GuideLive put together a spectacular list of places to fill his belly and yours:

 

20 Dinners and Deals for Father’s Day in Dallas-Fort Worth

 

Image courtesy of The Dallas Arts District.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


Tastes & Tunes
Plenty of tasty events to indulge in this week, including many Father’s Day specials over the weekend. Get the details on those and more below.

 

 

EVENTS

 

Wednesday, June 17

Krupp Brothers Wine Dinner: Indulge in a five-course wine dinner at the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse in Dallas’ West End Historic District. Executive chef and owner Tony Street welcomes Stagecoach Vineyards owners Jan and Bart Krupp as the featured guests for the evening. $100/person. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 214-744-3287. View the menu here.

 

Thursday, June 18

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will have the opportunity to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: Combine wine drinking and shopping this Thursday at the recurring Wine Walk event in Deep Ellum. Purchase your wine passport at the Kettle Art Gallery and prepare to sip and shop throughout the evening. $10 for wine passport. Walk is 5-8 p.m.

 

Tastes & Tunes: Visit the new food truck series in Farmers Branch! Held at The Grove at Mustang Crossing, this event features a live band, food trucks and plenty of family fun. Free parking across the street at Dr. Pepper StarCenter & DART Station. 5-8 p.m.

 

Deschutes Beer Dinner: Visit Dallas Lovers Central Market and sample Deschutes Public House specialty beers with a menu that highlights seafood from the Northwest. $60/person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Friday, June 19

Paleo Luau: Love meats, veggies and fruits? Enjoy all three at the Paleo Luau at Whole Foods in Addison. This tropics-inspired dinner features a wine and beer tasting, fruit salad, salmon lettuce wraps, sugar cane beef and more. $20/person. 6-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Saturday, June 2o

Best Little Brewfest in Texas: The charity festival returns to Old Town Lewisville, featuring more than 80 breweries and 200-plus craft brews. In addition, discover distilled spirits, Texas wines and craft ciders. Barbecue will be on hand for purchase, as well as live music from Dixie Rex. Festival begins at 9 a.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, June 21 (Father’s Day)

Below are just a few of the special Father’s Day packages being offered at Dallas-area restaurants:

 

CBD Provisions: Enjoy a special Father’s Day crab boil, which features Gulf blue crab, potatoes, corn on the cob, house made sausages, and bread. $45/person. For reservations, call 214-261-4500.

 

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company: Make a pizza for dad during this 30-minute cooking lesson. Kids will have the opportunity to make a pizza masterpiece, incorporating dad’s favorite toppings. $35/child. Noon-4 p.m. For reservations, email gapco2007@gmail.com.

 

Reunion Tower: Father’s Day package includes a GeO-Deck ticket, 4×6 printed and digital photo, BBQ platter at Cloud Nine Café, an iced tea and lemonade bar, and a car wash voucher. Purchase package here.

 

The Second Floor: The Westin Galleria Dallas hotel restaurant will be offering a three-meat dinner that includes house lamb kielbasa, spiced pressed pork shoulder and seared peppered ostrich tenderloin. Dad enjoys dessert for free! For reservations, call 972-450-2978.

 

NEWS

 

Starbucks: Starbucks lovers can now order their favorite caffeinated beverage from their phone and pick-up in store with the Mobile Order and Pay feature in the Starbucks app. Although the feature is only available for iPhone users, Android users will be able to utilize the ordering service in the near future.

 

Off-Site Kitchen: Opening day for the beloved burger joint has been pushed to Thursday, June 18. Relocating from its Design District home, Off-Site Kitchen will now operate from its new Trinity Groves location in Oak Cliff.

 

NorthPark Center: The upscale shopping mall will be gaining a new restaurant this fall. Owners of Bolsa and Smoke in Oak Cliff will be opening the Theodore restaurant, taking Luna De Noche’s old spot. An American restaurant named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt will offer a library-style bar, vintage touches and Teddy Roosevelt-inspired eats.

DFW Weekend Round Up (6/11-6/14)


DFW Weekend Round Up
Get ready for a fun-filled weekend! Live music and various festivals top our list of things to do in DFW this weekend.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 11

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will get to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m.

 

National Tap Dance Celebration: The Dance Council of North Texas, along with Dallas Summer Musicals, presents the Before-the-Show show. Prior to Dallas Summer Musical’s presentation of Cinderellaenjoy 45 minutes of fast-paced tap dancing, performed by tappers from all over DFW just outside Music Hall at Fair Park. Tapping begins at 6:30 p.m. Free admission.

 

Oak Cliff Film Festival: The fourth annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will take place at the historic Texas Theatre, the Kessler Theater, the Bishop Arts Theater, and other venues in North Oak Cliff through June 14. View the full film guide and schedule here, then download the festival program to plan your fest.

 

Friday, June 12

Family Fun Fridays: Participate in some summertime adventures at the Dallas Arboretum. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, including face painting, a petting zoo and music. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For ticket information, click here.

 

Jurassic World at Alamo Drafthouse: Get ready to travel back in time. Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson will celebrate the release of Jurassic World — the new addition to the Jurassic Park series — by playing early shows throughout the weekend. The celebration also features a replica Jurassic Park Jeep, a dino dig and local cosplay personalities who will be dressed as characters from the movie. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

Taste of Dallas: This Friday marks the beginning of Dallas’ most sought-after culinary event. Held at Fair Park, this year’s Taste of Dallas will feature over 70 restaurants, cooking competitions, a culinary & exhibitor marketplace, the sweet factory, plus more. For dates, times and ticket information, click here.

 

Saturday, June 13

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival: Travel over to Chestnut Square in historic McKinney to sample freshly made ice creams created by home cooks competing for the People’s Choice Award. FREE admission. $1 tasting tickets. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Turn Up at the Meadows Museum: Explore the intersections of art and science at the Meadows Museum on SMU’s main campus. Participants will have the chance to crete murals, learn about colors and pigments, join in on a scavenger hunt, plus more! 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All activities, museum admission and parking will be free. For a list of events, click here.

 

Sunday, June 14

Concerts in the Garden: Kraig Parker will be performing his award-winning tribute to Elvis Presley at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Enjoy favorites like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and more! The shake up begins at 8:15 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

 

 

Image courtesy of Oak Cliff Film Festival and See Spot Run

D-FW To Attract Exciting Major Events


Dallas To Attract Major Events

Hosting the Final Four and all the events that surrounded it has put D-FW on the map as a possible venue for some really exciting future events. Basketball fans may have come and gone, but it’s only the beginning for a list of big events that are set to come to the area.

 

In the next year, the region will host the first College Football Championship Game, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting and the prestigious New Cities Summit. We’re also among the finalists for another Final Four, and Dallas is among six cities competing to be host to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

 

Vice president of the U.S. Travel Association, Greg Staley, said growth and development in the Dallas area is exciting travelers.

 

“There is certainly a case to be made for Dallas as a city on the rise,” he said. “It’s because of the abundance of projects that have opened. They are truly catching worldwide attention.”

 

Having the nation’s largest, most luxurious domed stadium has certainly helped pushed Dallas to the forefront as a host for major events. Also helpful are the new developments in West Dallas and the city’s arts district, billed as the nation’s largest. Additionally, the city opened $135 million worth of downtown parks, including Klyde Warren Park, between 2009 and 2013. The George W. Bush Presidential Library, which brought together all five living U.S Presidents, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and future plans for city development, including the Trinity River Project, have all also put eyes on Dallas.

 

AT&T Stadium has now hosted two of the nation’s most-watched sporting events, the Super Bowl and the Final Four. In 2015, it will be the site of the ACM’s 50th Anniversary award show. Normally held in Las Vegas, the show will temporarily move to Arlington next year, thanks to the strong country roots that have grown deep in Texas. Also on the horizon for country music in Dallas is the final show of George Strait’s last concert tour. The farewell concert of this legendary attics will feature huge stars like Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, and Kenney Chesney, just to name a few.

 

American Airlines Center also has the opportunity to bring big events to the area. If Dallas becomes the front runner among the current finalists, it will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. It will also be the site of the U.S. Conference of Mayors as well as the New Cities Summit.

 

On top of all of this exciting news, there is also a push to have the 2024 Summer Olympics in Dallas. The development of the Trinity River and its green space has a lot to do with this push, but AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium, and Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Frisco all make Dallas a great potential host for The Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

“Word starts to get out,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said about Dallas. “We’ve always had our central location, so that’s always worked for us. Now these other things are starting to fall into place.”

 

For more on this story, click here.

D-FW Weekend Round Up


Your D-FW Weekend Round UpThere’s so much going on in D-FW this weekend, we had to roll out the Weekend Round Up post a little early this week. From the Final Four games to a six-block arts festival and a bull run to the farmer’s market, there’s something for everyone to get excited for this weekend!

 

Dining Out in Dallas: Battle of the Chefs is back for another year. Wednesday, April 2, meet over a dozen chefs from Dallas’ finest restaurants and sample their “house” specialities. Also enjoy music, featured wine, spirits, beer, and find out who will win the 2014 Best Chef Award.

 

Deep Ellum Arts Festival: The annual festival, which celebrates its 20th year this year, is back Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6. 200 top-notch artists will show off their work along six blocks of Main Street while 100 original bands and singer-songwriters perform on four stages. There’s a pet parade on Sunday, there will be copious food and drink, and admission is free!

 

March Madness Music Fest: From Friday, April 4, to Sunday, April 6, enjoy three days of free live music at the outdoor music festival at Reunion Park in downtown Dallas. The exciting, star-studded lineup includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Killers, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, fun., the Eli Young Band, Pat Green, The Wild Feathers, and Jack Ingram. If you don’t mind crowds and you love live music, you’ve got to check this out.

 

NCAA Men’s Final Four: If you were lucky enough to get tickets, or if you’d like to catch the big games on a TV around town, Florida takes on UConn April 5 at 5:09 p.m. and Wisconsin takes on Kentucky April 5 at 7:49 p.m.

 

The Great Bull Run: Ever want to participate in a bull run? Saturday, April 5, at Texas Motorplex you can grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint down a quarter-mile track with up to twenty-four 1,500-pound bulls hot on your heels. You can also join as a spectator or partake in the Tomato Royale food fight.

 

“It’s in the Sauce” Competition: Chefs Dean Fearing, Dexter Samuel, Kent Rathbun, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at South Side on Lamar from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 5. This flavorful fundraiser benefits four local non-profit organizations.

 

Big Texas Beer Fest: Head to the Fair Park Automobile Building for this year’s festival that celebrates great beer, small businesses, and supports local charities. Tickets are $35 for general admission, which begins Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m.

 

White Rock Local Market: Find the best of local produce, meats and cheese, breads and pastries, pickles, jams, tamales and more at this wonderful farmer’s market. On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays you will also find hand made furniture, toys, clothes, soaps and more, all made by North Texans. For all the fabulous markets in D-FW, click here.

 

Photo via ncaa.com/marchmadness