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    6.19 Weekend Guide

    What: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Sunday, June 19th @ 2:00PM and 8:00PM
    Where: Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
         2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: ‘The Blind Cafe Experience’ is a pop-up event, an award winning community awareness concert, discussion & dinner in the dark, no blindfolds! This is NOT just another dinner in the dark…it’s a community experience where people connect, learn and break bread together without their visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phone. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of people’s lives by influencing how individuals view themselves, the community, and social change through a personal experience.

    What: The Blind Cafe Pop Up Event
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Saturday, June 18th @ 6:30PM & 8:30PM
    Where: Atlantis Business Center
         1321 Valwood Pkwy., Carrollton, TX 75006
    Why: ‘The Blind Cafe Experience’ is a pop-up event, an award winning community awareness concert, discussion & dinner in the dark, no blindfolds! This is NOT just another dinner in the dark…it’s a community experience where people connect, learn and break bread together without their visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phone. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of people’s lives by influencing how individuals view themselves, the community, and social change through a personal experience.

    What: Renaissance Dallas Hotel presents 5th Annual Global Day of Discovery
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Saturday, June 18th @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM
    Where: Renaissance Dallas Hotel
         2222 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why: Renaissance Dallas Hotel invites guests to eat, drink and be local at its 5th annual Global Day of Discovery. The free event will be a celebration supporting Dallas’ vibrant community of local crafters, artisans & designers, plus a musical performance by a surprise guest. The evening will kick off with a craft cocktail punch highlighting Austin Cocktails with tunes spun by DJ Ralph. Local breweries will offer tastings while culinary teams from in-house restaurant Asador and the banquet catering team offer tastings featuring local cheeses, in-house cured meats, a whole roasted pig, and more.

    What: Vitruvian Nights Live Concert Series
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Thursday, Aug 11th @ 7:00PM (Every Other Thurs)
    Where: Vitruvian Park
         3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, TX 75001
    Why: Vitruvian Nights Live features live music, gourmet food trucks, drinks/spirits, mobile boutiques, and great giveaways from your favorite radio stations (106.1 Kiss FM, 102.1 The Edge or LoneStar 92.5) every other Thursday through August 11.

    What: 5th Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Sunday, June 19th @ 7:00PM (Thurs/Fri) and 12:30PM (Sat/Sun)
    Where: Multiple Locations
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    Why: The 5th Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival will include 27 feature-length films and 41 short films, including a fully restored version of Eagle Pennell’s ’80s Texas classic, Last Night at the Alamo, which will open the festival. Taika Waititi’s adventure/comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople will close the film festival. Screenings and events will take place at Texas Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Wild Detectives, 29 Pieces, The Kessler, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Basement Gallery, and Spinster Records

    What: Dallas Summer Musicals presents Bullets Over Broadway
    When: Thursday, June 16th – Sunday, June 26th @ 7:30PM & 1:30PM
    Where: Music Hall at Fair Park
         909 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway brings the talents of Woody Allen and Tony-Winning director Susan Stroman together for the first time. It’s the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. The production received six Tony®-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the ’20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is bringing musical comedy back with a bang.

    What: Dory After Dark: Finding Nemo & Finding Dory Double Feature
    When: Thursday, June 16th @ 9:00PM
    Where: Multiple Locations
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    Why: On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the day before Finding Dory officially opens in theaters, Dory’s biggest fans will have an opportunity to see both movies back to back with Dory After Dark. More than 90 locations in North America will take part in this one-night event, when moviegoers will be treated to a late-night screening of Finding Nemo before joining a select few fans as the very first to see the much-anticipated follow-up, Finding Dory. Kicking off at 9 p.m. (exact time may vary by location), guests will receive an event-exclusive Dory After Dark reusable bag and an “I Speak Whale” button. There will also be opportunities to share the experience throughout the evening with custom Snapchat filters. Showing at: Studio Movie Grill- Plano, Alamo Drafthouse Richardson, Cinemark Legacy- Plano and AMC NorthPark

    What: Party in the Plaza
    When: Friday, June 17th @ 6:00PM
    Where: One Arts Plaza
         1722 Ruth St., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: One Arts Plaza will present Party in the Plaza: Cheers to the Summer, in partnership with CultureMap Dallas. It will be a night celebrating summer featuring the band Raché followed by tunes spun by JT Donaldson with special guest Norvis Junior. The evening will continue with a special fashion presentation featuring designs from Prashe Showroom produced by Jan Strimple Productions and featuring a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

    What: Summer Block Party
    When: Friday, June 17th @ 6:00PM
    Where: Dallas Arts District
         2200 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: Dallas Arts District is closing the streets for their Summer Block Party 2016 with the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Klyde Warren Park, and Crow Collection of Asian Art. Enjoy over 15 food trucks, craft beverages from Alamo Drafthouse, free screenings of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Best in Show, and countless street performances from local artists.

    What:
    Movies at the Park:  Star Wars (The Force Awakens)
    When: Friday, June 17th @ 8:00PM
    Where: The Shops at Park Lane
         8080 Park Ln., Ste 770, Dallas, TX 75231
    Why: Join us for a FREE movie screening every Friday in June!  On Friday, June 17th, join The Shops at Park Lane and CultureMap Dallas for Movies at The Park, featuring a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! – Dress as your favorite character from the movie for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods! – Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. No coolers please.

    What: Lone Star Music Series: Josh Abbott Band
    When: Friday, June 17th @ 8:00PM
    Where: Lone Star Park
         1000 Lone Star Park Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    Why: The Lone Star Music Series draws top bands from around the country; Texas Country musicians Josh Abbott Band will be joining this year’s concert series in support of their album, Front Row Seat.

    What: AT&T Stadium Spartan Race
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 7:45AM
    Where: AT&T Stadium
         1 Legends Way, Arlington, TX 76011
    Why: AT&T Stadium is the home of America’s football team, and a venue large enough to host 80,000 fans. This colossal stadium turns into a battlefield where Spartans test their mettle against obstacles in and around the stadium. The battle ends as you dash across the 50 yard line and cross the finish in epic fashion as your friends and family cheer you on from the stands. This is Texas, and now this is Spartan country. Prepare for 3+ miles and over 15 obstacles in a bootcamp style sprint. Faithful football fans especially will have trouble not becoming a little giddy as they run on the field and through otherwise restricted areas in this iconic stadium.

    What: Denton Airshow
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 9:00AM
    Where: Denton Enterprise Airport
         5000 Airport Rd., Denton, TX 76207
    Why: Denton Airshow features fly-ins and is open to the public. World War II antique aircraft, aerobatic maneuvers, and experimental and vintage aircraft will be on display. Booths and concessions will be available along with a Children’s Pavilion with bounce houses. The non-profit Denton Air Fair, Inc., showcases aviation in Denton through the production of the annual Denton Airshow. This family-friendly event raises public awareness of the Denton Airport and its tenant businesses while promoting the history and entertainment of flying.

    What: Elm Fork Shooting Sports Range
    When: Saturday, June 17th – Saturday, June 18th @ 9:00AM – 6:00PM
    Where: Elm Fork Shooting Sports
         10751 Luna Rd., Dallas, TX 75220
    Why: If dad happens to love shooting and hunting, take him for some practice shots at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports this weekend. There’s a variety of shooting options Dad can choose from and plenty of gun rentals for whatever he feels likes shooting.

    What: Father’s Day Weekend Classic Car Show
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    Where: The Shops at Park Lane
         8080 Park Ln., Ste 770, Dallas, TX 75231
    Why: The Shops at Park Lane presents their inaugural Father’s Day Weekend Classic Car Show presented by Morning Maniacs Classic Car Enthusiasts. Enjoy over 50 beautifully restored classic cars while listening to your favorite rock ‘n’ roll songs performed live by The Rumble Kings onstage in The Park. Proceeds benefit Operation Once In A Lifetime in support of U.S. service members, their families and veterans.

    What: Let’s Play Gaming Expo
    When: Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th @ 10:00AM
    Where: Plano Centre
         2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, TX 75074
    Why: The Let’s Play Gaming Expo (LPGE) sets up in Plano for another video game extravaganza. Inspired by the popular YouTube Let’s Play videos, the event celebrates everything that is gaming, both new and old school. Gamers will be treated to an epic weekend of play at some 90 arcade cabinets, no quarters required. They can also test their skills against fellow enthusiasts in tournaments including the Retro World Series Satellite Tournament and the Classic Tetris World Championship Southern Regional Qualifier.  Attendees can rub elbows with Hungrybox – arguably the best melee player in the game today – who will be on hand for Low Tier City 4 (NationalSmash Bros. Tournament). There will be plenty of opportunities to buy merchandise, participate in gaming discussions and panels, enter cosplay competitions and more. Gamers also have the option to register for the Low Tier City 4 tournament or the Classic Tetris World Championship Southern Regional Qualifier, at an extra charge. All other tournaments are free of charge with paid admission to LPGE.

    What: Father’s Day at the Arboretum
    When: Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th @ 10:00AM
    Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
         8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218
    Why: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden invites Dads to celebrate this Father’s Day weekend with remote control airplane demonstrations and exhibits. Remote control flights by the North Dallas RC Club will launch every hour on the hour above the Concert Lawn on Sunday. Additionally, walk-up sessions with the Perot Museum’s TECH Truck Staff will take place in the Children’s Adventure Garden and encourage tinkering, engineering and creating that will allow guests to get innovative with basic materials on Saturday. Don’t miss the “Superhero Dads” Craft Corner for children to make superhero-inspired crafts on both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.

    What: Texas Discovery Gardens presents Fangs! Family Festival
    When: Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 19th @ 10:00AM – 3:00PM
    Where: Texas Discovery Gardens
         3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: At Fangs!, family festival of herpetological proportions, you can get up close and personal with native Texas snakes and other reptiles and learn why these creatures are important.

    What: MLK Community Center presents Juneteenth Celebration
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 12:00PM
    Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
         2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
    Why: Visitors are invited to enjoy the City of Dallas annual Juneteenth event, a fun-filled family festival. The event is sponsored by the MLK Jr. Community Center board and staff and will feature local vendors, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, giveaways, and more. All children’s activities are free. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the date in 1865 when Texas slaves learned they had been emancipated. The festival brings the Dallas community together in an effort to commemorate this important moment in our nation’s history.

    What: Best Little Brewfest in Texas
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 3:00PM
    Where: Old Town Lewisville
         West Church St. and Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Why: Sample and learn about a variety of Texas brewed craft beer at this festival which features more than 90 craft breweries and 300+ handcrafted brews. In addition, Texas wines and distilled spirits will be available for sampling. Special releases and new seasonal brews will be highlighted. There will be local music, food trucks, artists and vendors on site. There’s also a free car show before the festival. 21+

    What: Selena Gomez in concert
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 7:00PM
    Where: American Airlines Center
         2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: Visitors are invited to enjoy the City of Dallas annual Juneteenth event, a fun-filled family festival. The event is sponsored by the MLK Jr. Community Center board and staff and will feature local vendors, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, giveaways, and more. All children’s activities are free. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the date in 1865 when Texas slaves learned they had been emancipated. The festival brings the Dallas community together in an effort to commemorate this important moment in our nation’s history.

    What: Martin Lawrence: Doin’ Time: Uncut Live
    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 8:00PM
    Where: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
         1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, Dallas, TX 75050
    Why: Martin Lawrence started in stand-up comedy at the legendary The Improv, where he honed his talents until he was asked by Russell Simmons to host his groundbreaking comedy series Def Comedy Jam on HBO. From there, Lawrence became a household name after his hugely popular self-titled TV show, Martin, was an instant hit with TV viewers.  Lawrence would later go on to star in comedy blockbusters like Bad Boys alongside Will Smith, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he also directed, and Big Momma’s House, where he once again proved his talent for creating and acting as multiple characters in one storyline.

    What: Dinosaur Valley State Park Hike
    When: Thursday, June 16thSunday, June 19th @ 7:00AM – 10:00PM
    Where: Dinosaur Valley State Park
         1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043
    Why: Hiking is a great way to spend some personal time with Dad. If he likes hiking and dinosaurs, even better. Head over to Dinosaur Valley State Park (about an hour-and-a-half drive from Dallas) to tread where the dinosaurs once roamed. Attendees can find dinosaur tracks, picnic in the park, mountain bike, and fish. If you happen to have a horse, you can bring that too. Entrance fee is $7 per person and free for kids under 12

    What: Comedy and Magic Show for All Ages
    When: Sunday, June 19th – Sunday, Aug. 28th @ 2:00PM (SUNDAYS ONLY)
    Where: Improv Addison
         4980 Belt Line Rd. #250, Dallas, TX 75254
    Why: Get ready as the Addison Improv brings you an AMAZING magic show featuring not one, but TWO very talented magicians. This is a show designed to have you in awe no matter your age! With a combination of comedy and magic, the FUN doesn’t stop!!! The doors will open 1 hour prior to show start time so you can enjoy lunch before the show!

    What: Concerts in the Garden: Asleep at the Wheel
    When: Sunday, June 19th @ 8:15PM
    Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
         3320 Botanic Garden Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
    Why: Fort Worth’s favorite summer concert series will host Asleep at the Wheel, a Texas Swing band from Austin. With nine GRAMMY awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, Asleep at the Wheel, known as the “Kings of Texas Swing” has been proclaimed the “national band of Texas.” The group’s western sound is sure to get Dad in a good mood.

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