Dallas Ft. Worth Weekend Guide


    What: Texas Independence Day Party
    When: Thurs. March 2nd @ 3:00PM
    Where: Ranch at Las Colinas
    857 W. John Carpenter Fwy., Irving, TX 75039
    Why: The Ranch at Las Colinas will host a special Texas Independence Day Party and Live Concert Event. The party starts with a menu of specially priced cocktails showcasing local Texas spirits and complimentary passed appetizers (while supplies last). This will be followed by a concert opened by native Texan Cody Wayne with a two-band set, followed by the headliner, Mars Hill Band.

    What: Texas Independence Day
    When: Thurs. March 2nd @ 6:00PM – 10:30PM
    Where: The Rustic
    3656 Howell St., Dallas, TX 75204
    Why: Get your Texas on at this free (with RSVP) celebration featuring music headliners Shinyribs and honky tonk locals Raised Right Men. There will be cornhole, Texas pop-up shops and complimentary photo booth with Texas-themed props.

    What: Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Illusionists
    When: Thurs. Mar. 2nd – Sun. Mar. 5th @ 7:30PM & 1:30PM
    Where: Music Hall at Fair Park
    909 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

    What: Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art
    When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 10:00AM
    Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center
    3401 West Lancaster Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
    Why: The theme for this year’s event is “Word Play! Antiques and Art With Words,” so you can expect to find words emblazoned on everything from early advertising signs and sterling trophies to drawers that have scribbles like “Made on July 4, 1872.” Scour wares from 150 exhibitors from across the country, including fine art, folk art, jewelry, lighting, textiles, fashion and furniture at this show that’s been now in its 54th year.

    What: DFW South Asian Film Festival
    When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 6:00PM (Fri) and 11:00AM (Sat & Sun)
    Where: AMC Village on the Parkway 9
    5100 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
    Why: The Dallas/Fort Worth area is now home to its very own South Asian film festival. DFW SAFF is a three day festival taking place from March 3 to 5, 2017. We will showcase World, U.S. and Texas premieres of features, shorts and documentaries, all chosen to engage, educate and inspire audiences. We have chosen a wide range of films exploring issues that affect South Asians living and working in America, as well as our brothers and sisters back home.

    What: North Texas Irish Festival
    When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 6:00PM (Fri) and 11:00AM (Sat & Sun)
    Where: Fair Park
    1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: One of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., the North Texas Irish Festival returns March 3-5, 2017, to celebrate 35 years of music and Irish culture. This year’s theme, “Texas Grown – Irish Roots,” celebrates the amazing music, dance, and cultural talent in and around our region and incorporates the rich tradition of Irish and other Celtic influences. Visitors can enjoy top musicians and dancers from around the world and a number of cultural presentations on 13 stages at Fair Park. Music, dancing, whiskey tastings, blacksmithing demonstrations, horse displays, Celtic storytelling, animal rescue groups, Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, dozens of activities for kids and child-friendly entertainment, and chef demonstrations.

    What: Back 2 the 80s: Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and more
    When: Fri. March 3rd @ 8:00PM
    Where: Verizon Theatre
    1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    Why: Featuring Doug E. Fresh (pictured), Slick Rick, Al B. Sure!, Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini, Hi Five, Force MDs, Big Daddy Kane, and Cherrelle

    What: Midnight Madness: Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
    When: Fri. March 3rd and Sat. March 4th @ MIDNIGHT
    Where: Inwood Theatre
    5458 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75209
    Why: Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir thriller returns in a definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, 21st-century detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants—and is drawn to a mystery woman (Sean Young) whose secrets may undermine his soul. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Co-starring Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh and Daryl Hannah. Music by Vangelis.

    What: All Out Trinity: Trinity Levee Run/ Gravelthon/ Yoga on the Bridge/ Cycle Drag Races
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 7:30AM – 4:00PM
    Where: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
    Singleton Blvd. and Gulden Ln., Dallas, TX 75212
    Why: Run, ride, race, do yoga and play at the All Out Trinity event, a day of activities on the Trinity River Corridor in West Dallas. All Out Trinity attracts a broad group of participants and spectators, from elite athletes to fun-loving families. Register online for 1 or more events: 13th Annual Trinity Levee Run, Outdoor Market, Gravelthon (20+ mile cycling adventure), Yoga on the Bridge and Cycle Drag Race.

    What: North Texas Teen Book Festival
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 8:00AM – 5:00PM
    Where: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
    500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
    Why: Debut authors join industry icons for an all-day teen literary event. More than 80 authors, including R.L. Stine (“Goosebumps”), Veronica Roth (“Divergent” Trilogy), Sara Shepard (“Pretty Little Liars” series), Jason Reynolds (“All American Boys”), Chris Grabenstein (“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle series), will participate in panel discussions, cutting-edge publisher events and book signings.

    What: NorthPark Center presents Dallas Opera Family Performances: The Three Little Pigs
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 1:00PM
    Where: NorthPark Center
    8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas, TX 75225
    Why: NorthPark Center will present special opera performances as a part of the Dallas Opera Family Performances series. The Three Little Pigs is a zany, fun-filled production that conveys valuable life lessons to our youngest patrons. Based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang A. Mozart, this children’s opera tells the classic tale with an emphasis on the importance of reading and harnessing a love for learning as the three piggies do their best to keep Wolfgang Bigbad at bay. Piano accompaniment by Katya Echernaya-Oh, Education Assistant Pianist for The Dallas Opera. All roles will be sung by graduate-level vocal performance students from Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, as well as young opera professionals.

    What: The Lantern Fest
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 2:00PM
    Where: Texas Motorplex
         7500 West Highway 287, Ennis, TX 75119
    Why: Let there be light. Thousands of people will gather for music, dancing and s’mores at this event, which also includes face painting, balloon artists and familiar princesses. The big spectacle comes after the sun sets when paper lanterns are lit & released into the air. The moment symbolizes people’s hopes, regrets & dreams.

    Carrollton’s TexFest
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 3:00PM
    Where: Downtown Carrollton
    1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton, TX 75006
    Why: The City of Carrollton is hosting a free event in celebration of Texas Independence Day. Head to Downtown Carrollton on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to 9 p.m. to enjoy local craft beers, wine from a local vineyard, live entertainment and to capture your Texas pride in a photo with a live longhorn.

    What: Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Tease
    When: Sat. March 4th & Sun. March 5th @ 7:00PM
    Where: House of Blues Dallas
    2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75202
    Why: International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is set to bring audiences an opulent evening of fantasy and seduction in her brand new striptease spectacle, Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Teese. The decadent review treats audiences to more show-stopping numbers from Von Teese than ever before. In addition to re-staged performances of some of her most signature acts (including a brand new version of her iconic “Martini Glass” routine which features a beautiful art-deco style cocktail glass, crystallized from top to bottom with over 250,000 Swarovski crystals), Von Teese will stun crowds with all-new numbers.

    What: Green Day in concert
    When: Sat. March 4th @ 7:30PM
    Where: American Airlines Center
    2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day will come back to Dallas in support of their new album, Revolution Radio. They’ll be joined by opening act Against Me!

    What: Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off
    When: Sun. March 5th @ 12:00PM – 5:00PM
    Where: Near Southside
    1606 Miseltoe Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Why: 20 of Fort Worth’s top chefs compete for bragging rights in the 2nd annual Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off. The event features a who’s who of local kitchen maestros, including last year’s winner – Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena. There will be live music all day, prizes, swag, cooking demos, drinks and, of course, everyone will have a chance to sample and vote on their favorite chili and crown one chef as the Best Chili Cook in Fort Worth. $5 of every ticket will benefit Cook Children’s.

    What: The Best of Second City
    When: Sun. March 5th @ 8:00PM
    Where: The Kessler
    1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
    Why: Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to Dallas with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more, as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.



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