Dallas Ft. Worth Weekend Guide

    Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
    When: Fri. Apr. 28th – Sun. Apr. 30th @ 5:00PM (Fri) and 11:00AM (Sat & Sun)
    Where: Quakertown Park
    321 E. McKinney St., Denton, TX 76201
    Why: The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, drama and the visual arts. Held the last full weekend in April at Denton’s Quakertown Park, the event features 7 stages of continuous professional and community music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful setting.

    What: Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Day Party
    When: Fri. Apr. 28th – Sat. Apr. 29th @ 5:00PM
    Where: The Star in Frisco
    1 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034
    Why: Join in the excitement of NFL Draft Day as the Dallas Cowboys and Miller Lite host 3 days of festivities at The Star in Frisco. Meet Cowboys players and celebrities, team mascot Rowdy and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Watch a live feed of the NFL Draft and see audition finals for the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers. Kids can visit the Kids Zone with games and fun activities. On Saturday, the inaugural Dallas Cowboys Draft Day 5K is set to begin at 10 a.m.  Guests at all events will hear exclusive NFL Draft insight from the “War Room” and listen to live commentary from 105.3 The Fan. Free admission and parking each day. Tours of The Star will be available during all Draft Party events (ticket required).

    What: Commerce Street Night Market
    When: Fri. Apr. 28th @ 6:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: Pike West Commerce
    444 W. Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75208
    Why: The Night Market brings together local vendors, musicians, and artists on the last Friday of each month from 6-10 p.m. Come be a part of the vibrancy of West Dallas. Shop local, enjoy great food & beer, listen to live music, and be entertained into the night.

    What: Dallas Festival of Ideas/ Dallas Book Festival
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 9:30AM – 7:30PM
    Where: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas- Section A
    650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202
    Why: Equity is the theme for the 3rd annual Dallas Festival of Ideas, a partnership between the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News. This year, the Festival has partnered with the Dallas Book Festival. Events will be held at City Hall Plaza and the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas. The free, day-long festival on April 29 features Yaa Gyasi (the novel Homegoing) and Andrew Solomon (The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression). 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. — Free concert by The Polyphonic Spree on City Hall Plaza: Grab something good from the food trucks, concessions, and beer garden to enjoy during the concert or over conversations about the day’s events.

    What: Wheels of Hope Car Show
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 10:00AM – 2:00PM
    Where: Historic Downtown Garland
    108 N. 6th St., Garland, TX 75040
    Why: Don’t miss the area’s most unique car show for a cause. All proceeds benefit the Hope Clinic — a nonprofit offering medical services to those suffering financial hardships. Boasting 25 competition categories from antique to modern cars and trucks, the 3rd annual Wheels of Hope also offers food, fun, fellowship and a pristine parking location: the famous Downtown Garland Square. Competitors and car enthusiasts alike can enjoy mariachi and steel drum band entertainment during the show, as well as a headline performance by Chaz Marie-Hope and Robert Miller. Garland ISD students will also impress attendees with auto-themed artwork, including painted hoods and gas tanks. Bringing children? Be sure to stop by the face painting and hub cap painting areas.

    What: Jubilee of Cultures 2017
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 11:00AM – 5:00PM
    Where: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum
    1509 N. Perry Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006
    Why: Family festival celebrates the diversity and multiculturalism of North Texas with live presentations, music, ethnic foods, art, and a special recognition of Veterans.

    What: International Tabletop Day 2017
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 11:00AM – 11:00PM
    Where: Madness Comics & Games
    3000 Custer Rd., Ste 310, Plano, TX 75075
    Why: Bring a group of friends and your favorite games, or come on your own and ask some of our friendly regulars to join in their game. Board gaming experts will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. to demo some favorite (or soon to be favorite) tabletop games. Open gaming will be available all day.

    What: Bark in the Park! World’s Largest Dog Day
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 12:00PM – 4:00PM
    Where: Dr. Pepper BallPark
    7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
    Why: Bring your pup for a fun day at the ballpark. There will be crazy contests, a talent show, grooming lessons, enclosed free play area, giveaways, and more. Don’t have a dog? Come and join in the fun and visit the adoption groups to find your new best furry friend. Free admission for dogs. Kids ages 2 & up need a ticket

    What: Get Kidz Fit Festival
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 12:00PM – 4:00PM
    Where: Centennial Hall at Fair Park
    1001 Washington St., Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: Get ready for fun and excitement at the 10th Annual Get Kidz Fit festival at Fair Park. It’s a free, fun-filled wellness and nutrition expo designed to engage kids in healthy lifestyles. Kids will enjoy a series of exciting games and activities, interactive and hands-on demonstrations, numerous sports, obstacle courses, and inflatables, plus high-energy performances at the Main Stage dance party. Parents will receive information on fighting childhood obesity, creating healthy habits, nutrition, food and cooking demos, activity booths, and more. Have your kids take a break from “screen time” and get more involved in fitness. Free T-shirts for the first 500 kids. Free admission. Free parking.  Presented by Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) and the Community Council of Greater Dallas.

    What: Texas Ale Project Fest 2017
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 12:00PM – 7:00PM
    Where: Texas Ale Project
    1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why: Come celebrate TAP Fest 2017 with us as we celebrate our 2 year Anniversary. 15 different beers on tap including the tapping of our Extremely Limited Release of The Caucasian aged in Bourbon Barrels. Early Admission gets you the FIRST chance to try this amazing White Russian Imperial Stout. Live Music with Mr Blue_Sky, Jenna Clark & Company, and The Roomsounds. Tacos and sliders will be available for purchase by Luck at Trinity Groves. T-Rex Pickles will be here and will have infused pickles with a T.A.P. beer. Patti’s Place Coffee & Tea will also be here with jellies made with T.A.P. beer and possibly even a coffee. Ice Cream made with a T.A.P. beer made possible by Ice Cream Wasted who will be here too. Henna tattoos including the awesome Fire Ant tattoo by Gypsy Heart Henna.

    What: Tune, Tails and Ales- Murphy Craft Beer Fest
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 2:00PM – 8:00PM
    Where: Murphy Central Park
    550 North Murphy Rd., Murphy, TX 75094
    Why: Festival includes live music, crawfish boil, food trucks, activities for the kids and a craft beer garden featuring 150+ beers. Music starts at 1 p.m. with party band Le Freak taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the concert and kids’ area is free. General Admission to the craft beer event for 21+ includes sampling card with 12 2oz samples and a commemorative tasting cup.

    What: Fortress Festival: Run the Jewels/ Purity Ring/ Flying Lotus/ Slowdive
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th – Sun. Apr. 30th @ 2:00PM
    Where: Fort Worth Cultural District
    Camp Bowie- W. Blvd. & Montgomery St., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
    Why: New, two-day music festival is set in the midst of Fort Worth’s cultural district. Headliners include Run The Jewels and Purity Ring. Also set to perform are Flying Lotus, Slowdive, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, SURVIVE and Whitney, in addition to performers like Peter Hook & The Light (of Joy Division and New Order), Houndmouth, Wolf Parade, Dengue Fever and more. Up-and-coming acts from the D-FW area will also perform, including Fort Worth’s Burning Hotels and Quaker City Night Hawks. The festival will feature two outdoor stages – one at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, another at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Ticket price includes free access to The Modern.

    What: Taco Libre!
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 3:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: Dallas Farmers Market
    1010 S. Pearl Expy., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: Celebrate the best tacos in town at Taco Libre. Doors open at 3 p.m. for taco tasting, Lucha Libre matches and live music. Purchase tacos from 21 of the area’s best taquerias. Each stand will have several $2 options. Music by Jenny and the Mexicats (Madrid). Los Skarnales (Houston), Piñata Protest (San Antonio) and Dallas’ own Supersonic Lips.

    What: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 3:30PM & 7:30PM
    Where: Majestic Theatre
    1925 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75201
    Why: The follow-up to the Edible Inevitable tour, fans can expect more comedy, more antics, multimedia presentations, and music with Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science. For this tour, however, Brown is adding in a slew of fresh – and unexpected – ingredients including puppets, songs, and bigger (and more dangerous) experiments. With his knack for mixing together science, music, and food, this show will be two hours of pure entertainment. Brown is a James Beard Award winner and author, as well as host of the popular Food Network series Good Eats for 13 years. He has also hosted several other series for the network, including Cutthroat KitchenIron Chef America, and The Next Food Network Star. His new book, EveryDayCook, will be released in the fall of 2016.

    What: Super Hero Night on the Square
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 5:00PM – 11:00PM
    Where: Celina Square
    142 N. Ohio St., Celina, TX 75009
    Why: Join us for a special mission at the 2nd Annual Super Hero Night on the Square in downtown Celina. The fun begins with family-friendly activities including tug-o-war, obstacle courses, fitness challenges, bounce houses, costume contest, themed music, free hot dogs and more. You may also see a few familiar masks and capes, and everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite hero. Activities wrap up at 7:30 p.m. and then all are invited to enjoy an outdoor showing of The Avengers (PG-13). The event is FREE.

    What: Extreme Racing
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 5:00PM – 11:00PM
    Where: Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
    1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    Why: Extreme racing returns to Lone Star Park. In addition to watching/wagering on Thoroughbreds, you can also see Camel, Ostrich and Zebra races, and “bet” on them for charity. Plus, there will be a Meet & Greet with the Extreme jockeys, and the Family Fun Park is open with bounce houses and other fun activities.

    What: Jared’s Epic Nerf Battle 2
    When: Sat. Apr. 29th @ 7:00PM – 10:00PM
    Where: AT&T Stadium
    1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
    Why: Bring your own Nerf weapon and ammo and take part in an Nerf battle on the field with bunkers, barricades, Nerf toys and more. Your tickets includes a self-guided tour of the stadium. Eye protection required for 17 and under and is recommended for all ages.

    What: Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl
    When: Sun. Apr. 30th @ 1:00PM – 5:00PM
    Where: Cotton Bowl
    2750 Midway Plaza, Dallas, TX 75210
    Why: The annual Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl is a day of free unleashed fun for dog lovers, pups and pooches of all sizes. The Cotton Bowl field transforms into a super-sized pooch park with splash pools, an agility course, contests, live entertainment, vendors, and local dog rescue groups.

    What: The 6th Annual Cowtown Conjunto Festival
    When: Sun. Apr. 30th @ 1:00PM
    Where: Billy Bob’s Texas
    2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft. Worth, TX 76106
    Why: The festival has become more than just another concert, but one that has grown in popularity in the community with a rich and passionate culture. Reviews from prior years have been all positive and everyone from the attendees, musical artists, vendors, and staff are raving as to how amazing the 6th Annual Cowtown Conjunto will be. Featuring Dwayne Verheyden, Da Krazy Pimpz, Los Badd Boyz Del Valle, Elias Arredondo, Conjunto Prestigio, Grupo Pression, Squeeze Box Bandits, Sonido Próximo and Conjunto Cats.



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