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DART to Special Events

Soak Up the Sun Warm weather and longer days make for a great time to explore the attractions and activities taking place across the region. DART Rail and D-Link can take you right to many of the area's spring festivals, outdoor concerts, arts venues and more, so make riding the train part of the day's adventure.

Through Sept. 7 The biggest zoo in Texas gets even BIGGER on April 1 with the opening of the Giants of the Jurassic exhibit, featuring more than 20 roaring, animatronic dinosaurs, plus the world-renowned, interactive theater puppet experience of Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live. The exhibit will be free with zoo admission, so guests pay no additional charge to explore the land before time. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy. Information:

July 3 Back to the Future Movie Event plays for free at the Plaza Theatre in downtown Garland. This July, celebrate 30 years of National Park and Recreation Month by going back to 1985 when it all started. Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school age parents unite in order to save his own existence! Admission is free and open to the public. In-N-Out Burger's Cookout Trailer will provide free lunch staring at noon. Movie starts at 2 p.m. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, then a short walk
  • Note: DART buses and light rail will operate on a Saturday schedule Friday, July 3. Trinity Railway Express trains will be on a modified Saturday schedule July 3.

DART to the Fourth

Celebrate the birth of our nation at any of several larger-than-life fireworks displays and Independence Day events throughout the DART Service Area. DART will get your family to and from the festivities in air-conditioned comfort.

  • Click here for a sampling of the summer's biggest parties!

Note: DART buses and light rail will operate on a Saturday schedule Friday, July 3. A Sunday schedule will be observed on both Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. Trinity Railway Express trains will be on a modified Saturday schedule July 3. There will be no TRE service Saturday or Sunday.

July 10 Salmagundi! brings "circus dinner theater with a really silly name" to Carrollton Plaza Arts Center. Performers will provide a family-friendly circus experience with food and variety entertainment. The Circus Freaks plan to put on a monthly production of Salmagundi!, with a different performance lineup each time. Every production will be geared toward people of all ages, and families are welcome and encouraged to see the show. The Circus Freaks are a self-described "plucky band of versatile variety vaudevillians who mix improvisational theater, musical mayhem and big top talent for your circus entertainment." This quirky troupe of talented circus folk has performed nationally and locally, all the while upholding their core values of quality performance, education and public service along the way. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Arts Center, 1115 Fourth Ave., Carrollton. Information:

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming performances include:
July 10 Anthony Bourdain
July 11 Rob Bell
July 12 Tyler Oakley's Slumber Party
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
July 11-12 The Urban Slide is one of the world's best Slip N' Slides. It is equipped with the latest vinyl, technology in recirculating water, built for steady sliding and extraordinary family fun! At 1,000 feet long, it also contends as one of the world's longest and biggest Slip N' Slides! The Urban Slide will run from 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. with the night session being from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Urban Slide will be located at 3400 Sylvan Ave. Registration and information:

July 14 The 6th Annual Bastille on Bishop Festival returns from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The streets of the Bishop Arts District come alive with french inspired amenities and activities that include a mussels competition, outdoor markets, wine tastings, Vespa rally, crepe stands, petanque courts, french music, dancing and more. Located on the North 400 Block of Bishop Avenue, the event will cover two blocks and include live music, dancing, food, wine, scooter rallies, petanque courts, fountains, and games. Information:

Tastes & Tunes
July 16, Aug. 14 Tastes & Tunes is Farmers Branch's new summer food truck series. There will be a live band, a variety of food trucks, wine/craft beer for sale, and plenty of fun for the whole family. Limited seating is available so lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. On July 16, enjoy The Bad Monkeys. The concerts will be held at The Grove at Mustang Crossing and parking is available at Farmers Branch Station and the Dr Pepper StarCenter, 2430 Carrick St. Information: 972-919-1433 or

July 16 Dollar Day is the Dallas Zoo's customer appreciation event with admission of just $1 all day and dollar deals throughout the park. It's a great day and a great way to visit one of the Southwest's finest zoological parks. Information:

July 16-23 The 14th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas is the South's largest showcase of Asian American / Pacific / international film and video. The annual film competition promotes an understanding of Asian culture and supports the work of Asian-American artists. Screenings are at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Downtown Garland July 18 Come down to Historic Downtown Garland for the Marketplace every 3rd Saturday of the month from April to September. The public is invited to the Downtown Square, corner of 6th and Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for growers, produce, vendors and food. This is a great opportunity to support local artisans, craftsman, growers, and merchants. The Marketplace is produced by Eventive Marketing Solutions and benefits the Good Samaritans of Garland. Information:

July 18-19 Cotton Bowl Trade Days is the monthly indoor and outdoor marketplace from Buchanan Antiques and Collectibles Markets. Buy, sell, show, and trade treasures, July 18-19 in the Embarcadero Building and on Nimitz Plaza in Fair Park. Show hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets for admission are $5 (good both days) and children under 12 with an adult are free. Information:

July 29-Aug. 9 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents LEGENDS. Behold the living legends! In an all-new show, experience epic family fun as legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination until now: the Unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show starts an hour before the show. Meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth® , get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. The American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Ave. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

The T and TRE service note regarding Friday, July 3 and
Saturday, July 4
On Friday, July 3rd, The T's bus services will operate on a Saturday schedule in observance of the national holiday. Molly the Trolley's downtown circulator will follow its regular Saturday schedule of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the Lunch Line trolley will not operate. The Stockyards and Safari Shuttles will operate on a Saturday schedule. Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on a modified Saturday schedule.

On Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th, The T's bus services and MITS will operate on a regular Sunday schedule. The TRE will not operate, the Safari Shuttle will not operate, and the customer information kiosk at the ITC and The T's administrative offices will be closed. Click here to read more on The T's website.

July 3 Red, White & Blues at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the cult classic movie The Blues Brothers (Rated R). Bring a blanket and join The Modern for an outdoor screening by the Modern's reflecting pond. Arrive early for First Friday at the Modern beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Lobby, featuring a DJ spinning Blues classics, and cash bar. Café Modern Terrace and Lawn will have a DJ spinning Blues classics and concessions for purchase (beer, wine, soft drinks, hot dogs, and nachos). Delicious picnic baskets are available with advance reservations. At 7:30 p.m., doors open to the lawn. At 8:45 p.m., the movie screening begins. Red, White, and Blues tickets include Museum gallery admission. Galleries are open until 8:00 p.m. The Modern in Fort Worth is located at 3200 Darnell Street. Tickets and information:

Safari Shuttle Saturdays, May 23 through September 5, 2015 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo Saturdays from May 23 through September 5. Note: The Safari Shuttle does not operate on Saturday, July 4.

Trolley Boarding Times
The Safari Shuttle leaves on the hour and 1/2 hour from the ITC Station at 1001 Jones St., downtown Fort Worth. Board the shuttle to the zoo at Bus Bay A at the ITC. Returning to the ITC Station is simple - board where you got off. Return trips from the Zoo board every 30 minutes.

ITC Station To Fort Worth Zoo: first trip is 9:30 a.m., last trip is 6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Zoo to ITC Station: first trip is 10:00 a.m., last trip is 7:00 p.m.
Shuttles operate every 30 minutes until the last trip of the day.

Fort Worth Zoo visitors arriving from Dallas and the Mid-Cities by the TRE may ride the Safari Shuttle from the ITC free of charge by using their TRE Regional day pass or with a valid weekly, monthly or annual regional pass.

Information: 817-215-8600 or
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth ITC Station, then the T's Safari Shuttle
  • Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas Union Station departs ITC Station at 9:54 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Service note regarding Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4: TRE operates a modified Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. The T's Safari Shuttle will operate on Friday, July 3. TRE and Safari Shuttle do not operate on Saturday, July 4.

Through Aug. 23 Like Father, Like Son: Edward and Brett Weston is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Edward Weston (1886–1958) and his son Brett (1911–1993) were both master photographers. Yet rarely is their work shown together. Featuring twenty-three prints, this exhibition offers an unusual opportunity to compare the visions of these two artists and to see how each balanced recording the world's direct appearance with a sense of abstraction. Admission to the museum is free. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion June 28-Sept. 20 Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. The 55 paintings in the exhibition span a period of more than 400 years (1490–1932) and include some of the greatest holdings of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - the three institutions that comprise the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. The exhibit will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Admission to this special exhibition will require an entry fee. Information:

Aug. 12-16 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents LEGENDS. Behold the living legends! In an all-new show, experience epic family fun as legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination until now: the Unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show starts an hour before the show. Meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth® , get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. The Fort Worth Convention Center is located at 1201 Houston St. Information:

The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:

Denton and Lewisville:

DCTA service note regarding Saturday, July 4:
In observation of the Independence Day holiday, DCTA will not operate any bus or rail service on Saturday, July 4. DCTA operations, customer service and administrative offices will also be closed. Regular operational hours will resume on Monday, July 6. Click here to read more on DCTA's website.

Thursdays through July 2 Denton Main Street Association presents the Twilight Tunes concert series in downtown Denton. The concert series will continue every Thursday evening through July 2nd. Join the fun on the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, 110 W. Hickory Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert is held on the lawn, alternating between the east and the west side during the season. Admission is free. Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton. The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners. Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area. Information:

Tuesdays through July 28 The Sounds of Lewisville concert series is a free summertime family entertainment option located in Old Town Lewisville. Performers included some of the top musical acts in North Texas. Coming up:
July 7 Havana NRG
July 14 The Killdares
Concerts are held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. during the months of June and July in the courtyard of the MCL Grand, 150 W. Church St. Information: call 972-219-3401 or
July 18 Ice Cream Crank-Off on Walnut near downtown Denton features individuals, families and teams who will make their favorite ice cream using manual or electric ice cream makers to vie for the Grand Prize, People's Choice and North of Ordinary prizes. Fun, prizes and braggin' rights - music and more to beat the heat. The Ice Cream Crank-Off will be held on Walnut off the Square from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The 100-115 block of Walnut Street in Historic Downtown Denton, Texas is an "alley street" frequently utilized for pedestrian-only public events. Information:

Denton Community Market Saturdays Apr. Through Nov. Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays through November near downtown Denton. Experience a community gathering space alive with music, local food and produce, locally produced handmade arts and crafts, on-site food, local business, community groups and more! The market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. Information:

Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information:

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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Special Offers with your DART Pass

Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

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