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Apr. 27 The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) celebrates Día del Niño with a free festival featuring more than a dozen arts activities for children and their families. Día del Niño is an annual international celebration honoring children as the source of inspiration within every community. Activities at the LCC take place throughout the building allowing families to drop-in on arts and crafts workshops or view a theater performance. This year, Radio Disney joins the celebration. The event takes place from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak. It's free and open to the public. 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 comedy performances include:
Apr. 27 Kids in the Hall
June 24-26 Eddie Izzard
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Garland Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 3 Cinco de Mayo Celebration! Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Main Street in Downtown Garland presented by Dos Banderas and the Garland Hispano Chamber of Commerce. There will be family entertainment from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. including Forklorico Dances, Mariachis, kids activities, food and vendors. The Street Dance and Concert is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m and will feature live bands with local area artists. The event is free and open to the public. Information:

Cottonwood Art Festival May 3-4 Now in its 45th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas. The festival is Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit Road in Richardson. Admission are free. The artists' works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages. Some children's events require a fee. Information:

May 3-4 The first Suburbia Music Festival will be held at the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve in Plano. This two day music festival will take you on a musical and geographic adventure. Experience a unique combination of world class artists from multiple genres in unforgettable surroundings. Enjoy the change of scenery! All ages are welcome to the event, and kids under 10 are free. Information:

Dog Bowl May 4 The Dog Bowl is an event where canines of all sizes can romp and run unleashed on the field of Fair Park's historic Cotton Bowl from 1-5 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. Teeming with tail-wagging fun, the Dog Bowl will feature an animal-only agility course, a pet/owner look-alike contest, splash pools, demos, giveaways, exhibits, music and more. Trainers, veterinarians and pet product vendors will be on site inside the Cotton Bowl, along with local dog clubs, rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations with adoptable dogs at the "tail" gating zone. Please note that dogs on DART vehicles must be in a pet container. Information:

Homegrown Fest May 10 Homegrown Fest, Dallas' first all local music and arts outdoor festival, has expanded to include many great bands and continues to prove itself an annual celebration of homegrown music, art and fun. This year it will again feature 14 acts with ties to the state of Texas performing many genres and styles of music on two main stages. The 5th Annual Homegrown Festival will once again fill vibrant downtown Dallas with music and art at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St. on Saturday, May 10th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The lush lawns, gardens and fountains will host live art demonstrations, a dog park, and local vendors selling
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art, wares, food and beverages. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the gate the day of the event. As a family friendly bonus, kids under the age of 10 are free.

North Texas Beer and Wine Festival May 10 The North Texas Beer and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, May 10th at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. in Las Colinas. The event will feature 100's of craft, specialty and imported beers and wines from dozens of breweries and wineries. Guests can attend home brewing clases, keynote speakers, culinary demonstrations or just relax to some great live music in the open air beer garden located on the 2nd floor terrace. Information:

Dallas Comic Con May 16-18 Dallas Comic Con is a playground for people of all ages who are interested in any, or all, of the 5 genres Dallas Comic Con has to offer - Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime and Gaming. The schedule includes question and answer sessions with the hottest guests in their industry, artists competition ('Sketching Duels'), workshops like special effects/make-up, portfolio reviews, a masquerade (where people dress up as their favourite character) and much more! If that isn't enough, there are also exhibits from major companies showcasing their latest products and the largest retailer area of its kind where you can buy that limited edition item or that something special you've always wanted. These are just some reasons why Dallas Comic Con is celebrating its 13th year and is the largest event of its kind in Texas. It all happens at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sunday. Information:

Asian Festival May 17 The 2014 Asian Festival is showcasing over 30 cultural shows ranging from dance, martial arts, acrobats, dragon dances, hula dancers and many more. Keep your children entertained at the Passport to Asia for Kids and your belly happy with assorted food trucks and vendors offering authentic cuisine of Asia. The Arts and Crafts vendors will showcase the best and most creative Asian-themed arts and crafts items. Come and experience the diversity within the Asian culture on May 17th at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St. in Downtown Dallas. The event is free and open to the public. Information:

Deep Ellum Market May 17 Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a monthly event that features handmade crafts, vintage stuff and food from local vendors. It's a family-friendly experience with live music and an array of rare, uncommon and peculiar goods - and people to match. It takes place the third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Main St. between Malcolm X Blvd. and Crowdus St. Information:

Downtown Garland Square May 17 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 for growers, produce, vendors and food. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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:

May 25 Univision Radio Festival de Mayo is scheduled for Sunday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fair Park Court of Honor, near the Esplanade. This is a free event with live entertainment, food vendors and more! Larry Hernández and many more are scheduled to appear. Information:

Garland ArtFest
June 7 Come to the 2014 Garland ArtFest Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Garland's Historic Downtown Square. There will be fine art, photography, craftsmen, painting, wood carving, jewelry, sculpture, artisans and more! Presented by the Garland Downtown Business Association and Eventive Marketing Solutions. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

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Amon Carter Museum Through May 11 Texas Regionalism is an installation of Texas paintings that captures a pivotal moment in the state's cultural history. In the 1930s, a group of young artists - including Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, William Lester, Thomas Stell, Harry Carnohan, and Coreen Spellman, among others - gained national recognition for their scenic and ideological interpretations of the local environment. Although they depicted the people and landscapes of Texas in identifiable and representational manners, each artist possessed their own style, often combining realism with modernist influences ranging from Cubism to Surrealism. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

Through May 18 Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine is an exhibition of sixty paintings that explores the art and culture of food, investigating the many meanings and interpretations of dining in America. From this country's earliest years, American artists have used still life painting to express cultural, political, and social values, elevating the subject to a significant artistic language. Art and Appetite includes many iconic works such as Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper, Freedom from Want (1942) by Norman Rockwell, and Campbell's Soup (1965) by Andy Warhol. Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Through Aug. 31 Travel back in time and discover the life, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through more than 140 remarkable objects from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai - the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors' history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. The Kimbell is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. 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 Community Market Saturdays Through Nov. 29 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:

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival Apr. 25-27 The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is a celebration of the arts in a community known for embracing and nurturing music, dance, choral, drama and the visual arts. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. with the generous support of sponsors such as the Dallas/Fort Worth American Federation of Musicians Local 72-147 and the city of Denton. Held the last full weekend in April at Denton's Quakertown Park, the event features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Information:

June 14 Denton Airshow features fly-ins, an open house and is open to the public on June 14, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. World War II antique aircraft, aerobatic maneuvers, parachute drop, and experimental and vintage aircraft will be on display for the general public. Booths and concessions will also be available. Information:

June 21 Best Little Brewfest in Texas is a 100 percent for-charity beer festival in North Texas. This beer-laden event will feature a variety of Texas beers and entertainment, local restaurants and some of the finest food trucks in the area! The festival will take place in Old Town Lewisville on June 21, 2014 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. 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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Koala Walkabout Meet the only koalas in Texas - Kobi and Tekin - at the Koala Walkabout at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, and lorikeets (in an interactive feeding aviary!). 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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