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DART to Springtime Fun It's the time of year when outdoor activities get cranking up again, and DART is your ticket. Here are a few festivals and other cultural events going on in the DART Service Area this March and April. Break out your springtime clothes and hit the DART System.

Rider Insider Featured Events: Mar. 2-6 Dallas Startup Week is a five-day celebration of your community. Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Dallas Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community's unique entrepreneurial identity. Register now for your all access pass to Dallas Startup Week. Events take place at various locations in downtown Dallas. Learn more and register at: dallas.startupweek.com.
Mar. 14 The 36th Annual Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival is the place to celebrate the "luck o' the Irish." The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville and Blackwell with outrageous floats, colorful costumes and plenty of surprises. The parade ends at SMU Blvd. The party continues with a concert featuring the Josh Abbott Band after the parade in Energy Square at the corner of Greenville Ave. and University Blvd. Gates open at noon. Concert tickets available online. All concert guests must be 21+ with a valid ID. Information: www.facebook.com/DallasStPatricksParade.
  • DART service on the day of the parade, Saturday, March 14, starts early with trains every 10 minutes southbound from Parker Road Station and northbound from West End Station. Parade goers can take advantage of added trains and capacity with Red and Orange Line trains from Plano operating between 6:28 a.m. to 7:08 p.m. to either Mockingbird or Lovers Lane stations.

    Customers from Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Dallas can ride the Green Line and transfer to either the Orange or Red Line in downtown Dallas where additional trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 6:54 p.m.

    Passengers riding the TRE can transfer to the Orange or special event Red trains at Victory Station.

  • Via DART Rail Red Line or Orange Line to Lovers Lane Station or Park Lane Station
  • Or via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Mockingbird Station
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Victory Station, then Orange Line or special event Red Line to Mockingbird Station, Lovers Lane Station or Park Lane Station. TRE will increase seating capacity on Saturday, March 14.

  • Save time on the day of the parade and buy your passes on GoPass now!
    Remember to activate your pass on parade day before you board your bus or train.


  • Rider Alert: Lovers Lane Station Closed to Buses Much of Greenville Parade Day, Effective Saturday, March 14
Cheers to a safe ride! Take Uber to your nearest DART station and get from door to door safely this St. Patrick's Day. Download the Uber app and enter code RideSPD to get started!
Cheers to a safe ride! Take Uber to your nearest DART station and get from door to door safely this St. Patrick's Day.

Download the Uber app and enter code RideSPD to get started!


Through Apr. 12 Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, returns to the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. This year's theme plays homage to the beloved state: Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans. Presented by Bank of America, this year's Texas-sized extravaganza features more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs along with life-size Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating the state. Gracing the garden are life-size topiaries featuring the great symbols of Texas including two longhorns, two horses and the Texas Star - the perfect backdrops for photos and videos. Information: www.dallasarboretum.org.

North Texas Irish Festival Mar. 6-8 North Texas Irish Festival returns to Fair Park. The festival is recognized as one of the premier locations for true Irish and Celtic performers and over the past 30 years has hosted some of the greatest of all Celtic musicians. Expect great music, dance, exhibitors, workshops, plays and demonstrations. There's even a colorful Scottish Village for those who trace their Gaelic roots to the other side of the Irish Sea. An annual parade features horses, pipers, clans, vendors, dogs, you name it. Information: www.ntif.org.

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:
Mar. 6 Bo Burnham
Mar. 7 Lisa Lampanelli
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information: www.liveatthemajestic.com.
All Out Trinity Mar. 7 All Out Trinity is Dallas' premier Outdoor and Fitness Festival and is presented for the Trinity Commons Foundation. Activities include the 11th annual Trinity River Levee Run, the Bike Gravelthon, Yoga on the Bridge, dance, adaptive sports and more. RAFT's All Out Trinity Market will feature crafts, food trucks, merchandise, a beer garden, and fun things to do. And from 11 a.m. to sunset, enjoy a pop up beer garden at 100 Parkhouse, next to the Continental Bridge in the Design District. Information: www.allouttrinity.com.

Mar. 13-15 The Dallas Quilt Show 2015 is at Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy. This year's theme is "Funny Quilts". In addition to viewing all of the judged entries for this year's show, the show offers numerous vendors, lectures and demonstrations, a Miniature Quilt Auction that benefits the Vickery Youth Development Foundation, and much more. In addition, American Quilter's Society (AQS) Certified Appraisers will be available by appointment during the show to give written appraisals of quilts and quilted garments. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults (ages 18 to 65), $9 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $4 for children (ages 13-17). Children under age 13 are free. $8 advance tickets are available at local quilt shops or by mail. Information: www.quiltersguildofdallas.org.

Mar. 14-15 Walker Stalker Con is coming to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin. Zombies and Horror infect Dallas with your favorite stars from your favorite zombie, horror and sci-fi hits. It's not just a convention. It's a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they've had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is two days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won't find anywhere else and filled with celebrities, artists, vendors and activities for the whole family. Information: walkerstalkercon.com/dallas.

Mar. 14-15 Santa Fe Days in the Park is a celebration of American Indian arts and culture. Enjoy live performances that include Native American singers, dances, storytellers and a children's clothing parade. Vendors will offer a variety of wares including, weavings, jewelry, paintings, stone carvings, pottery and other works of art. Experience several family events, from the Indigenous Grocery Store exhibit and Food as Medicine booth to a beading demonstration and a Tipi Design Contest. Santa Fe Days takes place Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00. Sandy Lake Amusement Park is located at 1800 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton. Information: santafedays.com or 972-480-5310.

Mar. 21 The 6th Annual DFW Family Expo will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Frwy. There will be lots of entertainment, a Marketplace, exhibitors, prizes and fun for the family, with all proceeds benefiting Children's Medical Center. Get to know the best products, classes, camps and services for families. Tickets are $5 per person. Children under 2 are free. Information: www.dfwfamilyexpo.org.

Mar. 25-29 Enter a fantastical winter wonderland at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The Academy Award winning movie is live and coming to Dallas with dazzling special effects, astonishing skating and inspiring songs like "Let It Go." Join Elsa and Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and many more of your favorite Disney characters for this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship! Performances are at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Information: www.americanairlinescenter.com.

Mar. 28 The 9th Annual KidsFest is at Firewheel Town Center in Garland from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. This year's theme is "Keep it Moving" and the focus will be on teaching children the benefits of healthy living. The event will be filled with entertainment and high-energy activities for children. KidsFest features a huge egg hunt that starts at 11:15 a.m. with thousands of goody-filled plastic eggs. There will be face painting, a video game truck and bounce houses. Beloved characters will greet children and Fit Kids will perform their high-powered workout routine. An on-air personality from WFAA will be signing autographs. Come out and enjoy the afternoon. Benefiting Galaxy Counseling Center. Information: www.galaxycounseling.org.

April 24-26 Earth Day Texas is a free annual, family-friendly festival where exhibitors gather at Fair Park to celebrate spring and demonstrate how "green" lifestyle choices can lower your cost of living, create a healthier environment and improve your health. The heart of the festival is the Eco Expo where exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations. And since nothing's better for your health than fun, there will also be entertainment, food vendors, and, of course, plenty of people-watching. The festival is held at magnificent Fair Park. Information: earthdaytx.org.


Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville


Fort Worth:


Safari Shuttle Saturday, Mar. 7 through Sunday, Mar. 15 The T's Safari Shuttle bus will run from The T's downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo during Spring Break from Saturday, March 7 through Sunday, March 15.

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 5:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Zoo to ITC Station: first trip is 10:00 a.m., last trip is 6:00 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 www.the-t.com.

Through Apr. 26 What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a new traveling exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. It reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image. What's Up, Doc? examines Jones' development as a filmmaker and visual artist and showcases many of his most significant films, which come to life on screens throughout the exhibition. Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Jones perfected the quintessentially suave and wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the perpetually exasperated Daffy Duck, the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd, and created the incurably romantic Pepé Le Pew, and the eternal antagonists Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Information: www.fortworthmuseum.org.

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Mar. 1-May 24 The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass is a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh - Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Enclosed Field with Plowman, 1889 - and a major still life by Picasso, Fruit Dish, Bottle, and Guitar, 1923. 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 is free to this special exhibition. Information: www.kimbell.org.

Mar. 26-29 The four-day Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival honors the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage and culinary traditions in a multi-day festival infusing historic venues and homegrown flavor with celebrated local chefs, culinary professionals and wine makers into one taste-filled weekend. Events in Downtown Fort Worth include BBQ at Billy Bob's, Grand Tasting and Rise + Dine: A brunch-inspired tasting at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, #latenight Desserts After Dark at 809 at Vickery, and Artisan Marketplace in Sundance Square. Note: no one under the age of 21 is permitted to attend ticketed Festival events, regardless if alcohol is being served at a particular event or not. This includes toddlers and infants. Sunday Family Funday is the only event exempt to this rule. The Festival urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly. The Artisan Marketplace is free and all ages are welcome. Information: www.fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.

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: www.fortworth.com.

Denton and Lewisville:


Mar. 6-8 Downtown Denton shops and restaurants are springing forward March 6, 7 and 8 for the annual Spring Open House weekend. More than 45 shops and restaurants will have specials or extended hours for customers to enjoy and kick off the spring season in Denton. This weekend offers something special in downtown's array of places for shopping, dining and entertainment all weekend. Come snack, shop and stroll to check out great boutique buys, fine cuisine, restaurant specials, hidden treasures, books, sweet treats, arts and antiques in the many merchant establishments around downtown. Information: discoverdenton.com.

Mar. 13-15 35 Denton is a walkable 3-day family friendly music festival nestled in the heart of downtown Denton. Programming includes an eclectic mix of new artists on the cusp of mainstream as well as legendary performers; a mix of local DFW as well as national touring acts. There are no age restrictions to attend the outdoor programming. Some of the evening programming does require participants to be 21 years of age or older to attend. All 35 Denton programming (both outdoor and indoor) is wristband entrance only. No entry will be permitted to any portion of the festival without a 3 day or one day wristband for the corresponding date. All venue shows are first come first serve for wristband holders only. Information: 35denton.com.

Through Mar. 21 "The Nature of Texas" exhibit will be on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in the Art Gallery through March 21. Paintings and photographic works depicting both natural and iconic images of the state are shown. The pieces are produced by members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville. The gallery is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets. Information: www.cityoflewisville.com.

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: www.discoverdenton.com.

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: www.firstfridaydenton.com.

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: www.ghostsofdenton.com.

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 cvad@unt.edu or visit northtexan.unt.edu/content/unt-art-path.

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Special Offers with your DART Pass


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: dallaszoo.com.



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