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Built To Amaze! July 30-Aug. 10 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. Witness the spectacle at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Information:

Aug. 1 The 18th Annual Mayor's Back to School Fair will be presented by Walmart and Sam's Club on Friday, August 1 at Fair Park's Automobile and Centennial Buildings. The Mayor's Back to School Fair is a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public health departments, state agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and hundreds of volunteers. Together, they help economically disadvantaged children start off the new school year with many of their school-related needs met in a 'one-stop destination.' Save time and waiting in lines on August 1 and pre-register. Information:

Saturdays in August Enjoy Cinema in the Circle in Addison. Pack up your family, friends, and a blanket and enjoy some of your favorite adventure flicks under the Addison night sky! Cinema in the Circle offers free outdoor movies on a big screen every Saturday in August, right in the middle of Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Dr.
Aug. 2 Night at the Museum
Aug. 9 X-Men (And join in for a special treat with Chobani Greek Greek Yogurt!)
Aug. 16 Journey to the Center of the Earth
Aug. 23 Batman (1966)
Aug. 30 Fantastic 4

Downtown Garland Aug. 16 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 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:

Deep Ellum Market Aug. 16 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:

Dallas Zoo Dollar Day Aug. 19 The Dallas Zoo is having a second summer Dollar Day! $1 admission for ages 3 and older (free for 2 and under); $1 selected snack items (canned drinks, hot dogs, and ice cream); $1 nectar for lorikeets; $2 Endangered Species Carousel; $3 Monorail Safari. The Dallas Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information:

Gala of the Royal Horses Aug. 23 For the first time ever, riding Master Rene Gasser, creator and producer for "Gala of The Royal Horses" will be bringing his Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour to American Airlines Center on August 23. Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Ave. Information:

Through Aug. 20 The Faces of the Ghetto: Their Lives are Our Lessons is on exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. The exhibit presents the work of two Jewish photographers who, at great personal risk, took clandestine photos of Jewish life in the Polish city of Lódz - a city transformed into a ghetto after the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 and sent more than 160,000 Jews to live there. Photography was strictly forbidden; however, the photographers, Mendel Grossman and Henryk Ross, managed to hide the photos before being deported, and their work ensured that the world would know of life in the ghetto, as captured on film by sympathetic observers. Faces of the Ghetto presents their work. The images capture the nearly imperceptible sparks of individual hope smoldering in the eyes of suffering Jewish men, women, and children - as if to say where ever there is life, there is hope. The Dallas Holocaust Museum is located at 211 N. Record St. Information:

Through Aug. 31 Celebrate the beauty and excitement of summer at Summer at the Arboretum through August 31. Enjoy outstanding floral displays, exciting activities, amazing discounts and fun for the whole family this summer at the Dallas Arboretum. Don't miss $1 general garden admission during the entire month of August and free admission to the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden on Labor Day! As always, the Arboretum will display an incredible selection of seasonal plantings. During Summer at the Arboretum, the beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Rd. Information:

Events in Fort Worth, Lewisville, Highland Village and Denton

Fort Worth:

Safari Shuttle Saturdays, May 24 through October 25, 2014 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 24 through October 25.

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

Built To Amaze! Aug. 13-17 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. Witness the spectacle at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. Information:
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to ITC Station
    Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas Union Station departs ITC Station at 9:46 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:54 p.m. on Saturday. No TRE service on Sundays.

National Geographic presents Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Through Aug. 10 National Geographic presents Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology. Using the Indiana Jones™ film series as both a starting point and a backdrop for an exciting and entertaining introduction to the real science of field archaeology, the exhibit showcases items from four different collections. Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology is far more than a static display of movie props. Museum-goers learn how archaeology has changed from the mid-20th century, when Indy's adventures took place, until the present day. The exhibition is at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. 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:

Lewisville, Highland Village and Denton:

Sounds of Lewisville Tuesdays through July 29 The Sounds of Lewisville is a free concert series on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. in Old Town Lewisville. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Outside food is allowed and beverages are now available for purchase. Outside beverages are prohibited at the concert series. If weather is expected to interfere with the show, the show will be moved inside the MCL Grand if space is available. This information will be posted to by 2 p.m. each concert date. Coming soon:
July 29 The Killdares
Concerts are at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Old Town Station. The concerts are in Old Town Lewisville, an approximate 6/10th of a mile walk.
  • Note: Last northbound A-train service from Old Town Station to the Downtown Denton Transit Center is 8:20 p.m. on Tuesdays. The last southbound A-train service from Old Town Station to the Trinity Mills Station is 9:42 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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:

North Texas Fair & Rodeo Aug. 15-23 The North Texas State Fair Association presents Denton's 85th annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo which will feature a world championship rodeo, entertainment from the best Texas Country musicians, carnival rides and games, fiddling contest, petting zoos and barbecue cook-offs! The fair will take place at the North Texas Fairgrounds from Friday, August 15 through Saturday, August 23. Information:

Aug. 15-17 The 27th annual Highland Village Lion's Club Balloon Festival is a three-day charity event run by the Highland Village Lions Club with help from the Lewisville Lions Club and the City of Highland Village. Starting Friday, August 15, community members can enjoy live music, carnival rides, arts and craft exhibits, food and drinks, and a raffle drawing for prizes including a hot air balloon ride! The event takes place at the Highland Village Unity Park. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station. The festival is held in Unity Park.
  • Note: Last northbound A-train service from Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station to the Downtown Denton Transit Center is 10:46 p.m. on Fridays and 11:22 p.m. on Saturdays. The last southbound A-train service from Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station to the Trinity Mills Station is 11:31 p.m. on Fridays and 12:09 a.m. on Saturdays (early Sunday morning).

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

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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