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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:

May 29-31 Fan Expo Dallas returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin for three days of exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests. The pop culture extravaganza is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Dallas Convention Center every spring. Fan Expo Dallas is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas. Meet your favorite celebrities, writers and artists, enjoy panels and workshops, showcase your costumes and cosplay, meet your favorite anime voice stars, and shop til you drop. Information:

May 30-31 DFW Ultimate Women's Expo lets you explore your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find and re-ignite your inner you. Connect with inspiring Keynote Speakers Melisssa Gilbert, Nancy Grace, Nene Leakes, Tabatha Coffey. Indulge yourself with the very best Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy. Explore hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family - and that all important "You". The DWF Ultimate Women's Expo scours the globe to bring new and innovative products, services and ideas to the Expo. From emerging designers to great beauty discoveries, delicious cocktails to free giveaways, The Ultimate Women's Expo will connect women with great resources and information, amazing food and tons of fun.

Purchase your tickets online to save 50% on Admission with a 2-For-1 Special offer at only $5.00 per person. Admission includes all the Speakers, Seminars, Complimentary Spa Treatments, Tastings and Hundreds of Exhibits. Regular Admission is $10.00 per person at the Expo. The Expo takes place at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. Information:

May 31 The Historic Downtown Plano Association (HDPA) will hold its first-ever, long table fine dining event - Night Out on 15 - on Sunday, May 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will close down 15th Street in quaint, historic downtown Plano and turn it into an outdoor, dining destination. The multi-course meal will be served "family style" with platters to share featuring chef specials from Jorg's Cafe Vienna, Lockhart Smokehouse, Urban Crust, DaLat's Vietamerican, Uni Shushi, Kelly's Eastside, Angela's by the Crosswalk, Bake Rejoice, Coffeehouse 1418, Brix Bar & Grill, Ye Ole Butcher Shop, and Urban Rio and "off the menu" items from our talented chefs sure to impress the foodies with our culinary treats. Libations (including non alcoholic items, plus beer & wine) will be included with the meal. Information and tickets:

June 6 Hike Through History with the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation as they trek and explore the Plano Historic District. The hike will start at the Interurban Railway Museum (built in 1908), located in Historic Haggard Park. Journey around Old City Cemetery - the final resting place for Plano's first settlers - and past historic homes, buildings and the First Christian Church. Your trail guides will point out historic facts about the history of these buildings and sites. The hike will be approximately three miles and take about two hours. The hike starts at 8 a.m. at the Interurban Railway Museum at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street. Information:

June 6 Storytime with the Carrollton Depot Foundation is Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Stop by Hebron & Josey Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane on the first Saturday of every month for a free children's story time from 9 a.m until 12 p.m. Some months will feature a small train display from one of the model railroad groups. This event is sponsored by the Carrollton Depot Foundation. 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:
June 6 Jim Jefferies
June 25 Kathy Griffin
June 26 Todrick Hall Presents The Toddlerz Ball
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
June 7 DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival features cultural performances, an international costumes parade, interactive activities, lantern riddles and carnival-type games. In addition to the exciting dragon boat race, the festival will feature spectacular kite flying and a shuttlecock demonstration and competition. Explore cultural classes on Chinese embroidery, the Mandarin language, counting with an abacus and many other demonstrations free of charge. Enjoy the gondola ride on the beautiful lake Carolyn. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be a hit for kids. Throughout the festival venue, visitors also can indulge in a smorgasbord of ethnic cuisine. Admission to the festival is free. The festival takes place 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lake Carolyn in the Las Colinas Urban Center. Information:

June 12-14 Taste of Dallas at Fair Park is Dallas' most sought-after culinary event. Dozens of Dallas' top restaurants and food trucks, all in one convenient location, offer tastings from their menus from $1 to $4 dollars. Don't miss out on the fabulous flavors of the cooking competitions and if VIP is your thing, buy a special ticket to Taste the Difference. Stroll through the huge culinary and exhibitor marketplace inside Fair Park's automobile building including The Sweet Factory, and much more. Hours are Friday from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are on sale at participating local Walgreen's stores at discounted prices (one day admission $9.00 vs. $12 at the gate). Children 10 years and younger get in free with accompanying parent or guardian. Information:

Tastes & Tunes June 18, 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 June 18, enjoy Hard Nights Day. 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

June 19 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:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

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.

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

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:

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:


Every Thursday 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:

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

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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