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Rider Insider Featured Event: Mar. 17 The 39th 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. Come out and enjoy a "front row" experience to the parade with food trucks, craft beer vendors, exhibitors and The Dallas Maverick's event team! MADD reminds you that St. Patrick's is one of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving. By riding DART, you're choosing a safe alternative that prevents accidents and saves lives. Information:
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Mar. 13-18 Spring Break at the Nasher 2018. Bring the whole family to enjoy a week of free programming at the Nasher and investigate how Nasher Prize Laureate Theaster Gates honors his community and history through art. Create Art with Kendra Greene, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop-in tours, Tuesday through Sunday, hourly, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery Adventure Guide, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora St. Information:

Mar. 15-24 Sign up today and join hundreds of athletes age 50 and older for the 2018 Dallas Senior Games. Dallas Park and Recreation is hosting the multi-sport event March 15-24 at various Dallas venues. The 2018 Senior Games kicks off on March 15, at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and a 1K walk at Fair Park, followed by an Opening Ceremony at the Fair Park Food and Fiber Building at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public with vendors, entertainment, games and a host of activities. Participants in the games can compete and earn medals in 10 different sports categories and more than 30 recreational and leisure events including cycling, swimming, golf, bowling, basketball, tennis, track and the popular Pickleball! Online registration continues through Friday, February 23 at and requires a credit card for payment. For assistance with registration, call or visit the Senior Program Division office at (214) 671-1602 or 3012 South Hampton in Dallas.

Mar. 17 The 29th Annual Taste of Garland is right around the corner. This year it will be on St. Patricks's Day, March 17th, at the Atrium at Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Taste of Garland is a major fundraiser hosted by Garland Crime Stoppers. Garland Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of criminals. The Taste of Garland is an All-You-Can-Eat fundraiser featuring the cuisine of many local restaurants and culinary establishments. Bring your friends and family and celebrate St Patrick's Day with us! There will be Silent and Live Auctions, a 50/50 Cash Drawing, lots of Door Prizes and more. To purchase tickets, contact Lieutenant Pedro Barineau at 972-485-4859 or [email protected] or Angela McKee at 214-402-6492. 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 shows include:
Mar. 23 Jacksepticeye
Apr. 8 "Singin' in the Rain" Movie Screening
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Mar. 30-31 The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas' original beer festival. The 2018 event is the 7th annual. Last year's festival featured 120 breweries and over 500 beers. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. Since brewers never know when beers will be ready, the beer list is released about one week before the event. Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance. BTBF is held in the Automobile Building at Fair Park, 1010 1st Avenue. Information:

Mar. 30-31 Easter Fun for Every Bunny. Hop up to the GeO-Deck for Easter fun on March 30 and 31. Kids 12 and under can snap a photo with the Easter Bunny, and experience strolling magic on the GeO-Deck and Cloud Nine Café with Diamond Jim Tyler! Be entertained as Diamond Jim Tyler performs a variety of interactive, sleight of hand and card tricks that'll be sure to amaze, all with the purchase of a general admission ticket. While you see the sights, visit Cloud Nine Café, where you can enjoy casual bites with a revolving view!

Purchase a Sights & Bites combo online and save 37% off the regular price. Valid from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1. Advance online ticket purchase required. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station. Information:

Mar. 31 The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. They are first come, first served general admission shows. No tickets are required. On Saturday, Mar. 31, enjoy the classic Easter Parade. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Popcorn, candy, soda and water are available for $2 each. The Plaza Theatre is located at 521 W. State Street. Information:

Apr. 4-8 Disney's Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella with other beloved Disney characters to help tell these extraordinary tales. Performances are at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Information:

Apr. 6-8 The free 3-day, Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Downtown Dallas embodies everything that makes DFW rock. Experience more than 200 juried decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, and 100 original bands and performers artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from six different stages and two additional performance areas! The festival is located at 2900-3400 Main Street. Information:

Apr. 7 Presented by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Oak Cliff, a one-day food experience will feature more than 60 of the finest local vendors, restaurants, breweries, and food trucks. On Saturday, Apr. 7, festivities will take over several blocks at the corner of 10th Street and North Beckley Ave., in the heart of the neighborhood and turn them into the ultimate foodie experience from 12 to 9 p.m. The event is free to the public but if you wish to partake in spirits, a $5 wristband must be purchased. Information:

Apr. 7 Founded in 2006 as the Dallas International Book Festival, the 2018 Dallas Book Festival will mark the twelfth anniversary of the Dallas Public Library's premiere literary event. The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances. This year the Dallas Book Festival is being held in conjunction with the Dallas Festival of Ideas to create a unique, unprecedented event in downtown Dallas. The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is located at 1515 Young Street. Information:

Apr. 7 Enjoy The Marketplace Garland, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, sweet breads, culinary items, unique items from local artisans and craftsmen and more! The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans of Garland and for those interested in doing so, donated items of canned and boxed food items will be accepted at the Good Samaritans booth. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information:

Apr. 12 Get an early start to the weekend by partaking in the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk, presented by Plano Magazine! This is a sip and shop event where participants get to sample selected wines at their favorite shops in Downtown Plano while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. It's the perfect way to unwind in Plano's new arts district. The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December. This month's theme is Tis' the Season! The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at McCall Plaza. Information:

Apr. 14 The Urban Flea is Garland's Downtown market of stylish vintage finds and re-purposed goods. Dozens of vendors showcase unique antiques, handmade items and simply pretty things. Live music completes this experience in a Historic district surrounded by "Mom & Pop" shops and restaurants. A percentage of the proceeds from the event go towards Church @ the Square local mission. Information:

Through Apr. 8 Plan a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to see the annual Dallas Blooms festival. This year's theme is "A World of Flowers," which will showcase hundreds of spring florals from different regions of the world. The garden will also host a variety of weekly events and activities to celebrate different cultures of the world including an international market, arts and more. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road. Information:

Saturdays Irving Farmers Market: Irving Arts Center Farmers Market, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays. The market is designed to replicate the European-style markets, where individuals can meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and crafts people, and purchase products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Local foods and music also are planned to provide attendees an opportunity to dine while enjoying the market. Information:

Saturdays, May 5 to Sept. 29 The Farmers Branch Market supports local vendors that want to share their passion and products with our community. We believe in creating an environment that promotes eating fresh, eating local and bringing people together in a fun environment. The market is open Saturdays with new Twilight Hours, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Nestled under a canopy of Post Oak trees, the Farmers Branch Market is located at the Grove at Mustang Crossing. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Fort Worth ITC Station Mar. 10-18 Trinity Metro's Safari Express bus will run from the downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo during Spring Break week, March 10 through 18.

Spring Break Boarding Times:
The Safari Express leaves from the ITC Station at 1001 Jones St., downtown Fort Worth. Board the bus to the zoo at Bus Bay A at the ITC. Returning to the ITC Station is simple - board where you got off. Buses run every 30 minutes, the first trip from ITC to Fort Worth Zoo is at 9:15 a.m. and the last trip is 5:45 p.m. The first trip from Fort Worth Zoo to ITC is 9:45 a.m. and the last trip is 6:15 p.m.

TRE passengers may ride the Safari Express round-trip from the ITC at no extra charge with a Local or Regional Multi-Ride Pass. One way fare on the Safari Express is $2 for adults, and $1 for youth (ages 5-19), seniors 65+, persons with disabilities with ID and Medicare card holders. No fare required for children 4 and under with an adult. Fares may be loaded on the Go Pass app, or purchased at the FWTA's Customer Kiosk inside the ITC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or when boarding the Safari Express. Bus operators do not make change.

Information: 817-215-8600 or

Through May 6 GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World offers guests of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History an entertaining, engaging and educational hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history: the guitar. The exhibit is comprised of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. The exhibit engages visitors in an experience that is visual, tactile and aural. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World has it all: Music. Science. History. Pop culture. Video. Education. Interactives. Games. The museum is located at 1600 Gendy Street. Information:

Through Nov. 18 Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The evocative power of sculpture seems boundless in the hands of five living women artists whose work fills the Amon Carter's gallery dedicated to regional artwork. Texas-based artists Celia Eberle, Kana Harada, Sharon Kopriva, Sherry Owens, and Linda Ridgway take the traditions of sculpture in new directions for the twenty-first century. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 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:

Sundance Square offers the widest range of entertainment options in Fort Worth. Live music, live theatre, and improv comedy. World-class shows and performances. Museums and art galleries. Nightlife and hangouts. Movies both indoors and out. Plus special events and festivals for both adults and kids. Learn more at:

Denton and Lewisville:

Through Mar. 17 UNT on the Square presents The Metalsmithing and Jewelry Lineage exhibition. The exhibition will feature the work of metalsmithing and jewelry graduate students in the College of Visual Arts and Design program at the University of North Texas next to the pieces of their mentors. UNT on the Square is at 109 N. Elm Street. Ride Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8. Information:

Mar. 17 St. Paddy's Texas Style. Feel the luck of the Irish with a Texas twist this St. Paddy's Day! Make plans to visit Wayne Ferguson Plaza on Saturday, March 17, from 2 to 10 p.m. for a day full of music, carnival activities, zip lines, Irish food and drinks and a movie. Who knows, you may even find a pot of gold! Don't forget to put on your best green attire before boarding Lewisville Connect Route 22 bus (service ends at 6 p.m.). Don't live in Lewisville? Take the A-train to the Old Town Station and take a short stroll to all the "green" festivities. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Old Town Station, then a short walk.
  • Note: Note: Last A-train service from Old Town Station to Trinity Mills Station departs at 12:15 a.m. on Saturday (Sunday morning) and last A-train service from Old Town to the Downtown Denton Transit Center departs at 11:16 p.m. on Saturdays.

Apr. 21 Texas Tunes – Jimmy Webb. Texas Tunes is back this year! The event goes on throughout the first half of the year and celebrates Texan musicians by showcasing an act every month. A true living legend of songwriting, and former West Texas resident, Jimmy Webb's been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for nearly 50 years. The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 21, at the MCL Grand Theatre. Take the A-train to Old Town Station to get to and from the concert. Information:

Apr. 27-29 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is the music capital of North Texas' annual celebration of great music, good food and beautiful art. It's also free! Seven stages showcase the best in jazz and blues, artists and crafters sell their unique wares, and delicious food abounds. There are even kids' activities. It all happens at Denton's Quakertown Park at 321 East McKinney - a short walk from the A-train. 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 [email protected] 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:

Nasher Sculpture Center image Conceived as a serene urban retreat for the enjoyment of modern art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is the home of the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Collection - which numbers more than 300 sculptures together with 20th century paintings, drawings, prints and photographs - rotates in thematic installations throughout the Center's seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces: an elegant, light-filled 55,000-square-foot building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Special Nasher Sculpture Center offer with a DART Pass: Show your same-day DART Pass to receive a $2 discount off the regular Adult admission price. Information:

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