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Through Oct. 18 The State Fair of Texas is your "Passport to Texas." Find out why for yourself as DART Rail carries you directly to the gates of big exhibits, live entertainment, livestock shows, arts and crafts contests, spine-tingling Midway rides, and of course, great food. It's all at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Information:
Available on the App Store (opens in a new window) Android App on Google Play (opens in a new window) Download the GoPass app
DART and the State Fair of Texas are making it easier than ever to buy your 2015 general admission tickets to one of the finest fairs in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of riders have used GoPass to buy and display transit passes.

You can also buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the same app. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass at the gates to get in. To make the deal even sweeter, you'll save two dollars on every fair ticket by using GoPass!

When approaching the gate, please have your State Fair of Texas GoPass general admission ticket(s) activated and ready to be scanned.

Enjoy these events at the State Fair of Texas:

Through Oct. 18 As part of the State Fair's mission to give back to the community, the organization is once again partnering with Canstruction, a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After its successful run in 2014, Canstruction returns as one of the Fair's featured exhibits, where all structures have been created in line with this year's State Fair theme, "Passport to Texas." At the end of the competition, all canned food will be donated to the North Texas and Tarrant Area Food Banks. The exhibit is in the Science Place building and will be on display daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Presented by Bank of America. Information:

Oct. 10 More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair. Game tickets are purchased through each university's athletic office. A ticket to the 2015 Red River Showdown includes admission to the State Fair of Texas on game day, Saturday, October 10, 2015. Information:

Through Nov. 1 The real nightmare on Elm Street in Deep Ellum! Slaughter House brings its 10th year of fear, the longest running haunted house in Downtown Dallas! Check out the 16,000 square feet of pure terror. Special offer for DART riders: show your DART Rail ticket and get $2 off Slaughter House admission (Offer not valid October 29th through 31st.) Regular Admission is $24 cash at door. Information:

Oct. 8-11 Shop, Eat, Drink, PINK! , a celebration to raise awareness and funds for the early detection of breast cancer, and mammograms for those unable to afford them, will be held from October 8th through October 11th. Proceeds benefit Methodist Health System (MHS) and Charlton Women's Imaging Center. The event will kick-off on Thursday, October 8th in Bishop Arts from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. with parties, a style show, a bra decorating competition, a DJ, discounts, prizes, and more! Party with a purpose (admission is free) is at Bishop Ranch, Dwell on Davis, Home on Bishop, Indigo 1745, the Laughing Willow, Dude Sweet, Nuvo, and Just Add Jeans from 6:00 'til 9:00 p.m. The Style Show, featuring Miss Texas contestants along with breast cancer conquerors, will be at 7:00 p.m., at the corner of Bishop and Seventh St. (reserved seating available for $10 each).

Events are free, but a $25 Shop, Eat, Drink PINK! Ticket is available for purchase. The purchase of a Shop, Eat, Drink PINK! Ticket will automatically enter the purchaser in a prize drawing (to be held October 20th). Prizes include gift certificates and merchandise from local restaurants and merchants. Grand prize is dinner and drinks for two at Lucia, including a November 13th (almost impossible to attain) reservation. In addition each Shop, Eat, Drink PINK! Ticket purchaser will receive exclusive discounts (up to 20% off) at participating select local merchants and restaurants. ONLY Shop, Eat, Drink PINK! Ticket holders will enjoy exclusive discounts, special offers, and prize drawings. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold! Information:

Oct. 9 The Reunion makes its grand debut on Friday, October 9 on the lawn at Reunion, celebrating the festive fall season and the authentic spirit of Dallas, while kicking off the TX-OU Cotton Bowl tradition. The event will make its mark on the Dallas landscape as the only experience that brings together buzzworthy musical talent, entertainment, VIP opportunities, and the ultimate pyrotechnics spectacular from the city's most iconic landmark in one unforgettable night. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. for the ultimate happy hour. For the excited fans of Weezer, Fitz & The Tantrums and Trombone Shorty, lawn access with the Fan Pass is available for only $40 and provides the very best view of the big pyrotechnics show on Reunion Tower. More ticketing options are available. Information:

Oct. 9 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:

Oct. 10-11 Don't miss the Fall Fly Days and Car Show at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, 4572 Claire Chennault St. in Addison. This event, open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, will have more variety of aircraft available for rides than the museum has ever offered before at one time! Check out this list - Corsair, Mustang, Skyraider, T-6, Stearman, Bell 47 helicopter, T-28, and the Oscar Deuce! All rides will be up to 20% off, so book your slot today before they are all sold out! Book a ride by calling 972-380-8800 ex 100. For event tickets and more information:

Oct. 10 Rally for Health at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expwy. Join Rally Health℠ on Saturday, October 10 for a free community event with fun activities for everyone. There will be yoga and cycling classes, dancing, arts and crafts, rock wall climbing, healthy eats, and lots of pumpkins. You can also get free flu shots and blood pressure checks. Plus, you'll have a chance to meet Kevin Hart, Rally Health's Health Ambassador, and enter to win lots of cool prizes. It all takes place at the historic open-air Dallas Farmers Market. Information:

Oct. 11 Oak Cliff Lively Fest is a family-friendly Reggae/Roots inspired event centered around bridging together people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate the arts, music and diversity of the City of Dallas and more specifically Oak Cliff, Texas. As always this year's event will be free to the public! There will be DJs, food, vendors and art. It takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. near Roots and Culture, on Tyler between 7th and 8th streets. Information:

Oct. 12-18 The 28th Annual Dallas VideoFest will host approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs. The festival specializes in independent, alternative, and non-commercial media, presenting hard-to-find works rarely seen on television, in movie theaters, or elsewhere. You'll see experimental video, documentaries, shorts, feature length films and animation. VideoFest will include panel discussions, and displays of new technology, as well as provide professional development and collaborative opportunities for attendees and artists. Screenings are held at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Wednesdays, through Oct. 21 Don't miss the kickoff of the West Village outdoor film series in South Alley (between Mi Cocina and Magnolia Theatre). Enjoy a free movie on Wednesday nights with live entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please bring your own blankets and chairs. West Village's restaurants will provide cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase. Sorry, no outside food or drinks. Coming up: Sept. 30 - Pretty Woman; Oct. 7 - Clueless; Oct. 14 - The Devil Wears Prada; and Oct. 21 - Zoolander. Information:

Oct. 16-17 Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival is a free festival featuring top names in the world of bluegrass, as well as a chili cook-off, an arts & crafts marketplace, kids' activities and plenty of jamming. Festival hours are Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

Oct. 16-18 Dallas Comic Con returns with Fan Days for three days in October at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Featured in the weekend are autograph sessions, celebrity photo sessions, cosplay masquerade, panels and Q&As with media guests, artist alley, costumes, shopping and exhibits. Guests for this year's Fan Days include Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, John Rhys Davies, Jason Momoa, Michael Rooker, James Marsters, Edward James Olmos, Bonnie Wright, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell and many more. Information:

Oct. 17 Plano International Festival offers an array of ethnic cuisines, multicultural music and dance performances, cultural displays, crafts, games, children's activities and more. This cultural extravaganza is free and it takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Downtown Plano's Haggard Park, 15th St. and Ave. H. Information:

Oct. 17 The D-town Throwdown is the largest skateboarding event in North Texas and the first to include a downhill course through a 13-story garage. This event will also feature Freestyle Moto Demos, a Pro Vert contest and Street contest - where the top skaters in Texas will compete for $15,000 in cash & prizes. This event free and it takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1200 Ross Ave in downtown Dallas. Information:

Deep Ellum Market Oct. 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 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Crowdus St. between Main and Elm. Information:

Oct. 17 The 6th annual Texas Veggie Fair is at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. A free event celebrating plant-based lifestyle options of every kind. There will be speakers, chef demos, live music, vendors, family fun, beer garden and tons of plant-based food. Information:

Oct. 25 Come experience Steinfest in Historic Downtown Plano! Formerly the Downtown Plano Feastival, Steinfest will bring the celebration of food, drinks, music and fun to 15th Street from 2:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. We'll close down 15th Street and let attendees enjoy an afternoon of European, Oktoberfest inspired music, followed by evening concerts by Buffalo Ruckus and Tim Halperin. Information:

Oct. 25 The national cuisine of Texas meets the dietary laws of the Bible in the first Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship. Under the supervision of rabbinical experts and the world-renowned Kansas City Barbeque Society, teams from around Texas and beyond will compete in a delectable, family-friendly event that is sure to draw a big crowd to the Sunnyland Furniture Company in Dallas. Information:

Oct. 31 Join in on Saturday, October 31st to scare the heck out of the humans in Downtown Dallas at Main Street Garden for The First Spooky Pooch Halloween Festival. Dress your kids, pooch and self to join in the fun and win cash prizes. A festival isn't complete without entertainment. When the dogs aren't mesmerizing the crowd during the exhibitions, guests will enjoy live entertainment. Main Street Garden is located at 1902 Main St. No coolers, outside food or drink allowed. All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash. Handlers are responsible for their dogs at all times. Information:

Nov. 7 The 2015 Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard features 3 Doors Down and Fastball. Held on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton, the festival features live entertainment, interactive games, and free activities such as bungee trampolines and a zip line. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Through Feb. 14 That Day: Laura Wilson is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of seventy-one photographs introduces us to worlds that are hard-bitten and fiercely independent. Framed equally by beauty and violence, the images reflect the artist's challenge to today's homogenized America. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Nov. 8-Feb. 14 Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye. During the height of Impressionism in the 1870s and 1880s, Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) produced some of the movement's most daring and bold paintings. Experimenting with radical points of view and audacious perspective, he created images of Paris streets, of domestic life and of country pursuits that are unforgettable. Some 50 paintings from 1875 to 1882 - the time in which Caillebotte was most committed to the Impressionist movement—will reveal his genius. This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. 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. 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 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

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:

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