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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: Apr. 3-5 The Deep Ellum Arts Festival transforms six blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum entertainment district into one enormous street festival. Featured are 200 top-notch decorative and visual artists, 100 original bands and singer/songwriters performing from four different stages, the renowned Pet Parade, and enticing foods and drinks. Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, and other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot. Admission to the festival is free. Information: www.deepellumartsfestival.com.


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.

Apr. 1-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: dallaszoo.com.

Apr. 9-19 The 9th Annual Dallas International Film Festival is presented by AutoNation and is a production of the Dallas Film Society. The film festival mission is to encourage this universal art form by bringing to Dallas quality independent films from around the world and by promoting local filmmakers on an international stage. North Texas filmmakers and the Dallas film community continue to grow, producing inspirational and entertaining works that capture the attention and respect of the international cinematic community. In 2015, the films of Germany will be celebrated with a showcase of films that investigates the complex facets of that country's cinematic heritage. Screening venues include the Angelika Film Center Dallas at Mockingbird Station; the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.; the Annette Strauss Square in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St.; and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St. Information: diff2015.dallasfilm.org.

DART to DIFF: Receive $2 off any regular screening when you bring your DART ticket to the Prekindle Box Office in Mockingbird Station (opens March 26).


Apr. 12 Celebrate Oak Cliff Earth Day when the free event returns to the historic Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N. Zang Blvd. Visit with more than 100 different vendors including environmental groups, animal advocates, civic groups, food trucks, artisans,non-profit and for-profit organizations. A butterfly garden highlights a new activity for children and adults to enjoy and the "mutt strutt" is a classic not to miss! The event lasts from noon to 5 p.m. Information: www.oakcliffearthday.com.

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:
Apr. 16 Nick Offerman & Megan Mullalley
Apr. 23 A Way with Words at the Majestic: An Intimate Evening with Martha and Grant
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information: www.liveatthemajestic.com.
Apr. 18 Texas History Alive! is presented by Texana Living History Association and the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum from noon to 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for learning about Texas history in a fun environment with lots of hands-on experiences. Texas history will truly come alive right before your eyes. You will see an 1870's chuckwagon and visit with Smokey (the cook) or the fur-trapper with his pelts. See costumed volunteers demonstrating life skills such as lace making, spinning and weaving. You may help with chores such as the laundry (wash board and lye soap), butter churning and corn grinding or play with the pioneer toys. There will be presentations by historical figures like Sam Houston, Molly Goodnight, DeLiens Rose or Susanna Dickenson. Docents will be available for tours of A.W. Perry Homestead, a beautifully restored turn of the 20th century farmhouse. Make-and-take crafts will be available at this family event. The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum is located at 1509 N. Perry Rd. Cost is $10 per child (Adults free). Information: texanalivinghistory.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.

Apr. 29 Whole Foods Presents the Dallas Observer Iron Fork, a grand tasting event that will take place on April 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Fair Park. The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge Moderated by Restaurateur Kent Rathbun. Two top chefs will receive a basket of ingredients and will go head to head for the prestigious Iron Fork award. It's simple: each chef will receive a basket of ingredients, including one mystery ingredient. It's up to them to battle for the glory and the coveted Iron Fork award. During the event, attendees will enjoy the chef challenge, tastings from local restaurants, alongside wine, beer and cocktail samplings. Information and tickets: dallasobserver.com.


Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville


Fort Worth:


Apr. 9-12 The MAIN STREET Fort Worth Arts Festival, Fort Worth's most honored event, celebrates its 30th year, April 9-12, 2015. MAIN ST. hosts tens of thousands of people annually during the four-day visual arts, entertainment and cultural event. MAIN STREET showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth. TRE serves the ITC station, a short 2 blocks from the festival activities! Information: www.mainstreetartsfest.org.
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth ITC Station
  • Festival Hours and TRE Service:
    Thursday, April 9: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      — TRE Weekday schedule
    Friday, April 10: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
       — TRE Weekday schedule + Special Trip Eastbound at 11:35 p.m.*
    Saturday, April 11: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
      — TRE Saturday schedule + Special Trip Eastbound at 11:35 p.m.*
    Sunday, April 12: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
       — TRE special Sunday schedule

    * Added Departure Time from ITC Station: on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, TRE will have a special departure (not listed in public timetables) from the ITC Station at 11:35 p.m. and make stops as necessary to Dallas Union Station. Passengers should be aware the Special Train, departing the ITC at 11:35 p.m., will not connect with any DART Rail services.

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 Through 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.

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:


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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