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Aug. 17 'til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent paired with film screenings in the Nasher Garden. 'til Midnight is free and open to the public and takes place the third Friday of each month. On Friday, Aug. 17, Tess Roby is the headlining act and the film is The Straight Story (1999, PG). Plan your evening by ordering a picnic basket from Central Market/H-E-B or enjoy a cash bar, grab and go snacks and street tacos provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Steel City Pops will also be selling all-natural popsicles in seasonal flavors. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Information:

Aug. 17 Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, and more! They say there ain't no cure for the summertime blues but we say embrace them! Join in on Friday, Aug. 17 for a night of blues music, tours exploring the color blue in the DMA's collection, and more! Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is held every third Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Information:

Aug. 18 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:

Through Aug 12 and Aug 18-19 (closed on Mondays) Explore the Bermuda Triangle at Bahama Beach Waterpark, 1895 Campfire Circle. You don't need to leave Dallas to find the Bermuda Triangle. The three-flumed slide along with a lazy river and a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket are all at Bahama Beach Waterpark. Information:

Toyota Music Factory and Alamo Drafthouse present Pix on the Plaza. Fun and games start at 8 p.m. followed by a free movie on the Texas Lottery Plaza. Bring your family, friends, even pets can come too! Attendees can bring blankets and/or chairs. Coming up:

  • Aug. 19 Up
  • Aug. 26 The Goonies
  • Sept. 2 Back to the Future
  • Sept. 16 Ghostbusters
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:

Shattered Glass
Reel News: The Media Goes to the Movies is a repertory series hosted by film critic Chris Vognar. The focus is films that involve the media, and offerings range from dramas about the intricacies of ethics, to raucous comedies. The Dallas Morning News presents this free series at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Upcoming features:
Aug. 21 Shattered Glass
Sept. 18 The Sweet Smell of Success
All screenings are 7 p.m.; RSVP is required. Information:

Aug 22; Sept. 2, 9, 16 Summer Survivor Speaker Series is a chance to hear first-hand testimony from Holocaust survivors and refugees, as well as from survivors of modern-day genocides. The series is presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. in Dallas. Information:

Through Aug. 23 Studio Ghibli Festival at the Angelika Dallas and Angelika Plano is an ongoing celebration of the great, highly influential animated films of Studio Ghibli. With amazing animation and epic storytelling, these films are beloved in their native Japan, and critics and audiences worldwide have acclaimed them.

  • Aug. 22 and 23: From Up On Poppy Hill
The Angelika Dallas is at 5321 Mockingbird Lane, and the Angelica Plano is at 7205 Bishop Road. Information:

Aug. 23 Rowlett Farmers Market takes place every other Thursday from 4-8 p.m. during the months of May through September. In addition to the market, there will be live music and other fun events. The Rowlett Farmers Market will take place at the Village of Rowlett Downtown, 3901 Main Street. Information:

Aug. 25 Head to Haggard Park on the last Saturday of every month, June through August, to watch some of this year's most loved family-friendly blockbusters. Movies in the Park, presented by Camp Gladiator, is FREE to the public. This season, we are excited to watch:
Aug. 25 A Wrinkle in Time
In addition to the film screenings, each event will have a contest or activity going on before the movie starts, giving participants a chance to win fun prizes and immerse themselves in the movie theme. Costumes are always encouraged, and food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. Haggard Park is located at 901 E. 15th Street, adjacent to Downtown Plano Station. Information:

Through Aug. 26 NorthPark AutoShow displays more than 40 amazing vehicles for the third year running. See 2018 and 2019 models from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Rolls Royce and more. Check out these high-end, beautiful vehicles while shopping at NorthPark Center's roster of 230 stores and restaurants. NorthPark is at 8687 North Central Expressway in Dallas. 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:
Aug. 26 "The Wizard of Oz" film screening
Sept. 13 Hannibal Buress
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 For three days, 2018 Riverfront Jazz Festival attendees will browse and shop through vendor booths, experience diverse foods and enjoy music performances on three stages. Produced by TBAAL, the Riverfront Jazz Festival features an array of renowned music artists from around the world to provide a variety of jazz, blues, R&B and soul music. It all takes place at Texas Horse Park, 811 Pemberton Hill Drive. Information:

Aug. 31 Support the Dallas Zoo's mission to save wildlife while sipping craft beer in this unique after-hours Dallas Zoo experience, the inaugural Brew at the Zoo from 6-10 p.m. This highly-requested event will bring together over 30 national and local Dallas breweries for a fun-filled evening of beer tastings, live music from co-headliners The Texas Gentlemen and The Suffers, food for purchase, and a variety of animal encounters and experiences throughout ZooNorth. Note: Adults 21+ only. No one under 21 will be permitted to attend the event. Information:

Through Aug. 31 Sweet Tooth Hotel is a sugar-fueled art and retail pop-up with five sweets-themed interactive rooms based on popular treats. There are fantastical desserts and surprises behind every door, and a selection of products and sweets for purchase. It's also a 1200-square-foot, experiential art project, bringing together work by some of Dallas' most innovative artists, including Jeremy Biggers, Shamsy Roomiani, Jojo Chuang, Chelsea Delzell and Rob Wilson. The one-of-a-kind experience for sweet-tooths and art lovers takes place at 2316 Victory Park Lane, near the intersection of High Market Street. Information:

Through Sept. 3 Rebel Spirits. Fifty years later, explore the unique tie between Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. in this special temporary exhibit at the Sixth Floor Museum. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were born worlds apart - culturally, geographically, racially, financially and politically - but by the time they were killed within months of each another in 1968, their worlds had come together through shared interests in civil rights, poverty and opposing the war in Vietnam. This unprecedented exhibit explores their overlapping paths through images taken by some of the era's most renowned photojournalists, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, Henri Dauman, Jacques Lowe, Spider Martin, Steve Schapiro, Lawrence Schiller and Paul Schutzer. The exhibit is supplemented by a curated selection of artifacts from the Museum's collections. The museum is located at 411 Elm Street. Information:

Sept. 6 Bite Nite is an event taking place along CityLine's State Street, in which guests can stroll and sample cuisine and cocktails from 10 restaurants while enjoying live music in the plaza. Drink and entrée pairings are a highlight at this event presented by Plano Magazine. Check-in is at 5 p.m. in the plaza. CityLine is at 3661 North Plano Road in Richardson. Information:

Sept. 8 Join in for the 2018 Dallas Heart Walk as more than 40,000 walkers from more than 100 Dallas-area companies and individual participants come out with friends and families to get a little exercise and raise important funds for heart disease and stroke. The walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 at the base of Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. The Heart Walk is 3.5 miles and The Miracle Mile is one mile long. Both are non competitive walks. Information:
  • Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or TRE to Union Station.
  • Note: Three additional southbound Red Line trains from Parker Road Station will be available on Saturday, Sept. 8. These trains depart Parker Road Station at 6:13 a.m., 6:43 a.m. and 7:13 a.m. and arrive at Union Station at 6:58 a.m., 7:28 a.m. and 7:58 a.m. These trains will serve all stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations.

Sept. 8 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:

Sept. 13 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 Urban Playground. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at McCall Plaza. Information:

Sept. 15 Uptown Kiddo's Carnival celebrates back-to-school time with a Saturday morning full of carnival games, train rides, magic tricks, live music, face painting, balloon artists, snacks, and more. Parking is limited, so you'll definitely want to take transit! The fun happens from 9 a.m. to noon at Griggs Park, 2209 Clark St. Information:

West Village Movie Night presents outdoor screenings of family favorites. The third Wednesday evening of each month through October, grab a blanket head to the West Village - between Mi Cocina and the Magnolia Theatre. If you get there early, you may even snag a patio table at one of the many nearby restaurants. Before the film starts, there will be live music and DJs.

  • Sept. 19 Mean Girls
  • Oct. 17 The Greatest Showman
West Village is at 3699 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Information:
Sept. 20 The businesses located on Main Street in Deep Ellum open their doors every third Thursday evening for Wine Walk. It's an art-centric stroll; for $10, you get a specially designed wine glass that will be topped off at the neighborhood's many galleries and shops. Make Kettle Art Gallery at 2650-B Main St. your first stop. Information:

Sept. 29 Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of entertainment and activities with free outdoor movies in the Downtown Carrollton Square. Thor: Ragnarok (2017, PG-13) is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at sunset. Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela. Information:

The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory offers performances from the intimate to the blockbuster, excellent acoustics and an incredible live entertainment experience for both artists and fans. Upcoming shows include:
Oct. 11 Dr. Jordan Peterson: 12 Rules for Life Tour
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 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 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 Saturdays through Sept. 1 Trinity Metro's Safari Express bus will run from the downtown Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) to the Fort Worth Zoo on Saturdays through Sept. 1.

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 Trinity Metro 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

Movies at the Museum is a free event at the Sid Richardson Museum. Most classic Western films portray the American West as a male-dominated landscape. But the frontier was also home to women whose stories are fascinating and don't necessarily match the Hollywood script. Coming up:

  • Aug. 17 The Homesman
Online registration is required. The museum is located at 309 Main St. in Fort Worth. Information:

Through Aug. 19 From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection at the Kimbell Art Museum is a foundational look at Asian art from the Neolithic era through modern times. The art tells the histories of the people through materials uniquely associated with Asia: Chinese jade, blue and white porcelain, and more. Hundreds of pieces are on display at this exhibition, which revolves around a passion for Asia. The Kimbell is at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. 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:

A-train Service Modifications During PTC Testing
Effective Friday, May 18, DCTA will modify service for its A-train commuter rail to conduct Positive Train Control (PTC) testing to meet the federal mandate required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). DCTA plans to suspend the last two trains on Friday evenings and the first train on Saturday mornings to accommodate the required PTC testing.

PTC testing will start Friday, May 18, 2018, and may continue through September 2018. DCTA encourages riders who typically utilize these specific A-train schedules to make plans to board an alternate train schedule.

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Denton Community Market Saturdays, Apr. through Nov. Denton Community Market. The Denton Community Market is back! From handmade art pieces to fresh produce, business owners throughout Denton and North Texas residents will once again be able to come together for FREE every Saturday from Apr. to Nov. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to shop, sell and socialize. With different vendors every week and dozens of opportunities to shop small and buy local, the market always has something new. Ride our A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center and transfer to Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8 to get to all the fun shopping! Information:

Aug. 17-19 Highland Village Lions Club Balloon Festival. It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a hot air balloon! From a plethora of colorful hot air balloons and exciting kid zones to delicious food and fun activities, the 31st Highland Village Balloon Festival is here for the whole family to enjoy. Join thousands of other Denton County residents from Friday, August 17, to Sunday, August 19, at Unity Park in Highland Village and take part in the fun! Ride the A-train and hop on the FREE DCTA shuttle by parking at either the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake A-train Station or at the Marcus High School Sports Facility (2800 Dixon Road) to get to Briarhill Middle School and skip the $5 festival parking fee. Information:

Aug. 17-25 Get ready to get your fair and rodeo fire fueled with the North Texas Fair and Rodeo. This annual rodeo brings together the best of livestock, fair rides, competitions, memorable concerts and more; and it is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. From Friday, August 17, to Saturday, August 25, stop by to take in the history and experience the fun that is a true Texas fair and rodeo. With tickets ranging from free (for children six years old and under) to $100 (for a fair season pass), there are so many options and days to celebrate. Ride DCTA's A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and transfer to Denton Connect Route 4 to get to the fairgrounds. 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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