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Rider Insider Featured Event: Sept. 28-Oct. 21 The State Fair of Texas® is here again, and this year's theme is "Celebrating Texas Innovation." Fried food! Fabulous rides! Festivities! Fun! All your favorites are there - including corn dogs, the Midway and livestock shows. There are also some new additions you won't want to miss. The Green Line drops you off right at Fair Park Station, at the Main Gate, and at MLK, Jr. Station, located a couple blocks from Gate 6 near the Cotton Bowl. You can even buy your fair tickets and transit passes in one convenient place - DART's GoPass® app. You'll save $2 on your State Fair admission ticket purchased through GoPass, free on Google Play and the App Store. Fair Park is at 1121 1st Ave. For more information on how to get there on DART, visit The State Fair's website is

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. 20-23 Addison Oktoberfest is an authentic recreation of the event in Munich, with more than 30 hours of continuous family entertainment. Along with seasonal beer and great German food, the festival has a marketplace, music, rides, midway games and more. It takes place in Addison Circle Park, 15650 Addison Road, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. Information:

Sept. 20 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:

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. 21-22 Irving Main Street Event is a free annual street festival in the Irving Heritage District, featuring live music, a car show, rides and activities for children, food and lots of vendors. The fun happens in Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., about a three-block walk from the rail station. Information:

Sept. 21 The Urban Movement Festival brings hip-hop culture to Downtown Plano. This all ages, family-friendly event showcases the best of the local scene. There will be vendors, “2 VS 2” dance contests with prizes and more. The free festival takes place from 5-9 p.m. in McCall Plaza, 998 E. 15th St. – just a few hundred feet from the rail station. Information:

Sept. 21 '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. 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:

Sept. 21 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! Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is held every third Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Information:

Sept. 22-Nov. 21 Autumn at the Arboretum is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 stunning, fall-blooming plants, and the Pumpkin Village, which features more than 90,000 pumpkins and other gourds. The theme this year is "The Adventure in Neverland," and the Pumpkin Village will feature figures and scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8657 Garland Road in Dallas. Information:

Sept. 28 State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade celebrates another great year of State Fair fun with a festive event in downtown Dallas. The parade starts at noon at Houston and Main streets, then travels east on Main to the edge of Deep Ellum. It's a great annual tradition, and several DART Rail Stations put you within a few blocks of all the fun and spectacle. Information:

Sept. 28 Taste of the Fair brings everyone's favorite State Fair food vendors to Main Street Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fletcher's Corny Dogs, Pop's Kettle Corn, Mattie Mae's Fried Pies and more will all be there to help celebrate the opening day of the fair in the best possible way – with food! There will also be lawn games, a slide, and other fun stuff. Main Street Garden is at 1902 Main St. Information:

Sept. 29-30 Gelato Festival America comes all the way from Europe to the Dallas Farmers Market with real Italian gelato. Gelato artisans and chefs will compete with original gelato flavors they have created especially for the event. Attendees get a chance to vote for their favorite. Dallas Farmers Market is at 920 S. Harwood St. 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:

80s Rewind is a fun program at Angelika Film Center Dallas that's just what it sounds like. The first Monday of every month through the end of the year, the popular theater winds back the clock to the 1980s to bring your favorites back to the big screen.

  • Oct 1: Poltergeist
  • Nov. 5: Back to the Future
  • Dec. 3: A Christmas Story
The Angelika is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, just up the escalator from the station. Information:

"Hitchcocktober" celebrates the Master of Suspense throughout the month with screenings at the Angelika Film Center's Dallas and Plano locations. The month is capped off with a showing of Psycho on Halloween.

  • Oct. 4: Rear Window (1954)
  • Oct. 10: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  • Oct. 18: Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Oct. 25: 39 Steps (1935)
  • Oct. 31: Psycho (1960)
The Angelika Dallas is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, just up the escalator from the station. The Angelika Plano is at 7205 Bishop Rd. Information for Dallas: and for Plano:

Oct. 6 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:

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:

  • Oct. 7 ET
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:

Oct. 11 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 Grape State of Texas. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at McCall Plaza. 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:
Oct. 12-13 Apparition Expedition: A Stroll Through Plano's Paranormal Past is a chance to experience firsthand the haunted history of Downtown Plano in a guided, 1.5-mile haunted hike through the historic district. Guests will get an exclusive peek at the creepy corners and back hallways of mysterious and ghostly places. On both evenings, there will be an after-party in McCall Plaza, free and open to the public. There also will also be live music, a bar, and tarot card readers and the like. The expedition will begin at the Interurban Railway Museum, 901 E. 15th St. – just across Haggard Park from the DART Rail Station. Information:

Oct. 13 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:

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

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Sept. 27-29 Oktoberfest Fort Worth is an authentic German festival at Panther Island Pavilion. German food, music, dancing, games, biergartens, dachshund races, as well as Oktoberfest and other craft beers from around country – it’s all here at this three-day event at a cool venue on the Trinity River. Panther Island Pavilion is at 395 Purcey St. in Fort Worth. Information:

Oct. 7-20 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity is one of the most prestigious and exciting events in the Western performance industry. Hundreds of horses and thousands of fans from across the U.S., Canada and overseas make the journey to the Futurity each year. Expect thrills and spills as 3-year-old horses test their prowess in three demanding events: herd work, rein work and fence work. Other activities include the NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet and the mammoth Best of the West trade show. The event takes place at Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. 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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Sept. 28-29 Lewisville Western Days Festival. Howdy, partner! What do you get when you bring together some longhorns, amazing concerts, delicious food and maybe a bounce house or two? Lewisville Western Days! This weekend event brings together the best of Texas and celebrates the businesses and people that live here. The festival will take place at Wayne Ferguson Plaza on Friday, September 28, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and it is FREE for both days ($10 admission after 7 p.m. on both days). You don't even need to find parking - hop on DCTA's free shuttle that will be running throughout the event. Ride DCTA's A-train to Old Town or Hebron Station to connect to the free shuttle to get to all the western fun! Information:
  • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Old Town Station or Hebron Station, then free shuttle.
  • Note: Last A-train service from the Old Town Station to the Trinity Mills Station departs at 9:42* p.m. (due to Positive Train Control testing) on Fridays and 12:15 a.m. on Saturdays (Sunday morning). Please note that DCTA does not operate service on Sundays.

    Last A-train service from the Hebron Station to the Trinity Mills Station departs at 9:47* p.m. on Fridays (due to Positive Train Control testing) and 12:20 a.m. on Saturdays (Sunday morning). Please note that DCTA does not operate service on Sundays.

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:

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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