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DART to Special Events

Sept. 22-24 Join in the Celebration at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival, a spectacular three-day event beginning at 4:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. This weekend event offers something for everyone; entertainment on the FOX 4 community stage and KLUV main stage, Saturday evening spectacular fireworks show, special kids activities, sky divers, an enormous variety of food to tempt your taste buds, merchandise and handmade products showcased, and of course the incredible hot air balloons. The balloons will launch Friday at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Information:

Sept. 23 Smoked Dallas brings the best BBQ from the Lone Star State to the heart of downtown Dallas! Over 15 BBQ joints from across Texas will be firing up their pits and serving savory samples of brisket, ribs, pork, sausage, and more. Live music and games entertain during the event. It all happens Saturday, Sept. 23 at Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main Street. Information:

Sept. 23 Farmers Branch's Date Night in the Park is a free event - bring a date, a group of friends, or fly solo as you enjoy live music from the Midnight River Choir, dinner, and a movie under the stars. The region's most popular food trucks will be on hand, along with plenty of local brews - capped off by a movie. It all happens at Farmers Branch Historical Park at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

State Fair of Texas Sept. 29-Oct 22 Celebrating 131 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas® will return for another season of food, festivities, and family fun. Themed "Celebrating Texans," this year's exposition kicks off on Friday, September 29 in historic 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 new GoPass app
DART and the State Fair of Texas are making it easier than ever to buy your 2017 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!

In the app, select Buy Tickets, All Tickets, Special Events to purchase your State Fair of Texas admission tickets
Activate your tickets the day of your visit to the State Fair of Texas
When approaching the gate, be sure to have your State Fair of Texas GoPass general admission ticket(s) activated and ready to be scanned

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:
Sept. 29 SHINE Women's Conference 2017
Oct. 7 Imparables: Adrian Uribe y Omar Chaparro
Oct. 13 Eddie Izzard - Believe Me
Oct. 14 Odin Dupeyron
Oct. 19 RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour
Oct. 21 Rhett & Link's Tour of Mythicality
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Sept. 30 The City of Rowlett invites you to the Main Street Market Event in Downtown Rowlett on Sept 30 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., located in close proximity to the DART Downtown Rowlett Station. The event is free and will feature over 40 vendors, food trucks, and live music as well as fun for the kids. Come and see all of the exciting things happening in Rowlett! Information:

Through Sept. 30 Reunion Tower Salutes the Military and First Responders. This September, Reunion Tower is saying thanks to those who keep us safe. Military personnel and first responders receive 50% off GeO-Deck tickets when they show their valid ID through September 30, 2017. Enjoy panoramic views of the world's best skyline, interactive exhibits and unique perspectives with their newest 360-degree video experience. Information:

Oct. 1-3 The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - the country's largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses - has served as the nation's leading Hispanic business organization for more than a generation. Its three-day National Convention takes place at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It brings together thousands of Hispanic business owners, executives and members of more than 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce. It's a great opportunity to form long-lasting business relationships! The Omni Dallas Hotel is at 555 S. Lamar St. Information:

Oct. 5 In honor of The Statler's reawakening, Downtown Dallas, Inc. invites you to enjoy Movies in the Park at Main Street Garden. Beginning in the 50s, an iconic movie from each decade will be showcased, making our way back to the future. On Oct. 5, enjoy Forrest Gump (1994), starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. Movies start at sundown in Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street. Information:

Oct. 7 Enjoy the 5th season of 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 (except May 6th), April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information:

Oct. 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. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at event1013. Information:

The Pavilion at Irving 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. 19 Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!
Oct. 20 George Lopez #Thatstrue Comedy Tour
Oct. 26 and 27 Dave Chappelle
Nov. 9 Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour 2017
Nov. 11 (2 shows) Trevor Noah
The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:
Oct. 19 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:

Oct. 20 '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 from May to October. Presenting sponsor Central Market/H-E-B offers special reserve-ahead picnic dining. Guests may pre-reserve picnic dining by calling the Central Market Lovers Lane catering desk at 214.234.7000 by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before the event. Wolfgang Puck Catering will continue to offer bar services, grab & go snacks, and street tacos the night of the event. Steel City Pops also returns to offer all-natural popsicles in seasonal flavors. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Information:

Oct. 20 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:

Saturdays through Oct. 28 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 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 1 through October 28. Nestled under a canopy of Post Oak trees, the Farmers Branch Market is located at the Grove at Mustang Crossing. Information:

Nov. 4 Ride through the car-free streets of Dallas. Dallas Bike Ride is fun for the whole family with points of interest along the way. Beginning and ending at Dallas City Hall, the ride (not race) is 20 miles, with an option to turn off at the halfway mark. It's the inaugural event of Dallas' only closed-road bike ride! There will be great photo opps, as well as musical entertainment and more. The DART System is bike-friendly, with level boarding on light rail vehicles so you can easily roll on and off. Dallas City Hall is at 1500 Marilla St., about three blocks from Convention Center Station. Information:

Sundays Year-Round Head to Downtown Plano Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to buy locally grown produce and other goods at this new, year-round farmer's market located in the parking area of the Plano Municipal Center on Municipal Ave. and Ave. K. It's a short walk from the DART Rail Station. Information:

Saturdays and Sundays Irving Farmers Markets: Irving Arts Center Farmers Market, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Heritage Crossing Farmers Market at the Clock Tower, 200 block of Main Street at Rock Island Road will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays. The markets are 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:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Through Sept. 24 Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ is on exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street. Journey to the world of Clifford™ and Emily Elizabeth™! Like tourists visiting Birdwell Island, you will start your journey aboard the ferry, complete with seagull sounds and clanking ship bells. Take the captain's seat and steer the ship's wheel as you arrive on Birdwell Island. As visitors explore Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, they will encounter the people and places that make-up Clifford's world. Information:

Through Dec. 31 Casanova: The Seduction of Europe at the Kimbell Art Museum explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Bringing together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and period costume, Casanova will bring this world to life. Following its display in Fort Worth, the exhibition will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Kimbell Art Museum is 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:

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:

Sept. 29-30 The Lewisville Western Days Festival will take place Friday, September 29, from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Old Town Lewisville. Three festival stages will feature national and regional live music, with headliners Turnpike Troubadours and Randy Rogers Band. In addition to music, there will be many activities to partake in such as trick ropers, kid's stick horse rodeo and more. Festival goers can ride the A-train to the Old Town and Hebron Station and take DCTA's free event shuttles to all the fun! Information:
  • Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Hebron or Old Town stations; free event shuttle from either station.
  • Note: Last A-train service from the Old Town Station to the Downtown Denton Transit Center departs at 10:40 p.m. on Fridays and 11:16 p.m. on Saturdays. The Last A-train service from the Old Town Station to the Trinity Mills Station departs at 11:37 p.m. on Fridays and 12:15 a.m. (Sunday morning) on Saturdays.

    Last A-train service from the Hebron Station to the Downtown Denton Transit Center departs at 10:35 p.m. on Fridays and 11:11 p.m. on Saturdays. The Last A-train service from the Hebron Station to the Trinity Mills Station departs at 11:42 p.m. on Fridays and 12:20 a.m. (Sunday morning) on Saturdays.

Through Sept. 30 UNT on the Square is hosting 40 pieces of Tapestry will be shown at the Small Tapestry International 5, an exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance at UNT on the Square. The American Tapestry Alliance was founded in 1982 to promote awareness for woven tapestries. The 850-member group hosts exhibitions, retreats, mentoring programs and workshops. This particular exhibition features entries from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Mexico, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Ride Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8. 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 [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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