Archive | October, 2012

Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Celebration

18 Oct


Finally the BIG MYSTERY will be revealed as to what all those construction workers are doing in the space above the Woodall Rogers tunnel! As you may or may not have noticed that entire area between Pearl St. and St. Paul has been filled in and closed off, now connecting the Dallas Arts District to Uptown. It is the future site of Klyde Warren Park! The Grand Opening weekend for Klyde Warren Park is October 27 & 28. The hours for this 2-day soiree are: Saturday: 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-10pm!

We’ve got a breakdown of all that activities that will be taking place in celebration of the final revealing of this once chaotic construction zone. Choose either or both days to be a part of the Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Celebration!



    10:15am – 11:00am……Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    11:00am – 12pm……Dallas Symphony Orchestra Performance
    11:00am – 1:00pm…..Activities with Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    12:00pm – 3:00pm………Dog Training
    12:00pm – 2:00pm………Mah Jongg
    12:30pm – 2:00pm……..UTD Chess Robots
    12:30pm – 1:15pm……….Bridge the Gap Chamber Players
    1:00pm – 3:00pm……….DMA Studio Creations
    1:15pm – 2:00pm…………Booker T. Washington Musicians
    2:00pm – 3:00pm……….Skyline Tour / Live Painting
    2:00pm – 4:00pm………Knitting with the Shabby Sheep/Petanque Lessons
    2:15pm – 3:00pm…………SMU Meadows School of Music Performance
    3:00pm – 4:00pm………….Yoga
    7:00pm – 11:00pm……Concert for Dallas with Fireworks Show


    10:00AM – 11:00am……..Tai Chi
    10:00am – 12:00pm……..Knitting with Shabby Sheep
    11:00am – 12:00pm………Yoga
    11:00am – 12:00pm……..The Dallas Opera performance
    11:00am – 1pm…..Activities with the Perot Museum of Nature & Science
    12:00pm – 1pm……Dallas Black Dance Theatre performance
    12:00pm – 3:00pm……..Dog Training
    12:00pm – 2:00pm……..Mah Jongg
    1:00pm – 2:00pm……..Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico performance
    1:00pm – 2:00pm……..Yoginos
    1:00pm – 5:00pm……..Dog Training
    2:00pm – 3:00pm……..Skyline Tour
    2:00pm – 3:00pm……..Storytelling for kids
    2:00pm – 4:00pm……..Petanque Lessons
    2:15pm – 2:45pm……..Texas Ballet Theater performance
    2:30pm – 3:30pm……..Storytelling for Grown-Ups
    3:00pm – 4:30pm……..Dallas Children’s Theater
    3:00pm – 5:00pm……..Knitting with the Shabby Sheep
    4:30pm – 6:30pm…….A Taste of Cherokee Creek Music Festival
    6:30pm – 7:30pm………..Music of Michael Prysock
    7:45pm – 10:00pm……Screening of Midnight in Paris

If that’s not enough for you to choose from when searching for Things to Do in Dallas this weekend then you’re either really picky or kinda lazy. IT’S ALL FREE MAAAN!! Movies, Readings, Fitness, Pet Stuff, Crafts, Tours, Live Music, Live Dance – It’s ALL here!

Klyde Warren Park has bridged the gap between downtown Dallas and Uptown with a illustrious green and artsy park that is filled with more than 50 FREE activities on grand opening weekend.

To purchase a ticket to the reserved section click here. Unfortunately the concert tickets are already sold out!

Where to Park for the Event?
Public parking for the Grand Opening celebration will be available for a fee in garages and surface lots located in and around the Arts District starting at $5.

As of October 29th, Klyde Warren Park will be
open daily from 6am to 11pm!

District After Dark – October 19

17 Oct

This Friday when the sun sets and the cool night air sweeps over the city, a plethora of light installations, public art and illuminating performances will brighten up the Dallas Arts District. This night of Free public art features 10 different artists and a glimpse into Aurora 2013, coming October next year!

District After Dark will commence at 6:00pm on Friday evening, October 19th. This is just one of the great attractions of the District’s Art in October series. Roam Dallas museums and venues like the Wyly Theatre, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection and DMA until the wee hours of the night. Here’s everything you can look forward to at this After Dark festival:

Head down to the Dallas Arts District Friday night (6pm til about midnight) for the FREE District After Dark event. Come dressed up in a glow-in-the-dark costume to the Crow Collection of Asian Art between 7:30 and 9:30pm and have your photo taken and uploaded to the Dallas Arts District Pinterest page for their Pinterest Costume Contest. The costume contest will continue at the Kylde Warren Park Grand Opening celebration also on October 28th, so you have two opportunities for getting your Pinterest costume pic taken! Winners of the costume competition receive tickets or gift certificates to Arts District venues, restaurants and performances as well as free museum passes.

Live At Aloft Festival 2012 | aloft Hotel Downtown Dallas

17 Oct

This Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, Aloft Downtown Dallas will host the Live at Aloft Hotels festival! Dallas’ very own Meiko, The Dunwells, Johnny Stimson, HITS and Martin Harley will perform at this Free event. The first annual Live Aloft Hotels Festival is fit for the swank, funkadelic audiences of the Dallas area who can truly appreciate emerging talent in a luxurious, upbeat setting.

Up and coming artists get to showcase their talent from the intimate stage of the Aloft Dallas’ w xyz bar. This new pop-culture event to take place right downtown will bridge the gap between music lovers and on-the-verge artists. The 2012 Live at Aloft Festival has some miraculous breakout bands and singer-songwriters on the lineup for Friday and Saturday:

The Dunwells: British pop/alternative band from Leeds who blend American roots music with English rock — Performing Saturday night

Johnny Stimson

HITS: gritty yet sleek New York City band and winners of the 2012 Project Aloft Star talent competition — Performing Saturday night

Johnny Stimson: Dallas native who returns to his hometown performing new single “A Million Years” —
Performing Friday night

Martin Harley: singer-songwriter and Blues guitarists who ranks as #1 iTunes in U.S., with first solo album & single “Mojo Fix” — Performing Saturday night

Meiko: pop songbird who’s record is #1 in Japan, and has songs on hit TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, One Tree Hill & Pretty Little Liars — Performing Saturday night

Return to your first love, music, by attending the two-day Live at Aloft Hotel concert series held in downtown Dallas. It’s free to attend, but you must RSVP. Not only will you have some cool new music to checkout and something fun to do Saturday night, but you’ll be doing it in one of Dallas’ most chic urban hotels. Mix, mingle and enjoy memorable music at w xyz bar/ lounge at Aloft Hotel Downtown Dallas. Doors open at 7:00pm Friday night and 6:00pm on Saturday night!

RSVP for the 2012 Live at Aloft Festival!

Aloft Dallas Downtown Hotel | 1033 Young Street, Dallas 75202

WorldFest 2012 Addison

14 Oct

Don’t miss the ‘love train’ passing through your neighborhood and headed to Worldfest 2012 in Addison!

Every year people of all backgrounds, colors and cultures gather for a festival that recognizes all the nations in our city. With the World Affairs Council, Worldfest of Addison attempts to unify the community and our colorful people.

DATE: October 20 & 21

PLACE: Addison Circle Park

ADMISSION: $5 ($4 at DFW Albertsons)

Become immersed by the wonderful mix of cultural backgrounds found across the metroplex from countries of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and all the Americas! This year’s multicultural affair features fun international activities such as a lecture series presented by partners World Affairs Council and Addison WorldFest focusing on a variety of international business topics, Children’s Global Games & Activities and an International Marketplace where festival goers will find exotic items from around the world. Get a taste of flavorful food from Poland, Chinese and Hawaiian, to spicy delicacies from Thailand, Ghana and Jamaica. Even The Butcher’s Son will be parked at the Global Food Court Strip among other tasty vendors! Get an inside look at the menus.

If you’re waiting until the last minute to go to the State Fair of Texas, or you experienced the greatness of the Veggie State Fair last year, check out the 2012 Worldfest on either Saturday or Sunday! You have a choice! Now, don’t miss the global love train…or your passport to such a diverse cultural market that entails the largest amount of different cultures in ONE Location!

Click here for WorldFest 2012 hours!

Addison Circle Park | 4970 Addison Circle Drive

3rd Annual Go Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ

11 Oct

If you’ve already got the blues from the departure of summertime in North Texas, find your fall pick-me-up in North Oak Cliff Saturday, October 27th. There will be BBQ, live music, a beer garden featuring Four Corners Brewery’s finest, a bounce house for the kids and food trucks all at the 3rd Annual Go Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ event. It will take place at 1700 Seeds, the sunflower art installation that was just created this summer. Look for market shopping, lawn games and energizing performances. You’ll get all the fun that comes with summer but within cooler temperatures in late October.

October 26…………..5pm – 10pm

October 27…………..12pm – 6pm

Blues, Bandits & BBQ 2012 is hosting a BBQ competition in which teams compete in the following five categories: chicken, ribs, pulled pork, brisket and sausage. All those who enjoy grilling and think they’re pretty darn good at it are welcomed to enter the competition.

Love the taste of BBQ?? Well here’s where you come in! Attend this competition of Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ, sample what you wish and then vote on the 2012 BBQ People’s Choice Award. Just purchase a BBQ tasting wristband for access to the seasoned and smoked meats beforehand. It’s $20 and can be purchased here on Get your samples in between 2pm and 4pm. Remember you only need a ticket if you plan on partaking of the BBQ competition food. Other than that this is a FREE event!

Inhale the smells and sounds of summer without the unbearable heat. Come to Go Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ on the last Friday & Saturday of the month! It’s Free to get in and there’s so much you’ll get out! In fact you’ll make out like a Bandit!

715 W. Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208

Fall Block Party in One Arts Plaza Dallas – Oct 14th

7 Oct

Recently Mother Nature decided to slash our temperatures in half (making our usual lows higher than our average highs); the State Fair is open for business, and football season is in full effect with the Red River Rivalry and chaos at the Cowboy Stadium, which can only mean one thing – FALL is upon us! Even though we know this kind of cool weather could only last so long in Texas, we’ll enjoy it while we can. One way to do this is by having outdoor events to help our bodies adjust to the change in season before going into full shock. DFW Fall festivals are being planned all across the metroplex and the Dallas Arts District is no different. Sunday, October 14th they will be having a FALL Block Party at One Arts Plaza. From noon to 4pm North Texans of all ages can enjoy cinnamon flavored and pumpkin spiced treats, 5 featured plaza chefs and a variety of specialty food vendors. You can look forward to more than just tasty food though. There’s something new to look forward to each hour of the party. Take a look at the schedule for the 3rd Annual FALL Block Party in One Arts Plaza.


Creative Halloween Spirits: Cocktail competition

Live Swing Music performance by The Southland Swing Band

Dog Halloween Costume Contest

If you’d like to enter your doggy in the Halloween Costume Contest, on-site registration will take place at 2:00pm. Meanwhile, Paws in The City, DFW Rescue Me & the Greyhound Adoption League will all be there offering pet adoptions at the One Arts Plaza Fall Block Party.

Ring in the autumn season the right way! Head downtown for a block party that has it all, from the tasty delights of skilled Plaza chefs to pups in Halloween costumes. Enjoy some free samples, live music, crafts, more than 15 vendors and even luxury cars all on the plaza this Sunday at the 2012 Fall Block Party One Arts Plaza Dallas! Pets welcomed!

ONE ARTS PLAZA is located between Woodall Rogers Freeway and Highway 75 at Flora and Boll Streets.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the State Fair of Texas 2012

1 Oct

The largest state fair in the country, the State Fair of Texas is back for 24 days of spectacular fun with everything you could imagine at a state fair – plus so much more! Fair Park Dallas opens their gates to visitors from across the country from September 28 – October 21. The variety of deep-fried delicacies may be one of the main attractions for those adventurous enough to try such treats as fried bubble gum, fried peanut butter & jelly, fried frito-pie, fried ice cream and more. Others are after the traditional corn dogs, nachos, cotton candy and turkey legs. If you’re still deciding what the draw is to this 2012 State Fair of Texas and how to make the most out of your visit we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of our TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS.

1) Deep Fried Jambalaya (and other fried foods)
The Texas State Fair is known to be the fried food capital. This year the deep fried jambalaya won Big Tex Choice Award, while the fried bacon cinnamon roll won Most Creative. The food, whether fried or not, is a treat for those tastebuds just because it’s fair food and it’s good! Click here to see a list of some of the many fried foods and past Big Tex winners!

2) Daily Deals
A special discount is offered almost every day of the week for admission to the fair. Students and teachers are given complimentary tickets from their schools, but everyone doesn’t work for the school system. You don’t HAVE to pay $16 at the gate. Here are a few ways to save:

  • Go Online – $13.95 when purchased online ($10.95 for kids/seniors)
  • Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll

  • Kroger Ticket – $14.50
  • Kroger/Cinemark Season Pass – For $34.95 get unlimited visits to the fair, a buddy for one visit between Mon & Fri and a Cinemark movie pass
  • Kroger DART Combo – For $17 get one admission and one RoundTrip on the DART rail to avoid parking
  • Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays – Bring an empty Dr. Pepper can every Tuesday and get in for $5
  • After 5pm Dr. Pepper Deal – Bring an empty Dr. Pepper can after 5pm and get in for $8
  • 3 for $2 Wednesdays with NTFB – Bring 3 cans of food on Wednesday for the North Texas Food Bank and receive $2 admission
  • Coke $6 Thursdays – Bring an empty 20oz bottle of Coca-Cola and enter the fair for $6 every Thursday
  • Dickies Day – On Thursday, Oct 11th wear/show Dickies logo clothing item and receive a FREE voucher for admission to the fair (ONLY ON 10/11)
  • McDonald’s Deal – Check your tray liner or look for bag stuffers when dining at McDonalds and get $3 off general admission. Half priced child tickets are also sometimes distributed.
  • Fried Jumbalaya

  • Museum of Nature & Science Members – Free admission for all members! Museum members will receive a voucher good for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
  • Senior Thursdays – Senior citizens 60 and over get in for Free every Thursday. ($12 on regular days)
  • KISS FM $5 FridaysClick here for the Kiss FM coupon allowing $5 off the gate price on Fridays
  • The Addams Family at Music Hall – Receive a same-day fair admission when buying a ticket to the Addams Family performance at Fair Park’s Music Hall.

    Click here to buy tickets & coupons online.

3) BIG TEX’s 60th Birthday
Big Tex turns 60 this year! At 52 feet high Big Tex is the world’s largest talking cowboy figure. By the way, All Seniors 60 and over get free admission on Thursdays & discounted admission for $12 any other day.

4) Chinese Lantern Festival
For the first time this ancient Chinese tradition will be on display in the American Southwest with a collection of authentic Chinese art, a 110 yard long dragon made of 15,000 porcelain dishes, a Chinese marketplace, live shows, souvenirs and it all lights up at night. Open daily

5) State Fair Photo Contest
Capture the best angles and focal points during your visit to the fair and if you’re a skilled enough photographer you could win an iPad or $500 gift card!
Click here for details and where to submit your pics!

6) Auto Show
Big Tex stands over the only state fair to feature such a major automobile show as a yearly attraction. Two buildings and an outdoor truck area contain more than 400 new cars and trucks presented by manufacturers. Click below to see some of the new 2013 models and featured manufacturers taking up 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space this year! Auto Gallery

7) Free Chevrolet Concerts
See musical guests like Le Freak, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Kevin Fowler, Rebirth Brass Band and The Commodores perform live from the Chevrolet main stage. Click here for a complete main stage lineup and schedule of the featured performing artists

8) Garden Expo
The State Fair Garden Exhibition continues to grow each year. Locate the Greenhouse on the Midway where Southern Living Lecture Series every Saturday and Sunday. Professional landscaping and sculptures by artists are featured in the Fall Garden Expo. Click here to view the speakers and garden exhibition artists.

9) Legendary College Football Rivalries
Our fair is the only one to host legendary college football rivalry games as an annual event.

Saturday, Oct 6th – Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
Grambling State vs Prairie View A&M (Kickoff: 6pm)

Saturday, Oct 13th – AT&T Red River Rivalry
Oklahoma vs Texas (Kickoff: TBA)

10) It’s good for the economy!!
The longest running state fair in the U.S., TX state fair earns an estimated $350 million making a major economic impact on the DFW economy.

Hope these 10 reasons are good enough to convince you to attend! We could only choose 10, but there are plenty more where that came from! The thrilling rides, nearby museums, Chevrolet Test track, livestock and Illumination sensation show are other great attractions of the State Fair of Texas. Happy 60th to BIG TEX! This year we’re celebrating BIG at the 126th Annual State Fair of Texas.

Exhibit Hours:
Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm

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