Archive | March, 2013

6th Annual Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl – April 7

31 Mar

This coming Sunday Dallas is adding more Bark to Fair Park! The 2013 Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl, sponsored by Friends of Fair Park, is a FREE pup-friendly event open to all! Between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on April 7th canines, pet owners and dog lovers will take over the Cotton Bowl and make it their own “Dog Bowl”. However, this particular bowl won’t be filled with a can of Kibbles ‘n Bits. There will be splash pools, a pet/owner look-alike contest, an agility course and much more fun activities for you and your furry friends! It’s an entire afternoon dedicated to DFW dog lovers!

In its 6th year of existence the Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl event will also feature pooch portraits, live music, exhibits and free giveaways! Enjoy specially priced microchipping and vaccinations for your furry family Cool organizations will be in attendance like Operation Kindness and the Human Society of Dallas County with adorable dogs up for adoption. You can find these pups who are looking for a loving home, located right outside the Cotton Bowl entrance gate at the Woofstock “Tail” gating zone.

“Man’s Best Friend” will have the time of his (or her) life at Fair Park splashing around the misting ponds, munching on doggie treats, playing with other local pooches and seeing helpful veterinarians. Here any Dallas dog lover can learn the latest tips and trends from both trainers and pet product vendors.

Parking may be $10 on the park grounds, but Admission is FREE so bring “Fido” and his buds for a riveting time at Fair Park Dallas where Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl becomes your 5-hour playground. After adding your own “Bark” to Fair Park, your doggie is sure to show you some love and wag his tail the entire way home after a full day of excitement.


APRIL 7 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park
3750 Cotton Bowl Circle, Dallas 75210

Deep Ellum Arts Festival 2013

31 Mar

What started out as a one-block street party in 1995 has now grown into one of the largest visual and performing arts Festivals in the southwest region. Despite its huge growth since the nineties the now 3-day art festival continues to offer FREE admission and a range of the finest works by local artists. The 19th Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival is on April 5-7. Get a real feel for the Deep Ellum Entertainment district during this weekend street party that features the highlights of what Dallas recognizes as anything considered “Deep Ellum”.


  • – FREE Admission
  • – 6-city block street party
  • – Over 200 decorative and visual arts
  • – 100s original bands and performance artists
    – 5 stages of live music
    – Pet Parade
    – Food from over 30 local Dallas restaurants

    Peep out original works from every category of ART. Click here for the Artist Directory.

    Between the Texas Ford Stage on Good Latimer and the Artist Underground the music won’t stop at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Soulful songwriters, Blues bands, DFW MC’s, indie bands and rock artists will all pump energy throughout the festival with performances all weekend long. Click here to see the 2013 Music Schedule.

    dscf0105Food is BIG in Texas festival success and Deep Ellum has some tasty treats. You can’t leave this street party without a taste of at least one eatery. Click here for a complete list of the Deep Ellum Texas Restaurants that will be offering concessions at this year’s festival.

    Interested in applying to volunteer, get your pet in the parade, be a sponsor, be a food vendor or even display your works as an artist, then CLICK HERE for online applications!


    April 5 – Friday
    5:00pm – 11:00pm

    April 6 – Saturday
    11:00am – 11:00pm

    April 7 – Sunday
    11:00am – 8:00pm

    DEAF map

    9th Annual Dallas Blues Festival – March 30

    29 Mar

    This Saturday, all the best blues comes to Dallas. Dallas is no stranger to the blues so this festival will be home for the artists and fans alike. This dynamic lineup includes Bobby Womack, Bobby Rush, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Shirley Brown and Theodis Ealy. The blues is alright and so is this festival! Floyd Taylor’s review of his late father’s music (Johnnie Taylor) is the best on the market. Johnnie’s tunes span decades of music that put listeners in a ‘soul heaven’. The Dallas singer marked the industry with hit after hit, his son does a phenomenal job covering his music and others! Bobby Womack is a legend among legends! His name is synonymous with blues and soul music. The ‘Bravest Man in the World’ is still going strong after intimating his recent, surprising health struggles but is still going strong and promises to deliver the award winning shows he’s known for!

    Shirley Brown

    Shirley Brown

    The “Woman to Woman” legend Shirley Brown is bringing her soulful style to the Dallas Blues Festival.

    Her legendary style and still smooth voice make her the perfect addition as the sole female headliner for the festival. Malaco Blues/R&B legend Mel Waiters is sure to have his whiskey, don’t forget to have yours! Don’t worry, Bobby Rush won’t be ‘studdin’ ya but is sure to have a song for all the “Hen Pecked” fellas, ‘Chicken Heads’ and “Young Tenderoni” in the house Saturday night! Of all the acts, Theodis Ealy is sure to get you on your feet…well, at least ‘stand up’ when he breaks out in his hit! Blues lovers and music lovers alike are sure to enjoy this festival. These artists bring amazing energy and years and years of road experience to this show as it convenes on the Dallas Convention Center this week.

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    The festival will be in Arena, A 200S at the Dallas Convention Center. The festival begins at 7 pm. The address for the Dallas Convention Center is 650 S. Griffin St, Dallas, TX, 75202.


    Gospel Music writer for the Examiner, Win Willis, is a musician and sound engineer from Fort Worth, Texas. Win Willis is a lover of all styles of music and loves to share and discuss music with other avid music lovers.

    Dallas’ BIG Celebration – March 27 – AT&T Plaza

    25 Mar

    B-I-G….. P-O-P-P-A…..Come out to the P-L …..A-Z-A! It’s the city’s time to shine. Then again, when is it NOT the Big D’s time to shine?! Since we supersize everything else down here, Wednesday’s outdoor spring party at the AT&T Plaza will be no smaller. Celebrate BIG D, BIG D STYLE!

    BIGdtruckerhatWhy do YOU love the city of Dallas?? Helps us count the ways 3/27 beginning at 4pm as we get the party started with DJ Michael Jerome. If Live DJ’s aren’t energizing enough for you, catch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and Mayor Mike Rawlings in person too! Four hours isn’t nearly enough time to celebrate the wonders of this town, but it will have to do for the last Hump Day of the month.

    Dallas’ BIG Celebration will run from 4:00pm – 8:00pm on March 27th right in Victory Park at the AT&T Plaza. Why wait until the weekend?

    Get over that hump and cruise into Easter Weekend with a Wednesday night festival filled with upbeat music, Vocal Trash performance, putting greens, bounce houses, free giveaways and more cool treats for the entire family! There will be food and drinks available as well! You also won’t want to miss out on “Dallas Swag” so make a night of it with your fellow North Texans and celebrate the 9th most populous city in the U.S. the only way you know how, with a “fun factor’ the size of BIG TEX.

    Click here for the Full Schedule of the night!

    Get. BIG.

    Get. BIG.

    2013 Festival de Los Mavs – March 23

    19 Mar

    The 5th Annual State Farm Festival De Los Mavs is coming up Saturday, March 23rd, bringing a complete day of FREE entertainment and celebration of Latino culture. Join the Dallas Mavericks and other loco Mavs fans at AT&T Plaza for dancing, live music, performances, autographs, Mavs Maniacs, pictures with players and more! Even Kat De Luna will give a live performance at 2:00pm, and catch OJ Mayo between 2 & 3pm signing autographs at the Coors Light tent. That doesn’t mean you have to wait til the afternoon to show up though. Festival de Los Mavs starts at 10AM so bring the entire family for a fiesta good time. The event will be hosted by Mavs announcer Victor Villalba who will keep the energy going throughout the day.


    Features of Festival de Los Mavs

      • Free giveaways

      • Appearances by Mavs Legends & players

      • Autographs

      • 10AM Zumba class

      • Mavs ManiAACs

      Dallas Mavericks dancers

      • Springfree Trampoline

      • Local bands, DJ’s a artists

      • Interactive Family areas and inflatable games

      • LIVE Concert by Latin Pop sensation Kat de Luna (2pm) & ZERI (12pm)

    With FREE admission, there’s no reason not to go to Festival de Los Mavs, especially if you’re interested in honoring Latino heritage. Being a MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life) just makes the deal even sweeter! This DFW event is great for ALL ages. Just be sure to win a pass in order to get a VIP autograph session!

    Save the date for 23 de Marzo 2013! Ay yi yi…

    2013 St. Patrick’s Day Dallas Festival and Events

    14 Mar

    If the Who’s of Whoville bring out all their gifts at Christmastime what do the Green colored people of North Texas do on Greenville Ave when St. Patty’s Day Weekend arrives? They dash for 3.5 miles covered in four leaf clovers and then party their way through the rest of the day in hopes of good luck for the rest of spring. You MAY find some of these greedy green southerners with “the luck of the Irish” jammed in their back pocket or floating around their cups up on a Greenville restaurant rooftop at 8pm Saturday, but nonetheless they’ll be out and so will the sun. There’s a lovely forecast ahead to welcome all of St. Patrick’s pumped up patrons no matter how they plan on celebrating this “pot of gold” known as Dallas. We’ve got a few ideas of where they’ll be or where you will be between Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th.


    Dash Down Greenville 5K (March 16)

    Get your St. Patty’s Day started at 8 o’clock AM in the Dash Down Greenville 5K. This race will benefit the North Texas Food Bank so get your green gear on and walk or run down Greenville Ave shortly before the MAJOR (and we do mean major) parade. You might even help raise more than $61,500 (which was the amount from last year). Live band, cash prizes, food and more. dashdown2013The course will start on Southwestern Blvd, over to Skillman, crossing Lovers Lane and turning down E University Blvd just to land you right back on Greenville Ave.

    Race Day Registration: $45
    Kids 12 and Under: $15

    5K Course Map
    Parking Suggestions

    Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March 16)

    What would St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas be without the massive Greenville parade and festival that blocks off half of Uptown every year? And guess who’s headlining this year? None other than Snoop D-O Double-G himself. It won’t be a “Friday” affair for the rap star who will be getting a taste of how Green we really go in Texas. I’m not talking about the green that gives Snoop the munchies, but that of Irish pride and clovers. Get there early, get a spot up high or don’t get there at all. Following right after Dash Down Greenville the parade features tons of decked out floats and greenies on floats – young and old, Irish and non, drunken and…..well, less inebriated.

    The Greatest Floats of all Greenville Times

    The Greatest Floats of all Greenville Times

    St. Patrick’s Day Greenville Avenue Block Party (March 16)

    Green wigs aren’t the only thing that’ll be frazzled this Saturday. Shift the party down the street and to the corner of Greenville Ave and Goodwin Lane. Live music all around and food abounds. Prepare for a few pinching in your green jeans and Boston Celtics tee.

    St. Paddy’s Day Party at Sundown at Granada (March 16)

    The Granada Theater transforms into “Emerald City”. Reggae on the roof. DJ in the parking lot. Need we say more?

    10AM – 2PM | $10

    Hacienda on Henderson St. Patrick’s Day Party (March 16 & 17)

    In addition to their Vegan menu, Hacienda On Henderson will be offering jello in its most “energizing” form along with some other relaxing beverages at a discounted cost. You can celebrate St. Patty’s Day all weekend long with Irish Brunch & Irish Tacos.

    “Shots” and “Bombs” will be fired (or poured) for under $5 as Hacienda goes Guiness Green. Patty’s Day pints for just $3.


    Check out more St. Patrick’s Day parties and events throughout DFW here!


    Savor Dallas 2013

    13 Mar

    Savor Dallas 2013 begins March 14th and lasts until March 17th. It seems no barrell will go dry this weekend in DFW as Savor Dallas expands to locations across the city including the Dallas Arboretum, Trinity Groves and even the new Perot Museum near downtown Dallas. The usual tastings, wine/cheese pairings, silent auction, seminars and panel events will take place on Saturday, March 16th but Southside Savorers will gather at different popular spots on Thursday, Friday and Sunday for the Savor Dallas Festival which will include everything from cool exhibits to deliciously crafted cuisine. Find favor in every savor this weekend. It’s one of the biggest winey weekends in the DFW.

    Click below for a Full Schedule of the 2013 Savor Dallas wine celebration!


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    SXSW Dallas Edition: South By So What?! March 16

    12 Mar

    So what if you can’t make it to Austin for two weeks while certain friends or coworkers of yours are getting access into VIP parties and backstage privileges to live concerts? So what if they met a couple of artists and got free swag gear? And SO WHAT if you’re getting even more bitter about missing SXSW 2013 by reading this right after you proclaimed in 2012 that you WILL attend the annual mega tech-music festival next year? You’ll get over it. SOME-thing is better than nothing, and the something that happens to be WAY better than nothing is the 6th annual South By So What?! Music Festival being held right here in Dallas!

    South By So What?! 2013 will be at QuikTrip Park on Saturday, March 16th with more than 80 bands on four stages. That’s right! Get your own local dosage of SXSW (Dallas Edition) without having to drive for 3 hours or hop the Mega Bus. Enjoy a nice mix of musical genres including hip hop, pop, indie rock, metal and more. Concessions will be available as well as a private parent’s lounge for those adult’s needing a more peaceful retreat. Dallas’ South By So What goes a step further to have early access, exclusive meet and greets, ticket bundles/packages, goodie bags and posters. Tickets start at $45.

    SBSW Flyer

    Maybe you’ve done the SXSW year after and year and are ready for something a little closer to home? Check out South By So What?! This weekend in Grand Prairie, and see how we do it in North Texas. Yep, your Spring Break in DFW just got a little bit better. By the way, SBSW Dallas is a Rain or Shine event, meaning the show WILL go on no matter what! (probably with the exception of tornadoes) Click here for ticket info!

    QuickTrip Park
    | 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 |

    2013 SWAC Basketball Tournament – March 12-16

    11 Mar

    The SWAC Tournament returns to Dallas March 12-16th!!

    Follow the 2013 SWAC Tournament Bracket HERE!

    For 5 straight days, which also happen to fall on Spring Break in Dallas, seven basketball teams representing HBCU’s in the Southwestern Athletic Conference will battle on the court for the title as 2013 Toyota SWAC Tournament winner. In the meantime and in between time, there are all kinds of events, activities and concerts planned for entertainment!SWAC_Logo_2013_large_v2

    Monday, Mar 11
    SWAC Kickoff – 6:30pm
    Top Golf Dallas

    Tuesday, Mar 12
    SWAC Alumni Mixer– 7:30pm
    Button’s Addison

    Wednesday, Mar 13
    College Expo – 8am – 2pm
    Curtis Culwell Center

    SWAC Unplugged
    featuring Dwele, Raheem DeVaughn, RC & The Gritz – 10pm-2am

    The Prophet Bar (2548 Elm St, Dallas)

    Dwele Live in Concert 3/13

    Dwele Live in Concert 3/13

    SWAC Goes Hip Hop – 8pm – 2am
    Performing Artists: Slim Thug, z Ro, DJ Mr. Rogers
    Southside Music Hall

    Thursday, Mar 14
    College Expo – 8am – 2pm
    Curtis Culwell Center

    Happy Hour – 5pm-12am
    $5 before 8pm
    Beamers Night Club
    (2343 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas)

    Attraction Thursdays SWAC Weekend JumpOff- 10pm – 2am

    Friday, Mar 15
    Happy Hour – 5pm-10pm
    Hosted by Grambling State University Alumni
    Luna DeNoches

    Spring Soiree – Urban Splendor 9:00pm – 2:00am
    30 years and older
    West End Event Center

    SWAC Madness – Draft Picks 2:00pm – 7:00pm

    Saturday, Mar 16
    The Official SWAC Post-Tournament Concert – 10am – 1pm
    Performing Artists: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with Special Guest Salt & Peppa and K-Ci and JoJo
    Verizon Theater
    1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie



    To check game results click here.
    The Championship Game for the Women will be Saturday at 5pm and the Men’s will be at 7pm.

    Click Here for Tickets and Tournament Packages!


    ~2013 SWAC Tournament~
    Curtis Culwell Center
    4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard
    Garland, TX 75040

    Great Big Texas Home Show at Cowboy Stadium – March 8-10

    9 Mar

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, including how we do our Home & Garden expos. What allows the Great Big Texas Home Show to be even bigger is the venue it’s being held in this weekend – the Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX. Jerry Jones’ North Texas spaceship will contain everything house/garden related for about 3 straight days at the 2013 Great Big Tex Home Show. Between home remodeling, home decor, practical ideas and advice, special guest experts and free giveaways no home improvement guru will get bored crossing paint swatches and tools at the 20-yard line and making a touchdown at landscaping and garden center booths!


    As far as tickets go, Home Show tickets for the Arlington event are only $15 for adults, $6 for kids and FREE for children 5 years and younger.

    CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online and get it $3.00 cheaper!!

    Great Big Texas Home Show 9- arlvoice

    Cowboy Stadium | 925 N Collins Street, Arlington, TX 76011

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