Archive | May, 2013

Safari Nights at The Dallas Zoo | FREE Summer Concert Series Under the Stars

29 May

It doesn’t take a plane ride to Africa or Madagascar RedBox rental to experience Safari Nights. They can be found right off I-35 in Dallas every Saturday night this summer!

Join The Dallas Zoo as they extend park hours for zoobilee of tunes and after hour fun! The Safari Nights Concert Series are presented by Texas Instruments giving DFW families the opportunity to enjoy great live music on the weekends for 8 consecutive Saturdays. Once sun sets and night falls bring out the blankets and lawn chairs for performances under the stars by tribute bands, local songwriters and artists right at the shady Cat Green. Attendees can also enjoy visits from the Stars from the Zoo’s Animal Adventures outreach program.

Safari Nights Concerts are FREE with zoo admission. Food and drinks are available for purchase.


    Dates: Every Saturday night during June & July
    (June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27)
    Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Location: The Dallas Zoo
    (650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas 75203)



June 8: Bruce in the USA (Bruce Springsteen tribute)

June 15: Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute)

June 22: Hard Night’s Day (Beatles tribute)

June 29: Trout Fishing in America (folk rock/children’s music)

July 6: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute)

July 13: A1A Live (Jimmy Buffett tribute)

July 20: The Killdares (Celtic rock)

July 27: Sara Hickman (noted singer/songwriter)

Hours & Admission
The Dallas Zoo opens at 9am on Saturdays. Regular admission costs $12 for zoo lovers between 12 and 64. Kids ages 3-11 and adults 65 and over are $9. Children 2 years and younger get in FREE along with Dallas Zoo members.

Travel & Parking
To avoid parking fees and traffic feel free to travel to the Dallas Zoo by DART. However, please be cautious and travel in groups if you plan on attending the Safari Nights Concert Series, especially when leaving after dark.

Cheers to the Weekends

Cheers to the Weekends

*Parking is $8.00 per car and FREE for Dallas Zoological Society Members.

Art & Wine at The Station – June 6

27 May

Next Thursday, join Susie O, Susie Drinks Dallas and many others for Art& Wine at The Station, an evening of scrumptious appetizers, complimentary wine and fine art. The event will take place in the urban Lofts at Mockingbird Station in Dallas located right off Highway 75. The FREE bites you’ll enjoy at Art & Wine at The Station are all courtesy of Trinity Hall Irish Pub and Off The Vine.

All featured pieces will benefit Café Momentum, including works by DFW artists like Jeff Parrott and Michael Cross. Take the evening off or make it a Date Night and swing by the Mockingbird Station Lofts for Art & Wine At The Station, Thursday June 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Raise your glass with The Station as North Dallas toasts Fine Art!

*To RSVP for Art & Wine at The Station visit:

Enjoy Art & Wine from Off the Vine

Enjoy Art & Wine from Off the Vine

The Lofts , Condo 344 | Mockingbird Station
5307 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206

Top 15 Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas 2013

19 May

We picked a few favorite Activities to do this memorial day weekend in DFW. Here’s our list of the Top 15, in no particular order:

1. Summer Adventures at Fair Park
May 25-27
The newest attraction in Dallas this summer is Summer Adventures at Fair Park. An island getaway only two miles away from downtown Dallas, guests of all ages can enjoy food of the state fair, Discover Garden, water attractions, 50 rides, live shows and more within the park gates. Plus you’ll get free bottled water and sun screen.

2. Dallas Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Concert & Fireworks Display
May 27
Memorial Day marks the start of the 2013 Community Concert Series – a series of four outdoor concerts in various Dallas parks and neighborhoods. The Memorial Day concert & fireworks will begin at 8pm at Flag Pole Hill Park in Dallas. (8100 Doran Circle) Admission is FREE.


3. DFW National Cemetery – Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27
Keynote speaker: Brigader General Casey D. Blake, Deputy Director Army and Airforce Exchange Services
“Placing of the Wreath” ceremony and 21 Volley Cannon salute with music by Mountain View College Community Band and Reflections Home School Choir . Shuttle service will start at 8am running from The Potter’s House Church and stop at 10:45am. The ceremony starts promptly at 11am.

4. Adventure Landing
May 27
Enjoy Memorial Day weekend specials from Friday May 24 through Monday May 27 at this family friendly recreation park. Adventure Landing is having an All-You-Can-Play Special on Memorial Day (5/27) for only $10.99 per person, which includes unlimited mini golf, unlimited laser tag and 10 arcade tokens. This special runs from open to 6pm, but there is a token sale all weekend long.

5. Lake Ray Hubbard
Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to hit the freshwater lake in Dallas located just north of Forney in the Rockwall, Collin and Kaufman county. Get out the boats, jet skis, fishing rods, waveboards and BBQ supplies for extended weekend fun at Lake Ray Hubbard.

6. Klyde Warren Park
KWP is always a great weekend destination for families looking for an outdoor hangout spot with gourmet food trucks, dog parks, ping pong, a children’s library, music, exercise classes and an urban place to chill out.

7. Jokers Wild Comedy Show at HOB Dallas
May 24
Chris Kazmarski hosts this FREE comedy show on the Voodoo Stage at House of Blues Dallas at 10pm Friday night.


8. TBT Spring Fest Dallas Theatre Center
May 24-26
Texas Ballet Theater presents. presents Ben Stevenson’s Mozart Requiem. Mozart’s music comes alive with this moving tribute to heroism that features a magnificent cast of the men of TBT. (Texas Ballet Theater – 2400 Flora St, Dallas – 877-828-9200)
Matinee performances: 1pm
Evening performances: 7pm

9. Dallas International Festival
May 25
FREE festival May 25th from 10am to 8pm at the Centennial Building at Fair Park. Enjoy the global cuisine pavilion, cooking demos, Children’s Discovery Center, International Bazaar, 3 stages of global dance & music, drum circle, parade of nations and passport to adventure.

10. Farmers Branch Liberty Fest
May 25
Gates open at noon for this FREE Memorial Day festival held at Farmers Branch Historical Park – arts & crafts marketplace, live entertainment, free kids zone and more.


11. Indie Fest in the Big D
May 25
Indi in the Big D is a FREE open market of independent business owners and artists from Dallas with live music, food trucks and over 50 local vendors. The market is open for one day only between 11am and 7pm. (406 S. Haskell Ave, Dallas 75226)


12. Norma’s Café Car Show
May 25
Late Great Chevys of Dallas and Norma’s Café team up for a showcase of hot rods and vintage cars Saturday from 6pm to 9pm at the North Dallas location located at Trinity Mills and Dallas Parkway.

13. Shape Diva Dash
May 25
This women’s-only 5k course is at Panther Island Pavillion is filled with obstacles sure to challenge racers balance, strength, agility and speed. All Daring DFW Divas welcome to take on this Women’s Obstacle Adventure Run!

14. Grapevine Live presents The Party Crashers
May 24
This high energy 7-piece band specializes in classic rock and roll, dance, and party music covering five decades from the 50s thru the 90s. The Party Crashers are an award winning band who have received “The Best Party Band in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex” award, as selected by the readers of both The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Weekly News. Showtime: 7:30pm (Palace Theatre – 300 S Main Street, Grapevine – 817-410-3100)

15. Get Drenched Run in Ft Worth
May 25
One of the nation’s biggest water fights, Drenched is a healthy wet 5k race where runners get the chance to cool off while running among sprays from hoses, ice cold buckets of water poured from above, sporadic water balloon bombs and water gun battles. Those that start the race out hot and dry will end up cooler and healthier in the Drenched Finale 5K. (LaGrave Field in Fort Worth)



HomeGrown Fest Main Street Garden Dallas – May 11

7 May

It’s confession time… admit it, you love Dallas music! You love the big names and national acts that infuse their roots into their songs played worldwide. You love the bars and clubs who have no shortage of talent every night of the week! You love going to eat in Dallas because you know for sure that the music is sometimes even a little better than the food! Right…? Right!


Dallas celebrates Dallas this weekend with the Homegrown Music Festival. It’s not your average music festival; many artists are coming home while many don’t have to leave their zip code. Like most festivals, there will be plenty to do while you enjoy the music. Stop by one of the numerous booths and sample the arts and crafts. You’ll be hungry so feel free to indulge your taste buds and taste all the good food. The spectacular lineup for the 4th Annual Homegrown Festival features only the hottest names in music from Texas/with Texas ties. Corporate sponsorship has been provided by Downtown Dallas,Inc.,The Chevy Music Showcase, KXT 91.7, WFAA Channel 8,Shiner Beer and Printed Threads. The goodness is going down on the Shiner Bock or Chevrolet stages, the lineup includes:

Divine Fits
The Polyphonic Spree

The Relatives

Larry g(EE)


The Band of Heathens

Burning Hotels

Somebody’s Darling

The O’s


Quiet Company

The Tontons

J. Charles & The Trainrobbers

Madison King


For complete stage and performance info on all the bands, click here


You have seen many of these bands at festivals all across North Texas in the past year. Many like The Relatives have been headliners. The Polyphonic Spree is enjoying a string of worldwide performances and is in the process of recording and releasing their newest album. Each of these acts are can’t miss! The true genius of Texas music is on display this Saturday at the Homegrown Music Festival. You’ll understand why many musicians and singers who weren’t born in Texas got here as fast as they could!

All this goodness goes down Saturday May, 11 2013 at the Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main Street in Dallas and kicks off at 11 am! Grab your tickets today, and we’ll see you there!


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.

Starbucks Frappuccino HAPPY HOUR May 3-12

7 May

Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks is back May 3 – 12, 2013!! Get your favorite frap at HALF PRICE between 3:00 and 5:00pm NOW through Mother’s Day 2013 (May 12th)!! Two new flavors are being presented just in time for the promotion: Caramel Ribbon Crunch & Mocha Cookie Crumble. I know for a fact that the Caramel Ribbon Crunch, although just crunchier is simply delicious! In fact they both should be if you are just looking for a crunchier frappuccino. It’s not TOO much crunch, but enough to get you through your 3:00 slump.


Click here to find your nearest Starbucks location.


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