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2011 Dallas Green Festival at Texas Discovery Gardens – Sept 24

23 Sep

You'll never know til you try

You may not be a fan of Green Eggs & Ham, but what about a Green Fair Park? This weekend Dallas is turning Green, but not with envy! Texas Discovery Gardens will host the 2011 Dallas Green Festival on September 24th at Fair Park. The Dallas Green Festival celebrates environmentally positive living. Even after the Festival is over the Green Exhibit will go into the State Fair the following weekend.

At the Dallas Green Festival one will enjoy whole lifestyle demos, green-living vendors, natural and organic food for sale, face painting, a mobile farm and recycled arts and crafts. You can even do your part by dropping off electronics for recycling through Goodwill Industries of Dallas. Here is a list of acceptable items. Texas Discovery Gardens’ Green Festival only lasts one day and happens to be during Texas Pollution Prevention Awareness month. By recognizing this month the message is reiterated that we can live sustainable and with a minimal environmental footprint each and every day of the year. One will also find kids activity area, classes and get access to environmental products as well as some healthy refreshments. In fact, one of my favorite brunch spots in North Dallas, Blue Mesa, will be serving their delicious street version of food.

Learn more on water and energy conservation with the demonstrations and classes; Sign up for a rain barrel making class (compliments of Texas AgriLife Extension); or Check out the Nissan Leaf’s electric car charging station. The Recycled Fashion Show will leave a permanent memory as local design students use vintage fabric and other recycled materials for the attire.

Make your mark, but make it Green

The Dallas Green Festival is a FREE event!! It will be open from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday. For a discount of $3 attendees can also go in the Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly House and Insectarium. (Regular admission for adults is $8) and don’t forget about the Green Exhibit going on throughout the State Fair of Texas, open daily from 10am-6pm. Every day at 10:30am and 12:30pm there will be butterfly releases inside the tropical butterfly house. If you missed Ecofest a week ago, then here’s your opportunity to brush up on being “green” or more eco-friendly. Discover a whole new lifestyle that benefits our earth and how you can be a part of the movement this weekend at the 2011 Dallas Green Festival.

Texas Discovery Gardens

3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas 75210
**Gate 6 at Fair Park**

2011 Plano Balloon Festival

8 Sep

Float on over to Oak Point Park in Plano for a beautiful display of hot air balloons. InTouch Credit Union is sponsoring the 2011 Balloon Festival of Plano. The festival will go on for 3 days as North Texans of all ages stand in awe at the kaleidoscope of colors filling the sky. Not only will there be hot air balloons, but also skydivers, fireworks, concerts, a kid’s fun zone, vendors, corporate exhibitors, a balloon glow and food of course! Fly up, up and away on the weekend of September 16-18.

Although this event isn’t Free, the cost for admission isn’t high at all. If you go between 9am and 3pm, you can pay the discounted admission of $4 but general 1-time admission is $5. Seniors 65 and older get $1 off admission while children under 36 inches are allowed in Free! If you’re interested in becoming a “Freind of the Festival” you can enjoy VIP Treatment and a more exclusive experience of the Balloon Festival with the following packages.

As far as parking goes it is $10 for Prime Parking (at Collin College Spring Creek Campus, Oak Point Rec Center & First United Methodist Church) and off-site parking is $5 (at Collin Creek Church & Plano Centre).

The Plano Balloon Festival Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to educating people about hot air ballooning and producing a family oriented, high quality event that offers other local non-profits the opportunity to assist in the operations of the Festival. This year 36 non-profits and 10 corporate groups will be supporting the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival! It is the objective of the Plano Balloon Festival to offer these participating non-profit agencies the chance to raise funds as well as awareness for their programs and service, and as a result enhance the quality of life for everyone.


This year we’re taking the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival to new heights with balloon rides for the attendees at about $250 per person, but you must be over 10 years old and have made arrangements by the 9th. If you didn’t catch it this year, be sure you do next year!

The State Fair may not be for another couple of weeks, but the list of food that will be sold at the festival is pretty long and will leave you salivating! From turkey legs and spiral cut potatoes to frito pie, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted corn and snow cones you’ll have no excuse to have left the Balloon Festival hungry. Check out the list of vendors that will be there.

Festival Hours

Friday, Sept 16: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, Sept 17: 6:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, Sept 18: 6:00am – 7:00pm

Just when you thought the festival couldn’t get any bigger, it does! On the final day of the Balloon Fesitval there will be the Inaugural Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk. Race day is Sunday, 9/18 and you can click here to register! Each registered runner receives up to 2 tickets to the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival along with VIP Parking! Some snacks will also be provided from Central Market.

Let's leave all the skydiving to the Pros

Plano Balloon Festival Location
2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano 75074

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