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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.

Art Uprising 2012 – First Ever West Village Art Festival

20 Aug

Come to the popular energizing Uptown Dallas shopping area and make history by attending the first ever art festival held in West Village. Art Uprising will take place from Friday, September 21st to Sunday, September 23rd. You can expect the usual art fest/wine walk features but in an upscale atmosphere known to make your dining and retail experience that much finer. Along with local artwork enjoy a silent auction on Friday night, appetizers, drinks and store specials. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Emergency Artist Support League (EASL).

A few of the stores participating in the Friday Art Walk: GAP, Indigo, L.bartlett, LF, Lilli London, Kendra Scott, y&I boutique, etc.

Roam the alleys of West Village Dallas to find amazing artwork by 50 local artists as music fills the air. If you work up an appetite strolling the art-filled streets of the Village take a sip or bite of something scrumptious from eating spots like Cork, Baboush, Cru or Union Bear. Children activities and musical performances will also occur at the 2012 Art Uprising Art Festival. Uprising attendees can expect to rock out with bands like Sealion, My Wooden Leg, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Budapest One, Tweed EQ and more. It doesn’t get much better! Light bites, captivating art, music, classy bidding wars and family fun in one of Dallas’ most intimate shopping scenes. West Village will never be the same after this September.

Art Uprising 2012 Schedule

Friday, 9/21
Art Walk/Festival begins: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, 9/22
11:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday, 9/23
11:00am – 5:00pm

*In order to be a featured artist at West Village’s Art Uprising 2012 festival submit a request to rfresquez@westvil.com for a vendor application. See you in September!

West Village | 3699 McKinney Avenue | Dallas

The Shops at Park Lane presents Movies Under the Moon 2012

20 May

Just when you thought The Shops at Parks Lane couldn’t get any better, they bring on a Free exclusive summer event! “Movies Under the Moon” starts in June 2012! Every Friday evening during the month of June, The Shops at Park Lane will feature a free outdoor family-friendly film. The movie series will start off June 1st with Secretariat and more will follow each week. Just check the 2012 schedule listed below.

Dallas’ new outdoor shopping complex is providing a snazzy shopping scene for free flicks that are viewable for all ages. Head over to the park near Bailey’s Prime Plus for the actual viewing area. Families can pack up a picnic bag, unfold the lawn chairs or lay out a blanket to enjoy Movies Under the Moon every Friday. Whole Foods will supply arts and crafts giveaways for children before the movies begin while Gordon Biersch will provide both edibles & quenchables for sale. Popcorn will be available for $1/bag.

Movie Times:

    7:00PM – 10:00PM


    June 1: Secretariat

    June 8: Toy Story

    June 15: Remember the Titans

    June 22: Happy Feet


    The park near Bailey’s Prime Plus and Fresh Berry

The Shops at Park Lane are at the Southeast Corner of Park Lane and Central Expwy, across from North Park Mall

Be a part of The Shops at Park Lane’s outdoor summer movie series!

The Shops at Park Lane
8070 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231

City Arts Festival 2012

20 May

Things are heating up at Fair Park with the 2012 City Arts Festival this Memorial Day weekend! For three days in a row North Texans will enjoy one of the largest outdoor art exhibits in Dallas, along with tons of family activities, food truck treats and music. The festival is FREE to get in with Fair Park parking about $10. May 25 – May 27 are the select dates for CityArts 2012. Also, included at the CityArts Festival is ArtFest, a showcase of original pieces by nearly 150 renowned national and Texan artists. The popular juried art show is put on by The 500 Inc., who for over 40 years has used ArtFest to help raise funding for cultural arts organizations in Dallas.
Some of you might remember when the festival was held downtown in the arts district, but big the large outdoor event that it is, two years ago CityArts was moved to the more spacious Home of our State Fair to provide ample space and help place emphasis on some of the city’s coolest museums.

The 2012 CityArts Festival is presented by Big City Crushed Concrete, which is a company that helps reduce landfilled concrete waste by usting crushed concrete products. They have provided the construction industry significant economic and environmental benefits by recycling clean concrete rubble into TXDOT Grade rock materials for over 23 years.

The City Arts Festival of Dallas is FREE and open to the entire public. Check out the main features of this artsy fartsy fest:

Art Classes
Art Cars
Musical performances
Chef Demonstrations
2 Outdoor Films
(Friday & Saturday)
Kid’s Activities

Come Memorial Day weekend the fairgrounds will be drenched in color with so much to offer visitors. Anyone attending the festival will receive reduced admission to the museums of Fair Park at select times. The Magnolia Art Lounge will offer art classes for adults and teens. “Cartists” display some of their best work and creativity on automobiles. See how creative they can get using vehicles as a “canvas”. A mix of both musical and dance acts will take stage while food trucks roll up offering some of Dallas’ best meals on wheels. Keep on eye on the Esplanade Fountain for “dancing water” shows throughout the weekend!

Art will be jumping out at North Texans from all areas in all aspects, whether it’s the culinary arts, dance, paint, music, graphic design, architecture, sketch, street arts and whatever else you can think of. If it’s art-related, it’s at CityArts. Don’t bother looking for tickets because this festival is FREE!


Friday 5/25
6PM – 10PM

11AM – 10PM

11AM – 6PM

Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
Dallas 75210

2012 Jazz Nights at The Dream Café

20 Mar

Once upon a time (about two decades ago) an aspiring entrepreneur dreamed up a place where people could eat healthy, get tasty food, let the kids run free and be able to let their hair down while doing so. It would be a safe haven for adults and children alike that allowed them the freedom to be themselves and let their imaginations run wild. This place came into existence in the DFW metroplex, and the owners were so pleased with themselves that they opened a second location. Both provided a relaxing patio atmosphere, occasional classic movie nights, easy going ambiance and an eclectic family friendly menu. “Let’s call it The DREAM Café!” they said. Then, a couple years later, another idea popped into their heads. “Let’s set aside special nights where customers can not only eat and drink, but hear live music outside on the patio at the same time. We’ll do it in the springtime, since this IS Texas.”

This spring explore your dreams and find a place of evening refuge in Uptown Dallas at The Dream Café’s Jazz Nights every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm. Local artist Melanie Skybell, a regular performing artist at The Dream Café, along with The Brehms Duo will alternate nights giving live shows on location. In fact, Melani Skybell will be having her Album Release Party on Wednesday, April 11th at the Uptown Location. Help her celebrate her newest CD with Pete Brewer on sax, Jaelun Washington on drums and Jonathan Fisher on bass at her second home – The Dream Café. (outside on patio, weather permitting)

*While you’re at Jazz Nights on Wednesdays, those who like to sip after a long day’s work, can enjoy ½ priced bottles of wine, every Winey Wednesday.*

Check out the full 2012 Spring Jazz Nights Schedule:

Mon. Mar 19: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Mar 21: Melani Skybell
Mon. Mar 26: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Mar 28: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 2: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 4: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 9: The Brehms Duo

Wed. Apr 11: Melani Skybell (CD Release Party!)
Mon. Apr 16: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 18: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 23: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 25: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 30: The Brehms Duo
Wed. May 2: Melani Skybell
Mon. May 7: The Brehms Duo

The Brehms Duo

The Dream Café is very casual restaurant (with vegetarian friendly items offered on their menu) found right in the heart of Uptown Dallas located at the Quadrangle off Routh Street. Parking is Free either in the Quadrangle lot or the nearby garage. Although The Dream Café is also in Addison, Jazz Nights will just be taking place in Uptown for now, as the Addison location is typically closed during the evenings – but perfect for Brunch. This hidden treasure is no longer remaining a ‘secret’. (I personally came across it a couple of summers ago when looking for new things to do.) So For the next 2-3 months, don’t just dream about Free Jazz Nights, but make it a reality. By the end of the evening -between the wine and the soothing sax sounds- you may be walking on clouds.

Now if we could just get those Classic Movie Nights back up and running! 😉

Uptown Location
2800 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Addison Location
5100 Beltline Road
Dallas, TX 75254

*Check out the Dream Cafe Menu here*

2011 TX State Veggie Fair | The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair at White Rock Lake

18 Oct

..Have we got a Fair for you!..

DallasVegan.com presents The Texas State Veggie Fair on Sunday, October 23rd!! The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair is back! Come enjoy a wide array of environmentally friendly as well as animal friendly vendors from 11am to 6pm at Winfrey Point – White Rock Lake. There will be Vegan Food sampling, carnival games, guest speakers, live music and entertainment. And guess what else? You get in Absolutley FREE!!

Just when you thought the State Fair of Texas overdid it with the Fried Foods, The Texas State Veggie Fair comes along with their Vegan Fried Foods competition! If you’re interested in applying yourself click here. One must prepare at least 5 servings of their fried food item, use ONLY and ALL vegan products (no milk, eggs, cheese, etc). Honey can’t be used either. There is a $100 prize for the winner! The entry fee is $15. (Just because we’re the “Fried Food Capital” of Texas doesn’t mean it always has to be fatty unhealthy fried food.)

Enjoy guest speakers for the 2011 Texas State Veggie Fair (I keep wanting to call it Vegan Fair). Julieanna Hever, Nathan Runkle, Nicole Sopko, Maria Miller Wolfson and Amber Shea Ford will present intriguing topics on vegan cooking, lifestyle, health & fitness. Read up on some of the outstanding speakers here.

You just might consider the main attraction of The 2nd Annual Texas State Veggie Fair to be the FOOD! If that’s the case, be on the lookout for vegetarian/vegan eateries like Hail Merry, Gennarino’s, Spiral Diner, NadaMoo!, Holy Kombucha, Denton Vegan Cooperative, Little Eden Baker and Jackaklope Mobile Kitchen. Sometimes you have to really look for a good vegetarian restaurant in the DFW but now you can get some of the best ones all in one location! In addition to the restaurants listed above, food sampling at the Veggie Fair will be available from: Gardein, Honest Tea, Sophie’s Kitchen, Starlite, Tofurky, Upton’s and WayFare.

Hit the Fair veggie style this weekend! You can jump for joy or skip for soy! Celebrate healthy living and an animal friendly lifestyle with other North Texans at the 2011 Texas State VEGGIE Fair. Make up for all those fatty fried foods you ate at Fair Park and bring your appetite to White Rock Lake on October 23rd for plenty of green and organic protein!

Winfrey Point – White Rock Lake
950 East Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

Uptown Village’s Fall Fest & Trunk-or-Treat

9 Oct

Uptown Village keeps the party “live” in Cedar Hill! There’s never a month that passes without some exciting event for Village shoppers/visitors. This month the “Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat” will be taking place on Halloween weekend, October 29th. The Village Green will be a pumpkin patch where different activities will occur, while Trunk or Treat will be behind the new Black-eyed Peas restaurant in their parking lot. What’s October without a great Fall Festival? Incomplete. Slap on some costumes and load up the kiddos (and doggies) for face painting, balloon art, pumpkin decorating, seed spitting, a pie eating contest as well as a Dog Costume contest! (Uptown Village has a thing for pups) Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat begins at 5pm on Saturday and lasts until 9pm.

The Village Green transforms into a Pumpkin Patch

It’s a great safe alternative for going trick-or-treating door-to-door, especially the Trunk or Treat which is brought by Midlothian Classic Wheels. They’ll have the scariest yet coolest looking cars over in the Black-eyed Peas parking lot fully equipped with treats! (If you don’t trust the neighbors might as well go for the trunks of some old classic cars right? lol KIDDING…It’s safe.) All the Village Green activities mentioned above will go from 5 to 7pm, and the Trunk or Treat is from 6 to 9pm.

Bring a camera if you like as the Village Green will be decorated just right for some great family shots and fall photos of the tiny tots with the pumpkins. Don’t get uneasy about suspect trick-or-treating plans. Just make a night of it over at Uptown Village’s Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 29th!

WORLDFEST 2011 Addison

9 Oct

Travel the world in ONE weekend for FREE!! WORLDFEST in Addison grows a little more each year! On October 22nd and 23rd, Addison Circle Park will host WorldFest, a diverse culture festival celebrating all of the cultural communities that make up our metroplex. The Middle East, Africa, Asia, European and even the West Indies islands are represented. You can find cultural food as well as dancers and live performances. One year we went and were out beating drums and dancing with North Texans of all colors, ages and backgrounds. It was really fun. (see pics below)

The 4th Annual Worldfest has partnered with the following organizations for this year’s festival:

Bugarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare”
Consulate General of Mexico
Council of Ghanaian Associations – DFW
DFW Asian-American Citizens Council
Italian Club of Dallas
Maharlika Dancers, USA/La Creme Ensemble
Maison de l’Artisan – Kingdom of Morocco
Romanian Food Festival DFW
Polish American Foundation of Texas
Turkish American Association of Northern Texas

Worldfest is produced in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

At Worldfest you’ll find an International Marketplace divided in sections according to regions. Each region will feature exotic items from around the world, including clothing, fashion accessories, décor, art and more. Berlitz Language classes will also be offered at the festival. WorldFest is great for the little ones! The Kid’s Activities and Global Games at WorldFest will give children a hands-on intro to global cultures through arts, crafts and exciting games from around the world. On the International Business side of things, the Gobal Business Connection offers a new lecture series presented by WorldFest’s partner, the World Affairs Council, presenting programs throughout the year on a variety of international business topics. Network with professionals from around the globe or right here in North Texas. Come to Addison Circle Park for a cultural experience you and your kids are sure to remember!

Fun at the first ever Worldfest in Addison

Drumming & Dancing at the end of WorldFest '08

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

Worldfest '09

WorldFest will be open from 12:00Noon- 6:00PM
on Saturday, 10/22 & Sunday, 10/23.
Remember, Admission is FREE!!!

*Parking for Addison Worldfest is available for Free at the NW corner of Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road.

Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle Drive

*ATMs are also available on site.

Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market Dallas – Fridays in October

5 Oct

You’re about to have another reason to #TGIF! Every Friday in the month of October the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market will be open for business! What IS that you might ask!? It’s a weekly market located in Downtown Dallas that will have live music, fresh produce, handmade crafts and other cool stuff, all at the fingertips of downtown employees and YOU if you dare to venture downtown on a Friday. Teaming up to sponsor this weekly outdoor October special, if you will, is The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and Downtown Dallas Inc. If you didn’t know already, Pegasus Plaza is located at the corner of Main Street and Akard. To apply be a participating vendor at this market click here. The main purpose of the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market is giving downtown workers an exciting alternative to the normal lunchtime experience. I personally think they’re trying to push people outside of their cubes, into the fresh “fall” air and expose them to the Central Business District. They’re doing this between the hours of 11am and 3pm, just in time for that 3 o’clock slump. Yeah you know how that goes. We’ll see who’s taking extra long lunch breaks every Friday this month. When it comes time to point the finger, blame Downtown Dallas Inc. and Deep Ellum Outdoor Market for the afternoon distractions.

Pegasus Outdoor Market is sponsored by DEOM & Downtown Dallas Inc

Not only is the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market trying to bring people to the streets of their neighborhood, they’re also making an effort to give exposure to their local artists and businesses. How’s that for cultivating an artistic booming community? Deep Ellum is such a unique community itself that it needs the support of people throughout the Metroplex who also share the desire for an alternative to DFW’s mainstream. Here’s some instruction on how to get your own booth and become a vendor.

The Dates for the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Market are October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th. It looks like the Outdoor Market will be back in November & December as well. Check here for future Market Dates.

Now try saying “Pegasus Plaza” 8 times fast! Orrr just head downtown on your lunch break (unless you work in Arlington or Grapevine or something) and enjoy the closest thing we have to our own little “New York City” before you become too tongue tied. I swear, if Dallas doesn’t stop trying to become more downtown busy-city-like…Our New Years Eve celebration is already getting bigger and bigger each year filling the streets of Victory Park. What will they come up with next?! Talking pigeons with New England accents like on Bolt?! Stay tuned….because at this rate, it’s definitely possible.

Stay clicked in for the next market Oct 15th at Indiana Boulevard. Deep Ellum Outdoor Markets will be every 3rd Saturday of the month for the rest of the year!

*Wanna become a DEOM Volunteer?? Click here!

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