Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Kids and family events in Dallas-Fort Worth, June 14-20
Juneteenth and Father's Day are the big events to pay attention to this week.
As kids settle into their summer vacations, we're now at the time of the year when two well-known holidays collide -- Juneteenth and Father's Day. So while there are other worthy events out there, including a Summer Block Party at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas on Friday, this week's round-up will be focused solely on celebrations of those two special days, which, ironically, will be taking place on multiple days.
In case you didn't know, Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery, something that Texas is credited with starting, as it has been an official state holiday since 1890. Although the official day is June 19, most cities are choosing to commemorate the day over the weekend. Chances are great that you will have a celebration going on near you, but among the bigger ones are the Juneteenth Celebration and Freedom March Parade on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Tyre Park in Grand Prairie; Denton Juneteenth at Fred Moore Park in Denton on Saturday; and Juneteenth Cultural Festival at the Fair Park Band Shell in Dallas on Saturday.
Mother's Day usually gets more of the hype, but that doesn't mean there won't be anything to do for Father's Day. Just like with Juneteenth, some places will be celebrating Father's Day before it actually arrives on Sunday. Dadfest 2012 will take place on Saturday at Galatyn Park in Richardson, with activities including a 5K, a dad/child look-alike contest, and more. Most area dads would kill to get on the field at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, so why not honor that wish with The Fan Father’s Day on the Field on Saturday. You'll get to meet former players, cheerleaders, and even try to kick a field goal. Meanwhile, you can head out on Lake Lewisville on Sunday one of two Father's Day Cruises, launching from just behind Sneaky Pete's Sports Bar. More than just a scenic tour of the lake, there will be food, music, raffles, and more.
Know of any kids and family events we should have mentioned? Tell us about them in the comments below.