Friday, April 26, 2013
What a weekend: Top events, fairs, festivals and more for April 26
North, South, East, or West: There's fun everywhere you turn.
Looking for adventure this weekend? Look no further. We have everything from Mutt Struts to jazz interludes, wildflowers and charitable antiquing. The next three days are jam-packed with more fun than a barrel of presidents hanging out at SMU.
Denton Arts and Jazz Festival -- Celebrate the arts in Denton with a free weekend featuring music, a juried art show, crafts, food and attractions for the entire family. Seven stages of jazz, blues and cross-cultural music will include headliners the David Sanborn Trio, the Original Blues Brothers Band and Brave Combo. There’ll also be activities for kids such as the Children’s Art Tent and the Percussion Tent, where they can make music.
April 26 from 5 to 11 p.m., April 27 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., April 28 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. at Bell Avenue, Denton. Headline performances: The David Sanborn Trio, April 26 at 9 p.m.; the Original Blues Brothers Band, April 27 at 9 p.m.; Brave Combo, April 28 at 7 p.m. Free admission and entertainment. No pets allowed, no coolers in the jazz area. 940-565-0931. dentonjazzfest.com.
Mayfest -- Mayfest includes performances by bands and community groups on seven stages, as well as rides, games and festival foods. The Mayfest Run on May 4 features 10K, 5K and 1K options. Attractions also include the Tom Thumb Children’s Area with more than 20 activities; Live Shark Encounters; Sandpile Creations; Great American Duck Races; and the Life’s Better Outdoors Experience, featuring educational booths and activities presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
May 2-3 from 3:30 to 10 p.m., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., May 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth. The first event of the Mayfest Run begins May 4 at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, free for ages 2 and under. Tickets are available online at mayfest.org or at the gate.
Real Texas Festival -- Mesquite’s seventh annual fest showcases Texas music with more than 25 bands on three stages. Headliners are Pat Green on April 26 and Kevin Fowler April 27; both shows are at 9:30 p.m. Other highlights include Mesquite Championship Rodeo action, a carnival, children’s activities, a classic car show, Battle of the Bands with high school age bands and more.
April 26 from 5 to 11 p.m., April 27 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Rodeo Center, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite. Free parking is in the general admission lot and at the shuttle lot at Memorial Stadium. Single-day general admission is $20, free for children 12 and under; $5 gate admission discounts are available with a donation of a nonperishable food item either day for the Mayor’s Food Drive benefiting Mesquite Social Services and Sharing Life Community Outreach. (A motorcycle food run is also scheduled for April 27.) Festival tickets are available online at Ticketmaster or at the gate. 972-216-6499. realtexasfestival.com.
Texas Food Truckin' Fest -- More than 30 food trucks are scheduled to be on hand for the inaugural event with a wide range of types of food, such as Vietnamese fusion from Nammi, sausage from the Butcher’s Son and sweet treats from Cup Cakin. Live music, bounce houses, balloon artists and face painters round out the action. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
April 26 from 4 to 10 p.m., April 27 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. $10, $12 for a two-day pass; $5 for kids under 12 (except for those under 32 inches tall, who get in free). Parking is included in the price of admission. texasfoodtruckinfest.com.
Prairie Fest -- Renew your connection to nature with wildflowers and prairie tours at the annual festival, which offers a variety of solar-powered fun on 160 acres at the Tandy Hills Natural Area. This year’s theme is Prairie to the People. You’ll find kids’ activities, food, sustainable lifestyle exhibitors and weather balloon launches by the National Weather Service. There’ll also be regional live music throughout the day with 10 bands, including Brave Combo. J. Paul Slavens of KKXT-FM (91.7) will serve as the master of ceremonies.
April 27 from 11 a.m. to sunset at Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View St., Fort Worth. Free admission and free street parking. 817-731-2787. tandyhills.org/fest.
Main Street Festival -- Head out for some old-fashioned fun at this two-day fest in Grand Prairie. Take in a carnival, dancers, singers and bands, including Vince Vance and the Valiants on April 26 and Brave Combo on April 27. Enjoy a Farmers Market, street performers, a champion chalk artist, arts, craft vendors, food, BMX bike performances, games, face painters and more.
April 26 from 5 to 11 p.m., April 27 from 8 a.m. to midnight at Market Square, 120 W. Main St., downtown Grand Prairie. Admission and parking are free. Activities (such as carnival rides and games), food, art, and other items are available for purchase. April 26 wristbands for unlimited carnival rides are $20. A discounted “all you can ride” $10 wristband for April 26 only is available on grandfungp.com. 972-237-8100.
Strut Your Mutt -- The SPCA of Texas celebrates its 75th anniversary with a 5K run and a 3K fun run-walk at Fair Park. Take your four-legged friend to participate with you in the Wag Your Tail 5K run, or mosey along in the Strut Your Mutt 3K. The fundraising event, benefiting the organization’s rescue and shelter programs, also includes Radio Disney on the Main Stage, an agility course, a Puppy Pals Kids Zone play area, a Bow-Wow Bazaar and food from area restaurants.
April 27 at Fair Park’s Tower Building, 3809 Grand Ave., Dallas. Registration opens at 7 a.m.: Wag Your Tail 5K and Strut Your Mutt 3K events will be held from 8:30 to noon; all activities will be open at 9. Registration is $35, free for children 11 and under. Register online at strutyourmutt.info.
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Arbor Daze -- Receive a free tree to plant when you attend the Arbor Daze family festival in Euless. The two-day event offers live music with Brave Combo, Shades of Gray, Me and My Monkey and Emerald City Band; a Polynesian exhibition; other entertainment; arts and crafts; children’s activities in the Kidz Zone; a business expo; food; and more.
Wills Point Bluebird Festival -- Head on out to Wills Point, known as “the Bluebird Capital of Texas” for the 20th annual festival celebrating all things bluebird. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, festival food and pageants. You’ll also find a car show, a health fair, the Kids Zone, bird and plant exhibits, carnival rides and more.
April 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Wills Point, at the intersection of highways 80 and 47 (Fourth Street). Free admission. Some activities and items cost extra. willspointbluebird.org.
Art in the Square -- The Southlake Women’s Club presents its annual juried fine-arts festival featuring artwork on display and for purchase from 150 artists. The event includes beer and wine available for purchase, food vendors, children’s activities, and two stages with live entertainment. Country music artist Keith Anderson is the headliner for an April 27 concert. Proceeds of this community fundraiser benefit charities that serve women, children and families in northeast Tarrant County.
April 26 from 4 to 10:30 p.m., April 27 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., April 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main St., Southlake. (Artist booths close at 9 p.m.) Free. The April 27 concert with Keith Anderson is at 8:30 p.m. Parking is free at parking garages and parking lots at Southlake Town Square. artinthesquare.com.
Antiques at the Alexander -- Have your treasures, from art to antiques, books to silver and much more, evaluated by appraisal and conservation experts at this Antiques Roadshow-style event, presented by Dallas Woman’s Forum. Jeweler Bill Noble of William Noble Rare Jewels, the keynote lecturer, will give a presentation titled “Fabulous Gems & Famous People: Buying & Selling Estate Jewelry” at noon. Champagne and appetizers will be served during the afternoon.
April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dallas Woman’s Forum at the Alexander Mansion, 4607 Ross Ave., Dallas. Lectures begin at 11 with “The Alexander Mansion: Yesterday & Today” by Gloria Goodwin, historian of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, followed at noon by Noble’s lecture. Personal appraisal and conservation appointments will be scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at alexandermansion dallas.com, by calling 214-823-4533, or at the door. Appraisals are $25 per item, three items for $60. Lectures are $15 for one lecture, $25 for both. 214-823-4533.
Cardboard Boat Regatta -- Teams that have signed up in advance will race their cardboard boats at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and compete for prizes (and, hey, if a soggy craft doesn’t stay afloat, the Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking might be in reach). There will also be a competition for two-person boats built on-site ($50 to enter), a Mini-Boat Regatta pinewood sailboat race for ages 4-12 ($5), and a Whale Sail where you can cheer your floating rubber whale on to victory ($5 per whale, $20 for five). The Tornado ride, Hook’s Lagoon and the SkyCoaster swing will be open. The event is a fundraiser for educational programs at River Legacy Living Science Center and River Legacy Parks.
April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 1800 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. $8 admission to regatta and Hook’s Lagoon (SkyCoaster and Tornado cost extra). 817-860-6752. riverlegacy.org.
The Big Read Dallas Read-In -- Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is the current Big Read Dallas book (the Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program that encourages communities to read the same book). Read-in organizers encourage people to take a book and hang out in Klyde Warren Park; chow down on food from the food trucks; and see a dramatic reading by actors from Undermain Theatre, a muralist at work and performances by dancers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Spring Scream -- Make your way through the three Hangman’s House of Horrors haunted attractions, see zombies dance to “Thriller,” try some karaoke and catch live bands. It’s the first spring event at Hangman’s. April 27 is Flashlight Night, when attendees can move through the dark haunted house with just one flashlight per group.
April 26-27 and May 3-4 from 8 p.m. to midnight at 2013 N. Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth. $25 general admission, $35 for a Fastpass that gets you to the front of the line. 817-336-4264. hangmans.com.
April 26 at 7 p.m. at Christopher Martin Gallery, 1533 Dragon St., Dallas. $25. shakespearedallas.org/productions/bards-birthday-bash.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival -- The fest, now in its third decade, re-creates 16th-century English village life on 35 acres with 21 stages of Renaissance- themed entertainment. Expect to see jousting knights, falconry, bagpipers, artisan demonstrations, 200 shops and food. This year’s new attraction is Mermaid Lagoon, featuring singing mermaids.
The fest continues through May 27, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (it’s also open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27) at 2511 FM66, Waxahachie. Scarborough is located off Interstate 35E at Exit 399A. Admission is $24 for adults, $10 for children, free for ages 4 and under. Parking is free. Discount coupons are available at area Tom Thumb stores. 972-938-3247. srfestival.com
This story was compiled by Dena Hill and Ann Pinson.
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