Sane in Dallas (Summer Events)
We all know that summer, with all its freedoms, can sometimes get really boring. There has to be stuff to do. Dallas and Fort Worth have a wide selection of concerts starting in May and continuing weekly through September. Everything from rock through big band to children's songs is represented in these summer concert series. What’s the best about them? Most of them are free.
By the end of July every Thursday evening, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a range of musical sounds under the collective name of Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum.
To the concerts held on the lawn of the Richardson Civic Center (900 Civic Center Drive) in Richardson bring lawn chairs, a blanket, and a picnic. Dates are Jul 19, Aug 2, and Aug 16.
The Plano Community Band is holding a series of free concerts in Haggard Park in downtown Plano. With a picnic and blanket you can still make it there on July 27. To get there, take DART's Red Line to the downtown Plano station.
On Jul 21, 7 p.m. head out to Old Town Lewisville, near Lewisville City Hall, for outdoor concert performed by a variety of performers. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. Alcohol is prohibited. Admission is free.
The Fort Worth Music Fest was created to bring awareness to the southeast area by bringing together communities with the universal sound of music. It not only serves as an integral part of cultural heritage appreciation within the community, it is the primary fundraiser for the Renaissance Cultural Center Scholarship Program. The Fort Worth Music Fest is the ONLY music fest in Fort Worth that provides such diversity with the opportunity to hear not only Smooth Jazz, but R&B, Blues, Neo-Soul, Oldies & Salsa! Located in the parking Lot of 3520 E. Berry (future site of National Cowboys of Color Museum). Events include Coors Light Main Stage with non-stop music all day long, Smokey’s Wings and more, plenty of food vendors, arts, and crafts, A huge children’s play area sponsored by The T, dates are Aug. 21 – 23. For more details visit www.fwmusicfestival.org
Dallas has something to offer to those who love films, sports, rodeo and even car racing.
This summer, each third Friday of the month at the Dallas Museum of Art allows you to let your creative spirit out. They will be hosting events until midnight, which includes performances, DJs, film screenings, parades, art demonstrations, open mic nights and so much more. Admission is $10. Dallas Museum of Arts members and children are free. If you'd like to find out more about this event, please go to www.dallasmuseumofart.org
Every Thursday this summer enjoy free admission into the Nasher Sculpture Center between 5 and 10pm. You could join yoga class in the garden areas presented by YogaSport. The museum also offers a free film screenings of American classics the first Thursday of the month. Every movie of their selection comes from the list of “ Top 100 movies of all times” and come with the pre- and post-screening discussion led by special guests. If you are a parent don’t miss the Target First Saturday series designed for creative family entertainment. Check out www.nashersculpturecenter.org for more details.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be presenting their newest program 'Over the Top' @ American Airlines Center. Since it’s first show in 1871, the spirit of artists performing in what has become know as The Greatest Show On Earth® has fascinated onlookers and established the foundation for success of the Ringling Bros. Some of you might go there to check what’s actually all the fuss about. July 29th through August 9th.. Also, they will host a FREE elephantine block party and the guest list includes Children of All Ages in the metroplex! The festivities begin with performances from the world famous Ringling Brothers clowns who will delight young and old alike with their silly antics. Then, the ponderous pachyderm stars of the circus will stroll to the party and revel in the excitement of snacking on a Colossal Salad of veggies and fruits. Come out to the AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center and join the party! Fun starts at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.americanairlinescenter.com for more information and details.
The Scion Drag-n-Brag program is an initiative to help curtail illegal street-racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and provide a safer environment for racing enthusiasts. Texas Motor Speedway will convert its pit lane on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval into a 1/8-mile drag strip to accommodate the racing that will run each Friday evening for a six-week period that concludes Aug. 7. There will be four divisions – ATI Success Driven Tuner, Street Bandits, Sportsman and Street Outlaws – based on the type of vehicle, engine and modifications the competitors bring to race. The match-up draw in each division is random and only the winners advance to the next round of competition. Details at www.texasmotorspeedway.com
Fans of America's #1 show will once again have the chance to catch their favorite "Idols" performing live in concert, as the top 10 contestants from American Idol season 8 stop at American Airlines Center on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30 p.m. This season's American Idol top 10 contestants Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre will perform. Details may be found at www.americanairlinescenter.com or www.americanidol.com
The Fort Worth Stockyards will celebrate this 3rd annual event National Day of the American Cowboy on Saturday, July 25th, 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with free-family events in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards that will educate visitors and honor the American Cowboy. The Cowboy Camp Exhibit at Cowtown Coliseum, Texas Trail of Fame Presentations, Texas-Size Art contest, the Cowboy Celebration Parade, Watermelon Eating Contests, Best Mustache, Cowboy Karaoke Contest and Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive are just a few of the planned activities. Details on this event may be found at www.fortworthstockyards.org