Dallas Ft. Worth Weekend Guide



What: Texas Independence Day Party
When: Thurs. March 2nd @ 3:00PM
Where: Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Fwy., Irving, TX 75039
Why: The Ranch at Las Colinas will host a special Texas Independence Day Party and Live Concert Event. The party starts with a menu of specially priced cocktails showcasing local Texas spirits and complimentary passed appetizers (while supplies last). This will be followed by a concert opened by native Texan Cody Wayne with a two-band set, followed by the headliner, Mars Hill Band.

What: Texas Independence Day
When: Thurs. March 2nd @ 6:00PM – 10:30PM
Where: The Rustic
3656 Howell St., Dallas, TX 75204
Why: Get your Texas on at this free (with RSVP) celebration featuring music headliners Shinyribs and honky tonk locals Raised Right Men. There will be cornhole, Texas pop-up shops and complimentary photo booth with Texas-themed props.

What: Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Illusionists
When: Thurs. Mar. 2nd – Sun. Mar. 5th @ 7:30PM & 1:30PM
Where: Music Hall at Fair Park
909 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
Why: This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

What: Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art
When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 10:00AM
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 West Lancaster Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76107
Why: The theme for this year’s event is “Word Play! Antiques and Art With Words,” so you can expect to find words emblazoned on everything from early advertising signs and sterling trophies to drawers that have scribbles like “Made on July 4, 1872.” Scour wares from 150 exhibitors from across the country, including fine art, folk art, jewelry, lighting, textiles, fashion and furniture at this show that’s been now in its 54th year.

What: DFW South Asian Film Festival
When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 6:00PM (Fri) and 11:00AM (Sat & Sun)
Where: AMC Village on the Parkway 9
5100 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
Why: The Dallas/Fort Worth area is now home to its very own South Asian film festival. DFW SAFF is a three day festival taking place from March 3 to 5, 2017. We will showcase World, U.S. and Texas premieres of features, shorts and documentaries, all chosen to engage, educate and inspire audiences. We have chosen a wide range of films exploring issues that affect South Asians living and working in America, as well as our brothers and sisters back home.

What: North Texas Irish Festival
When: Fri. March 3rd – Sun. March 5th @ 6:00PM (Fri) and 11:00AM (Sat & Sun)
Where: Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
Why: One of the largest Irish festivals in the U.S., the North Texas Irish Festival returns March 3-5, 2017, to celebrate 35 years of music and Irish culture. This year’s theme, “Texas Grown – Irish Roots,” celebrates the amazing music, dance, and cultural talent in and around our region and incorporates the rich tradition of Irish and other Celtic influences. Visitors can enjoy top musicians and dancers from around the world and a number of cultural presentations on 13 stages at Fair Park. Music, dancing, whiskey tastings, blacksmithing demonstrations, horse displays, Celtic storytelling, animal rescue groups, Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, dozens of activities for kids and child-friendly entertainment, and chef demonstrations.

What: Back 2 the 80s: Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and more
When: Fri. March 3rd @ 8:00PM
Where: Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Why: Featuring Doug E. Fresh (pictured), Slick Rick, Al B. Sure!, Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini, Hi Five, Force MDs, Big Daddy Kane, and Cherrelle

What: Midnight Madness: Blade Runner (The Final Cut)
When: Fri. March 3rd and Sat. March 4th @ MIDNIGHT
Where: Inwood Theatre
5458 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75209
Why: Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, director Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir thriller returns in a definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, 21st-century detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants—and is drawn to a mystery woman (Sean Young) whose secrets may undermine his soul. Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Co-starring Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh and Daryl Hannah. Music by Vangelis.

What: All Out Trinity: Trinity Levee Run/ Gravelthon/ Yoga on the Bridge/ Cycle Drag Races
When: Sat. March 4th @ 7:30AM – 4:00PM
Where: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Singleton Blvd. and Gulden Ln., Dallas, TX 75212
Why: Run, ride, race, do yoga and play at the All Out Trinity event, a day of activities on the Trinity River Corridor in West Dallas. All Out Trinity attracts a broad group of participants and spectators, from elite athletes to fun-loving families. Register online for 1 or more events: 13th Annual Trinity Levee Run, Outdoor Market, Gravelthon (20+ mile cycling adventure), Yoga on the Bridge and Cycle Drag Race.

What: North Texas Teen Book Festival
When: Sat. March 4th @ 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Why: Debut authors join industry icons for an all-day teen literary event. More than 80 authors, including R.L. Stine (“Goosebumps”), Veronica Roth (“Divergent” Trilogy), Sara Shepard (“Pretty Little Liars” series), Jason Reynolds (“All American Boys”), Chris Grabenstein (“Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle series), will participate in panel discussions, cutting-edge publisher events and book signings.

What: NorthPark Center presents Dallas Opera Family Performances: The Three Little Pigs
When: Sat. March 4th @ 1:00PM
Where: NorthPark Center
8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas, TX 75225
Why: NorthPark Center will present special opera performances as a part of the Dallas Opera Family Performances series. The Three Little Pigs is a zany, fun-filled production that conveys valuable life lessons to our youngest patrons. Based on scenes from operas by Wolfgang A. Mozart, this children’s opera tells the classic tale with an emphasis on the importance of reading and harnessing a love for learning as the three piggies do their best to keep Wolfgang Bigbad at bay. Piano accompaniment by Katya Echernaya-Oh, Education Assistant Pianist for The Dallas Opera. All roles will be sung by graduate-level vocal performance students from Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, as well as young opera professionals.

What: The Lantern Fest
When: Sat. March 4th @ 2:00PM
Where: Texas Motorplex
     7500 West Highway 287, Ennis, TX 75119
Why: Let there be light. Thousands of people will gather for music, dancing and s’mores at this event, which also includes face painting, balloon artists and familiar princesses. The big spectacle comes after the sun sets when paper lanterns are lit & released into the air. The moment symbolizes people’s hopes, regrets & dreams.

Carrollton’s TexFest
When: Sat. March 4th @ 3:00PM
Where: Downtown Carrollton
1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton, TX 75006
Why: The City of Carrollton is hosting a free event in celebration of Texas Independence Day. Head to Downtown Carrollton on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to 9 p.m. to enjoy local craft beers, wine from a local vineyard, live entertainment and to capture your Texas pride in a photo with a live longhorn.

What: Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Tease
When: Sat. March 4th & Sun. March 5th @ 7:00PM
Where: House of Blues Dallas
2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75202
Why: International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is set to bring audiences an opulent evening of fantasy and seduction in her brand new striptease spectacle, Dita Von Teese: The Art of the Teese. The decadent review treats audiences to more show-stopping numbers from Von Teese than ever before. In addition to re-staged performances of some of her most signature acts (including a brand new version of her iconic “Martini Glass” routine which features a beautiful art-deco style cocktail glass, crystallized from top to bottom with over 250,000 Swarovski crystals), Von Teese will stun crowds with all-new numbers.

What: Green Day in concert
When: Sat. March 4th @ 7:30PM
Where: American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Why: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day will come back to Dallas in support of their new album, Revolution Radio. They’ll be joined by opening act Against Me!

What: Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off
When: Sun. March 5th @ 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Where: Near Southside
1606 Miseltoe Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Why: 20 of Fort Worth’s top chefs compete for bragging rights in the 2nd annual Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off. The event features a who’s who of local kitchen maestros, including last year’s winner – Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena. There will be live music all day, prizes, swag, cooking demos, drinks and, of course, everyone will have a chance to sample and vote on their favorite chili and crown one chef as the Best Chili Cook in Fort Worth. $5 of every ticket will benefit Cook Children’s.

What: The Best of Second City
When: Sun. March 5th @ 8:00PM
Where: The Kessler
1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
Why: Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater comes to Dallas with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more, as well as their trademark improvisation. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.



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