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What: The History of Mariachi
When: Thurs. Mar. 9th @ 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Why: Part academic lecture, part musical journey, this fascinating night of sight and sound will explore the birth of Mariachi during the 19th century, as it developed throughout the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, and Michoacán, who all claim its origin. Dr. Donna T. Emmanuel of the University of North Texas, will delve into the history and the evolution of Mariachi tradition, alongside curated audio selections and thrilling live performances. A celebration of life in baptisms, weddings, holidays, and funerals, Mariachi enriches Fort Worth’s cultural landscape, and continues to be an essential form of entertainment and ceremony for all.

What: Witherspoon Distillery’s Live Fire Dinner w/ Smoke Chef Tim Byres
When: Thurs. Mar. 9th @ 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Witherspoon Distillery
225 S. Charles St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Why: James Beard award winning chef Tim Byres will host a special live fire dinner in downtown Lewisville. We plan to cook under the stars while everyone enjoys a feast prepared by Mr. Byres in the whiskey barrel room inside. Witherspoon Distillery is also serving up some gourmet cocktails for everyone to enjoy.

What: Experience Hendrix Tour
When: Thurs. Mar. 9th @ 8:00PM
Where: Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Why: Hailed by critics and fans alike as the ‘Guitar Event Of The Year,’ the multi-artist celebration known as the Experience Hendrix Tour present legendary artists who join together to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. This next edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour will encompass 29 performances by bringing together a diverse array of extraordinary musicians, ranging from blues legend Buddy Guy to Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, as well as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa and many others. Billy Cox, bassist for both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys, anchors a rhythm section that provides the foundation for exciting renditions of such signature Hendrix favorites as “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”.

What: Cirque du Soleil presents Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
When: Thurs. Mar. 9th – Sun. March 26th @ 8:00PM, 4:30PM and 1:30PM
Where: Lone Star Park
1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Why: Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the 19th century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

What: Highland Park USofA 2017 Pageant
When: Thurs. Mar. 9th @ 10:30PM
Where: Rose Room (S4)
     3911 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75219
Why: Expect a night of long gowns and amazing performances at the Highland Park USofA 2017 pageant. Some of Dallas’ most talented entertainers will compete for various titles, including: Miss Gay Highland Park USofA, Mr. Gay Highland Park USofA, Miss Gay USofA Newcomer and Miss Gay USofA at Large.

What: La La Land Sing-Along
When: Fri. Mar. 10th – Thurs. March 16th @ 1:50PM
Where: Angelika Film Center & Café (Dallas)
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75206
Why: The LA LA LAND SING-ALONG invites audience to join in an interactive experience and sing along to the soundtrack by Justin Hurwitz. Written and directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND received 6 Academy Awards and 7 Golden Globes including Best Picture: Musical or Comedy, and tells the story of aspiring actress Mia (Academy Award winner Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

What: Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival
When: Sat. Mar. 11th @ 11:00AM
Where: Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd., Dallas, TX 75206
Why: The Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, is the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest and one of Dallas’ biggest events. You are likely to spot marching bands, bagpipers, dancers and plenty of green-clad revelers along the 2-mile parade route, which runs south on Greenville Ave., from Blackwell to SMU Blvd. The Dallas Mavericks return as the parade’s presenting sponsor. The parade is free to attend along the parade route. There will be paid stadium bleacher seating available in the Meadow’s Building area. Following the parade, Jimmy Eat World headlines the Dallas Observer Concert at Energy Square. The Brew Fest: One of the newer attractions to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it will pop-up in two places: the Office Depot parking lot (5111 Greenville Ave.) and the Meadows Building parking lot (5646 Milton St.). Both are near the intersection of Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue. Dallas’ Peticolas Brewing Co. will be pour five different beers, including Irish Goodbye, a holiday-fitting red ale. Attendees can enter the Brew Fest for free and pay individual beers, or buy a $45 VIP ticket

What: Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival
When: Sat. Mar. 11th and Sun. Mar. 12th @ 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Where: Plano Centre
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano TX
Why: This is a one-of-a-kind family friendly two-day event that combines fishing and craft beer while raising awareness for the diversity of fishing in the area. Attendees can check out a myriad of fly fishing manufacturers indoors, attend various lectures on techniques and topics interesting to fly anglers of every stripe–and then step out into the Texas sunshine to taste some of the Lone Star State’s best micro-brewed beer. Experts will be on hand to teach fly fishing and brewing classes

What: Spring into Action 2017
When: Sat. Mar. 11th @ 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Where: McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch
6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy., McKinney, TX
Why: Every Saturday D-FW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Take a walk on the wild side with Critterman’s entertaining performance involving live animals. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3.

What: Celebrate Holi at the Library
When: Sat. Mar. 11th @ 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Maribelle M. Davis Library
7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano, TX 75025
Why: Learn about the Holi festival and South Asian culture through a variety of activities for all ages. Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors. – 2-4 p.m. Crafts and other activities – 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Storytelling  – 2:30 p.m. PeeWee Color Run: Race around our 1/8 mile track and throw some colored powder at your neighbor. Wear a shirt you don’t mind getting dirty. Activity will be outside by the pond.

What: Tejano Spring Music Festival
When: Sun. Mar. 12th @ 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Traders Village
2602 Mayfield Rd., Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Why: TejanoToTheBone.com will host a “Tejano Spring Music Festival” for the entire family. This concert will feature a variety of great Tejano acts. There will be DJ’s playing games with audience participation and prizes. The concert will take place under the Big Red Patio. Plus, there is shopping, rides, games and fun entertainment for the whole family. Event is Free to the Public and just $4.00 to park

What: Second Sunday Funday: The Eyes of Texas
When: Sun. Mar. 12th @ 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062
Why: Irving Arts Center offers the perfect framework for adults and children to experience art together. Second Sunday Family Fundays hands-on art days give parents and children projects they can co-create, far from daily distractions. Find inspiration in the gallery exhibitions, holidays and seasons as families make art, friends and fun. March 12 – The Eyes Of Texas! Make a work of art that celebrates Texas and Women’s History Month. Gallery Inspiration: Cynthia Ann & Quanah Parker Trail exhibit.

What: Free Spring Break Activities
When: Mon. Mar. 13th – Friday Mar. 17th @ 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210
Why: For spring break, Fair Park is offering families a variety of free activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17. Daily activities will feature lawn games, outdoor exercises, a scavenger hunt, children’s fitness workouts, yoga for all ages and arts and crafts. Some activities may have age and registration requirements. Each day will begin on the lawn of the Grand Place building, 3701 Grand Ave. Visitors can enter Fair Park at Gate 5 off Robert B Cullum. Participants can bring their lunch or n purchase a meal at Old Mill Inn located on the park. Activities will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather activities will be moved indoors..

 

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