DallasChildBaby Fair and Model Search
Have you seen our latest issue of DallasChildBaby? For a chance to see your own baby’s face on our Fall/Winter 2013–2014 or Spring/Summer 2014 issue, enter your baby (ages birth–12 months) in our model search on Saturday. We’ll be at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano from 10am–3pm. Early registration officially closed this morning, but you can register your little darling on the spot for $45.
Want more motivation?
–Judges from Kim Dawson Agency will also be scouting for models.
–You’ll get a souvenir cover mailed to you in about 45 days.
–Meet with experts and service providers at the free baby fair going on at the same time.
For any questions, visit our events page or call 972/447-9188.
Homegrown Music and Arts Festival
Main Street Garden Park in Dallas will be echoing with sounds from 15 Texas bands including indie rockers Divine Fits and The Polyphonic Spree (think pop rock mixed with choral music – and psychedelic choral robes) starting at 11am. Take your little rockers to this family-friendly annual music and arts outdoor festival for the live music as well as live art demonstrations, craft vendors and grub. Admission is $25 at the door and free for kids ages 10 and younger.
Cruisin’ in the Park
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to race in one of those homemade wooden cars but don’t have the time to build one yourself? Now your kids can take part in the free soap box derby at Haggard Park in Plano on Saturday from 9am–3pm. Kids ages 7 and older and less than 125 pounds can register for a derby car upon check-in. Just bring your own helmet for the wild ride.
Highland Park Centennial Anniversary Literary Festival
A roundup of authors who’ve written books on everything from the Dallas Cowboys to the making of Lonesome Dove to pioneer women (that last one by former Texas senator Kay Bailey Hutchison) will each be speaking at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas from 10am–2pm for the annual literary festival. Don’t miss Liz Scanion, children’s book author of Think Big, at 10:30am.
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Join the celebrations for National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15–October 15, with a few events around DFW this weekend. What’s on the menu? Not only tasty food but also Latin music and a history lesson with a fun spin on it, that is the twirling skirts of ballet folklorico dancers.
On Saturday, October 6, at 7pm at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will present Hispanic Heroes, a theater and dance performance that tells the story of the Mexican revolution and gives tribute to revolutionaries Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit anmbf.com or call 214/828-0181.
The same day, head over to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth’s Trinity Uptown for the MúsicArte festival for Latin music, dance performances, festival foods and arts and crafts booths from noon–11pm on October 6. Take the kids to the Kid’s Zone, open from noon until dusk, for arts and crafts, games and an interactive playground. Tickets are $5 at the gate (cash only). For more information, visit musicartefw.com or call 817/625-5411.
The next day, check out Fiesta Latinoamericana! from 9am–7pm in The Dallas Arts District as part of the Art in October festivities. Kids can make piñatas and tortillas, get their faces painted, and watch song and dance performances representing multiple Latino cultures. Admission is free.
You may wonder, why is National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated mid-month? September 15 is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. A few days later, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence, on September 16 and September 18, respectively. And Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is October 12.
To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov or click here to read the presidential proclamation.
Courtesy Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
This weekend the city of Grapevine will live up to its namesake at the 26th Annual GrapeFest, the four-day wine festival starting tomorrow and running through September 16 in the historic downtown district. Adults can have some good (and responsible) fun with the three wine tasting pavilions, cooking demonstrations at the culinary pavilion each day, ice-carvings at 5:30pm on Friday and Saturday and live music on five stages. Compete in the champagne cork shoot-off on Saturday at 12:30pm at the Cotton Belt Railroad District, and loosen those toes for the GrapeStomp, which will be especially fun for those who’ve always secretly wanted to re-enact that I Love Lucy episode … And of course, indulge in all the festival foods and vast types and brands of wine you’ll be expecting.
But the wine fest isn’t just for adults. This is a family-friendly festival with carnival rides, midway games and all sorts of activities at the KidZone. The youngsters can play games, get a face painting, make crafts, visit the petting zoo and even learn where cheese comes from courtesy of the Southwest Dairy Farmers. KidZone closes at 9pm Thursday–Saturday and 6pm Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. Get free admission all day on Thursday and until 5pm on Friday.
Courtesy Town of Addison
And if wine isn’t your thing, plan ahead for the 25th Annual Addison Oktoberfest, coming next weekend from September 20–23 to Addison Circle Park. The four-day festival will be overflowing with authentic German sausages, sauerkraut, pastries and, of course, beer and with German-style entertainment, i.e. folk dancing and polka music by bands including Denton’s own Grammy award-winning Brave Combo. Join in the fun with dachshund racing, yodeling contests and barrel bowling, and show off your knowledge of the language at the German spelling bee. Admission for adults and kids ages 5 and older is $5–10, depending on the day and is free all evening on Thursday. You can also join the Oktoberfest Run for the Children benefiting Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer on September 22 and get early admission to the festival. (Check out more Oktoberfest celebrations to come in McKinney and Southlake.)
You know the tune, but who was Yankee Doodle Dandy? (Well, he actually wasn’t any one person in particular.) Find out at The Yankee Doodles Sing-Along, a free, revolutionary-themed event for the kiddos at The Reading Room at Fair Park this Sunday, August 19 from 4–6pm, hosted by our friends at Oil and Cotton, assistant director and curator at the Conduit Gallery Danette Dufilho and other local artists.
Kids will listen to ballads from the era of the American Revolution, including Yankee Doodle, and then draw as portrait as you envision him and create a flag that represents your identity as an individual and as a member of a group, like your school, family or country. Oil and Cotton will be showing artwork from its summer classes.
Want to know the whole story behind Yankee Doodle? Check out the original sheet music from the Library of Congress and read why soldiers sang the tune on the battlefield.
Courtesy of Fine Arts Chamber Players
Texas Discovery Gardens does a superb job making their gardens sing with beautiful greenery and flowers, and this July, you can hear actual singing thanks to the Fine Arts Chamber Players. So don’t miss the 32nd Annual Basically Beethoven Festival, a series of free concerts on each Sunday afternoon in July at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas.
An impressive list of champion instrumentalists, artists with the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies and more will perform the works Mendelssohn, Mozart, Dvorak and, of course, Beethoven during preconcert performances at 2:30pm and feature performances at 3pm. Baritone singer Blas Canedo with Mark Metcalf on piano and the 11-member Imperial Brass band will open the festival this Sunday, July 1.
And for as beautiful as the gardens are, you won’t be sweltering in the heat outside. The concerts are all performed inside the air-conditioned Grand Hall, which has large glass windows for a grand view of the gardens.
Along with free admission to the concerts, you’ll get free admission to the gardens and for parking. Enter Fair Park through Gate 6. Doors open at 2pm. For more information, call 214/520-2119 or visit fineartschamberplayers.org.
Courtesy of The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
If you’ve seen John Wayne or Roy Rogers in black and white western movies, chances are you’ve seen cowgirl actress Dale Evans (1912-2001). In commemoration of Evans’ film and music career, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is celebrating her 100th birthday (and the museum’s 10th anniversary of its opening) with events on June 1 at Central Market in Fort Worth and June 2 at the museum.
Go on museum tours, listen to live music and talks by Evans’ daughter, Cheryl Rogers Barnett, and take the kids to watch three western movies in the Cowgirl Theater that Dale starred in with husband, Roy Rogers: Lights of Old Santa Fe at 11:00am, My Pal Trigger at 1:30pm, and Cowboy and the Senorita at 3:30pm. The daytime activities on Saturday are free with admission of just $5, and admission is free for children ages 3 and younger. Visit cowgirl.net for more information.