It’s that time again – time to celebrate Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. But that’s not all. There are cool cultural events, ways to cap off spring break, and even a food festival… all accessible by DART. If you’re DARTing to St. Paddy’s (and even if you’re not!), skip the lines at the ticket machine by downloading GoPass, DART’s app that lets you buy and store tickets (plus a lot of other neat features) right on your phone.
Friday, March 16
Make the last day of spring break memorable at Spring to the Top at Reunion Tower. The GeO-Deck's breathtaking 360-degree views are the star of the show; the supporting cast includes Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures. This is the last day of this spectacular, kid-centric event. You can get to Reunion Tower by a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).
'til Midnight at the Nasher – the free monthly event with live outdoor concerts paired with film screenings in the Nasher Garden – happens tonight. This month, Psychic Ills takes the stage, and 1975’s Cooley High will be on the screen. There’s a cash bar and food, as well. Just across the street, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art will feature its usual awesome assortment of performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, family programs, and more. You can get to either venue by taking any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walking a few blocks. The D-Link (Bus Route 722) and the M-Line Trolley are good bets, too.
It’s the opening night of Witness for the Prosecution, an Agatha Christie courtroom thriller presented by the Irving Arts Center. Leonard Vole is on trial for a grisly murder. His wife is a witness for the prosecution. Will she defend him or get him hanged? Fact and fiction are hard to tease apart in this masterfully paced drama. To get to the arts center, take Bus Route 401 from the TRE’s Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station, and get off at MacArthur and Finley.
Saturday, March 17
Feeling lucky? You will – or at least you’ll feel Irish – at the 39th Annual Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival, the beloved local celebration that, for many, is the party of the year. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street, and ends at SMU Boulevard. There will be the usual outrageous floats, colorful costumes and all-around rambunctiousness – not to mention food trucks, plenty of green beer (including craft brews), and fun vendors and exhibitors. Enjoy the festivities safely by taking the Red or Orange lines to Lovers Lane Station; both those lines plus the Blue Line will get you to Mockingbird Station, also a great starting point. There will be some bus detours to accommodate the fun – click here for details.
If something a little less rowdy is more your pace, Taste of Garland is serving up the fun at the Granville Arts Center. Eat to your heart’s content – tons of local restaurants and other culinary establishment will be dishing their best, and there will be silent and live auctions, as well. It all benefits Garland Crime Stoppers. This homey, family-friendly event is a delicious way to celebrate St. Paddy’s, and it’s right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. For advance tickets, call 972-485-4859 or 214-402-6492.
Sunday, March 18
It’s last call for Honeymoon at Graveside Manor, the Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett’s farcical horror story playing at Main Street Events – right next to the Downtown Rowlett Station. Marian is looking forward to her honeymoon, envisioning a romantic, secluded getaway. It turns out that Graveside Manor is a haunted former mortuary full of secret passageways. A cast of memorable characters, including a hatchet-wielding ghost, an absent-minded cop and an escaped lunatic, rounds out this fun production accessible by the Blue Line.