Happy Earth Day! It’s here right on time for spring again, and so is the popular weekend-long celebration in Dallas – this year, re-christened “EARTHx.” There’s also a book fair, a cool farmers’ market, and lots going on at North Texas cultural institutions. DART will get you to all them, and save you the hassles of traffic and parking.
Thursday, April 19
No, Thursday isn’t the weekend, but you can think of it as a kind of pre-game. In this case, an artsy one. The businesses Deep Ellum’s Main Street will have their doors open for the neighborhood’s monthly Wine Walk, where you can get a $10, specially designed wine glass to be topped off at the neighborhood's many galleries and shops. Take the Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station, and make Kettle Art Gallery (2650-B Main St.) your first stop.
Friday, April 20
EARTHx kicks off today and runs all weekend in Fair Park. The free event brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions and others – all told, more than 900 exhibitors and 260 speakers. Springtime fun will be in the air, as well, with live music, food and beer. There’s a reason this entertaining festival draws more than 100,000 attendees. Don’t miss the chance to check out one of DART's new electric buses while you’re there! The Green Line will take you right to Fair Park Station.
For art lovers who are night owls, as well, a pair of events is right up your alley. ‘til Midnight at the Nasher presents live music and film screenings in the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center; right across the street, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art offers more performances, readings, tours and more. Both events run until midnight. Take any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations and walk three blocks north – or catch the D-Link (Route 722) or the M-Line Trolley directly to the neighboring venues.
Saturday, April 21
Do you know someone who’s a fan of teen literature? The North Texas Teen Book Festival takes place today at the Irving Convention Center, which has a station named after it on the Orange Line. It’s a free event hosted by the Irving Public Library, and there will be several popular authors on hand.
If you like to peruse fresh produce, baked goods, jams, and crafty wares, the Marketplace of Garland has you covered. Taking place right in the heart of the downtown square, the farmers’ market also supports Good Samaritans of Garland, who will be accepting donated canned and boxed food items, if you’re so inclined. To get there, take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station.
Another of our region’s charming, DARTable town squares plays host to a free movie screening tonight. Bring your kids and a blanket to Downtown Carrollton, where Sing will begin at sunset. The family favorite concerns a dapper Koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) determined to save his once-grand theater, which has fallen on hard times. His plan: Produce the world's greatest singing competition. Will he restore the faded jewel to its former glory? Take the Green line to Downtown Carrollton Station and find out.
Sunday, April 22
The WaterTower Theatre’s production of Bread hits its mid-run stride this weekend. The drama combines the stuff of human relationships with a background of turbulent social upheaval. The venue’s a short walk from Addison Transit Center.