August

ADDISON: Aug. 3-26 “Hand to God” – WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road.
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ADDISON: Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Summer Series Spend your Friday summer nights soaking up live music from a variety of genres under a blanket of beautiful North Texas stars. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Drive. visitaddison.com 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Aug. 11, 18, 25 Vitruvian Salsa Festival Bring your dancing shoes to Vitruvi­an Park’s Amphitheater every Saturday in Au­gust from 6-10 p.m. for live bands, DJs, salsa lessons, and gourmet food trucks. Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, 3966 Vitruvian Way. vitruvianpark.com

ARLINGTON: May 17-Aug. 12 “CUT! Costume and the Cinema” The exhibition features more than 40 costumes used in peri­od films, revealing how costumes set the scene and establish authenticity in films. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org

BASTROP: July 31-Aug. 5 Homecoming & Rodeo Festivities include three nights of live entertainment, a rodeo, a carnival, food and gift vendors, a horseshoe/washers tournament, a golf tournament, 4-H cake auction, and ex­hibits. A parade Saturday morning is followed by an all-alumni class reunion at the Bastrop Convention Center. Mayfest Park, 2804 SH 21. explorebastropcounty.com

BASTROP: Aug. 11 El Camino Real de SUP Texas’ original down-river race is for be­ginners, elite paddlers, and weekend warriors. The race extends six miles. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St. bastropsup.com

BELLVILLE: Aug. 11-12 Jubilee, Sizzler Steer, and Heifer Show The heifer show will be a 26-breed format, while the steer show will be a 16-breed format. Austin County Fair Grounds, 1076 E. Hill. austincountyfair.com

CAMERON: July 27-29; Aug. 2-5 “Shrek: The Musical” A Milam Community Theater production of ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking musical adaptation of the hit movie. Cameron ISD Performing Art Center, 1000 N. Fannin. milamcommunitytheater.com

CUERO: Aug. 4 World Series of Cuero An afternoon of Texas Hold ’Em card playing and an auction benefiting community projects funded by the Cuero Chamber of Commerce. The Venue on Church Street, 125 E. Church St. cuero.org

DALLAS: Through Aug. 12 “The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana” Be dazzled by more than 200 gleaming gold items of regalia, colorful and intricately woven silk, kente cloth, ceremonial furniture, state swords, linguist staffs, and other significant ob­jects related to Asante royals from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org

DALLAS: May 5-Aug. 19 “Sterling Ruby: Sculpture” Ruby’s multifaceted practice encompasses painting, collage, photography and video, textiles, clothing, ceramics, sculp­ture, and installations. Featuring 20-30 large and moderately scaled sculptures spanning his career, the museum exhibit is the first to survey his sculptural work and the great vari­ety of methods and materials he has ex­plored. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: June 23-Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dino­saurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Afri­ca, and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are un­familiar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests can discover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Aug. 4 Pollinator Party! Family Festival At this annual celebration of pollina­tors, discover live and pinned insects, activi­ties, butterfly house tours, crafts, and more at this redesigned festival. Included with admis­sion. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. txdg.org

DECATUR: Aug. 24-25 Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo An annual open rodeo. Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 S. FM 51. 940-255-9375

DECATUR: Aug. 25 Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo Parade Rodeo parade travels through historic downtown. Historic Downtown, 101 N. Trinity St. 940-399-9558

DENISON: Through Aug. 13 Temporary Exhibit: The Birth of NASA President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 29, 1958. Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch in 1957 of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sput­nik I, NASA encouraged the peaceful devel­opment of space science. Eisenhower Birth­place, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENTON: Aug. 17-25 North Texas Fair & Rodeo Known throughout the Southwest as a leader in bringing the hottest country music talent to the North Texas area each August, the fair offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway, and exciting exhibits. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. ntfair.com

ENNIS: Aug. 9-11, 16-19 “Little Shop of Horrors” This deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical has devoured the hearts of theater-goers for more than 30 years. The meek floral assis­tant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This foul mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time though, Krelborn discov­ers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent toward global domination. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St.
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FORT WORTH: June 10-Sept. 16 “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired char­acters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, an­cient and modern, East and West. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chica­go, the exhibition is a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring 50 works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumen­tally scaled paintings. Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org/exhibitions 817-738-9215

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 24-Nov. 3 “The Prom­ise” This long-running outdoor musical com­bines a 150-person cast and crew, live ani­mals, and special effects to tell the story of Jesus Christ every Friday and Saturday night. Texas Amphitheratre, 5000 Texas Drive. thepromiseglenrose.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: August 03 – 24. Hot August Nights. First four Fridays in August. This year’s line-up will include: The Vinyl Stripes, Blane Howard, Memphis Soul and the Mood Swings All-Star Jazz Combo. 7:00pm – 10:00pm  972-237-8100

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 4 Mrs. Ruthe’s Fig & Fudge Day Celebrating the city’s legend­ary and longtime City Councilwoman Mrs. Ruthe Jackson’s life of service. Enjoy fresh figs from her garden, a fudge contest, and a fig preserves contest; fig preserves and fudge are sold, benefiting Lifeline Shelter for Families in Grand Prairie. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmers-market

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 14 Toto in Concert Don’t miss the pop ’70s band and their 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 18 Hatch Chile Fest Get your hot roasted hatch chiles at Grand Prairie Farmers Market’s annual event. Enjoy live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmers-market

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 24 Lost ’80s Live Featuring A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Missing Persons, Book of Love, and many more. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Perfor­mance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: Aug. 25 Tejano August Music Festival Enjoy an outdoor concert with live tejano music, contests, shopping, rides, and more. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

GRAPEVINE: May 18-Sept. 16 “Grapevine Rails: Rolling Through Time” Discover Grapevine’s railroad legacy: past, present, and future. Enjoy the Lone Star Hi-Railers 1,000-square-foot model railroad display, train yard play area, interactive games, historical artifacts, and more. 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: May 25-Sept. 3 Summer­Blast Events and activities all summer long include gallery exhibits, summer markets, fes­tivals, and Friday night fireworks over Lake Grapevine during the 10th annual event. Var­ious locations. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: June 1-Aug. 26 Cotton Belt Route Train Ride to The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Step aboard the Grape­vine Vintage Railroad to experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the ex­panding West. The railroad travels along the Historic Cotton Belt Route between Grape­vine and the Fort Worth Stockyards provid­ing three unique train ride options. Options are a Saturday morning one-hour train ex­cursion (10-11 a.m.), The Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards excursion (1-5:45 p.m.), and a one-hour ride over the Trinity River that boards in the Stockyards (2:45-3:45 p.m). The train boards a half hour prior to departure. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St. gvrr.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Aug. 3 First Fridays at The Farm Come out to historic 1859 Nash Farm this summer for a day full of fun. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30 Texas in World War I Features a series of pro­grams and exhibits on various topics relating to Texas and its role in World War I. Friench Simpson Memorial Library, 705 E. Fourth St. hallettsvillelibrary.org 361-798-3243 ext. 208

LA GRANGE: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Fayette County Fair Established in 1927, this long-running fair offers carnival rides, a cookoff, culinary delights, creative competi­tive venues, livestock, and local talent. Also features exhibitions, entertainment, a pag­eant, parade, food, fun and live music. Fayette County Fair Association, 400 W. Fair Grounds Road. fayettecountyfair.org 979-968-3911

MADISONVILLE: Aug. 10 Downtown Shop & Stroll Festivities include music, kara­oke, a car and motorcycle display, restaurants offering drink and dinner specials, and special shopping discounts. Downtown Madisonville, 113 W. Trinity St. madisoncountychamberofcommerce.com

MADISONVILLE: Aug. 18-19 Madisonville Noon Lion’s Club Gun and Hunting Show The largest vendor show in the area, find fire­arms of all types, archery supplies, clothing, knives, ammo, and much more. All federal, state, and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. Kimbro Convention Center, 111 W. Trinity St. visitmadisonville.org

MCKINNEY: June 2-Sept. 30 Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden. The butterfly house in­cludes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. The but­terfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. This attraction is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctu­ary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org/ butterflies 972-562-5566

MESQUITE: Aug. 3-19 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” Featuring a multigenerational cast, Mesquite Community Theatre presents the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com

MESQUITE: Aug. 4, 25 Weekly Champi­onship Series Enjoy the racing season at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. With its half-mile, oval clay track, Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the best in auto racing. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Aug. 11 Doggie Splash Day Mesquite Parks and Recreation Department invites all dogs and their owners to the 15th annual event—an opportunity for dogs and their owners to cool off, compete for prizes, or just play at the pool. In an effort to make sure that everyone in attendance has a safe and enjoyable experience, all dogs will be required to show proof of current vaccina­tions and must be accompanied by a re­sponsible person 16 and older. Aggressive or socially awkward dogs may be asked to leave. Lifeguards will be on duty. Dog own­ers are invited to swim with their pets, if de­sired. Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Drive. cityofmesquite.com 972-216-6263 alling 800-45

MESQUITE: Aug. 11 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Aug. 11, 25 Marketplace Mesquite: Farmers and Artisan’s Market Come and shop in downtown Mesquite for local fare from artisans, growers, and crafts­men. The Mesquite Marketplace is held the second and fourth Saturday from April- October in historic Downtown Mesquite. Heritage Square, 150 W. Main St. themarketplacedfw.com 469-275-9618

MESQUITE: Aug. 11, 25 Mesquite Cham­pionship Rodeo Don’t miss the toughest cowboys around the world as they compete with the strongest horses, steers, and bulls in the country. This PRCA-certified rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. You’ll see calf-roping, barrel racing, bronc busting, bull riding—all of the traditional rodeo events, in air-conditioned comfort. Doors open at 6 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive. mesquiterodeo.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Aug. 11 Texas Outlaw Stock Car Race Enjoy the racing season at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. With its half-mile, oval clay track, Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the best in auto racing. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Aug. 17 Dive-In Movie Experience the joy of a movie in the water. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m., includ­ing fun pool games and prizes, and the movie starts at dusk. Free admission. City Lake Aquatic Center, 200 Parkview. cityofmesquite.com 972-216-6262

MESQUITE: Aug. 18 Touring Outlawed Modified Series Enjoy the racing season at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. With its half-mile, oval clay track, Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the best in auto rac­ing. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: Aug. 25 Opal Lawrence His­torical Park Tours: Preservation Primer Presented by Historic Mesquite, Inc., tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home, located in Opal Lawrence Historical Park, are every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by ap­pointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

PALESTINE: May 4-Sept. 29 Texas State Railroad Summer Excursions The rare steam locomotives of the historic Golden Age debut alongside the vintage diesel brigade for rail tours throughout the summer season. Trains depart from the Pal­estine depot every Thursday, Friday, and Sat­urday through July and from the Rusk Depot through September with a few special events sprinkled throughout the busy summer calen­dar. In addition to the vintage steam engines that power many of the present-day excur­sion trains, Texas State Railroad is home to the extremely rare Texas & Pacific steam en­gine No. 610. Texas State Railroad Depot, 789 Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

PALESTINE: Aug. 11 Dogwood Jamboree: Forever Country A Branson-style country music show filled with family fun, laughter, and great classic country music from some of the best artists anywhere. You will be thrilled as you recall some of the golden hits in coun­try music as they are performed live on stage, while comedians always provide great comic relief. Palestine High School Auditorium, 1600 S. Loop 256. dogwoodjamboree.com 903-723-6291

PALESTINE: Aug. 17-18 Market Days at the Palestine Farmers Market Palestine Main Street’s Farm and Flower Market is a free event to attend the third Saturday of every month. Come and shop for fruits, veggies, handmade items, jewelry, art, flowers, seeding trees, local honey, and more. Food truck will be on-site. Palestine Farmers Market Pavilion, 815 W. Spring St. visitpalestine.com 903-731-8437

PARIS: Aug. 3 Cruisin’ on the Plaza Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PARIS: Aug. 25 Bug Tussle Trek The 50th$annual antique car rally, hosted by the Texas Region Antique Automobile Car Association. Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn & Suites, 3025 and 3035 Loop 286 NE. facebook.com/bugtussletrek

PLANO: July 26-Aug. 11 “The Awesome ’80s Prom” It’s 1989, and all your high school buddies are at the prom. From the captain of the football team to the foreign exchange student, they’re all competing for Prom King and Queen—and the audience decides who wins. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road. roverdramawerks.com or visitplano.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Aug. 2 Courtyard Texas Music Series Enjoy some of Texas’ favorite musi­cians in this 321-seat theater. Concerts are held on the first Thursday of the month from March through November. Courtyard The­ater, 1509 H Ave. plano.gov or visit plano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: Aug. 9 Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk Stroll the downtown Plano arts district, sampling different wines in shops and galleries, listening to street musicians, and checking out artists and their wares. Held on the second Thursday of each month from April through December. Historic Downtown Plano, 998 E. 15th St. visitdowntownplano.com/winewalk or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Aug. 10-11 Quilt Plano Enjoy a mini quilt auction, skills demonstrations, ap­praisals, exhibits, and kids activities. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. qgplano.org or visitplano.com

PLANO: Aug. 25 Movies in the Park: “A Wrinkle in Time” Watch a family-friendly blockbuster on the last Saturday of the month. Each event includes a contest or ac­tivity and a chance to win fun prizes. Food trucks onsite. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. visitdowntownplano.com/moviesinthepark or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PRAHA: Aug. 15 Prazska Pout Feast Enjoy a delicious fried chicken and stew lunch, kolaches, hamburgers, polka music and danc­ing the entire day, a huge live auction, chil­dren’s games, and plenty of cold beverages. Czech it out. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Grounds, 821 FM 1295. 361-865-3560

SALADO: July 21, 28; Aug. 4 “Salado Leg­ends” History, legend, and memories meet in the epic historical-musical drama for its 26th annual production. Performed outdoors, one of the show’s original songs, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” weaves the legends of the Tonkawa tribe, the dreams of Spanish explor­ers, and the hopes of the Scottish settlers into a panoramic tale. Tablerock Amphitheater, 439 Royal St. tablerock.org

SCHERTZ: Aug. 4 “Minions” Free outdoor movie starts at sunset. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Ashley Park. slabcinema.com 210-212-9373

TEMPLE: Aug. 3 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, historic Downtown Temple is transformed into a giant party. Join monthly for street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Aug. 4 Dig It! Archaeology Family Day Always dreamed of being Indiana Jones? Check out what real archaeologists do when they aren’t making movies in Hollywood. Learn how archaeology differs from paleontolo­gy, what cool things archaeologists do both in and out of the field, and explore the way people made things thousands of years ago. RRHM, 315 W. Avenue B. templerrhm.org

TEMPLE: Aug. 25 Main Street Market The market is free and open to the public and features arts, craft, and vintage vendors in ad­dition to food trucks. Downtown Temple, 2 N. Main St. discovertemple.com

THE COLONY: June 15-Aug. 10 The Col­ony Summer Clubhouse A three-month summer event series for kids. Every Friday, children of all ages are invited to enjoy free movies and live shows. Doors open at 9 a.m. and event begins at 10 a.m. The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 N. Colony Blvd. thecolonytx.gov 972-625-1106

WACO: Through Nov. 25 “Faces of the Southern Ocean” Through a selection of photography by J.J. L’Hereux, this exhibit embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold. Reindeer, seals, and penguins—inhabi­tants of this icy territory—along with breath­taking landscapes are captured in photo­graphs from L’Hereux’s more than a dozen expeditions to this region. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: June 2-Jan. 6 “Titanic: The Ar­tifact Exhibit” Experience the legend of the Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Aug. 24-26 Southwest Associa­tion of Turners See woodturners work their craft, along with vendors and activities. Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. swaturners.org

WACO: Aug. 25 Margarita and Salsa Fes­tival Attend the biggest, coolest, hottest party of the summer. The 23rd annual event features a fun night of live country music and the best salsa and margaritas around. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. extracoeventscenter.com

 

July

ADDISON: June 8-July 1 “The Last Five Years” Think about where you were five years ago. Think about who you were with. Think about that idealized image you had of yourself in five years time. Now think about where you are today. Is this where you thought you’d be? The universality of this question resonates through Jason Robert Brown’s intimately ob­servant and often funny musical. Through op­posing intersecting chronologies, this award-winning show follows the story of Jamie and Cathy, two 20-something artists in New York, as their relationship blossoms and sours. The beginning, the end, and everything in between is put into perspective in this touching and sympathetic tale of love, loss, and timing. WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. watertowertheatre.org

ADDISON: July 3 Addison Kaboom Town! Rated one of the top five fireworks shows in the country, this Independence Day Eve cel­ebration features a 30-minute ground-launched fireworks show that is choreo­graphed and simulcast live on the radio. There are also fly-bys from World Class Warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Muse­um, food, games, prizes, musical entertain­ment, afterparty, and more. Addison Circle Park, 4950 Addison Circle Drive. addisonkaboomtown.com 800-233-4766

ADDISON: July 12, 26 Vitruvian Nights Live The best free summer concerts in DFW are back. Live music and gourmet food trucks continue every other Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. in June and July. Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, 3966 Vitruvian Way. vitruvianpark.com

ADDISON: July 13, 20, 27 Summer Series Spend your Friday summer nights soaking up live music from a variety of genres under a blanket of beautiful North Texas stars. Perfor­mances begin at 8 p.m. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Drive. visitaddison.com 800-233-4766

ARLINGTON: May 17-Aug. 12 “CUT! Cos­tume and the Cinema” The exhibition fea­tures mores than 40 costumes used in peri­od films, revealing how costumes set the scene and establish authenticity in films. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org

ARLINGTON: July 7-8 Yellow Rose Clas­sic Car Show The North Texas Mustang Car Clubs’ biggest car show of the year. Ar­lington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. arlington-tx.gov/conventioncenter

BASTROP: July 31-Aug. 5 Homecoming & Rodeo Festivities include three nights of live entertainment, a rodeo, a carnival, food and gift vendors, a horseshoe/washers tournament, a golf tournament, 4-H cake auction, and ex­hibits. A parade Saturday morning is followed by an all-alumni class reunion at the Bastrop Convention Center. Mayfest Park, 2804 SH 21. explorebastropcounty.com

BELLVILLE: June 23 Texas Bluegrass Music Fourth Saturday Show & Jam Admission is free to the public. Come for a good, fun, family event (no alcohol please). Coushatte Recreational Ranch, 2812 Nelius Road. txbluegrassmusic.com

BELLVILLE: July 14 Austin County Fair Shrimp Boil All-you-can-eat shrimp with all the trimmings including sausage, corn, and potatoes, plus live and silent auctions. Austin County Fair Convention & Expo Center, 1076 E. Hill. austincountyfair.com

BELTON: June 29-July 7 4th of July Cele­bration & PRCA Rodeo Since the 1850s, folks from all over Texas have come to cele­brate the 4th of July in Belton. This weeklong celebration draws more than 50,000 people and features one of USA Today’s top 10 pa­rades in the country, the Festival on Nolan Creek, live music, a carnival, a patriotic pro­gram, and kickoff barbecue, with the PRCA Rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Downtown Belton. rodeobelton.com

BELTON: July 7-8 Sami Show Market­place Marketplace offers arts, crafts, and home decor. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. samishow.com

BONHAM: July 20 Wine Down on Willow Wineries are on hand, and music and food available from a delicious local food truck. Creative Arts Center, 200 W. Fifth St. creativeartscenterbonham.com

BONHAM: July 26-28 Kueckelhan Rodeo A local tradition for more than 60 years, enjoy this rodeo with clowns, bull riders, a multitude of vendors, and fun entertainment for the whole family. SH 78 N. kueckelhanrodeo.com

BONHAM: July 27-28 Quilt Hop Two days of quilting fun, featuring 300 quilts on display citywide, vendors, demonstrations, and fat-quarter bingo. The opening reception on Friday features speaker Alice Wilhoit. Historic downtown Bonham. visitbonham.com

CAMERON: July 4 July 4th Fireworks Celebration Enjoy fun activities for the fami­ly, games, food, and drinks. A fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the celebration of Independence Day and the birth of our nation. Wilson-Ledbetter Park, 1007 S. College Ave. cameron-tx.com 254-697-4979

CAMERON: July 4 July Fourth Fireworks Celebration The event kicks off with fun and games for children at 5 p.m. with a fee of $5 per child. There will be food booths and drinks available. The fireworks will begin at dark, free to everyone. Wilson-Ledbetter Park, 1007 S. College Ave. cameron-tx.com 254-697-4979

CAMERON: July 27-29; Aug. 2-5 “Shrek: The Musical” A Milam Community Theater production of ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking musical adaptation of the hit movie. Cameron ISD Performing Art Center, 1000 N. Fannin. milamcommunitytheater.com

COLUMBUS: July 4 Fourth of July Celebration The first 4th of July celebration in Columbus was held in 1826 and still contin­ues today. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and cold drinks. There will be water slides and in­flatables for the kids to enjoy along with a pet and children’s parade. Enjoy live music, shop with local vendors, and visit with friends and neighbors, then finish the day with a spectac­ular fireworks display at 9 p.m. sponsored by H-E-B. Columbus Municipal Golf Course, 141 Veterans Drive. columbustexas.org 979-732-8385

CUERO: July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks Show Activities begin at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a fantastic show. Cuero City Park, US 87 and Leonard Roy Harmon Drive. cuero.org 361-275-2112

CUERO: July 20-21 Lester Meier Rodeo An open pro rodeo tour comes to Cuero; ac­tion begins at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets sold at the gate. Cuero Rodeo Arena, MLK Drive in City of Cuero Municipal Park. cuero.org

DALLAS: Through Aug. 12 “The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana” Be dazzled by more than 200 gleaming gold items of regalia, colorful and intricately woven silk, kente cloth, ceremonial furniture, state swords, linguist staffs, and other significant ob­jects related to Asante royals from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org

DALLAS: May 5-Aug. 19 “Sterling Ruby: Sculpture” Ruby’s multifaceted practice en­compasses painting, collage, photography and video, textiles, clothing, ceramics, sculpture, and installations. Featuring 20-30 large and moderately scaled sculptures spanning his ca­reer, the museum exhibit will be the first to sur­vey his sculptural work and the great variety of methods and materials he has explored. Nash­er Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: June 15-July 8 “How I Became a Pirate” Ahoy matey! It’s time to sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion with Jeremy Jacobs and his new pirate friends. On board the ship, Jeremy travels to new worlds while learning the rules of pirate life and searches for a place to bury their treasure. But it isn’t long before he misses his family and yearns for someone to tuck him in at night back home. A story of adventure and finding one’s own heart—a path that can’t be found on any map. Recommended for ages four and older. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org

DALLAS: June 23-Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dino­saurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Afri­ca, and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are un­familiar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests will discover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a re­sult of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: July 5 “Babel” Cry Havoc Theater Company is creating a new documentary work that examines the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. The company will travel locally and nationally collecting interviews from voices on multiple sides of the gun own­ership debate. AT&T Performing Arts Center Hamon Hall – Winspear Opera House, 2400 Flora Street. attpac.org 214-880-0202

DALLAS: July 7 Safari Nights featuring Ice House At the largest zoo in Texas, have a rockin’ good time listening to tribute bands and local artists on the Sprint Stage. Enjoy food and a craft beer garden, as well as special animal programming after hours. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. dallaszoo.com/safarinights 469-554-7500

DALLAS: July 14 Safari Nights featuring The O’s At the largest zoo in Texas, have a rockin’ good time listening to tribute bands and local artists on the Sprint Stage. Enjoy food and a craft beer garden, as well as special animal programming after hours. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. dallaszoo.com/safarinights 469-554-7500

DALLAS: July 21 Fascinating World of Butterflies Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterist Society, shares his fascination with butterflies, beginning at Texas Discovery Gardens and ending with a caravan to his butterfly farm south of Dallas. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. txdg.org

DALLAS: July 21 Seven Things I Have Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass Host and creator of the public radio program “This American Life.” AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org 214-880-0202

DENISON: Through Aug. 13 Temporary Exhibit: The Birth of NASA President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legisla­tion that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 29, 1958. Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch in 1957 of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, NASA encouraged the peaceful development of space science. Eisenhower Birthplace, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENTON: July 4 Fourth of July Jubilee Events include the Liberty Fun Run 5K, the American Pride Cookoff, the Yankee Doodle Parade, a free children’s carnival, food, horse­shoe tournament, craft show and sale, and more. Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. dentonparks.com 940-349-7275

DENTON: July 4 Kiwanis Fireworks Show Spectacular annual fireworks show set to patriotic music. University of North Texas Apogee Stadium, 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St. dentonkiwanisclub.org 940-387-6323

ELGIN: July 4 Fourth of July People’s Pa­rade & Celebration Put on your best patriot­ic wear and join this fun parade down Main Street in historic downtown Elgin. Walk, ride a bike, push a stroller, or pull a wagon. A patriot­ic program will follow the parade in the nearby Veterans’ Memorial Park. Downtown Elgin, 114 Central Ave. explorebastropcounty.com 512-581-4074

ELGIN: July 13-14 Elgin Rodeo The top 20 teams will rope during rodeo performances. On Friday and Saturday, there will be preci­sion, drill team, mutton bustin’, kids’ calf scramble, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and girls breakaway roping. Julius Marek Arena, 186B SH 95. explorebastropcounty.com

ELGIN: July 4 Fourth of July—Push, Pedal, and Pull People’s Patriotic Parade and Celebration Put on your best patriotic wear and join this fun parade down Main Street. Walk, ride a bike, push a stroller, pull a wagon. A patriotic program will follow the pa­rade in Veterans’ Memorial Park. elgintx.com

ENNIS: June 28-30, July 1 “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” Though the characters may be famil­iar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessen­tial children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from “Chicken Little” to “The Gingerbread Man” gets a complete make­over. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com

FORT WORTH: June 10-Sept. 16 “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired char­acters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, an­cient and modern, East and West. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chica­go, the exhibition is a major retrospective of his paintings, featuring 50 works that span three decades of his career, from the artist’s earliest mature works to his recent, monumen­tally scaled paintings. Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org/exhibitions 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: June 1-July 4 Fort Worth Symphony Concerts in the Garden Enjoy the sounds of the Fort Worth Symphony Or­chestra and special guest artists under the stars. Grab your family and friends, pack a pic­nic, or enjoy on-site concessions. These week­end evening performances are the perfect way to relax on a summer night. Fort Worth Botan­ical Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. fwsymphony.org

FORT WORTH: July 2-8 Mimir Chamber Music Festival Celebrating its 21st season, the festival has become one of the most cele­brated annual music events and teaching festi­vals in Texas and the Southwest, featuring four Mimir Artists concerts and two Emerging Art­ists concerts. This year’s Mimir Artists include a familiar cast of Grammy-nominated record­ing artists, members of Nashville Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and faculty of the Cleve­land Institute of Music, University of Mel­bourne Conservatory of Music, and Rice Uni­versity’s Shepherd School of Music. PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU, 2800 S. University Drive. mimirfestival.com 817-798-1395

FORT WORTH: July 4 Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island A day of live music and free family activities along the Trinity River. Activities include tubing, bounce hous­es, face painting, zipline, horseback riding, mini golf, action-packed shows, and live bands on the only waterfront stage in Texas. The night ends with the largest July 4th fireworks show in North Texas. Panther Island, 345 Purcey St. pantherislandpavilion.com 817-698-0700

FRISCO: July 3-4 Frisco Freedom Fest Enjoy great food, music, and fireworks during one of North Texas’ biggest Inde­pendence Day celebrations. On July 3, don’t miss the Dachshund Dash and Hotter ’n Firecrackers Glow Run. On July 4, the festival begins at 4 p.m., followed by the FC Dallas vs Atlanta United FC match and fire­works at 10 p.m. Frisco Square, 8874 Cole­man Blvd. visitfrisco.com 972-292-5250

GARLAND: July 20-29 “Kiss Me Kate” Garland Summer Musicals closes its 2018 season with Cole Porter’s sensational Tony-winning musical. This hilarious tale revolves around a musical production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” and the onstage and offstage conflict between Fred Graham, the musical’s director/producer/star, and his leading lady/ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Granville Arts Center, Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972-205-2790

GIDDINGS: July 4 July 4th Fireman’s Cel­ebration Celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts, games, activities for the kids, music, an auction, and a good old fashioned barbecue. Fireworks are pending the weather. An antique 1900s carousel will be open for rides. Firemans Park, 2495 US 290. giddingstx.com

GRANBURY: July 3-4 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration The community’s signa­ture event draws tens of thousands to Gran­bury with a parade, contests, rodeo, live shows, and acclaimed fireworks. Downtown Gran­bury, 100 E. Pearl St. granburychamber.com 817-573-1622

GRAND PRAIRIE: Through July 22 Live Thoroughbred Racing A good time you can bet on. Catch the fun and excitement of world-class thoroughbred horse racing on Fri­days, Saturdays, and Sundays. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 22-24, 29-30; July 1 “West Side Story” See the world’s greatest love story take to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 1 Dan and Phil World Tour Dan and Phil present their new stage show, “Interactive Introverts.” Two in­ternet-dwelling, insecure nerds stand under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories, and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe, and puts the audience in control unlike anything before. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 3-4 Lone Stars & Stripes Firework Celebration Celebrate with live music, giveaways, live racing, a fire­works display, and a park full of family-fun ac­tivities. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 7 Charity Ice Cream Challenge Charities will go head-to-head to see who has the best homemade ice cream recipe in order to be crowned the champions and win money for their cause. Tickets to sample all charities’ homemade ice cream and vote for your favorite will be on sale the day of the event. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmers-market 972-237-4559

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 7 Festival de Mari­achi An exciting event providing entertainment from numerous mariachis from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 8 DVA Evolution in Concert See Denise, Valerie, and Ama­deus Davila, three young fine artists with a passion for music. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 20 Sugarland in Concert Grammy-winning pair Jennifer Net­tles and Kristian Bush hit the stage with Frank­ie Ballard and Lindsey Ell. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 21 Ed Asner: A Man and His Prostate Renowned for his work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” his own series, as well as the Pixar film “Up” and Santa in “Elf,” Mr. Asner is bringing his hilar­ious pre-Broadway one-man show to Grand Prairie. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com

GRAPEVINE: May 18-Sept. 16 “Grapevine Rails: Rolling Through Time” Discover Grapevine’s railroad legacy: past, present, and future. Enjoy the Lone Star Hi-Railers 1,000-square-foot model railroad display, train yard play area, interactive games, histor­ical artifacts, and more. 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: May 25-Sept. 3 Summer­Blast Events and activities all summer long include gallery exhibits, summer markets, festi­vals, and Friday night fireworks over Lake Grape­vine during the 10th annual event. Various loca­tions. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: June 1-Aug. 26 Cotton Belt Route Train Ride to The Historic Fort Worth Stockyards Step aboard the Grape­vine Vintage Railroad to experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. The railroad travels along the Historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards providing three unique train ride options. Options are a Saturday morn­ing one-hour train excursion (10-11 a.m.), The Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards excursion (1-5:45 p.m.), and a one-hour ride over the Trin­ity River that boards in the Stockyards (2:45- 3:45 p.m). The train boards a half hour prior to departure. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St. gvrr.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: July 6 First Fridays at The Farm Come out to historic 1859 Nash Farm this summer for a day full of fun. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: July 4 July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Celebrate America’s birthday in true patriotic style with the 36th annual fireworks show. Lake Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: July 14 Ice Cream Social Enjoy ice cream and games; $5 admission. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAYS PRAIRIE: July 27 Monsta X in Concert The South Korean hip-hop boy band comes to Texas. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30 Texas in World War I Features a series of pro­grams and exhibits on various topics relating to Texas and its role in World War I. Friench Simpson Memorial Library, 705 E. Fourth St. hallettsvillelibrary.org 361-798-3243 ext. 208

HICO: July 17-21 Old Settler’s Reunion Enjoy a carnival, food, dances, and games. Hico City Park, Elm Street.
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MADISONVILLE: July 4 Fourth of July Annual Celebration Lake Madison is the place to be on Independence Day, with splash pad fun, food from local vendors, live enter­tainment, and fireworks over the water after sundown. Lake Madison Park, 1215 E. Collard St. visitmadisonville.org 936-348-9333

MADISONVILLE: July 4 July 4th Celebra­tion An annual hometown celebration with a gigantic fireworks display, live entertain­ment, food, a car show, and kids activities. Lake Madison Park, 1215 E. Collard St. visitmadisonville.org 936-348-9333

MANSFIELD: July 3 Rockin’ 4th of July Mansfield’s annual Independence Day cele­bration is a free, family-friendly festival full of games, food, live music, and an amazing fire­works show. Free shuttles are available from most area hotels or for the general public at Vernon Newsom Stadium. Big League Dreams Mansfield, 500 Heritage Pkwy. S. mansfieldtexas.gov/rockin-4th-of-july 817-804-5795

MANSFIELD: July 15 Red, White & Rock­in’ Kids’ Triathlon Kids from across the area gather in Mansfield each July for this triathlon, held as part of an annual Fourth of July celebration. Juniors (6-10 years old) start with a 130-meter swim, followed by a 3.1-mile bike ride and half-mile race. Seniors (11-15 years old) swim for 200 meters, bike for 6.2 miles, and run a full mile. Hawaiian Falls Water Park, 490 Heritage Pkwy. South. mansfieldtexas.gov/red-white-rockin-kids-triathlon

MANSFIELD: July 15-20 Texas Firefighter Games Firefighters from across the state gather in Mansfield for a week of fun competi­tion between departments, in everything from darts and dodgeball to grappling and golf. Big League Dreams Mansfield, 500 Heritage Pkwy. texasfirefightergames.com

MCDADE: July 14 McDade Watermelon Festival At this annual event, enjoy a car show, grande parade, music on the grounds, food, con­tests, games, and lots of fun. Free entry and free melon feast after the prize melon auction. Down­town McDade, Main Street and Loop 223. explorebastropcounty.com

MCKINNEY: June 2-Sept. 30 Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden. The butterfly house in­cludes native species, which vary by season and what is available from suppliers. The but­terfly garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract these lovely creatures. This attraction is included in general admission and free for Heard Museum members. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctu­ary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org/butterflies 972-562-5566

MESQUITE: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mesquite Championship Rodeo Don’t miss the tough­est cowboys around the world as they com­pete with the strongest horses, steers, and bulls in the country. This PRCA-certified rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. You’ll see calf-roping, barrel racing, bronc busting, bull riding—all of the traditional rodeo events, in air-conditioned comfort. Doors open at 6 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive. mesquiterodeo.com 972-285-8777

MESQUITE: July 7, 14, 28 Weekly Cham­pionship Series Enjoy the racing season at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. With its half-mile, oval clay track, Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the best in auto rac­ing. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: July 14 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: July 14, 28 Marketplace Mes­quite: Farmers’ and Artisan’s Market Come and shop in downtown Mesquite for local fare from artisans, growers, and crafts­men. The Mesquite Marketplace is held the second and fourth Saturday from April- October in historic Downtown Mesquite. Heritage Square, 150 W. Main St. themarketplacedfw.com 469-275-9617

MESQUITE: July 19-21 Christmas Expo Holiday Lighting & Decorating Confer­ence Three days of shopping, decorating, and classes to help light your way to your best holiday display. Homeowners and commer­cial lighting professionals can shop for lights, trees, decorating, and display items, as well as take classes from industry leaders, extreme decorators, and DIY experts. Mesquite Championship Rodeo at Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodero Drive. christmasexpo.com

MESQUITE: July 21 Topless TX Winged Modifieds Enjoy the racing season at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. With its half-mile, oval clay track, Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the best in auto racing. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2420

MESQUITE: July 26-29 Nibbles & Sips Historic Mesquite invites you to learn about upcoming projects and volunteer opportuni­ties while enjoying snacks and drinks. It’s free; bring a friend. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: July 28 Opal Lawrence His­torical Park Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home, located in Opal Lawrence Historical Park, are every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

PALESTINE: May 4-Sept. 29 Texas State Railroad Summer Excursions The rare steam locomotives of the historic Golden Age debut alongside the vintage diesel bri­gade for rail tours throughout the summer season. Trains depart from the Palestine depot every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through July and from the Rusk Depot through September with a few special events sprinkled throughout the busy summer calen­dar. In addition to the vintage steam engines that power many of the present-day excur­sion trains, Texas State Railroad is home to the extremely rare Texas & Pacific steam en­gine #610. Texas State Railroad Depot, 789 Park Road 70. texasstaterailroad.net 855-632-7729

PALESTINE: July 14 Bob Gill in Concert The Waylon Jennings tribute artist has per­formed for Waylon fans across the U.S. and Canada to sold out shows. Benefit concert for BARC, The Humane Society. Palestine High School, 1600 S. Loop 256. barctx.org 903-729-8074

PALESTINE: July 20-21 Market Days at the Palestine Farmers Market Palestine Main Street’s Farm and Flower Market is a free event to attend the third Saturday of every month. Come and shop for fruits, veggies, handmade items, jewelry, art, flowers, seeding trees, local honey, and more. Food truck will be on-site. Farmers Market Pavilion, 815 W. Spring St. visitpalestine.com 903-731-8437

PARIS: July 6 Cruisin’ on the Plaza Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PARIS: July 20-22 Paris Balloon and Music Festival The third annual festival will feature 20 hot air balloons, balloon glows and launches, a tethered balloon, live music, craft and food vendors, and a children’s area. Red River Valley Fairgrounds, 570 E. Center St. parisballoonandmusicfestival.com

PLANO: July 3, 16, 30 Summer Concerts in the Park Bring a blanket or chair and a pic­nic dinner, and enjoy a night of live music in the park with the Plano Community Band. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. planoband.com or visitplano.com

PLANO: July 4 Plano All-American Fourth Food trucks and a live DJ join this annual fireworks show—which is synchronized to music, so tune into radio station 97.5 KLAK for the live simulcast. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Oak Point Park Amphithe­ater, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-7250

PLANO: July 4 Plano Lions Independence Day Parade Flags, floats, marching bands, drill teams, cheer squads, and more help cel­ebrate Independence Day at this annual hol­iday parade on Independence Drive. Plano ISD Administration Building, 2700 W. 15th St. id4.planolions.org or visitplano.com

PLANO: July 5-14 Bare Bones Shake­speare Presents “Hamlette” A minimalist production without lavish sets or costumes. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road. barebonesshakespeare.com or visitplano.com 469-701-3228

PLANO: July 5 Courtyard Texas Music Series Enjoy some of Texas’ favorite musicians in this 321-seat theater. Concerts are held on the first Thursday of the month from March through November. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: July 12 Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk Stroll the downtown Plano arts dis­trict, sampling different wines in shops and gal­leries, listening to street musicians, and checking out artists and their wares. Held on the second Thursday of each month from April through De­cember. Historic Downtown Plano, 998 E. 15th St. visitdowntownplano.com/winewalk or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: July 19-21 “The Belle of West Texas” When villain Gerald Snively and his sidekick, Melinda Mooch, hit Oilwell, Texas, it’s rack and ruin from start to finish. These two are evil personified, but naturally good triumphs. Performed by cast ages 10-18. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road. roverdramawerks.com or visitplano.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: July 26-Aug. 11 “The Awesome ’80s Prom” It’s 1989, and all your high school buddies are at the prom. From the captain of the football team to the foreign exchange student, they’re all competing for Prom King and Queen—and the audience decides who wins. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road. roverdramawerks.com or visitplano.com/events 972-849-0358

PLANO: July 28 Movies in the Park: Dis­ney’s “Coco” Watch a family-friendly block­buster on the last Saturday of the month. Each event will have a contest or activity and a chance to win fun prizes. Food trucks on site. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. visit downtownplano.com/moviesinthepark or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

RICHARDSON: July 4 Plano Symphony Patriotic Pops The Plano Symphony Or­chestra, led by Maestro Hector Guzman, will present an entertaining and inspiring tribute to America. Eisemann Center, 2351 Perfor­mance Drive. planosymphony.org or visit plano.com 972-473-7262

ROUND TOP: June 3-July 15 Round Top Music Festival Talented young artists, men­tored and coached by faculty, participate in orchestral and chamber music concerts. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org

SALADO: July 21, 28; Aug. 4 “Salado Leg­ends” History, legend, and memories meet in the epic historical-musical drama for its 26th annual production. Performed outdoors, one of the show’s original songs, “Be Careful What You Wish For,” weaves the legends of the Tonkawa tribe, the dreams of Spanish explor­ers, and the hopes of the Scottish settlers into a panoramic tale. Tablerock Amphitheater, 439 Royal St. tablerock.org

SCHERTZ: July 21 “Jaws” Free outdoor movie starts at sunset. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Schertz Aquatic Center. slabcinema.com 210-212-9373

SEALY: July 13-14 SealyBration Activities include a barbecue cookoff, fireworks display (if no burn ban is in effect), vendor booths, arts and crafts, tractor show, softball tourna­ments, a bean bag tournament, and a carnival for the kids. BP&W Park, 1008 Main St. sealycommunityfoundation.org

SEGUIN: July 4 Biggest Small-Town Fourth of July Parade Join crowds of more than 10,000 people that line up along Austin Street for the annual parade. With more than a 150 entries including floats from local business­es, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and more, the entire parade takes about two hours to roll by. Austin Street. visitseguin.com

SHINER: July 6-7 Half-Moon Holidays Celebration and Barbecue Cookoff Event includes a barbecue cookoff, live music, family-friendly activities, food and drink, arts and crafts, a downtown parade, and a fire­works display Saturday at dusk. Green Dickson Park, 2086 CR 351. shinertx.com 361-594-4180

SMITHVILLE: July 28 Casino Night The annual event offers a fabulous buffet, gam­ing, raffles, and more. Smithville Recreation Cen­ter, 106 Gazley St. explorebastropcounty.com

TEMPLE: July 4 July Fourth Family Fun Fest Since 1998, friends and neighbors have brought their lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the park to enjoy a day of music, fire­works, and relaxation free of charge. There will be live music, craft vendors, inflatables, a splash pad, food vendors, and more. Miller Park, 1919 N. First St. templeparks.com 254-298-5440

TEMPLE: July 6 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, historic Downtown Temple is transformed into a giant party. Join monthly for street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: July 6 Live@Lunch Bring your lunch or stop by one of Downtown Temple’s restaurants for some mid-day music by local performers. Some picnic tables will be provid­ed, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair or something to sit on. Courtyard on Main Street, 5 S. Main St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: July 7 Beat the Heat! Family Day Who says you can’t have fun when it’s hot outside? Celebrate UV Safety Month with tips on how to be safe from the sun’s rays and come check out fun for the entire family with activities to cool you down. Tem­ple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. templerrhm.org 254-298-5175

TEMPLE: July 28 Main Street Market The market is free and open to the public and features arts, craft, and vintage vendors in ad­dition to food trucks. Downtown Temple, 2 N. Main St. discovertemple.com

THE COLONY: June 15-Aug. 10 The Col­ony Summer Clubhouse A three-month summer event series for kids. Every Friday, children of all ages are invited to enjoy free movies and live shows. Doors open at 9 a.m. and event begins at 10 a.m. The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 N. Colony Blvd. thecolonytx.gov 972-625-1106

THE COLONY: July 4 Liberty 5K, 10K, & 1-Mile Fun Run The 33rd annual event wel­comes runners and walkers of all ages and abil­ities. Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road. libertybythelake.com 972-625-1106

THE COLONY: July 4 Liberty by the Lake Enjoy an entire day of family fun to celebrate the birth of America. Activities include a local business expo, a watermelon-eating contest, a salsa shootout, live music, and a fireworks dis­play. Admission is free. Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road. libertybythelake.com 972-625-1106

THE COLONY: July 4 Liberty by the Lake Independence Day Parade Honor Indepen­dence Day as residents “Celebrate the American Dream.” The parade route travels west on Nash to Blair Oaks, then south on Blair Oaks to The Colony Five Star Com­plex. Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. libertybythelake.com 972-625-1106

WACO: Through Nov. 25 “Faces of the Southern Ocean” Through a selection of photography by J.J. L’Hereux, this exhibit embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold. Reindeer, seals, and penguins— inhabitants of this icy territory—along with breathtaking landscapes are captured in pho­tographs from L’Hereux’s more than a dozen expeditions to this region. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: June 2-Jan. 6 “Titanic: The Arti­fact Exhibit” This exhibit takes you on a jour­ney back in time to experience the legend of the Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and person­al stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: July 4 Fourth on the Brazos A free event with spectacular fireworks over the Bra­zos River. Food trucks, a kids area, and con­certs included. Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium, 1001 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. brazosnightswaco.com/fourth-on-the-brazos 254-750-5627

WACO: July 5 Stars over Texas Jamboree A monthly family style musical jamboree fea­turing country, oldies, gospel, and bluegrass. Held the first Thursday of each month. Lee Lockwood Library & Museum, 2801 W. Waco Drive. 254-755-7257

WALLIS: July 14-15 Arts and Crafts Show The 15th annual show, sponsored by the Wallis American Legion Post 200. Enjoy chopped barbecue on buns, hamburgers, desserts, and drinks—plus $1 admission for hourly door priz­es. 330 Legion Road. 281-743-3678

WALLIS: July 28 FunFest Arts and crafts, great food, raffles, and more. Wallis American Legion Hall, 330 Legion. wallischamber.com

WAXAHACHIE: July 3-4 Crape Myrtle Festival Concert and fireworks on July 3 at the Sports Complex. Parade starting in his­toric downtown on July 4. Waxahachie Sports Complex, 151 Broadhead Road. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WEATHERFORD: July 14 Parker County Peach Festival At the 34th annual festival, enjoy homemade peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach juleps, and peach tea. Stroll through historic downtown square where there will be more than 200 arts and craft vendors, nonstop entertainment, and tasty food. Avid bike rider? Join in the morning Peach Pedal. Historic Downtown Weatherford, 1 Courthouse Square. parkercountypeachfestival.org

 

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