July

ADDISON: June 13-Aug. 8 Vitruvian Nights Live Enjoy live music and gourmet food trucks every other Thursday in June, July, and August. Admission and parking are free. Vitruvian Park Amphitheather, 3875 Ponte Ave. 972-450-2800; visitaddison .com/specialevents

ADDISON: July 3 Kaboom Town! This fire- works show features fireworks choreographed to music and simulcast on the radio. Visitors can enjoy food and live entertainment as well. There is also an air show by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. This fireworks show can be seen across the entire town. Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. 972-450-2800; addisonkaboomtown.com

ADDISON: July 20 Addison After Dark Join in on outdoor entertainment on the third Saturday of every month from May to November. This event features live music, movies, and food trucks. With different themes each month, the entertainment options are forever changing, giving fans a unique experience. This month enjoy Luau on the Lawn. Meet on the lawn for a summer tiki party featuring a fire-twirling show, island music, hula dancing, and complimentary leis. Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. 972-450-2800; visitaddison.com/specialevents

ARLINGTON: June 1-2, 9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-29; July 3, 5-6, 14, 19, 21 Free Music Under the Stars Enjoy free outdoor con- certs on select evenings throughout the summer by performers, including Shotgun Rider, BB King Blues Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, and Blue Water Highway. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. 817-543-4301 or 817-543-4308; levittpavilionarlington.org

BASTROP: July 6 Red, White, and You— Dancing Through the Decades Continue the Independence Day fun with this dance celebration. Enjoy dance lessons, live music, food and drink concessions, and historical exhibits. Vintage dress is encouraged, as there is a prize for best dressed. The featured band performing is The Tony Harrison Band. Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut St. 512-332- 8984; redwhiteyoudance.com

BASTROP: July 12-27 “Newsies” Set in turn-of-the century New York City, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St. 512-517-6422; visitbastrop.com/event/newsies-the- broadway-musical/321

BASTROP: July 19-21 Corvette Invasion The largest Corvette car show in Texas comes to Bastrop. Check out hundreds of Corvettes before they caravan out on Sun- day to the Circuit of the Americas Race Track—the only F1 track in America. The show also features car show awards, and auto, food, and lifestyle vendors, as well as other special events. Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut St. 512-373-5544; corvetteinvasion.com

BEDFORD: July 4 Fourth Fest Enjoy children’s activities, live music, the annual salute to our soldiers, and fireworks at this Independence Day event. Bedford Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive. 817-952-2317; bedfordtx.gov

BELTON: June 29-July 6 Fourth of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo – 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 a kickoff barbecue, with the PRCA Rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Downtown Belton. rodeobelton.com

BONHAM: July 25-27 Kueckelhan Rodeo This rodeo has taken place for more than 60 years and is one of the most entertaining and exciting events that takes place in Fannin County each year. Rodeo activities include bareback, saddle bronc, ranch bronc, steer wrestling, tiedown, breakaway, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Kueckelhan Ranch, 7036 SH 78 N. 903-583-5337; kueckelhanrodeo.com

BONHAM: July 26-27 Quilt Hop Nine different historical locations have over 300 quilts on display. This year, space quilts are on display from many different states and countries. In addition, there are always vendors, demonstrations, fat quarter bingo, and a chance to drive the longest Barn Quilt Trail in Texas. There are guided house tours on the half hour with special quilt displays. Various locations, 327 N. Main St. 903-583-9830; visitbonham.com

BOWIE: July 5 Outdoor Movie Night Enjoy a free outdoor movie. Fundraising concessions are served. Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St. 940-872-6246; cityofbowietx.com

BOWIE: July 13 Reds, Whites, and Brews–And Food Trucks Too This inaugural event features vendors from across the area with a focus on local wineries and breweries. The evening has an indoor con- cert series with local artist Monty Dawson, opener Jamie Richards, and leading artist Phil Hamilton. The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association is hosting a lawn mower pull contest, and there is also a fun cornhole tournament. Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St. 940-872-6246; cityofbowietx.com

BOWIE: July 27 July Jam Enjoy an evening of fiddle playing, an auction, live entertainment, and chicken and bread with Bowie Community Development. Bowie Community Center, 413 Pelham St. 940-872-6246; cityofbowietx.com

BRENHAM: July 6-Sept. 1 Harvest Grape Stomp Come out and enjoy creating happy memories with your family, friends, or co- workers. Start in the vineyard to pick grapes off the vine. Return to the tasting patio where you’ll squeeze and squish your grapes to music, which makes all the stress in your life fade away. As an added memento, step out with your purple feet on to your keepsake t-shirt. Windy Winery, 4232 Clover Road. 979-836-3252; windywinery.com

BRENHAM: July 7-28 Hot Nights, Cool
Tunes Concert Series Bring your lawn
chair to the courthouse square, and enjoy great live music with the community. Also,
 enjoy the Classic Car Cruise-In as well as food and beverage vendors. This event is free to the public. Downtown Brenham, 115 W. Main St. 979-337-7580; downtownbrenham.com

BRENHAM: July 20-21, 27-28; Aug. 10-11 Crush for Fun at Pleasant Hill Winery Stomp grapes and personalize a T-shirt with your purple feet to remember the fun at Pleasant Hill Winery. After, enjoy wine tasting on the deck. Pleasant Hill Winery, 1441 Salem Road. 979-830-8463; pleasanthillwinery.com

BRYAN: July 26; Aug. 10 Moonlit Harvest Festival The festival kicks off with a blessing of the vines followed by an evening of grape picking and stomping in the Messina Hof Estate vineyard. Dinner features a Vineyard Cusine buffet and a wide selection of complimentary wines for guests to enjoy. Messina Hof Estate Winery, 4545 Old Reliance Road. 979-778-9463; messinahof.com

BRYAN: July 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 31 Daytime Harvest Festival Bring the family out for a fun-filled day of picking and stomping the very grapes that go into making Messina Hof’s award-winning ports. Stay for a tour and tasting with a lunch buffet. Round out your afternoon with a food and wine pairing class. Attendees also receive a souvenir “Harvest Crew” T-shirt, which you can sign with your very own purple stomping feet. Messina Hof Estate Winery, 4545 Old Reliance Road. 979-778-9463; messinahof.com

CHAPPELL HILL: July 4 Fourth of July Parade and Cowboy Round-Up
 Come celebrate the Fourth at the annual Biggest Small Town Parade in Texas. The parade features the world famous Marching Kazoo Band, and the Chappell Hill Historical Society once again hosts the summer cowboy event. The Rocking T chuckwagon, Cowboy Bob, pony rides, petting zoo, oxen demonstrations, and a food and beverage vendor are featured this year. All activities and exhibits are free. Downtown Chappell Hill, 5060 Main St. 979-337-7580; chappellhilltx.com

CLEBURNE: June 21-July 27 “Always … Patsy Cline” The Plaza Theatre Company presents this retrospective musical based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Seger supplies a narrative while Patsy floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous. Classics like “Any- time,” Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy” make this evening with Patsy Cline one not to be forgotten. Plaza Theatre Company, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: June 21-July 7 “Mamma Mia” Cleburne Carnegie Players present “Mamma Mia,” the hit musical that tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds in a Greek island paradise. Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson St. 682-317-3644; carnegieplayers.org

CLEBURNE: July 4 Fourth of July Celebration The Fourth of July festivities feature activities and a fabulous fireworks display in the evening. Lake Pat Cleburne, Lakeshore Drive. 817-645-2455; cleburnechamber.com

CLEBURNE: July 27 Tour de Goatneck Bike Ride The annual event has more than 2,500 riders from across the country. The Goatneck bike ride is a rolling hill course that averages around 35-feet per mile of climbing, which includes a 69.5-mile, 41- mile, 27-mile, and 10-mile bike race. Cleburne High School, 1501 Harlin Drive. 817-645-2455; thegoatneck.us

COLUMBUS: July 4 Fourth of July Celebration This annual holiday celebration has a children’s and pet parade, music, vendors, water slides, inflatables, food, and a fireworks display. Columbus Golf Course, 141 Veterans Drive. 979-732-8385; columbustexas.org

CORSICANA: June 1-July 31 Hotter Than Blue Blazes: Summer in the West Exhibit Featuring artwork from the Pearce’s permanent collection, this exhibit contrasts the recent show, “The West in Winter,” and communicates the ferocious heat of the Wild West. See the lives of ranchers depicted in art during the hottest part of the year, or catch a moment of respite as a cowboy naps in the shade. This is a show that hits the reset button on what we may think is an uncomfortable season. Pearce Museum at Navarro College, 3100 W. Collin St. 903-875-7642; pearcemuseum.com

CORSICANA: July 4 July Fourth Freedom Festival This annual festival features live entertainment, children’s activities, patriotic demonstrations, and a fireworks show. IOOF Park, 1301 N. 45th St. 903-654-4874; visitcorsicana.com

CORSICANA: July 11-20 “The Sugar Bean Sisters” The absurd Southern gothic comedy of “The Sugar Bean Sisters” is set in the fictional swamp town of Sugar Bean, Florida. Three women are desperate to escape the drudgery of their lives. Playwright Na- than Sanders’ belly laughing lines fill the script. Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave. 903-872-5421; warehouselivingartscenter.com

CORSICANA: July 13 Mimosas at the Market: Christmas in July A sip, shop, and stroll event on the second Saturday of each month. This month, stores throughout downtown are serving holiday themed mimosas and featuring some spectacular summer promotions. Downtown Historic Corsicana, Beaton and Collin streets. 903-654-4850; visitcorsicana.com

DALLAS: Through-Aug. 4 “55 Years” In remembrance of the 55th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza presents this new temporary exhibit. Featuring a broad representation of popular magazine covers from the last five decades, this captivating visual timeline of President Kennedy’s image reflects his lasting imprint on the nation’s consciousness and pays tribute to his life and legacy. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660; jfk.org

DALLAS: June 1-Aug. 31 Dallas by Chocolate Tour Indulge your chocolate passions at some of the most creative chocolate, ice cream, and pastry shops around. An air- conditioned motorcoach whisks guests around town to sample treats galore while learning about the history of chocolate, how it’s made, and meeting those who make these scrumptious treats. Includes private motorcoach transportation,
many dessert samples, and beverages
on board (you can also BYOB). The exact meeting location is given to ticket holders. Various locations. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: June 2-Aug. 18 Taste of Bishop Arts Food and Historical Tour Sample the fun and fare of this unique and eclectic neighborhood. On foot, learn about its colorful history, slip into galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries that may include one of Dallas’ top barbecue havens and a shrine to Bonnie and Clyde (restaurants vary). Drinks beyond water are on your own. Minimum 8 people; limit 20 people. Meeting place details are given to ticket holders. Various locations. 972-814-5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DALLAS: July 6-27 Best Tacos and Margaritas Tour Sample both gourmet and street tacos on an adventure through East Dallas, Oak Cliff, and other iconic Dallas neighborhoods. Stops include award- winning margaritas and tacos at amazing spots including hole-in-the-wall taquerias. Presented by Dallas Bites! Food Tours. Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant, 4818 Greenville Ave. 972-814-5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DALLAS: July 14-Aug. 24 Hidden Dallas Food and Fun Tour Cruise through secret places in Dallas that many people do not know about. Check out whimsical sculptures, waterfalls, and the last home built by one of America’s most famous architects. Many venues are indoors since the weather is warm. Stop along the way for delicious snacks at insider culinary gems. Some walking is involved. Includes motorcoach transportation, a tour host, food at venues and beverages on the bus (you can also BYOB). Please note that the exact meeting location is given to ticket holders. Various locations. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

ELGIN: July 3 Chalk It Up This annual children’s art contest is back to decorate the city for the Fourth of July. Begin your chalk masterpieces at 5:30 p.m. in Veteran’s Memorial Park, then stay for music, concessions, a raffle, and a lighted parade. Veteran’s Memorial Park.

ELGIN: July 11 Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, wine and beer tastings, samples, refreshments, and live music in many of the venues. Downtown Historic Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: June 28-July 7 “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Live performance features updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture. This is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. 972-878-7529; ennispublictheatre.com

FORT WORTH: June 2-July 4 Fort Worth Symphony Concerts in the Garden Relax with evening performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special artists staged outdoors. All performances conclude with a fireworks finale. Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3270 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-665-6500; fwsymphony.org

FORT WORTH: July 4 Fort Worth’s Fourth live music, and then watch the region’s longest fireworks show. Admission is free along with all activities in the kid zone and tubing. Panther Island Pavilion,
345 Purcey St. 817-698-0700; pantherislandpavilion.com

FORT WORTH: July 6-Aug. 10 Rockin’ the River—Live on the Trinity Enjoy a free, weekly summer concert series with a cool twist: the stage is right on the Trinity River in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth. Watch a concert while floating in the river, or bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a great view from the shore. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. 817-336-8791; rockintheriverfw.com

FORT WORTH: July 28 National Day of the American Cowboy Saddle up for National Day of the American Cowboy, hosted in the Stockyards National Historic District. Activities and events take place within Stockyards Station and include cow milking, quick draw, and a fiddle contest. Past events have had chuckwagon poetry, live Western music, face painting, a rib-eating contest, mustache contest, gunfight shows, parades, cattle drives, rodeos, and boot contests. Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange St. 817-625-9715; fortworthstockyards.com

FRISCO: July 3-4 Freedom Fest Enjoy great food, music, and fireworks during one of North Texas’ biggest Independence Day celebrations. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. 972-292-5000; friscofreedomfest.org

GARLAND: July 12 Sounds of Summer Concert Series Spend a summer evening under the stars at Garland’s annual concert series. This free, family-friendly series in- corporates various avenues of the arts all into one fun-filled series. Historic Down- town Garland Square, 520 W. State St. 972-205-2750; facebook.com/playgarland or garlandparks.com

GARLAND: July 18-20 Rachel Hollis Rise Weekend This two-day personal growth conference invites women from every walk of life to come together to be inspired, supported, and enveloped in a community. The first day is about owning your past. The second day is about owning your future. The weekend is hosted by Rachel Hollis, author of the national best-selling book “Girl Wash Your Face.” Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. thehollisco.com/rise-weekend-dallas

GARLAND: July 19-28 “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” When eldest brother Adam gets himself a bride, his backwoods brothers set out to capture their own. It takes a long, hard winter for these rough and rowdy boys to win over their brides with flowers and romance. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. 972-205-2790; garlandsummermusicals.org

GIDDINGS: July 4 Firemen’s July Fourth Celebration The Lee County Sheriff’s Posse and Giddings Volunteer Fire Department team up for a big Fourth of July celebration. It starts with music in the park, barbecue, and an auction to benefit the fire department. The rodeo is usually held on the weekend nearest the Fourth. Fire- man’s Park, 2495 US 290 W. 979-542- 3455; giddingstx.com

GIDDINGS: July 4 Lee County Sheriff’s Posse Fury on the Fourth The Lee County Sheriff’s Posse hosts championship bull riding, including bull fighting and mutton bustin’, followed by fireworks and a dance with live music by Snake River Red. Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena, 2495 US 290 W. 979-542-3455; giddingstx.com

GLEN ROSE: July 9 Homeschool Class and Guided Tour: Composting and Keyhole Gardening Students explore a pollinator garden, examine a keyhole garden, and learn about the importance and beauty of plants. Students also practice skills for their own home and yard. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897- 2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: July 12 Discovery After Dark Program and Tour Enjoy a guided sunset wildlife tour using spotlights to see exotic and native species. An after-dark hike caps off the event that lasts approximately three hours. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: July 13, 27 Photo Tour This tour lets the photographer catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. Tours go through the park’s 1,800 acres, and the tour driver caters to photographers whenever possible. There are 50-plus species of animals at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that may be photographed include white rhinos, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffes, sable, axis deer, and dama gazelle, just to name a few. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897- 2960; fossilrim.org

GONZALES: July 20 The Real Texas Gun Show This gun show, hosted by Real Texas Gun Shows, has ample free parking available in the front and side of the building. Ammunition sales are inside the building. All federal, state, and local fire- arm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. JB Wells Arena and Expo Center, 2301 CR 197. 713-724-8881; gunshowstoday.com/ gun-shows/texas

GRANBURY: July 4 Old-Fashioned 4th of July Thousands flock to Granbury to take part in the small-town festivities and celebrate all things America. There is a parade around the historic Granbury square, vendors, and a top-rated fire- works show to finish it all off. Downtown Granbury, 201 E. Pearl St. 682-936-4550; granburysquare.com/2019-big-events

GRAND PRAIRIE: Through July 21
Live Thoroughbred Racing Catch the fun and excitement of world-class thorough- bred horse racing. Lone Star Park,
1000 Lone Star Parkway. 972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 13 3 Redneck Tenors in Concert Get ready for one side- splitting ride as the 3 Redneck Tenors
go on an excursion only they could— delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smorgasbord of songs and music ranging from gospel and country to Broadway, pop, and classical. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main Street. 972-237-8786; uptowntheatergp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: July 20 Ice Cream Charity Challenge Cool down during this Texas summer than with some ice cream. Taste test and vote for your favorite ice cream at this annual event. Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main Street. 972- 237-4559; gptx.org/farmersmarket

KAUFMAN: July 4 Red, White, and Boom This community event has food, rides, clowns, music, and fireworks. Kaufman Sports Complex, 595 Terrell Highway. 972-932-3118

LEWISVILLE: June 4-July 30 Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series The popular and free concert series returns on Tuesday nights in June and July. The concert series includes two bands each night. Among headliners are Desperado, an Eagles tribute band; PriMadonna; Reflective Soul; a Michael Jackson ’80s tribute; Bidi Bidi Banda; Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi tribute band; a Heart tribute; and Shameless, a Garth Brooks tribute. Food, beer, and wine are sold on site. Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St. 972-219-3401; soundsoflewisville.com

MCKINNEY: June 1-Dec. 31 “McKinney Then and Now” Travel back in time with this exhibit that focuses on McKinney. Various types of audio/visual aids are available along with augmented reality experiences. Collin County History Museum, 300 E. Virginia St. 972-542-9457; collincountyhistory museum.org

MCKINNEY: June 1-Sept. 30 Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the Native Texas Butterfly House and 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. You may even find a few ideas to try in your own garden. Heard Natural Science Muse- um and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org

MCKINNEY: July 4 Red, White, and Boom This day of patriotic events starts in historic downtown McKinney with a hometown parade; classic car, truck, and cycle show; and a block party. The action then moves to McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch for family activities, food, a concert, and fireworks. Refreshments are available for purchase. McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, 6375 Collin McKinney Park- way. 972-547-7480; mckinneytexas.org

MCKINNEY: July 12-14 Third Monday Trade Days This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 450 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles, dogs, and specialty items along with many fantastic carnivalesque food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission. 4550 W. University Drive. 972-562-5466; tmtd.com

MCKINNEY: July 21 Killis Melton’s Ice Cream Crank-Off Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by tasting freshly made ice creams created by home cooks competing for awards at this 24th annual ice cream festival. The Crank-Off, which has been featured on Food Network, includes kid’s activities, music, and delicious ice cream samplings for $1 each. Be sure and visit the Ice Cream Freezer Museum in Dixie’s Store, the largest collection of vintage freezers around. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St. 972-562-8790; chestnutsquare.org

MESQUITE: July 6, 13, 20, 27 Devils Bowl Speedway Enjoy auto racing at the South- west’s most famous dirt track. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. 972-222- 2421; devilsbowl.com

MESQUITE: July 6, 13, 20, 27 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- sanctioned 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. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive. 972-285-8777; mesquiterodeo.com

MESQUITE: July 13, 27 Mesquite Artisans and Farmers Market This European-style market features food, artisans, and crafters from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Heritage Square in Downtown Mesquite, 223 W. Davis. 866-242-8078; themarketplacedfw.com

PARKER: July 20 Family Expo at the Ranch Southfork Ranch hosts interactive family activities, family services, community networking, performances, competitions, entertainment, parent pampering, and more. Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive. 972- 442-7800; planofamilyexpo.com

PLANO: July 3 Plano Community Band Patriotic Pops The Plano Symphony Orchestra presents an entertaining and inspiring tribute to America. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. 972-814-8882; planoband.com

PLANO: July 4 All-American Fourth Food trucks and a live DJ join this annual fireworks show, which is synchronized to music—tune into radio station 97.5 KLAK for the live simulcast. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd. plano.gov

PLANO: July 4 Independence Day Party at The Texas Pool Celebrate freedom on America’s birthday with a party at the historic Texas Pool. Enjoy hot dogs, traditional pool games, and fun in the sun. Coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages welcome. The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive. 972-881-8392; texaspool.org

PLANO: July 4 Plano Lions’ Fourth of July 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 Admin Building, 15th and Independence. parades.planolions.org

PLANO: July 6 Courtyard Texas Music Series Get up close and personal with some of the Lone Star State’s favorite musicians on the first Thursday of the month from March through November, and enjoy the amazing acoustics of this 321-seat theater. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972- 941-5600; visitplano.com or plano.gov

PLANO: July 11 Historic Downtown Plano Arts District Art and 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. Downtown Plano Arts District, 1013 E. 15th St. 972-922-1292; visitplano.com or visitdowntownplano.com

PLANO: July 11, 18, 25 Summer Fun Thursdays Families can enjoy a summer of bubble-popping, mind-stretching, floor-stomping, and clown-laughing fun every Thursday in June and July. This month’s kid-oriented activities include the Julio and Kelly Clown Show, the SciTech Discovery Center, and The Real Mad Hatter. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. 972-202-7110; shopwillowbend.com

PLANO: July 15, 29 Plano Community Band—Summer Series in Haggard 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. Plano Community Band/Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. 972-814-8882; planoband.com

PLANO: July 19-20, 26-27 Dark Hour Presents: Dog Days of Summer Travelers in this Louisiana Bayou face many threats during the Dog Days of Summer. Not only must they be wary of the witches as well as the gypsies and their blades, this season the Rugarou runs rampant. As Dark Hour pulls out all the stops, decide for yourself which fate is worse when dealing with werewolves, being turned, or being eaten. Dark Hour Haunted House,
701 Taylor Drive. 469-298-0556; darkhourhauntedhouse.com

PLANO: July 21 Crayola Sensory Sun- days This special morning is designed for kids and families who would like to experience the attraction adapted just for sensory needs. Lights are dimmed, music is turned off, and there is a quiet room/space available. The Crayola Experience, 6121 W. Park Blvd. 469-642-2901; crayolaexperience.com/plano

PLANO: July 25 Plano Magazine Beer Walk Sample 30-plus beers from Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma craft breweries, all in air-conditioned comfort. The family- friendly afternoon is filled with live music, prizes, pop-up vendors, and store dis- counts. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. 972-489-8301; planomagazine .com/beer-walk

PLANO: July 28-Aug. 8 USA Softball GOLD National Championship Plano once again hosts the girls’ 16-under and 18-under national softball championships. As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equip- ping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships, and other international and domestic events. Heritage Yards, 4525 Hedgecoxe Road. visitplano.com/event/usa-girls-national- championship

ROUND TOP: July 4 Fourth of July Parade It’s the longest-running parade west of the Mississippi, and it’s an awful lot of fun. Pack your lawn chairs, don your best patriotic garb, and gear up for an old-fashioned celebration of our great nation. This town goes all out. Round Top Square, 110 Schumann Lane. 979-249-4042; exploreroundtop.com/events

SALADO: Through-October 25 Fourth Friday On the fourth Friday of the month, experience downtown Salado’s Sip ‘n Shop with more than 25 boutiques, art galleries, wineries, and more. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available at some locations. Historic Downtown Salado, Main Street. 254-947-0888; facebook.com/ salado4thfriday

SALADO: July 10-Aug. 10 Summer Glass Fusion This summer, experience some- thing beyond glassblowing in the shop. Persons ages 5 and up may choose to make either five pendants or one 8×8 glass mosaic. Assistance with crafting pendants or arranging mosaics is utilized, then participants help fire their creations in the kilns to fuse it into its unique form. Mosaics can be free formed or use one of the pre- made patterns. Salado Glassworks, No. 2 Peddlers Alley. 254-947-0339; saladoglassworks.com/upcoming-events

SALADO: July 20, 27; Aug. 3 “Salado Legends” Central Texas’ favorite outdoor musical drama depicts life in Texas in the 1850s. Tablerock Amphitheater, 409 Royal St. 254-947-9205; tablerock.org

SEALY: July 12-13 Sealybration 
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with lots of great activities, including the 5-Alarm 5-K, a barbecue cookoff, a bean bag tournament, a kid’s zone, the Stars & Strikes Soft- ball Tournament, vendors, a VIP experience, and main stage entertainment. B & PW Park, 1008 Main St. 979-877-7249; sealycommunityfoundation.org

SHERMAN: July 3 Lights on the Lake
The 10th annual Independence Day celebration includes a free concert, food vendors, the family-friendly Kids Alley, and a fireworks show. Pecan Grove Park–West, 3200 Canyon Creek Drive. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org or facebook.com/shermantx

SHERMAN: July 11, 18, 25 Hot Summer Nights Grab a lawn chair, cooler, blanket, and friend, and enjoy live music on the Municipal Lawn every Thursday night in June and July (with the exception of July Fourth). Lucy Kidd-Key Park, 405 N. Rusk St. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org or facebook.com/shermantx

SHERMAN: July 13 Christmas in July Sherman Main Street’s Christmas in July re- turns to historic downtown Sherman with more kid-friendly activities than ever. This children’s festival is fun for all ages, but best for kiddos 12 and under. The morning kicks off with a bicycle parade around the Grayson County Courthouse Square, and later includes free craft and activity booths, live entertainment, and Santa on vacation to greet kids of all ages. Grayson County Courthouse Square, 405 N. Rusk St. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org or facebook.com/shermanmainstreet

SHINER: July 5-6 Half Moon Holidays Celebration Celebrate Independence Day with live music, dancing, a food cookoff, kids zone, arts and crafts, and family activ- ities. Fireworks start at dusk. Green Dick- son Park, 2086 CR 351. 361-594-4180; shinertx.com

STEPHENVILLE: July 4 Fourth of July Celebration Join in for an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with a downtown parade, fun activities in the city park for all ages, food vendors, live music at the amphitheater, and an epic fireworks display. Stephenville City Park, 709 Riverside Drive. 254-918-1295; visitstephenville.com

TEMPLE: July 4 H-E-B All American Fourth of July Family Fun Fest This celebration has long been a summertime tradition for citizens of Temple and other surrounding communities. 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. Miller Park, 1919 N. First St. 254-298-5900; templetx. gov/199/Fourth-of-July-Fun-Fest

TEMPLE: July 5 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298-5378; discoverdowntowntempletx.com

TEMPLE: July 6 Family Day—Rock and Roll Blues Explore the world of sound with this Family Day event. Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. 254-298-5172; templerrhm.org

TEMPLE: July 19-20 Star Light, Star Bright Quilt Show Enjoy a display of more than 100 quilts, vendors, a boutique, demonstrations, door prizes, quilt turning, and a raffle quilt. Frank W. Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. wildflowerquiltguild.com

WACO: May 25-Sept. 8 “Be the Astronaut” This exhibit premiered at Space Center Houston to record-breaking crowds and teaches STEM-based content via a fusion of state-of-the art video game technology and traditional exhibitry. Visitors learn about the challenges and excitement of space- flight, then apply that knowledge as they fly the spaceships, pilot the landers, and drive the rovers in a thrilling narrative ad- venture to orbit Earth, the Moon, Mars, Ceres, and Jupiter. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254-710-6558; maybornmuseum.com

WACO: July 4 Fourth on the Brazos People come together year after year for this local tradition. Enjoy food, music, and fire- works. There are plenty of food trucks, a Kids Zone, interactive booths, and entertainment along the Brazos River. The Waco Corndog Eating Competition takes place on the main stage. Touchdown Alley, McLane Stadium, 1001 S. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. 254- 750-5980; brazosnightswaco.com/fourth- on-the-brazos

WACO: July 14 TriWaco The annual TriWaco triathlon features both sprint and olympic tri courses and begins with an open- water swim in the Brazos River transitioning to a fast and flat bike course and ending with a beautiful run along the Brazos. Indian Spring Park, 101 N. University Parks Drive. 254-757-5611; triwaco.org

WALLIS: July 13-14 Arts and Craft Show Check out the wide variety of items offered at the 16th annual craft show by the Wallis American Legion Post 200. Previous years have seen items such as baked goods, natural skincare products, hand-sewn clothing, pickles and preserves, and wood crafts. American Legion Post 200, 330 Legion Road. 281-743-3678

WAXAHACHIE: July 3-4 Crape Myrtle Festival Enjoy a concert and fireworks. Lumpkins Stadium, 300 Stadium Drive. 469-309-4045; waxahachiecvb.com

WEATHERFORD: July 13 Parker County Peach Festival Join in and visit with more than 200 arts, craft, food, and activity vendors. Get your fill of homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies, or just plain ol’ juicy peaches. There are two stages with nonstop entertainment, and you don’t want to miss the food competition, which has quickly become a local favorite. Many antique and specialty shops have specials throughout the day, and the children’s area has train rides, face painting, and bounce houses. Avid cyclists can start the day early with the Peach Pedal bike ride with more than 2,200 participants. There is free parking at Weatherford College or the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center. Visitors can ride to the festival in the air-conditioned, luxury shuttle. There is a $5 entry fee and children 12 and under are free. Historic Downtown Weatherford, 1 Courthouse Square. 817-596-3801; peachfestivaltx.com

 

June

ADDISON: May 31-June 2 Taste Addison Known for 180-plus restaurants in less than 4.4 miles, Addison can satisfy any craving. Taste Addison is a historical event for the town and is the best backyard party to kick back and taste local eateries while listening to great headlining bands. Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. 972-450-2800; tasteaddisontexas.com

ADDISON: June 8 National Antique Olds- mobile Club Meet and North Texas Olds- mobile Club Annual Zone Show This free car show displays up to 125 Oldsmobile cars including classics like the 1940s Dynamic, 1950s Eighty-Eight, 1960s Toronado, and the 1970s Cutlass. Crowne Plaza Addison Hotel, 14315 Midway Road. 972-400-0694; antiqueolds.org

ADDISON: June 13-Aug. 8 Vitruvian Nights Live Enjoy live music and gourmet food trucks every other Thursday in June, July, and August. Admission and parking are free. Vitruvian Park Amphitheater, 3875 Ponte Ave. 972-450-2800; visitaddison.com/specialevents

ADDISON: June 15 Addison After Dark Join in on outdoor entertainment on the third Saturday of every month from May to November. This event features live music, movies, and food trucks. With different themes each month, the entertainment options are forever changing, giving fans a unique experience. This month, enjoy Retro Night Out. Step back in time for an evening of swing music, dancing, and a vintage, romantic movie under the stars. Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Drive. 972-450-2800; visitaddison.com/ specialevents

ARLINGTON: June 1-2, 9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-29; July 3, 5-6, 14, 19, 21 Free Music Under the Stars Enjoy free outdoor con- certs on select evenings throughout the summer, including Shotgun Rider, BB King Blues Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, Nakia & the Blues Grifters, and Blue Water Highway. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. 817-543-4301 or 817-543-4308; levittpavilionarlington.org

BELTON: June 29-July 6 Fourth of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo Since the 1850s, folks from all over Texas have come to celebrate the Fourth 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 a kickoff barbecue, with the PRCA Rodeo being the highlight of the celebration. Downtown Belton. rodeobelton.com

BONHAM: June 7-8 Highway 82 Yard Sales Shop yard sales in downtown Bon- ham along the highway. 327 N.Main St. 903-583-9830; visitbonham.com

BOWIE: June 7 Outdoor Movie Night Enjoy a free outdoor movie. Fundraising concessions are served. Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St. 940-872- 6246; cityofbowietx.com

BREMOND: June 21-22 Polish Festival Days The Polish Capital of Texas has been celebrating Polish heritage for more than 32 years at this annual festival. There is Polish culture, music, dancing, and food and drinks. Friday night starts with a beauty pageant, polka and waltz dance con- tests, and live music. Saturday starts with the famous Polish Pickle Run; followed by a parade, more music, games, and vendors; and ends with a street dance. Bremond Main Street, Main Street. 254-883- 7279; bremondtexas.org

BRENHAM: June 15 Summer Sip Wine Walk What better way to spend a summer afternoon than an afternoon and evening of wine tasting in quaint stores around Brenham’s downtown district? Taste more than 40 different wines in a keepsake glass. Downtown Brenham, 115 W. Main St. 979-337-7580; downtownbrenham.com

BRYAN: June 13-15 Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers State Festival Square dancing is a clean, family- oriented, fun activity for all ages from early teens to nonagenarian. Visitors have the opportunity to meet the officers from the Texas State Federation of Square and Round Dancers plus many other officers and dancers from all over Texas. There is free admission for non-square dancers. The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive. 832-877-6534; squaredancetx.com

CLEBURNE: June 7-8 Shakespeare in the Park This outdoor event showcases Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Bring lawn chairs and coolers. Food trucks are avail- able on-site. Winston Patrick McGregor Park, 1628 W. Henderson St. 817-645- 2455; cleburneshakes.org

CLEBURNE: June 12-15 Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse PRCA Rodeo This professional rodeo consists of varied activities including calf roping, bull riding, mutton bus- tin’, and the annual crowning of the rodeo queen. Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, 1315 S. Main St. 817-556-9910; visitcleburne.com

CLEBURNE: June 21-July 27 “Always … Patsy Cline” The Plaza Theatre Company presents this retrospective musical based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Seger supplies a narrative while Patsy floats in and out of the set singing tunes that made her famous. Classics like “Any- time,” Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy” make this evening with Patsy Cline one not to be forgotten. Plaza Theatre Company, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: June 21-July 7 “Mamma Mia” Cleburne Carnegie Players present “Mamma Mia,” the hit musical that tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson St. 682-317-3644; carnegieplayers.org

CLEBURNE: June 29-30 Dragon Boat Festival Join in a family event with races, vendors, and entertainment. Teams race down Lake Pat Cleburne ranging from 250 to 500 meters in a traditional Hong-Kong- style Buk dragon boat. The event is free to the public. Lake Pat Cleburne, Lakeshore Drive. 817-645-2455; visitcleburne.com

CLIFTON: June 8 Legacy Park 5K Glow Run The sixth annual run benefits the preservation of Legacy Park and welcomes participants of all fitness levels. This is a chip-timed event. Run categories are 12 years and under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40- 49, and 50-65 and up. Clifton City Park, 400 E. Second St. 254-675-8337; visitclifton.org

CORSICANA: June 1-July 31 Hotter Than Blue Blazes: Summer in the West Exhibit Featuring artwork from the Pearce’s permanent collection, this exhibit contrasts the recent show, “The West in Winter,” and communicates the ferocious heat of the Wild West. See the lives of ranchers depicted in art during the hottest part of the year, or catch a moment of respite as a cowboy naps in the shade. This is a show that hits the reset button on what we may think is an uncomfortable season. Pearce Museum at Navarro College, 3100 W. Collin St. 903-875-7642; pearcemuseum.com

CORSICANA: June 8 Mimosas at the Market A sip, shop, and stroll event on the sec- ond Saturday of each month. Hospitable shop owners pour unique mimosas while new and old friends meet up and enjoy the historic downtown shopping vibe. Down- town Historic Corsicana, Beaton, and Collin streets. 903-654-4850; visitcorsicana.com

CORSICANA: June 28 Art After Hours Enjoy a combination of open galleries, late- night shopping, live music, coffee houses with lively game nights, and cast meetings after live performances when theater schedules coincide. Downtown Corsicana has festive lighting all year long, giving shopping, dining, and appreciation of art an inviting glow. Downtown Historic Corsicana, Beaton, and Collin streets. 903-654-4850; visitcorsicana.com

DALLAS: Through-Aug. 4 “55 Years” In remembrance of the 55th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza presents this new temporary exhibit. Featuring a broad representation of popular magazine covers from the last five decades, this captivating visual timeline of President Kennedy’s image reflects his lasting imprint on the nation’s consciousness and pays tribute to his life and legacy. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660; jfk.org

DALLAS: Through June 2 “Fortuny: Friends and Followers” Centered on one of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1838–1874) most well-known paintings, “The Choice of a Model” (1868-1874), this exhibition will showcase the friends, family, and followers of the artist who engaged with the popular Spanish painter’s work, many of whom are represented in the Meadows’ rich permanent collection. Meadows Museum,
5900 Bishop Blvd. 214-768-2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org

DALLAS: June 1 -June 29 Best Tacos and Margaritas Tour Sample both gourmet and street tacos on an adventure through East Dallas, Oak Cliff, and other iconic Dallas neighborhoods. Stops include award- winning margaritas and tacos at amazing spots including hole-in-the-wall taquerias. Learn about the history of tacos and margaritas and win prizes playing taco/margarita trivia. This includes air conditioned motorcoach transportation, a tour host, food and drinks as specified at venues, and beverages on the motorcoach (you can also BYOB). Presented by Dallas Bites! Food Tours. Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant, 4818 Greenville Ave. 972-814-5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DALLAS: June 1-Aug. 31 Dallas by Chocolate Tour Indulge your chocolate passions at some of the most creative chocolate, ice cream, and pastry shops around. An air-conditioned motorcoach whisks guests around town to sample treats galore while learning about the history of chocolate, how it’s made, and meeting those who make these scrumptious treats. Includes private motorcoach transportation, many dessert samples, and beverages on board (you can also BYOB). The exact meeting location is given to ticket holders. Various locations. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: June 2-Aug. 18 Taste of Bishop Arts Food and Historical Tour Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighbor- hood on a tour of the eclectic Bishop Arts District. On foot, learn about its colorful history, slip into galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries that may include one of Dallas’ top barbecue havens and a shrine to Bonnie and Clyde (restaurants vary). Drinks beyond water are on your own. Minimum 8 people; limit 20 people. Meeting place details are given to ticket holders. Various locations. 972-814-5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DENTON: April 18-June 27 Twilight Tunes Concert Series Local musicians perform an eclectic assortment of music every Thursday evening on the lawn. Attendees are encouraged to pick up a meal- to-go from downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown. Downtown Denton Courthouse on the Square Lawn, 110 W. Hickory St. 940-349-8529; dentonmainstreet.org

DENTON: June 8 We Denton Drag It with Peppermint This event celebrates Pride Month with headliner Peppermint, the runner up from season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Musical talents Dezi 5, Corey TuT, and Will Sheridan join again this year. Backyard on Bell, 401 N. Bell Ave. 940-243-4990; fwbdenton.com/2018- event-details

ELGIN: June 7 Juneteenth Street Dance This Juneteenth celebration kicks off with vendors in Veterans’ Memorial Park on Fri- day night, followed by an annual street dance. Depot Street. elgintx.com

ELGIN: June 8 Junteenth Parade and Celebration Juneteenth continues on Saturday morning with the Grand Parade through historic downtown Elgin. After- ward, there will be activities at Veterans’ Memorial Park downtown including vendors, music, and a car show. Veteran’s Memorial Park. elgintx.com

ELGIN: June 13 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, art- work by local artists, wine and beer tastings, samples, refreshments, and live music in many of the venues. Downtown Historic Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: June 18-22 Western Days
The 50th annual festival is packed with fun activities for all ages, culminating with a grand finale day on Saturday featuring a parade, more than 100 vendors, live music, contests of all sorts—including volleyball, softball, and horseshoes—a carnival, and kids activities. Elgin Memorial Park and Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintxchamber.com

ENNIS: May 17-June 2 “The Premature Corpse” By Mike Johnson, this masterfully plotted live show has so many twists and turns. State’s witness Evan Jorris, is under a government protection program after testifying against the mob. His wife, Francine, along with her lover, lawyer Larry Craig, contrives to do away with her husband. They are confident that Evan’s protector, federal agent Bert Marshak, will logically assume that the mob did the deed. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. 972-878- 7529; ennispublictheatre.com

ENNIS: June 8 Blues on Main Enjoy an evening of jazz and blues under the stars. Bring the family out to enjoy live music, domino tournament, children’s activities, and more. Downtown Ennis, 204 W. Knox St. 972-878-4748; visitennis.org/blueson main.htm

ENNIS: June 28-July 7 “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Live performance features updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture. This is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. Adapted by David Simpatico. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. 972-878- 7529; ennispublictheatre.com

FARMERSVILLE: June 22 Audie Murphy Day This 20th annual event honors the legacy of hometown hero Audie Murphy, as well as all local veterans and active duty military personnel. Includes a patriotic parade, ceremony, and free breakfast and lunch for military personnel and veterans. Downtown, 205 S. Main St. 972-784-6846; farmersvilletx.com

FORT WORTH: June 2-July 4 Fort Worth Symphony Concerts in the Garden Relax with evening performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special artists staged outdoors. All performances conclude with a fireworks finale. Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3270 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-665-6500; fwsymphony.org

FORT WORTH: June 4-8 Phoebe Robin- son Stand-up comedian, New York Times best-selling writer, and actress Phoebe Robinson hits the stage for five nights of entertainment. Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St. 817-923-3012; amphibianstage.com

FORT WORTH: June 11-15 Sam Jay Originally from Boston, stand-up comic Sam Jay is an Emmy-nominated writer for “Saturday Night Live” and frequently appears in sketches. In 2018, she made her Netflix debut on “The Comedy Lineup.” Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St. 817-923-3012; amphibianstage.com

GARLAND: June 14-23 “Mamma Mia!” Garland Summer Musicals presents “Mamma Mia!”—the smash hit musical based on the songs of legendary pop group ABBA. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. 972-205-2790; garlandsummermusicals.org

GARLAND: June 14, 28 Sounds of Summer Concert Series Spend a summer evening under the stars at Garland’s annual concert series. This free, family-friendly series incorporates various avenues of the arts all into one fun-filled series. Historic Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St. 972-205-2750; garlandparks.com or facebook.com/playgarland

GARLAND: June 15-16 “Les Miserables” School Edition In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of un- just imprisonment but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. This play is put on by adolescent actors. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. 972-658-3915; actingforchildren.org

GARLAND: June 23-29 Disney’s “Frozen” Junior When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. This musical is performed by adolescent actors. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. 972-658-3915; actingforchildren.org

GARLAND: June 28-29 Willie Wonka Junior Musical Roald Dahl’s story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Featuring the en- chanting songs from the 1971 film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s tale is a scrumdiddlyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. 972-658-3915; actingforchildren.org

GARLAND: June 30 Disney’s “Peter Pan” Junior Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, indians, and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook. It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. 972-658- 3915; actingforchildren.org

GATESVILLE: June 1 Pearl Bluegrass Festival This monthly music festival has been held for 20 years and features six bands performing on stage and indoor and out- door jam sessions. There is also home- cooked food and a charity bookstore. RV spaces are available. Free admission. Pearl Community Center, 6301 FM 183. pearlbluegrass.com 254-865-6013

GIDDINGS: June 25 Senior Expo Enjoy browsing vendors and services useful to senior citizens, talk to the different organizations, or attend short seminars. Music and door prizes are at the event. Lunch is served at noon. This event is open to senior citizens ages 55 and up. American Legion Hall, 1502 US 77. 979-542-3455; giddingstx.com/page-1676245

GLEN ROSE: June 8 Photo Tour This tour lets the photographer catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for after- noon photos. Tours go through the park’s 1,800 acres, and the tour driver caters to photographers whenever possible. There are 50-plus species of animals at Fossil Rim. Some of the animals that may be photographed include white rhinos, blackbuck, European red deer, gemsbok, zebras, addax, waterbuck, giraffes, sable, axis deer, and dama gazelle, just to name a few. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wild- life Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 14 Discovery After Dark Program and Tour Enjoy a guided sunset wildlife tour using spotlights to see exotic and native species. An after-dark hike caps off the event that lasts approximately three hours. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 15 Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour Treat dad to a three-course dinner and wine in a glass- walled pavilion overlooking a wildlife watering hole. Then head out on a sunset guided tour. A special gift is included. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 16 Father’s Day Barbecue Treat dad to a barbecue buffet in a glass-walled pavilion overlooking a wildlife watering hole. There are various games to play with dad and a guest pass for dad’s vehicle to visit wildlife in the 1,800-acre park. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 17 Homeschool Class and Tour: Cheetah Encounter This amazing cat, a hallmark species for Fossil Rim, is designed for maximum speed. They sure can move, but toward what kind of future is this species speeding? Come look, learn, and fall in love with 20-plus cheetahs. Please reserve at least three days in advance. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 18 Homeschool Class and Guided Tour: Giraffe Day Celebrate World Giraffe Day with an amazing giraffe encounter. There are so many things to learn about these gentle giants. Please re- serve at least three days in advance. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: June 22 Beautiful, Tall, Strawberry Blondes Celebrate World Giraffe Day with guided tours to giraffes and discussion from an animal care specialist. Then, head to the glass-walled cafe over- looking the giraffe pasture to enjoy a steak dinner and wine. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GONZALES: May 24-June 1 Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals This is the rodeo finals for the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association. JB Wells Arena and Expo Center, 2301 CR 197. 830-672-2861; tjhra.net

GRAND PRAIRIE: Through July 21 Live Thoroughbred Racing Catch the fun and excitement of world-class thoroughbred horse racing. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. 972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 6 Crawfish Boil Enjoy live music, games, and crawfish while you shop local at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market. Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main Street. 972-237-4559; gptx.org/farmersmarket

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 7 Derek Hough Live This live dance show is the first-ever solo tour for the Emmy Award-winning performer. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854- 5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 8 Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band in Concert The country-rock veterans hit the road for their Outlaws & Renegades Tour with special guest The Cadillac Three. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 21-30 “The Little Mermaid” Don’t miss this classic show of a 16-year-old mermaid fascinated with life on land. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main Street. 972-237-8786; artsgp.org

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 26 Brit Floyd in Concert The cover band performs songs from Pink Floyd’s most loved and best-selling albums, including “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “Wish You Were Here.” The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Parkway. 972-854-5050; theatregp.com

HILLSBORO: June 21-22 Elm Street Rod Run Classic Car Show This car show is held at the 110-year-old Ford dealership building downtown, which has been beautifully renovated and now houses a fantastic collection of ’40s and ’50s advertising memorabilia, classic cars, and nostalgic Americana. Free t-shirts go to the first 200 entrants and free tickets to the museum are given to all entrants. Road Side America Museum, 212 E. Elm St. 972-291-2958; roadsideamericatx.com

LA GRANGE: June 8 Art Stroll Enjoy the works of local artists throughout La Grange’s historic downtown square. This event is free and open to the public. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. 979-968-3017; visitlagrangetx.com

LEWISVILLE: June 1 Fiesta Charra This event is a demonstration of traditional Charreada activities including traditional dress and horsemanship performances based on the animal husbandry practices in the haciendas of Old Mexico. The event includes live music. Admission is free and a free shuttle service is available. Lewisville Rodeo Arena, 201 Parkway Drive. 214-929- 3447; visitlewisville.com

LEWISVILLE: June 4-July 30 Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series The popular and free concert series returns on Tuesday nights in June and July. The concert series includes two bands each night. Among headliners are Desperado, an Eagles tribute band; PriMadonna; Reflective Soul; a Michael Jackson ’80s tribute; Bidi Bidi Banda; Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi tribute band; a Heart tribute; and Shameless, a Garth Brooks tribute. Food, beer, and wine are sold on-site. Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St. 972-219-3401; soundsoflewisville.com

MARTINDALE: June 30 Tri for Old Glory Sprint and Olympic Triathlons Swim in a private ski lake, cycle on quiet country roads, and run around lakes in these sprint and Olympic triathlons. Both races have open-water swims and both bike courses are a one-loop course. San Marcos River Ranch, 783 Scull Road. 210-912-8874; redemptionrp.com/races/tri-for-old-glory

MCKINNEY: June 1-Dec. 31 “McKinney Then and Now” Travel back in time with this exhibit that focuses on McKinney. Various types of audio/visual aids are available along with augmented reality experiences. Collin County History Museum, 300 E. Virginia St. 972-542-9457; collincountyhistory museum.org

MCKINNEY: June 1-Sept. 30 Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in the Native Texas Butterfly House and 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. You may even find a few ideas to try in your own garden. Heard Natural Science Muse- um and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org

MCKINNEY: June 14-16 Third Monday Trade Days This is the oldest and largest monthly trade days and flea market in North Texas. Shop from more than 450 vendors who offer almost anything you can imagine. Find unique gifts, delightful home

decor, trendy clothing and accessories, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles, dogs, and specialty items along with many fantastic carnivalesque food concessions at this open-air market. Free admission. 4550 W. University Drive. 972-562-5466; tmtd.com

MCKINNEY: June 15 Cultural Music Series—Kupira Marimba Enjoy a free, live performance at sunset with Kupira Marimba. Feel free to bring a chair and some snacks for the show. Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Parkway. 972-547-2690; mckinneytexas.org

MCKINNEY: June 30 Patriotic Band Concert Join the all-volunteer McKinney Com- munity Band for a free concert of American songs that pay tribute to our country. All ages are welcome to this concert. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. 972-547-2650; mckinneyband.com

MELISSA: June 22 Celebration of Freedom This event honors veterans with music, fireworks, vendors, and a children’s play area. It’s Melissa’s biggest event all year. Zadow Park, 1501 W. Harrison St. 903-227-4538; melissatx.org

MESQUITE: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 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- sanctioned 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. On opening night, enjoy a welcome performance by Mark Chestnut. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive. 972-285-8777; mesquiterodeo.com

MESQUITE: June 4, 11, 18, 25 JazzBreaks at Mesquite Arts Center In Mesquite, summer means free outdoor jazz concerts on the north lawn every Tuesday in June at 7:30 p.m. Artists include Melanie Skybell, Tony Baker, Brad Leali, and the Mesquite Jazz Repertory Ensemble Big Band with Curt Bradshaw. Mesquite Arts Center, North Lawn, 1527 N. Galloway. 972-216-6444; mesquiteartscenter.org

MESQUITE: June 8, 15, 22, 29 Devils Bowl Speedway Enjoy auto racing at the South- west’s most famous dirt track. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. 972-222- 2421; devilsbowl.com

MESQUITE: June 8, 22 Mesquite Artisans and Farmers Market This European-style market features food, artisans, and crafters from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Heritage Square in Downtown Mesquite, 223 W. Davis. 866-242-8078, themarketplacedfw.com

MESQUITE: June 8 Summer Sizzle
Kick off your summer with a fun-filled day of live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, a mud volleyball tournament, and more, culminating in an evening fireworks show set to music. Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road.

MESQUITE: June 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 “An Ideal Husband” This 1985 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde revolves around black- mail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London in “the present” and takes place over the course of 24 hours. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. 972-216-8126; mesquitecommunitytheatre.com

MIDLOTHIAN: June 1 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In Pilots from Texas and beyond fly in to create an aviation extravaganza complete with a pancake breakfast, activities for children, music, and helicopter and plane rides. Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive. 972-923-0080; mid-wayregional.com

PLANO: June 1 Holistic Festival of Life and Wellness + Summer Solstice Labyrinth Learn about and sample a variety of life-enhancing modalities including pranic healing, vedic chanting, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, reiki, feng shui, astrology, vastu shastra, massage therapy, and more. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Park- way. holisticfestivaloflife.com

PLANO: June 2 Happy Birthday Plano Pool Party Celebrate Plano’s 146th birthday with special treats while supplies last. Sign a Texas Pool-size birthday card for Plano, and enter to win a Texas Pool T-shirt. The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive. 972-881-8392; texaspool.org

PLANO: June 2 Night Out on 15th Street At this community dining experience, guests can eat a meal with friends as they are surrounded by the historic beauty of Plano’s arts district. The event features a 300-foot-long table down the middle of 15th Street where arts district chefs pre- pare a culinary tasting paired with select beer, wine, and spirits. Guests can also enjoy a pre-dinner reception and post- dinner whiskey and cigar tasting. Historic Downtown Plano Arts District, 15th Street. 972-922-1292; visitdowntownplano.com

PLANO: June 3, 17 Plano Community Band—Summer Series in Haggard 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. Plano Community Band/Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. 972-814-8882; planoband.com

PLANO: June 6 Courtyard Texas Music Series Get up close and personal with some of the Lone Star State’s favorite musicians on the first Thursday of the month from March through November, and enjoy the amazing acoustics of this 321-seat theater. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. 972- 941-5600; plano.gov/208/plano-stages

PLANO: June 6, 13, 20, 27 Summer Fun Thursdays Families can enjoy a summer of bubble-popping, mind-stretching, floor-stomping, and clown-laughing fun every Thursday in June and July. This month’s kid-oriented activities include David Chicken, comedy magic from Bo Gerald, a magic show from Chirstopher Lyle, and ventriloquist Ian Varella. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. 972-202-7110; shopwillowbend.com/events

PLANO: June 7-8 Ham-Com Explore the largest amateur radio and electronics show in Texas. Ham-Com showcases the latest in ham radio and related gear, three days of classes, lectures, vendor sales, a swap meet, and more. The first 3,000 people through the door receive a 40th anniversary commemorative pin. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. hamcom.org

PLANO: June 13 Historic Downtown Plano Arts District 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. Downtown Plano Arts District, 1013 E. 15th St. 972-922-1292; visitdowntownplano.com

PLANO: June 15 North Texas Pride Foundation’s “Come As You Are” Festival The ninth annual festival brings the community together for a family-friendly day celebrating pride in diversity. There will be vendor booths, food, beverages, giveaways, activities for both adults and kids, bands, a DJ, dancing, and more. Saigling House, 902 E. 16th St. northtexaspride.com

PLANO: June 16 Crayola Sensory Sundays This special morning is designed for kids and families who would like to experience the attraction adapted just for sensory needs. Lights are dimmed, music is turned off, and there is a quiet room/space available. The Crayola Experience, 6121 W. Park Blvd. 469-642-2901; crayolaexperience.com/plano

PLANO: June 21-23 The Official “Super- natural” Convention Celebrating the 14th year of “Supernatural”—North America’s longest-running genre TV series—at its convention tour stop. Stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and more will be in Dallas for parties, panels, contests, photographs, full musical concerts, and photo and autograph opportunities. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Park- way. visitplano.com or creationent.com

PLANO: June 22 Mermaid Party at The Texas Pool Inviting all mermaids, mermen, sea creatures, and pirates for a day of salt- water fun at the Texas Pool. Take a mono- fin class, try your hand at mermaid art, walk the plank, chalk the deck, and have your photo taken with the Texas Pool’s professional mermaids and mermen. Bring your swim fin or try on one of the pool’s limited number of tail fins on hand. The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook Drive. 972-881-8392; texaspool.org

SALADO: Through Oct. 25 Fourth Friday On the fourth Friday of the month, experience downtown Salado’s Sip ‘n Shop with more than 25 boutiques, art galleries, wineries, and more. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available at some locations. Historic Downtown Salado, Main Street. 254- 947-0888; facebook.com/salado4thfriday

SALADO: June 1-15 “Blow Your Own” Father’s Day Event This experience allows visitors to try glassblowing firsthand. With the guidance of the artist team, visitors can assist in various way to help make a one- of-a-kind, blown-glass mug, sipper, or tumbler. Salado Glassworks, 2 Peddler’s Alley. 254-947-0339; saladoglassworks .com/upcoming-events

SALADO: June 8 Texas History Days The village of Salado leads Texans on a journey back to their roots. This festival features dozens of educational and entertaining events, exhibits, tours, demonstrations, and activities. This event is headlined by its inaugural symposium that aims to celebrate the vast histories of Texas. Speakers include Mexico’s Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez and Central Texas’ be- loved Roscoe Harrison. This talk aims to connect the stories of all Texans and share how they made Salado and Texas the multi-cultural center that it is today. Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St. 254-947- 8634; visitsaladotexas.com

SALADO: June 14 Randy Rogers Band in Concert Enjoy a night of Texas country music with the Randy Rogers Band, originally from San Marcos. All ages require a ticket for this show. Outside chairs are not permitted. Johnny’s Steaks and BBQ, 301 Thomas Arnold Road. 254-947-4663; johnnyssteaksandbbq.com

SALADO: June 15 Salado Springs Craft Beer Festival Barrow Brewing Company invites a selection of Central Texas craft brewers to come celebrate their craft and the brotherhood that is craft beer in Texas. There are activities for all ages, food trucks, and amazing craft beer. Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal St. 254-947-3544; barrow brewing.com/salado-springs-beer-fest

SALADO: June 29 Tracy Byrd in Concert Country music star Tracy Byrd is a house- hold name and has been for more than two decades. All ages require a ticket for this show. Outside chairs are not permit- ted. Johnny’s Steaks and BBQ, 301 Thom- as Arnold Road. 254-947-4663; johnnyssteaksandbbq.com

SEALY: June 7-8 90 Miles on 90 Shop 90 miles of yard sales, antiques, and farmers markets along US 90 from Sealy to Seguin. US 90. 979-885-3222; visitsealy.com

SEALY: June 23 KC Music Fest Enjoy dancing, entertainment, dining, and music by the Fabulous Four. Sealy Columbus Club Hall, 1310 US 90 W. 979-885-6370; sealykofc.org

SHERMAN: June 6, 13, 20, 27 Hot Summer Nights Grab a lawn chair, cooler, blanket, and friend, and enjoy live music on the Municipal Lawn every Thursday night in June and July (with the exception of July Fourth). Lucy Kidd-Key Park, 405 N. Rusk St. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org or facebook.com/shermantx

SHERMAN: June 14-16, 21-23 “West Side Story” Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time. Kidd-Key Auditorium, 405 N. Rusk St. 903-893-8525 or 903-892-7230; scptheater.com or facebook.com/scptheater

SHERMAN: June 15 Juneteenth Celebration The celebration kicks off with a Juneteenth parade starting in Downtown Sherman and ending at Lucy Kidd-Key Park, which features vendors, live music, and a kid’s zone—free for kiddos younger than 12. Lucy Kidd-Key Park, 405 N. Rusk St. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org or facebook.com/shermantx

SHERMAN: June 21 Farm To Table Dinner and Private Concert with Linda Davis and The Scott Family Join in for an outdoor dinner, drinks, and private concert with Linda Davis. This is an intimate concert with only 100 tickets available. Come an hour early, and enjoy specialty appetizers, complimentary cocktails, and photo opportunities with Linda Davis. Old Quail Run Farm, 233 Old Quail Run Road. 903-868-2100; oldquailrunfarm.com/tickets/linda-davis

STEPHENVILLE: May 31-June 1 Moo-La Fest This hot air balloon festival features dairy activities, tethered and balloon rides, music, a carnival midway, a Kids Zone, food trucks and vendors, live musical entertainment, beer and wine pairings with different cheeses, and balloon glows. The event honors the community’s rich dairy heritage. Stephenville City Park, 378 W. Long. 254-552-1222; visitstephenville.com

STEPHENVILLE: June 24-28 Summer Art Camp Children are welcome to join in for a weeklong experience that focuses on a variety of artistic endeavors. Cross Timbers Fine Arts, River North Gallery, 204 River North Blvd. 254-965-6190; ctfac.com

SULPHUR SPRINGS: June 7-15 Hopkins County Dairy Festival This year’s theme, “Over the Moon,” celebrates dairy families and the contribution of the dairy industry to the local economy with parties. Various locations. hopkinscountydairyfestival.com

SULPHUR SPRINGS: June 29 Independence Day Celebration Have a real old-fashioned family experience to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Bring lawn chairs and join the crowd downtown on Celebration Plaza for music and family fun beginning with Saturday evening’s concert of traditional marches and patriotic tunes performed by the North East Texas Symphony Orchestra and ending in a blaze of colors as fireworks explode in the sky above the historic Hopkins County Courthouse. Celebration Plaza, Downtown Sulphur Springs. sulphurspringssymphonyleague.org

TEMPLE: June 1 Beat the Heat Family Day—Ocean Waves Who says you can’t have fun when it’s hot outside? Cool off with activities for the entire family and explore what lives under the ocean waves. Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Ave. B. 254-298-5172; templerrhm.org

TEMPLE: June 7 First Friday On the first Fri- day of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298-5378; discoverdowntowntempletx.com

WACO: May 25-Sept. 8 “Be the Astronaut” This exhibit premiered at Space Center Houston to record-breaking crowds and teaches STEM-based content via a fusion of state-of-the art video game technology and traditional exhibitry. The focus of the exhibit is on the concepts common to all space flight. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254-710-6558; maybornmuseum.com

WACO: June 2 Bowen Musicfest The 21st annual music festival returns with great performances from country music star and Wacoan Wade Bowen and all his friends. Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium, 1001 S. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. 254-750-8697; bowenfamily foundation.org/bowen-musicfest

WACO: June 8 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship Participants are challenged on this course that takes your breath away. Climb up and down and flow in and out of cedar breaks and into dark bamboo forests. Rocks, roots, limestone ledges, tight twisty turns, short power climbs, narrow bridges, fast descents, this course has it all. Redwood Shelter, Cameron Park, 2300 Cameron Park Drive. 512-751-8940; active.com/ waco-tx/triathlon/races/usa-triathlon-off- road-national-championship-2019

WACO: June 15 Sharkfest Swim This swim consists of three distances: 1K, 2K, and 4K. All swims are in Lake Brazos and start and finish at Indian Spring Park. Brazos River, Down- town Waco, University Parks Drive. 254-750- 8697; raceroster.com/events/2019/18578/ 2019-waco-sharkfest-swim

WACO: June 29 Cattle Barons Ball This one-of-a-kind evening features food, live music, dancing, and an auction. Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau, 100 Washington Ave. 254-753-0807; acshpwa.ejoinme.org/centraltexascbb

WAXAHACHIE: June 1-2 Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour Victorian, Gingerbread, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne are a few architectural styles showcased in this celebration along with a tour of a special selection of five private homes and a classic car show downtown. Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College St. 972-937-0681; gingerbreadtrail.net

WYLIE: June 29 Bluegrass on Ballard Wylie is wide awake when the seventh annual Bluegrass on Ballard comes to down- town. Event activities include top blue- grass bands from across the country; a 200-vehicle car show; 100-plus vendors of arts, crafts, and unique items; and food. Bring a lawn chair. Musicians of all skill levels are also invited to bring their instruments to pick and jam with the pros on the street and in stores and restaurants on Ballard Avenue. Historic Downtown Wylie, 112 S. Ballard Ave. 972-516-6016; wylietexas. gov/living/events/bluegrass_on_ballard

 

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