June

ADDISON: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 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: 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: June 14, 28 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

ARLINGTON: May 11-June 3 “Footloose: The Musical” The favorite ’80s story about a city kid moving into a farm town with a dance ban. After long, teenage rebellion can’t be contained. This explosive movie musical bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. theatrearlington.org 817-275-7661

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

ARLINGTON: June 14-16 International Folk Art Market Arlington’s second annual market will feature master artists and their handmade goods from such diverse countries as Italy, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Peru, among others. Features international food and enter­tainment. The Green at College Park at the University of Texas at Arlington, 700 S. Center St. folkartmarket.org/arlington 817-271-5809

ARLINGTON: June 23 The Eagles in Con­cert with Chris Stapleton See one of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. AT&T Sta­dium, 1 AT&T Way. attstadium.com

BASTROP: June 29-30 Bastrop Patriotic Festival Bastrop’s annual event is filled with family friendly fun. Situated beside the Colo­rado River, there will be games and contests, as well as food and music and maybe a few surprises as well. The festivities will come to a spectacular end with a dazzling fireworks dis­play on Saturday evening. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St. bastropchamber.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

BELTON: June 9-10 City-Wide Garage Sale Enjoy this vintage, collectible, and antique market. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. cwgs.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

BONHAM: June 1-2 Highway 82 Yard Sales Yard sales in downtown Bonham along the highway. Downtown Bonham, US 82. visitbonham.com 903-583-9830

BONHAM: June 15 Wine Down on Willow Wineries, music, and food available from a deli­cious food truck. Creative Arts Center, 200 W. Fifth St. creativeartscenterbonham.com 903-640-2196

BREMOND: June 22-23 Bremond Polish Festival Days Come to the Polish Capital of Texas for this annual event celebrating Polish culture with music, dancing, food, and drinks. Friday night kicks off with a beauty pageant, polka and waltz dance contest, live music with the Praha Brothers, and more. Saturday starts with the Famous Polish Pickle Run followed by the parade, and the rest of the day is filled with more music, games, vendors, and vari­ous activities for everyone. Brian Marshall and Friends will play inside the White Eagle Music Hall, while the outdoor Main Street Stage will feature performances by the Amazing Polish Wawel Dancers from Hous­ton, and the Jagoda Polish Folk Dancers from Dallas, Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz and Friends. Don’t forget to bring your cowboy hats and boots for the Saturday Night Street Dance featuring the Gordon Collier Band. Main Street. bremondtexas.org/polish_day

CAT SPRING: June 2 Cat Spring Agricul­tural Society Fest The 162nd annual festival features a live auction, delicious food, and a free dance. Cat Spring Agricultural Hall, 13035 Hall Road. catspringagsociety.org 979-865-2540

CLARKSVILLE: June 20-24 Gateway to Texas Get*A*Way Bicycle Tour Saddle up and see the Gateway To Texas up close from the seat of your bicycle during this annual event. The Historic Red River County Cham­ber of Commerce is proud to host this premier multi-day tour. Experience the southern hospi­tality and charm of a small town in the great Lone Star State by joining cycling enthusiasts from across the country for a five-day, four-night trip of a lifetime. Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Locust. redrivercoc.com 903-427-2645

CLIFTON: June 2 Legacy Park Glow Run Family friendly glow-in-the-dark 5K. Join the fifth annual closed-course evening race. Clifton City Park, River Road—CR 3112. visitclifton.org

CUERO: June 1-30 “Notable Women of Cuero” The museum will have works of two noted Cuero illustrators: Martha Sawyers (1902-1988) and artist Polly Howerton. Saw­yers was also widely known throughout the United States for her illustrations—the artist is listed in “Who’s Who of American Women.” Cuero Heritage Museum, 124 E. Church St. cuero.org 361-275-2112

CUERO: June 1-30 Art Month The city will host a variety of art activities and exhibits at various Main Street district locations during the month of June. City of Cuero Main Street, 210 E. Main St. cuero.org 361-275-2112

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: Through 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 2 Safari Nights Presented by Reliant, featuring Zydeco Blanco 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: June 3-15 Standup Round Up Comedy Festival A three-round comedy competition where comedians from around the world meet in one city to compete for a purse of $5,000 (winner takes all). Hyena’s Comedy Club, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. standuproundupfest.com 469-426-1148

DALLAS: June 6 The Second City Summer Blockbuster An entirely unique way of creat­ing and performing comedy—the most influ­ential and prolific comedy theater in the world. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. attpac.org 214-880-0202

DALLAS: June 8-10 Outlaws Dolly Parton says, “If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma.” So true. And besides, if Dolly can embrace her inner outlaw, why shouldn’t we all? Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and a host of other honky-tonkers over the decades have put their daily lives to music. TCC will close the season with a celebration of country music from its origins to current hits. Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. turtlecreekchorale.com

DALLAS: June 9 Alonzo King LINES Ballet Luscious, impeccable technique, stun­ning dancers, and powerfully visual works are what make this ballet so special. AT&T Per­forming Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: June 9 Safari Nights featuring Desperado 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: June 14-19 Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly” Enjoy “fancy” activities, crafts, tea, and snacks in celebration of the book “Bonjour Butterfly” by Jane O’Connor. The party ends with a noon butterfly release. Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. txdg.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 4 and older. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org

DALLAS: June 16 Safari Nights featuring The Rouges 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: June 23-Jan. 6, 2019 “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: June 23 Safari Nights featuring Trout Fishing in America 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: June 29 Da-Bangg Reloaded This grand Bollywood show is coming to Dallas with the biggest Bollywood stars and a promise to entertain you like never before. Witness this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime show with Salman Khan and other various Bol­lywood stars. This will be the biggest Bolly­wood concert in the history of Texas. Ameri­can Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. hibaentertainment.com

DALLAS: June 30 Fangs! A Family Festi­val of Herpetological Proportions Learn all about native Texas snakes and other reptiles at this redesigned festival. Enjoy ongoing talks, crafts, and animal encounters. Texas Discov­ery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. txdg.org

DALLAS: June 30 Mindfulness and Medi­tation Local author and speaker Farahana Surya Namaskar uniquely blends her cultural diversity and experiences to aid other to find their “center and balance” through the art of meditation. Explore techniques for creating a peaceful mind and environment. Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St. bishoparttheatre.org

DALLAS: June 30 Safari Nights featuring Forgotten Space 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

DECATUR: June 1-2 Eighter from Deca­tur Barbecue Cookoff IBCA-sanctioned cookoff. Joe Wheeler Park, 3101 S. FM 51. wcchallenger.org 940-627-8767

DECATUR: June 2 Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square Enjoy a classic car show around the Wise County Courthouse, with stores and restaurants open late for visitors. Historic Downtown, 101 N. Trinity St. decaturmainstreet.com 940-399-9558

DECATUR: June 2 JW Hart PBR Chal­lenge Professional bull-riding challenger series. Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 S. FM 51. wcchallenger.org 940-627-8767

DENISON: Through Aug. 13 “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

DENISON: June 16-17 “Lost Neighbor­hood” Self-Guided Tours Take a self-guided tour of the neighborhood that once surrounded the Birthplace House. These houses are gone but their outlines will be drawn on the ground where they once stood. Pick up a tour program in the Visitors Center to find out what archaeologists and histori­ans have learned about these lost places. Eisenhower Birthplace, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENTON: June 7, 14, 21, 28 Twilight Tunes Concert Series A concert series fea­turing 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, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonmainstreet.org 940-367-7321

DESOTO: June 11 DeSoto Chamber Golf Tournament One of the chamber’s largest annual events, organizers anticipate a full flight of golfers, making this a premier oppor­tunity to showcase your business. Thorntree Country Club, 825 W. Wintergreen Road. desotochamber.org 972-224-3565

ELGIN: June 19-23 Elgin Western Days Festival This day is filled with fun for the whole family including a parade; carnival; vol­leyball, horseshoe, washer, and softball tourna­ments; arts and craft vendors; and food galore. Live entertainment will be provided through­out the afternoon. The parade and festival events will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admis­sion is free. Downtown Elgin, 114 Central Ave. elgintxchamber.com

ELGIN: June 8 Juneteenth Street Dance This Juneteenth celebration kicks off with ven­dors in Veterans’ Memorial Park on Friday night, followed by an annual street dance. Depot Street. elgintx.com

ELGIN: June 9 Juneteenth Parade & Cele­bration Juneteenth continues on Saturday morning with the Grand Parade, starting at Booker T. Washington Elementary School and continuing through historic downtown Elgin. Afterward, there will be activities at Veterans’ Memorial Park downtown until 6 p.m. Veteran’s Memorial Park. elgintx.com 512-963-2721

ELGIN: June 18-23 Western Days The 49th annual festival is packed with fun activities for all ages, culminating with a grand finale day. Elgin Memorial Park & Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintxchamber.com

ENNIS: June 7-10 “Anatomy of Gray” When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again. The next thing she knows, there’s a tornado and a man in a bal­loon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800’s, “Anatomy of Gray” deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming-of-age-story. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972-878-7529

ENNIS: June 8-9, 15-16, 22-24 “Hyer House” A world-premiere comedy/drama that gives a fresh, fun look at assisted living and the idea of “give no thought for tomor­row.” Theatre Rocks!, 505 NW Main. theatrerocks.com 972-878-5126

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

FLATONIA: June 8-9 90 Miles on US 90 Yard Sales More than 90 miles of yard sales and farmers markets on US 90 from Sealy to Columbus, Glidden, Weimar, Schulenburg, Flatonia, Waelder, Harwood, and Luling. Various locations. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: June 1-2 Plaza Palooza A free two-day festival takes center stage with chalk artists, a popular line-up of music, visual street artists, and other fun entertainment. Sundance Square. sundancesquare.com

FORT WORTH: June 8-9 Texas Indy 600 The most insane race of the weekend, the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks bring high-flying all-out mayhem. Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lonestar Circle. texasmotor speedway.com 817-215-8500

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 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

GARLAND: June 15-24 “My Fair Lady” Garland Summer Musicals opens its 2018 season with this Broadway and film classic. Lerner and Loewe’s smash hit features a modern twist on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” as Eliza Doolittle takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins in hopes that she will someday pass as a lady. Granville Arts Center—Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972-205-2790

GATESVILLE: June 1-2 Gatesville Shiva­ree The first weekend in June officially marks the end of the school year and the celebration of the Gatesville Shivaree at Faunt Le Roy Park. This year’s festival includes arts and craft vendors, a barbecue cook-off, fun runs, con­tests, and military exhibits. Event also features local favorites including hot dog- and water­melon-eating contests, and a wiener-dog race. Contest winners earn the opportunity to grab fistfuls of cash in a cash cube. Downtown Gatesville, South Seventh Street. gatesville shivaree.com 254-865-2617

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 2 Crawfish Boil Grand Prairie’s annual event features freshly boiled crawfish accompanied by potatoes and corn sold for $10 a pound, prepared by Dustin Clement’s Head’s or Tails Cajun Crawfish. The event is in conjunction with the Grand Prairie Farmers Market and includes a water and soda garden, live music, gift market, arts and crafts, and games. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/ farmers-market 972-237-8100

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 2 Jay Johnson’s “Two and Only” The internationally renowned ventriloquist and actor, best known for his role on the television show “Soap,” per­forms his Tony-winning play. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 2 Philippine Republic Day Celebration A day filled with a parade of banners, cultural presentations, choirs, bands, vendors, games, and more. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 9 Brenton Wood in Concert Fresh BD Media & AEG presents the 50-year anniversary of the Me & You Tour. See Brenton Wood with Zapp, Lisa Lisa, MC Magic, The Chi Lites, and more. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 9 Meet The Authors Day At the third annual event, local writers and publishers will showcase their work and give market-goers a chance to meet and greet talented book industry professionals with local Grand Prairie connections. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmersmarket 972-237-4559

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 10 Timbiriche in Concert Catch the Latin American phe­nomenon of the ’80s and ’90s in concert. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 15 The Comedy Get Down Laugh all night at this show fea­turing Cedric “The Entertainer,” George Lopez, D.L. Hughley, and Eddie Griffin. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 16 Country Con­cert featuring Deryl Dodd & The Home­sick Cowboys A fun day of country music. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 16 Treat and Toys Drive—Supporting Prairie Paws Come out to Grand Prairie Farmers Market and support furry friends with the good folks from Prairie Paws Adoption Center. They will be collecting toys, treats, and other helpful items. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmers-market 972-237-4559

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 17 Yanni in Con­cert The legendary performer and com­poser celebrates the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a world tour. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com

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. uptown theatergp.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 23 Brit Floyd in Concert The Pink Floyd tribute band will take you back to the ’60s and ’70s as they re-create a live concert that defined the rock era. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 23 Craft Fair Day In addition to the weekly farmers and ven­dors, a number of craft vendors will be onsite selling homemade crafts, jewelry, art, wood­work, lawn art, and more. Farmers Market at Market Square, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/ farmers-market

GRAND PRAIRIE: June 23 Summer Kick- Off Tejano Music Festival Enjoy a variety of great tejano acts, DJs, games, shopping, rides, and fun for the whole family. 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, Friday night fireworks over Lake Grapevine, and amazing hotel offerings during the 10th annual event. Various locations. grapevine texasusa.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: June 1, July 6, 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

GRAPEVINE: June 9 Dairy Day Bring the family and enjoy learning about dairy pro­cesses including milking, butter and cheese making, and more. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. nashfarm.org 817-410-3185

GRAYS PRAIRIE: June 19 Diana Krall in Concert Don’t miss this five-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizon theatre.com

GREENVILLE: June 9-10 Cotton Boll Art­Fest This arts and crafts festival will feature handmade items like pottery, jewelry, wood working, paintings, fused glass, quilts, soaps, and much more. A kids area offers the abil­ity for kids to make their own crafts to take home. Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, 600 I-30 East. amacmuseum.com 903-450-4502

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

KERENS: June 22-23 Barbecue on the Bricks & Summer Bash Enjoy a barbecue cookoff, a street dance on Friday night, events all day on Saturday, a softball tournament, and games for both children and adults. 101 S. Colket. 903-396-2391

LEXINGTON: June 8 Lee County Relay for Life Walking at the Relay for Life event honors cancer survivors and lost loved ones as well as raises awareness. The Luminaria Cere­mony will begin around dark. Lexington ISD’s Eagle Stadium, First Street. giddingstx.com

LOCKHART: June 7-9 Chisholm Trail Roundup Lockhart celebrates its place on the Chisholm Trail with this annual event, which features the Barbecue Capital of Texas Championship Cookoff, cowboy breakfast, full event rodeo followed by live music, an awesome auction, carnival, grand parade, kids’ zone with a petting zoo, pig races, and a demonstration by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Lockhart City Park, 504 E. City Park Road. chisholmtrailroundup.com 512-398-2818

LULING: June 21-24 Luling Watermelon Thump Live music all weekend, an exhibitors’ market, carnival, world champion seed spit­ting, crowning of the thump queen, honoring vets, a car show, kids entertainment, a grand parade, arts and crafts show, and more. Free entry Thursday and Sunday. Downtown Luling. watermelonthump.com

MADISONVILLE: June 8 Madisonville Downtown Shop & Stroll There will be music, karaoke, care and motorcycle display, restaurants offering drink and dinner spe­cials, and special shopping discounts. Downtown Madisonville, 113 W. Trinity St. madisoncountychamberofcommerce.com 936-348-3591

MCKINNEY: June 2 Date Night at the Heard A fun, outdoor fundraising event fea­turing live music by the Blandelles, dancing, a cash bar (featuring TUPPS Beer) and tasty food trucks. The event will be for guests ages 21 and older, however, limited child care will be available. Event admission includes free parking. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heard museum.org 972-562-5566

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

MELISSA: June 23 Celebration of Free­dom Event features music, vendors, a chil­dren’s play area, and fireworks. Zadow Park, 1501 W. Harrison St. melissatx.org

MESQUITE: June 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: June 2, 9, 16 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: June 4, 11, 18, 25 Music in the Park The Mesquite Community Band pres­ents its 27th season of Music in the Park, held on the north lawn of the Mesquite Arts Center at 7 p.m. every Monday night in June. Parking and admission are free; bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic basket. Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: June 5, 12, 19, 26 Jazz Breaks In Mesquite, summer means free outdoor jazz concerts on the north lawn that beckon visitors to get outside every Tuesday in June at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy music under the stars. Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 “The Dixie Swim Club” Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long week­end every August to recharge those relation­ships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in one another’s lives. Mesquite Community Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972-216-8126

MESQUITE: June 9 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: June 9, 23 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. themarket placedfw.com 469-275-9616

MESQUITE: June 9 Summer Sizzle Fun summer event featuring a children’s area including a Splash Zone, inflatables and rides, live music, food trucks, a mud volleyball tour­nament, washers tournament, and more. Summer sizzle will end with a fireworks show set to music. Entrance into the park is free, but some activities will have a fee. Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road. cityofmesquite.com 972-216-6260

MESQUITE: June 12 Summer Nationals— Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint National Tour Catch the climax of the 27th year of competi­tion with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, 1711 Lawson Road. devilsbowl.com 972-222-2421

MESQUITE: June 22 Movies in the Park Mesquite Parks and Recreation hosts this oppor­tunity for the whole family to experience movie watching in the great outdoors. Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road. cityofmesquite.com 972-216-6261

MESQUITE: June 23 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

MESQUITE: June 23 Texas Wings Modi­fied 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: June 30 Fireworks Extrava­ganza Fireworks on Military Appreciation Night at the Southwest’s most famous dirt track. Enjoy free general admission for active and retired military with ID. 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

NOCONA: June 8-9 Chisholm Trail Rodeo The 66th annual rodeo features mutton bustin’ for kids, and a parade down­town Saturday afternoon. Chisholm Trail Arena, Texas 175 S. nocona.org

PALESTINE: Through 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: June 15-16 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

PALESTINE: June 16 Dogwood Jamboree: Lone Star 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.org 903-729-7080

PARIS: June 1 Cruisin’ on the Plaza Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PLANO: June 3 Night Out on 15th Fine dining outdoors with live music, and fantas­tic food and drink. Proceeds fund free commu­nity programing in the Downtown Arts District. Historic Downtown Plano, 998 E. 15th St. visit downtownplano.com or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: June 4, 18 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. Event is held the first and third Mondays of June and July. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. planoband.com or visitplano.com

PLANO: June 7 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 visit plano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: June 8-10 Ham-Com Amateur Radio and Electronics Show The largest amateur radio and electronics show in Texas, this 40th anniversary event has the latest in ham radio and related gear. Three days of lec­tures, vendor sales, a swap meet, and more. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. visitplano.com

PLANO: June 14 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: June 21-30 Ten-Minute Play Festival Join Rover Dramawerks for the win­ners in their fourth annual 10-minute comedy contest, featuring funny stuff from play­wrights all over the world. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road. roverdramawerks.com or visitplano.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: June 24 Holistic Festival of Life and Wellness 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 Pkwy. holisticfestivaloflife.com or visitplano.com 972-750-1419

PLANO: June 30 Movies in the Park: “LEGO Ninjago Movie” 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. visitdowntownplano.com/moviesinthepark or visitplano.com972-468-1588

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

SCHERTZ: June 9 “Moana” Free outdoor movie starts at sunset. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Pickrell Park Pool. slabcinema.com 210-212-9373

SEALY: June 19 Millheim Harmonie Verein’s Father’s Day Barbecue This annual event features an open pit barbecue, a brass band, bean bag tournament, cake walk, dance, and an auction. Millheim Harmonie Verein Hall, 3384 FM 949 Road. 979-877-4408

SEALY: June 23-24 KC June Music Fest Enjoy a $10,000 Visa gift card raffle, a meal, dancing, and entertainment. Sealy Knights of Columbus Hall, 1310 US 90 W. sealykofc.org

SULPHUR SPRINGS: June 8-16 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Founded in 1959, the festival honors hardworking dairy families and the impact the dairy industry has on the local economy. The 10-day festival, held annually on the second and third weekend of June, includes a hot air balloon rally, a 5K milk run, parade, a milking contest, an ice cream freeze-off, a carnival, dairy foods show, junior dairy livestock show and the dairy festival scholarship pageant and queen’s coronation. Download the Simply Sulphur Springs App for more details. Various locations.
hopkinscountydairyfestival.com

SULPHUR SPRINGS: June 9 Texas Cham­pionship Ice Cream Freeze-Off The Chamber of Commerce will host the 17th annual event. Shannon Oaks Church, 1113 Shannon Road. hopkinschamber.org 903-885-6515

SULPHUR SPRINGS: June 30 Indepen­dence Day Celebration A real old-fash­ioned family experience to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Bring your lawn chairs and join the crowd downtown 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. Watch the Veterans march held in honor of the nation’s heroes. Cele­bration Plaza, Downtown Sulphur Springs. sulphurspringssymphonyleague.org

TEMPLE: June 1 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. Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: June 1 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 N. Main St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: June 2 Explorer Family Day You might think Marco Polo is just a game to play in the pool, but did you know he was also a famous explorer? From sailing the seven seas, to mapping the United States, there is always someplace and something to discover. Have an adventure with us as you learn about famous explorers and get ideas for your next adventure, even if it’s in the backyard. Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. templerrhm.org 254-298-5175

TEMPLE: June 23 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” This exhibit takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of 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: June 7 Stars over Texas Jambo­ree A monthly family style musical jamboree featuring country, oldies, gospel, and blue­grass. Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W. Waco Drive. 254-755-7257

WACO: June 9 Cattle Baron’s Ball An evening of live entertainment, dinner, dancing, casino and midway games, silent auction, posted bid board, and audible auc­tions. Money raised from this event benefits the local unit of the American Cancer Society. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. acshpwa.ejoinme.org/2017centraltexascbb 254-753-0807

WACO: June 9 XTERRA Games Cameron Park is the ultimate destination when it comes to outdoor adventure in the heart of Texas. The course will take your breath away as you go up and down climb after climb, in and out of cedar breaks and into dark bamboo forests. Cameron Park, 2601 Sturgis Road. racerevolutions.com 512-751-8940

WACO: June 11-13 Starburst Junior Golf Classic For 20 years, Waco has been home to the Starburst Junior Golf Classic. Held annually by the Greater Waco Cham­ber, this premier junior golf tournament has been trusted by hundreds of golfers from throughout the U.S., all of which compete for divisional championships ages 7-18. Cot­tonwood Creek Golf Course, 5200 Bagby Ave. starburstgolf.com 254-757-5611

WACO: June 15 Brazos Nights For 30 years, Brazos Nights has brought good times and great music to the riverfront in downtown Waco. With outstanding musi­cians, food trucks, and family fun, the award-winning concerts are a true Waco tra­dition. Indian Spring Park, 100 S. University Parks Drive. brazosnightswaco.com 254-750-5627

WAXAHACHIE: June 2-3 Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour Victorian, Gin­gerbread, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne are a few architectural styles showcased in this architectural celebration, including a tour of a special selection of five private homes, along with a classic car show down­town. Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College. gingerbreadtrail.net 972-937-0681

WAXAHACHIE: June 2 Pancake Break­fast Fly-In Pilots from Texas and beyond fly-in to create an aviation extravaganza complete with a pancake breakfast, activities for the children, and music, plus helicopter and plane rides. Mid-Way Regional Airport, 131 Airport Drive. mid-wayregional.com 972-923-0080

WAXAHACHIE: June 23 Waxahachie Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride Six route options, from novice to casual to experienced long-distance riders. The ride is not a race and will consist of 10-, 19-, 36-, 55-, 78-, and 101-mile tours on a well-marked course. Waxahachie 9th Grade Academy. cowcreekcountryclassic.org

WEATHERFORD: June 17 Chandor Gar­dens Foundation: Papapaloolza Fun and games for the whole family. Chandor Gar­dens, 711 West Lee Ave. chandorgardensfoundation.org

WYLIE: June 30 Bluegrass on Ballard This annual festival offers tasty fair foods, a 200-vehicle car show on Ballard Avenue, and live music by top bluegrass bands on the stage in shady Olde City Park. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to bring instruments down­town and pick and jam with other musicians on the street and in shops and restaurants. His­toric downtown Wylie, 112 S. Ballard Ave. wylietexas.gov/bluegrass

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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