11 fun things to do the week of Feb. 28-March 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth
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Technically, the first day of spring is still weeks away. But Dallasites know the season really starts here with the opening of the Dallas Blooms. The annual Flower Festival blooms this weekend with more than 500,000 bulbs blooming throughout the season, filling the gardens with color along with other spring plants. From February 29th to April 12th, tulips, daffodils, Dutch irises, hyacinths, azaleas, pansies, violas and cherry trees bloom when it is their perfect time. For this year’s “Sounds of Spring” theme, there are six huge, music-inspired topiaries, including a musician who plays the piano, another who plays the violin, and individual instruments such as guitars, harp and saxophone. There will also be live music every weekend with a different genre presented every week. Performers include Havana NRG, Astraios Chamber Music, Yardgoat, Emerald Citys Elevation Ensemble and the Coppertones. On the opening weekend, country bands will perform at the Blooms, Boots and BBQ Fest.
February 29 – April 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. US $ 17 for adults, US $ 14 for seniors 65 and over, US $ 12 for children 2 to 12 years old, free for children under 2 years of age. Entry to kindergarten is an additional $ 3. $ 15 parking space, $ 10 if purchased online. Admission is a purchase, you get one free of charge at the gate on Wednesdays except March 18th. Dallasarboretum.org.
The Frisco Major League Soccer team begins their 25th home season on February 29 against the Philadelphia Union. As the team continues the quest to find its first MLS Cup, fans can enjoy some new perks, including menu items such as Hot Cheetos Chili Pie, Elote Hot Dogs, and Margaritas with Cherry Lime; up to four hours of free WiFi; Access to Chase Clubhouse with TV, shade and phone charging points; and $ 2 Aquafina bottled water for Chase cardholders. Make an early visit to the 24-hour tailgate, which starts at 5:00 PM on February 28, and stay at the Hall of Fame Club and Winners Club for $ 5 beers and cocktails.
February 29th at 5pm at Toyota Stadium, 6000 Main St., Frisco. Tickets start at $ 14. $ 10 for parking. fcdallas.com.
This discounted entry promotion started out as a hot deal in cold weather, but Texas and Mother Nature had other plans. Enjoy two last chances of discounted entry – roughly half the regular price – and grant you access to the entire zoological complex. There are around 20 keeper chats per day, including a conversation about penguins at 10:30 am and a gabfest at 3:00 pm about giraffes.
9 am-4pm daily through February 29 at the Dallas Zoo, 650 SRL Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $ 8 general admission, free for children under 2 years of age; $ 10 for parking. dallaszoo.com.
It’s the last weekend to visit PY1, the 30 meter high pyramid-shaped entertainment venue that has been in Lot F of Globe Life Park since December. See two shows made up of lights, lasers, and special effects: Stella: The Time Machine Journey, a 40-minute participatory show by artist Annie Brocoli, recommended for ages 5 and up, and Through the Echoes, a 50-minute interdisciplinary multimedia -Show artist Gabriel Coutu Dumont, suitable for children from 12 years. There will also be two more PY1 nights, the nightlife for ages 21 and up. Artistic Director Sarah Bromley’s PY1 Nights combines the visual effects of the pyramid with DJs playing music to create theme nights.
Until February 29, in Lot F of Globe Life Park, East Copeland Road and Convention Center Drive in Arlington. py1.com.
- Stella: The Time Machine Journey: February 29 @ 4 p.m. $ 23.50.
- Through the Echoes: February 28 at 7:30 p.m., February 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $ 40.50- $ 48.60.
- PY1 nights: February 28 at 9:30 p.m. $ 27- $ 54. February 29 at 9:30 p.m. $ 30- $ 55.
Watch amateur cowboys and cowgirls compete in competitions like team roping, barrel racing and bull riding in hopes of qualifying for the finals March 7-8 at the AT&T Stadium. In the finals, these everyday rodeo athletes compete with pros for a purse worth $ 2.35 million – one of the biggest payouts in the rodeo. Spectators attending the semifinals at Cowtown Coliseum can also view a free fan zone with vendors.
February 28-29 at 8 p.m., March 1 at 4 p.m. at Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. $ 30- $ 40. americanrodeo.com.
At this premier Allen event, sample foams and spirits from Allen’s Nine Band Brewing and other local breweries, Bishop Cider Co., Devils River Whiskey, Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Tullamore Dew, and dozen others. Jeff “Skin” Wade, radio host and co-owner of Rollertown Beerworks in Celina, will lead the festival, which will also include live music and food stations serving products like brisket sliders and fried cheese curds. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and the proceeds will go to the local chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters.
February 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen and Watters Creek Convention Center, 777 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen. $ 40, $ 50 for VIP, $ 30 for designated drivers. facebook.com/deltadallasallen.
While Epic Waters, Grand Prairie’s 80,000-square-foot water park, remains open year-round and the indoor temperature is 85 degrees, Epic Waves (its 10,000-square-foot outdoor pool) has been closed since Labor Day. It will reopen for a few hours on Feb.29 if you want to brave water ranging from 40 to 50 degrees during a Texas-style polar fall. Attendees receive a souvenir T-shirt, hot chocolate, and entry to Epic Waters’ mild indoor park, where they can warm up and play all day.
February 29 at 9 a.m. at Epic Waters, 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. $ 40. epicwatersgp.com.
For this fun and funky fundraiser, fashion designers will work with restaurants and other food companies to create outfits that are at least 10 percent made up of edible and non-edible restaurant items that can be kept together for a walk on the catwalk. Garments from past events included a wedding dress made from coffee filters, a dress made from Jack in the Box packaging and spoons, and a figure-hugging blouse made from cabbage leaves. Delicious! The party will also include hostess D’Andra Simmons of The Real Housewives of Dallas and her husband Jeremy Lock; Ben E. Keith’s culinary competition, featuring sweet and savory entrees made by a dozen student cooking teams from North Texas; and live and silent auctions.
March 2 at 6 p.m. at Virgin Hotels Dallas, 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $ 75- $ 175. foodinfashion.org.
Experience nearly two dozen film festivals in North Texas at this smorgasbord event. The festivals, including the Dallas International Film Festival, Festival de Cine Latino Americano, Q Cinema, 3 Stars Jewish Cinema and Women Texas Film Festival, will present 11 feature films and 26 short films over several days in Dallas. The lineup ranges from a documentary about South Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor to Red Dog, the story of songwriter Luke Dick about growing up in an Oklahoma strip club.
Through March 1 at various locations including Alamo Drafthouse, 1005 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $ 10 per movie; $ 25 for an all-access pass. bestoffests.org.
See the classic fairy tale in a modern, unconventional way. Lightwire Theater, a semi-finalist of America’s Got Talent and winner of Fake Off, combines adult dancers in costumes and puppets – all covered with electroluminescent wire – to tell stories through movement and music. See how the little swan tries to blend in with brightly colored ducklings and a glowing cat before it finds its true home.
March 1st at 2 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $ 19- $ 49.attpac.org.
The FREE chef Andrea Meyer is celebrating the fifth birthday of her French pastry shop on February 29th from 7 a.m. with free birthday cake macarons and filter coffee. However, the party doesn’t start until 7 p.m. when it breaks out the champagne. The nightly shindig includes a DJ, a photo booth and additional baked goods.
February 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie, 3700 McKinney Ave. in West Village, Dallas. Free admission. tinyurl.com/bisousbirthdaybash.