DART: Your Ride This Weekend
This weekend is packed with culture – from plays and music, to a celebration of Afrobeat, to the haute couture of fabulous fashion design. No worries if you’re more in the mood for lighter fare. You can tap your toe to one of our favorites, “Another One Rides the Bus.” Ride the bus or train to these DARTable events.
Thursday, June 13
Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walkis a chance to check out the shops and boutiques of the Downtown Plano Arts District. The event features live music, local art exhibitions and special discounts. You can also sample wines, of course, at about 20 participating shops. Start strollin’ as early as 5 p.m.; check-in is at 1013 E. 15th St. That’s right around the corner from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.
Rowlett Farmers Market is another great outdoor event, with plenty of Texas-grown produce and a community-centered feel. Go local from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Village of Rowlett Downtown, right around the corner from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.
Friday, June 14
Unveiled: A One-Woman Play portrays five Muslim women – all played by a single actress, Rohina Malik. The characters come from all around the world, and the play touches on universal themes like faith and culture. The uplifting play opened at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre on Wednesday and runs through the end of the month. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.
“Weird Al” Yankovic was a pop-culture mainstay in the ’80s, with his silly take on the hit songs of the day. Who can forget his good-natured lampoons of Joan Jett (“I Love Rocky Road”) or Queen (“Another One Rides the Bus”)? Tonight, he brings his Strings Attached tour to Irving. His energetic performance is further enlivened by costumes and props, as well as a video wall and even a full orchestra. The one-night performance takes place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 10-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.
¡Felabration Dallas! kicks off tonight at the Winspear Opera House and continues through Sunday. The show is a spectacular celebration of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. There will be three nights of that artist’s finest musical moments, reflecting through dance and music. The celebration takes place at Hamon Hall in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a great way to spend a summer evening in laid-back Downtown Garland. In addition to live music, there are vendors and even a fireworks display to cap things off. Tonight, catch the rockabilly and surf stylings of The Vinyl Stripes, a trio that pays homage to those classic genres while still showing lots of originality. The free, family-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. on the town square; you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The festivities are a 4-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.
Saturday, June 15
Addison After Dark is a new way to spend your evening every third Saturday of the month. It’s a free event with live music, movies, food trucks and a different theme each month. This go-around, it’s “Retro Night Out” in Addison Circle Park, located a few blocks from Addison Transit Center.
The 9th Annual North Texas Pride “Come as You Are” Festival is a community celebration of pride and the diversity of Plano. The festival includes vendors, food, beverages, giveaways, live music and DJs. The all-ages festival happens at the Art Centre of Plano, just across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.
Sunday, June 16
Dior: From Paris to the World is a must-see for fashionistas and fans of amazing design. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics, and elegant silhouettes. You’ll see more than 100 dresses, plus accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and more. The retrospective of the great fashion designer’s work runs through Sept. 1. The museum is about a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.
Building a Better Experience for You!
DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus