Garland Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Two Community Events April 22-23

DT Garland Station Header Side 2-2Garland is celebrating its 125 years of history with two-days of fun-filled activities. A “pop-up car show” will be held April 22 in the downtown square and April 23 is its third annual Garland Heritage Celebration, also in downtown. Both events are DARTable.

The Bankhead Highway Centennial Texas Vintage Car Tour takes place during lunch in the Downtown Square, as part of the Antique American Independent Automobile Association’s vintage car tour. The tour will come through Downtown Garland on its way from Texarkana to Odessa. More than 50 American independent brands of historically-correct American-made cars and trucks will parade along the historic Bankhead Highway to celebrate 100 years of highway progress taking us from mud and dirt to asphalt and concrete highways.

The afternoon also begins the Garland Heritage Celebration, a birthday celebration for the City of Garland! Garland was incorporated in April 1891, and to celebrate that act, Mayor Douglas Athas will introduce an official city proclamation commemorating the day. Food trucks and live music will be featured all afternoon.

At 2 p.m., Saving Magic 11th Street will premiere at the Plaza Theatre, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director.

The festivities continue on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with history and entertainment for the entire family, including food trucks, bounce houses, museum tours, live entertainment and a series of guest speakers sharing tales of Garland’s rich history. At 7 p.m., the Plaza Theatre presents a free showing of Disney Pixar’s Cars.

The best way to get to the festivities is by taking DART’s Blue Line to the Downtown Garland Station. Be sure and take advantage of DART’s free GoPass℠ app, which is available in the App Store and the Google Play store. On GoPass, you can buy and store your tickets on your phone, access travel tools and rider alerts, and look up events and offers. Learn more at

For a complete schedule of celebratory events, visit

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