Friday, Sept. 29
The State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade is a free annual extravaganza with colorful floats, drill teams — the works. It starts at noon at Houston and Main streets in downtown Dallas and ends at Main Street and Good-Latimer in Deep Ellum. Any of the downtown stations are within walking distance – especially Pearl/Arts District, St. Paul, Akard and West End stations.
The State Fair of Texas opens tomorrow and runs through Oct. 22, and the best way to reach the excitement is a DART train or bus. Discounted Fair tickets are available when purchased on GoPass. To learn more, visit DART.org/statefair.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Main Street Market is the latest evidence that downtown Rowlett is becoming a destination. There will be 45 vendors, unique craftspeople selling their wares, and even live music in the evening. It’s all happening on Main Street, near Downtown Rowlett Station.
Explore the wonders of Giant Gems of the Smithsonian at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The collection comes from the world-renowned National Gem Collection in a never-before-seen grouping. This temporary exhibition gives you an up-close look at some of the most amazing objects you’ve likely ever seen. The superb specimens been cut and polished into forms of great beauty, and their color and brilliance are beyond description. The Perot Museum is a few blocks from Akard Station.
Carrollton’s fall Movie on the Square series begins with a free screening of 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie in downtown Carrollton. Batman wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, but first he must learn a lesson or two about working with others. Luckily his sidekick Robin and loyal butler Alfred are on hand. The movie begins at sunset; bring lawn chairs and blankets. Come early to browse the unique shops throughout the charming neighborhood, located adjacent to Downtown Carrollton Station.
Sunday, Oct. 1
It’s the last day of the Dallas Theater Center’s world premiere of Miller, Mississippi. Spanning the 1960s and ’70s, the play tells the story of a family that falls apart, even as the country attempts to come together during the Civil Rights Era. In the classic Southern Gothic tradition, the modern tragedy is about the personal, the political, and the undoing of a family. Performances are at the Studio Theatre in the Wylie Theatre, a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.