DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART gets you to the best of this weekend’s fun, which includes a number of theatrical productions. There’s also a ton of springy, outdoor events, including a great music festival and an especially happening weekend in downtown Garland.

Thursday, April 12

It’s technically not the weekend yet, but you can get an early start at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk. This “sip-and-shop” event lets you sample selected wines at the cute shops of the Downtown Plano Arts District, while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. Check-in is at McCall Plaza. Update: This event has sold out.

Friday, April 13

Friday is the world premiere of WaterTower Theatre’s Bread. This compelling family drama pits hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

It’s also a great weekend to catch Driving Miss Daisy in its short run (April 12-16) at the Eisemann Center. A classic of American theater, the play concerns an aging, cantankerous white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. They form an unlikely friendship in this warm, funny and moving play. The Eisemann is just a few steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, April 14

The Boho Market is a unique event at the Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market. Boho is old-school slang for “bohemian,” and the offerings here tend toward the artsy: creatively presented succulent plants, original jewelry, toys – you name it. There will also be live music and food stalls. More shopping and dining – including a brewery taproom – await inside the Market building. The D-Link is the best way to get to the Farmers Market. It departs from Convention Center Station and passes close by several other connection points.

It’s a big weekend in downtown Garland. The city periodically screens free movies at the Plaza Theatre, and this weekend – Friday through Sunday – they’re going all out with a Film Noir Festival. You can enjoy classics such as Detour and The Big Sleep gratis, along with concessions for next to nothing. On Saturday, the charming historic district hosts The Urban Flea, a market where dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds, one-of-a-kind antiques, and artsy, repurposed goods. There will also be live music.

As if all that weren’t enough, the annual Garland Heritage Celebration (this year, dubbed Hats Off to Garland) has more live music, along with free cotton candy, mechanical bull rides, children’s activities and much more. The Landmark Museum will premiere a special exhibit commemorating 100 years of men’s hat-manufacturing in Garland. The Blue Line takes you to Downtown Garland Station, steps from all the action.

It’s a music-packed day in downtown Dallas, as well, with the Old 97’s County Fair offering a stellar lineup in Main Street Garden Park. Taking the stage will be Lord Huron, The Mavericks, Valerie June, Paul Cauthen, The Bottle Rockets, Erika Wennerstrom, Jaime Wyatt, and, of course, the local rock royalty (that would be the Old 97’s) themselves. Part county fair, part indie festival, the event has lots of comfort food, carnival games and even a Ferris wheel. Any DART Rail line will take you to St. Paul Station, three blocks from this beloved yearly tradition. The D-Link will get you there, too.

Sunday, April 15

Sunday features the last performances of Down for #TheCount One-Act Play Festival at Bishop Arts Theatre Center. The festival focuses on short plays written by women of all backgrounds. Productions range from exciting, to humorous, to heartbreaking. Bus Route 11, which departs from West Transfer Center, will get you there; so will Route 405, which hits Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and Ledbetter Station on the Blue Line. The venue is near Tyler and Jefferson in Oak Cliff.

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