DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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It’s the last weekend of summer for lots of area schoolkids. Luckily, there are DARTable, family-friendly events, as well as farmers’ markets and cultural offerings this weekend. Get out, get on DART and enjoy the last of summer. 

Thursday, Aug. 16

Go local! Get yourself some farm-fresh, Texas veggies and check out homegrown live music while you’re at it. Rowlett Farmers Market has plenty of other fun stuff, too, and it takes place from 5-8 p.m. on Main Street, a short jaunt from the Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.

Friday, Aug. 17

It’s the last day of the season for Beat the Heat this Summer at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. The panoramic view is one of the best in town, and you can also enjoy a little bingo – including a chance to win cool prizes. Did you know there’s a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station to Reunion Tower? There is, and the Blue and Red lines, in addition to the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), will get you there.

Sometimes the only way to beat the heat in August is to stay up late. The Nasher Sculpture Center will be glad to stay up with you, and even provide entertainment and other cool stuff. This round of ’til Midnight at the Nasher features Tess Roby, an up-and-coming musician who’s handy with a synth, followed by a 9:15 p.m. screening of David Lynch’s “The Straight Story.” Afterwards, hang out and enjoy a cash bar, street tacos, all-natural popsicles and, of course, the Nasher’s acclaimed collection. Get there by taking any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walking a few blocks, or catching the D-Link (Route 722).

Saturday, Aug. 18

If you’ve already eaten all the fresh produce you got on Thursday, no worries. The Marketplace Garland is there for you, featuring lots of green stuff as well as baked goods, culinary items, and local artisans and craftsmen selling their wares. You can bring canned or boxed food items to donate at the Good Samaritans booth, if you like. The event happens from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of Garland’s historic downtown square – a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

An outing to Fort Worth on the TRE can be fun, and today would be a good day to do it. From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection closes tomorrow at the Kimbell Art Museum, and the TRE doesn’t run on Sundays. The art is pretty fascinating: It tells the stories of Asia through beautiful displays of Chinese jade, blue and white porcelain, and more. There are hundreds of pieces to marvel at. Get off the TRE at Fort Worth’s ITC Station, then catch Trinity Metro bus routes 2 or 7.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Pix on the Plaza is just as it sounds, a free outdoor movie on the plaza by the Toyota Music Factory. Fun and games start at 8 p.m., followed by the Pixar classic “Up.” Grab a blanket or chair and head to Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. The Music Factory is a short walk away.

If you’re a musical theater lover, don’t miss your last chance to catch The Firehouse Theatre’s production of The Music Man. The classic follows a fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, only to fall for the town librarian. The show is jam-packed with recognizable tunes. The theatre is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Where are you going this weekend on DART? Let us know in the comments.

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