DART: Your Ride This Labor Day Weekend

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Check out comedian K-von at Irving’s Laughs at the Lake on Friday, Aug. 31. Photo courtesy of the City of Irving.

Happy Labor Day! There’s plenty of fun going on over the three-day weekend, and DART gets you there. Check out these festivals, farmers’ markets and outdoor events that are the perfect end-caps to summer.

Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2

Riverfront Jazz Festival makes Labor Day jazzy this year. The three-day event takes place at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center’s Arena/Theater, located at 1309 Canton St. The festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday, with nationally known acts ranging from Erykah Badu to Julio Iglesias, Jr. In addition to the diverse musical offering, you’ll find lots of vendors and food. Just hop the Red Line, Blue Line, D-Link or Bus Route 749 to Convention Center Station, and you’re a very short walk away.

Friday, Aug. 31

Laughs by the Lake offers a more amusing sort of entertainment. The free comedy event on the shores of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas features headliner K-von, star of MTV’s “Disaster Date.” Jasmine Ellis hosts the laugh-fest, which includes a showcase of local talent and a performance by last year’s winner. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and take the Orange Line to Las Colinas Urban Center Station. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., a one-mile walk around the lake from the train station. Performances will be in the PG-13 range – nothing too racy, but some parental discretion may be in order.

Brew at the Zoo is a unique evening at the Dallas Zoo. More than 30 breweries, many of them local, will be on hand with some great craft beer, and The Texas Gentlemen and The Suffers will provide live sounds. There will also be food and a variety of animal encounters. The event is 21-and-up only and takes place from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $55, which will get you a souvenir sampling mug, six four-ounce sample pours, and other goodies. Get on the Red or Blue line – either one will take you to Dallas Zoo Station.

Saturday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 2

Dino Fest is a full day of fun happening both Saturday and Sunday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. For starters, there will be a “Back to the Jurassic” augmented reality experience, hands-on fossil digs, live music and a beer garden on the plaza. You can also enjoy trivia games, paleo lectures, bird interactions, face painting and art activities. While you’re there, experience the debut of the Paleo Lab, where you’ll see paleontologists preparing fossils fresh from the field. The fun happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Most activities are free with general admission: $20 for adults, $13 for children ages 2 to 12, and $14 for seniors age 65 or over. Some activities – such as workshops and the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition – require a surcharge. It’s all a short walk from Akard or West End station, which are both served by all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, Sept. 1

The Marketplace Garland is perfect if you’re looking to fill up your bushel with fresh produce. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the downtown square– a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line – the market is overflowing not only with fruits and vegetables, but with culinary items, vendors and local artisans displaying their crafts, jewelry, pottery and more.

Sunday, Sept. 2

The Farmer’s Market at Firewheel Town Center also has the goods – vendors sell a variety of vegetables, produce and other farm-fresh items. Bus Route 513 will take you right there, and the bus departs from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line . The event happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Dick’s Sporting Goods at the corner of Paintbrush and Horseshoe Drive.

Monday, Sept. 3

Pretty in Pink sends you back to the ’80s at the Angelika Film Center, located at Mockingbird Station. If you’re a certain age, this cult classic needs no introduction. Like most John Hughes films from the decade of New Wave and legwarmers, it’s a comedic romp through the social cliques of high school, and it stars Molly Ringwald. You can get to Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue or Orange line. The film screens at 7 p.m. and costs $12.

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

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