DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend is full of cultural happenings and outdoorsy stuff, and DART gets you to all of them. Whether you’re into dinosaurs or “I Love Lucy,” hop on a DART vehicle and check some of them out.

Thurs, Sept. 13

Rowlett Farmers Market is winding down for the season – it takes place on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. through the end of the month. After that, you’ll have to wait until next May. Stock up while you can on Texas-grown produce and various fresh stuff while enjoying live music and other diversions in the charming Village of Rowlett. Afterwards, chill out over a craft brew at Bankhead Brewing Co. or grab a bite at a local restaurant. Pretty good Thursday evening, right there. The Village of Rowlett is a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett station.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is another great option for enjoying the cool – well, cooler – temperatures in a quaint, historic downtown. At this sip-and-shop, you’ll get to sample wines at eclectic shops while checking out art exhibitions and receiving special discounts. The evening begins at 5 p.m.; check-in is at McCall Plaza, a block away from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Friday, Sept. 14

Trumpets4Kids Charity Golf Classic is a day of golf, fun and food at the Golf Club of Dallas. It’s also a chance play golf with Dallas Cowboys legend Billy Joe Dupree for a great cause: the Trumpets4Kids foundation, which works with young people from underserved communities to provide opportunities in music – including free trumpets, mentorship, community involvement and scholarship opportunities. The event starts at  9 a.m.; Bus Route 21 will take you right to the club’s front gate. Get off at Redbird and Marblehead.

The Cuban and the Redhead is an original musical that just opened at the Eisemann Center, a few steps from Galatyn Park Station. Can you guess who the title characters are? Yep, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. They fall in love, hit the rocks, and risk it all on a sketchy new medium called television. Will their show succeed? Find out while tapping your toe to a Latin-tinged big band score. Performances are at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection commemorates the Harlem Renaissance with fine art and historical objects, many newly acquired. It’s a fascinating glimpse into an era that produced some of America’s greatest artists, writers and scholars. Catch it at the ArtCentre of Plano, a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Sat. Sept. 15

Date Night in the Park is a chance to enjoy live music, dinner and a movie under the stars. On. Sept. 15, the movie is “Ocean’s 8,” a popular heist comedy with a knockout ensemble cast. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. There’s even childcare available at this event in Farmers Branch Historical Park, a short walk from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Uptown Kiddo’s Carnival celebrates back-to-school time with a Saturday morning full of carnival games, train rides, magic tricks, live music, face painting, balloon artists, snacks, and more. Street parking is limited, so you’ll definitely want to take transit. The free fun happens from 9 a.m. to noon at Griggs Park. You can get they by taking the M-Line Trolley – always popular with kids –  to McKinney and Allen, then walking a few blocks. Bus Route 36 also will get you there.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Pix on the Plaza, presented by Toyota Music Factory and Alamo Drafthouse, asks the question: Who ya gonna call? Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray, of course, when “Ghostbusters” lights up the screen in the outdoor plaza of the entertainment complex. Fun and games begin at 6:30 p.m., and the free screening happens after sundown. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. The venue is a short walk away.

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science gives you access to 17 rare species – from the tiny Eoraptor to T. rex’s even more fearsome cousin, Giganotosaurus. New, groundbreaking research has unearthed these previously unknown species, which evolved in isolation in South America and Africa. Check them out by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station, then walking a few blocks north on Field Street.

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

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