DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Antonin Fourneau: Waterlight Graffiti, PRELUDE 2016. Photo via dallasaurora.com 

It’s a weekend full of big events, with a huge festival, a one-of-a-kind bike ride and a creative multimedia event all taking place Saturday. There’s other DARTable stuff going on, too. Ride DART to these great happenings.

Friday, Nov. 2

Scarecrows on Main is a series of family-friendly scarecrows lining the main drag of the Village of Rowlett Downtown. Enjoy the autumn weather and check out the area – not only are there creative scarecrows, there are shops and restaurants along the 3800-4200 block of Main Street. But if you want to see the scarecrows, now’s the time. They’ll be taken down after Saturday.  The Village of Rowlett Downtown is a short walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.

Saturday, Nov. 3

AURORA is a spectacular exhibition exploring the possibilities of light, video and sound art. This year’s theme, “Future World,” invites artists and visitors to imagine a series of possible futures. The thought-provoking event will engage your creativity as it challenges you to actively participate in the creation of our world’s future. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Dallas. The focal point of the exhibition is Dallas City Hall, which is a 10-minute walk from Union Station. You can get there on the Red or Blue Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Dallas Bike Ride pulls off a spectacle in its own right: Dallas without any motor vehicles. Along the cycling route, anyway, you can enjoy our fair city by bike, without a car in sight. The fun, neighborly ride welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. You can choose from a 20-mile or an 11-mile route, each of which has beautiful views of the skyline. And remember, bikes are welcome on all DART trains and buses! The ride starts and finishes at City Hall Plaza, about a half-mile from Union Station. In fact, it’s pretty close by bike from just about any downtown DART Rail Station. The event begins at 8 a.m.

Festival at the Switchyard is an all-day event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy children’s entertainment, food vendors, face painting, balloon art, free arts and crafts, rides and games, a beer garden – and music, of course, including Vertical Horizon, Tonic and headliners Stone Temple Pilots. Believe it or not, the event is absolutely free. The Green Line drops you off right at the Downtown Carrollton Station, steps from all the fun.

Vintage Baseball Game is a chance to see how baseball the way they played it in the old days – as in the 1860s. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a casual, old-fashioned game of ball at Farmers Branch Historical Park, about a 7-minute walk from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. See baseball the way your grandpa’s grandpa saw it! First pitch is at noon.

Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, you and your family focus on a Big Idea that you explore through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. There are also storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance and more. This month’s Big Idea is “Expression,” and the related art project is “Alter Egos.” The Nasher is a 5-minute walk from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Elwood enters the second weekend of its run at the Ochre House; it will go on through Nov. 17. The original play tells the tale of a recluse who lives in the piney woods outside Canton, Georgia. He finds himself in charge of a baby named Elvis, which leads to numerous complications and changes. This musical comedy has lots of spectacle, dance and music. The theater is only about half a block from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.

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