It’s a good weekend to explore the many cultures that make up North Texas. From diverse cuisines and world dance traditions, to hip-hop and African-American art, the world is your oyster if you ride DART this weekend. Access your GoPass® app or pull out your GoPass Tap card, and don’t forget to bring your curiosity to these DARTable events.
Taste of Dallas is one of the city’s signature events, with more than 200 chefs, restaurants, brand reps and exhibitors setting up shop at Dallas Market Hall. The food festival opens this evening and runs all weekend, and this year has a new feature: Taste of the Neighborhoods, which will highlight Dallas’ numerous culinary micro-cultures (Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Deep Ellum, etc.). You can also hang out in the Beer and Wine Gardens, learn about the Whiskies of the World and check out the El Centro College Mentor Cooking Competition. You can get there on Bus Route 749, or take the Green or Orange Line to Market Center Station and walk about 9 minutes to the venue.
Urban Movement Festival brings hip-hop culture to McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano. From two-versus-two dance battles to dance team showcases, the entertainment is family friendly at this all-ages festival. The event is free; there is a $10 fee to compete. McCall Plaza only about a block from the DART Rail station.
Saturday, June 8
The Urban Flea is a must-go for fans of open-air markets. In the Downtown Garland Square, dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds and re-purposed goods. One-of-a-kind antiques and handmade items are plentiful, and the historic downtown neighborhood is full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience. The market takes place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The square is about a 3-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.
Canal Fest is the city of Irving’s annual celebration of cultures from around the globe. Take a world tour in one day. Germany? Burundi? The Middle East? They’re all here in the form of music, dance, art and activities – and, of course, lots of food. Check out performers, vendors, artisans, and chefs representing the rich diversity of North Texas from 2-10 p.m. in the Las Colinas Urban Center. The free festival is about an 11- to 13-minute walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station on the Orange Line.
Sunday, June 9
Bright Star gets the last performance of its run today at The Firehouse Theater in Farmers Branch. The play tells the story of a literary editor who meets a young soldier just home from World War II. He awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Set in the American South in the 1920s and ’40s, the story is propelled by an ensemble of dancers and musicians. Today’s matinee is at 2:30 p.m. The theater is right across the street from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station.
Phenomenal Women is an exhibition in its final weekend at the African American Museum. Featuring local emerging female African American artists working in a variety of media, the art show is a celebration of strength, empowerment and love. Its last day is Monday, Aug. 10. The museum is in Fair Park, a short walk from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.
DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus