Join EarthX, Dallas County Community College District and a group of panelists — including DART Vice President of Service Planning and Scheduling, Todd Plesko — Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Cedar Valley College for a pop-up event to discuss how sustainable mobility solutions can impact your community.
This free event is part of a learning series that EarthX and Dallas County Community College District teamed up to expand your understanding of issues facing our environment and to equip you with tangible solutions you can use to make your community a more livable one.
Life, death, love and culture. Did we miss anything? You can celebrate them all at the Dallas Dia de los Muertos celebration from 4-11 p.m at City Hall Plaza Oct. 26. That’s not your only DARTable chance to honor the dead. Read on for more.
The Dallas Dia de los Muertos festival has deep roots in Mexican culture, having been observed for, oh, about 3,000 years or so. But it’s Dallas’ first major “Day of the Dead” event. The parade makes its way from the plaza through downtown from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy live music, fireworks and food. Checking out all the creative costumes and face-painting is part of the fun, and you’re encouraged to join in the pageantry. All attendees are welcome to participate in the parade. Ride any DART Rail line to Akard Station and walk about 6 minutes south.
That’s not your only DARTable opportunity to honor the dead. On Nov. 1-2, the Faceless Art Show happens at VNYL in in Plano. Nearly a dozen local artists will be on hand plying their Day of the Dead-themed art. There will also be sugar skulls, ofrendas and other things appropriate to the occasion. Note that the venue is a nightclub and it’s strictly 21 and up. You’ll find it at 5800 Legacy Drive. You can get there on DART Bus Route 452. The event starts at 8 p.m.
On Nov. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., hit the Downtown Garland Square for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be dance performances by Los Matachines and Ballet Folklorico, as well as mariachi music. Add food, crafts vendors, an art show and bounce houses, and you have a great Day of the Dead celebration for the whole family. The square is about a 4-minute walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.
Denton’s Day of the Dead Festivalalso is a family-friendly affair, and its theme includes fall harvest and Halloween. Dia de Los Muertos is the main focus, though – there’s even a popular event called the coffin races. The all-day celebration happens Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Get there by catching the Green Line to Trinity Mills Station and transferring to DCTA’s A-train. That’ll take you to the Downtown Denton Transit Center. The festival is at E. Hickory and Industrial streets, only one block away.
It’s your last weekend to enjoy the rite of autumn known as the State Fair of Texas. There are lots of other great, DARTable happenings, too. You can watch top chefs fight it out for glory and cash. You can visit your old relatives – as in, 1.97 million years old – at one of our region’s coolest museums. You can see a midnight movie at 7 p.m. And however you spend your weekend, you can count on DART to get you there and spare you the cost and hassle of parking. Read on to check out your options.
Friday, Oct. 18
World Food Championships are happening all weekend long, so you foodies can catch some culinary competition in real life, instead of just binge-watching it on TV. This isn’t back-burner stuff, either: There are 10 categories, complete with rounds and finals, and one contest comes with a $350, 000 prize. That’s a lot of clams to steam! You can also enjoy plentiful grazing, progressive wine pairings, plus lots more. This being the event’s first foray into Texas (previously it was held in a smaller state), special attention will be given to barbecue. The cookin’ goes down at Reunion Park, at the base of the postcard-friendly tower. EBJ Union Station – on the Red and Blue line – has a pedestrian tunnel leading from the platform to the event. The station is also served by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), which runs on Sunday, since the State Fair is still going on.
Saturday, Oct. 19
State Fair Showdown is a competition that’s a little bit rougher than braising, roasting or plating. Still, the competition will be searing when the Southern University Jaguars and the Texas Southern University Tigers square off at the Cotton Bowl for the one sport Texans love more than barbecue – football! Kickoff is at 2 p.m. It also happens to be the last weekend of the fair, y’all. So take the Green Line to Fair Park Station. Come for the pigskin action, stay for the pig races. Plus Midway fun, corny dogs, and all those things that come around only once a year.
Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind is the latest of the Perot Museum’s always-awesome exhibits, and it opens today. See fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives that were the biggest news in the paleontology world since “Lucy.” The team that unearthed the fossils in South Africa included the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s own Becca Peixotto. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the National Geographic Society. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. Get there by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station and walking a few blocks north. The exhibit runs through March 22.
Addison After Dark is an evening of live music, food trucks and movies at Addison Circle Park. Every third Saturday has a special theme. This month’s motif – “Let’s Do the Time Warp” – requires no introduction to most Gen Xers. For those unfamiliar: Brad and Janet are lost after suffering a flat tire. When they stop for help at the nearest castle, they encounter a cast of characters straight out of Transylvania who have some peculiar, uh, tastes. It’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic from the ’70s that took audience participation to a new level. For those familiar: Get out that Frank N. Furter get-up, warm up your singing voice, and bring plenty of rice. The film screens at 7 p.m. A dance party and costume contest will follow. Get to the (R-rated) entertainment by taking one of many buses to Addison Transit Center.
Sunday, Oct. 20
NF comes rapping into Irving tonight in supporting of his fourth album, The Search. In addition to his new material, expect to hear giant hits like “Let You Down.” The Christian rap artist brings Kyd the Band along with him to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. The venue is about a 10-minute walk from the Orange Line’s Irving Convention Center Station.
Ride DART to the city of Richardson’s road reveal event, taking place from 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Arapaho Center Station, and view bike and pedestrian improvements to Greenville Avenue.
Enjoy free Kona Ice snow cones, collect partner giveaways, watch demonstrations on how to load a bike onto a DART bus and give feedback on the new changes.
The city of Richardson worked with the nonprofit, Better Block Foundation, to install these improvements, which include temporary bike lanes between Campbell Road and Jackson Street. In addition, they installed a temporary crosswalk between the Arapaho Center Station parking lot and station platform.
While you’re there, don’t miss the inaugural bike ride, which takes place at 6 p.m. Members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee encourage you to participate and will lead the bike ride using the new lanes.
The temporary improvements will be up for about 60 days. After that, the Richardson City Council will decide on the success of the project and determine if certain components should be permanent. If successful, the lanes and crosswalk could be permanent by July 2020.
This is your last week to enjoy fried food, festivities and family fun at the State Fair of Texas. Don’t miss corny dogs, rides and all those fun things only available at state fair, which closes after Oct. 20. Ride the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK Jr. Station for all your favorite fair attractions, plus these new additions.
World of Birds returns from a six-year hiatus with a new show, Soar! Located at the Band Shell, the spectacular production includes bird releases, flyovers and more.
Texas Cinema is all about filmmakers and performers who hail from the Lone Star State, as well as the cinematic depictions of Texas that helped make it a legend. Head to the Hall of State to check it out.
The Mighty Mike Show is an old-time carnival experience, showcasing feats of strength such as bending horseshoes and juggling bowling balls. You’re guaranteed to be amazed and entertained at the Coliseum Terrace.
Splashdance! is a State Fair of Texas exclusive taking place daily on the Esplanade. Festive music, high-energy dancers and acrobats, and the awesome fountains combine to make a dazzling spectacle.
Crazy Surf and Beach Party are new attractions guaranteed to satisfy risk takers, while still being fun for the whole family.
Moon Raker gives fairgoers the adventure of space flight without ever leaving Earth. Once it reaches its full height, the top of the ride tilts and rotates, and the entire ride spins. Hang on to your hat!
Skyliner is an electrifying family swing ride that will take your breath away as you take to the skies in an awesome aerial experience.
Cooking has been a contact sport for a while now. Turn on your TV and you’re likely to see chefs competing head-to-head with haddock, going toe-to-toe on ratatouille or battling it out over Brussels sprouts. Competition can be fierce. And Oct. 16-20, you can catch some culinary drama in real life when the World Food Championships come to Dallas.
This is the real deal: There are 10 categories, divided into rounds and finals, as well as stand-alone competitions such as the Ultimate Food Fight (prize: $350,000). The event takes place at Reunion Park, at the foot of the iconic tower. In keeping with the new, Lone Star location (the championships were previously held in Alabama), there will be a special focus on barbecue.
Bonus: Unlike binge-watching food shows on TV, you won’t be left hungry. Grazing aplenty comes with your general admission ticket, so you can not only savor the aromas, you can feast like a king, as well. There will also be progressive tastings and drink pairings, a “Bourb’N’Que” area with tons of smoked meats plus quality samples of that Southern spirit and lots, lots more over the course of five days.
To get there, take the Red Line, Blue Line or Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to EBJ Union Station. The TRE runs on Sunday during the State Fair. You’ll find a pedestrian tunnel leading directly from the platform to Reunion Tower.
Quick quiz – What is the highest ridership day on DART Rail each year?
You may be surprised that most years the answer is Columbus Day. Buy why?
First, Columbus Day is a federal holiday, so people who work for some government agencies and many other organizations will have the day off. Second, several area school districts make Columbus Day a student holiday, or as we like to call it in Texas: Fair Day!
It’s not a holiday for DART, though, and we’ll be operating our enhanced State Fair weekday train and bus service. Visit DART.org/StateFair for more information.
If you do use your holiday to go to the State Fair of Texas, first check out our tips for taking DART to the Fair so you can have a smooth DART experience on your way to and from Fair Park.
For example, you’ll stand in a lot of lines at the State Fair on Columbus Day. Using the free GoPass® app ensures the ticket vending machine and the State Fair admission ticket gate aren’t two of them. You can purchase your DART transit passes AND your State Fair admission tickets on your smartphone in advance. Plus, when you buy your State Fair admission tickets through GoPass, you save $2 off the gate price. But don’t activate your passes and tickets until the day you go to the Fair!
Many students receive special rates when riding on the DART System. However, this does not necessarily apply to all students. Here’s how the fares break down:
Children under age 5 ride for free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. The limit is two children per adult.
Children ages 5-14 qualify for Reduced Fare. For a Local Day Pass, that’s $3, or $1.50 for an AM/PM Pass.
To get a Reduced Fare, high school students must have a valid student ID from a high school within the DART Service Area – or a valid DART-issued student ID. If you don’t have one, visit the DART High School Student ID page for more details. High school students are eligible for a Reduced Fares seven days a week.
College/Trade School students with valid DART-issued college/trade student photo ID for full-time undergraduate students registered at schools which are located in the DART Service Area and are not participating in the Higher Education Pass Program. Visit DART.org/students to view a list of schools participating in the Higher Education Pass Program.
INSIDER TIP: If you head to the State Fair after noon, you should buy a PM Pass, not a Day Pass. A PM Pass must be activated after 12 p.m. and is valid until the end of service, which means you are set to ride DART home, too.
Enjoy your visit to the State Fair of Texas, and happy Columbus Day!
BONUS POINTS – Do you know the next two highest DART Rail ridership days? Put your guesses in the comment section below!
Ethnic dances! Stained glass! Cool vintage finds! Oh, and it seems like we heard somewhere that there might be a football game or something. Get your GoPass app or Tap card, get on DART and get out to these DARTable happenings. Bonus: The weather will be refreshingly mild all weekend long.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is a sip-and-shop event in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Sample wines, enjoy live music and check out local art. Around 20 shops participate in the monthly event. Many offer special discounts. The event begins at 5 p.m.; check-in is at 1013 E. 15th St., just around the corner from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.
Friday, Oct. 11
55 Years: President Kennedy on Magazine Covers 1963-2018 ends its run at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza after this weekend. The exhibit features a broad representation of popular magazine covers from the last five decades. It’s a fascinating time capsule, and it’s only three short blocks from West End Station on all four DART Rail lines.
Saturday, Oct. 12
AT&T Red River Showdown is one of the most famous grudge matches in all of college football. The University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners go at it one more time in the Cotton Bowl. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, take note that parking is likely to be a major headache. Take DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station and get there in the right frame of mind for some gridiron greatness.
Plano International Festival has food, entertainment and family fun. There are ethnic dance performances, food trucks, music and other cultural stuff from more than 100 cultures. The event also features the region’s only outdoor naturalization ceremony. The festival takes place in Haggard Park, right next to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.
The Urban Artist Market features more than 75 artisans and craftsmen plying their handmade wares – pottery, jewelry, stained glass and lots more. The market takes place from 11 a.m-5 p.m. at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center. That’s about an 8-minute walk from Addison Transit Center.
The Urban Flea is another great market happening today. Garland’s event has a vintage spin, with antiques, handmade items and stylish finds aplenty. You’ll find dozens of vendors in the city’s historic downtown square area, which is full of unique mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience only 4 or 5 minutes from Downtown Garland Station on the Green Line.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Red Chariot is an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller. The Internet has (somehow) created a mysterious tarot deck that affects the past, present and future. The play explores technology and the ways that humans sometimes mess things up. We don’t know about the apocalypse, but today’s matinee is definitely the play’s last performance at the Undermain Theatre. The Deep Ellum mainstay is about a 7-minute walk from the Green Line’s Baylor University Medical Center Station.
You’ve got your tickets to the big game. Now, you just need a way to get there. Fortunately, DART and the TRE are your easy rides to the AT&T Red River Showdown Oct. 12 at Fair Park’s Cotton Bowl Stadium.
DART and the TRE will offer additional service for Oklahoma and Texas fans on game day. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., so plan ahead for a smooth experience. DART encourages you to allow plenty of time for travel and anticipate large crowds.
Going to the Cotton Bowl
DART riders: DART has beefed up its train and bus service to accommodate fans that day. Visit DART.org/statefair for complete service information.
TRE riders: Ride the TRE to Victory Station. Once at Victory Station, transfer to a shuttle bus to complete your trip to the fairgrounds. Visit trinityrailwayexpress.org for complete TRE schedule information.
When you’re ready to go, simply reverse your trip and return the same way you came.
TRE riders: Be sure to note the departure time of the last TRE train to Fort Worth. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the schedule is as follows:
11:30 p.m. from EBJ Union Station and 11:35 p.m. from Victory Station. (Last Green Line train to connect to the last TRE train at Victory Station is 11:08 p.m. from MLK, Jr. Station and 11:11 p.m. from Fair Park Station.)
10 Keys to a Winning Trip
Follow this game plan for a great experience at the AT&T Red River Showdown.
1. Rely on your coaching staff: DART staff will be at key stations to help you buy tickets, make connections and have a great game day!
2. Make GoPass your top option: Save time and avoid the lines by buying your pass in advance with our FREE app, available in the App Store and on Google Play. (But don’t activate it until the day you go the fair.
3. Activate, activate, activate: Be sure to activate your GoPass ticket before you board.
4. Go old school: Don’t have the app? Purchase a pass from a ticket vending machine at the station.
5. Go new school: Try the GoPass Tap card, DART’s reloadable transit card that automatically gives you the best fare every time you ride. Simply tap your card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus — and go! You can purchase your card at hundreds of retail locations, such as participating 7-Eleven and Tom Thumb stores. (Note: Each rider needs their own GoPass Tap card.)
6. Sign up for alerts: DART alerts keep you in the know, on the go! To sign up, just text DARTTXOU to 41411.
7. Park it: Free parking is available at many DART facilities. Visit DART.org/maps for a complete list of available parking.
8. Run the spread: Spread out along the platform as your train approaches and use all available doors for boarding. Please note that the center section of each rail vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform — perfect for those with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.
9. Pass it along: Know friends going to the fair but not the game? Tell them to get $2 off fair admission with the GoPass app.
10. Start early: To ensure you’re in your seat for the kickoff, allow extra time and take advantage of early transit service.
Soon, we’ll know which state earned bragging rights in this longstanding grudge match. We hope you enjoy the game and, just as importantly, we hope you enjoy the ride!