Feb. 25 through April 16 Smell the flowers
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is hosting Dallas Blooms, the “largest annual floral festival in the Southwest.” The festival will feature Gary Lee Price’s “Great Contributors” sculptures of historical figures, including Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc. The six-week event showcases 100 varieties of spring bulbs, 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.
- Times vary.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas
- 214-515-6615. www.dallasarboretum.org
This annual Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in downtown Dallas is returning with more than 10 participating venues. Tickets include exclusive drink specials at each venue, themed necklaces at check-in, drink coupons, welcome shot vouchers and a map of all participating downtown bars.
- 4 p.m.
- Harlowe MXM, 2823 Main St., Dallas.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Lochland’s Irish Pub and Beer Garden is hosting Irish dancers and musicians. Band Claddagh Rogues will perform traditional Irish pub songs, and dancers from The McLane School of Irish Dance and Inishfree School of Irish Dance will also perform.
- 1 p.m.
- Lochland’s Irish Pub and Beer Garden, 8518 Plano Road, Dallas.
Audelia Road Branch Library is hosting an acoustic open jam for adults. Acoustic musicians of all skill levels can meet other musicians, learn new songs and play together in a relaxed and supportive environment.
- 1-3:30 p.m.
- Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia Road, Dallas.
- 214-670-1350. https://dallaslibrary.librarymarket.com/event/acoustic-open-jam-13.
The Dallas Children’s Theater is putting on a production of “Last Stop on Market Street,” a play about a boy and his nana’s trip across town to help out at a soup kitchen. Along the way, the characters learn about how diversity makes people unique. The play is adapted from a New York Times bestseller written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.
- Showtimes vary.
- Baker Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas.
- 214-978-0110. www.dct.org/plays.
The Dallas Food and Wine Festival is returning to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This food-filled festival features an evening with over three dozen top Dallas chefs and an extensive selection of wine and beer, plus entertainment. The festival runs during the peak of the Dallas Blooms Festival at the arboretum.
- 7 p.m.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas.
Vector Brewing is hosting an upcycled jewelry workshop for those age 13 and up. Led by Dallas native Carolyn Marco, a former creative director and jewelry designer for Fossil Group, the class focuses on creating pieces out of salvaged leather and repurposed tin. Tickets include all supplies needed, and tools are provided.
- 7 p.m.
- Vector Brewing, 9850 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas.
- 469-676-0797. www.vectorbrewing.com/events.
BuzzBrews Kitchen is hosting a drag brunch performance on March 25. The show, called the Buzz N’ Babes Drag Brunch, features performances from local drag queen Daphne Rio and her comedy queen crew. It will be held in The Brewers Arms pub inside BuzzBrews.
- 1-3 p.m.
- BuzzBrews Kitchen, 5815 Live Oak, Ste. 102, Dallas.
- 443-374-8812. www.buzzbrews.com.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The five-time Grammy Award winners are known for uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Paul Simon’s 1987 album “Graceland” introduced Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world, and former South African President Nelson Mandela designated the group “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.”
- 7:30 p.m.
- Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas.
- 214-849-4376. www.dallassymphony.org/productions/ladysmith-black-mambazo.
March 25 | Celebrate Texas music, food and culture
Haggard Park Texas Forever Fest returns to Haggard Park for a celebration of the state’s food, music and culture. Sponsored by H-E-B and organized by Plano Arts & Events, the festival features live music, vendors and more. Attendees can enjoy Texas country and Americana music before headliner Casey Donahew takes the stage. Other activities include mechanical bull rides, a children’s zone, and a heritage area with information about the state’s history and culture.
- 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Free (admission).
- Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano.
- 972-941-7000. https://texasforeverfest.com.
April 1 | Enjoy family-friendly art
The Bath House Cultural Center is hosting Family Art Bash, a monthly arts event. It includes family-friendly art activities, including dance and storytelling.
- Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas.
- 214-670-8749. https://bathhouse.dallasculture.org/family-arts-bash.
The Lakewood Library Friends hosts Joaquín Zihuatanejo, Dallas’ first poet laureate, for a free meet and greet with community members. Zihuatanejo, who grew up in East Dallas, is set to read poetry for those in attendance during the event.
- 6:30-8 p.m.
- Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth St., Dallas.
The Sundown at Granada is hosting an ‘80s new wave dance party for adults. The party features music from Duran Duran, INXS, A-ha and Flock of Seagulls.
- 9:30 p.m.
- Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave., Dallas.
- 214-824-9933. www.granadatheater.com/calendarfeatured event.
April 14-16 | Spring into the arts
The McKinney Arts in Bloom Festival is a three-day celebration in the city’s historic cultural district featuring over 125 juried visual artists. Located around the McKinney Performing Arts Center, the April 14-16 festival also offers interactive activities for children, food, live stage entertainment and more. Arts in Bloom is a rain or shine event, though some activities may be canceled if weather poses a threat, per the event’s website.
- Times vary.
- Free (admission).
- Downtown McKinney, North Tennessee Street, McKinney.
- 972-547-2660. www.bit.ly/3IMMJYi.