Dallas Blooms: A World of Flowers Opens February 24

Dallas Blooms 2018The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, named by Architectural Digest as one of the “15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season,” will present Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, from February 24 to April 8.  This year’s theme is  “A World of Flowers”. The festival will feature an explosion of color from more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

A World of Flowers

As Dallas is one of the leading cities in the nation with many cultural communities, the Dallas Arboretum is pleased to showcase a different region of the world during the festival.

At the International Crossroads Village, a festive central location within the garden, visitors can view a large world map created from flowers. Each week focuses on a different region such as France, the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and the Americas, so the food, entertainment and cultural offerings will vary throughout Dallas Blooms.

On Fridays, there is an International Market featuring unique goods as well as cultural activities. Each weekend will have an International Festival showcasing that week’s highlighted country through music, dance, cultural activities and vendors.  For the latest information, visit  dallasarboretum.org/blooms.

Dallas Blooms Activities

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays
February 24-April 2
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pecan Grove
Children’s activities include face painting, a petting zoo, storytime and Kindermusik.
BOGO Wednesdays
February 28-April 4
Buy one, Get one free, valid at ticket booth only.
C.C. Young Senior Thursdays
March 1-April 5
Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 admission on Thursdays and receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.
International Crossroads Village
Daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pecan Grove
Worlds intersect and become a festive place where guests can find an abundance of activities and entertainment from around the globe. Activities and entertainment change weekly based on the cultural theme, stay up-to-date with event times and locations by referring to the website at www.dallasarboretum.org/blooms.
Flowers of the World: Master Gardener Presentation & Tour
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to Noon
Join Master Gardeners as they talk about the flowers in the garden and from where they originate. Take a tour around the garden to see where these beautiful plants can be found and what makes them so special.
Arts & Culture
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cultural communities from around the Metroplex visit the garden each week to present their culture. Activities include origami, calligraphy, dancing, crafts and art from different areas of the world.
Beverages of the World: Beer & Wine Samplings
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Enjoy the surrounding blooms and cool pecan trees in the Pecan Grove. Samples of select wines and beers are available for guests to try.
International Market
Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pecan Grove
Each Friday will highlight a cultural market from a different part of the world in regions such as Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and The Americas. Art and goods will be for sale, and cultural activities will be featured.
International Festival
Saturday & Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pecan Grove
For those guests who cannot make it during the week, no worries. The International Crossroads has an abundance of activities including live music, dance, cultural activities and vendors selling unique products from all over the globe.
Spring Tea
February 24-April 8
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Served inside the historic DeGolyer House, indulge in a seated, three-course high tea experience.  Seating is available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, by reservation only.  Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include garden parking and admission. Champagne service with tea is $59 per person. To book a reservation, book online at www.dallasarboretum.org or contact tea sales at 214-515-6511.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. On-site parking is $15 or $9, if purchased in advance online.


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Plan your Valentine’s Escape with Valentine’s Chocolate Tours

Indulge your sweet tooth — and your sweetheart – with a special Valentine’s tour hosted by Dallas by Chocolate.  Board a private motorcoach for a fun afternoon or evening filled with yummy chocolate delights.  This is the kind of pampering you deserve.

It is not too soon to reserve your seat on one of these tours. Make your reservation before February 9 and you can save $4 per ticket.  Use promo code EAT.  This applies to ALL tours (including those before February 11 and those after February 15, 2018). Valentine Tours include these and other offerings at www.dallasbychocolate.com and www.dallasbitesfoodtours.com

  • Hearts & Chocolates Tour: Saturday, February 10 – 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Grapevine/Roanoke/Southlake Valentine’s Chocolate Tour: 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Dallas’ Valentine’s Tacos & Margaritas Tour: 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Dallas’ Decadent Desserts Tour – 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Winery, Chocolate, Pizza & Jazz Tour – 5:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
  • The Valentine’s Seduction Tour – 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Sunday, February 11
  • Have Your Chocolate and Eat It Too Tour – 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tacos & Margaritas Tour – 12:30-4:30 p.m., Valentine’s Day, February 14
  • Decadent Valentine Dreams Chocolate Tour — 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Valentine’s “Vintage Evening” Wine Tasting, Pizza and Dessert Tour – 6:30 – 10 p.m
  • The Valentine’s Seduction Tour – 6:30-10:30 p.m.
For more information about Valentine’s  events and tours, visit www.dallasbychocolate.com or contact Jeanine Stevens at 972-814-599
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5 Fun Things To Do For Valentine’s Day

Tired of the same old boring box of chocolates and dinner for two for Valentines’ Day? Here are a few exciting and fun things couples can do to make this Valentine’s Day a very special day.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents the Lovers Jazz Fest

Music Hall at Fair Park
February 10, 7:30pm

This special musical event is a perfect for Valentine’s celebration for anyone who just loves great jazz music. Head down to the Music Hall for a special show featuring Jazz Superstars Althea Rene, Jonathan Fritzen, Javier Colon & Jeanette Harris.For more information, visit www.bishopartstheatre.org.

Valentine’s Day Massacre

Moxley Manor, Bedford, TX
February 14  – 16,  8pm to 10pm

Introducing a different and darker side to love, Moxley Manor will be presenting a three-day haunted house. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for discount tickets so this is a great option for a group of friends.

There have been many stories about the haunted Moxley Manor and the actual mansion has remained uninhabited for many years due to the stories of jealousy, lies, and murder. If the typical Valentine’s Day plans are not what you’re looking for, the haunted Valentine’s Day massacre may be a great alternative choice.

A portion of the proceeds from the events from this year will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Moxley Manor is an indoor attraction so tickets will be valid rain or shine. For more information, visit www.moxleymanor.com or call (682) 231-1313.

The Cowtown Marathon

February 24-25

The Cowtown Marathon is celebrating its 40th year as it welcomes the world to Fort Worth. The Cowtown offers a race distance for everyone, including the Cook Children’s 5K, Adults 5K and 10K on Saturday and the Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite, Marathon, and Half Marathon on Sunday. The entire family can participate either as a runner or a spectator cheering along the route. Ambitious runners can take The Cowtown Challenge and run a race both days.

The Cowtown Marathon is a nonprofit organization promoting health and fitness in the community. By running the Cowtown, runners are supporting C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness) Program, which provides training and education to students regarding health and nutrition.  To register online, donate to C.A.L.F., or get additional information, visit cowtownmarathon.org.

Valentine Cruise

Silver Lake Marina  Grapevine, TX
February 9 – 11 &  13 – 17,  6pm – 11pm
Arispop invites you to eat, dance, and laugh in the romantic moonlit atmosphere of beautiful Lake Grapevine on their 6th annual Valentine’s Cruise. Sail aboard the Tejas on this 2 hr Valentine’s cruise which includes a  table for each couple, 3 – course plated dinner, live music, and a comedy performance.  For more information visit www.valentinescruisedfw.com or call (972) 514-4319.

2018 Cliburn Festival: the Music of Russia

February 22–25
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 
Sixty years ago, a 23-year-old Texan went to Moscow at the height of the Cold War and came back an American hero and an international icon. The impact of Van Cliburn’s victory at the First International Tchaikovsky Competition cannot be overstated; he disregarded boundaries and brought the world together through excellent music and his signature warmth. But at the heart of this accomplishment was Van’s deep, abiding love of and connection to the music of Russia.

The festival marks the 60th Anniversary of Van Cliburn’s historic International Tchaikovsky Competition victory and will celebrate Russian music through a series of concerts that will explore the different facets of its character. Performers will include three Cliburn laureates, each of whom hail from Russia—Alexander Kobrin (2005 gold medalist), Yury Favorin (2017 finalist), and Georgy Tchaidze (2017 finalist)—to serve as artists-in-residence and help explore the masterpieces of their homeland. The Rolston String Quartet also joins them in this adventure. For more information, visit www.cliburn.org.

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Dallas Summer Musicals Announces the 2018/2019 Season

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM)  recently announced the lineup of Broadway shows of the 2018-2019 season, as well as the Tony Award Winning, musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, which will headline the 2019-2020 season.

Joining previously announced HAMILTON and Disney’s ALADDIN is Broadway’s most beloved musical, the 2017 Tony Award® winner for Best Revival, HELLO, DOLLY!.  Also announced are Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA; the legendary story direct from Broadway, MISS SAIGON; and a gorgeous new Broadway production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

They also welcome back two audience favorites as Season Add-Ons. The musical for every-BUDDY, ELF, based on the film of the same name will return to Dallas just in time for the holiday season.

By popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, will also return to Dallas for a limited one-week engagement.

The stage is set for another amazing season at Dallas Summer Musicals. With so many hits direct from Broadway, we continue to fulfill our promise of bringing the best of Broadway to North Texas. It’s the season everyone’s been waiting for, so don’t miss your chance to be in the room where it happens!” says Kenneth T. Novice, DSM President.

Dallas Summer Musicals  Season Tickets

Dallas Summer Musicals’ seven-show subscription packages start at just $204. That’s an average of about $30 per show. Current subscribers can begin renewing their current seats beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018. New subscriptions will also be available beginning at the same time.


  • THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: December 19 – January 6, 2019
  • ANASTASIA: February 19 – March 3, 2019
  • HAMILTON: April 2 – May 5, 2019
  • MISS SAIGON: May 14 – 26, 2019
  • DISNEY’S ALADDIN: June 6 – 23, 2019
  • HELLO, DOLLY!: July 17 – 28, 2019
  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: August 7 – 18, 2019

Season subscriptions can be renewed or purchased online at DallasSummerMusicals.org or with the Concierge.  Subscriptions can also be purchased in person at the Box Office at the Music Hall at Fair Park on January 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting January 15, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Perks of being a season subscriber: include the interest-free payment plan, savings over day-of-show single ticket pricing, the exclusive privilege to exchange tickets if they can’t make a performance, and priority access to tickets for the Season Add-Ons before anyone else. Subject to availability. Plus, 2018-2019 Season subscribers will have first access to tickets for DEAR EVAN HANSEN when they renew their subscription for the 2019-2020 season.

Groups tickets: Groups of 10+ can begin placing orders on Monday, January 15. Groups who place their orders before tickets go on sale to the general public will get priority seating, a 15% discount to the Crystal Terrace for groups of 20+, and many other great perks. Group minimums and discounts vary by show. Seating locations for group orders may not be confirmed until later this year. Group tickets may not be available for HAMILTON.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2018-2019 lineup are not available for purchase at this time. Individual tickets typically go on sale to the general public 8-12 weeks prior to opening night.

Contact the Concierge for more information about ticket pricing.

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