Dallas Arboretum presents Artscape

Juried Art Show in the Garden, April 23 – 24

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host Artscape, presented by Mend, a juried fine art festival on April 23 and 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 65 artists from 16 states have been selected by a panel of judges to showcase their nature-inspired work that includes paintings, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D mixed media pieces, photography and more.

Artists from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas will also demonstrate a variety of art mediums, and acoustic music will fill the garden with sounds of spring.

Mend is proud to sponsor Artscape for the Dallas Arboretum in 2016 – a place that provides education and enjoyment to families in a healthy and beautiful environment,” said Dr. Jonathan Clarke, CEO – Mend

Cindy Gary, Artscape Committee Chair, added, “The explosion of spring color at the Dallas Arboretum is nature’s own canvas. In the splendor of the gardens, Artscape offers guests the opportunity to view and collect one-of-a-kind works of art.”

Dallas Arboretum Members Only Preview

A members-only preview will take place on April 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members will have a chance to preview and shop at a sneak peek, which includes music and beverages for purchase before Artscape opens to the public on Saturday, April 23. To attend, members can register on the Arboretum’s website for complimentary admission to the preview.

Artists of note who have juried this year’s show include:

  • Floral Painter, Nancy Medina of Flower Mound, TX, named one of the best floral and botanical artists by American Art Collector Magazine
  • Painter, Nikki Gulley and Photographer, Scott Williams, local to Dallas, TX, are a husband and wife duo who travel the world together capturing the beauty of their surroundings through their respective mediums
  • Award-winning glass artist, Lyn Foley of Round Top, TX, creates handmade glass bead jewelry using lamp working techniques
  • Fred Prescott of Santa Fe, NM, known for constructing colorful, kinetic sculptures that have been commissioned by Warner Brother Studios and Walt Disney Company.

Gulley, Williams and Prescott are all returning as judges.

Entrance to the show on Saturday and Sunday is free with paid garden admission.

For more information about Artscape, call 214.515.6500 or visit:

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. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.

For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
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It’s Time for the State Fair of Texas

Big Tex BannerIt’s that time of year again…the State Fair of Texas is back, bringing all your favorites, plus a few new additions too! Following a record-breaking 2014 season, the Fair is kicking off its 24-day run with an all-star lineup of food, festivities and family fun.

Celebrating 129 years of Lone Star tradition, the 2015 exposition is themed “Passport to Texas” and opens Friday, September 25 in historic Fair Park. Big Tex will be waiting to greet fairgoers with his signature, “Howdy, folks!”. [Read more…]

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Visit the Victoria Water Lily on Display at Dallas Arboretum

See it before it ends in mid-September at Dallas Arboretum

Victoria Water Lily Dallas ArboretumDallas Arboretum’s Lay Family Garden is home to the Victoria Water Lily (Victoria cruziana), which is a must-see before September’s end due to its short lifespan and its acclaim as one of the largest water lilies in the world. [Read more…]

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Light Up the Night at Fair Park Sparks!

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Light up the night with millions of sparkling lights, food, and fun for all ages at Fair Park Sparks.  The family-friendly event will be held on  Friday, May 8,  from 3:00 to 10:30 p.m. at Dallas’ iconic Fair Park.
The event is FREE and open  to the public. Fair Park Sparks! will feature live music, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, roving entertainers, concessions, food trucks, craft beer and wine bar, and vendor booths.
Don’t miss performance by  Vanilla Ice and Sister Hazel on the main stage entertainment. Other stage entertainment features popular local bands. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
A large children’s activities area sponsored by Earth Day Texas will include face painting, games, arts, crafts and the ever-popular zip line.
Free admission. Parking is $5 at gates 5 and 6. Visitors also can take the DART Green Line to Fair Park Station.
For more information, visit  www.fairpark.org.
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Spring Break at the Dallas Arboretum Features a Beautiful New Garden

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Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans

For families planning a ‘staycation‘ for spring break, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has something special for you.

February 28 – April 12

As one of the signature festivals of the garden, Dallas Blooms will be in its second week.  The largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms has been a tradition for more than 30 years, and this year’s theme plays homage to the beloved state: Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans.

Presented by Bank of America, the floral festival features more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs along with life-size Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating the state.

Dallas Blooms includes tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas and thousands of other springtime annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the entire festival, so the garden changes all the time. The finale of this celebration is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas and 150+ cherry trees that bloom normally at the end of April.

Gracing the garden are life-size topiaries featuring the great symbols of Texas including two longhorns, two horses and the Texas Star-the perfect backdrops for photos and videos. [Read more…]

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Celebrate Summer at SummerBlast in Grapevine USA


You and your family will have loads of summer fun during Grapevine’s 6th Annual SummerBlast. Now through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine’s SummerBlast will features family-friendly events and activities, including waterparks, fireworks, special exhibits, outdoor activities, shopping and more.

From family-friendly fun to a romantic weekend getaway, Grapevine is the ideal location for a summer stay-cation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Located just a short drive from almost anywhere in the DFW are, Grapevine, Texas has great hotels, fabulous dining so many things to do, it will be hard to choose where to start first!

Family Vacation

Grapevine’s SummerBlast offers a wide variety of fun events and activities for your whole family. There is so much to do, from riding the rails on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad to the deep sea adventure of the SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. Start by making a big splash at one of Grapevine’s waterparks, like the Great Wolf Lodge,  or on Lake Grapevine at the  Gaylord Texan Resort.

Friday Night Fireworks

You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to enjoy a fireworks show. Check out fireworks every Friday night at the Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine, every Friday, starting at 9:30 p.m.   This weekly show can be viewed from the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as parks around Lake Grapevine.

Visit GrapevineUSA to see at all that Grapevine has to offer and start planning your Grapevine summer getaway now.For more information about Grapevine and SummerBlast, visit: GrapevineTexasUSA.com
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