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There are many great things to do in the DFW area this Spring. From Easter events to Major League Baseball, food truck events and more, you'll have a number of super fun items for your To Do List.

March 31: Texas Rangers Baseball Opening Day

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What: What? Opening Day's usually in April?!?! This year it's the last of March. I'm leaving it in the April slot so I don't forget it next year. Go Rangers!!! PS: We still don't know who the starting pitcher is going to be!!

When: March 31, 2014.

Where: The Ballpark at Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011. 817-273-5600

Cost: For ticket information or call 972-RANGERS.

April 1-30: 63rd Annual Bluebonnet Trail

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What: Enjoy a weekend of Arts and Crafts, Bluebonnet Souvenirs, Children's Activities, Live Music and scenic country rides taking in all the beautiful wildflowers with our Bluebonnet Trails Map. See up to 50 vintage cars in the Antique American Independent Automobile Show from 10 am - 3 pm.

When: The Festival is April 12-13, 2014. The 63rd Annual Bluebonnet Trail is April 1-30, 2014.

Where: Downtown Ennis

Directions from Dallas: South on I- 45, Exit 253 or 251-B.

Directions from Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waxahachie: East on US Highway 287, Exit Ennis Business 287.

April 3: The Great Taste of Grapevine

What: Over 25 restaurants/food sampling, plus one complimentary wine/beer drink, souvenir wine plate and tote bag Scavenger Hunt & People’s Choice judging!

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites, 2401 Bass Pro Dr., Grapevine, TX 76051

Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the event

For more info: 817-481-1544

April 3-13: Dallas International Film Festival

What: The Dallas International Film Festival is your guide to more than 175 films, events, panel discussions and galas.

When: April 3-13, 2014.

Where: Event takes place at various venues and theatres.

Tickets: Individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird station, and online at www.DallasFilm.org.

April 4-6: Duck Commander Weekend-Texas Motor Speedway

What: It's Duck Commander Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Grab your patriotic bandana and head on out to Redneck Heaven in Fort Worth.

When: April 4-6, 2014

Where: Texas Motor Speedways, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177

April 4-6: Deep Ellum Arts Festival

What: Six blocks of Main Street in Deep Ellum transform into a super-sized street party with four outdoor stages and non-stop performances by 75 national, regional, and local original bands during this three-day festival. With more than 120 top-notch juried decorative and visual artists, muralist, the renowned Deep Ellum Pet Parade, and abundant food and drink, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival attracts a diverse audience and includes affluent art and music enthusiasts.

When: April 4-6, 2014. Friday, April 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Deep Ellum Entertainment District on Main Street between Good Latimer and Hall Street.

Cost: Admission is free. Food and beverages for purchase.

April 5: Stonebriar Spring Sprint

Stonebriar Spring Sprint is partnering with City House to raise funds to open two transitional homes in Frisco, one for boys and one for girls. City House has been helping at-risk young adults aged 18-22 for the last 25 years and is expanding the Transitional Living Program to Frisco due to the rising number of homeless young adults in the area.

 

The event takes place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 beginning at 7 am.

Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Dr, Frisco, TX 75034.

Through April 6: Dallas Blooms!

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What: Dallas Blooms, a festival of over 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs and botanical beauty in a 66-acre garden.

When: March 5 through April 6, 2014

Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500

If you miss the Easter bunny photographer, then BYOB: bring your own (stuffed) bunny along with your camera. The tulips, daffodils and azaleas are in full bloom and nature makes a colorful backdrop. The beautiful flowers make it easy for any photographer to look like a pro.

Admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors; $10 (ages 3-12) plus parking.

Remember: Don't pick or trample the tulips. Arboretum rules prohibit standing or walking in garden beds and you can't climb trees or shrubs.

April 10: Lone Star Park Opening Day

Angela Patterson
Live racing returns to Lone Star Park Thursday, April 10, 2014 celebrating its 17th season of Spring Thoroughbred racing. Big changes, new additions and exciting renovations await fans this season with plenty of entertainment, promotions and the Lone Star Music Series concert schedule.

 

What: April 10, 2014 kicks off the official Thoroughbred horse racing season.

Where: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. 972-263-PONY.

 

April 12: National Grilled Cheese Day

Angela Patterson

Guests can sink their teeth into a gooey grilled cheese sandwich courtesy of Norma’s Cafe on National Grilled Cheese Day, April 12. Any customer who comes into either restaurant location can enjoy the classic comfort sandwich for free. Limit one sandwich per customer. Add to the tasty, cheesy treat by pairing it with a delicious homemade soup or one of the many scrumptious sides Norma’s Cafe has to offer. Give this iconic American sandwich the recognition it deserves by taking part in National Grilled Cheese Day at Norma’s Cafe.

What: Grilled Cheese Day Special 

When: April 12, 2014

Where: Norma’s Cafe, 17721 N. Dallas Pkwy #130, Dallas, Texas 75287

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