It's hotter than blue blazes in August but there are plenty of cool things to do in DFW.
The first Friday of each month, the Star-Telegram, the Modern, and Café Modern team up to bring live music and cocktails in the Museum's Grand Lobby from 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your friends and enjoy diverse live performances, cocktail selections, and dinner in Café Modern. A docent-led, 20-minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 p.m., regular gallery admission applies. Gallery admission is free for Modern members and Star-Telegram Press Pass holders during First Fridays at the Modern.
August 2: Texas Gypsies. Signature cocktail: Modern Cooler.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 817-738-9215.
August 3, 11:00am - 8:00pm
August 4, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: $15, $20
Fashion Industry Gallery hosts FIG Finale, Dallas' most exciting shopping event. At this exclusive sale featuring women's, men's & kid's clothing, shoes & more, shoppers an find designer deals up to 75% off retail. Previous year's designers include Elizabeth & James, True Religion, and Missoni, and stores including 4 Kids Only, Melanie Gayle, Harley's for Men, Cotton Island, L.Bartlett, and Accents.
Day passes: $15 each. Two-day passes: $20. The VIP SHOPPING PACKAGE: $50, includes an exclusive early access shopping party with complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live DJ-spun tunes and complimentary valet (*during VIP party only).
Celebrate summer at the Dallas Arboretum where everyone pays $1 admission every day through the month of August.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500
Listen to exhibition curator and Romare Bearden scholar Dr. Robert O’Meally share insights into the artist’s life and work with emphasis on the Black Odyssey series. This series expanded Bearden’s earlier explorations of historical narratives by presenting his own reinterpretation of the subject.
Call 817-989-0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this free event.
Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107. 817-989-5065.
It's the greatest time of the year to try out a new restaurant (or an old favorite) and donate to charity at the same time. I tried Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Five Sixty for the first time a couple of years ago. I went on opening night. The wait was long but the amazing corn chowder was well worth the wait. If you go on the first night of Restaurant Week, please know that some restaurants report record crowds. So be patient and enjoy. Remember, you're helping a charity. August 12-18, 2013 and beyond. (I have reservations at The Capital Grille for the 8-22!)
When: It's moved!!! It's earlier in 2013 -- moving to August 9-11, 2013
Where: The great State of Texas
What: Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 9-11, 2013 - the state's annual tax-free weekend. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which saves shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the tax-free weekend.
When: August 16-24, 2013
Where: 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton, TX 76201. 940-387-2632
What: A great rodeo, livestock show, parade, midway rides, carnival, concerts, trackless train, pony rides, petting zoo, barbecue cook-off, fantastic food and much more.
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What: The 23rd Annual Fort Worth Home Show is a great place where you can learn how to go green and see what's new in home building. Maybe you'll want to start a renovation project yourself.
When: August 16-18, 2013/p>
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center – Halls A-C, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Admission: $10adults, $9 seniors, children 14 and under are free.
When: August 23-25, 2013
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dallas Market Hall
Admission: $10 for adults and children over 10; free 10 and under.
Cowboys and cowgirls (and those who pretend to be): be sure to make it out to the Mesquite Pro Rodeo Series. It's a PRCA World Championship event with big name cowboys, bull riding and lots of fun. The arena is air conditioned so it's the perfect event when DFW's experiencing triple digits. There's everything from individual tickets to suites available and nightly group specials. It's the most fun you can have with your boots on.
When: 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in June, July and August 2013.
Where: Resistol Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149. 972-285-8777
Several festivals formerly held in August have been moved to September. I wonder if the weather had anything to do with that? ; )