It's hottern 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 $5 admission everyday through the month of August. Enjoy a Chihuly Nights Special: Every Wednesday & Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. free parking included. Buy one, get one free admission. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500
Aug 1-12: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusEvery kid wants to go to the circus! It's the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. American Airlines Center, August 1-12, 2012. Then the circus moves across town to the Fort Worth Convention Center from August 15-19, 2012.
August 12: Ian Kinsler Bobblehead Day at the Texas Rangers BallparkDon't miss free Ian Kinsler Bobblehead day at the ballpark. The Rangers take on the Tigers and the first 10,000 kids (13 and under) get a bobblehead. It's also Bluebell $1 Ice Cream Sunday!
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 13-19, 2012
When: August 17-19, 2012
Where: The great State of Texas
What: Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 17-19, 2012 - 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 17-25, 2012
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 22nd 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 11-12, 2012
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.