Blake Powers’ Weekend Thangs To Do In DFW: Aug. 22-23


  • Hatch Chili Fest – Get your hot roasted Hatch chiles at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market annual Hatch Chile Festival. Join us for live music, food, and much more. Also, shop the market’s fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, tea, tamales, jellies and relishes, grass-fed meats, homemade soaps, candles and more. 8am-2pm. At Market Square – 120 W. Main St. Grand Prairie, TX 75208
  • Lone Star Beer Texas Heritage Festival – at  Gilley’s Dallas – South Side Events Center!

    Celebrate the best of Texas food, music and beer at this free festival presented by Lone Star Beer. Headlining the music lineup are five eclectic Texas artists: the Old 97’s, The Black Angels, Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies, and The Deathray Davies. A variety of local food vendors will bring tasty Texas food, and there’ll be a Texas-sized assortment of entertaining activities specially curated for Festival guests. The Dallas food vendors are Gilley’s Saloon, Easy Slider, El Come Taco and What’s da Scoop? Free admission (limited to capacity); must be 21+. A limited number of tickets will be offered for $25, which will guarantee admission until 7 p.m. on the day of the festival. 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales will go to the North Texas Food Bank.  1135 S. Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75215.  Information provided by the venue. 


Today/Saturday & Sunday

  • The Family AdventureFest -continues at Irving Convention Center with archery, rocketry, a fishing game, resting robotics, a virtual zip line and a climbing wall. Celebrity guests include survivalist and host of Fat Guys In The Woods, Creek Stewart; environmental activist and explorer Philippe Cousteau; adventurer and speaker Matt monix; and former NFL star Herschel Walker. More details at
  • Mega Fest – organized by Bishop T.D. Jakes, continues, delivering inspirational entertainment with spiritual leaders and celebrities from music, film, television, comedy and more. More than 80,000 attendees from about two dozen countries are expected to converge on Dallas for the festival, last held here in 2013. While the event emphasizes spiritual events and speakers, it also offers a whole lineup of entertainment. Events include a performance of Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run on Friday at 7:30 p.m., a choir competition, a dance conference, children’s events, an expo area and more. Most events are at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. $60 for adults, $35 for ages 5-18, $205 VIP seating. Some events, including Madea and the comedy show, are sold separately. Click here to see the current scheduled events.


Now – Aug. 23

  • “Fantasy In Sand” – the 3 million pound Wizard of Oz themed sand exhibition with 16 sand-sculptured scenes from the film, plus American landmarks (Lincoln Memorial, Statue Of Liberty and Mount Rushmore), continues! Plus, children can create their own in a giant sandbox. Click for additional details.


Now – August 28

  • The PRCA sanctioned Championship Rodeo in Mesquite continues in at 1818 Rodeo Drive, and it’s air-conditioned:). See calf-roping, barrel racing, brone busting and bull riding. Doors open 6:30 pm with performances at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday. Tickets at


Now – August 29

  • The 86th Annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo returns to Denton’s North Texas Fairgrounds with nine days of world championship rodeo, livestock shows, music on two stages, carnival rides and games, Birds of Prey show, shopping and food. About 30 local and national music artists will appear including the Josh Abbott Band (Aug. 28), Ronnie Milsap (Aug. 22), Charlie Daniels Band (Aug. 29) and Bobby Pulido (Aug. 23). Gohere for a complete listing of music acts and other events. $15 adults / $5 kids 7-12 / free for ages 6 and younger. Admission includes the fair, rodeo events and concerts. Parking is $5. 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. Denton, TX 76201


Now – Aug. 30

  • Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion – Noon – 6pm – a laid back, family-friendly summer series that takes place along the banks of — and in — the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. Enjoy tubing, paddle sports, disc golf and participating in stand-up paddle board yoga. Then kick back with a craft beer from Panther Island Brewing. Bring blankets, chairs, games or anything else that would be fun in the sun. No outside coolers, food or drinks permitted.


Now – Aug. 31

  • August Dollar Days at Dallas Arboretum – the garden will offer $1 general garden admission and $2 Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden admission to all guests this month. There will also be select $1 and $2 food items throughout the gardens. 8525 Garland Road
    Dallas, TX 75218 – 214-515-6615
  • Dallas Zoo – Half Priced Admission! Giants of the Jurassic ends soon, and the zoo is launching a half-price summer special so everyone can catch them before they go extinct. Admission is 50% off through the 31st: adult tickets (ages 12-64) are $7.50, and children 3-11 and seniors (65 and up) are $6. Children 2 and younger and Dallas Zoo members always receive free admission. (Giants of the Jurassic is included with admission.)


Now – September 7

  • The Gaylord Texan Resort’s 12th Annual Summerfest is family friendly and offers culinary programs, a 10 acre pool and lazy river playground, Paradise Springs. Info at
  • “Giants Of The Jurassic” at the Dallas Zoo features 20 roaring animatronic dinosaurs, plus a world-renowned interactive theater puppet experience, “Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live”.  Details at
  • Amazing Animals: Built To Survive – discover how humans can draw inspiration from the innovations in the animal kingdom. This new traveling exhibition opens to the public continues at the Perot Museum through Sept. 7, 2015. Member-only preview days on June 11-12. Feel the pressure of a giraffe’s heart, catch the wind with your own simulated wings, slow down the graceful gate of a sprinting cheetah and more as you make your way through this wild exhibition. Digital interactives, immersive movies, hands-on displays and incredible specimens create an experience you won’t soon forget. Extended hours on 1st Thursday Late Night: July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3. at 2201 N. Field Street Dallas, TX 75201-1704. For general information and questions email or call 214.428.5555


Now – Nov. 8

  • “Grit and Grace: Visions of The West exhibit is at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, including 28 paintings of Terri Kelly Moyers, which include cowgirls, western landscapes, and the western lifestyle. Info at



  • Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Past Time – exhibit at the George W. Bush presidential Center at SMU. This exhibit uses baseball-related documents and artifacts from its archives as well as from other presidential libraries. Details at


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