April 20-22: Earth Day, Mirth Day, Birthday
How about those planets, huh? We have this one good one, and maybe a spare if Elon has anything to do with it. We can do without straws, buy things with less packaging, reuse bags and boxes three or four times, and it doesn’t even hurt. It’s just a first step, and there are a ton of ways to learn about earth, health, yourself, your state and more this weekend. May I present:
The theme for the African American Health Expo (AAHExpo) 2018 is Health Disparities: the Hidden Enemy. This year’s theme addresses the concern that health disparities and inequities are being masked by improvements in health data and life expectancy rates. These unfair and unjust health differences are closely linked with social, economic or environmental disadvantages, better known as social determinants of health, that adversely affect groups of people, in particularly African Americans.
When: Saturday, April 21 | 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: Tarrant County College – South Campus- Gym | Map
This is a body slamming activity… MIDGET STYLE!!! The World’s smallest wrestlers are competing for the title! Midgets vs. Dwarfs in an all out Pro Wrestling War. I went to one at HOB Dallas years ago and it’s fun AND raunchy, so be prepared for some freak nasty.
When: Sunday, April 22 | 4 PM – 9 PM
Where: Southern Junction Irving | Map
The Love Pit dog rescue, Bell’s Brewing, and Emelia’s Tex-Mex teamed up to help raise some money this Spring! TLP will be bringing out dogs that are available for adoption for everyone to meet, and hosting a raffle to raise money for all their fosters!
When: Saturday, April 21 | 2 PM – 5 PM
Where: Lone Star Taps & Caps | Map
Bugs & Brews Brings Jazz Fest Vibe to Greenville Avenue. The 3nd Annual Bugs and Brews make’s its triumphant return on Sunday, April 22nd to Sundown at Granada from 2pm to 9pm. Serenity Events is excited to bring Lower Greenville’s first and only neighborhood crawfish and music festival to Sundown at Granada.
When: Sunday, April 22 | 2 PM – 9 PM
Where: Granada Theater | Map
The Keep Denton Beautiful organization throws the Denton Redbud Festival once a year as the official Arbor Day event. The community festival provides a fun, festive atmosphere where attendees can come and learn how to improve their home and community. A home and garden show featuring more than 70 booths with trees and plants, gardening products and landscaping services is also featured at the event.
When: Saturday, April 21 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Denton Civic Center | Map
Main Street comes alive with a pulse of its own in Grand Prairie, Texas. Its energy derives from a host of local musicians, thrilling carnival rides, craft beer, savory food options and many other exciting activities. It’s a community shindig that heavily emphasizes the community part, so get involved and have fun.
When: Friday, April 20 | 5 PM – 12 AM
Saturday, April 21 | 10 AM – 12 AM
Sunday, April 22 | 12 PM – 8 PM
Where: Main Street Fest | Map
The Crossroads of Texas Film Festival celebrates the silver screen in Texas. Producers, screenwriters, actors and filmmakers from Texas come together to share the artistic and cultural value of their work. Many of the featured films have gained national recognition, and some have won Academy Awards. For a taste of Texas cinema with high quality films, this festival is perfect for natives and visitors alike.
When: Friday, April 19 at 5 PM – Sunday, April 22 at 1 PM
Where: Waxahachie Chautauqua | Map
Named the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas, Ennis celebrates the state flower with their annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival. This free two-day event, located in beautiful Historic Downtown Ennis, includes live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities and bluebonnet souvenirs. You can also take a ride through the scenic countryside with the Bluebonnet Trails Map provided by event sponsor, the Ennis Garden Club.
When: April 19 – April 22 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Where: 200 NW Main St | Map
Earth Day returns to Fair Park in Dallas, Texas presented by EarthX, the world’s largest environmental experience. Featuring over 800 green exhibitors, expert speakers, virtual reality and a film festival – plus a Tiny House Village, Outdoor Adventure Zone, Eco Auto Show, live music and more.
When: Saturday, April 20 at 10 AM – Sunday, April 22 at 6 PM
Where: Fair Park | Map
Photography, music and film come together at this Denton festival. It’s an intense weekend but there’s so much to see and do, it’s worth getting hammered on creativity. It’s free, but you can be a supporter from $19 to $99. Check out their schedule here.
Come out for the Inaugural Mudbugs & Music festival at Rahr & Sons Brewery. Lots of the springtime favorite: crawfish, roaring Rahr beverages, and entertainment from POO Live Crew.
When: Sunday, April 22 | 1 PM – 5 PM
Where: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. | Map
Come celebrate Earth Day with us by cleaning up one of our favorite paddle spots. We will head to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge to do a bit of trash clean up. We will provide the trash bags, SUP equipment and intro to paddle lesson FREE of charge and all you need to do is pay the $5 entrance fee (per person) to the park.
When: Sunday, April 22 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Where: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge | Map
Are you looking for a few unique ways to brunch it up for Mother’s Day in DFW? Look no further. (I mean, you can look somewhere else if you want, but look at our list first, please.)