Well I hate to say I told you so, but the Iron Fork Competition in Dallas was pretty spectacular. One of our favorite lifestyle photographers, Gernelle Nelson, set her camera (and her good taste) upon the lovely cuisine of 2018’s Iron Fork at Centennial Hall in Dallas.
Lucky for us all, there’s plenty more to do this weekend. If you only have room for ONE BIG THING this weekend, I recommend Denton’s Jazz Fest, but take DART, walk or bike. Parking is a beeee-yotch around the fest.
Consider this event as if “Tanzania is brought to you”. You will join over a thousand other participants to learn more about Tanzania’s culture, history, food, tourist attraction and heritage. The history of Tanzania and its relationship with United States before its independence to the present. You will get a chance to learn more about The famous Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind is in northern Tanzania; it is an internationally recognized for Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous discoveries of early humans. Research at Olduvai has produced an unparalleled wealth of archaeological data for the study of some key phases of early human evolution.
When: Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29 | 10 AM – 7 PM
Where: Wyndham Dallas Suites – Park Central | Map
Get Kidz Fit Fest is one of the largest kids fitness events in Dallas!
As always this event is FREE to the public and supported by sponsors in and around our community!
Community Council in partnership with the Mayors Youth Fitness Initiative and Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity, brings over 3000+ attendees each year in a one of a kind, interactive, fitness event.
When: Saturday, April 28 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Where: Fair Park Centennial Hall | Map
Enjoy the sounds of LIVE smooth jazz and R&B provided by Mahoghany the Artist. Soon after, you’ll kick back in laughter from the hilarious COMEDY stylings of D Elli$ aka Mr. Entertainment! as seen at Laugh-A-Palooza, the Improv, including the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles with Steve Harvey, Kim Coles, Katt Williams and Rickey Smiley. Following the comedy break, showoff your latest dance moves when you hit the dance floor for the After Party!
When: Friday, April 27 | 8 PM – 11 PM
Where: Dallas Palms | Map
Planet earth’s best-loved wellness event. Over 100 vendors featuring products and services for mind, body and spirit. Shop for breakthrough nutritional products, energized jewelry & stones and experience bodywork, Reiki, reflexology & intuitive readings. Lecture series includes 24 talks, demos, and galleries. Admission $7/day or $10/weekend, children under 12 and adults over 65 are free. Tickets get you into all exhibits and all free talks.
When: Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29 | 11 AM – 6 PM
Where: Addison Conference and Theatre Centre | Map
Fortress Festival is the destination music festival for North Texas. Taking place on the grounds of Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s world-renowned Cultural District, the two-day festival is a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Featuring two outdoor stages, the 2018 festival will include performances by Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, De La Soul, RZA ft. Stone Mecca, Chicano Batman, Tune-Yards, The Voidz, Rapsody, Shabazz Palaces, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Jay Som, Waxahatchee, The Texas Gentlemen, the Vandoliers, Pearl Earl, Cure for Paranoia, Andy Pickett, Midnight Opera, Henry the Archer and Ronnie Heart. Between sets, attendees can immerse themselves in the world-class galleries and architecture surrounding the festival grounds.
When: Saturday, April 28 at 3 PM – Sunday, April 29 at 11:30 PM
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Map
Have you always been fascinated by pop artist Andy Warhol? Andy took the art world by storm in the 1960’s, and has influenced countless artists of all mediums. The Carpatho-Rusyn Society: Dallas Chapter cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate Warhol’s 90th birthday. You will learn about Andy’s Rusyn ethnicity, all the while painting one of his works. Dallas artist Jerrel Sustaita will lead attendees through the creative process, culminating in your own finished product to take home.
When: Saturday, April 28 | 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Plano Environmental Education Center | Map
A gathering of the region’s BEST taquerias served with a side of a lucha libre wrestling and music. But really, it’s all about the tacos. Twenty four of the area’s best taquerias, plus one from Mexico City, have been deliciously curated by The Taco Trail’s José Ralat. Tacos will range from traditional to contemporary. Each taqueria will have a $2 taco and there will be plenty of veggie options. TACO LIBRE DALLAS takes place Saturday, April 28 at the Shed at Dallas Farmers Market. This is a family friendly event. Taco ‘bout a good time!
When: Saturday, April 28 | 3 PM – 10 PM
Where: Dallas Farmers Market | Map
The Bath House Cultural Center has long stood for arts in East Dallas. Along with its support for local and regional theatrical performances and art exhibitions, promoting great local music is a primary focus of the BHCC.
When: Saturday, April 28 | 1 PM – 6 PM
Where: Bath House Cultural Center | Map
Dallas Asian Festival showcases the many interesting and influential facets of Asian culture. Performances include different types of dance, martial arts and acrobatics. There is delicious and healthy food as well as games and children’s activities. The festival fosters culture, community and good health while offering a diverse experience of Asian culture.
When: Sunday, April 29 | 12 PM – 5 PM
Where: Klyde Warren Park | Map
A family friendly outdoor event with 4 blocks featuring local artists, elected officials, international celebrities, food, entertainers, games, and vendors along Flora Street in the beautiful Dallas Arts District A talent competitions for children and adults held on the main stage at the festival before a panel of esteemed judges and great prices. A kid’s zone that includes games and activities inspired by the highly regarded Avance curricula
When: Sunday, April 29 | 10 AM – 6 PM
Where: Dallas Art District | Map
The Irving Bicycle Fest is a wheelie fun time. Enjoy a day filled with entertainment and activities of all kinds, including live music, stunt shows, a group ride, a bike safety rodeo for kids, food trucks, on-the-spot bike checks, bike safety information sessions, vendors of all kinds, games, hands-on learning opportunities and even smoothie making with pedal power. It’s an opportunity to meet and greet with cyclists of all ages and abilities.
When: Saturday, April 28 | 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: North Lake College | Map
The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival combines jazz music with a variety of other artistic media as well as crafts, food and games. The air is filled with song and dance as guests enjoy the quality musical selections and diverse festival happenings. There are also activities for children. Proceeds from the event benefit arts in the local area.
When: Friday, April 27 | 2 PM – 10 PM
Saturday, April 28 | 10 AM – 11 PM
Sunday, April 29 | 10 AM – 10 PM
Where: Quakertown Park | Map
Don’t miss out on this event, with activities designed for all ages. In addition to the craft beer tasting, we’ll be selling local-Texas wine by the glass, hosting a community concert!
Foodies rejoice! We’ll have crawfish until they run out, and local food trucks serving up delicious food all day. Kid Zone activities will run from 1-6:30pm, and will include games, bounce houses, entertainers, face painting, and a Root Beer challenge. Weather permitting, the Murphy Central Park splash pad will also be open!
When: Saturday, April 28 | 2 PM – 8 PM
Where: Murphy Central Park | Map
This is an anniversary party to put down in the books for sure…all tickets include access to live music (3 bands), food, industry vendors, 1 commemorative cup, 8 tasting size pours. Anniversary t-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event only!
When: Saturday, April 28 | 1 PM – 7 PM
Where: Texas Ale Project | Map
If you’ve read down this far, let us know what you think about something very important. We are considering changing the look of the Whirlwind yet again…this time to something with more events, and less description. Like, just links out to the event venue/organizer page. What do you think? Why are you here—for the recommendations, the witty banter, the long descriptions of the events, or just because you are one of the six people who reads this and I paid you to love me? Let me know in the comments below.