Dallas Comic Con: Fan Expo Dallas
Fan Expo Dallas, presented by Dallas Comic Con, will bring together fans and stars of film, television, comic books and more for this pop culture convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Celebrity guests will include Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Hulk), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), and others. You can also try out costume fun with cosplay, find rare comics, shop with exhibitors, attend Q-and-A sessions, and more.
May 29 from 4 to 9 p.m., May 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. Single-day passes are $25-$50 for adults, $10 for ages 6-12 with a purchased adult ticket, free for ages 5 and under; available online and on-site. Other ticket pricing is available on the website. fanexpodallas.com.
Dallas International Guitar Festival
The 38th annual festival will feature a variety of musical talent during three days of performances at Fair Park's Automobile Building. The lineup will include George Lynch, Rick Derringer, Sonny Landreth and Johnny Hiland, among more than 70 local, regional and national acts on four stages.
The festival will also offer hundreds of booths and exhibits, instructional clinics, and opportunities to buy, sell, trade or peruse numerous new and vintage guitars and other equipment, memorabilia and more.
May 29 from noon to 7 p.m., May 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas. Single-day tickets are $24.50 for adults, $15 for students with valid ID, free for ages 10 and under; two-day passes are $40; three-day passes are $50.
Tickets are $10 for the May 29 concert at 7 p.m. and $10 for the May 30 All Star Jam at 8:30 p.m. More pricing and artist updates on the website. Tickets available online and at the door. Parking will be $10 per vehicle. guitarshow.com.
Reunion Lawn Party (CANCELED)
Enjoy music, lawn games, food and drinks for purchase, a beer garden with local craft beer as well as wines, and more during the once-a-month lawn party near the base of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas. The location is the green space where last year's NCAA March Madness music festival was held.
Visitors can rent games such as cornhole and bocce ball or bring their own to play. Food trucks, including Easy Slider, Ruthie's Rolling Cafe and the Bomb Fried Pies, will sell food, and a beer garden sponsored by the Nodding Donkey will have local craft brews -- and some wine, too. This month's musical lineup features MC~CM at 5 p.m., the Jonathan Fox Band at 6:30 and the O's at 8:30.
May 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Reunion Tower, 692Sports St., Dallas (see the website for map and parking and transportation options). Free admission. Take cash for food, beverages, parking and a deposit for rented lawn games. Feel free to take your own picnics, blankets, chairs and lawn games. No outside alcohol permitted. reunionlawnparty.com.
Rockwall Country Fair
Rockwall's the place for a day of family fun, presented by Soroptimist International of Rockwall. The second annual country fair will offer music, vintage games sponsored by local nonprofits, a Kid Zone with rides (for purchase), a free car show, vendors and more.
The event will benefit programs for women and children.
May 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1111 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall (off Interstate 30 near Rockwall County Courthouse at the corner of T.L. Townsend Drive and the I-30 service road).
Free to attend. A Kid Zone $20 wristband offers all-day rides; vintage games sponsored by local nonprofits may require purchased tickets. rockwallcountryfair.com.
Front Porch Showdown
Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation present the second annual Front Porch Showdown. The audience will select the winners from 10 bluegrass bands that will compete for cash prizes, performing with only acoustic instruments, on the village's Main Street. Visitors are also invited to take acoustic instruments for jam sessions throughout the park, and kids will be able to join in the fun by making musical instruments to play in their own junior jam from 4 to 6p.m. Competing bands are: Acoustic Sound Hounds (Scurry), Bluestem (Dallas), Blue Valley Tradition (Rockwall), Bobby Giles and Music Mountain (Fort Worth), Pearl and the Polka Dots (Weatherford), Philip Ferguson & Texas True (Wylie), Pine Island Station (Waller), Runnin' Ragged (Gunter), Southern Anthem (Goldthwaite) and Strings of Faith (Plano).
May 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. Gates will open at noon, and all historic buildings will be open for touring until the event begins at 4. Tickets are $10 through May 29, available online or by calling 214-413-3674; $12 at the gate; free for children ages 12 and under accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can take picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. 214-421-5141. dallasheritagevillage.org.
Compiled by Shannon Sutlief and Dena Hill.