North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park
Do a joyous jig at the North Texas Irish Festival, one of the largest Irish culture festivals in the United States, which celebrates music, folklore and food from the Emerald Isle over three days at Dallas' Fair Park. Shout "Sláinte!" during a whiskey tasting; hear Celtic storytellers relate yarns of yesteryear; learn to make mash like Nan during a chef demo; and take a trip back in time at a DeLorean car show in honor of the unusual vehicle with roots in Northern Ireland. There'll be musical and dance performances on stages throughout the park by artists from around the world, such as Grammy-winning fiddler Eileen Ivers, folk trio Socks in the Frying Pan and a cappella harmonists the Wee Heavies.
March 8 from 6 to 11 p.m., March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas. March 8 admission: free before 7 p.m., $10 after ($5 if purchased in advance online). $20 for March 9 admission, $15 for March 10, $25-$30 for multiday passes. Children 11 and younger will be admitted for free. Senior and military discounts available. ntif.org.
Don't let the big one get away. In this case, that means the big chance to spend a day outdoors with the whole family learning the wholesome pastime of fly fishing from experts and enthusiasts. Thanks to the Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth's Trinity River will be stocked with 1,600 pounds of rainbow trout and nearly 3,000 Texas native fish to ensure "an optimal angling experience" for both experienced fisherfolk and those testing new waters. In addition to casting technique demonstrations and contests to catch the biggest and most fish, other entertainment includes outdoor games such as cornhole and rock climbing, a children's fishing area, face painting, cooking demos, food trucks, wine and craft beer.
March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at River Park Trailhead, 3100 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth. Free admission; $5 for parking. Food and drink prices vary. Fishing licenses required; can be purchased on-site. trwdflyfest.com.
Goodguys Lone Star Nationals
Who are the Goodguys? Let's call them a cozy coalition of more than 70,000 active members who make up the largest hot-rodding association in the world. Why are they so good? See for yourself at this convention of chrome, custom paint and after-market motors. An annual spring festival at one of the nation's premier motorsports tracks, Lone Star Nationals features more than 2,500 street rods, muscle cars, classic cruisers and trick trucks all in one Texas-size venue. Watch agility and performance tests and take rides around the track; meet vendors and browse for hard-to-find parts and accessories at a massive swap meet; and enjoy live bands and children's activities. Make the most of the weekend with overnight RV camping.
March 8-9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. $25 for general admission on March 8-9, $20 for March 10, $10 for children 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger, $55 for three-day pass. good-guys.com.
Fort Worth Boat Expo
Open your imagination to the thrill of open water exploration at this expansive exhibition of pontoons, schooners and catamarans. Featuring more than 600 boat and watercraft models from more than a dozen D-FW dealers, this expo showcases the latest models from speedy vessels for watersports to fancy accommodations for making a home on a local lake. Whether you're browsing or ready to buy, it's a first step in turning dreams of aquatic adventure into reality.
March 14-15 from 3 to 8 p.m., March 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth. Free admission; $3-$10 for parking. fortworthboatexpo.com.
Funky Finds Spring Fling
Locals sometimes refer to Fort Worth as "Funky Town," which offers a clue as to why the city most known as cowboy-chic could also provide a fitting setting for an eclectic fashion fete. The 11th annual family- and pet- friendly shopping experience includes more than 100 artisans and crafters in the newly renovated Cattle Barn 1 building at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. There will be pet adoptions, raffles benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and CASA of Tarrant County and -- for the first time -- a related event focused on antique and repurposed farmhouse decor and furnishings in the Small Exhibits Building. The first 75 shoppers to enter the event each day and purchase 10 or more raffle tickets will also get swag bags with coupons, samples and additional chances to win prizes.
March 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cattle Barn 1 and Small Exhibits buildings at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth. Free admission; $10 for parking. funkyfinds.com.
Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl
Don't quell a Falstaffian desire to give in to multitudinous gluttonies -- for one night, at least -- during a literary romp through North Texas night life. This eighth annual pub crawl references the Bard through trivia, live performances and costume contests at a number of Dallas drink dens and culture caves. The fun begins at Kettle Art Gallery and parades through Deep Ellum stopping at a variety of bars and shops, most providing drink deals and food specials. Tickets include souvenir cups, pub crawl maps and wristbands, and a chance to participate in games and a scavenger hunt. Those who receive a sticker from each location on the hunt route will even earn a free pair of tickets to an upcoming Shakespeare in the Park performance.
March 9 from 2 to 7 p.m., beginning at Kettle Art Gallery, 2650-B Main St., Dallas. For ages 21 and up. $15 for general admission. Food and drink prices vary. shakespearedallas.org.
'True Stories' featuring David Byrne
Does the news that David Byrne will introduce two upcoming True Stories screenings inspire you to shout, "Stop making sense"? If so, this "once in a lifetime" event by the USA Film Festival is for you. The former Talking Heads frontman and all-around odd man of music, letters, cinema and culture will be in Dallas to present that wacky cult classic movie filmed in and around D-FW in 1985. Donning a 10-gallon hat, Byrne directed and starred in the surreal parody of tabloid culture, which he co-wrote with Dallas native Stephen Tobolowsky and playwright Beth Henley. The film features tall tales of "wild, wild life" through characters such as a fire-and-brimstone preacher, a Tejano singer and a voodoo practitioner and performances by John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz and Roebuck "Pops" Staples.
March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. $20. (A 7 p.m. screening is already sold out.) eventbrite.com (search Byrne).
This convention is like the Baskin-Robbins of fandom: It has all the flavors. There are Star Wars, Star Trek, video games, board games, steampunk, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, burlesque, drag, arts and crafts, trivia, karaoke, casino games, and even more. The four-day festival includes more than 400 contests, workshops, competitions, tournaments, meet-and-greets and activities. The fun kicks off with a K-pop pajama party and free admission for all ages on March 14.
March 14-16 from 10 a.m. to midnight or later, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Road, Addison. Free admission on March 14. $30 in advance or $34.95 at the door on March 15-17, $15 in advance or $19.95 at the door for children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger, $60 in advance or $69.95 at the door for a four-day badge. Parking is free. all-con.com.
Pi Day Math Festival
If you were hoping for actual pie on March 14, you probably won't encounter flaky, crisscross lattice crusts or tart fruit fillings at this Arts District festival. But pi -- as a mathematical concept and foundation for STEM-forward fun -- brims with intellectual deliciousness. A third annual event by TalkSTEM and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Pi Day Math Festival celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on exploration geared to stimulate academic inquiry. Local organizations and companies as diverse as the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Love Field, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Jazz Piano Society and the Microsoft Shop at NorthPark Center will offer hands-on activities, lectures and experiences focused on areas such as virtual reality, sports science, animal physiology, geometric art and musical mathematics. Open to families, educators, students and community members, the event is direct proof that math skills inform and impact a variety of disciplines, both in and out of the formal classroom.
March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Free. R.S.V.P. requested. attpac.org.
Women of Wonder Con
You don't have to own a Lasso of Truth or invisible jet to attend this meetup for mighty females on the move in the creative industries. Women and girls who work -- or want to become involved -- in filmmaking, graphic design, comics, fine arts, acting and other imaginative fields can meet and learn from professionals such as Anna Alexanian of FreshHellStudio, graphic designer Ashley Detmering of Fangoria magazine, geeky young-adult author Laura Maisano and other painters, crafters, and makeup and cosplay specialists among a long list of special guests.
March 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas. Free. Event parking is available in the underground library garage, accessible via Wood Street. womenofwondercon.com.
Cirque Italia Water Circus
You've heard of the "greatest show on Earth," but have you seen breathtaking acrobatics and unimaginable contortionist choreography over H2O? Cirque Italia Water Circus takes the best elements of nouveau cirque performance -- a mix of athleticism and showmanship set to the beat of modern technology -- and adds liquid. See exciting moves executed while performers are suspended over a 35,000-gallon tank and ooh-and-aah to fountain-spurt set designs that add a new view to the big-top experience.
Through March 17 at varying showtimes at North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst. $20-$40 for adults, $10-$35 for children 2-12. cirqueitalia.com. The tour continues in Mesquite from March 21 to March 31.
ArtRocks at NorthPark Center
If you've found yourself fighting battles against crayon creativity tagged on once-pristine home walls, then an activity for children focused on graffiti, punk and neo-expressionist art might not sound like the best idea. Channel those artistically impressive, if naughty, impulses to color outside the lines through an exploration of fine work by subversive painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose own prolific drive for expression created more than 2,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed-media works in a short 27 years. The March meetup of NorthPark's monthly ArtRocks program highlights the late artist's legacy with hands-on projects and stations led by community arts leaders.
March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. in NorthCourt, on Level 1 between Nordstrom and Macy's, at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Free. northparkcenter.com.
Dallas Quilt Show
See hundreds of quilts, from country to contemporary, at the Quilter's Guild of Dallas' annual convention of creativity. Crafters can stock up on layer cakes, jellyrolls and other types of fabric bundles with less delicious-sounding names, plus notions, kits and other supplies from more than 100 vendors. Browse a menagerie of creative designs inspired by this year's "animals" theme, and take your chances at winning a beautiful handmade work during a raffle on March 10.
March 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens 65 and up, $5 for youth 13-17, free for children 12 and under. Advance tickets are $10. Free parking. quiltersguildofdallas.org.
Do you know about the Hindu holiday that involves tossing bright rainbows of messy-but-beautiful colored powder on friends, siblings and family members? A celebration of love, gratitude and playfulness, Holi is celebrated around the world by those with South Asian cultural ties. In Plano, community members of all backgrounds and ages can drop in to this festive special program to learn about Holi through henna art, hands-on activities, storytelling and outdoor playtime with powdered color. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and see why shades of pink, yellow, purple and blue seem brighter in springtime.
March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. (outdoor playtime at 2:30 p.m.) at Maribelle M. Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Parkway, Plano. Free. plano.gov.
Stag DFW Beard Competition
This bushy bash at a motorcycle bar can be pretty well summed up by the phrase "beards, bikes and beer," but if follicular follies don't get your engine running, maybe a touch of whisker-taming wax will help: See the area's best-groomed mustaches, sideburns, goatees, Donegals (beards without upper-lip hair) and Hulihees (mutton chops) at this sendup of face-dos. View dudes with handsome hair or, if you have your own impressive jaw-mane, show off in the 2019 Stag Beard Products competition, which boasts more than $1,000 in cash awards and prizes.
March 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Strokers Dallas, 9304 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas. No cover charge. Contest entry is $10 online or $15 at the door per category. facebook.com/strokersdallas.