Update: The DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival has been canceled.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
Take along your best dog pal and head to Flag Pole Hill, where Operation Kindness will host the 21st annual event. The fundraiser for Operation Kindness will feature a "Mutt Midway" with dozens of vendors, dog adoptions and more.
Contests will include Best Pet Costume, Best Pooch Smooch and Best Stupid Pet Trick. There will also be low-cost microchipping, goody bags for the first 750 people, free face painting for kids and "Ask the Vet" and "Ask the Trainer" tents, as well as Dallas Dog & Disc Club performances.
June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flag Pole Hill, 8007 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Free to attend; free parking. A $10 contest entry fee covers all three competitions. operationkindness.org.
Celebrate Fort Worth's 166th birthday on the city's Main Street. Although tickets are sold out for the 2,000-foot water-slide event, Slide the City, you can view the action all day and watch as the Trinity River Vision Authority attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled on a slip and slide in one hour, between 5:30 and 6:30p.m.
You'll find two stages of free live music from Chris Watson, Ryan Tharp, Two Ton Folk and other local bands. There'll be food for purchase from local restaurants including Reata, Buttons, Mexican Inn and others. Craft beers for purchase will include selections from local brewers Rahr & Sons, Martin House, Panther Island Brewing and more. Fireworks will cap off the day's festivities.
June 6 at Paddock Viaduct Bridge, 139 N. Main St., Fort Worth. Festival gates open at 11:30 a.m., and fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Free to attend. pantherfest.com.
DFW DRAGON BOAT, KITE AND LANTERN FESTIVAL (CANCELED)
Enjoy colorful kites flying above, dragon boats racing on the water, an international costume parade, cultural performances and classes, a lantern parade, more than 300 performers, a dragon-boat-drummer costume contest, and more at this ninth annual festival in Irving, hosted by Marco Polo World Foundation.
The event will also include carnival-style games, arts and crafts, children's activities, and food for purchase.
June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Carolyn, Las Colinas Boulevard East and El Lago Boulevard, at the Las Colinas Urban Center, Irving. Free to attend; free garage parking will be available. You can also ride DART to the Las Colinas Urban Center station. The APT Transit System will also offer free tours of the Las Colinas Urban Center station, and free rides from the station to the festival. dfwdragonboatfestival.com.
The 26th A-Kon anime and gaming convention will offer hundreds of activities during three days of nonstop action at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. There will be gaming rooms, game-design workshops, performances, an art show, a cosplay contest, and a DollAKon mini convention.
A J-Pop Room will offer a variety of Japanese music. The event will also include celebrity anime guests and guests from the gaming industry, as well as actors and writers.
Activities run 24 hours a day. Badges for admission are available June 5 from 8 a.m. to 9p.m., June 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 7 from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. One-day on-site badge prices are $45 on June 5 and 6, $25 on June 7 for adults; $16 for ages 6-12 (good for all three days); free for ages 5 and under. Other pricing is available on the website. Some events have an additional charge. a-kon.com.
VOLY IN THE PARK
Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Voly in the Park, a volunteerism showcase, returns to Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.
The festival, hosted by Volunteer Now, celebrates volunteerism and promotes sign-ups on voly.org. The event will feature more than 70 nonprofit groups, main-stage performances, interactive activities and guest appearances.
June 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free. volnow.org.
Compiled by Dena Hill