Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game
It's a universal truth: Dallas loves Dirk. Since his arrival here in 1998, the Mavericks' graceful power forward has returned the sentiment through tireless community engagement. For the 15th year, Nowitzki's charitable foundation will raise money for children in need when the 7-foot giant steps off the court and onto the mound during his annual celebrity baseball game. The family-friendly event features a fan fest area, a Special Olympics softball match and other big names like the Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant, former Texas Ranger Michael Young and actor Chace Crawford among its famous sluggers. The evening caps off with a fireworks finale fit for a hero.
June 10 at 7 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco. $9-$20.
Hula, African and belly dancers along with clowns, street performers and magicians will wow you at this annual fest that takes place along the Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas. If the waters of Lake Carolyn beckon, you can rent a pedal boat or paddle board, or let an authentic Venetian-style gondolier do the steering — and the singing. Food trucks will be on-side with everything from cold desserts to cultural fare.
June 11 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Las Colinas Urban Center, 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free.
Untapped Fort Worth
If you have a taste for beer and indie music, there's no better place to catch both. (Dallas Morning News subsidiary CrowdSource owns a majority share of the festival.) Also recommended: Headlining artist Hayes Carll's new album, Lovers and Leavers, which you should memorize before the event. Other acts taking the fest's stages include Built to Spill, Groupo Fantasma, David Ramirez and more. Stay hydrated!
Also with Rayland Baxter, White Reaper, Bummer Vacation and the Hendersons, as well as beers from more than 80 breweries. June 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. $35-$119. untapped-festival.com/ftw.
Texas Centennial Expo 80th Anniversary
The 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition marked the 100th anniversary of the state's independence from Mexico with the erection of Fair Park and a festival that attracted more than 6 million visitors. To mark the 80th anniversary of that anniversary celebration, a free festival is happening at Fair Park with concerts, midway games and rides, a speakeasy, a new children's play area, water activities and rides, fireworks, historical exhibits and other family-friendly events. Catch performances by Brave Combo, Quebe Sisters and the Mavericks (with fireworks afterward) on June 11, and — this is pretty special — go on the Texas Star Ferris wheel and Tower ride for free on June 10 from 5-10 p.m. Another awesome thing: You can get Fletcher's corny dogs on June 10 and 11 — the first time they've been available at Fair Park outside the confines of the state fair. Yay! The Dallas Morning News is sponsoring the event.
Through June 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Fair Park, Dallas. Free.
This first-year fest in Mesquite (which replaces the old Real Texas Festival) kicks off the summer season with music, food, kids activities, a slate of live music and fireworks to wrap the whole thing up. There'll be a barbecue cookoff and wing contest, a six-on-six mud volleyball tournament (with a shower station to clean up afterward!) and an attempt at a world record for the most people to dance the Whip/Nae Nae. There'll also be Texas-size lawn games, a petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables. Regional tribute bands Party Crashers, Infinite Journey, Cold as Ice and others will perform, and a variety of food trucks will fulfill your dining needs.
June 11 from noon to 10:30 p.m. at Paschall Park, 1001 New Market Road, Mesquite. Free, though some activities have a cost.
Brentney Hamilton and Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this story.