Slide the City
For the second year, this slippery-when-wet event comes to town with its giant water slide and block party. The world-record long 1,000-foot-long slip-'n'-slide will cover three blocks of Sylvan Avenue. Grab an inflatable tube (they're available for purchase onsite) or bring your own to speed along the slide — don't worry, there's plenty of padding. Enjoy food, music, vendors and street entertainers as well. Pricing starts at $15 for single trip down the slide and goes up to $99 for an all-day slide pass. Kids must be 5 years old and 46 inches tall to slide.
June 25 at noon at 3480 Sylvan Ave., Dallas. $15-$99.
Reunion Lawn Party
Enjoy a night complete with games, food, drinks and live music near Reunion Tower. Plenty of lawn games are available for free (including hula hoops, Frisbees, Nerf footballs and cornhole), but feel free to bring your own as well. Bring cash for 20 different food trucks, the Nodding Donkey beer garden and parking; bringing your own picnic blanket or chairs is also a good idea. The Ray Johnston Band and Hard Night's Day will take the stage, followed by a light show on the Reunion Ball. The party continues the last Saturday of the month from June through August.
June 25 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas. Free.
Toadies Concert and Beer Release
Vaden Todd Lewis, lead singer of the Toadies, admits he didn't know much about beer before forming a partnership with Fort Worth's Martin House Brewing Co. in 2014. Now he and his bandmates have learned the ins and outs of the craft beer industry by annually releasing an original brew. This time, they'll release two: Stars Above, a raspberry sour ale, and Hell Below, a strong black — which you're supposed to mix together to create a fruity, full-bodied flavor the brewers call Purgatory. (The beers' names were the title of the Toadies' sophomore album, which came out 15 years ago.) The band will celebrate the release with a performance at 6 p.m.
June 26 from 4-8 p.m. at Martin House Brewing Co., 220 S. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth. $33, includes commemorative cup and three beers.
Dallas typically celebrates gay pride in September, once the weather is a little cooler, but since 2014, this nonprofit organization has celebrated Pride Month during June with a rally, march and party. Kick off the day with the new-this-year Blow Torch! music festival, which features artists including Mokah Soulfly, Alsace Carcione and Mr. Pixie from noon-7 p.m. at RBC in Deep Ellum. Stick around for a rally at 7:30 p.m. and the procession through Deep Ellum that follows at 8:30 p.m. Cap off the evening with the QueerBomb Ball, where DJ DQ and other performers will begin starting at 9 p.m. The year's festivities are dedicated to the LGBTQ community in Orlando and to victims and survivors of hate violence worldwide.
June 25 at noon at RBC, 2617 Commerce St., Dallas. Free.
Market Street Allen USA
Two stages of entertainment will keep you busy all night at this 21st annual celebration, which also features a plethora of themed zones and a fireworks show that's timed to music. The Kid Zone craft tent includes spin and sand art, event photos, airbrush tattoos and hair painting for children of all ages. The Sports Zone offers sports-inspired bounce houses, cricket and speed drills as well as a chance to mingle with professional athletes. The Food Zone includes both typical festival food and healthy food options, and the Military Zone will display military vehicles and include a military salute. There will also be a Jurassic Zone, a VIP Zone and a tailgate. Concert headliners the Gin Blossoms take the stage at 8 p.m., with fireworks starting at 10:05.
June 25 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at Celebration Park, 601 Angel Parkway, Allen. Free admission; all-inclusive tickets are $20-$25 and Kid Zone tickets are 2 for $1. Free shuttle service is provided between the park and Allen High School.
S.M. Chavey and Tiney Ricciardi contributed to this story.