People check out the new Lexus models on display at the DFW Auto Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in 2018.

People check out the new Lexus models on display at the DFW Auto Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in 2018.

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DFW Auto Show

DFW Auto Show

Don't just picture yourself behind the wheel of a new car when you can actually snap a selfie with some hot car models at this exhibition of vehicular excellence in Dallas. If you're looking to purchase a car soon, you can test out and compare car, truck and SUV options from Honda, Ford, Volkswagen and others at the outdoor Ride and Drive event. Indoors, browse luxurious Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Jaguars or Texas-size Rams and Chevys on display throughout the more than 500,000-square-foot show floor. The Classic Car Corral features old-school Mustangs, Cougars and Corvettes, plus a replica of the 1977 black Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit, and the Discover the Ride motorcycle test course introduces new riders to the excitement of tooling around on two wheels. Adults and teens 16 and up can try out an electric Zero Motorcycle and children 3 years to 75 pounds can ride a Stacyc electric balance bike before browsing a selection of vintage and custom bikes from Yamaha, Harley-Davidson and more.

March 27 from 4 to 9 p.m., March 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. $11 in advance, $14 at the door for adults; $10 with military ID; $7 for seniors 65 and up and children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger. dfwautoshow.com.

Frisco Fair

Farmers and foodies have connected over fresh produce and artisanal goods at this indoor-outdoor marketplace in Frisco, but now families can enjoy the space's 1-acre park in a new way at an inaugural spring carnival. Purchase tickets on-site to redeem for rides, food and games. Adrenaline junkies and little kiddos alike can go for a spin on attractions catering to all speeds during these 11 days of wholesome fun in the 'burbs.

March 28 through April 7, Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m., Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. at Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W. Elliot Drive, Frisco. Free admission. Prices vary for rides, games and food. facebook.com/friscofreshmarket.

The sculpture of Llinda Llee Llama by Brad Oldam and Christy Coltrin is on the 19th floor of The Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas.

The sculpture of Llinda Llee Llama by Brad Oldam and Christy Coltrin is on the 19th floor of The Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas.

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Waterfest at the Statler

Swimsuit season so soon? Glitzy downtown locale Waterproof -- the rooftop lounge on the 19th floor of the Statler Hotel -- invites you to don poolside couture for a series of nighttime parties among the glimmering lights of the Dallas skyline. Each evening features music by a different DJ, including Spinderella on March 23, plus drink specials, passed foods and chances to partake in "Dallas' Largest Margarita," a 245-gallon batch that will serve 5,000 individual cocktails per day. Party on an inflatable yacht, plane, helicopter or jet ski in the pool, and get a photo with Llinda Llee, the hotel's llama mascot, immortalized in a statue near the water.

March 21-23 at 6 p.m. at the Statler, 1914 Commerce St., Dallas. Free. Drink prices vary. waterfestdallas.com.

Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social

Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social

Dallas Heritage Village's annual Roaring Twenties block party is the cat's meow. Matt Tolentino's Singapore Slingers and others will perform hit songs from that era. Don't know how to Charleston? Elaine Hewlett from the Rhythm Room will teach dance steps, so everyone can shake a leg. And don't forget to wear flapper finery to pose with antique cars, visit the photo booth or compete in the best-dressed contest. Blankets and picnic baskets are welcome, but there will be food to purchase, as well, plus a "secret" speakeasy called Lucky Lindy's Lounge, open only to those who purchase special tickets. "Keep your eyes peeled for it and don't tell the Fuzz," organizers tease.

March 24 from noon to 5 p.m. at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $15, free for children 12 and younger. $25 for speakeasy tickets; must be 21 or older. jazzagesundaysocial.com.

Dallas Comedy Festival

Yuk it up over five indefatigable days of comedic revelry in Deep Ellum. This 10th annual festival features more than 200 performers and nearly 50 shows, panels and podcasts across five stages at Dallas Comedy House, Independent Bar and Kitchen, Off the Record and Deep Ellum Art Co. National acts and hot up-and-coming locals will perform stand-up, improv and sketch bits. Catch hometown favorite Paul Varghese alongside other Lone Star locals during Texas Night, March 27, and visit the website for full schedule and details on headliners Rory Scovel, Daniel Van Kirk, Jaime Moyer and Maribeth Monroe.

Downtown Arlington Wine Walk

March 26-30 at various Deep Ellum venues near the festival ticket box office at 3015 Main St., Dallas. Most shows are for ages 18 and up or 21 and up. Tickets to individual shows are free to $25. Multiday passes available. dallascomedyfestival.com.

Downtown Arlington Wine Walk

Hooligan's Pub might sound more like a purveyor of pints than vino, but it's also home base for a brand-new wine-fueled expedition through Arlington's cultural district, which will recur on the fourth Saturday of every month. Start at Hooligan's, where you'll receive a commemorative glass, wristband and map. Then trek to 11 participating places, including Truth Vinyl, Division Brewing and Darrah's Salon, which will provide 2-ounce wine samples as you mingle and browse along the route, before returning to Hooligan's for a raffle drawing at 6 p.m.

March 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. beginning at Hooligan's Pub, 310 E. Abram St., Arlington. $12 in advance or $15 at the door. eventbrite.com (search "Downtown Arlington").

Highland Park Village Local Market

One of Dallas' most beautiful neighborhoods provides a backdrop for this outdoor market, which returns this month after a winter hiatus and will take place on the third Saturday of each month through June. Browse succulent arrangements by Urban Spikes and support dog rescue groups with the purchase of cute, custom canine gear from Lucky Pup Adventures. Our recommendation: Go hungry. In addition to items such as leather goods and hand-spun ceramics from more than 25 vendors, you'll also find breakfast items and tamales ready to eat on-site. In addition, there'll be interactive games for children, face painting and live entertainment by local musicians.

March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas. Free. Vendor prices vary. hpvillage.com/local.

Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event

Minefaire

Jump into a giant social sandbox, metaphorically speaking, and dig this official Minecraft community event in Dallas. Meet fellow enthusiasts, including YouTube celebrity gamers, and compete in tournaments and build battles. Educational fun includes interactive VR play, workshops and exhibitors such as UT Dallas Coding Camps and ID Tech. Construct a cool costume for photo ops and a contest, get airbrush tattoos and pick up exclusive merchandise.

March 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. $39.99-$89.99, free for children 2 and younger. minefaire.com.

Color-Versary

Kids can go cray-cray at Plano's Crayola Experience

March 23 marks the first anniversary of the Crayola Experience's arrival in North Texas, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with cupcakes, costumed characters and a colorful confetti countdown at 3:23 p.m.? The party begins when the store opens at 10 a.m. with live dance performances every hour and special giveaways throughout the day, ending with a rainbow spectacle that the kiddos won't soon forget.

March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crayola Experience Plano, 6121 W. Park Blvd. (at the Shops at Willow Bend), Plano. $19.99 in advance, $22.99 at the door for ages 3 and up; kids 2 and younger get in free. facebook.com/crayolaexperienceplano.

North Texas Teen Book Festival

Your young adult may have moved on from ABCs to OMGs, but parents can continue to foster a familial love of letters at this annual convention in Las Colinas -- even if it means entering through separate doors to maintain a too-cool teen's aura of independence. Take tomes to be signed by select favorite writers and attend panel discussions and publisher events featuring more than 70 authors, including best-selling headliners Tahereh Mafi, Tomi Adeyemi and Raina Telgemeier.

March 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free admission. $10 per vehicle for parking. northtexasteenbookfestival.com.

Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival

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This three-day culinary festival began March 21 with a Grand Tasting and continues March 22 with a Vintners' Dinner featuring a five-course meal prepared by 10 of Dallas' top chefs, including Bullion's Bruno Davaillon, Homewood's Matt McCallister and Parigi's Janice Provost. On March 23, the festival continues with the daylong Chef's Garden's Roots on the Road conference, which ends with a seasonal dinner cooked with fresh, locally grown produce. All of it takes place during Dallas Blooms, the arboretum's annual spring festival that showcases more than 500,000 tulips plus other spring flowers including hyacinths and daffodils, this year with a picnic theme.

The Vintners' Dinner takes place March 22 at 6 p.m.; tickets are $500. The Roots on the Road conference on March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. is $150; a dinner-only ticket for the 5:30 p.m. meal is $125. The Dallas Blooms festival runs through April 7, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. General admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 3-12, free for children 2 and younger. Parking is $15, $9 if purchased online in advance. dallasarboretum.org.

Texas Pinball Festival

Are you a pinball wizard? Leave your quarters at home and enjoy free play on more than 400 pinball machines, video games and other game-room goodies at the annual Texas Pinball Festival, which draws pinball fanatics from across the United States. There'll be tournaments for adults and kids, vendors selling everything from pinball machine parts to game-room memorabilia, and an outdoor flea market and swap meet featuring coin-operated collectibles, project machines and more. There's also a full lineup of festival seminars and autograph sessions. Get your flipper fingers ready.

March 22 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., March 23 from 10 a.m to midnight, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Dallas -- Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults, $10-$25 for kids 5 and older, depending on the day; festival passes are $70 for adults, $45 for kids. Ages 4 and younger get in free. texaspinball.com/tpf.

Between the Buns

Where's the beef? It's here, burger lovers. Get unlimited slider samples from more than 25 Dallas-area restaurants including Asador, BurgerFi, Easy Slider, Hutchins BBQ, Knife, State and Allen and Village Burger Bar. All the food you can eat is included with general admission, and there'll be a cash bar with beer and cocktails. If that's not extra enough for you, a VIP ticket will get you into the festival an hour early, plus access to a VIP lounge with its own private bar and bathrooms and three drink tickets.

March 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $35 general admission, $65 VIP. betweenthebunsdallas.com.

Bridges Multicultural Arts Festival

Celebrate different cultures with fashions, calligraphy, henna, art, food, music, performances and more at this inaugural festival hosted by Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Dallas Chinese Community Center, the Spectacular Follies and Repertory Company Theatre. The event includes two performances that require an admission charge: RCT's Broadway's Best featuring students 10-18 begins at 3 p.m. and carries a $10 admission fee; an encore performance of RCT's Puttin' on the Glitz with an opening performance by the Spectacular Follies begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $30.

March 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., plus evening performance at 7:30, at Repertory Company Theatre's Driegert Theatre, 770 N. Coit Road, Richardson. Free admission. rcttheatre.com/outreach.html.

Holi Mela

Celebrate the end of winter at a festival of colors, a Hindu tradition observed each spring. There are two festivals this weekend, one in Irving and the other in Allen. Holi festivals are known for the brightly colored powders that participants toss at one another, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained. The Grand Holi and Anand Bazaar in Irving features a DJ, dhol beats and 30 booths serving food from all corners of India. Environment- and skin-friendly colors will be available. At Dallas HoliFest, held at the Allen Eagle Stadium, enjoy dancing, DJ music, cultural performances, food and bazaar shopping, along with colorful organic powder.

* Dallas HoliFest -- Festival of Colors: March 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at Allen Eagle Stadium parking lot (Greenville Avenue side), 155 Rivercrest Blvd., Allen. Free. Register at eventbrite.com (search for HoliFest).

* Grand Holi and Anand Bazaar: March 24 at 1 p.m. at the DFW Hindu Temple, 1605 N. Britain Road, Irving. Free. dfwhindutemple.org.

Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival

Is the name enough to lure you in and get you on the hook? If not, here's some more bait: There will be lessons on fly-casting; lectures on fishing and kayaking; walk-up family-friendly classes; and booths from gear retailers, tour guides, conservation groups and more. And for those 21 and older, there will be craft-beer tastings included with the cost of admission, plus beer by the glass for purchase. Participating brewers include Dallas' Four Corners Brewing Co. and Oak Highlands Brewery, plus Real Ale Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Co., Tupps Brewery and others.

March 23-24, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. $20 per day ($35 weekend pass); kids 16 and younger get in free with a paying adult. Class fees vary. txflyfishingfestival.org.

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