It may be that the popular image of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration is green beer, corned beef and raucous parties, but if your tastes run more to family outings, unusual attractions, art and music, or fine food and wine, you’re sure to be happy in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex this St. Paddy’s Day. You can “wear a bit o’ the green,” and still feed your passions with special excursions. Better yet, two of the family-friendly events are open to the public free of charge.
Friday night, March 15, the Dallas Museum of Art monthly “Late Night” program features a Wizard of Oz theme, sure to captivate the entire family. Jam-packed with special events from 6 p.m. to midnight, including live music, “bedtime stories,” interactive activities, a Twitter Treasure Hunt, and walking tours of the adjacent Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the special evening is geared for full-family enjoyment.
There is even a special screening of the 1985 film, “Return to Oz,” beginning at 10 p.m., and an opportunity to take family photos with cardboard cutouts in front of an Emerald City backdrop. If you don’t have children, this may just be your chance to act like a kid for a few hours. Dressing as a favorite Oz character is not only allowed, but encouraged.
Regular admission to the museum has been free of charge since January 2013, although some special exhibits have fees and a few of the late night activities require tickets.
On Saturday, there’s a bit of Irish to be celebrated with a western twist at the Fort Worth Stockyards. From 1 to 4 p.m., the normal events include live music, “all-in-fun” gunfights and the interesting historical district, in addition to all the traditional fun of a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and other activities for the kids. Then, following the exciting 4 p.m. cattle drive down Exchange Street, there will be a zany “Green Parade” to celebrate Irish traditions. “Cowtown Goes Green” is a one-of-a-kind event, one of those “gotta do it once” experiences.
Sunday evening, it’s a strictly adult event at the Dallas Arboretum, offering a quiet, sure-to-be-enjoyable finale to a busy weekend. A Sunday evening stroll through the spectacular spring blooms of the Dallas park would be magical in itself, but as one of the Arboretum’s Signature Series of special events, attendees can enjoy samples from some of Dallas’ most innovative chefs and restaurants as well as fine wines and special beers.
Tickets for the evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., are available at $65, or $59 for members; participants will receive a crystal tasting glass as a memento. If you haven’t experienced the beauty of this lakeside setting in all the seasons, this is your chance to see it at its zenith. Part of the Savor Dallas program, proceeds from the evening support the Arboretum’s Education Department.
Adrienne and her husband recently returned to Dallas after an absence of 20 years, and are enjoying rediscovering the city’s charms. Mostly, however, they delight in introducing their young grandchildren to the places and activities they favor, especially if they are a bit unusual.