Weekend Events Around the Metroplex


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With this week’s severe storms in the rearview mirror, the weekend is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity for DFW residents to get out and enjoy some local festivities.

Celebrate with the Irish:

The 41st North Texas Irish Festival (NTIF) will be held Friday through Sunday at Fair Park in Dallas. The activities include live music by Irish performers and bands, whiskey-tasting, storytelling, food tastings, horse shows, sheep herding demonstrations, and more.

The Southwest Celtic Music Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in Dallas, produces the annual festival.

Ticket information can be found on the NTIF website.

Happy Birthday, DeSoto:

DeSoto is celebrating the City’s 74th birthday on Saturday at the DeSoto City Council chambers from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The celebration will honor longtime residents of the DeSoto as well as the local businesses, worship centers, and organizations that have served the city’s residents for many years.

The event will also recognize this year’s new Homecoming Court King and Queen.

DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor described the importance of the event in an email to The Dallas Express.

“Celebrating DeSoto’s 74th Birthday is like celebrating the birthday of a close, beloved family member who you have relied on over the years and wanted to honor properly,” wrote Proctor.

“There is so much [to] love about DeSoto that we need to take every opportunity that we can to celebrate this great City and the people who live, work, and play here.

“Happy Birthday, DeSoto! It’s been great so far, and the best is yet to come!” Proctor wrote.

The event is free for all to attend.

Thrift Convention Comes to Town:

One of DFW’s largest thrift events is coming to Arlington on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The DFW Thrift Convention will be held at the Esports Stadium Arlington and Expo Center located at 1200 Ballpark Way.

Shopaholics can browse and haggle to their heart’s content with more than 100 vendors on-site. In addition, the event will include a DJ, food, face painting, and more surprises.

Ticket information can be found at Eventbrite.com.

Happy Texas Independence Day, Y’all:

In honor of Texas Independence Day, the City of Carrollton is hosting its eighth annual TexFest on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. in historic downtown Carrollton.

Event-goers can have a “Texas-sized good time” enjoying live music, a food village, local craft beer, dancing, yard games, Texas trivia, and a photo-op with a live Longhorn.

After hitting the beer garden, celebrants might be emboldened to go for a whirl on the mechanical bull that will be available on-site.

TexFest is a free event for all to attend. For more information, please visit the City of Carrollton’s website.

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