Blitz Weekender: July 18-21

The sights and sounds of Cirque de Burlesque have piqued our interest! Photo Courtesy: Watch Mojo
The sights and sounds of Cirque de Burlesque have piqued our interest! Photo Courtesy: Watch Mojo

By Audra Stamp

Well the summer is half way over, but there is still plenty to do in DFW and the surrounding areas. We bring you plenty of fun and exciting activities that will get you sweaty in the hot Texas heat and cool you off in the nice AC. So pick a few and grab some friends and enjoy the summer while it lasts.

Thursday July 18
Rockin’ The River: It’s back, and it’s time to cool off. It’s been rainy this week so that means the Trinity River is full of fresh rain water to wash you down the river. Get your tubes, kayaks, paddle boards, river floats or just swim on down to the best seat in the house for some great live music. The alternative Texas country band from Idaho, Micky and the Motorcars headline Thursday night and their tunes will have you tapping your foot all night long. Steward Mann and The Statesboro Revue will also be present rockin’ out with their blues and country mix of songs. So head on out to the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth for free music and free river fun, it’s the best way to cool off in this hot state we love!

The Society of Women Who Love Shoes: The Tarrant Country chapter of The Society of Women Who Love Shoes is throwing their July event at the Vee Lounge in Fort Worth. The society is a non-profit charity that raises awareness on victims and survivors of abuse. At this event the charge is $20 and a donation of a new or gently pair of shoes, boots, hand bags or clothes will get you in and will be donated to help those in need get back on their feet and a boost of confidence again. Once inside there will be plenty to do, you’ll have the opportunity to network and also show off your own favorite pair of pumps! There will be a shoe contest for the ladies, a tie contest of the man and a silent auction and lot of door prizes. It’s a great way to have fun, get out for the night and celebrate a great cause.

Friday July 19
Game Galore Fridays: Who doesn’t like board games and other family fun activities? It seems like a no-brainer event for families with young ones or older ones that need to stay out of trouble. The Schimelpfenig Library in Plano is hosting a fun and exciting party with plenty to do for all ages. This free event offers Xbox Kinect games, Wii games and many assorted board games. You can stay active with the game consoles or sit down for a challenging mind game. Parents versus kids or males versus females, while some will win and others will lose, it’s bound to be a good time for all!

Cirque de Burlesque: The Lakewood Theater’s stage is heating up with hot and entertaining performers in the Cirque de Burlesque series. Burlesque legend Tiffany Carter will make a special appearance on the stage along with other fabulous performances. Emcee Patti Le Plae Safe will keep the show going and aerial performers Angi B Lovely, sideshow acts Neon Emu and four other beauties will take the stage. Their performances will keep you intrigued and wow you until the end. The show brings aerial artists, side show acts, hoopers and many other adult circus style tricks, so get those tickets now.

Autocross Weekend: The University of Texas-Arlington will host the Texas Autocross Weekend starting on Friday and extending through Sunday. The Formula SAE racing will be fun for all, hosting participants from Texas, New Mexico, Ohio and even as far away as Canada. Friday will start the festivities with an open house of the venue and cars and to do any last minute repairs. Saturday will kick off the race at UTA’s traditional FSAE course in the morning and plenty of food throughout the day. And to finish off the event on Sunday participants can experience a true run in autocross style. Everyone is welcome whether you have a car or not. Last year 11 schools were represented and about 200 students came out. It’s time to start your engines and head towards UTA!

Saturday July 20
Folklorico Dance: The Harrington Library in Plano is offering a great lesson on Folklorico Dance for those interested. For one hour dancers from Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional Mexican dances in their brilliantly colored costumes while historical music plays in the back. Also during the performances you will learn about historical facts about Mexican holidays and broaden your mind about their culture. For those familiar with the dance, it is a great opportunity to come see some wonderful dancers and history for free and for those less familiar with it, well it’s time to learn something new.

World of Butterflies: The Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society is holding a fun event for those who enjoy the gorgeous sight of the brightly colored, fluttering butterflies. At the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park you will take an in-depth look at the history, the life span and ways to identify butterflies along with a lot of other exciting and helpful information in a hour long class. Following the class, you will caravan to Dale Clark’s butterfly farm and have the ability to see thousands of caterpillars, walk into a flight cage filled with many different species of butterflies and tour the garden. You will get the chance to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat; you won’t be able to forget this experience.

Moon Day 2013 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum: In cooperation with Ken Murphy and the National Space Society of North Texas, the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Lemmon Avenue celebrates the future of space exploration on the anniversary of the first Moon landing, July 20, with MOON DAY. Among the day’s features are: sample bags for the kids, model rocket-building class and a “Space Hacker” workshop. Oh…and they do charge admission.

Sunday July 21
BeerBQ: Celebrating their 3rd annual BeerBQ is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Addison. For any who are fans of beer and want to try some new brews this is the place to be. From 1p.m. to 6 p.m. you and your friends can come out for some tasty barbeque specials and then wash it down with some great local brews. FireWheel, Four Corners and Revolver are just a few that will be present at the event. It will also feature rare tappings and some great new bottle releases. And while you’ll be enjoying all these great flavors, you will be listening to the nice music of JD Monson and you’ll be in total heaven.

Ice Cream Sunday: Enjoying some delicious ice cream in the hot Texas summer is a great way to cool down, especially when it’s Blue Bell! The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is teaming up with Blue Bell for a fun family event at the museum. To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, all present can enjoy a yummy scoop of Blue Bell’s newest flavor of ice cream while supplies last. Also to celebrate, there will be free gallery tours and plenty of children’s films playing. It’s a great way to end the weekend celebrating the awesome national day!

Rangers vs. Orioles: Our Rangers will be ending their three game series with the Baltimore Orioles at home before they host the well known New York Yankees. The two teams just met earlier this month in Baltimore where they split the four game series each taking home two wins. After playing them twice the previous days, let’s hope the Rangers can bring home one more win in their last game against the Orioles. And for their loyal fans, this is the best day to bring the young ones out to the ball park. For all those 13 and under, there will be $1 Blue Bell Ice Cream as well as a Sleep Inc. Rangers Pillowcase to the first 10,000 kids. So grab the kids and the red and blue and let’s get out to the Rangers Ball Park to wrap up the weekend.

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