Downtown Orchard Opens this Thursday in Dallas

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2013 at 1:45 pm


What’s not to love about a farmer’s market? Getting to go out on weekends and browse through locally grown produce and hand made goods is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have shopping for food. But there is one thing about farmers markets that is frustrating and that’s the fact that they only happen on weekends, and only on certain weekends at that. But that’s not to say they’re not worth waiting for, except what happens when you want farmer’s market quality food but the farmer’s market is closed?

That’s where Urban Orchard comes in. Unlike the typical food store chains Urban Orchard establishes relationships with local farmers and food artisans to bring people farmer’s market freshness on a daily basis, and this week they’re coming to downtown Dallas! Now you can enjoy farm fresh food options any time you’re downtown, whether your looking for a place to grab some lunch or you need to stock up your fridge, Urban Orchard will have everything your organic food loving heart desires.

Come by this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and celebrate Urban Orchard’s grand opening and be one of the first to see what goods they’ve got in stock and curb that farmer’s market craving.

When: Thursday, September 26th

Where: 1500 Jackson St Dallas, TX 75201

Vampire 5K 4.26.13: Will you be the hunter or the hunted?

Posted by    |    April 24th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

logo-full-hiresHave you ever wanted to test your horror survival skill, just in case you ever found yourself being run down by a blood sucking-vampire? Or what if you found yourself suddenly transformed into a blood-sucking vampire, would you be able run down enough prey to keep yourself fed?  Well the Vampire 5k, happening this weekend in Fair Park,  is the perfect place to see how you would fair on either side of good 0r evil.

What is it and how does it work?

The Vampire 5k is no ordinary 5k race where you’re competing for better time or first or second place; no here you’re competing for survival! Each participant chooses to either run as a vampire or as a citizen (when making the decision ask yourself, “do I only run when I’m being chased or do I love the thrill of the chase?) or you can sign up with multiple people and create either a clan (vampires) or a group (citizens). The day of the “race,” vampires must wear all black and citizens must wear all white with each team starting at two separate locations. The course will converge at an unknown distance and after that the chase is on! Citizens will be wearing two flags both of which the vampires must snatch from the citizens in order to turn them into fellow blood suckers. All of this will be made more intense by the zones of red powder and fog and other surprises along the course.


Earth Day Dallas 2013: The fun way to learn how to go Green

Posted by    |    April 9th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

earth day dallas 2013 Are you ready to Go Green? Yes? Then mark your calendar for April 20th and 21st because Earth Day Dallas, held this year in Fair Park, is ready to show you how.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than learning how to live eco-friendly with fun hands-on activities and performances from Dallas’ Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico and many others. The Festival will be filled with hundreds of exhibitors sharing colorful displays, innovative products, scientific apparatuses, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities for the whole family.


Santas gone Wild! Is Dallas ready for this?

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2012 at 3:45 pm


As a resident of Dallas what do you think of when you think of Santa? Besides the obvious magical superhero who sneaks down your chimney and delivers presents, it probably involves hoards of hyperactive children in North Park mall crowded around a guy in a Santa suit, impatiently waiting to sit on his knee and tell him their Christmas wishes. Or maybe you think of those creepy giant inflatable lawn Santas that seem to be so popular now. If either of these scenarios are what come to your mind when you think of Santa then I think it’s time Dallas changed  how it experiences Santa. I say we start with Santacon, which Dallas actually participated in for the first time this year. So what is Santacon?

Well Santacon is where a big group of people dressed up like Santa get together and go on a giant bar crawl through the city, and the whole group has to stick together as you go from bar to bar creating what you might call a joyful and surreal moment for on lookers. Why should Dallas adopt this tradition and partake in it annually? BECAUSE IT’S FUN! Just check out the footage from this years Santacon in New York.

Plus, as you can see from the video, you don’t have to just stick to a traditional Santa get up, you can let your Christmas imagination go wild!


Imagine, a giant gang of sugar plumb fairies, Santas, reindeer, sexy elves and walking christmas trees running around together in Uptown and Fair Park inspiring shock, awe and of course Christmas cheer. I’m going to assume that at this point you, like me, are convinced that Santacon is something that needs to be a part of Dallas’ Christmas every year, so how do we make that happen?

1. First thing we need to do is make Dallas Santacon grow because when it comes to Santacon bigger is better and more fun. A social media outlet needs to be set up to gather all the Santas together and help them coordinate where they’re going to meet and where they’re going to go. This will also help spread the news about what’s going on and encourage more and more people to participate.

2. Start points need to be set and instead going from bar to bar there should be certain zones in various neighborhoods established where all the Santas can congregate. For example, starting in Downtown, galloping along to  Victory, and finishing in Uptown. It would also help if the open container laws in the established zones could be relaxed just a little. I promise to walk and cab it!

3. Finally since this would be Santacon in Dallas we need to find a way to put our city’s stamp on it. What could we do to make this the Santacon everyone wants to be a part of? We could end it with a big concert, do a city wide scavenger hunt, have a contest for best real Santa beard, a cookies and milk food challenge , what Santa can bring the most “reindeer” or any number of crazy things.

It’s time Dallas got Santa out of the mall and into the streets for a holiday celebration that gives people an excuse to cut loose from the mundane holiday responsibilities and let’s everyone’s Christmas spirit go wild.

We apologize in advance for any children that see Santa going crazy in Dallas next year.


The 2012 YMCA Turkey Trot

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

For some, Thanksgiving is a day for family and stuffing your belly to the absolute brim. For others, having a completely stuffed tummy is not an option: they have a trot to trot. A turkey trot, that is.


Dallas City Lights Returns Saturday, November 17

Posted by    |    November 13th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Now that we’ve finally broken free of the bizarre 80-degree weather, it’s time to focus on more important matters. Downtown Dallas Inc., the City of Dallas and their partners present City Lights opening on Saturday, November 17.


2012 Dallas Veterans Day

Posted by    |    November 9th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

There are several amazing events honoring this year’s Veterans Day, but if you live near downtown Dallas, there’s nothing quite like the Dallas Veterans Day Parade.

This Monday at 11 a.m. the Massing of the Colors and the 11th Hour Ceremony in front of City Hall will begin the day followed by a parade throughout the downtown area.

This year’s theme is in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid that had so effectively boosted moral in the U.S. Following the opening ceremonies, the parade begins at Union Station  at 11:20 a.m. and ends at Dallas City Hall.

Dallas Travel & Adventure Show November 10 & 11

Posted by    |    November 8th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

They say that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. Start planning your next experience when the nation’s leading travel show returns to Dallas November 10 and 11.

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Deep Ellum Outdoor Market Brings Temporary Markets to Lower Greenville and Downtown Dallas

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2012 at 10:26 am

Sack lunches filled with Ziploc bags are fine on occasion, but if you work in Downtown you will soon have no excuse to eat that Lean Cuisine in your cubicle. The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market’s partnership with Downtown Dallas Inc. continues with the Pegasus Plaza Market. DEOM will fill the plaza at the corner of Main St. and Akard with live music, food and local vendors.

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What You Need to Know about the Opening of Klyde Warren Park

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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Construction on Klyde Warren Park seemed like it might simply become an omnipresent part of our lives. It’s hard to believe that you’ll finally be able to bring your dog and your yoga mat to the incredible deck park this weekend. If you weren’t quick enough to snag a free ticket to the Concert for Dallas you can still get one here. You have to pay for it, but hey, it’s reserved and it’s a small price to pay to be present at this monumental opening.

The two-day Grand Opening of Dallas’ new 5.2-acre park adjacent to the Arts District includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, an outdoor performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, sneak peeks at the Park’s ongoing programming and a Saturday night signature concert entitled “The Concert for Dallas Presented by Deloitte.

A grand opening this heavily anticipated can be overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down  so you can start your planning and start preparing yourself to finally see honorary chair Owen Wilson in person.