Night & Day // May 25-31, 2022

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, North Texas celebrates every summer holiday in style. Here are our Top 3 for each.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

1.) Originally called Remembrance Day, Memorial Day was created to commemorate those who died serving in either service during the Civil War. We now honor and remember all the men and women who have died serving in the United States military in the present day. National non-profit group Carry the Load is encouraging people to participate in commemorative events throughout May to “restore the true meaning” of the holiday. The organization organizes relay walks in the cities of the country. The west coast route of this year’s relay will arrive in Fort Worth this weekend. Appointment with the Carry the charge relay team at 10:45 a.m. Sat at Amon G. Carter Stadium (2850 Stadium Dr), ride 3.6 miles with them to the Fort Worth Rally at 11 a.m. at the Fort Worth Police and Fire Memorial (2247 W 7th St), then watch the team depart as they continues its journey to Dallas at 2 p.m. Registration starts at $30 and includes a CarrytheLoad.org t-shirt, with proceeds going to the organization’s efforts.

2.) Fort Worth Convention Center (1201 Houston St, 817-392-6338) will host Collect-a-Con, the “nation’s largest animation, pop culture and trading card convention,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. In addition to over 500 vendors, celebrity appearances, and more, there will be a live performance by Vanilla Ice with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 2 p.m. each day. Tickets are $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $45 for a two-day pass at CollectaConUSA.com/DFW. #IceIceBaby

3.) cowtown unplugged is back. the Omni Hotel set the wheels in motion for a new showcase of singer-songwriters, and then the pandemic hit. Join other hotel guests at 7:30 p.m. Sunday for the first installment of the Cowtown Unplugged: A Songwriter’s Showcase concert series, featuring Hayes Carll with Max and Heather Stalling and host Malone of The Ranch midday show. As for the second event, stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on who will be playing in September. Packages start at $299 and include a one-night stay, two tickets to the show, and breakfast for two at OmniHotels.com/CowtownUnplugged.

THE TENTH OF JUNE

1.) With partial funding from the City of Lewisville Art Project Grant, the Lewisville Grand Theater present Celebrate June 19 in music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, featuring the Orchestra of New Spain performing the works of Jessie Montgomery and other black classical music composers with guest soprano and former Dallas resident Ashley Renee at Huffines Performance Hall (100 N Charles St, 872-219-8446). Tickets are $20 at LewisvilleGrand.com/tix.

2.) Last year, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill to make June 19 a federal holiday every June 19, thanks to the efforts of Fort Worth activist Dr. Opal Lee. To commemorate the two and a half years it took for news of their emancipation to reach all slaves in the United States, Lee takes an annual 2.5-mile walk. Join her at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at 1050 Evans Av for Opal March for Freedom 2022. Then at 4 p.m., meet at the Panther Island Pavilion (395 Purcey St, 817-698-0700) for the I am June 19, featuring live music, food, a kids’ zone, and fireworks. The walk is free and admission to the festival starts at $20. Register to walk and purchase tickets at JuneteenthFTW.com.

3.) The June 16 Celebration in Arlington is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Levitt Pavilion (100 W Abram St, 817-543-4308). This free family event features live music from jazz/R&B artist Ron Artis II & The Truth with local opening acts Jazz Super Friends, Tyra & Tiara, and more. There will be food trucks and vendors for concession purchases onsite, but you are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and coolers with beverages, including beer and wine (but no glass containers). For more information, visit ArlingtonJuneteenthCelebration.com.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

1.) Enjoy Fort Worth’s Fourth along the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion (395 Purcey St, 817-698-0700) Monday, July 4, with one of the biggest 4th of July fireworks displays in North Texas. General admission is free. For more information on activities and schedules for 2022, check FortWorthFourth.com in the weeks ahead.

2.) The town of Flower Mound is bringing a country from Texas for its Independence Day 2022: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday July 4. See the Randy Rogers Band – famous for the songs “Kiss Me in the Dark” and “In My Arms Place” – at Bakersfield Park (1201 Duncan Ln, 972-955-7328) with Le Freak disco cover outfit. Arrive early as there are activities all day including a children’s parade, vintage car show, and shopping area with local vendors. Plus, there will be fireworks at the end, of course. This event is free. For more information, visit Flower-Mound.com/Festival.

3.) The City of Weatherford is hosting its annual Spark in the park 6pm-10pm Mon 4 Jul at Heritage Park (317 Santa Fe Dr, 817-598-4124), featuring a free concert by country star Mike Ryan of San Antonio with Austin-based Red Dirt band Micky & The Motorcars, followed by a fireworks display featuring the choreographed music heard on KMQX/102.5-FM and 88.5 FM radio.

LABOR DAY

1.) With several lakes in the area, I’m sure many of you are avid water skiers. If you want to meet like-minded lake folks, check out the Metroplex Ski Club (@MetroplexSkiClub) third Tuesday of every month at Shady Oak Barbeque & Grill (6364 Sandshell Dr, 817-306-7812). There are several spectator-friendly events throughout the summer – keep an eye out at Facebook.com/MetroplexSkiClub/Events – including a free Labor Day show at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 4 at Marine Creek Lake ( 2700 NW Loop 820, 817-335-2491).

2.) Although showing your classic car will cost you $20 per vehicle, the Lynn Smith’s Labor Day Classic Car Show is free to attend. Head to Lynn Smith Chevrolet (925 N Burleson Blvd, Burleson, 817-295-1102) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 5. “End the lazy, crazy days of summer under awnings.” Proceeds from the show help fund the children’s Christmas charity efforts of D&D Rockin’ Rods (DDRockinRods.com, 817-797-1197).

3.) Rock ‘n’ roll fans who want to sneak in another getaway before the summer is over can head to rocklahoma Friday through Sunday, September 2-4, at the Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds (1421 W E0450 Rd, Pryor, OK, 918-824-2288) just outside Tulsa. The camping event lasts three days over three stages but opens a week in advance “to get the party started early”. For hardcore campers, the actual composition doesn’t matter. With weekend passes starting at $328 for a 2-pack at Rocklahoma.com/passes, us first-timers need to know who’s playing before we commit. The announcement of the composition should take place in mid-June. Follow Facebook.com/Rocklahoma for updates.

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