Spring is festival season and there’s so much to do. I hope you all had a great Spring Break. If you’re on our Instagram, you would have seen the IttyBittyFoodies’ Instastories spent in Dallas. The week’s theme was reconnecting with friends and rediscovering our favorite museums like the Perot Science Museum and Dallas Museum of Art, lots of outside time at Klyde Warren Park and a trip out to Dallas Aboretum. We even found a museum that we’ve never been to before, Samurai Collection at Harwood District (more to come in a future post on this). As we move into April, I wanted to highlight some wonderful events coming up and hope you’ll join us. Some are food events, others for the whole family or just date night ideas. If you spot us, come up and say “Hi” we love meeting our readers!
Dallas International Film Festival
Dallas International Film Festival runs for the 11th year from March 30-April 9. This year, DIFF opens the festival with a salute to films of 1967 with Opening Night Gala featuring 50th Anniversary screening of BONNIE AND CLYDE. Just look at Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in the photo above. What a gorgeous pair! The IttyBittyFoodies have done some reading on Bonnie and Clyde and their ties with Dallas. Of interest to the kids also is the 1967 version of Camelot after reading King Arthur at school. Among the 122 films (75 features, 47 shorts), representing 31 countries, are four films making world premieres, including Craig Elrod’s MUSTANG ISLAND, about a man’s attempt to woo his girlfriend back after a breakup on New Year’s Eve, and Russ Kendall’s documentary, MAN IN THE CAMO JACKET, about rock musician Mike Peters (of The Alarm), his rise to fame, battle with cancer, and inspiring climb back as he enlists some of the world’s top musicians to help save the lives of cancer patients around the globe.
Travel & Adventure Show
If you love traveling like we do, the Travel & Adventure Show coming up this weekend April 1-2 is great for brainstorming for new ideas. Rick Steves will be back as a keynote speaker as well as Jack Maxwell (Booze Traveler on Travel Channel) and Peter Greenberg (Travel Editor of CBS News). We found talking directly to local destination experts, tour operators, airlines representatives, hotel owners and the various visitors and tourism bureaus invaluable. It opened up our eyes to countries that we never thought about visiting. The kids loved chatting with so many people from different countries last year, so bring your family. .
Dallas Blooms may be ending April 9th at the Dallas Arboretum but the Easter Bunny is going to make things eggs-cellent the following weekend from April 14-16. We are particularly excited about the Zim Sculpt where the gardens will be decked out with over 100 modern art pieces from Zimbabwe from April 15 to July 31. Known as Shona Sculpture, these exquisite stone sculptures are hand carved and can me as towering as 7 feet tall. This reminds me of when Chihuly came to the Dallas Arboretum a couple of years ago and made strolling through the gardens so much more magical. Can’t wait to view Zim Sculpt.
Get your babysitter because Savor Dallas returns from April 6 to 9. So many things going on that same weekend but Beefcake and I are heading out sans kids at the Grand Tasting event at Centennial Hall, Fair Park on April 8th. Thank you Savor Dallas for treating us to a date night! The four-day epicurean adventure opens with a barbeque at the picturesque Marie Gabrielle Gardens in the Harwood District and ends with a boozy brunch at the Dallas Farmers Market. The chef-driven extravaganza features over 75 restaurants, 450+ wines, 70+ spirits. It’s a fun way to connect with local chefs like this year’s honorary Host Chef Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum, while tasting the best that Dallas has to offer. Get your tickets here!
Earth Day Texas
Earth Day Texas is back from April 21-23rd. This started as a little festival at Crow Collection of Asian Art but has since morphed into a 3 day weekend forum of latest initiatives, research and innovation that is reshaping our environment. We are excited to go see the Tiny Houses this year. We’ve been simplifying lately and have moved from 4100 sq ft to 1400 sq ft so living smaller certainly speaks to us. Check out the Earth Day Texas website for their schedule of speakers, films and programming. Here’s Five Ways Families Can Make Earth Day Last All Year Long, an article I wrote for the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas Book Festival and Dallas Festival of Ideas
The IttyBittyFoodies are mad about books and anything that promotes literacy gets the thumbs up from us. The Dallas Book Festival is a one day event at the J. Erik Jonsson Library in downtown Dallas from 10am-6pm. It will showcase literary works from several authors like Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America) to Erik Litwin of the Pete The Cat series of books to Paulette Jiles. The Dallas Festival of Ideas which is like a hackathon of ideas is held in conjunction with Dallas Books Festival with TED Talk style forums, lots of activities for the kids like Guided STEM walk through downtown Dallas, sew a graffiti wall quit and create your own album cover art. I’m ending with a little plug for Dallas Public Library, every first Saturday of each month at 10:30am, we do a Bilingual Chinese story time at Bookmarks Library at NorthPark Center so please join us!
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