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July & August Events

What to see and do in July and August.
By D Magazine |

Organic peaches are $50 to $60 per bushel basket at Fall Creek Farms. Photo by Getty

July & August Events

Plump Peaches, A Purr-fect Kitty Contest, Shakespeare Alfresco

Luther Smith’s “Three Girls, High School Rodeo,€VbCrLf is an example of the diverse photographs on display at the Amon Carter Museum this month. Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum
June 14-July 30
Shakespeare in the Park
What to do on a midsummer night? Bring a picnic and get thyself to the outdoor Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre. Don’t forget a blanket or you’ll be sitting in the grass. Summer performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical (of course!), The Tempest, and A Comedy of Errors. Call or check the web site for times and ticket prices. 1500 Tennison Pkwy. 214-559-2778.

July 1-August 20
100 Great American Photographs

An easy way to beat the heat? Stay inside. In addition to its comprehensive collection of works by American West greats, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the Amon Carter Museum is well air-conditioned. This Fort Worth repository for American art is home to one of the nation’s preeminent American photography collections. The exhibit features some of the most inspiring works in the permanent collection, images of everyone from JFK and Jackie to Geronimo and Einstein. Admission is free. Call or visit web site for times. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.

Late June-July
Fall Creek Farms

They say there’s nothing like picking a warm peach off the tree in the middle of summer and eating it on the spot. Find out for yourself by heading to the 10-acre peach orchard at Fall Creek Farms to take a tour on the tractor-pulled trolley and choose your tree. The organic peaches are $50 to $60 per bushel basket (cash only), and they provide the baskets. Summer melons and vegetables are also available for the pickin’. Call or visit the web site for days and times. 6920 Fall Creek Hwy., Granbury. 817-910-9232.

July 7-9
Taste of Dallas

Join the expected 400,000 other foodies for Taste of Dallas in the West End Historic District and celebrate your tastebuds. Notable chefs, among them Todd Erickson of Tryst, Blythe Beck of Hector’s on Henderson, and Edward Mendoza of Kitchen 1924, will be on-hand giving demonstrations and cooking up samples. Festival-goers can enjoy a continuous soundtrack of live music on four stages as well as art, jewelry, and crafts booths. Admission is free, but bring some cash to get in on the culinary goodness. Call or visit web site for times and ticket prices, 208 N. Market St., Ste. A. 214-741-7185.

July 8
Annual Parker County Peach Festival
To sample a peach’s many variations-peach ice cream, smoothies, cobblers, and juleps-head out to Weatherford for the famed peach festival, now entering its 23rd year. The daylong event, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., takes place in historic downtown Weatherford and features more than 200 arts and crafts vendors. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Free parking is located at 1007 S. Main St., Weatherford College, and the First Monday Grounds. 1-888-594-3801.

July 15-16
Championship and Household  Pet Cat Show

Nope, we’re not kidding. Household cats aren’t held to the standard their pedigree pals are; they’re simply entered by color and judged by health, condition, and beauty. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., watch 14 rings of continuous judging, visit vendors for cats or their humans, and adopt or buy a kitten. Enter your fancy feline at Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for kids under 12 and seniors. Arlington Convention Center. 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington.

July 26, August 30
Arboretum After Dark

Arguably one of the best looking bars in Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum invites visitors to sip a flower-inspired cocktail and stroll in the gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Tickets are $10 and include admission, parking, and a cocktail. Also enjoy a cash bar, candy bar, live band, prize drawing, and a drink recipe card. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-515-6519.

August 14-20
KRLD Restaurant Week

More than 90 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants are participating in the fund-raiser benefiting North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home, and many of our favorites are among them-Nobu, Stephen Pyles, Silver Fox, The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Abacus, Lonesome Dove, The Pegasus, and Bistro Louise. If your mouth isn’t watering now, visit to get the complete list. For $35, enjoy three-course meals; $7 goes to the charities. Shop Central Market to receive a fourth course certificate to use at participating Restaurant Week participants. For more information, call 214-330-1396.

Please send all calendar submissions to Christine Wilson at [email protected].

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