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DFW.com's Super-sized 2011 events calendar

Posted 5:43pm on Wednesday, Jan. 05, 2011

Twelve months. Tons of fun, from the Stock Show and Super Bowl XLV to the Colonial and Concerts in the Gardens.

Obligatory disclaimer 1: This is not a comprehensive list of what's happening in DFW throughout 2011. It's a sampler that includes some dates we're looking most forward to this year.

Obligatory disclaimer 2: Dates are subject to change.

You can scroll through our list below, but we suggest you also take a look at our fabulous printable version of the DFW.com 2011 calendar o' fun. Download it, print it out and when somebody asks you: "Hey, when's the Main St. Arts Festival this year?," you, dear readers, will be in the know.

Oh -- and maybe you're wondering about our calendar pin-ups? When it came time to look forward to 2011, we looked back at some of our favorite images from the last two years of DFW.com Ink Edition for a little aesthetic assist.

Hope you have fun flipping through the calendar. See ya around town!

JANUARY Fort Worth is where the West begins, and every January we embrace that heritage with 3 1/2 weeks of rodeos and livestock shows, cowboys and corn dogs at the beloved Stock Show.

Jan. 1: TCU defeats Wisconsin, 21-19, in the Rose Bowl.

Jan. 8: Styx, Billy Bob's Texas

Jan. 14-Feb. 5: The 115th Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Will Rogers Coliseum

Jan. 22-23: Third Annual Dallas Burlesque Festival, House of Blues

Jan. 23-April 17: "Ed Ruscha: Road Tested" exhibit, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Jan. 27-Feb. 6: NFL Experience, Dallas Convention Center


Normally the dreariest of months in DFW, this February will be Super -- as in, all about Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Every day will be packed with parties leading up to Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 6.

Feb. 1-5: Mamma Mia!, Bass Hall

Feb. 4: SuperBash 2011, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas

Feb. 5: Taste of the NFL, Fort Worth Convention Center

Feb. 6: Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day

Feb. 18: Empty Bowls: An Artful Taste To End Hunger, Will Rogers Coliseum

Feb. 18-20: TCU baseball season opener against Kansas

Feb. 18-19: Miranda Lambert, Billy Bob's Texas

Feb. 26-27: Cowtown Marathon, Will Rogers Memorial Center

Feb. 27: DFW.com Oscar Party, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Feb. 27: Rangers spring training, Surprise, Ariz.


Music will fill the air, and green beer will fill our glasses in March. And excuse us if we're a little gaga over another visit from an outrageous lady.

March 8: Mardi Gras

March 10-13: 35 Conferette, the Denton music festival

March 12: St. Paddy's Day 2011 Dash Down Greenville, Dallas

March 14: Spring break begins

March 14: Lady Gaga, American Airlines Center

March 15-April 4: NCAA Basketball Tournament

March 16-20: SXSW music festival, Austin (film portion of festival begins March 11)

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 18-19: Savor Dallas, Sheraton Dallas

March 23: Bill Nye, A Night with the Science Guy, UTA


We can hardly wait for that first crack of the bat at the ballpark and to bite into a Bahama Mama at Main Street.

April 1: Opening day for the AL champion Texas Rangers in Arlington against the Boston Red Sox.

April 1: Billy Bob's Texas 30th anniversary

April 1-3: Deep Ellum Arts Festival

April 2, 4: NCAA Final Four, Reliant Stadium, Houston

April 8-9: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Samsung Mobile 500, Texas Motor Speedway

April 9-May 30: Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie

April 9: Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure

April 14-17: Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

April 14-July 10: Lone Star Park spring thoroughbred season opens

April 16: Kenny Chesney, Cowboys Stadium

April 16: NBA playoffs begin. Go Mavs!

April 28-30: NFL Draft; Cowboys pick ninth.

April 29-May 1: Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Quakertown Park, Denton.

April 29-May 22: The Wizard of Oz at Casa Mañana, Fort Worth


Spring is in full swing with the arrival of our beloved Texas wildflowers and two of our favorite annual parties: Mayfest and Colonial.

May 5-8: Mayfest, Trinity Park, Fort Worth

May 6-8: Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees, Arlington

May 12: Fort Worth Cats home opener vs. Sioux City

May 13-15: Main Street Days, Grapevine

May 14: Spring ArtsGoggle, near southside, Fort Worth

May 14-June 5: Fort Worth Opera Festival, featuring The Mikado, Julius Caesar, Il Trovatore and Hydrogen Jukebox

May 19-22: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Fort Worth

May 22-Aug. 21: "Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment," Kimbell Art Museum

May 26-29: HP Byron Nelson Championship at Four Seasons Resort, Las Colinas.

May 27: Alice Wonder opening night at Jubilee Theatre

May 27-29: National Polka Festival, Ennis


Take a break from your sweet tomatoes and spend some time in the Botanic Garden, listening to the sweet sounds of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

June 2-4: Concerts in the Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden (continues weekends through July 4)

June 3: Hip Pocket Theatre 35th season opens

June 8-July 3: Billy Elliot, Winspear Opera House

June 9-11: Firestone Twin 275s IndyCar Series race weekend, Texas Motor Speedway

June 10: Beastro at the Fort Worth Zoo

June 10-12: Don Quixote by the Texas Ballet Theater, Bass Hall

June 11: Komen North Texas Race for the Cure

June 26: New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, American Airlines Center


We're heading into the dog days, but don't despair. A bevy of beautiful fireworks and a triple-scoop of peach ice cream will help us beat the heat.

July 4: Arlington Independence Day Parade

July 3: Kaboom Town, Addison

July 4: Fireworks, Concerts in the Gardens, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

July 4: Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles, Arlington. Fireworks after the game.

July 8-10: Taste of Dallas, Fair Park

July 9: Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford

July 9-Oct. 9: "The Allure of Paper: Drawings and Watercolors From the Collection," Amon Carter Museum

July 22-24: Summer Balloon Classic & Airfest, Midlothian

July 23: Dallas Cowboys Training Camp begins, San Antonio (tentative)


Damn, it's hot. Put on your suit and dive in, or stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning at the Amon Carter. Don't forget to wish them happy 50th.

Aug. 1-Sept. 2: "Citizens at Last: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Texas," The Women's Museum, Dallas

Aug. 13: Amon Carter Museum's 50th Anniversary Bash

Aug. 13-21: Hairspray, Casa Mañana

Aug. 14: Hatch Chile Festival, Market Street, Colleyville

Aug. 19-21: Tax-free weekend

Aug. 22: First day of school

Aug. 25-Sept. 25: David Mamet's November, Stage West.

Aug. 28: Keith Urban at American Airlines Center, Dallas


The Rose Bowl champs begin their 2011 march to glory, and so does the renovated Ridglea Theater. Also, is that the aroma of fried Twinkies we smell?

Sept. 1: Ridglea Theater slated to reopen

Sept. 3: TCU football opens at Baylor

Sept. 10: TCU home opener vs. Texas Tech

Sept. 15-18: Addison Oktoberfest

Sept. 15-18: GrapeFest, downtown Grapevine

Sept. 16: Hangman's House of Horrors opens in Fort Worth

Sept. 16-Nov. 12: Lone Star Park quarter horse season

Sept. 23-24: Jazz by the Boulevard, Cultural District, Fort Worth

Sept. 18: The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (gay pride parade), Dallas

Sept. 30: State Fair of Texas opens at Fair Park


Heated rivalries and haunted houses will get your blood pumping this month.

Oct. 1: TCU vs. SMU at Amon G. Carter Stadium

Oct. 1: "Ride the Rainbow" 30th Anniversary Gay Pride Parade & Festival, downtown Fort Worth

Oct. 8: Taylor Swift at Cowboys Stadium

Oct. 8: Texas-OU Red River Rivalry, Dallas

Oct. 16-Jan. 8, 2012: "Caravaggio and His Circle in Rome," Kimbell Art Museum

Oct. 16: Muddy Buddy Ride & Run, Cedar Hill State Park

Oct. 22-23: Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

Oct. 31: Halloween


The fam is coming to Texas for Turkey Day, so saddle up and take 'em to Billy Bob's and Cowboys Stadium, and they'll go home happy.

Nov. 3-6: AAA Texas 500 Weekend, Texas Motor Speedway

Nov. 9-13: Lone Star International Film Festival, Sundance Square

Nov. 5-Jan. 8, 2012: "John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury," Amon Carter Museum

Nov. 24: Dallas Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving Day game, Cowboys Stadium (opponent TBA)

Nov. 24: Turkey Trot, downtown Dallas

Nov. 25 : The Parade of Lights, Sundance Square


Don't let all those holiday parties give you a bowl full of jelly. Run a marathon or leap into action at one of countless Nutcracker performances.

Dec. 2: A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place Holiday Home Tour, Fort Worth

Dec. 4: Dallas White Rock Marathon

Dec. 9: Texas Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker, Bass Hall

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