NCAA Mens Final Four and March Madness Music Festival
1 Seriously, unless youre planning to catch college b-balls biggest event live at the AT&T Stadium or the biggest names in music at the site where Reunion Arena used to be were talking Bruce Springsteen, fun., and Pat Green (Sunday), The Killers and Tim McGraw (Saturday), Jason Aldean and Eli Young Band (Friday) -- then you might want to bypass Arlington and downtown Dallas this weekend. Traffics going to be crazier than usual. Good luck finding a ticket to the game. The music festival, at Reunion Park in downtown Dallas, is free getting theres the hard part. No overnight camping. Find out more on www.ncaa.com/march-madness or www.ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest.
Dallas International Film Festival
2 The biggest film festival in North Texas is back and runs through April 13 with a lot of films worth seeing. Some titles worth noting: Joe (7 p.m. Friday), starring Nicolas Cage in a strong career comeback; Road to Austin (4:30 p.m. Saturday); Belle, an English period piece about race relations (5:45 p.m. Sunday); Road to Austin (4:30 p.m. Saturday), a doc on Austins music scene; and We From Dallas, a doc about North Texas hip-hop (7:30 p.m. Tuesday). For a list of films, go to dallasfilm.org
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
3 Whos going to brave both this annual festival and the NCAA? Maybe wear a basketball tank on top of a kilt? Double dog dare. The annual celebration of the medieval and mead runs Saturday through May 26 at the Scarborough Fairgrounds, 2511 Farm Road 66, Waxahachie. $20 per day (in advance), $9 age 12 and under; $32 two-day pass. Special tasting tickets available. www.srfestival.com.
10th Annual ChocolateFest
4 Grapevines celebration of the sweeter side of cacao returns. Therell be high-dollar tastings and foodie events Friday, but the family-friendly Day of Chocolate and Art is 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St. in downtown Grapevine. $5-$15 on Saturday. www.chocolatefestgrapevine.org.
Radio Days: A Salute to the Troops
6 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras pops series celebrates the 1940s in music, featuring vocal group Five by Design. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival
7 The most exciting thing about the festival this year? The new Sundance Square is complete. Bet you were wishing you bought a spot and opened a restaurant there now, arent ya? Music headliners include Robert Cray, Bob Schneider and the Mavericks (pictured). The Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, the Fort Worth Opera and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will also perform. Plus, all that art. And food. And art. Thursday, April 10 through April 13 along Main Street in downtown Fort Worth. Free; tickets required for food. www.mainstreetartsfest.org.
The Worlds Largest Dinosaurs
8 The dinos in this exhibit, which focuses on super-size sauropods, are so big that their necks have to go up that funky glass escalator thing at the Perot Museum, and then to another level. Kidding. But seriously, theyre big. Sunday through Sept. 1 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. $5-$6, in addition to the $10-$15 for museum entry; $19-$25 all-access passes (includes IMAX films). 214-428-5555; www.perotmuseum.org.
Duck Commander 500 Weekend
9 NCAA isnt the only mega sporting event with big concerts this weekend. Texas Motor Speedway opens the season with the big race (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) on Sunday, but qualifying rounds and other events fill the days leading up to it. Big & Rich headline the concerts. Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. $30-$165 for the Sunday race. 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
9 Its not enough that hotshot playwright Sarah Ruhl has penned some of the great new plays of this century. Shes also good at adapting classics, from the Greeks to Chekhov to this Virginia Woolf masterwork about a nonaging, century-spanning man who learns much about his feminine side. Stage West does the work, in previews Friday, opening Saturday and running through May 4 at 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $15-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
10 Poetry, food, art and music, and not necessarily in that order. Oh, and a pet parade. Cant miss that. Saturdays headliner is Astronautalis. Therell also be Brave Combo, the Effinays, the Phuss and more. Friday-Sunday along six blocks of Main Street in Deep Ellum. Free. www.deepellumartsfestival.com.
Big Texas Beerfest
11 The largest craft-beer festival in the state comes back to Fair Park Saturday with more than 100 booths serving several beers. There will also be live music from The Beef, Bravo Max! and Grand Ramble. 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Automobile Building, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas; $35 general; $60 VIP; bigtexasbeerfest.com.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
12 One of the most memorable ballet experiences youll have, and funniest. Thats because its all men, and theyre playing women and dancing en pointe! The Trocks finally return to town, presented by TITAS. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $55-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.