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Dallas EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.

In winter, gridiron-happy Dallasites shiver in anticipation of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic , held in early January at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Spring is ushered in with Dallas Blooms , a festival of flowers held late February to early April at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. During the first weekend in March, more than 70,000 Emerald Isle-loving revelers ready their Aran jumpers, brogues and tweed caps for the North Texas Irish Festival , said to be the largest of its kind in the Southwest. Local musicians and traditional dancers, along with such nationally recognized Celtic acts as Altan, The Elders and Cathie Ryan, perform in this Fair Park event.

During early April's Deep Ellum Arts Festival , the wailing sounds of Southern rock, blues, jazz and funk resonate through the streets of one of Dallas' most eclectic and storied neighborhoods. Nearly 100 musical acts on five stages and thousands of head-bopping spectators take part in the 3-day street party, as do more than 200 juried visual artists exhibiting and selling their wares.

Some filmmakers sweat while others just kick back and relax as their babies—both features and shorts—are screened at the USA Film Festival . Held in late April, the established cinematic event draws A-list names like Benjamin Bratt, Jackie Chan, Jodie Foster, Quincy Jones and Gary Oldman. In late January the exposition's organizers also present the KidFilm Festival , when talking animals and smart, sassy tweens take center stage.

Vintage and sought-after specialty instruments draw dealers and collectors to the Dallas International Guitar Festival in early May. Held at Fair Park, this burgeoning event that began in 1978 includes rocking performances by regional and national bands. Closing out spring is Dallas Symphony's free Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill.

During the summer entertainers perform at Fair Park's outdoor Gexa Energy Pavilion and the band shell. Another theatrical highlight is Shakespeare in the Park , which presents plays on select days from mid-June to late September at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre.

You may have heard the expression everything's bigger in Texas; then it's no surprise the State Fair of Texas , officiated by a giant cowboy wearing size 96 boots and a 95-gallon hat, attracts more guests than any other state fair in the nation. At its core are agricultural exhibits and a livestock auction; plus, there are outdoor concerts, an expansive auto show and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. Fortunately, the Fair Park extravaganza lasts nearly a month from late September to late October, so you don't have to pack everything into a single, Texas-sized day.

From late September to late November, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden embraces fall's colors and scents as well as the season's most quintessential crop during Autumn at the Arboretum: The Great Pumpkin Festival . Stroll through a sea of jack-o'-lanterns and long-necked gourds, or role-play in the pumpkinized fairy-tale village, where an orange hue tints beloved storybook tales.

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Dallas, TX

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Travel Information

City Population

1,232,940

Elevation

420 ft.

Sales Tax

Municipalities may impose additional rates of up to 2 percent on the statewide 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax in the city of Dallas is 8.25 percent; rates vary in the suburbs. The hotel occupancy tax is 13 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(214) 744-4444

Time and Temperature

(817) 844-6611

Hospitals

Baylor University Medical Center, (214) 802-0111 or (800) 422-9567; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, (214) 324-6100; Medical City Dallas Hospital, (972) 566-7000; Methodist Dallas Medical Center, (214) 947-8181; UT Southwestern University Hospital–St. Paul, (214) 645-5555.

Visitor Information

325 N. St. Paul St. Dallas, TX 75201. Phone:(214)571-1000 or (800)232-5527

Air Travel

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (972) 453-4600 or (800) 654-3131, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak's Union Station is at 400 S. Houston St. For train schedule and ticket information, phone (214) 653-1101 or (800) 872-7245.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus station, (214) 849-6831 or (800) 231-2222, is at 205 S. Lamar St.; five other bus lines depart from this address.

Taxis

Taxis are metered. The initial charge is $2.25 plus $1.80 for the first mile. Rates are then $1.80 for each additional mile, and $2 for each additional passenger. Taxis leaving from the airport charge an additional $5 departure fee. Yellow Cab, (214) 426-6262, is the main company serving the area.

Public Transportation

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) provides light-rail and bus service in the area. Two-hour passes are $2.50 for local routes and $3.50 for system routes including all DART buses and trains. Day passes are $5 for local routes and $7 for system routes. A 7-day pass is available. Exact change is required. Phone (214) 979-1111.

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