Native Plants and Prairies Day.

Celebrate all of the natural wonders of White Rock Lake this Saturday during the fifth annual Native Plants and Prairies Day. Take a nature walk led by experts, see and make artwork and get up close with raptors and snakes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the North Texas Master naturalists and takes place at the Bath House Cultural Center.

It’s the last hurrah for The Crown and the Harp, which abruptly announced plans to close last month. But the half-British, half-Irish pub is going out in style with a “Cinco de Drink-O” party on Friday. Beginning at 8 p.m. you’ll find a full line up of bands changing every hour (see the list here). There’s no charge to attend.

It’s also free to head over to Sundown at the Granada, which will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with traditional flautas ($7) and discounted Mexican beers ($3). From 4:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., hear sets from The Clinton Years, DJ Sober and Pearl Earl.

The Lowest Greenville Collective, which includes tons of neighborhood business, will host a series of discounts and special events on Friday. During Cinco de Mayo on Lowest Greenville, you can find cheap Mexican beer, margaritas, traditional candies, discount pet washes, beer koozies and more at businesses all over the area – see the full list of goodies here.

Over at High Five (1804 McMillan Ave.), Cinco de Mayo will be marked with “Midget Luchador Wrestling” along with tequila tastings and music from Richy Smart. The party starts at 6 p.m. and there is no charge to attend.

At Matt’s Rancho Martinez on La Vista, you’ll find happy hour specials from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with $3 margaritas in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Finally, Tacosymas Dallas at 2820 Greenville marks the Mexican holiday with $2 tacos all day.

If it’s the Kentucky Derby you seek, grab that big ole hat because you’ve got a few viewing options this Saturday, both of which are free. The Haymaker on Greenville is celebrating the “greatest two minutes in sports” with a hat-making station and plenty of mint juleps (you get to keep the cup) and Kentucky bourbon. The party runs from 2-8 p.m. but the Derby kicks off at 5:34 p.m. Then there’s 504 Bar, also on Greenville, which offers the chance to win cold hard cash with its Hat and Bowtie Contest ($100 for first prize). The bar will also host live music from 1-4 p.m. and offer mint juleps and select whiskey.
C. C. Young’s Spirit is Ageless Awards & Celebration highlights the creativity of local artists and writers, regardless of their age. Lily Cabatu Weiss, executive director of the Dallas Arts District, is the guest speaker. The reception begins at 10:15 a.m. this Saturday, followed by the program at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required.

Leonard, a DogRRR rescue dog, jumps for treats. Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

East Dallas dog rescue Duck Team 6 is running low on dog food, and needs your help this Saturday. The nonprofit will be at Pet Supplies Plus (6060 E. Mockingbird) from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. trying to “Stuff the SUV” with dog food so they can feed more homeless pets. They’ll also accept donations of leashes and collars.

The Granada brings back Bugs and Brews this Saturday, a day-long music festival and Crawfish boil. Hear every from Somebody’s Darling to the Big Ass Brass Band (see a full schedule here). Tickets range from $15-$75 depending on how much crawfish you want to consume, but they’re cheaper when purchased ahead of time (grab them here).

Take One Improv celebrates its 10th year of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” style shows with a performance this Saturday at 11 p.m. at the Pocket Sandwich Theater (5400 E. Mockingbird). Tickets are $5 at the door.

Craft Beer Cellar is celebrating one of the city’s newest beer producers with a tasting on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Pegasus City Brewery will have representatives on site pouring samples and talking beer.

See the talents of your friends and neighbors as the 53rd annual Lakewood Library Art Show opens this week. Around 70 local residents contributed more than 100 pieces for this exhibit, which can be viewed any time the library is open. Vote for your favorite to help name the People’s Choice Award winner.
The Dallas Children’s Theater showcases the Roald Dahl classic “James and the Giant Peach,” which runs May 5-27. The show is recommended for children 5 and older, and tickets range from $15-$28.

The Dallas Arboretum’s “Cool Thursday Concert Series” is back for another season, launching this week with Bidi Bidi Banda, a tribute to Selena. The show is at 7:30, but gates open at 6 p.m. There will be food trucks on site, so grab a blanket and have a musical picnic. Tickets are $10-$28 for a single show, or you can buy a pass for the whole season. The series continues with Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute, next week followed by Walk the Line, a homage to Johnny Cash.

Gabriella Castaneda Pruitt

Photo by Gabriella Castaneda Pruitt, on display at the Bath House.

The Bath House Cultural Center marks the opening of “The Extraordinary Tale: Magic Realism in Art” with a free reception on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. The show includes works by artists from Texas, California, North Carolina, Mexico and El Salvador. Also opening this weekend is “Contemplation: Photographs by Gabriella Castaneda Pruitt.” The artist will be on hand this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. to discuss her work with attendees. Both shows will be on display through June 3 and are free to visit any time the Bath House is open to the public.

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