The Lakewood Fourth of July parade is a decades-long tradition that starts at 10 a.m. on July 4. This year’s theme is “Lakewood honors heroes.” It starts on Lakewood Boulevard and jogs to Lakeshore before finishing at Winsted. Start at Lakewood Boulevard and Cambria. Go to lakewoodparade.com for more. The event is free.
Also on July 4 is the Little Forest Hills parade. This year’s parade starts at 9 a.m., and it ends at Casa Linda Park where the Tap Dazzlers will perform. Start at White Rock United Methodist Church, located at 1450 Oldgate. Visit littleforesthills.com for more. The event is free.
This is the last week for the Dallas Arboretum‘s concert series, which ends July 2. Every Thursday night, the Arboretum hosts a different band on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Bring your family and friends and your favorite food and drinks, and enjoy a concert overlooking White Rock Lake. All fall concerts are from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland. For reservations, email email@example.com or call 214.515.6615. Tickets are $15-$17 for adult members, $25-$27 for adult nonmembers, and $10 for children ages 3-12. Package deals are also available. Go online for more details.
Summer at the Arboretum begins this month. It includes fairy tale flower houses with a Texas twist, a replica of the Rio Grande, a covered chuck wagon, two topiary longhorn cattle and a hay-bale maze. On Fridays the arboretum also has face painters, a petting zoo and music for the little ones. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland. Call 214.515.6615 or visit dallasarboretum.org for more. Entrance is $10-$15.
Starting July 3 and running until Aug. 1, don’t miss “Irrational City.” Dwayne Carter curates this exhibit of paintings, digital art, video, interactivity, installations and performance art that “focuses on constructions of identity amid an imagined post-apocalyptic cultural landscape.” An opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 3 at the Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 E. Lawther. Go to dallasculture.org/athhouseculturecenter for more or call 214.670.8749. The exhibit is free.
Shakespeare in the Park runs through July 25. This weekend is a traditional staging of “Romeo and Juliet,” which runs until July 25. Also “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) [revised],” wherein actors blaze through all 37 of the bard’s plays in 90 minutes. That runs through July 24. All shows start at 8:15 p.m. Samuell Grand Amphitheater is located at 1500 Tenison. Call 214.559.2778 or visit shakespearedallas.org for more information. Tickets are $10-$15.
Through July 12, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” follows a 10-year-old boy whose wish is granted to be flattened and mailed around the world. Dallas Children’s Theater is located at 5938 Skillman. Call 214.740.0051 or visit dct.org for more information. Tickets are $22-$28.
Through July 11, Lakewood artist Erika Jaeggli is hosting a charcoal art exhibit at WAAS Gallery that explores the darker side of the “fear of missing out” or “FOMO” — the anxiety and sense of dread that threatens the self, convincing you that you do not really exist if you are not socially engaged. Learn more.
Vickery Meadow Good Local Market will set up shop in the parking lot of the Flagship HPB every Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The market provides a connection between local farmers, food producers and craftsmen within our community. Shop food, clothes, jewelry and more, all made by North Texans. The Vickery Meadow Good Local Market accepts debit/credit cards and the Lone Star Card. Support for the market comes from the Vickery Meadow Improvement District. Go to the website for more.
Still have that old VHS player? If you’re looking for a reason to dust it off and give it a whirl, stop by the flagship location of Half Price Books on Northwest Highway on Friday. All VHS tapes in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for $1 on Fridays only, until further notice. Call 214.379.8000 for details.
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