Free Things to Do in Dallas, Texas

If you have friends that are on one of the parade floats, don’t assume you can just ride out and join them. The organizers have this down to a fine art and they do not condone anyone joining the parade for a multitude of safety reasons.

In other event news, CADD Art fair takes place which includes the best of the city’s contemporary art galleries, as displayed in a traveling man loft with spectacular views of the town May 31-June 1. Hours are Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. with an admission price of .00. The event is being held at 333 First Avenue in Dallas and contact number is 214-369-0169.

The Lobby is very inviting, with a couple of couches and tables filled with flowers. Not too big or too small, and well maintained. A rack full of touristy brochures is placed off the far side of the check-in desk, so as not to detract from the homey feeling of the lobby.

The Sons of Hermann Hall, located at 3414 Elm Street is a cash only, smoke-free (except for the bar), family, all-ages venue. Swing Dance lessons run from 8:00 pm to midnight. Electric Campfire Jam is on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to midnight. Some shows are 21 and over only, and there is a bar downstairs. However, The Sons of Herman Hall is not an actual bar but rather a private lodge.

Canary Wireless ShotSpotter: This one’s for the guy who can’t live without his wireless connection. It’s a bit geeky, but he’ll love it when he’s in a small town in Greece and having trouble finding a Wi-Fi signal. With a single click of a button, the ShotSpotter will find up to 20 Wi-Fi networks and give you their signal strengths and everything else you need to know to get connected. We learned about this gadget from a tech geek we know. The only thing he doesn’t like about it is that everyone he meets on his travels bugs him to find Wi-Fi connections for them.

In addition to the audio-visual presentations, there are dozens of interactive kiosks, photographs and other artifacts. The items on display run from the serious (the handcuffs Lee Harvey Oswald was wearing when he was shot by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas Police HQ) to the kitschy (the specially commissioned Stetson hat worn by JR Ewing on the tv series “Dallas”), but almost all of them are interesting. Did you know that Slurpeeā€™s, ATMs, the frozen margarita and Doritos were all invented in Dallas?

Yes, a lesson can be learned here. When entering a gas station remember where you are. Turn your engine off. Before pumping, carefully read the labeling on the pump. Make sure you have the correct gasoline hose/nozzle. Don’t be in a hurry. Be safe and not sorry. Gasoline is already more than most of us can afford, and a mistake like this we can all avoid.

Some guys will prefer a gift basket headlining their love of fine wines. For the male wine connoisseur in your life, include a couple of bottles of his favorite vintage beverage in a neat basket and surround with a couple of crystal wine glasses. For added filler in the basket, be sure to include some exclusive cheeses or nuts for snacking.

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