Summer fun on a college student's budget

1. Addison Kaboom Town – Rated as one of the top fireworks shows in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, the event takes place once a year on July 3.  The event is free for viewing and blasts off from Addison Circle Park.

2. Angelika Film Center / Student Tuesdays – Located at Mockingbird Station, student discounts on Tuesdays.  Tickets are $8 and include a free popcorn with unlimited refills.  Be sure to bring your student ID and keep the ticket stub for free popcorn.

3. The Dallas Arboretum / August Dollar Days – General admission is only $1 during August. Arboretum officials say this is the time of the year when many of the gardens reach the height of their beauty.

4. Dallas Farmer’s Market –  Free movies.  Bring chairs and a blanket and enjoy monthly free movies at the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

5. Dallas Museum of Art:  Late Night.  Open late the third Thursday of the month. Admission is $10 and includes multiple activities.

6. Dallas Pedestrian Network – Those looking for relief from the summer heat in downtown Dallas can check out the Dallas Pedestrian Network. The underground pedestrian tunnels connect office buildings to a number of underground shops and restaurants. Enjoy a snack or just go for a stroll.

7. DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival – May 20 Check out dragon-boat races, kite flying, a lantern display, children’s activities and more. At Lake Carolyn, Irving, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free DART service on the Blue Line only 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free tours of Las Colinas.

8. Fiesta Charra 2018 – The Mexican rodeo comes to Lewisville featuring traditional dress and horsemanship. Free admission with $5 parking.

9. Food Festival – Thai Culture – The Buddhist Center of Dallas hosts this free event, May 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy Thai culture, music and food.

10. Food Truck Friday Series at Firewheel Town Center – Free! May 11 and June 8  from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

11. Fort Worth Botanical Gardens – Lunch, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free event – open to the public.

12. Fort Worth Zoo – Half-price Wednesdays – For those who are planning to visit Fort Worth during summer break, consider going on a Wednesday. Tickets are half price every Wednesday. Adult tickets are $7; children and seniors get in for $5. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and drinks inside too.

13. “Juneteenth,” Fort Worth: June 15 – Celebrate the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. Live music and family activities at Tarrant County College South Campus. 682-738-6955 or

14. Levitt Pavillion – Enjoy free rock, pop and country music concerts by popular local, regional and national artists throughout the summer.

15. 'Til midnight at The Nasher – Midnight – Open 6 to midnight the third Thursday of the month with free admission.

16. Perot Museum of Science and History – Late night activities the first Thursdays in June, July and August with special speakers and hands-on activities. Free with admission.

17. The Samurai Collection – Free – This  museum north of Downtown Dallas is located on the second floor of St. Ann’s School building (above St. Ann’s Restaurant) at 2501 North Harwood St. and it’s free to the public. The museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 objects including Japanese armor, helmets, suits, masks and weapons. It’s one of the largest such collections in the world.

18. Texas Folklife Festival June 8-10 The festival showcases the state’s kaleidoscope of cultural influence with food, music, dancing and traditional arts and crafts. UTSA Hemisfair Campus. 210-458-2224 or

19. FIFA WORLD CUP- The biggest sporting event in the world has returned. This year from June 14 to July 15, the drama filled, soap opera that is soccer returns to the big screen. Participate! You can watch the games at home or at your favorite pub and experience the game with fans cheering  for their favorite team.

20. The Festival of Independent Theaters (FIT) – July 13 to Aug. 3 Enjoy an original play by a local company at the Bath House Cultural Center.

21. Trinity River Audubon Center – various dates Explore the Trinity River Forest, go kayaking and do some birdwatching.

22. Take a ride on the D-Link  Dallas’ free transportation service with stops at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Omni Dallas Hotel, The West End, The Sixth Floor Museum, Main Street Garden, Dallas Arts District, Deep Ellum, Victory Park and the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.