Miss the 60s? Love old movies? Looking for a unique date-night destination or a fun weekend activity with friends to kick off Memorial Day? Head to CityArts Festival, and enjoy a double dose of nostalgic cinema with two free outdoor screenings of American Graffiti at 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, and Grease at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at historic Fair Park. Bring a blanket and get cozy on the lawn next to the WRR 101.1 building. Both nights, guests are invited to dress a la 1960s and come ready to shake, twist and shout at the 60s-themed pre-movie dance parties from 7 – 9 p.m. hosted by 98.7 KLUV. Plus, kids can enjoy crafts from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. CityArts Festival’s outdoor film screenings are hosted by the Dallas Film Society.
Produced by Francis Coppola and directed by George Lucas, American Graffiti tells the story of four teenagers on their last summer night before they leave for college. The 1973 award-winning flick rediscovers drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins in a nostalgic look at the 1960s with some of the era’s most memorable rock ‘n’ roll hits. An Academy Award® nominee for Best Picture, American Graffiti features an all-star cast including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, and Wolfman Jack.
Starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing, Grease is the summer lovin’ story of good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zukko at the rowdy Rydell High. Complete with catchy sing-a-long songs, T-Bird black jackets and Pink Ladies prissiness, the 1978 musical continues to be a favorite among audiences of all ages.
Guests may bring blankets and low-to-the-ground chairs to the outdoor screenings. Concessions including beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. The City of Dallas charges $10 for parking within the gates of Fair Park. Enter at Gate 6 (off Robert B. Cullum and Martin Luther King), or ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the MLK, Jr. Station.
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at historic Fair Park! ARTFEST, the popular outdoor juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc., will showcase fine art and original pieces by nearly 150 renowned juried artists at CityArts Festival throughout the weekend. Inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History, the Culinary Showcase will feature cooking demos, tastings, wine pairings and mixology sessions with some of Dallas’ most elite chefs, plus festival goers can sample an assortment of craft beer, liquor and wine including world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and award-winning winemaker Steve Reeder’s The Dreaming Tree collection of high-quality wines. Note: Guests must be at least 21 years of age with valid ID to enter the Culinary Showcase.
Other highlights include unique children’s activities and family-fun shows; art classes for adults and teens with take-home crafts ($5); Art Cars by “cartists” from Texas and beyond; reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums at select times; entertainment on multiple stages; shopping at CityArts Marketplace; food trucks, vendors and restaurants selling bites and beverages; top-of-the-hour “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain; and more.
CityArts Festival will run Friday, May 25, from 6 -10 p.m.; Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For details and schedules, please visit cityartsfestival.com. Like CityArts Festival on Facebook and follow @CityArtsDallas on Twitter for the latest updates.