Weekend Buzz: April 21-23, 2023
By Office of Communication
Posted on April 20, 2023, April 20, 2023

Here are a few ways you can enjoy your weekend in The American Dream City. 

Uncrated: Reimagining the Arlington Museum of Art, 1950-2025

From Saturday, April 1, 2023 until Sunday, May 14, 2023, the Arlington Museum of Art will present Uncrated: Reimagining the Arlington Museum of Art, 1950-2025, a retrospective of the museum’s evolution and a celebration of art and community partnerships through the decades. In the early 1900s, civic leaders in Arlington, Texas began creating a vision for promoting the visual arts and arts education as important community values. Today, the Arlington Museum of Art is the legacy of their leadership. Click here for ticket information.

¡Viva La Fiesta!

Celebrate ¡Viva La Fiesta! at Six Flags Over Texas with delicious foods, live shows, and more between Friday, April 7 and Sunday, May 7, 2023. There’s nothing quite like celebrating ¡Viva La Fiesta! at Six Flags Over Texas – a cultural celebration with live performances of Ballet Folklórico, Mariachi band and Tejano music. The park will come alive with folk art, colorful festoons, piñatas, papel picado décor, and more!

Little Explores – Downtown Library 

Stop by The Play Room at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library on 10 a.m. Fridays for a morning of play-based learning.  This come-and-go program will vary week-to-week as librarians explore art, math, science, engineering, and fine motor skills. Join the Arlington Public Library as we playfully discover the world around us!  Designed for ages 1-4. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the APL at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Family Storytime – Southeast Branch Library

Join the Arlington Public Library’s fabulous library staff to sing, read and wiggle during storytime at the Southeast Branch Library 10:30 a.m. Fridays. This storytime is geared for ages 2-5. They will read books, sing songs, and have an activity after the program each week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at [email protected].

Plant Giveaway

Drop by the East Library and Recreation Center’s Library Community Room 12 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023 and pick up a free plant in this giveaway provided in honor of earth week, while supplies last. These plants are generously provided by the Arlington Water Department.

Parents' Night Out

Enjoy a night out with some fun at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2023. Parents' Night Out is a great opportunity for youth to hang out after school. Get wild in our bounce house, play video and board games, and enjoy a themed craft! Dinner provided. Click here to register.

Friday Night Skate

Friday Night Skate is back 7 p.m. at Elzie Odom Athletic Center. This event is for ages 13 and younger, and the cost is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. You will have a blast skating with your friends, playing games, and participating in skating activities throughout the evening! Two slices of pizza and a 12oz drink can be added on for an additional $5. Click here to register.

Rangers host A’s, debut City Connect Uniforms

The Texas Rangers return to Globe Life Field for a three-game weekend set against the Oakland Athletics 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 and 1:35 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023. The Rangers will wear the Nike City Connect uniforms for the first time on Friday, against the A’s. The team will wear the uniforms the following night against Oakland and every remaining Friday home game during the 2023 season. Learn more about tickets by clicking here

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at Arlington Music Hall

Enjoy this concert at the Arlington Music Hall 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023. Purchase tickets by clicking here. A life full of music. That’s the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 15-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label (Bluegrass Rules! in 1998, Ancient Tones in 1999, History of the Future in 2001, Soldier of the Cross, Live at the Charleston Music Hall, and Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 2003, Brand New Strings in 2005, Instrumentals in 2007, Salt of the Earth with The Whites in 2008, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 in 2009 and Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved along with Mosaic in 2010), the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. 2018 was a stellar year for Skaggs, with the addition of three more Hall of Fame inductions: the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, IBMA’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and country music’s greatest honor, the Country Music Hall of Fame. Along with his three previous inductions into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, all six awards display his ability to masterfully cross genres with versatility in styles and instruments. The year 2020 saw Ricky receiving what his mother always wanted him to: his high school diploma. The school, Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Kentucky, bestowed upon him an honorary diploma for all of his work in music, even though it was just a little bit later than when his mother would have imagined it, almost 50 years later! Ricky says, “It was an amazing surprise and answered prayer of my mom. She wanted me to graduate before I went full time with Ralph Stanley on the road.” Also in 2020, Ricky was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts for his contributions to the American music industry. It is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. As a virtuoso of the mandolin and fiddle, Ricky Skaggs creates and produces bluegrass music that preserves the musical legacy of the most talented artists of his generation. Ricky Skaggs has often said that he is “just trying to make a living” playing the music he loves. But it’s clear that his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.

The Big Event 

Join the University of Texas at Arlington’s biggest day of community service across Arlington, The Big Event, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023. At 1 p.m., lunch will be provided at the Thank You Celebration in Brazos Park. If you have any questions or require accommodations to participate in The Big Event, please contact via email at [email protected] or phone at 817-272-2963.

Take Flight on Earth Day

Spend the beautiful day outside with the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, as you make and fly our own kites! The event takes place 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the East Library and Recreation Center.  It is $5 per person for those between the ages 5-14. Click here to register.

ASL: Introduction to Deaf Culture 

Become introduced to ASL 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s [re]Brary Room A. American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual gestural language, it is a language that is expressed through the hands and face and is perceived through the eyes. Signing is a useful skill that can open up a new world of relationships and understanding. Knowing sign language will enable you to meet and interact with a whole new group of people. Come learn more about Deaf Culture with Dr. Lisalee D. Egbert, Professor and Coordinator at UTA, Department of Modern Languages, American Sign Language. Her presentation will be on “Introduction to Deaf Culture.”

Feed the Bees

Visit The Parks Mall at Arlington at the Lower-Level Macy’s Seating Area 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 for Feed the Bees. There will a speaking guest and goodies regarding saving honeybees. The first 100 children will receive a giveaway. Learn more by clicking here

Money Smart Week: Homebuying 101

Join Money Smart Week’s Homebuying 101 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Northeast Branch Community Room. During money smart week, increase your knowledge of money management skills and achieving financial freedom. In this workshop, dynamic realty duo Prime and Danielle Blankenship will teach you about the homebuying process and how to build wealth through homeownership. Whether you are new to the process or already living in your home, this workshop will give you the confidence to make the most of this major investment. Light refreshments will be served.

Ventana Grille Spring Music Series: Country Night

Join Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at Ventana Grille on 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023 for our Spring Music Series: Country Night! The evening will feature a BBQ-inspired menu, as well as live music by Dave Lucas. Please call 817-548-5047 for reservations. Click here to see the full menu for Country Night.

Jackals square off against Legion

Your hometown rugby club, the Jackals, look to defend their homefield of Choctaw Stadium against the San Diego Legion 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023. Get your tickets by clicking here.

Renegades battle Roughnecks 

The Arlington Renegades battle an in-state rival, the Houston Roughnecks, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Choctaw Stadium. Find more about ticket availability by clicking here.  

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