[The half dozen]

Illustration by Cecilia Secaira

1. If you love bluebonnets, check out the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival in downtown Ennis, south of Dallas, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9. The festival includes a wine stroll, a night street dance, and arts and crafts. Can’t make it on Friday? The trail will be open all month. Free.

2. Whether you love history or just quirky entertainment, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens this weekend. Head over to the festival grounds any time between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. for mock jousts, history lessons and lots of food. $12.

3. Equest is sponsoring a Tolkien Experience tour of the Shire at Preston Hollow,inspired by “The Lord of the Rings” and its prequel, “The Hobbit.” Drinks and food will be served while Celtic musicians perform live. Tours will take place Thursday, April 6 from 3-9 p.m., Friday from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, but guests must be 21 and older, and reservations must be made online. Donations will benefit Equest, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities through equine therapy.

4. The new Urban Union development in downtown Arlington is having a free Grand Opening Block Party Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Food trucks will be onsite, along with live music, craft beer and tons of samples. You can get free tickets online.

5. Catch Arts in Bloom — a Celebration of Art and Wine in downtown McKinney this Friday from 4-9 p.m. National, regional and local artists alike will be set up on the path along the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The event will also feature a Texas wine tasting with 14 wineries. Free. The celebration continues all weekend, so head that way Saturday or Sunday if Friday is too busy.

6. Finally, the Dallas Farmers Market will partner with the Boho Market this Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This way, you can buy arts and crafts and other trinkets along with your fruits and veggies (or whatever else you might buy at the Farmers Market). Free.


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