CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
An old-time Fair Park tradition, the swan paddle boats, will be replaced by an ancient Chinese tradition during this year’s State Fair of Texas, as the Chinese Lantern Festival lights up the lagoon for the first time in a celebration of culture and beauty.
By day, the display will showcase Chinese art featuring giant animals, buildings and stories. The displays were tied together by hand by 43 Chinese artists. At night, the pieces will become a glowing display of color.
Of the 22 major lantern sets, some are single pieces, such as a 50-foot-high Chamber of the Fairies, while others contain dozens of pieces, such as numerous ant figurines at play. A few are not lanterns, such as a 330-foot-long undulating dragon made of 15,000 porcelain dishes tied together. Other sets tell stories, such as a mermaid in a garden holding a pearl. In a nod to Texas, there will also be a herd of longhorn cattle and a glowing set of bluebonnets.
The workers from Sichuan province in China — and a few cooks to feed them — have been laboring to build the lanterns and displays every day since mid-August. Previously, the work was exhibited in Toronto, as well as China.
The State Fair of Texas and Chinese Lantern Festival run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21. A separate admission will be charged for the Lantern Festival.
STATE FAIR OF TEXAS
AUTHORS OF “THE NANNY DIARIES” EMMA MCLAUGHLIN & NICOLA KRAUS
The famed New York Times best selling author duo of The Nanny Diaries Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are back with their newest young adult novel OVER YOU (http://emmaandnicola.com/books/over-you/), about one girls’ quest to heal broken hearts all over New York City.
The authors will be at the Nordstrom Galleria Dallas
5220 Alpha Road
Dallas, TX 75240
Saturday, September 29
8:00am - 9:30am / Live Trend Show
10:00am - 2:00pm / Makeovers and Meet & Greet with the authors
KEVIN EUBANKS / FORT WORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Join some of the best names in national, regional and local music scene at the Fort Worth Music Fest Friday, September 28th & Saturday, September 29th. Held on the tree lined lawn of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Festival is a celebration of Fort Worth’s rich and diverse musical heritage.
Two days of non-stop music featuring 20 acts on 2 stages, cooking classes by area chefs, artworks for sale by area artists and groovy gear by local vendors make up the 2012 Fort Worth Music Festival
Friday, September 28th – Doors 3:00pm, Music 4:00pm-10:30pm
Saturday, September 29th- Doors 1:00pm, Music 1:45-10:30pm
SPINE TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA
CHEVROLET TOWN SQUARE/ STATE FAIR OF TEXAS