Photo by Lindsay Toler

The July 4 Exchange Club parade is an annual blast: Photo by Lindsay Toler

July 4

Fourth of July parade

The big parade, from the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, starts at Lake Highlands High School at 9 a.m. It ends at a carnival with live music, food trucks, face painting, bubble soccer, a splash park and more. Lake Highlands High School, 9557 Church, lakehighlands4th.com, free

Chrono Cops

Chrono Cops

Begins July 2 (through Aug. 22)

Time cops

“Chrono Cops: Elite Time Patrol,” chases villains who have stolen the key to time travel. Our heroes must travel into the past and back to an alternate future to stop them and save the planet. Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird, 214.821.1860, pocketsandwich.com, $12-$25

Begins July 3 (through Aug. 1)

‘Irrational City’

Dwayne Carter curates this exhibit of paintings, digital art, video, interactivity, installations and performance art that “focuses on constructions of identity amid an imagined post-apocalyptic cultural landscape.” An opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 3. Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturecenter, 214.670.8749, free

July 3

Fun Fridays
Summer at the Arboretum includes fairy tale flower houses with a Texas twist, a replica of the Rio Grande, a covered chuck wagon, two topiary longhorn cattle and a hay-bale maze. On Fridays, the arboretum also has face painters, a petting zoo and music for the little ones. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland, 214.515.6615, pocketsandwich.com, $10-$15

July 5

Farmers market

The Good Local Market at Vickery Meadow is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday. The market features organic, seasonal produce, flowers, meat and dairy, as well as jewelry, décor and crafts.
Good Local Market, 5803 E. Northwest Highway, goodlocalmarket.org, free