American flag in the wind Flagpole Hill. Photo by DannyFulgencioJuly 4
Fourth of July parade
Families, businesses, nonprofit groups and teams motor all manner of floats and decked-out vehicles, march with banners or dance down Church Road past Lake Highlands High School during the annual Exchange Club of
Lake Highlands parade. At the end of the route, the convoy pours into the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center’s lot for an entertainment-packed carnival. The parade is on the move by 9 a.m. The carnival ends
at noon.
Lake Highlands North Park, 9229 Church Road,, free

Through July 8
The high seas
“How I Became a Pirate” is a musical about Jeremy Jacob learning the rules of pirate life and finding places to bury his treasure, even though he misses his family at home.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St., 214.978.0110,, $23-$30

Through July 31
Family Fun Fridays
It wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Dallas Arboretum. Each Friday, the arboretum offers face painting, a petting zoo and music.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6500,, $10-$15

July 7, 14, 21, 28
Eat your veggies
Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at White Rock Market, open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The market also offers specialty foods, arts and crafts.
Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road,, free

July 12
Vampire party
Sony Pictures releases “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” July 13, and the library is celebrating with a costume party from 2:30-3:30 p.m. They’ll also have games and crafts.
Audelia Road Library, 10045 Audelia Road, 214.670.1350,, free

July 14
Too Hot to Handle
Can you take the heat? Prove it at one of White Rock Lake’s most popular running events. There are 5k, 10k and 15k options starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by snacks, live music and beer at Norbuck Park.
Norbuck Park, 200 N. Buckner Road, 214.660.1100,, $35-$65

July 18
Fossil fun
Kids can learn about fossils and make their own in this 3-4 p.m. workshop from the Dallas Foundation and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
Skillman-Southwestern Library, 5707 Skillman St., 214.670.6078,, free