March Happenings

It may not seem like it, but spring is unofficially here! With it comes a host of activities to enjoy with your family. We’ve compiled a list of ones that are completely FREE. So check them out and let us know which ones you plan to attend!

Made in Denton County

When: Throughout March 2015

Where: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 West Hickory Street

So What? Through the month of March, the Denton County Office of History and Culture is sponsoring “Made in Denton County”, a museum exhibit featuring products made here in Denton County! The way that a community’s identity and character are perceived can be strongly connected to what a place makes or produces. This exhibit will be provided in English and Spanish. A hands-on corner will provide children with tangible learning through interactive activities and creative play. The west gallery theater room will be screening various “How It’s Made” videos that feature the local companies in the exhibit. 

Materials: Hard and Soft

When: Throughout March 2015

Where: The Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
400 East Hickory Street

So What? The 28th annual fine craft competition and exhibition is underway! The contest received a total of 592 pieces, but only 70 were chosen for the exhibition. This competition and ensuing exhibition still draws the attention of fans of contemporary craft across the country. In 2006, the Texas Commission on the Arts designated this show as a “must see” exhibition in Texas. It is one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country!

Watercolors by Dorothy Bertine

When: Throughout March 2015

Where: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 West Hickory Street

So What? Dorothy Bertine, a native of Southern Oklahoma, is an artist known for her works in watercolor. Her art follows the California Watercolor School of painting developed in the first half of the 20th Century. Her studies in watercolor include nature scenes and historic houses. Dorothy Bertine received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and she resides in Denton. Her work is inspired by the architecture of the historic homes in Denton, and many of these artworks will be featured in this exhibit.

Wednesday Night Social Run

When: Wednesday evenings at 7 PM

Where: Oak St. Drafthouse, 308 East Oak Street

So What? A free 5k group run through Denton. Runners of all levels and abilities are welcome. The group meets at Oak Street Draft House every Wednesday night at 6:45, and the run starts at 7:00. Join in on the fun! 

Spring Open House

When: March 6-8

Where: Denton Square: 110 W. Hickory St.

So What? To welcome the beginning of spring, select businesses and restaurants in historic downtown Denton will have evening hours and specials. This event includes March’s First Friday. Participating stores include Bella Designs, East Side Social Club, Mellow Mushroom, and more!

Texas Storytelling Festival

When: March 12 7-9:15 PM
            March 14, 3:15-4:45 PM
            March 15, 9:15-11 AM

Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 East McKinney Street

So What? People of all ages come to enjoy storytelling at the largest event of its kind in the Southwest. Storytellers from across the nation come to share their tales of ghost stories, tall tales, family stories, sacred stories, personal experience stories and folktales from around the world. Mostly Ghostly 7-9:15 pm Thursday, March 12, Fringe Concert  3:15-4:45 pm Saturday, March 14, and Sacred Tales  9:30-11 am Sunday, March 15



Shamrock Social Run

When: Saturday March 14, 11 AM

Where: Oak St. Drafthouse, 308 East Oak St.

So What? Avoid the traffic and join the Denton Area Running Club for either a 5k or 10k run. Runners of all ages, types, and skill levels welcome!

Irish Sessions

When: March 14 and 28 from 8-10 PM

Where: Banter: 219 W. Oak St.

So What? Banter has Irish music every other Saturday! Come out and enjoy the music with a drink or some afternoon grub.

Denton’s Great American Cleanup

When: Saturday March 28 9 AM-1 PM

Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 East McKinney Street

So What? Keep Denton Beautiful, Inc. (KDB) will hold its annual community litter cleanup effort, the Great American Cleanup (GAC), on Saturday, March 28. Volunteer groups and individuals of all ages are invited to register to participate in the event – currently in its 27th year – which mobilizes hundreds of Denton citizens to improve the beauty and health of our community. The event begins at 9 a.m., with volunteers cleaning assigned locations City-wide. The network of cleanups will then be followed by a Volunteer Party at the Denton Civic Center (321 E. McKinney Street) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with free lunch for volunteers, live music, kids’ bounce houses, door prizes, and more. All volunteers must register in advance. Volunteer registration for GAC opens at noon on Friday, February 6 at, and closes Friday, March 20. Volunteers can also register by calling the KDB office at (940)349-8738 before the March 20 registration deadline.

 One-Of-A-Kind Texas Trips: How to Find Big Fun in Small Towns

 When: Saturday March 28 3 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St.

So What? Bestselling travel author, Tui Snider, proves you don’t have to go far to have fun in this presentation highlighting several offbeat travel destinations in North Texas. In addition, Ms. Snider will provide tools to help plan your ideal road trip itinerary.


With this many things going on in Denton this month, your schedule is going to be full. However, we can’t think of a better time to take a moment and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer.