Eight things to do in DFW during Spring Break

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With less than a month remaining before the start of TCU’s Spring Break, here are eight things you can do if you are spending it in the Dallas/Fort Worth area:

Goodguys Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway

A handful of the cars that were on display at last year’s Goodguy’s Lone Star Nationals. (Photo credit: Texas Motor Speedway)

On March 8, the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals returns to the Texas Motor Speedway.

This annual spring car show will feature over 2,500 different cars including street rods, classic cars and muscle cars.

The auto weekend includes live music, performance tests and a giant swap meet.

General admission is $20.

2019 DFW Beard Competition

If you have a great beard or love looking at them, then head on down to Strokers on March 10.

This event offers beards, bikes, and beer, and is only for guests 21 and older.

The facial hair will be judged on seven categories: natural beard, styled beard, styled mustache, chops/sideburns, goatee, donegal (beard without mustache) and hulihee (mutton chops).

The event is free to attend but $15 at the door if you would like to compete.

Strokers is located at 9304 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas, Texas.

Scotty McCreery at Billy Bob’s

A couple enjoying the dance floor at Billy Bob’s. (Photo credit: Billy Bob’s marketing)

North Carolina’s Scotty McCreery will take stage at Billy Bob’s on March 9.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Live music will begin at 8 p.m.

McCreery is set to take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Attendees must be 18 or older.

Tickets start at $16.

Men’s and women’s Conference USA basketball championships

The Conference USA basketball tournament  is returning to the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas from March 13-16.

The basketball tournament features 24 men’s and women’s teams competing in 22 games for the conference title on the line.

The tournament will feature four days of world-class basketball and other fun activities at the Conference USA Fan Fest.

Tickets start at $20.

World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza

If pickles pique your interest, then this is the pre-St. Patrick’s Day party for you.

This pickle parade will begin at 1 p.m. on March 15 and lasts until 8 p.m. on March 16. The event will be hosted in the “Pickle Capital of Texas,” downtown Mansfield.

The party will feature live music, food vendors, beer tents, a children’s playground and lots of pickles.

Kodak Black at The Bomb Factory

Kodak Black comes to The Bomb Factory to play you some of his biggest hits like ZEZE, Roll in Peace and Tunnel Vision.

Admission to the event is free, and it is less than a 30-minute drive from TCU’s campus.

“The Bomb Factory is my favorite concert venues in the area,” Saby Sahoo, a senior computer science and finance major, said. “Me and a couple of my friends plan to go see Kodak over spring break.

Doors open at 7 p.m. March 15, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $62.

Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival  

Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade map showing the parade route. (Photo credit: Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival)

The Dallas Mavericks present the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival.

The two-mile parade route will feature marching bands, bagpipers, over 90 floats, dancers and beads.

The festival features a Buzz Ball party, Brew Fest, multiple tailgate zones and a Mavs Corner.

The festival is free to attend, and the parade proceeds go to the GAABA (Greenville Avenue Area Business Association) Scholarship Fund.

The festivities begin at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. on March 16. The parade travels south from Greenville Avenue to SMU Boulevard in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars

The Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars feature exciting talents with Luka Doncic and Tyler Seguin respectively.

“Going to see the Mavs play is one of my favorite things to do in DFW,” Rachel Mason, a senior nursing major, said.

The Mavericks play four home games at the American Airlines Center over Spring Break including two matchups against in-state rivals.

The schedule includes home games against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Dallas Stars have three home games at the American Airlines Center over Spring Break including a Western Conference matchup against the Las Vegas Golden Knights on March 15th.

The Stars have home matchups against the Chicago Blackhawks, Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks over Spring Break.