June 1 Nature appreciation day

Twelve Hills Nature Center celebrates wildflowers, butterflies and birds from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The nature center will introduce its garden sponsorship program and recognize its first sponsor, Brumley Gardens. Rosemont Elementary School fifth-grade nature leaders also will be honored. There will be refreshments and nature walks.

900 Mary Cliff, twelvehills.org


June 5 Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The DSO performs a free concert in Kidd Springs Park starting at 8 p.m. If it rains, the concert will move inside the rec center. The concert is family-friendly, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic.

711 W. Canty, dallassymphony.com


Oak Cliff Film Festival

June 6-9 Oak Cliff Film Festival

This second-annual film festival takes place entirely in the neighborhood at venues including the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theater Center and the Belmont Hotel. The festival also includes parties, a music-video showcase and a closing-night screening of Bobcat Goldthwait’s new movie, “Willow Creek,” with the director in attendance.

VIP festival badges cost $175 and student badges cost $95, oakclifffilmfestival.com


June 6 and 27 Barefoot at the Belmont

The Thursday-night poolside concerts continue with Kopecky Family Band and Peter Black on June 6 and Matt Pond and Doug Burr on June 27.

901 Fort Worth Avenue, kxt.org/barefoot



June 8 Centro-Matic

Denton-based alternative country band Centro-Matic performs at The Foundry, starting at 9 p.m. Kingdom of Suicide Lovers opens this free show.

2303 Pittman, 214.749.1112, cs-tf.com


June 13 Learning from the past

W. Marvin Dulaney, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, speaks about the American Civil Rights Movement in “Learning from the past, embracing unity today.” Dulaney is an author of “Essays on the American Civil Rights Movement.”

Tickets cost $15. 215 S. Tyler, 214.948.0716, tecotheater.org


Japanese festivalJune 19 Japanese festival

The Hampton-Illinois Library celebrates the Japanese star festival, Tanabata, at 2 p.m. Lessons revolve around astronomy and Japanese vocabulary, and storytellers will offer tales of Japanese and Chinese mythology. The event ends with bites of Japanese food. This free event is presented by Big Thought.

2951 S. Hampton, 214.670.7646, dallaslibrary2.org


June 28 David Garza

Singer-songwriter and North Texas native David Garza, now based in Austin, hosts an album release party for “Human Tattoo.” Warren Hood opens.

Tickets cost $20-$25, The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, thekessler.org