Cinco de Mayo parade and festival
Festive floats and performers swarm Jefferson Boulevard during the 24th annual event, beginning at 11 a.m. The parade proceeds west from 200 E. Jefferson, ending at Polk. The festival occupies four blocks, featuring a tailgate party, a car show, live Tejano music, disc jockeys, ballet folklorico and local vendors.
Jefferson Boulevard, dallascincodemayo.net, 469.463.5689, free
May 3 & 10
Learn to use everyday materials to create a headpiece, which can be worn or displayed as sculpture. Artist Chesley Antoinette leads the class at 4 p.m. each day.
Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson, dallasculture.org/oakcliffculturalcenter, 214.670.3777, free
Boil for the Brave
Support local veterans during The Rosedale Group’s fifth annual crawfish boil 1-5 p.m. Funds raised go toward building and renovating veterans’ homes in Dallas.
The Foundry, 2303 Pittman, rosedalegroup.org, $25 in advance, $30 at the door
May 11, 18 & 25
Jazz Under the Stars
Labyrinth Walk Coffee House presents its 2014 jazz series, featuring E-Flat Porch Band on May 11, Chilo and the High Energy Band on May 18, and Lady Diamond on May 25. The shows begin at 7 p.m., and guests may bring their own lawn chairs and refreshments.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 3839 W. Kiest, labyrinthwalkcoffeehouse.com, $10-$25
Believing Your Own Hype: Manifesto Writing for Not Necessarily Angry Individuals
Learn to say what you mean and express it in writing during a literary workshop 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Oil & Cotton, 837 W. Seventh, oilandcotton.com, 214.942.0474, $45
May 8 & 29
Barefoot at the Belmont
This month, the KXT summer concert series features Gregory Alan Isakov with Grizfolk on May 8 and Valerie June with Doug Burr on May 29. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Belmont Hotel, 901 Fort Worth Ave., 214.393.2300, kxt.org/barefoot, $25
Oak Cliff’s homebrew competition features an outdoor street festival, food, games and other activities 4-8 p.m. as locals vie for the best homemade beer. You must be a Texas Homebrew Society member to attend.
Bishop Arts District, brewriot.com, $25
‘Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunder’
The documentary, which screens at 9 p.m., chronicles the life and mysterious death of the musician who founded New York Dolls.
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, thetexastheatre.com, $10
Dallas Margarita Meltdown
Oak Cliff restaurants will compete for $1,000 and the title of “best margarita in Dallas” 5-10 p.m. Attendees can sample up to 32 margaritas.
Bishop Arts District, dallasmargaritameltdown.com, $30
Cooking healthy greens
Learn how to work dark, leafy greens into everyday recipes during a cooking class with holistic health coach Kim Wilson Pollock at 6:30 p.m.
Urban Acres Farmstead, 1605 N. Beckley, 214.466.1260, urbanacresmarket.com, $35
John Waters: This Filthy World
The acclaimed counter-culture director pays a visit as part of the “Wordspace at the Kessler” series at 8 p.m. General admission is sold out, but standing-room-only tickets still may be available.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, thekessler.org, 214.272.8346, $40