Friday, March 2 | Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Party
7pm-11pm | SOLD OUT!
Lyle Lovett and his large band headlined the opening evening between the glowing Dallas skyline on the eastside and the vibrant neighborhood festivities of Bridge-o-Rama in West Dallas. Guests experienced the beauty of Calatrava's design up close in the architecture of the bridge and replicated in 14-foot Calatrava-inspired costumed performers. Local foods, delectable tastings from Trinity Groves celebrity chefs, specialty drinks, and great entertainment were enjoyed as everyone danced the night away on the bridge. DJ Lucy Wrubel played bridge tunes and the award-winning Street Corner Symphony performed. The evening was topped off under the glow of fireworks and the dramatic lighting of the bridge. Hosted by The Trinity Trust.
Saturday, March 3 | MWH Trinity River Levee Run (5K and 10K)
With over 2000 runners, the eighth annual MWH Trinity River Levee Run started on the West Dallas side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and proceeded across the bridge, through the Design District and back, ending in West Dallas.Hosted by the Trinity Commons Foundation.
Saturday, March 3 | Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Street Fair
The bridge was the star attraction! The Saturday street fair was one of the few opportunities for people to walk across Calatrava's vehicular bridge, the first in the US. Simple pleasures were woven along the mile-stretch of bridge in seemingly-spontaneous fashion. Favorite local musicians and bands played on multiple stages as sidewalk artist Douglas Rouse, dancers, radio personalities, street food vendors and Calatrava-inspired costumed performers interacted with the thousands of attendees. The Parade of Builders honored those who helped build the bridge including architect Santiago Calatrava. Interactive booths and duct tape art by Chance Foreman told the story and scope of The Trinity project: The Trinity Trust, Trinity River Audubon Center, City of Dallas/Trinity River Corridor, Groundwork Dallas, Trinity Strand Trail, Texas Horse Park, Trinity Waters, Dallas CityDesign Studio, and Bridge-o-Rama. Featured artwork was displayed of the Trinity River Photo Contest and the Trinity River Art Contest. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights played just before the stupendous fireworks finale. Hosted by the City of Dallas, The Trinity Trust, and the Trinity Commons Foundation.
Sunday, March 4 | Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Sunrise Inaugural Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Run by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
6:50am Sunrise | 7:30am Program
Supporters and citizens came to watch the sunrise over the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and attend the inaugural dedication ceremony with federal, state and local dignitaries. A Te Deum arrangement was played by Orchestra of New Spain honoring the Spanish naming of the Trinity River. Street Corner Symphony sang the Dallas Anthem, written by Dan & Martha Reed, and the National Anthem. Hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts created a bridging of East and West Dallas with a run of colorful ribbons. 14-year-old Dalton Sherman ended the program with a rousing "can do" speech, encouraging all to pledge to continue the work to revive the Trinity River, clean the Great Trinity Forest, and be part of the Trinity River Corridor project. Hosted by the City of Dallas, The Trinity Trust, and the Trinity Commons Foundation.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF THE MARGARET HUNT HILL BRIDGE
Sunday, January 29 | Lone Star Wind Orchestra "From Dallas to Valencia: A Cultural Concert"
The Lone Star Wind Orchestra kicked off the New Year partnering with the City of Valencia, Spain and the City of Dallas to bring a culturally enriched program at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The evening featured music by Valencian composers and celebrated the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. SMU cellist Andrés Diaz performed Spanish romanticism with Luis Serrano Alarcón's Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Winds.
January 20-February 25 | Latino Cultural Center "White Steel, Blue Skies: A New Icon for Dallas' Skyline"
To celebrate the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Latino Cultural Center invited North Texas Latino photographers to document their personal vision of the iconic structure. Also on display were the winners of the third annual Trinity River Corridor photography contest, organized by the City of Dallas.
March 1-June 1 | Dallas Center for Architecture | Mature & Motion: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava
With the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hull Bridge, Dallas will add internationally-known architect Santiago Calatrava to the list of visionaries who have shaped the Dallas skyline over the decades. In celebration of the occasion, the Dallas Center for Architecture presents Nature & Motion: The Architecture of Santiago Calatrava. On display at the Dallas Center for Architecture from March 1 to June 1, the exhibition examines some of Calatrava's most well-known works from around the world through a variety of photographs, plans, scale models and other materials. Additional programming will be developed around the exhibition, including youth workshops and film screenings. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Center is located at 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 100.
Friday, March 2 | Trinity Commons Foundation Luncheon Honoring U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
The Trinity Commons Foundation honored U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison at its annual luncheon at the Hilton Anatole.
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4 | Bridge-o-Rama
The Bridge-o-Rama festival took place in West Dallas and other nearby neighborhoods to celebrate the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. With signature experience, a Bridge-o-Rama pavilion, and countless events, Bridge-o-Rama featured the debut of several new restaurants, a Parade of Giants, a world music concert, an area-wide faith celebration and more. The West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and West Dallas Foundation staged Bridge-o-Rama in collaboration with many organizations and volunteers from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Saturday, March 3 at 7 pm | The Orchestra of New Spain "Bridging the Tinity—Dedication of a Bridge" | Zion Lutheran Church
The explorers who on May 19, 1690, found a 'large and deep' river that they named the Santisima Trinidad set about to celebrate that event with a Te Deum and a Mass. The Orchestra of New Spain presented its own updated Baroque Te Deum and Mass to celebrate a modern bridge over the same river. Hear the full 40 members of the Orchestra and chorus, as well as Handel's Water Music Suite.
The story of the naming of the Trinity River was told by Historian and Pastor Robert Preece.
Concerts sponsored by the Adoue Fund of the Dallas Foundation, and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
Information: OrchestraOfNewSpain.org | 214 750 1492
Sunday, March 4 | Meadows Museum Exhibition Opens – Calatrava and SMU: A Decade in Motion
Santiago Calatrava's sculpture Wave (2002) has become one of the most recognizable symbols of both the Meadows Museum and Southern Methodist University. Timed to coincide with the opening of Calatrava's new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River, this exhibition commemorated the continuing symbiosis between the artist and the university. On display were sculptures and works on paper from the museum's collection, many of which were generous gifts from Calatrava himself, including several preliminary sketches for Wave that are seldom on view. Additional ephemera collected over the past decade, including correspondence, personal inscriptions, photographs and mementos, were shown. Exhibition continued through April 22, 2012.