This weekend there will be a 3-day celebration for the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River, even though the date for the actual opening to traffic has been pushed back to March 29th, due to the recent unexpected amount of rainfall. Workers are now busy constructing a large concert stage on the bridge itself for the festivities. Friday night Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will be playing on that stage, with tickets priced at $200, and limited to 2,600 tickets. You can purchase those tickets here. Following the concert, there will be a fireworks display. Beginning at noon on Saturday will be a street fair on the bridge with food vendors, sidewalk artists, magicians, dancers, and more. Local musicians and bands will play on multiple stages. A large crowd is expected – up to 30,000 people. Saturday night’s celebtation, featuring Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights, will be FREE. Again, fireworks are scheduled immediately following the concert. On Sunday there will be a sunrise ribbon cutting ceremony with music by Street Corner Symphony and the Orchestra of New Spain.
West Dallas will share in the celebrating with Bridge-o-Rama, which will offer over 30 official events. On Saturday, from 1 – 6 p.m., the Ben E. Keith Stage at 312 Singleton Blvd., will be the site of the World Music Stage, which will offer different types of music from around the world, including Irish, Latin, and the music of Africa. The headlining act on the World Music Stage will be a gospel / R & B group, The Relatives, who grew up in West Dallas, but have never played here before, even though they have played as far away as Australia and France.
When the festivities are over on Sunday, the bridge will be closed back down until all of the construction is completed and inspected. The Dallas Morning News reported this week that the true total cost of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is $182 million, with $12 million of that coming from private donations.