The scene at one of last summer’s Reunion Lawn Parties. Photo by Bret Redman.

Things to Do

5 Free Things To Do In Dallas This July

Spend time, not money.

Spend time, not money.

Everybody’s invited to America’s birthday party and the dozens of free local celebrations throughout North Texas for Fourth of July weekend. We’re going to point you toward this list of fireworks shows, and then point you more specifically to Red, White, and Boom on the Bridge on July 3. Held on the Continental Avenue Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, and on the shut-down-to-traffic westbound lanes of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the festivities will include live music, food, kids’ activities, and other games, concluding with a fireworks show featuring a wonderful view of the Dallas skyline.

The Reunion Lawn Party turns the base of Reunion Tower into a mini-festival on July 27. The food trucks and beer will cost you, but the live music, lawn games, and general atmosphere of summertime contentedness are free of charge.

Putting an unconventional spin on the staid tradition of book and poetry readings, WordSpace has organized a “literary installation” for July 10 at Wild Detectives. “Looped” will feature local writers’ prose and poetry, “simultaneously broadcast, encountered inside headphones, and translated as visual installation…” Continuing the literary theme, keep your schedule clear for WordSpace’s July 30 “Lit Hop” in Deep Ellum. The nonprofit arts group has recruited some of North Texas’ most bookish outfits for a series of pop-up readings and loosely defined “literary atmospheres” throughout the Dallas neighborhood. Stay tuned for more details.

Every Sunday afternoon in July — except for July 3 — the City Performance Hall opens its doors for the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival. Expect to hear music from some of the most legendary names in classical music: Beethoven, obviously, but also Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. If that doesn’t quite sate your appetite for chamber music, the Dallas Chamber Symphony will play a free concert of jazz and classical music at 508 Park the afternoon of July 9. The show, funded by a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, is part of a series designed to connect residents of the nearby Bridge Homeless Recovery Center with their neighbors — welcoming them into the broader community, and bettering everybody in the process.

This month’s ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher on July 15, which offers free admission to the sculpture museum along with some bonus activities, has Northern National performing in the garden, and a screening of Weekend at Bernie’s.