Things to Do

Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend: Sept. 13 – Sept. 16

From Dallas Pride Week to Mexican Independence Day, there's a lot to celebrate.

Happy Thursday! You have a lot on your plate this weekend. Pride celebrations are taking over the city; it’s the final moment for Murakami at The Modern; and your favorite Dallas Maverick is hitting the tennis court with celeb friends. Here are the weekend events you don’t want to miss.

Before we get going, Dallas’ Pride parade is Sunday, but the events get going today. Check out our complete guide to Dallas Pride Week 2018 here.

Thursday (9/13) 

I hope you have a fun vintage outfit at the ready, because you’re going to need it tonight.

Harwood District is celebrating three decades of business with a Throwback Thirty party at Happiest Hour. Neon lights, crazy cocktails, and arcade games will be plentiful. The Spazmatics take the stage at 7 p.m. Admission is free and throwback attire is encouraged.

The Dallas Museum of Art urges you to “get out your cone bras and oversized bows” (finally!) this Thursday for an evening of Madonna-inspired fun. The latest edition of Second Thursdays with a Twist is celebrating the icon with music video screenings, an ‘80s dance performance, music from DJ Wild in the Streets, and a tour of ‘80s artworks in the collection. Dress up like Madge for free admission.

Friday (9/14) 

Deep Ellum hotspot Harlowe MXM turns one this weekend, and it’s having a Havana Nights-themed birthday party. Stop by for live music, dancing, hand-rolled cigars, and food and drink specials.

Grapevine’s 32nd Annual Grapefest kicks off on Thursday and runs through the weekend. It’s the largest wine festival in the southwest, featuring the state’s best wines alongside selections from Northern Cali and Spain. Tickets are $8, but admission is free on Friday until 5 p.m.

Saturday (9/15) 

Sample a variety of tasty meats and enjoy a late summer swim in the FOE pool at the 7th Annual Fraternal Order of Eagles BBQ Cook Off. Tickets to the amateur barbecue competition are $10, and benefit the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the winners are announced at 5 p.m.

The Dirk Nowitzki 3rd Annual Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic is this Saturday at the SMU Tennis Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

The Nature of Arp, a retrospective of French-German artist Jean Arp, opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center on Saturday. It’s the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the U.S. in 30 years. Read more about it here. 

Sunday (9/16) 

Dallas Pride Weekend culminates on Sunday with the 35th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. The free event begins at 2 p.m. at Cedar Springs Road and Wycliff Ave. If you missed it up top, here’s our guide to Dallas Pride Week 2018.

Sunday is your last chance to catch Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg at The Modern! If you haven’t seen the psychedelic exhibit, add a trip to Fort Worth to your weekend schedule.

The Rustic is having live Latin music all day on Sunday for Mexican Independence Day. Sip Four Corners specialty beer cocktails and enjoy entertainment from DJ Christy Ray, Francisco Divera, and Mexico City-based band Peregrino. 

For more to do this weekend and beyond, browse our event listings.

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