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20 Things You Must Do in Dallas This July

Willie Nelson, Khalid, 21 Savage, Shawn Mendes, Dead & Company, Santana, Beck, and others are coming to town.

Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival | July 3, 1 p.m. | Dos Equis Pavilion 

Since its debut in 2016, Willie Nelson’s summer music festival has consistently thrilled fans with appearances from the likes of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, along with its octogenarian founder. Willie and his band of outlaws return to Fair Park just in time for an early Independence Day celebration, with a lineup that includes Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Colter Wall, and fellow Texans Steve Earle & The Dukes and Hayes Carll. This is not your Californian crop-top-and-flower-crown kind of shindig, but there will be craft beer, artisan vendors, and other typical festival attractions. And, most important, there is Willie. He may be 86 years old, but Texas’ most legendary country singer is still very active, releasing his latest album, Ride Me Back Home, in June.

Amanda Seales | July 5, 8 p.m. | House of Blues

You may know her as hilarious, haughty Tiffany on HBO’s Insecure, but Amanda Seales isn’t all jokes. The comedian, actress, writer, and producer tackles tough topics, from racism to sexism to police violence, in her show Smart, Funny & Black.

Shakespeare in the Park | July 2–31 | Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre 

The Dallas theater company presents its 48th season alfresco with productions of Shakespeare in Love and As You Like It. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine, spread out a blanket, and claim your spot in the park; shows happen Tuesday through Sunday.

Fair Park Fourth | July 4, 3 p.m. | Fair Park

Fair Park has a family-friendly day of fun planned this Fourth of July. It starts in the afternoon with good times on the Midway, including rides and carnival games, and finishes with a fireworks show and live music at the Cotton Bowl.

Dead & Company | July 2, 7 p.m. | Dos Equis Pavilion

Deadheads won’t want to miss this revival tour, which sees original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir joined by John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

2019 R&B Summer Block Party | July 5, 7:30 p.m. | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 

This year’s R&B Summer Block Party Festival Series features early aughts songstresses Jill Scott, Faith Evans, and Tweet together for one night only at Irving’s Toyota Music Factory. Plus, there will be pre- and post-show parties on the Texas Lottery Plaza.

Shawn Mendes | July 22 | American Airlines Center

Shawn Mendes is touring to promote his self-titled third album, which was also the pop star’s third No. 1 album to date. Alessia Cara, the Canadian singer behind hits like “Scars to Your Beautiful,” joins the tour as a special guest.

Khalid | July 14, 7:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center

Since releasing his debut in 2017, 21-year-old Khalid has shot to stardom with a pleasant sound that straddles R&B and pop. His sophomore album, Free Spirit, released in April, made history by dominating the entire top five spots of the Billboard R&B Songs chart.

Celeste Barber | July 19, 7:30 p.m. | House of Blues

How does internet humor translate IRL? Ask Celeste Barber, the Australian actor and comedian who made a name for herself by parodying celebrity pho- tographs on Instagram. In her live show, the “anti- influencer” talks about her strange rise to fame and the interesting interactions that have resulted.

Hello, Dolly! | July 17–28 | Music Hall at Fair Park

Big Spring, Texas, native and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley stars in this joyous comedy about a nosy matchmaker in New York at the turn of the 20th century. The new production has won four Tonys, including Best Musical Revival.

Kaboom Town | July 3, 4 p.m. | Addison Circle Park

It’s known as one of the best fireworks displays in the country, but Kaboom Town is so much more than that. The annual extravaganza includes an air show, a food court, live music, and a carnival.

Beck and Cage the Elephant | July 27, 6 p.m. | Dos Equis Pavilion

After appearing on Cage the Elephant’s recent fifth album (Social Cues), Beck is getting even closer to the band. The two alternative rock acts are teaming up for The Night Running Tour, with Spoon as the main support and Wild Belle making a special appearance at the Dallas show.

21 Savage | July 13, 8 p.m. | South Side Ballroom

From being detained by ICE to securing his first No. 1 album, it’s been an eventful year for Atlanta-based (and apparently British?) rapper 21 Savage. He’s celebrating the success of I Am > I Was with up-and-coming hip-hop star DaBaby.

Alice Cooper and Halestorm | July 31, 7 p.m. | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 

The one and only Alice Cooper returns to Dallas, where he had a surprise reunion with his original band at Good Records in 2015. (Captured in the recent documentary, Alice Cooper: Live From the Astroturf.) He’ll be joined by the Grammy-winning Halestorm.

Sex Ed | July 3–14 | Hamon Hall

We’re all getting “the talk.” Cry Havoc Theater Company’s latest work questions how young Americans can gain a healthy understanding of relationships and consent in a society that often fails to provide them with comprehensive sexual education.

Five on the 4th | July 4, 8 a.m. | Klyde Warren Park

Start off your Fourth on the run. There’s a 5-mile run through Turtle Creek, a 5K run through Uptown, a 2-mile (dog-friendly) walk, and a kids’ race. This second annual event benefits the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

WWE Raw | July 1, 6:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center

This is the Dallas debut of the new roster for WWE’s Monday-night flagship, set after the annual Superstar Shake-up event in April. AJ Styles made the jump from SmackDown, and joins Seth Rollins, Baron Corbin, the Usos, and others.

Santana | July 6, 7 p.m. | Dos Equis Pavilion

Carlos Santana and his band are celebrating the anniversaries of his career-making set at Woodstock (50 years) and the release of his bestselling album, Supernatural (20 years). The Doobie Brothers open.

An Evening With Jane Fonda | July 8, 7:30 p.m. | Winspear Opera House

Jane Fonda is a living legend. She has won Oscars, written books, and started a fitness revolution with a VHS tape. Now, at 81 years old, she’s telling her story. Join her as she revisits important moments from her career onstage.

Queen With Adam Lambert | July 23, 8 p.m. | American Airlines Center

Lambert again fronts the iconic rock band in a theatrical new production, coming in the wake of the overwhelming success of Bohemian Rhapsody. He may not be Freddie Mercury, but Lambert has been an essential and invigorating addition to Queen’s live shows since 2011.

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