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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Weekend: May 19-21

Festival season has officially kicked off, and it's totally apparent this weekend, with the Tacos & Tequila Festival, Wildwood Festival, Main Street Festival, and more.
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Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, seen here performing in Jacksonville, Florida, last year, will be part of the lineup at Richardson’s Wildflower Festival this weekend. Fran Ruchalski-USA TODAY NETWORK

Kinky Friedman

May 19-20| Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton and Poor David’s Pub

Texas musician and sometime gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman will play two sets this weekend, both benefiting his Gold Star Camp for Kids at Echo Hill Ranch. The proceeds of the shows provide scholarships and travel expenses for the children who have lost military or first responder family members. Get tickets 

DSO and E.T.

May 19-21| Meyerson Symphony Center

Even after 500 viewings, I promise the story of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is still a terrific movie. But if you want to get a little more out of Steven Spielberg’s work, head to the Meyerson this weekend to hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra play John William’s Oscar-winning score in sync with the movie. Get tickets here

Main Street Festival

May 19-21| Downtown Grapevine

In addition to good food and a lot of craft beer, Grapevine’s Main Street Festival will offer local acts, as well as country band Little Texas on Friday night and pop rock group Vertical Horizon on Saturday night. Chicken N Pickle will also offer pickleball games. Get tickets here

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival

May 19-21| Galatyn Park Urban Center, Richardson

Local festival favorite Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is a can’t-miss this weekend. In addition to art, street performers, acrobats, magicians, and tons of food and beverages, the festival also offers musical acts on a variety of stages in Galatyn Park and inside the Eisemann Center. This year’s lineup includes Judah & the Lion, Squeezebox Bandits, Salim Nourallah, Little River Band, The Romantics, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Joshua Ray Walker, and Jimmie Vaughan and His Tilt-A-Whirl Band. Get tickets here

Tacos & Tequila Festival

May 20, 2 p.m.| Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth

First, there are tacos. Then there’s tequila. But also, a lot of music, including Flo Rida, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Montell Jordan. And if that’s not enough, there’s also Lucha Libre wrestling, a salsa and hot sauce battle, and a chihuahua beauty pageant. Get tickets here

Dave Matthews Band

May 20, 7 p.m.| Dos Equis Pavilion

One of the creepiest dates I’ve ever been on involved the song “Crash Into Me,” but that’s not an indictment of the Dave Matthews Band—it’s a strike against the pukka shell-necklaced Chad. Fans of DMB will appreciate that this tour includes their favorite members, including Stefan Lessard, Carter Beauford, Tim Reynolds, and UNT alum Jeff Coffin. They’re touring in support of their latest album, Walk Around the Moon, which is out on Friday. Get tickets here

Also check out:

Ray Johnstone Band, May 19, 6 p.m., Bonton Farms. Get tickets

They Might Be Giants, May 19, 6:30 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets

Shinyribs and Tesla’s Frank Hannon, May 19, 7 p.m., Winters Park, Garland. More info

Larry’s Market Run feat. Larry June, May 19, 8 p.m., South Side Ballroom. Get tickets

Lee Roy Parnell, May 19, 8 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets

Troyboi, May 19, 10 p.m., Stereo Live. Get tickets

Chancey Williams, May 19, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets

Texas Hippie Coalition, May 19, 10:15 p.m., Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth. Get tickets

Brave Combo, May 20, 2 p.m., Murphy Central Park, Murphy. Get tickets

Fusion Fest, May 20, 2 p.m., Heritage Park, Irving. More info

Transviolet, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Dada. Get tickets

Ricardo Arjona, May 20, 8 p.m., Texas Trust Credit Union Theater, Grand Prairie. Get tickets

Man or Astro-Man?, May 20, 8 p.m., Deep Ellum Art Company. Get tickets

Stoney LaRue, May 20, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets

Warrant, May 20, 10:15 p.m., Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth. Get tickets

Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival, May 21, noon. Trees. Get tickets

Exodus Music and Arts Festival, May 21, 5 p.m. Toyota Music Hall, Irving. Get tickets

Bouncing Souls, May 21, 6 p.m. Granada Theater. Get tickets

Hayley Kiyoko, May 21, 6 p.m. Echo Lounge & Music Hall. Get tickets

Rodrigo y Gabriela, May 21, 7:30 p.m. Annette Strauss Square. Get tickets

To see what concerts are coming to North Texas this year, go here.


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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.

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