Into The Weekend…

Rendering of Ugo Rondinone's piece in West Dallas for the Nasher XChange art project. Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Rendering of Ugo Rondinone’s piece in West Dallas for the Nasher XChange art project. Courtesy of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Plenty of fall-flavored things to do this weekend, along with art parties and tons of free activities all over the city.

Friday, take part in the Arts District block party, part of the Aurora lights and art festival. 86 new pieces of public artwork sprinkled throughout the Arts District and Klyde Warren Park. Here’s a nifty interactive map to guide you through the exhibition, and here is a complete list of artists and works.In addition to the installations, the museums will all be open late, and you can catch musical performances by Somebody’s Darling and Alpha Rev in the Nasher’s garden.

Saturday, Turtle Creek park gets turned into a pumpkin (patch). The Turtle Creek Association’s annual Pumpkins in the Park offers all kinds of family festival fun. It’s free to attend, and there will be balloon artists, airbrush tattoos, a hay bale maze, and more. Show up with a blanket and a picnic and make an afternoon of it.

On Sunday, don’t miss the Texas State Vegggie Fair at Reverchon Park. If you managed to resist all the fried goodies at the actual fair, this is your chance to indulge in something with a little less guilt. Highlights include plenty of vegetarian and vegan cuisine (including corny dogs), a beer garden, a farmer’s market, live music, and fun activities for kids. Erykah Badu will give a keynote speech, plus DJ a set. Furry friends are welcome, too.

Finally, if you noticed that the city getting more artful over the past few months, it’s finally time to unveil all ten of the Nasher’s 10th anniversary commissions. Celebrate the museum’s citywide public art initiative, Nasher XChange, on Sunday with a full day of special programming at the Nasher. Activities include yoga, photobooths, free coffee, free Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches, and a panel discussion featuring our own arts editor Peter Simek. Admission is free.



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