Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Freeze on Friday, get soaked in Denton on Saturday.

This will be a bit of a doozy, since we’ve got Monday in here, too. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, and everyone in the downtown area, enjoy the people watching near the Sheraton. The costumes of Anime Fest should be out in full force.


Tonight is the first of two Frozen Planet concerts at the Meyerson. I am in need of some serious relaxation, and I can’t think of anything much better than beautiful photos of icy tundra. And super cute animals, such as penguins. George Fenton’s compositions, played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Fenton himself, are accompanied by stunning HD images of Earth’s polar regions.

After that, I’d head to Vickery Park, where they’ve tapped their last keg of Brooklyn Summer, a decidedly not-local beer. I have a sentimental attachment to Brooklyn Summer, and I’m sad it’s nearly time to finish  it off. Funnily enough, the tapping is part of their “Keeping It Local for Labor Day” thing, in which you can also get $2 hot dogs now through Monday (except during brunch hours) and brews from Peticolas, Lakewood Brewing Company, and Deep Ellum Brewing Company on tap.


It’s really September. Fend off any panic with a free visit to the Nasher Sculpture Center for Target First Saturdays. Activities include family tours, story time, an art scavenger hunt, yoga, and an activity connected to the monthly theme. This month’s happens to be “history,” personal and otherwise. It’s also the next to the last weekend to experience Ernesto Neto’s interactive installation Cuddle on the Tightrope. For more inspiration, revisit Peter Simek’s great video and interview with the Brazilian artist.

I highly recommend sticking around the Arts District for the free Sunset Screening in the evening, since the AT&T PAC is showing Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom and you can BYO picnic and drinks. I love, love, love that movie. Love. It’s Luhrmann’s first feature, a colorful comedy that was a highly-stylized, sweepingly shot premonition of his more tragically romantic work to come. Also, best use of the song “Time After Time” in a movie, ever. I’ll stand by that statement.

For those who need one last summer hurrah, there’s 35 Denton’s Hot Wet Mess. The line up includes The Black Lips, No Age, Reggie Watts, Big Freedia, RTB2, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Fergus and Geronimo, and DJ Sober. Organizers are warning everyone to waterproof your stuff, and yourself. You will get wet. There’s a half pipe and a gigantic water slide to help with that. And even if you think you can avoid getting soaked, I’d still put your phone in a plastic bag.


All I want to do is see Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer at the Texas Theatre and then wander across the street for Mesa‘s vegan tamale. That sounds incredible right about now. Peter has the review of Red Hook Summer here, and the Texas Theatre is the only place you can see it. You’ve got until next Thursday.

If you’re looking to cartwheel yourself right on into Labor Day, there’s Bryan Street Tavern’s White Trash Bash. There will be a `70s cover band, a pool, arm wrestling, free fake mullets, and chicken detritus bingo, which works exactly how you think it does.


Don’t go to work unless you’re looking for some peace and quiet. And even then, don’t do it. Try DFW’s Free Day of Yoga instead, which means a bunch of different studios around town, such as Sunstone, Bikram Yoga Dallas, and Karmany (our Best of Big D pick) are offering free classes for people interested in trying something new or starting from scratch.

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  • Another fun thing to do in Dallas this weekend is our Grand Opening, with up to 50 local artists, live music, and complimentary Wine Walk Saturday and Beer Browse Sunday. Details at