Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Oct. 5-7

Planning to brave the weekend crowds at the State Fair? You’ll want to go here. For those of us who’ve already eaten a veritable parade of fried stuff and conquered a horrible fear of heights to ride the Texas Star, there’s everything else.


The first day of Index Fest kicks off this afternoon in Deep Ellum. The two day festival, put together by Spune Productions, offers 24 bands and three stages (one indoor, two outdoor), a beer garden, food trucks, good music, and presumably a darn good time. Sneak out of work early, feign dengue fever, do whatever you have to do. I’m especially excited for Elite Gymnastics and Grimes, happening somewhere in the middle, but today’s line up includes Air Review and headliner Portugal. The Man.

Also starting tonight: Vertigo‘s weekend-long run at the Texas Theatre. October is the month for Alfred Hitchcock– the king of creep, the master of suspense–and I could not be more pumped to watch the greatest film of all time in 35 mm. Take that, Citizen Kane.


Over on our D Moms blog, the lovely Joslyn will probably detail all the great family and kids events happening this weekend. There are quite a few, but my favorites are probably Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, the Art in October/First Saturday festivities in the Arts District, and the Lab at Lakewood’s “cardboard challenge.” It’s a free creative playtime with an emphasis on recycling materials (such as cardboard and plastic) into something awesome. If you’d like, bring a $10 donation along with your cardboard. Proceeds benefit the Imagination Foundation. The Lab provides all the other supplies.

Saturday evening will find me and my good friend Meg at La Duni in NorthPark for Jazz in the Park, which combines a couple of my favorite things: good jazz and La Duni’s mojitos. In addition to music from the Nookie Thompsons, a collective of local musicians who’ve played for Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Beyonce, and Snarky Puppy, there’s art from Ali Golzad and Dallas-native Milan Bender. A cocktail of your choice is included in the ticket price, so there’s that.


Fiesta Latinoamericana, technically part of the Arts District’s Art in October stuff, is a veritable cultural explosion. More than 50 performance acts will converge along Flora St., near the cathedral, for this festival celebrating Latin American countries from Puerto Rico to Peru. Activities will include four stages of dance and music, Latino cuisine, children’s workshops, and more.

If you’re not on concert overload, you can still get tickets to David Byrne and St. Vincent at McFarlin Auditorium. These two are a match made in critical heaven, and Love This Giant makes that abundantly clear. Reviews of other concerts on their tour suggest that this is not to be missed.

For more to do this weekend, go here. For a guide to gallery openings, go here.


  • I always enjoyed Vertigo more than Citizen Kane. While Citizen Kane is a technical masterpiece, Vertigo is a much more complex and melancholy story. It’d be fun to see the film at the Texas Theatre.