Things To Do In Dallas This Labor Day Weekend

Your Labor Day plans include the Mad Decent Block Party, The very first Dallas DanceFest, and cheap admission to the Arboretum.

Performers from the Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Courtesy of Dallas DanceFest.
Performers from the Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Courtesy of Dallas DanceFest.


Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark opened at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas earlier this month, and will be playing for another week or so. You may have been exposed to the film version thanks to the singular onscreen magic provided by Audrey Hepburn, but it’s really meant for the up-close dynamism of the stage.

The Libertine is walking distance from the venue, and after having dinner there earlier this week, I can say with confidence that the menu has improved significantly; even the signature items seem new again. The restaurant has a drink on the menu you can’t find anywhere else in Dallas—the Double A Crusta. Have one; you won’t regret it.

The Bedford Blues and BBQ Fest starts today and it’s not necessarily all about the blues, which is to be expected. Although you can catch guitarists as well-known as Robert Cray at the event, the inclusion of acts such as Mike Rhyner’s Tom Petty tribute, Petty Theft, helps to keep things varied and interesting. The event starts at 6 pm today, and runs through Sunday.


If you happen to be feel like spending all weekend at music festivals, and I certainly have done my share of that, you can keep moving right past the mid-cities at the aforementioned event in Bedford, and end up in Fort Worth for the Clearfork Music Festival. Apparently Panther Island Pavilion has the “only waterfront stage in the state,” which is actually a heck of a bragging right. This lineup is heavy on the Fort Worth acts, obviously, but will be capped off by an appearance on the True Detective soundtrack stars, the Black Angels. The event lasts a staggering 13 hours on Saturday and starts at 11 am.

The first year of the Dallas DanceFest at City Performance Hall is dedicated to the memory of Bruce Wood, who would have been present if not for his tragic and untimely loss earlier this year. The event features a staggeringly impressive list of companies, just a little under 20 total. More details are available here and here. The massive showcase lasts from Friday through Sunday.


You would assume that downtown Dallas might be a little quiet this weekend, but Sunday’s Mad Decent Block Party at Zouk will make certain that is definitely not the case. Sure, we didn’t get an appearance by Outkast like some other lucky cities on this tour, but Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus is sure to bring the party crowd out in droves.


I suggest taking it easy on Labor Day and I’m not just saying that because it’s pretty difficult to find events that land on the holiday proper. If you must leave the house, it should be noted that admission to the Dallas Arboretum is only five dollars today. Let’s not kid ourselves that September is any more kind to us than August, temperature-wise, however. 99 degrees is the projected temperature for Monday. Still, a little little sweat never got in the way of a good time. Be safe, Dallas.

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