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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

How to enjoy local arts, culture, food, fitness, and more while practicing social distancing.

While restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and other local businesses have reopened with limited capacities, we’re still very much in the midst of an infectious outbreak. Medical experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and wear masks vigilantly. 

Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed restaurants to operate at 75 percent capacity, but bars are required to remain closed. However, many local watering holes–like Katy Trail Ice House and Ruins–have shifted their businesses and started selling more food in order to reopen as restaurants.

A few movie theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, Cinépolis, Studio Movie Grill, and Cinemark, have started the process of reopening. Film lovers can find a safer alternative with drive-in theaters, which have been experiencing a renaissance during the pandemic. 

Getting out and about poses a considerable risk until we see a two-week decline in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Take that into consideration as you map out your plans for the weekend.

Things To Do This Weekend: Sept. 17-Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 17 

Jasper’s Uptown is holding its weekly Backyard Cinema Night at 7:45 p.m. The restaurant is offering dinner and a show in its parking lot amphitheater. This week, they’re screening Selena in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Tickets are $10 and include a bag of popcorn and a soda. The restaurant offers its full menu during the show. 

The Dallas Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Music Performance Trust Fund present an evening of live music in Klyde Warren Park on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The performance will also be streamed on the group’s Facebook page

Klarity and Khaos hosts Painting with a View at Reunion Tower on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Guests will paint the Dallas skyline from one of its best vantage points, the observation deck of Reunion Tower. Tickets are $55 and include supplies and instruction.

Friday, Sept. 18

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is bringing some much-needed festival fun to town this fall with its State Fair Pop-Up. The bar and restaurant has installed midway games, food vendor booths, photo booths, and more. It’s open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday.

Ferris Wheelers has a State Fair-themed pop-up.

Cycling group, the Hangover Riders are having a social ride on Friday evening leaving from White Rock Alehouse & Brewery at 8 p.m. sharp. The group will ride 5-7 miles to a bar for a drink, and then back for a 10-12 mile loop. The average speed will be 10-12 mph. 

There’s a new series, the South Dallas Summer Drive-In, that highlights films celebrating and exploring the Black experience. The socially-distanced event is free and will take place at 1920 Martin Luther King Blvd. at 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Sept. 19 

The Free Man holds its weekly drag brunch, All Tea, No Shade, on Saturday at noon. The show features RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Kennedy Davenport and local star Bleach, with tunes by Dezi 5. There’s a $10 cover. 

Soluna Festival is having a socially distant version of its Passport to the Park event on Saturday at Klyde Warren Park from 12-6 p.m. There will be performances from DSO ensembles, Bruce Wood Dance, Mariachi Lone Star, the Sangeet Millennium Ensemble, and others. The event is free; remember to wear a mask.

This AT&T Performing Arts Center event was pre-COVID, as you can see.

City Yoga is holding a nighttime Glow Flow class at Strauss Square at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include a tote bag and a plant-based burger.

Sunday, Sept. 20 

Canvas Dallas is throwing an End of Summer Splash Bash at its rooftop pool bar with cocktails and a DJ. Tickets are $25 per person.

The Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Dallas has two drag brunch shows on Sunday, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1:15 p.m. The afternoon will feature Jenni P, Krystal Summers, and other surprise guests. Click here to make a reservation.

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