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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

This Weekend, Sept. 16 Through Sept. 18

Thursday, Sept. 19 

The Deep Ellum Wine Walk celebrates its 5th Birthday Blowout on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. This special edition of the sip and shop event will include prize giveaways and fun surprises. Tickets are $10 and include a souvenir wine glass. 

You may know Jeff Goldblum as a silver fox of the silver screen, but he’s also a distinguished pianist. Goldblum and his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, are performing a jazz show-slash-musical which combines his wit and musical prowess. See them at the Winspear on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43. 

The Latino Arts Project hosts Art Voices Lecture: Escultura Mexicana (Mexican Sculpture) with key speaker Maria Estela Duarte, who curated the museum’s exhibition Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artist. The talk will be in Spanish, with a Spanish to English translation provided. The event is free and includes admission to the exhibit, and light refreshments. RSVP here

It’s Lord of the Rings Trivia Night at Celestial Beerworks from 7-9 p.m. It’s free to play and there are 60 Celestial Beerbucks on the line! 

Teatro Dallas holds its 2019-2020 Season Kick-Off on Thursday eve at The Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff. It’s free to attend, but space is limited, so be sure to RSVP

Addison Oktoberfest is back this weekend.

Friday, Sept. 20 

Friday is PARK(ing) Day Dallas, an annual affair where parking spots downtown are transformed into fun, mini “park” installations for pedestrians to enjoy. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend. Head to Main Street to check it out. 

Jonathan Wilson is performing a solo acoustic set at The Kessler along with Texan talents Josh T. Pearson and Dallas’ own Jade Nickol. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

Sweet Tooth Hotel hosts Ethereal – A Night of Soulection-Inspired Music with DJs Rizkilla, DRNRDX, and Joaqu.n. The party runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door. 

Local country cover band Straight Tequila Night is playing all of your favorite ‘90s country radio hits at Legacy Hall on Friday at 9 p.m. The performance is at The Box Garden, so it may be delayed in the case of inclement weather (it’s supposed to thunderstorm). The concert is free to attend. 

There’s a free party at Industry Alley Bar, a fun speakeasy behind Henry’s Majestic. Kastle will be providing the tunes along with Chrs Roze, Trailer Swift, and Awk b2b Ravver. The party starts at 9 p.m. and is 21 and up.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Get to know the creatives of your favorite neighborhood at the Deep Ellum Open Studios on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. Artists, musicians, photographers, and tattoo artists will open the doors of their workspaces for visitors and locals. There will also be an outdoor market, artist-led mural tours, and live muraling. Find details here

The Smoked BBQ Festival hits Main Street Garden Park on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Barbecue joints from across the state will bring out delicacies, from Lockhart Smokehouse to BBQ on the Brazos. There’s also going to be live music from Dale Watson, The 40 Acre Mule, Frankie Leonie, and others. Tickets are $50 and include lots of BBQ. 

Courtesy of Highland Park VIllage

Highland Park Village holds the September edition of Local Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a chance to shop artisan vendors and enjoy live entertainment. The event is free. 

The SPCA of Texas throws its annual Fur Ball at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on Saturday night. The black-tie gala supports the SPCA’s mission to rescue, heal, and place animals. Tickets start at $300. 

Sunday, September 22

The Nasher Sculpture Center hosts artist and co-founder of Aurora Festival Joshua King for an Art Chat about the Elmgreen and Dragset exhibition currently on view. The talk is at 2 p.m. and is included with the price of admission ($10). 

In the Bishop Arts District, House of Dirt has Let Them Eat Cake: High Tea on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The gathering is meant to foster conversations about sisterhood, self-care, and “growing and glowing.” Tickets start at $30 and include plant-based bites, artisan teas, and gift bags. 

DJs Blake Ward, Mutemor, and Junk Food are at Double Wide on Sunday night for Jamz. It’s free and starts at 4 p.m. 

Avant To Leave This Planet, an eccentric variety show of performance art, celebrates its second anniversary at Tradewinds Social Club on Sunday. There will be cupcakes and a wide range of talented performers. The event is free, but donations are encouraged.

Ongoing Events, Through October


Addison Oktoberfest–one of the largest Oktoberfest events in the area–takes place September 19 through 22 at Addison Circle Park. There are a ton of food vendors serving up Bavarian goodness, live polka music, dancing, and activities. Tickets are $10.

The 40th annual Plano Balloon Festival is September 20 through 22 at Oak Point Park. You can watch the colorful hot air balloons, go for a ride, listen to live music, and more. Buy tickets here

Visual Art

Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair makes its debut in Dallas from September 19 through 22 at Dallas Market Hall. The fair features more than 120 independent artists from Dallas and beyond. With artwork starting at $150, it’s a much more affordable alternative to the Dallas Art Fair. Buy passes here

A stunningly beautiful exhibition of Dior haute couture is on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. Due to popular demand, the show requires all visitors to have time-specific tickets. Read our write-up of the exhibit here.

“Office of Dreams,” Dior: From Paris to the World, Dallas Museum of Art.

Kimbell Art Museum’s new exhibition, Monet: The Late Years focuses on the final phase of the artist’s career, a fruitful period from 1913 to his death in 1926. 52 paintings will be on display, including dozens of Monet’s beloved water lily scenes, and lesser known works borrowed from major public and private collections. On view June 16 through September 15. Read our write-up here

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents the first major museum presentation of artistic duo Michael Elmgreen ad Ingar Dragset. The artists, best known for their ghostly Prada store in Marfa, have worked together for over two decades. Elmgreen & Dragset Sculptures is on view from September 14 through January 5.

After a renovation, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth is open again and hosting a slew of worthwhile exhibitions. One of the most notable is Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950, a collection of images tracing breakout moments in the influential photographer’s career. The exhibit is on view September 14 through December 29.

Painter John Currin is perhaps best known for his portraits of women, but his new exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, My Life as a Man, focuses specifically on the artist’s depiction of men. The show is on view September 15 through December 22.


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