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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

How to enjoy local arts, music, culture, food, fitness, and more all week long in Dallas.
| |By Bethany Erickson and Zoe Roberts
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Juneteenth is celebrated nationally on June 19th, but several local groups are kicking off the commemoration this weekend. The historic Morney Berry Farm will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday. Bret Redman

Local Culture

Joshua Ingram’s The Longest Day

June 20, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.| 815 S. Main St., Grapevine
In celebration of the longest day of summer, and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, Joshua Ingram is performing a free concert running 12 hours. The day-long event hopes to raise $15,000 to donate, and the performance won’t include a single repeat song.

Badge of Pride

Through June 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.| 801 W. Irving Blvd., Irving
The Irving Archives and Museum is hosting a pop-up exhibit during Pride month that spotlights over a century of LGBTQIA+ history. The exhibit will feature artifacts and a look back at some of the most notable anthems, including early protest buttons and signs.

Parade of Playhouses

Through June 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.| 8687 North Central Expy.
Buy a raffle ticket (or three) in Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses for your chance to win a fun backyard play space for your kids. The annual event raises funds to help child victims of abuse. Head to NorthPark Center to check out this year’s array of tiny structures, all designed and built by local architects, builders, and other organizations. The 17-day event ends at 3 p.m. June 30, and winners will be notified that evening.

Pieces of a Dream

June 21, 7:30 p.m. | 2301 Flora St.
Known for their R&B and jazz fusion performances, Pieces of a Dream has been playing their signature tunes for 40 years–and now you can catch them in Dallas this weekend. The duo features James Lloyd on the keyboard, and Curtis Harmon on the drums.

Synergy

June 21 to June 22, 8 p.m. | 2520 Flora St.
Pegasus Contemporary Ballet is presenting Synergy this weekend, a show bringing local dancers and musicians together. The show will feature techno, jazz violin, and percussion music in collaboration with the ballet performances for one night only.

Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party

June 21, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Multiple locations
The Dallas Arts District is joining up with the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Crow Museum of Asian Art to host the Pride Block Party this weekend. The event includes tours, live music, films, food, drag, and more. The best part: the event is free for all.

Backyard Pickleball Bash

June 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | 5757 State Hwy 205, Rockwall
Experience a combination of sports and entertainment this weekend at the Backyard Pickleball Bash. The event will include opportunities to play pickleball, as well as backyard games, food and drinks, a pool party, and live music.

Back to the Roots Juneteenth Festival

June 22, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.| 9455 Lancaster Hutchins Rd.
Celebrate Juneteenth with a day full of live music, games for the whole family, workshops, and vendors to shop from this weekend at the Back to the Roots festival. The event teaches the history of Black farming in Texas, hosted on the Morney Berry Farm, which has been owned and cared for by the Morney family and descendants for over 150 years.


Live Shows

Paul Wall

June 20, 9 p.m.| Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth
When he’s not joining Megan Thee Stallion on stage, the Grammy-nominated Paul Wall is representing Texas (and Houston) as one of the most notable hip-hop artists to come out of the state. His latest release, 2023’s The Great Wall, features fellow Texans Lil Keke, That Mexican OT, Chalie Boy, and Bun B. He’ll be in Cowtown Thursday night at Billy Bob’s Texas.

Styx and Foreigner with John Waite

June 21, 6:45 p.m.| Dos Equis Pavilion
Classic rock fans of a certain age rejoice: The trio of Styx, Foreigner, and John Waite will hit Dos Equis Pavilion on Friday night’s stop on their Renegades & Juke Box Heroes tour. Expect every favorite song from everyone, including “Mr. Roboto,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Missing You,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Come Sail Away.” Temperatures are expected to hit the high 90s, so make sure you hydrate.

Sebastian Bach

June 21, 7 p.m.| Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall, Plano
I vaguely remembered that former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach was on the Gilmore Girls, but I hit the old Googler to find out what else he’s been up to since leaving the rock band that brought the hits “18 and Life,” “I Remember You,” and more. He took a turn on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, as well as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s been in a few movies. He was Tiki on Fox’s The Masked Singer last year. He released a new single, “What Do I Got To Lose?” He’s been in a feud with a guy from Falling In Reverse. And he really doesn’t like it when you wear shirts advertising his old bands. So maybe don’t do that.

Drive-By Truckers

June 21, 7 p.m.| House of Blues
Drive-By Truckers are arguably the most famous Athens, Georgia, band that isn’t R.E.M., Widespread Panic, or The B-52s. It’s been 23 years since they first gained notice with Southern Rock Opera. Although they’ve seen a few changes—most notably the departure of Jason Isbell—they’re still churning out country-tinged rock music. They’re on their Southern Rock Opera Revisited 2024 Tour and will perform that album and a few fan favorites at the House of Blues on Friday night.

The War and Treaty

June 21, 7:30 p.m.| Levitt Pavilion, Arlington
Husband-and-wife team Tanya Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr., otherwise known as The War and Treaty, will play a free show Friday night as part of the Levitt Foundation’s Levitt National Tour. The Nashville duo are known for a sound that combines blues, gospel, soul, bluegrass, and country. In addition to two recent Grammy nods, the two have also collaborated with an array of artists, including Zach Bryan, Brothers Osborne, John Legend, and more. Fun fact: Eagle-eyed fans may also recognize Tanya for her turn in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, where she played a student of Whoopi Goldberg’s character, Deloris. (See her duet with Lauryn Hill here.) 

Aventura

June 21, 8 p.m.| American Airlines Center
Aventura may not have released an album since 2009’s The Last, but fans will be doubly happy to see them at American Airlines Center Friday night. It marks a reunion with frontman Romeo Santos, who is known as the King of Bachata, for one last tour. (In fact, Santos said in a tour announcement that “We cannot stagnate in the nostalgia of yesterday,” which sounds pretty darn definite.) The Cerrando Ciclos tour will also allow fans to experience the original Aventura and all their favorite songs.

Cavetown and Mother Mother

June 22, 6:30 p.m.| South Side Ballroom
Alt-rockers Mother Mother and singer-songwriter Cavetown’s co-headlining tour will hit Dallas Saturday night. Mother Mother, who gained notice in 2020 after going viral on TikTok, is touring in support of their new album, Grief Chapter. Cavetown, also known as Robin Skinner, is supporting his latest EP, little vice.

Melanie Martinez

June 22, 7 p.m.| Dickies Arena, Fort Worth
Melanie Martinez had to make two attempts at bringing The Trilogy Tour to Dallas thanks to postseason play by both the Stars and the Mavericks taking priority at the AAC. This time, her trip to Fort Worth will be a little more certain. The “Dollhouse” singer will feature songs from all three of her albums (hence the trilogy): Cry Baby, K-12, and Portals. Beach Bunny and Sofia Isella will open.

June 25, 7 p.m.| Dickies Arena, Fort Worth
The North Texas stop of Blink-182’s 2024 reunion tour will happen on a work night. This is ironic because the band that made it’s name as one of the most fun late 90s/early aughts pop-punk bands is now firmly in “dad band” territory, and (based on my extensive field research from my couch) dads like sleep. Needless to say, the whole band is back together, so gather ye rosebuds while ye may and whatnot. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to Living the Dream Foundation, which fulfills the wishes of music fans with life-threatening illnesses.

Ying Yang Twins

June 26, 7 p.m.| Lava Cantina, The Colony
The Ying Yang Twins have been a party staple for almost 24 years, thanks to hits like “Whistle While You Twerk,” “Salt Shaker,” “Wait (The Whisper Song),” and “Badd.” Collaborations with Britney Spears and Lil John didn’t hurt, either. They’ll hit The Colony Wednesday night.

Megan Thee Stallion

June 26, 7 p.m.| American Airlines Center
It’s been a good year for Houston native Meghan Thee Stallion. She kicked off her Hot Girl Summer tour last month, and Dallas and Houston were two stops before her North American finale in Las Vegas on June 22. (Her Dallas date was moved from June 11 to accommodate the NBA Finals.) Earlier this year, her single “HISS” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and also became the first solo female rap song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200. She also struck a deal with Warner Music Group that provided distribution for her work and promotion but still allowed her to maintain full ownership of her masters and publishing rights. She’ll be joined by GloRilla on Wednesday night.

Also check out:

Michael Longfellow, June 20-22, Dallas Comedy Club. Get tickets.

Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, June 20, 5:45 p.m., Sammons Park. Get tickets.

Dana Harper, June 20, 6 p.m., Bonton Farms. Get tickets.

The Sklar Brothers, June 20, 7 p.m., Hyena’s Comedy Club. Get tickets.

Belanova, June 20, 8 p.m., Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Get tickets.

Polyphonic Spree, June 20, 8 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Mark Wills, June 20, 8 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets.

Excision, June 21-22, Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Get tickets.

Midland, June 21-22, Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Junior Brown, June 21, 7 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets.

Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, and Tracy Byrd, June 21, 7 p.m., WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Get tickets.

Cory Cross and Darby Sparkman, June 21, 8 p.m., Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Salako Music, June 21, 8 p.m., South Dallas Cultural Center. Get tickets.

Kevin Hart, June 22, two shows, WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Get tickets.

IRAS Vision Label Showcase, June 22, 6 p.m., Dada. Get tickets.

Baby Bash and Mike Jones, June 22, 7 p.m., Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall, Plano. Get tickets.

Matt Hillyer and Cory Cross, June 22, 7 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets.

David Adam Byrnes, June 22, 8 p.m., Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Caifanes and Cafe Tacvba, June 22, 8 p.m., Dos Equis Pavilion. Get tickets.

The Wilder Blue, June 22, 8 p.m., Granada Theater. Get tickets.

Carrie Rodriguez, June 23, 6:30 p.m., Lewisville Grand Theater, Lewisville. Get tickets.

Flwr Chyld & Grimm Lynn, June 23, 7 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Monte Montgomery, June 23, 7 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Aaron Copeland, June 23, 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Arlington. Get tickets.

Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, June 25, 7 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Jim Milan’s Bucket List Jazz Band, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Simon Flory, June 26, 9 p.m., Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Want to see Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino, Imagine Dragons, and Jane’s Addiction this year? Check out our full concert calendar here. Listen to the playlist below to hear songs by artists performing in North Texas this weekend.

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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.
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