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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, and other local businesses have reopened with limited capacities, we’re still very much in the midst of an infectious outbreak. Dallas County is experiencing record numbers of COVID-19 cases, and Gov. Abbott has paused the gradual reopening of Texas’ economy. Bars are closed again and restaurants are back down to 50 percent capacity. Medical experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and wear masks vigilantly. 

Many arts and entertainment venues–like museums and libraries–have made the decision to stay closed a little longer. Others, including movie theaters Cinépolis, Studio Movie Grill, and Cinemark, have started the process of reopening. Most food and drink spots have implemented new safety measures, but we’ve also seen a surge in COVID-19 cases among employees in the service industry. 

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. 

We’ve rounded up some fun things to do at home in addition to socially distanced happenings around town this weekend.

Things To Do This Weekend: June 18-June 21

Thursday, June 25 

There’s another SoulJazz Thursday with Natural Change at Sandaga 813 in Expo Park tonight. The event has been moved outside in an effort to create more space for social distancing. There will be a food truck, barbecue, hookahs, and cigars to enjoy. The event starts at 8 p.m. and seated is limited. 

Cycling group Los Chivos Krew is having a social ride on Thursday at 7 p.m. The group will leave from the Dallas Farmers Market and head over to Craft and Growlers for drinks and brisket.

Dallas Farmers Market. Photo by Elizabeth Lavin.

Friday, June 26

There’s a daily protest organized by We Take the Streets at Dallas City Hall at 6 p.m. There are also protests at the Denton Square Courthouse at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. 

Prism Movement Theater and the Latino Cultural Center are presenting a drive-in dance-theater experience this Friday and Saturday. The piece, titled “Everything Will Be Fine,” follows a woman as she copes with unthinkable loss and searches for joy. It starts at 8:30 p.m. and has a 45-minute run time. Tickets are $32 for a car or $16 for a solo driver. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, June 27

The Gallery Rooftop Bar at Canvas Dallas is having a pool party from 12-6 p.m. on Saturday. You can expect food, drinks, and a DJ. Day passes are $35 for the weekend. 

There’s a peaceful protest on Saturday at Dallas City Hall calling for I.C.E. to release the children in its custody. The protest goes from 4-7 p.m. 

There’s a second performance of Prism Movement Theater’s “Everything Will Be Fine” on Saturday night. Buy tickets here.

On June 17, the pets joined the protest. Then their owners marched through the streets. (Photo by Miles Hearne)

Sunday, June 28 

There’s a DFW Pride for Black Lives Matter event on Sunday at 6 p.m. at 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd. Find details here.

Support Black-Owned Businesses 

Buying from Black-owned businesses is one small way you can lift up the Black community. Make it a habit. Here is a list of Black-owned food and drink businesses in North Texas; here is a list of Black artists and creatives to buy from, stream, and follow.

Movies 

Fort Worth-based filmmaker Channing Godfrey Peoples just released her debut feature film, Miss Juneteenth. The movie follows a single mom and ex pageant queen as she prepares her rebellious teen daughter to claim the title of Miss Juneteenth. You can watch it on Google Play. 

Frisco-based social media stars Dude, Perfect have a new documentary about how they went from taking funny videos of their friends to being among the top YouTubers of the world. (They came in at no. 2 on the top earning YouTubers of 2019.) The documentary, Dude, Perfect: Backstage Pass is free to watch on YouTube–of course.

Looking to curl up on the couch with a nice doc? Shawn Shinneman rounded up seven recent documentaries (and docuseries) with Dallas ties that you can stream at home.

The iconic Texas Theatre is tweaking its business model in the time of social distancing to offer new releases online. Movie lovers can simply visit the theater’s website, purchase a virtual ticket, and stream films they would’ve seen on the big screen. The funds raised by these virtual screenings will help compensate the Texas Theatre staff while the venue is closed.

Did you know that Hooking Up, the new road-trip comedy starring Brittany Snow, was filmed in Dallas? Todd Jorgensen talked to Texas filmmaker Jon Keeyes about the recent release, which is now streaming.

Music  

Blake Ward and Double Wide’s Joel Stephenson have started a series of live streamed videos featuring local musicians, performers, bartenders, and more. Check out the channel, QuaranTV, here.

Local Sara King has racked up more than 200,000 YouTube subscribers with her dreamy voice and soft covers of artists like Tyler, The Creator and Billie Eilish. Read more about her here and watch for yourself on King’s channel

Sara King photographed by Jonathan Zizzo.

Books 

The period of quarantine is a great time to start a (virtual) book club. Zac Crain talked to a number of local authors to get their reading recommendations, which you can find here. Deep Vellum Books founder Will Evans also has five excellent books by local authors for you to check out. You can read about his picks here.

Visual Art 

Museums are physically closed, but they’re still welcoming visitors to partake in new, digital programming. Read more about how Dallas’ cultural institutions are adapting to the times–and how you can still enjoy them–here.

The Nasher Sculpture Center has figured out a way to allow its audience to physically engage with art while social distancing–it’s a new series called Nasher Windows and it highlights a Dallas area artist each week. Read about it here.

The Dallas Museum of Art has been hard at work making its current exhibitions accessible during lockdown through virtual gallery tours. You can “walk” through Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art here. The DMA’s latest exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses, is also available to view online. Read Trace Miller’s review–which considers both the physical and the virtual exhibition–here.

Sweet Tooth Hotel has reopened with an exhibition of fiber art and new precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Buy your tickets for Intangible here.

Sweet Tooth Hotel will focus on fashion and fiber art with its upcoming exhibit, Intangible.

Wellness

We’re all going through something confusing and difficult right now. Be kind to yourself. We chatted with local mental health experts to get some tips on maintaining a positive state of mind amid a pandemic; read their advise here.

Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t reach your fitness goals. Find some space to stretch out and give at-home workouts a shot. These moves from Dallas-based model trainer John Benton don’t require any equipment.

Now’s a good a time as ever to figure out how to meditate–for real this time. Read some tips from local experts on meditation and mindfulness here.

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