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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

This Weekend, Oct. 10 Through Oct. 13

Thursday, Oct. 10

The Goss-Michael Foundation hosts the opening reception for the first Dallas solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis) on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Niwa Japanese BBQ is celebrating its new patio menu (weather permitting) and the launch of the Food N’ Fancies podcast. The party starts at 8 p.m. 

The Dallas Museum of Art has a strange and unusual edition of Second Thursdays with a Twist. Beetlejuice is taking over the museum with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Anastasia Markina performing Danny Elfman’s score, a screening of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, a macabre tour of the collection, and Burton-inspired art-making activities. The event starts at 5 p.m. and admission is $5 (free for DMA members). See the full schedule here

Kacey Musgraves is back in DFW for round two of her Oh, What a World Tour. See her at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and up. While you’re there, check out the Sneak Peek of Mama Tried Irving–there’s an opening party with no cover starting at 6 p.m. 

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico presents Wonders of Mexico, a dance and folk fusion performance, at Moody Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-15.

Photo via Kacey Musgraves’ official Facebook.

Friday, Oct. 11

Spinster Records celebrates its new location on Bishop Ave with a Grand Opening Party on Friday at 8 p.m. Four Corners Brewing will provide the drinks, and there will be live music by Paper Saints, Sealion, and Hawk vs Dove. It’s free. 

Local band Sub-Sahara kicks off its tour with a free show at Ruins in Deep Ellum featuring Dezorah and Pollen. The concert starts at 9 p.m. 

The October edition of DFW Pride Happy Hour is at Cedar Springs Tap House on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

DIFFA/Dallas has its annual Burgers & Burgundy event at Klyde Warren Park on Friday from 6:30-10 p.m. Twelve top chefs will serve unique sliders to be paired with fine wine. This year, the event has a “Feather Fête” dress code. Tickets are $150. 

Get into the spirit of spooky season at Inwood Theatre’s Midnight Madness showing of The Exorcist. The movie starts at 11:59 p.m. on Friday and tickets are $11.50. 

If you’d like a less gruesome movie night, head to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an evening of Modern Cinema with culture critic Christoper Kelly. Tickets are $15 for individual films, or $50 for a weekend pass.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Photo by Kevin Brown.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Have you heard that Deep Ellum is getting a beignet spot? Le Bon Temps has its Friends & Family Soft Opening on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. 

Mercado369 hosts a free art talk and “making of” workshop with potter Alfonso Castillo Hernandez. The discussion is at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the workshop, which costs $35

Sweet Tooth Hotel is partnering with Toni & Guy USA and Craft Yarn Council for Intangible, an evening fusing fashion and art in the immersive pop-up. The event will unfold like an interactive fashion show, with models wandering throughout the exhibit. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of champagne and admission to the after party.

Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas unveils a duo of new exhibitions on Saturday: Sun Systems by Samantha McCurdy and Summer Produce by Jason Willaford. The opening reception for both is on Saturday from 5:30-8 p.m. 

Saturday brings the epic Red River Showdown between UT and OU! See our round-up of the best places to watch the game here. 

Sunday, Oct. 13

Double Wide has its October Flea Market from 12-5 p.m. The bar will have happy hour prices until 7 p.m. 

Get in touch with your artsy side at Celestial Beerworks’ Paint Pouring workshop with Taylor Pendleton. You’ll learn four different techniques to swirl, marble, and splatter paint to create abstract art pieces. The class costs $50 and starts at 3 p.m.  

The Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival featuring Ida y Vuelta Flamenco hosts Paella y Pasion, a cook-off and dance-off at TYPO Park (located at the intersection of Tyler and Polk). The event starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $12.

Latin singer Marco Antonio Solis brings the El Mas Querido Tour to American Airlines Center on Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from $50. 

Ongoing Events, Through October

Here are our picks for the 20 best events happening in Dallas this month. 

Spooky Season 

Make the most of the scariest month of the year! Here are the best haunted houses to visit in DFW.

State Fair of Texas 

The State Fair is underway now through October 20. Click here for our complete guide to the Texas tradition.

Visual Art

A stunningly beautiful exhibition of Dior haute couture is on view at the Dallas Museum of Art through October 27. 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.

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. Read more here.

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. Read our write-up here.


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