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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 have made the decision to stay closed a little longer. Some museums, zoos, and other cultural venues have made some big changes in order to open their doors again. A couple movie theaters, including 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.

A Woman’s Garden. Courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum.

Things To Do This Weekend: July 9-July 12

Thursday, July 9 

The Dallas Arboretum has Twilight Thursdays this July, extending the hours to 8 p.m. for one night each week to allow for sunset walks through the garden. Tickets must be reserved in advance. 

Vouch Matchmaking and Dating App has a live dating game show that will be streamed online on Thursday at 8 p.m. Local Dallasites will pitch their single friends to eligible suitors and singles will mix and mingle in virtual chat rooms. Click here to get involved. 

Sandaga 813 is holding its weekly Jazz Thursdays event under the stars with BBQ, food trucks, hookahs, and live music. Bring your own lawn chair and settle in. The event starts at 8 p.m. 

Friday, July 10 

Prism Movement Theater and the Latino Cultural Center have partnered up to present an interactive drive-in, dance-theater experience titled Everything Will Be Fine. The dance-based, 45-minute performance follows a woman as she learns how to cope with her new world after experiencing a tragic loss. Tickets are $32 for a car or $16 for a solo rider. 

The Star in Frisco is continuing its drive-in movie series this weekend with a showing of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone on Friday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per car; guests must remain inside of the cars during the show. 

Saturday, July 11 

There’s a candlelight vigil for Vanessa Guillen on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge on Friday at 8 p.m. The organizers want to honor Guillen’s memory while pushing for the “I am Vanessa Guillen” bill, which would protect men and women im the armed forces from sexual harassment. 

Musician Joshua Ray Walker celebrates the release of his second album, Glad You Made It, with a drive-thru release party at Good Records on Saturday at noon. The artist will be on hand playing his new tunes for fans from a distance. 

Sunday, July 12

House of Dirt is holding a summer shopping pop-up on Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Local artisans will be selling their wares and there will be frozé. 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.


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.

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.


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.


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 

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.


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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