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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

Multiple Days

Festivals 

The Dallas Arboretum’s annual Food and Wine Festival returns this weekend with cooking demos, master classes, and, dinners featuring Dallas’ best restaurants and choice wines. See the full schedule here. While you’re there, check out Dallas Blooms festival, where there are cherry blossoms, half a million tulips, and springtime flora on display. 

The Statler is launching pool SZN with Waterfest, a free, three-day, Fyre-inspired party at its rooftop lounge, Waterproof. The weekend will offer Dallas’ largest margarita (245 gallons – I have some questions about this), ridiculous pool floaties, a live llama, drink specials, and hors d’oeuvres. The lineup brings DJ Tim Flannery and DJ Jenn Miller on Thursday; DJ Michael Jerome and DJ Joe Maz on Friday; and DJ Willie Trimmer and Spinderella on Saturday. Find deets here.

Waterproof at The Statler. Photo by Elizabeth Lavin.

Music

Deep Ellum Art Co. has a busy weekend of concerts ahead, with indie band Telehope on Thursday, a local showcase called Dallas Jamily Sampler on Friday, and a real, live fire eater on Saturday, which I realize isn’t a concert. Sunday is Free Family Fun Day, featuring a performance by latin jazz artist Vince Lujan. The bar has different drink specials every night; check it out here.

Theater

The Dallas Opera presents Puccini’s most popular work, the heartbreaking drama La Bohéme at the Winspear on Wednesday and Saturday night. Tickets start at $19.

Now in its fourth year, Bishop Arts Theatre’s one-act play festival Down for #TheCount has brought the #MeToo movement onstage in Dallas, and become an important platform for female voices in local theater. This year, a diverse group of six female playwrights share their heartbreaking, illuminating, and hilarious stories. Shows are select days through April 7. Find tickets here.

Dallas Theater Center presents 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves at Wyly Studio Theatre Tuesday-Sunday. The unexpected play follows a high school girls’ soccer team as they meet each Saturday before their games to stretch and warm up. As conversations veer from casual gossip to deep secrets, friendships are made and tensions arise. Find tickets here.

Museums

Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby has an exhibition of large scale works at the Nasher Sculpture Center through April 21. Read our write-up of the show here.

The Cup, 2013. Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy Sterling Ruby Studio.

The Dallas Museum of Art is highlighting one of the most influential and underrated artists of the impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot, with her first solo exhibition in the United States since 1987. Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist is on view through May 26.

Comedy 

Award-winning actress, best-selling author, and all-around legend Carol Burnett is in town for “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” where the audience can engage in unfiltered, spontaneous conversation with the star as she looks back on her popular show and numerous accomplishments. She’ll be at the Winspear on Thursday and Friday night; find tickets here

The Dailies

Thursday, March 21

Decades after President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the Centennial Exposition at Fair Park for his re-election campaign, the Roosevelt family is returning to Dallas. The Dallas Historical Society presents “From Hyde Park to Fair Park,” a conversation with the Roosevelt grandchildren, set against the backdrop of historical pop art by Laura Roosevelt, great-granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin. Tickets start at $100.

There’s another edition of the Deep Ellum Wine Walk on Thursday at 6 p.m. This month’s glass is designed by artist Michelle Dekkers, and will run you $10 (that includes pours from all participating businesses).

The Big Squeeze, a statewide youth accordion contest, is tonight at the Latino Cultural Center. Grammy Award winner Sunny Sauceda will perform at the free event, as will Dallas’ Los Morales Boyz. It’s 6-8 p.m.

RO2 Art Gallery in Downtown Dallas is hosting a happy hour tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. The pop-up will provide wine, beer, and finger foods to guests. It’s free, just reserve your spot here.

DJ Sober’s monthly Big Bang party is tonight at Double Wide, and the theme is 2000s, so bring your flip phones and AF1s. There will be a Dougie contest, so brush up on your moves. Don’t forget to say happy birthday to our boy 88 Killa!

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Friday, March 22 

The Deep Ellum Metal Fest is at Trees on Friday night. See Blackstone, Sparrows, DEATHBOXpage, A Devil’s Daydream, and Release The Fallen. Tickets are $10.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance rounds out its season with the Spring Series this weekend at WaterTower Theatre. The performances include a world premiere by choreographer Sidra Bell, and a premiere by Dark Circles founder and creative director Joshua L. Peugh with Tejas Dance. Find showtimes here.

Millennial magician Trigg Watson will dazzle folks with incredible and witty illusions at Checkered Past Winery on Friday and Saturday. Read our write-up of the trickster here.

Local musicians Rat Rios and LLORA will join performers Bruno and Louie of Prism Movement Theater for the Free Man Freak Show, a carnival-themed evening of art and fun. It starts at 10 p.m. and early bird tickets are $7.

Saturday, March 23 

Bring some vibrance into your weekend with The Color Run 5k, a fun run where participants get doused in bright pigment every kilometer. There’s a finish festival (sponsored by RumHaven) with live music, drinks, snacks, and more. Register here.

 

If you’d rather skip the run and get straight to day drinking, Sandaga 813 is hosting its third annual Chucks & Cocktails Day Party from 3-8 p.m. DJ IE, DJ Freeze, DJ Steve Nice, and Big Daddie the DJ are holding it down. Tickets are $30.

Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay will lead the Dallas Chamber Symphony in a performance of Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring Suite, the film score of Bumping Into Broadway, and a world premiere written by Kim Osberg. Tickets start at $25.

Sunday, March 24

Transport back to the roaring ’20s at Industry Alley Bar’s sixth annual Jazz Age Sunday Social Speakeasy in Dallas Heritage Village. The vintage-inspired afternoon will bring antique cars, dancing with The Rhythm Room, music by The Singapore Slingers, and more. Tickets are $15. Keep the party going into the wee hours at Industry Alley’s free afterparty.

Jazz Age Social Speakeasy via Facebook

P!nk brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to American Airlines Center on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $42.

Learn how to West Coast Swing Dance at Electric Cowboy Lewisville, where a free lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. and the floor opens at 8 p.m. There will be $2 beers in you need liquid courage.

Press Waffle Co., a sweet vendor in Plano’s Legacy Hall, is jumping into the Shark Tank on Sunday night. The food hall is having a watch party to celebrate at 8 p.m.

The Flying Saucer Addison celebrates its 23rd anniversary on Sunday with live music and a ton of brews. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

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