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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. Most Dallas museums have remained closed while those in Fort Worth reopened at the beginning of July. 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 30 – Aug. 2

Thursday, July 30 

There’s a protest against human trafficking called Silent No More on Thursday evening at Klyde Warren Park. Attendees will gather with (flameless) candles to honor the lives of the victims of human trafficking, talk about the reality of child sex trafficking in our nation, discuss solutions, and pray together. The event is at 8 p.m. 

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens has the final edition of Twilight Thursdays, its weekly after-hours event where the gardens stay open until 8 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance. 

Cycling group Los Chivos Krew holds another Thirsty Goat Thursday bike ride meeting at the Dallas Farmers Market at 6:30 p.m. The group will leave on a 10-15 mile ride at 7 p.m. sharp. The destination is Craft and Growler for a new Tejano Lager on tap, and the group will bike back to the farmers market together. 

Sandaga 813 hosts SoulJazz Thursdays Under The Stars, a night of music, food, and socializing al fresco. There will be a food truck and live music by Natural Change. The cover is $10. 

Friday, July 31

Town East Mall is hosting a Cinema Pop-Up event on Thursday with a drive-in screening of Ghostbusters at 9 p.m. Buy tickets here and see the schedule of upcoming films here

Not My Son is holding a protest, the 100 Women March going from Dallas City Hall to Frank Crowley Building on Friday at 7 p.m. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome. 

There’s one more show at the Texas Theatre Sunset Drive-In on Friday. Comedian Miles Francis will give a brief introduction to this week’s film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The parking lot opens at 8 p.m. and the movie is at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets (and order concessions and drinks) here

Saturday, August 1

There’s Free Yoga with Dallas Yoga Center at Klyde Warren Park on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Bring your own mat and wear a mask. 

Local artists from Ash Studios are transforming an underpass near Sylvan Thirty with a mural that celebrates the culture of Oak Cliff and West Dallas. They’ll unveil their project, “Seasons & Rhythm/Estaciones y Ritmo” on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. You can watch the unveiling in person or tune in on the Gossypion Instagram page

The Free Man in Deep Ellum celebrates its 9th anniversary. The bar and live music venue with have entertainment on two stages from 7-10 p.m., including Alex Blair Band, The Free Loaders, The Big Ass Brass Band, and Kwinton Gray Project. Masks are required. There’s no cover.

the texas theatre
The Texas Theatre will not be reopening just yet.

Sunday, August 2

The Lorenzo Hotel holds its weekly Sunday Sip and Swim event. The event goes from 12-7 p.m. and features DJ Michael Jerome. The cover is $30 and includes one drink. Tickets are available on Facebook or at the front desk of the hotel. Stay away from others.

The new Jaxon Beer Garden has live music every Sunday afternoon. This week, it’s musician Daniel Markham playing on the patio from 12-3 p.m. Again, stay away from others.

Recurring Things To Do

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 

As the pandemic has shifted the ways we entertain ourselves, the drive-in movie theater has been experiencing a major renaissance. Here are some places to enjoy cinema al fresco in the Dallas area.

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.

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 

The Fort Worth Modern has officially reopened and debuted a new exhibit by artist Mark Bradford called End Papers. You can read Trace Miller’s write-up of the show here.

The Meadows Museum at SMU has reopened with a new special exhibition, Berruguete Through the Lens: Photographs from a Barcelona Archive. The show features photographs of work by Spanish Renaissance artist Alonso Berruguete (1488-1561) and his contemporaries. Find info for hours and admission 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. 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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