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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.

Things To Do This Weekend: Oct. 22-Oct. 25

Thursday, Oct. 22 

The Dallas Arboretum hosts Twilight Thursdays, with extended hours through 8 p.m. Wander the grounds, see the Pumpkin Village, and watch the sunset over White Rock Lake. Reserve a spot here.

The Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village signals the start of Autumn.

Sandaga 813 holds its weekly SoulJazz Thursdays Under the Stars with live music by Natural Change at 8 p.m. There will be a food truck, hookah, BBQ, and more. There’s a $10 cover at the door. 

Rise and Thyme Cafe is having a Picnic in the Plaza in the AT&T Discovery District from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $59 per person and include a picnic spread, wine, and pastries. 

The Undesign the Redline Project is having a virtual event on Thursday evening exploring the city’s history of systemic racism and structural inequities. Find details and register here.

Friday, Oct. 23

Reunion Tower is getting into the spooky spirit with Haunted Tall Tales, an evening celebrating Dallas’ haunted history atop the iconic tower. The experience runs just short of an hour. Access to the observation deck is included. Buy tickets here. 

AT&T Performing Arts Center is having a movie night with a screening of IT at Strauss Square at 9:30 p.m. General admission is lawn seating, and VIP tables are also available. Find tickets here.

Aaron Burton is performing at Jaxon Beer Garden from 6-10 p.m. on Friday night. There’s no cover.  

The 12th annual Dallas Bachata Festival is being held online this year from Friday-Sunday. There will be performances from more than 50 guest artists and DJs. The schedule and other information can be found on the official website.

Wild West Mural Fest returns this weekend. Here’s a sneak peek.
Will Heron


Saturday, Oct. 24

Art Walk West runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in West Dallas, coinciding with the Wild West Mural Fest. The event is outdoor, free, and open to the public. Masks and social distancing required. Find more info here

Oak Cliff Cultural Center is holding a Dia de los Muertos Workshop for paper mache calaveras on Saturday at 10 a.m. The workshop will be held virtually on Facebook Live, and participants can pick up their kits at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on Friday between 6-8 p.m. To reserve a kit, email Eva Azul at [email protected].

Hightower performs at The Rustic on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended but not required. 

 Sunday, Oct. 18

For the first time ever, The French Room is hosting a drag brunch this weekend. The Haunted Halloween Drag Brunch will bring entertainment from Tasha Kohl, Kelexis Davenport, and Ra’Jah O’Hara plus a luxe brunch spread with bottomless mimosas. Tickets are $72 per person. The haunts start at 11 a.m.

Jasper’s Uptown offers Backyard Cinema Night on Sunday with a dinnertime showing of Hocus Pocus. Reservations are required.

Recurring Things To Do

While restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and other local businesses have reopened with limited capacities, we’re still very much in the midst of an infectious outbreak. Medical experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and wear masks vigilantly. 

Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed restaurants to operate at 75 percent capacity, but bars are required to remain closed. However, many local watering holes–like Katy Trail Ice House and Ruins–have shifted their businesses and started selling more food in order to reopen as restaurants.

Alex Da Corte, “Rubber Pencil Devil,” 2018, Dallas Museum of Art.
John Smith

Most museums around North Texas have reopened with limited hours, reduced capacity, and new safety precautions. In Dallas, the Nasher, the DMA, the Crow Museum, and the Perot have all reopened for weekends only. Fort Worth museums, including the Kimbell, the Modern, and Amon Carter, are each open throughout the week. 

At the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll want to reserve a ticket for the special exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses. The immersive exhibition explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit–something that’s taken on a new meaning in the months since the show opened in March. Read Trace Miller’s review here

The Dallas Arboretum’s Fall Festival is now in session, bringing the garden’s epic Pumpkin Village back for the season. Check the arboretum’s calendar for special events. If you’re looking for more pumpkin-themed activities, check out this list.

American Airlines Center and iHeart Radio have created a Drive-Boo Halloween experience that is both spooky and safe. The drive-through haunted house is family-friendly and includes several different scenes, from a haunted carnival to a monster mash. Find tickets here.

Theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Cinemark have reopened, but there are also a bunch of new drive-in theaters around town to facilitate socially distant movie nights. Find where to watch a drive-in movie in Dallas here.

Aurora Area 3
Alicia Eggert’s installation sweeps over passing vehicles like a car wash.
Aurora Dallas

Shakespeare Dallas is hosting Movies in the Park on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October 24 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater. Find the schedule and ticketing info here.

While Aurora Dallas canceled its signature, biennial event, the public art festival is returning in a new, experimental format through its latest exhibition, Area 3. A downtown parking garage has been transformed into a drive-thru art gallery, featuring the work of local artists like filmmaker Tramaine Townsend, neon artist Alicia Eggert, and musician Francine Thirteen. Reserve your time-specific tickets here


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