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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

How to enjoy local arts, music, culture, food, fitness, and more all week long in Dallas.
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Fresh off a Grammy nomination, Billboard's Producer of the Year, PinkPantheress, will perform at the House of Blues on April 22. Jay Janner / American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

Local Culture

USA Film Festival

April 18 to April 26, showtimes range from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | 5321 E Mockingbird Ln.
The 54th annual USA Film Festival will feature an extensive lineup of 24 separate programs, including tributes to iconic actors and filmmakers, new feature films, and short film showcases. The event will host tributes to actors Martin Sheen and Billy Dee Williams, both of whom will attend the festival. 

Leigh Bardugo in Conversation with Joanna Johnson

April 18, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | 1717 N Harwood Ave.
New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo tells all about her new novel, The Familiar, at the Dallas Museum of Art this week. The novel is a historical fantasy set during the Spanish Golden Age. Tickets for the event include a signed copy of the novel.

Troupe Vertigo

April 19 to April 21, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showtimes | 2301 Flora St.
Troupe Vertigo is returning to Dallas for a set of encore performances. The group is known for combining cirque acrobatics, classical dance, and contemporary theater to tell stories through movement. This weekend, the group is performing alongside the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

April 19 to April 21, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Main St., Fort Worth
Explore the works of over 200 artists from all over the country at the Main St. Arts Festival. The free weekend-long event includes several live music performances, local bites, craft cocktails, and interactive activities for the whole family.

Legend Dance Championship

April 20, 4 p.m. | 2403 Flora St.
Legends Dance Championship brings together 10 Bollywood Fusion dance teams from across the country to compete for a chance to be named the Legends champion. Each group is composed of collegiate dancers and the competition started to promote the community of South Asian performing arts nationwide.

Southwest Black Art Show

April 20 to April 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | 3536 Grand Ave.
The Southwest Black Art Show is for artists, educators, professionals, and viewers alike to explore black fine art. Along with the fine art showcase, the event will also host several workshops for those interested in learning more about building an art collection, as well as presentations and activities for the whole family.

Symphony Sundays

April 21, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. showtimes | 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. 
Head to Klyde Warren Park to enjoy outdoor performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This Sunday, the park is hosting both the Young Musicians Percussion Ensemble and the DSO Woodwind Quintet.

Foodieland

April 21, 1 p.m. | 3809 Grand Ave.
FoodieLand festival is making a stop in Dallas for the first time ever, and it’s bringing over 170 vendors from across the country. The outdoor event serves food with a range of cultural backgrounds, as well as hosting live performances, interactive games, and shops to browse. 

Live Shows

Bad Religion and Social Distortion

April 18, 7 p.m. | Toyota Music Factory, Irving
California punk legends Social Distortion and Bad Religion are bringing their co-headlining tour to Toyota Music Factory Thursday night. Social Distortion is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Mommy’s Little Monster, and will be playing the album in full during their set. Bad Religion will bring their 20 album catalog to the party, too.

Roy Wood Jr.

April 18, 7:30 p.m. | House of Blues
You’ve seen Roy Wood Jr. in shows like Space Force, Better Call Saul, and The Last O.G., but he’s probably most recognizable for his stint on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He’s already asked for barbecue recommendations, don’t steer him wrong.

Amy Sedaris

April 18, 8 p.m. | Majestic Theatre
Comedian/author/actress Amy Sedaris is currently on the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, but there is a good chance you’ve seen her on other shows as well, including Girls5eva, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, Raising Hope, The Good Wife, and her own cult hit series Strangers with Candy. She’s also hosted At Home with Amy Sedaris for three seasons and counting. See her this week, and then her brother, David, next week.

Bruce Robison and John Fullbright

April 19, 8 p.m. | The Kessler
Bruce Robison and John Fullbright are bringing their The Next Waltz Barnstorming tour to Dallas this weekend. Fullbright, who is based in Oklahoma, has attracted a great deal of praise, including a Grammy nomination, Americana Music Association nomination, and awards from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Robison has a steadfast following in the Lone Star state thanks to songwriting that includes “Travelin’ Soldier,” “Wrapped,” and “Angry All the Time.” Summer Dean will open.

Blue October

April 20, 6:30 p.m. | Toyota Music Factory, Irving
Based in San Marcos and a 90s staple in Houston, Blue October is best known for its 2006 singles “Hate Me,” and “Into the Ocean” from the Foiled album, 2018’s “I Hope You’re Happy,” and 2020’s “Oh My My.” The band’s latest album, Spinning the Truth Around, was released in three installments starting in 2022. Lovelytheband, The Unlikely Candidates, and Royel Otis open.

Ghostland Observatory and Black Tie Dynasty

April 20, 8 p.m. | Ferris Wheelers
Ghostland Observatory duo Aaron Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner’s sophomore album, Paparazzi Lightning, got them to Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2007. From there, they appeared on Austin City Limits, and were on the lineups of many festivals, including Coachella, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Voodoo Experience. The two took an extended break in 2014, not returning with new music until 2018’s See You Later Simulator. That was followed by 2021’s Vulture. Fort Worth’s Black Tie Dynasty will join them.

Grupo Bronco

April 20, 8 p.m. | Texas Trust Credit Union Theater, Grand Prairie
Legendary Nuevo León band Grupo Bronco is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary with Tour 45, which kicked off in Austin last month. The band, which formed in the 80s, has won two Latin Grammy awards and sold more than 12 million albums thanks to its modern take on the  música norteña style. Expect to hear plenty of their hits, including “El Heraldo,” “Lo Nuestro,” “La Estrella Maya,” and “Cerro de la Silla,” as well as the theme song for the telenovela Dos Mujere un Camino.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

April 21, 7 p.m. | Deep Ellum Art Co.
With five studio albums under their belts, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is best known for the hits that came from 2006’s Don’t You Fake It—”Face Down,” “False Pretense,” and “Your Guardian Angel.” Several songs have become familiar backdrops for video games, including “Face Down” and “In Fate’s Hands,” and they’ve appeared on the soundtracks for movies and TV shows like Georgia Rule, Never Back Down, and The Hills.

PinkPantheress

April 22, 7 p.m.| House of Blues
Armed with a microphone, GarageBand, and an uncanny knack for picking the perfect sample, PinkPantheress first got everyone’s attention on TikTok in 2020 with her single “Pain.” Last year she released her debut studio album, the 13-track Heaven Knows, which generated the hit single “Boy’s a liar.” She was nominated for a Grammy this  year for her collaboration with Ice Spice, and last month she was named Producer of the Year during Billboard’s Women In Music Event.

Also check out:

Spring Community Concert with the DSO, April 18, 5 p.m., McIntyre Park (weather permitting). Get details.

La Pompe, April 18, 5:45 p.m., Sammons Park (weather permitting). Get tickets.

Mississippi Bastard Project, April 18, 6 p.m., Bonton Farms (weather permitting). Get tickets.

Carmen Rodgers, April 18, 7 p.m., South Dallas Cultural Center. Get tickets.

Liz Mikel, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Sammons Art Center. Get tickets.

Larry Fleet, April 18, 8 p.m., Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Joey Green, April 18, 8 p.m., Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton. Get tickets.

Ryan Wilcox w/ Noah Bowman, April 18, 8 p.m., Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Paul Varghese, April 19-20, Dallas Comedy Club. Get tickets.

Ernest, April 19, 8 p.m., CBD Kratom Backyard, Arlington. Get tickets.

Sammy Kershaw, April 19, 8 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets.

Nolan Taylor, April 19, 8 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

The Droptines, April 19, 9:30 p.m., Sundown at the Granada. Get tickets.

Jon Wolfe, April 19, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Connor Price, April 20, 7 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Sanguisugabogg/Jesus Piece, April 20, 7 p.m., Studio at the Factory. Get tickets.

Andres Cepeda, April 20, 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre. Get tickets.

JD Souther, April 20, 8 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets.

Miss Monique, April 20, 9 p.m., It’ll Do Club. Get tickets.

Kolby Cooper, April 20, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Dillon Francis, April 20, 10 p.m., Stereo Live. Get tickets.

Keiko Matsui/Tom Braxton, April 21, 3 p.m., Bishop Arts Theater Center. Get tickets.

Angel White, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Lewisville Grand Theater, Lewisville. Get tickets.

Los Cazadores del Cerro, April 21, 7 p.m., CBD Kratom Backyard, Arlington. Get tickets.

Benson Boone, April 23, 7 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Divine Calypso, April 23, 7 p.m., Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, Denton. Get tickets.

Sammons Park Lunch Jams with the pianists and guitarists of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, April 24, 12:15 p.m., Sammons Park. Get tickets.

Jim Milan’s Bucket List Jazz Band, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Want to see Missy Elliot, Aerosmith, or Justin Timberlake this year? Check out our full concert calender here. Go here to find more things to do. Listen to the playlist below to hear songs by artists performing in North Texas this weekend.

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