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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

Multiple Days

Visual Art

Goldmark Cultural Center has a group exhibition of new works from 11 African American artists from the Dallas area. The Flagrant Rules of Ensued Emancipation (F.R.E.E.) explores the artists’ individual perceptions of freedom through a variety of media. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A stunningly beautiful exhibition of Dior haute couture is finally on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. Due to popular demand, the show requires all visitors to have time-specific tickets. Read our write-up of the exhibit here.

The DMA also has the first major solo museum exhibition of lauded contemporary painter Jonas Wood. It’s free to attend as part of the museum’s general admission policy. Read more about the show here.

The Nasher Sculpture Center has a survey of American artist Sheila Hicks on view from May 11 – August 18. Hicks, who works primarily in fiber and textiles, will weave vibrant installations throughout the Nasher galleries and garden.

“Office of Dreams,” Dior: From Paris to the World, Dallas Museum of Art.

Kimbell Art Museum’s new exhibition, Monet: The Late Years focuses on the final phase of the artist’s career, a fruitful period from 1913 to his death in 1926. 52 paintings will be on display, including dozens of Monet’s beloved water lily scenes, and lesser known works borrowed from major public and private collections. On view June 16 through September 15.

Theater 

Your favorite Disney tale is taking you to a whole new world again this summer. The hit Broadway musical Aladdin, from the producer of The Lion King, promises to dazzle with all new music, incredible choreography, and flashy costumes. Shows are at the Music Hall at Fair Park through June 23.

Dallas native and Dallas Theater Center’s playwright in residence Jonathan Norton presents Penny Candy. In Pleasant Grove, a 12-year-old boy and his father run a candy shop out of their one-bedroom apartment, but the business turns from sweet to sour as the neighborhood sees a surge in violence. Shows are at Wyly Studio Theatre through July 14.

Dallas Solo Fest, a selection of eight one-person shows, runs at Theatre Three through the weekend. One of the locally created plays, Girl Dad, is especially fitting for Father’s Day.

Festivals 

Dallas Southern Pride, the official host of Dallas Black Pride since 1997, continues its tradition of holding a Juneteenth Festival and Pool Party, as well as a new Mega Party featuring Keke Palmer, and a Unity Barbecue at Bachman Lake.

Photo via Dallas Summer Musicals on Facebook.

The Dailies 

Thursday, June 13

Vitruvian Nights Live, a free summer concert series in Addison, returns on Thursday with a live performance by Limelight, an Emerald City Party Band, food trucks, and outdoor games. The family- and dog-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. at Vitruvian Park.

Help The Cedars Union clean up the neighborhood while meeting artists, friends, and stopping by local bars. There’s a neighborhood trash cleanup planned for Thursday night, and it’s pretty much just a bar crawl with a little work along the way. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at The Cedars Union.

The Statler is hosting Boozin’ Bingo night with special guest, Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken, who’s celebrating her birthday at the event. Get ready for pop culture trivia, bingo pong, and fun surprises. The event starts at 8 p.m. at The Statler Ballroom.

The Half Price Books flagship store on Northwest Highway is hosting an author event with David Sedaris, who will be discussing and signing copies of his latest book, Calypso. Get (free) tickets here.

Vitruvian Park. Photo by Bret Redman.

Friday, June 14

Paul McCartney brings his Freshen Up tour to Arlington’s Globe Life Park. He’s on the road to promote his newest album, Egypt Station, but he’ll also be playing classics from The Beatles’ heyday. Tickets start at $30.

The Adolphus is hosting The Hooky Hangout Pool Party on Friday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a glass of rose and complimentary valet.

Ruff Wizard, a local band that’s described as “Mac DeMarco if he had a huge Steely Dan phase,” releases its debut EP on Friday and is celebrating with a concert at Double Wide. Other performers include Kyoto Lo-Fi, Catamaran, and Mr. Breakfast. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover.

Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour hits Dos Equis Pavilion on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $46.

Local Natives are playing at House of Blues at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $99.

Wordspace hosts a music, poetry, and storytelling open mic at Mighty Fine Arts. Bring 5-7 minutes of your best material and get ready to take the floor.

Saturday, June 15

A local artist will lead a Draw with Us session at the Dallas Contemporary on Saturday at noon. The class is free and open to the public, and basic drawing materials and live models are provided.

There’s a Deep Ellum Outdoor Market from 1 to 7 p.m. on Crowdus Street. A ton of local artists and vendors will be there; see the list here.

Before the Saturday night performance of Star Trek and Beyond, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Geeks Who Drink are hosting a special pub trivia night at the Meyerson. Get there by 5:45 p.m. to register your team in the competition. Tickets to the concert start at $21.

The Waipuna Tiki Flea, a tiki-themed flea market with tiki cocktails, is at Industry Alley from 12 to 6 p.m. See some of the vendors here.

Texas Latino Pride and CocoAndre Chocolatier present Oak Cliff Pride on Saturday night at the artsy chocolate shop. Neighborhood shops, restaurants, and artists will be selling goods and hanging out. The free event is from 5 to 10 p.m.

The Common Table celebrates nine years of business on Saturday with giveaways, Bring Your Own Vinyl, and a performance by Kwinton Gray.

Sunday, June 16

Take your dad out for a nice meal. Here’s our Father’s Day dining guide.

There’s a special holiday edition of Kids in the Cliff storytime at Wild Detectives. This Sunday morning, every story centers around fathers! The event is at 11 a.m.

The annual Juneteenth Unity Barbecue, presented by Dallas Southern Pride and United Black Ellument, is from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bachman Lake. The event is free.

There are lots of pool parties on Sunday! Super Cars in Dallas is hosting a clubby shindig at The W Hotel in Victory Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Admission requires a resort pass ($30) or bottle service (starting at $500).

Dallas Tiki Week wraps up with a Cocktails and Cannonballs Pool Party at the Belmont Hotel from noon to sundown. Appleton Estate and Campari will be shaking up cocktails, and yes, there will be a cannonball contest.

The Adolphus has its Sunday Splash Down from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it’s free to attend.

Quarter Bar is launching a new weekly called Sunset Sessions with food and drink specials every Sunday. This week DJs Isenberg and Tooga will provide the tunes. The party starts at 6:30 p.m.

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