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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: Nov. 19-Nov. 22

Thursday, Nov. 19 

Reunion Tower hosts Painting With a View with teachers from Klarity & Khaos giving a class on painting the Dallas skyline. The session begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $55 per person. 

Sandaga 813 presents SoulJazz Thursdays with special guest FunkTrain performing. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover.

Canvas Dallas has a live art show with artist Leona Perez painting the Dallas skyline in the middle of the party. The event goes from 6-9 p.m. and admission is free.

Friday, Nov. 20 

The Texas Gentlemen are performing at The Kessler with special guest Wesley Geiger on Friday. There’s an early show at 6 p.m. and a late show at 8:15; the late show is already sold out, but you can snag a ticket for the early show here

The Clover Club is holding a grand re-opening party featuring DJ Souljah from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The nightclub offers cocktails, bottles, appetizers, and dessert. 

Two queens of hip-hop have a face-off as Booty’s Street Food hosts “Gobble Me, Swallow Me,” a Meg the Stallion versus Cardi B drag show. Dezi 5 and Barbie Davenport Dupree will be presiding over the festivities. Tickets are $12 online; $19 at the door. 

Saturday, Nov. 21 

Cedars Open Studios hosts a Neighborhood Art Tour from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday at venues including Cedars Union, Dallas Heritage Village, Tin Ranch, Full City Rooster Coffee, and more. More than 30 Dallas artists will have their works on display, and there’s even a map of artworks that are viewable from your car at a distance. Find more details, including a virtual tour, here.

Full City Rooster’s small-batch roasts.

The Free Man holds All Tea, No Shade, a drag brunch with Kennedy Davenport, Bleach, and Dezi 5. The show is at 12 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover at the door. 

Jasper’s Uptown hosts a Backyard Cinema Night with ‘90s classic You’ve Got Mail playing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include popcorn, soda, and seating. 

Sunday, Nov. 22

The Shops at Legacy has a special Lights at Legacy Drive Through Experience on Sunday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The free, family-friendly event takes the whole vehicle through a winter wonderland with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a snow queen, toy soldiers, snow flurries, and more. Each car will be given a goodie bag to take home. Find details here.

Revelers Hall hosts The Revelers Ragtime Review featuring a small orchestra playing the music of Scott Joplin, plus rags, waltzes, and early jazz. The music starts at 6 p.m.

Reveler’s Hall. Photo by Bret Redman.

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.

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. 

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

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

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.

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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