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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–like museums and libraries–have made the decision to stay closed a little longer. Others, including movie theaters 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.

Photo by baayasa via Flickr.

Things To Do This Weekend: July 2-July 5

Thursday, July 2

It’s a tough time to open a restaurant but that isn’t stopping Krio from having its grand opening in the Bishop Arts District on Thursday. The Asian-inspired Cajun restaurant is having its first dinner service from 4-10 p.m. Find details here.

The Crow Museum of Asian Art director, Amy Lewis Hofland, is leading a virtual discussion called Crossroads: The Role of Cultural Spaces at 4:30 p.m. You can tune in on the Facebook event page.

Friday, July 3

There’s a candlelight vigil on Friday night to honor the life of Botham Jean and to protest to change the name of Lamar Street to Botham Jean Blvd. The gathering will commence at 6 p.m. at 1400 S. Lamar St.

Brizo and the Forum Pub are having another edition of CarBaret, a drive-in party experience. This week, they’ll have a 40th anniversary screening of Flash Gordon, along with DJ sets by Devin Pike, Rob Ervin, and Adrian Harry.

Scenes from the Disco, TX drive-in show. Bret Redman.

Saturday, July 4

There’s a vigil on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Reverchon Park for Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black trans woman who was shot and killed in Dallas on Tuesday. Bring signs, banners, flowers, and candles to show love. Wear a face mask.

The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is back with a special edition this Saturday from 12-6 p.m.

It’s the Fourth of July, and while most parties are canceled, fireworks shows are not. Here’s a guide for celebrating the holiday while practicing social distancing.

Sunday, July 5

The Gallery Rooftop Lounge at Canvas Dallas is hosting its weekly Sunday pool party from 12-6 p.m. There’s a $35 cover to access the rooftop pool lounge.

DJ Leo J has Sunday Sessions streaming online every week of shelter-in-place. This Sunday, he’ll stream a set from 1-5 p.m.

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.


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.

The iconic Texas Theatre is tweaking its business model in the time of social distancing to offer new releases online. Movie lovers can simply visit the theater’s website, purchase a virtual ticket, and stream films they would’ve seen on the big screen. The funds raised by these virtual screenings will help compensate the Texas Theatre staff while the venue is closed.

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.


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.


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 

Museums are physically closed, but they’re still welcoming visitors to partake in new, digital programming. Read more about how Dallas’ cultural institutions are adapting to the times–and how you can still enjoy them–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. You can “walk” through Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art here. 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.


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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