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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. 29-Nov. 1

Thursday, Oct. 29 

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.

Theatre Three and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group present The Bippy Bobby Boo Show: 2020 Call-In Special, a live-streamed variety show for spooky season. There are shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, as well as the final run on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Purchase tickets and read more about the program here.

Thaddeus Ford brings live jazz to the Art Yard at Deep Ellum Art Company on Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person ($50 for groups of six) and include seating. Masks are required at all times, even while seated.  

Friday, Oct. 30

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. 

Local musician Frankie Leonie performs on The Kessler Green, the concert venue’s new outdoor space. The event is free, and space is available on a first come, first served basis. The show starts around 7 p.m. 

Local food and lifestyle blogger The Rose Table is hosting a virtual cooking class for a special recipe of “Cauldron Queso” just in time for Halloween. Access to the class, which will be streamed on Facebook at 6 p.m., is $15.

Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party 2018. Photography by Bret Redman.
Bret Redman

Saturday, Oct. 31

Looking for Halloween parties and events? We have two guides to distance-conscious Halloween festivities in Dallas this year, one for the family and one for adults. 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents a Día de los Muertos concert featuring the music of Mexican composers and dances from Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. The family-friendly concert is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets are available for season subscribers, and there are a limited number of single tickets available for $9.

Josey Records holds its 6 Year Anniversary Sale on Saturday from open to close. The store will be offering discounts on vinyl, CDs, books, apparel, and merch all day.

Oak Lawn Block Party in 2018. Photo by Bret Redman.

The Return of Flea Harvey’s comes to Lee Harvey’s on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The local market will bring goodies like handmade decor and jewelry, as well as breakfast tacos and sounds by DJ Culturegang.

 Sunday, Nov. 1

Cara Mia Theatre and the League of United Latin American Citizens are holding a Día de los Muertos remembrance protest caravan on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in honor of the Latinos who have died because of COVID-19. The event will feature large calavera artworks around the Cathedral Guadalupe downtown. Email [email protected] to participate. 

For more Día de los Muertos celebrations, dinners, and ceremonies, click 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.

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

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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