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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. 15-Oct. 18

Thursday, Oct. 15 

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.

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The Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village signals the start of Autumn.

Sandaga 813 holds its weekly SoulJazz Thursdays Under the Stars with live music by Natural Change at 8 p.m. There will be a food truck, hookah, BBQ, and more. There’s a $10 cover at the door. 

Jasper’s Uptown has Backyard Cinema Night with a showing of Beetlejuice. The film will be screened on the patio while guests enjoy dinner. Call 214-559-3111 to make reservations. 

Friday, Oct. 16 

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.

Canvas Dallas is hosting “CALIENTE,” a Latin-inspired night of dancing and cocktails at the rooftop pool lounge. DJ Bass Junkies will provide the tunes from 8 p.m.-midnight. Admission is free. 

Local talents Remy Reilly and Abraham Alexander are playing the reopening night of the Kessler Theater on Friday, with an early show at 6 p.m. and a (sold out) late show to follow. Find details here.

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The Kessler Theater reopens this weekend for indoor concerts.
Melissa Hennings

Saturday, Oct. 17

Erin Cluley Gallery is holding an open house from 12-5 p.m. to celebrate a new solo exhibition by local painter Riley Holloway, titled Home. The artist will be present for the event. Read more about it here

Deep Ellum Art Company presents Beats, Eats, and Brews in the Art Yard on Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight. Resident DJ Jay Sustain will be playing, and there will be charcuterie boards from Butcher’s Son. There’s a $5 cover. 

Meddlesome Moth celebrates its 10 year anniversary with loads of rare, interesting, and crafty kegs throughout the weekend. See the full beer list here.

A past Dallas Fitness Ambassadors event at the Omni Dallas

 Sunday, Oct. 18

Fitness Ambassadors host Torch and Tacos on Sunday at 11 a.m. The event starts with a socially distant bootcamp session on the Pegasus Lawn of the Omni Dallas, followed by tasty breakfast tacos. Tickets are $25 and include the class, food, and a swag bag. 

The Meadows Museum is holding its second annual Trick-or-Treat event on Sunday, luring children to explore the art museum with the promise of a reward treat. The event is free with the price of admission.

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

Shakespeare Dallas is hosting Movies in the Park on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through October 24 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater. Find the schedule and ticketing info 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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