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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: Sept. 24-Sept. 27

Thursday, Sept. 24

The Wild Detectives relaunched live entertainment with the Six Foot Love series, performances designed with social distancing in mind. The events are held entirely outdoors and tickets are required. This week brings Dallas-based musician Ariel Saldivar performing Camína, a record inspired by her Spanish heritage and ongoing sabbatical in the mountains of New Mexico. Tickets are $30 and include two seats. 

There’s an Oktoberfest Progressive Party going through Bishop Arts District through the weekend, kicking off on Thursday with German food and music at Oddfellows from 6-9 p.m. See the full schedule of festivities here

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.

Wild Detectives is bringing back live entertainment.

Friday, Sept. 25

B. Moore Dance presents the world premiere of ROOTED: Envisage Dance Installations on Friday at Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The site-specific performance is part of the center’s Elevator Project in support of emerging arts organizations. Tickets are $30 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Fitness Ambassadors are holding the Summer Sweat Series and Picnic at Omni Dallas Hotel. This Friday brings a circuit workout at 7 p.m., a live musical performance, and a box dinner picnic. Tickets are $35 and include the class and meal. 

Canvas Dallas’ Gallery Rooftop Lounge has a new art exhibit on view, trichotomy, featuring work by local artists Ken Womack, Lauren Lewchuk, and Jame. The gallery is adjacent to the hotel’s pool, so consider buying a pool pass and taking a dip while you’re there.

Photo by Marty Perlman studio courtesy of Canvas Dallas.

Saturday, Sept. 26

The Boho Market is popping up at Klyde Warren Park this Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be tons of local vendors and artisans to shop from throughout the day. 

Ballet North Texas is opening its season with Night on the Trinity, a program of diverse choreography and original music composition. The event takes place at Annette Strauss Square at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. 

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

This fall’s events at Strauss Square will look nothing like this pre-COVID scene.

Sunday, Sept. 27

The micro park in Fort Worth’s SoMa District is home to a new installation by artists Mariell Guzman and Tyler Germaine. The show, Synthetic Aesthetic, speaks to urbanization and overdevelopment by placing a faux jungle in the middle of the city. It’s free and open to the public. Find details here

Soul rap artist RAVS is giving a Front Yard Concert at Urbandale on Sunday at 7 p.m. There’s no cover. 

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.

Alex Da Corte, “Rubber Pencil Devil,” 2018, Dallas Museum of Art.
John Smith

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.  

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


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