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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 have made the decision to stay closed a little longer. Most Dallas museums have remained closed while those in Fort Worth reopened at the beginning of July. Other cultural venues have made some big changes in order to open their doors again. A couple movie theaters, including 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.

Things To Do This Weekend: Aug. 13 – Aug. 16

Thursday, Aug. 13

Today is the premiere of the fifth annual Women Texas Film Festival. The fest will kick off on Thursday with a screening of coming-of-age comedy drama Tahara, which follows two young women as they awkwardly navigate the death of a classmate. Read our write-up of the festival here and see the full schedule here

Cycling group Los Chivos Krew is having a Thirsty Goat Thursday Ride leaving from the Dallas Farmers Market at 6:30 p.m. The group will take off at 7 p.m. sharp and ride about 10-15 miles at a social pace, ending at Craft and Growler. Bring lights and wear a helmet.


Friday, Aug. 14

There are a few drive-in movie events to hit up on Friday if you’re looking for some outdoor entertainment (though the virtual Women Texas Film Festival is another great option for movie night).

Addison is holding a weekend drive-in in the Addison Circle District with live music by Extended Play at 8:30 p.m. The parking lot opens at 7:30 p.m. and spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Texas Theatre has a Sunset Drive-In night with a back-to-back showing of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The lot opens at 7:45 p.m. and the first film starts at 8:45 p.m. Purchase tickets and concessions here

Musical duo Danni and Kris are performing at The Ritz-Carlton at the outdoor patio on Friday from 7-9 p.m.

Photo: Steven Visneau

Saturday, August 15

Dallas Yoga Center offers free yoga in Klyde Warren Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. Bring your own mat and mask. 

There’s a protest on Saturday morning, Dallas Stop Evictions March and Caravan, to support those who are facing housing insecurity amidst the pandemic. The march will begin at Dallas City Hall at 10 a.m. 

There’s a drive-in concert experience happening at Fair Park on Saturday evening with live music and cinema. Chilldren of Indigo will perform at 8:30 p.m., following by a screening of The Fifth Element. Tickets are $35. 

500X Gallery opens the first show in its new space, Vivrant Thang, curated by Dallas-based artist Ciara Elle Bryant and featuring the work of twelve Black artists: Bryant, Jeremy Biggers, Ari Brielle, Xavier Carter, LaShonda Cooks, Danielle Demetria, Jer’Lisa Devezin, Elizabeth Hill, David Jeremiah, Jas Mardis, Jamila Mendez, and Desiree Vaniecia. You can view the exhibition online or at the gallery by appointment only. It will be on view through September 6.

Drive-in concerts are the new normal.

Sunday, Aug. 16

Sunday is the final day of the Women Texas Film Festival, and all of the films will be available to stream online through Sunday. There are also a number of virtual panels and Q&A sessions to watch and partake in. Get more info here

The Lorenzo Hotel has a Sunday Sip-N-Swim with DJ Kelley Hooper from 12-7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

Recurring Things To Do

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.


As the pandemic has shifted the ways we entertain ourselves, the drive-in movie theater has been experiencing a major renaissance. Here are some places to enjoy cinema al fresco in the Dallas area.

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.

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 

The Fort Worth Modern has officially reopened and debuted a new exhibit by artist Mark Bradford called End Papers. You can read Trace Miller’s write-up of the show here.

The Meadows Museum at SMU has reopened with a new special exhibition, Berruguete Through the Lens: Photographs from a Barcelona Archive. The show features photographs of work by Spanish Renaissance artist Alonso Berruguete (1488-1561) and his contemporaries. Find info for hours and admission 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. 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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