Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

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Free – now there is a word that we are nowhere near enough to see. Fortunately, this weekend you’ll find not just one, but five events that won’t cost you a penny to attend. This includes two separate concerts with 10 performances, a pop-up food park, and a number of impressive tribute films Earth Day. Of course, you can always open your wallet to support local businesses and organizations in a variety of ways. (Pro tip: The Cochon555 meal set is worth it). Get out there, be safe and have all the fun, Dallas.

Friday April 16


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Cochon555, an annual food tour that celebrates traditional pigs and supports food sustainability and local sourcing, returns for a second year as a virtual take-away experience. If you want to take the Tuesday online cooking class led by top chef alum John Tesar while you eat a special Four-course menu Created specifically for the event (including wine and cocktail pairings), it drops everything and Reserve your place right now because orders have to be placed by Friday. Best of all, much of the revenue goes to restaurants and workers affected by COVID-19.

Costs: Tickets start at $ 95.

Friday April 16

Art district

A total of 10 art groups, including the Texas Ballet Theater, the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico and the Dallas Opera Chamber Orchestra, will perform in two consecutive blocks this Friday as part of the Changing Perspectives Block Party. Tickets are free, you just need to reserve in advance. If they are all fully booked at the time of reading, you can still head to the Arts District to enjoy the melodies blowing in the wind.

Costs: No coverage, but reservation required.

Friday April 16 – Sunday April 18

South Dallas

For the next month, the MLK Food Park pop-up is offering South Dallas culinary entrepreneurs the opportunity to test out their latest concepts while making it easier for local residents to start their own mobile food business. Live music adds to the experience and you are close enough to the epic trails of the Great Trinity Forest to easily burn off all the calories you just burned off.

Costs: Free participation; Menu prices vary.

Friday April 16 – Sunday April 18


Along with some of his iconic images from the past, photographer Tyler Shields debuts his latest work this weekend as part of beautiful black and white silhouette Series at the Thompson Dallas Hotel. As an added bonus, the historic downtown building designed by George Dahl is a stunning work of art in itself.

Costs: Free participation.

a plate of food and a mug of beer on a table

© Tanqueray

Weekend plans change quickly, so grab a drink that’s ready when you are. Tanquerays Crafted Gin Cocktails are ready-to-drink and the perfect addition to any occasion. Made with real Tanqueray gin and natural flavors, they deliver premium bar quality cocktails whenever you want. Take a can and enjoy.

Friday April 16 – Sunday April 18

Grand Prairie

Cirque Italia, which you may remember from its recent paranormal show, is returning to the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets to showcase its talented performers, this time in a far wetter scenario. But no matter how deep the pool is, rest assured that the splash zone won’t flood as it did when old Shamu had her way.

Costs: Tickets start at $ 10 per person.

Friday April 16 – Sunday April 18

The Cedars, Victory Park, Klyde Warren Park and Virtual

Dallas-based EarthX will host several environmentally friendly screenings at the upcoming EarthxFilm Festival this weekend. Expect documentaries on everything from sharks and chimpanzees to the effects of deforestation and the melting of ice caps. Watch the films at one of the three outdoor venues or from the comfort of your own home – of your choice.

Costs: Free of charge when registering, but donations are welcome.

Saturday 17th April

The cedars

Chef’s palette The CANVAS Hotel will only be transformed into a spring market for one day this weekend. More than a dozen local small businesses sell unique goods. Together with the presented craftsmen, live music and specialty drinks create a festive atmosphere.

Costs: Free participation; Item prices vary.

Saturday April 17th – Sunday April 18th


Listen to live music, enjoy classic cars and custom motorcycles, and view a variety of fine installations at Plano’s annual art event. The taste of Texas Food Garden will keep you going with a variety of dishes, as well as ice cold craft beers.

Costs: Weekend tickets are $ 10 per person.

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Steven Lindsey is a thrillist.

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