These are the 13 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

While many events in and around Dallas have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have focused on virtual or socially distant events to keep the masses entertained when we need it most.

Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While not every event takes place off-site, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from everyday life.

Thursday April 15th

The Bishop Arts Theater Center presents Mlima’s story

The Bishop Arts Theater Center presents the production of Mlima’s Tale in the Profile Theater as a virtual event. The play tells the provocative story of Mlima, a majestic elephant caught in the secret international ivory market. The play begins in a wildlife park in Kenya and travels around the world to the penthouse of a billionaire in the west. It tracks the trajectory of Mlima’s tusks based on the real consequences of animal poaching. The production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, can be streamed anytime until May 8th.

Cirque Italia water circus

In this brand new production from Cirque Italia, ringmaster “Clown Rafinha” unexpectedly catches a bottle with a clogged treasure map while fishing. His subsequent journey takes the audience through storms on the high seas, dreams of angel aerialists, pirate fights and much more. In the production, which takes place in a tent in the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets until Sunday, Swashbucklers balance upside down on a rum barrel, juggle knives and even one with a mermaid. The production includes the thrilling crossbow act and dangerous Wheel of Death performances.

The Texas Ballet Theater presents the Poetry of Expression: Part II

The Texas Ballet Theater presents The Poetry of Expression: Part II with new works specially created for a digital format by corporate dancers in this fully digital mixed repertoire production. The production, which will be available for streaming anytime through April 30th, includes Andre Silvas Bloom and Jiyan Dais Horizon.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Ax Plays Mozart

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will welcome American piano legend and DSO artist-in-residence Emanuel Ax, who will be in the spotlight in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. The concert, which will have three performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center through Saturday, will also take place in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Rissolty Rossolty and Berio’s Rendering, a restoration of Schubert’s material for an incomplete 10th symphony.

Street Corner Arts presents The Spin

In Street Corner Arts’ The Spin, politics is at the boiling point, COVID is rampant, and zoom calls are still the absolute worst. When the public works director of a major city confesses to a terrible crime, a team of locker doctors is called in at the last minute to complete a difficult task: prepare the mayor’s top aide for an important news interview that City Hall is away from the controversy and draw public attention elsewhere. The production will air Thursday through Sunday through April 25th.

Friday April 16

6th annual Indie Meme Film Festival

The 6th annual Indie Meme Film Festival is a virtual event featuring more than 20 South Asian feature films, documentaries and short films. Festival badges allow access to all film screenings and questions and answers from filmmakers. From socio-political dramas to animated adventures to concise documentaries, the festival’s mission is to promote socially relevant independent cinema from South Asia. The festival takes place Friday through Sunday until April 25th.


EarthxFilm will feature drive-in, outdoor and online screenings for 10 days and nights during this year’s hybrid edition of the Dallas-based environmental film festival. The festival, which shows films and emerging media dealing with science, conservation, climate change and the environment, will feature the opening film Playing with Sharks, about groundbreaking diver Valerie Taylor, and the closing film Percy Vs. Goliath starring Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff . Most of the festival will be online. Drive-in / outdoor demonstrations take place in the Cedars behind Four Corners Brewery, Victory Park, and Klyde Warren Park. The festival runs until April 25th.

Saturday 17th April

Dallas Gallery Day

A select group of Dallas art galleries and the Dallas Art Fair are jointly presenting Dallas Gallery Day to celebrate the spring exhibition season. Dallas Gallery Day is an opportunity for the community to come together and support the Dallas galleries and their respective artists and programs. Select galleries in the Dallas Design District activate their spaces by hosting artist / curator talks, live music, and performances.

Cara Mia Theater Co. present publication!

Cara Mía Theater and Teatro Dallas present ¡Soltar !, the first co-production in the history of the two companies. The production is an interactive pageant and procession marking the spring equinox and a time of hope after 12 months of the pandemic. The outdoor art experience features an eclectic selection of Mexican masks, mojigangas (large puppets), dance, and drama with costumes made available for viewers to actively participate in the celebrations. Performances will take place in Exall Park on April 17th and 24th.

The Dallas Arts District is hosting the Block Party for Changing Perspectives, a celebration of Dallas artists ((Date changed due to expected weather on April 16th)

The Dallas Arts District will personally present live performances by reinterpreting its signature event, the Changing Perspectives Block Party, a celebration of the Dallas artists. The district’s traditional block party turns into a socially distant night of performances by 10 Dallas art companies. Performers include Percussion Things, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Cry Havoc, the Texas Ballet Theater, B. Moore Dance, the Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Bruce Wood Dance, members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Black Dance Theater and Dezi 5. Performances are free, but capacity is limited due to the pandemic.

Addison After Dark

The City of Addison is bringing back After Dark, a monthly series featuring live music, dance lessons, costume competitions, food, and more. Each month has a different theme and the series begins with Fiesta Noche with a Selena competition and performances by Mariachi de Oro, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico and Bidi Bidi Banda.

The Dallas Black Dance Theater presents DBDT: Encore! Increasing excellence

In this virtual production, choreographer Nycole Ray creates a unique new work that explores women’s personal struggles in balancing families, work, and other commitments with their 19th century pursuit of equality. Choreographer Joshua L. Peugh repeats his romantic comedy Slump, which traces the problems and difficulties of advertising. In Shedding Skin, the dancers move through the strenuous and athletic work of Jess Hendricks from New York. The production can be viewed at any time from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Sunday April 18th

The George W. Bush Presidential Center presents a conversation with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President George W. Bush

In this virtual event, President George W. Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will discuss the need for major immigration reform in the United States. This special edition of Engage at the Bush Center complements the publication of President Bush’s new book Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, which contains Schwarzenegger’s own history of immigration. In the second part of the program, a group of immigrants featured in the book will share their thoughts on what it means to be American. Both discussions will be moderated by NBC DFW anchor Meredith Land.

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