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Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 2 days ago Steven Lindsey

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© Photo by Dixie Dixon
Well, we’ve had our first taste of summer this week with several days rising to the mid-80s, but we’d prefer a return to the 70s—at least for a little while. Spring really shouldn’t be a two-day season, right? OK, we should probably stop complaining because once it starts to hit triple digits we certainly won’t be equipped to handle the heat. Luckily, we’re not there quite yet and with a little sunscreen and a few shady trees, this weekend’s primed for all things outdoor fun, from boot camp to wine tasting. Of course, we have several indoor options, too, whether it’s at home with a production of Spring Awakening or returning to the movies with a screening of an all-time classic.

Snag a front-row seat to Spring Awakening 

Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11 


Every seat’s the best in the house when you’re watching a stage production on your device or TV, so put on your comfiest clothes and sink into the sofa for an on-demand showing of the award-winning Broadway musical. Featuring music by Duncan Sheik, the production comes courtesy of the talented students at the University of Arlington Department of Theatre Arts. 

Cost: $8 per 48-hour rental

Show off your pup at a doggie-centric pageant and movie screening 

Friday, April 9

MUTTS Canine Cantina location in Uptown & Fort Worth

The mockumentary-style comedy Best in Show features some crazy characters and their dogs, but before that movie screens at everyone’s favorite dog park-restaurant-bar, you and your own pooches can take part in a few friendly contests. The “Superlative” competition features categories including Best Strut, Best Dog/Owner Look-alike, Cutest Butt, Hairiest Dog, Best Smile, and Best Outfit.

Cost: Free with a day pass or existing membership

Discover the secret of Rosebud 

Friday, April 9 & Sunday, April 11

Oak Cliff

If you’ve never seen Citizen Kane on the big screen, now’s your chance to not only cross it off your bucket list but also experience the magic in a historic movie theater open at the time of the classic’s original release. Spoiler alert: Rosebud is not a flower. Additional spoiler alert: The Texas Theatre is open at 20% capacity, so purchase tickets pronto.

Cost: $11 per person

Start getting in beach shape with boot camp at Klyde Warren 

Saturday, April 10

Klyde Warren Park

Pack up your yoga mat, a towel, and some water for this free Body Mountain Boot Camp on the great lawn of Klyde Warren Park. Space is limited so RSVP in advance to claim your spot (12 feet away from others, of course).

Cost: Free

a plate of food and a cup of beer on a table © Tanqueray Weekend plans change fast, so grab a drink that’s ready when you are. Tanqueray’s Crafted Gin Cocktails come ready to drink and are the perfect addition to any occasion. Made with real Tanqueray gin and natural flavors, they deliver premium, bar-quality cocktails whenever you want. Grab a can and enjoy.

Taste through 15 wines in a single afternoon

Saturday, April 10


Your ticket gets you tastings of 15 different wines plus an afternoon of listening to live music while strolling through Frisco Square and visiting its many charming merchants. Tickets must be purchased for a specific four-hour window to assist with social distancing measures.

Cost: $30 per person in advance; $35 per person at the door, if available

Catch legendary Dallas band Jackopierce live in concert

Saturday, April 10

Deep Ellum

Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce met at SMU 30 years ago and have been making great music ever since. Celebrate three decades of this harmonious collaboration with an in-person concert as part of their just-launched tour.

Cost: $49 per person

Celebrate the first-ever National Ranch Water Day

Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 11

Fort Worth Stockyards

Be part of the inaugural National Ranch Water Day with RancH2O Ranch Water canned cocktails. The spirits company has booked six Texas bands to perform over two days, making for a perfect weekend getaway to Fort Worth if you want to test the travel waters close to home.

Cost: Free

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor. 


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