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Things To Do Around DFW: July 22 - 25

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See our 'Around Town' list of events, festivals, and other great things to do around North Texas this weekend.

African American Museum, Dallas

A powerful exhibition called "Confederate Currency: The Color of Money" has opened at the African American Museum, Dallas. The exhibition is the work of artist John W. Jones, who started doing acrylic paintings of slave images depicted on Confederate Currencies about 20 years ago. Mr. Jones was working as a graphic artist at a blueprint company in Charleston, South Carolina when a customer asked him to enlarge a Confederate bank note. "When I did so, I noticed there were slaves on the note I was enlarging," says Jones. The finding intrigued him, and he started to research these notes and was inspired to produce acrylic paintings inspired by the pictures on the currencies. To date he's produced more than 300 works, which are on display in Dallas for the next few months.

Where: African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas

When: Fridays, Saturdays from Noon - 5 p.m. through July 24

Cost: Free

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Billy Bob’s: Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen: Hold My Beer & Watch This Tour

Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth

When: Friday July 23, Saturday July 24

Cost: $25 - $50

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Billy Bob’s: Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner and Show

Take a lighthearted trip back to the Wild West, where laughs fly like bullets and hilarity is the law of the land. The evening includes an award-winning comedy murder mystery and a chef-prepared deluxe gourmet buffet. Catch the show this weekend, or any Saturday through August 28.

Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth

When: Saturday July 24, 7 p.m.

Cost: $60

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"Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon" at Kimbell Art Museum

This exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics and metalwork that John D. Rockefeller III and his wife, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, thoughtfully assembled between the 1940s and the 1970s. Highlights including spectacular Chinese vases, dynamic Indian Chola bronzes and exquisite Southeast Asian sculptures, the exhibition reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia.

Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft Worth

When: Now through Sept 5

Cost: Free

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Christmas in July - Brews for a Cause

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center hosts this Christmas in July event at 3 Nations Brewing in Downtown Carrollton. The event helps provide toys and gifts to the clients at DCAC. There will be fun crafts for the kids, cold beverages for the adults, and a chance to win some great door prizes for those that bring toys to the event! Each December DCAC provides over 1,800 children with toys and gifts through Holiday of Hope, and the members of Save Jane Society invite you to help DCAC get a head start on this effort by bringing new, unwrapped gifts to the event or purchasing gifts from an online Amazon wishlist and have them shipped directly to DCAC.

Where: 3 Nations Brewing, 1033 E. Vandergriff Dr., Carrollton

When: Saturday, July 24, Noon

Cost: Free...but bring your toy donations

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Dallas Arboretum’s Summer of Sculpture: ZimSculpt

The Dallas Arboretum presents the return of the international blockbuster exhibit ZimSculpt, a world-renowned collection of hand-selected, modern Zimbabwean stone sculptures. ZimSculpt features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall.

And remember, the arboretum’s Cool Thursday Concert Series is back every Thursday night during the warm weather months. Bands perform on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake.

Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas

When: Daily through August 8

Cost: $12-$17

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Dallas Museum of Art: Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris

Co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, this is the first U.S. exhibition in over 35 years dedicated to the Spanish artist Juan Gris. Cubism in Color: The Still Lifes of Juan Gris highlights the artist’s pioneering and revolutionary contributions to the Cubist movement by focusing on his fascination with subjects drawn from everyday life.

Where: 1717 N Harwood, Dallas

When: Daily through July 25

Cost: Free

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Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures at the Galleria

In partnership with the Dallas Zoo, Galleria Dallas will “Bring the Zoo to You” with a gallery wall and exciting activations featuring everything from animal content to live animals. PALS Mission 3 is “Wild About Animals” and features animal-related trivia and activities for kids to enjoy – pick up your Passport at the Elevate, Guest Reception Center on Level One. Additionally, the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures Outreach team will bring a mix of their ambassador animals for a special appearance at Galleria Dallas this Saturday.

Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas

When: Saturday 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

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Dream Con Anime and Gaming Convention

In its third year, Dream Con is an anime and gaming convention that unites like-minded individuals from all over the world to enjoy and celebrate an array of interests including pop culture, comics, art, cosplay and music. The two-day virtual and in-person event will feature a traditional artist alley, engaging meet and greets, a music concert, wrestling, dodgeball, blaster battle and indoor basketball. The event will also feature a variety of panels and discussions with special guests from various backgrounds including well-known voice actors, content creators, cos players and gamers.  Whether a novice or an avid fan, Dream Con, is open to everyone.

Where: E Sports Stadium, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington

When: Friday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cost: SOLD OUT...but you can watch online

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden invites visitors to check out "Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with Lego Bricks" through Aug. 1, 2021. This exhibit includes 15 builds, like a colorful hummingbird drinking from a trumpet vine blossom, a butterfly sitting on a blooming flower, a family of ducks, and more.

Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth

When: Daily through August 1

Cost: $6 - $12

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George W. Bush Presidential Center: Out of Many, One

The George W. Bush Presidential Center has opened an exhibit called, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants." The exhibit includes 43 portraits painted by George W. Bush, statistics about immigration and policy recommendations. Out of Many, One includes paintings of celebrities like Dirk Nowitzki, Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright and lesser known immigrants who may know the former president personally. Included with the paintings are stories about how each person adjusted to life in America.

Where: 2943 SMU Blvd, Dallas

When: Now through January 3, 2022

Cost: $15 - $21 / Free for military (current) / $10 for retired military

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Hella Mega Tour-Green Day/Fall Out Boy/Weezer

Experience the 90’s all over again with the Hella Mega Tour. This show, pushed back by a year due to COVID features Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, and The Interrupters. The event is sold out - but you can find tickets on the resale market.

Where: Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Drive, Arlington

When: Saturday, July 24 5:30 p.m.

Cost: SOLD OUT (look for tickets on the resale market)

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If/Then She Can Exhibit at Northpark Centre

The exhibit, sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, stands outside Northpark Centre in the CenterPark Garden. It’s a monumental exhibit of the most women statues ever assembled in one location. This first-of-its-kind, life-sized statue exhibit of more than 120 Ambassadors hailing from more than 40 states is free to the public. All these women are in STEM careers. Visitors can scan a QR code to learn about each one of the unique contributors. The exhibit is sure to be inspirational to young women and men alike.

Where: CenterPark Garden, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas

When: Daily through October 24

Cost: Free

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Jurassic World: The Exhibition

It's an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

When: June 18 - September 5

Cost: $29.50 for adults (16 years +) and $19.50 for youth (3- 15 years)

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Matilda: The Musical at The Firehouse Theatre

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. This inspiring story reveals an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life, dares to take a stand, and changes her own destiny. With powerful music and electric dance numbers, this is a favorite for the whole family that continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Where: The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch

When: Wednesdays - Sundays through August 8

Cost: $28 - $36

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NERF Challenge

Well, this is cool. It’s every NERF fan’s dream come to life. At Fair Park in Dallas, experience a wonderland of activities inspired by NERF. There’s 90,000 Square Feet of action-packed play, with thousands of Blasters, and MILLIONS of darts. Additionally, check out the football, baseball, basketball, and other sports games.

Where: Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave., Dallas

When: Thursdays - Sundays now through August 8

Cost: $29.50

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Parade of Playhouses

This is an incredible opportunity to help abused and neglected children have a safe and permanent home through the work done by Dallas Casa. You can win one of 10 custom designed playhouses by purchasing raffle tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20. The playhouses are on display at NorthPark Center. Online ticket sales close at 3:00 p.m. on July 25.

Where: NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy., Dallas

When: Daily through July 25

Cost: Free, but can purchase raffle tickets

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Pop! By Snowday at Galleria Dallas

Looking for that perfect photo op? Pop! Just opened at Galleria Dallas. There are unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture - including 7 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting. The retro-style themes will have you looking like you’ve gone back in time to capture stunning moments.

Where: Galleria Dallas

When: Daily through September 6

Cost: $22 to $32

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Rainbow Vomit presents: Sanctuary

The immersive art exhibit, Rainbow Vomit, has reopened its doors for public and private tours on a newly imagined experience titled “Sanctuary.” This creative refuge will transport guests to a new realm of visual splendor and relaxation that combines many mediums of art into a fun and moving artistic experience. This gallery is great for all ages.

Where: Rainbow Vomit, 3609 Parry Ave, Dallas

When: Daily through December 19

Cost: $17 - $40

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Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion

Saturdays in the summer just got hotter, with Rockin’ the River at Panther Island Pavilion. It’s a six week series of great music, plus river floating activities. Enjoy 30 bands over 6 weeks – top Texas Country acts and a little rock & soul. A fireworks show will end each night with a BANG.

Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth

When: Saturdays through August 7 from 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. (fireworks at 9:25 p.m.)

Cost: Parking is $10 / Activities (like tubing) cost extra

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Sunday Funday in Fort Worth

This family-friendly laid back event is every Sunday this summer...with yoga, beer, concessions, food trucks, and floating the Trinity River. Tubes, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards are available to rent. Pedal Boats: $20/Hour, Tube rentals: $5 All Day, Locker rentals: $4 All Day.

Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth

When: Every Sunday through September 5, starting at noon

Cost: Free

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The Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Grab your boots and Cowboy hat! This rodeo is back! The live and kicking rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (’s “Free Kid Friday” an adult ticket and get a kid’s ticket free!) It's in the Cowtown Coliseum. Rodeo organizers say you can feel safe as you watch the live rodeo action because they are enforcing social distancing and everyone has to wear a facial covering. Giddy up!

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Cost: Adults: $27, Children: $15

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Thursdays on Tap at Perot Museum

Looking for a fun date-night destination or a unique spot to connect with friends after work? Want to peruse the Perot Museum of Nature and Science sans kids? Do you like live music, breweries and curious-minded adults? Then don’t miss Thursdays on Tap happening weekly at the Perot Museum! From 6-9 p.m. each Thursday (rain or shine), the adults-only event gives grown-ups exclusive after-hours access to explore all five levels of the Museum including, for a limited time only, The Science of Guinness World Records® exhibition. Outside, ticket holders can enjoy local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music and games.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N Field, Dallas

When: Thursday 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Thursdays through Sept 30)

Cost: $13-$20 and up

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"Twelve Mighty Orphans – Behind the Scenes: Laura Wilson"

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Film Commission presents, "Twelve Mighty Orphans – Behind the Scenes: Laura Wilson," featuring photography and

props from the new film, 12 Mighty Orphans. Photographer Laura Wilson is an honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Her son, Luke Wilson, stars as coach Rusty Russell in the movie.

Where: National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., Ft Worth

When: Daily through Aug 7

Cost: Free (with admission to museum)

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Whoazone at Grapevine

WhoaZone at Grapevine, located at Meadowmere Park, offers a full day of family fun. Featuring the action-packed floating ninja course and shaded seating rentals. It’s a full day of active entertainment that’s great for the whole family.

Where: Meadowmere Park, 3000 Meadowmere Ln., Grapevine

When: Daily through Labor Day / 12p - 6:30p Weekdays & 11a - 6:30p Weekends

Cost: $18 (for one hour) - $108 (for full-season)

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Yaa Halla Y’all

It’s the 20th anniversary of Yaa Halla Y’all.  The four day dance and music event features performances by everyone from international stars to new dancers. They call it one of the largest Middle Eastern dance events in the Southwest. They’ll compete to be the Yellow Rose of Texas Belly Dance Star. There are also dance and music seminars at the Grapevine Convention Center.

Where: Grapevine Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine

When: Thursday - Sunday

Cost: $15 - $75

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Yellow Rose Classic Car Show

The North Texas Mustang Club hosts the largest all Ford indoor show in the southwest,  featuring vintage, performance, and classic cars and trucks. This is the 31st annual Yellow Rose show.

Where: E-Sports Stadium, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington

When: Saturday from 10-9, Sunday from 10-6

Cost: $12 / Kids 12 and under Free

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