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Things To Do Around DFW: July 8-11

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Check out our list of fun 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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Bastards of Soul in Concert

Clinging unapologetically to a classic sound, and showcasing a smooth visual aesthetic to match, Bastards of Soul stormed thunderously onto the DFW scene in the spring of 2016. Propelled by a veteran crew of legendary East Dallas players, and led by the raw soul power of charismatic frontman Chadwick Murray, Bastards of Soul are ecstatic to return to the great city where they recorded their debut LP release Spinnin’ at Niles City Sound.

Where: Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

When: Sat, July 10, 8 p.m.

Cost: $20

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Battle for Texas

Battle for Texas is a ive esports competition, with more than a thousand fans expected to attend. The Dallas Fuel team, which competes in the Overwatch League and is currently in first place in the season standings, face off against in-state rivals the Houston Outlaws. The esports match is the first large-scale professional esports event in more than a year in North America. So far in 2021, the Battle for Texas rivalry is 2-1 in favor of the Dallas Fuel. In addition to match competition, a fan festival with activations will be open from 1-7 p.m.

Where: Esports Stadium Arlington, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington

When: Friday, July 9 at 5 p.m.

Cost: Sold Out (various options on resale market)

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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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North Texas plays host to Group A play starting Saturday. At A&T Stadium, Mexico will take on Trinidad and Tobago...and at Toyota Stadium, El Salvador squares off with Curacao.

Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington / Toyota Stadium in Frisco

When: Saturday, July 10

Cost: Varies

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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 Wings Basketball

All-Stars Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally and the Dallas Wings host the Las Vegas Aces at College Park Center. It’s the last chance to see the Wings before the Olympic break.

Where: College Park Center, 600 S Center St, Arlington

When: Sunday, July 11 at Noon

Cost: $18 - $45

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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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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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Mambo Miles Race

2021 marks 30 years of serving the iconic Mambo Taxi margarita! Introducing Mambo Miles, Mi Cocina’s inaugural two-mile race at Klyde Warren Park. Run, walk or stroll — this race is an event the whole family can participate in. This year’s course will begin and end at Klyde Warren Park and highlight the new Downtown and Uptown Mi Cocina locations that will be opening Summer and Fall of 2021.

Where: Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas

When: Sunday, July 11, 8 a.m.

Cost: $30-$40

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Nash Farm Ice Cream Social

Enjoy the beauty and history of Nash Farm and a tasty treat on Saturday, July 10, at Nash Farm’s 1920s Ice Cream Social from 7 p.m. until dark (626 Ball St.). This family-friendly event features old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream, ‘20s music, antique cars, lawn games and more! Lawn chairs, quilts and picnics welcome.

Where: Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine

When: Saturday, July 10, 7 p.m.

Cost: $5

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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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Rangers Games

The Rangers’ bring in the Oakland A’s for a three game set this weekend. It’s your final chance to see the boys at home before the All Star break. Remember, the brand new Globe Life Field is open to 100% capacity. No rainouts this year because of the retractable roof. AND masks are now optional.

Where: Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Dr, Arlington

When: Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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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 Recovery Room: A Virtual D’JAM Concert

“The Recovery Room: A Virtual D’JAM Concert” is a free concert livestreamed on Facebook and featuring Jazz Becuzz and the Stockton Helbing Trio. Sammons Jazz Artistic Director Arlington Jones emcees the concert, which borrowed the name of the legendary Recovery Room jazz club to celebrate the resiliency and history of the North Texas jazz community despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concert is highlighted by the public display of three oil paintings by the late Walter Winn, a renowned Dallas jazz musician and visual artist. The paintings of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane were donated to the Sammons Center by the family of Recovery Room owner Bill Donnelly after his passing this past May.

Where: Virtual

When: Saturday, July 10 - 2 p.m.

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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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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