What to do in Dallas

Home / Culture / What to do in Dallas

What to do in DallasSay Yes to Events

There’s always something to do in the Dallas Region. Take a peek at some of the events we can’t wait to go to! Remember – we update this list periodically, so check back soon for more events. If you know about an event that should be on this list, let us know!

Click here to see event recaps.

DFW Restaurant Week (which, for some generous restaurants, has turned into DFW Restaurant Month) allows people to enjoy special lunch and dinner menus at some of the Dallas Region’s finest restaurants while raising money for local charity. DFW Restaurant Week 2019 marks the 22nd year that the Dallas Region has participated in this culinary event. Last year, a record-setting donation of almost $800,000 was made to beneficiaries. This year, portions of Restaurant Week meals will benefit North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pop Home.

Below is a list of participating restaurants based on when their Restaurant Week menu is available. Restaurants marked with an asterisk (*) are restaurants that are only participating for 2 weeks or less, excluding preview weekend.

The Say Yes to Dallas team will upload pictures and reviews of restaurants we tried during DFW Restaurant Week. Stay tuned as we update this tab!

 

 

For more information, visit www.dfwrestaurantweek.com.

8/2 | Dallas Blonde Birthday Bash – Uptown
Come celebrate Dallas Blonde’s 7th birthday with your friends at Katy Trail! We’ll have Dallas Blondes handing out new Deep Ellum swag. Plus, get there early for a Dallas Blonde schooner or #QueenofBeers pint glass with purchase of any Deep Ellum beer.


8/3 | Watermelon Festival
Take a bite out of summer at the 2nd Annual Watermelon Festival! The Dallas Farmers Market is kicking off National Farmers Market Week with a Texas-sized celebration. Watermelon eating contests, watermelon bowling, seed spitting contests and classic family favorites will keep the celebration going all day. Enjoy live music, demos, family-friendly activities, tastings and more!


8/3 | Happy Goat Yoga-For Charity: Goatin’ & Shoppin’ at Flea Style
This happy-vibes class is the perfect cure for your chaotic week. Your ticket includes a 45 min, all level, goat yoga class taught by one of our amazing instructors followed by 15 min of extra playtime and selfies with the goats! Your ticket also includes a FREE post-workout hard cider sips!


8/8 | Watchtowers: Curated Poetry
In partnership with WordSpace, Dallas Contemporary is pleased to host a sequenced, performance and spoken word showcase of artists and poets responding to Francesco Clemente’s exhibition “Watchtowers, Keys, Threads, Gates.” Free and open to the public. No reservations required.


8/10 | The All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival
Use our special promo code YESTODALLAS10 for $10 off any ticket! On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, will be the host for Texas’s largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever featuring hundreds of different brands at the iconic Globe Life Park!


8/10 | Be Crafty! Pop-up: Furry Friends Cupcake Decorating Workshop at TURBO
You’ll learn expert tips and tricks while creating Pinterest-worthy goodies. Remember, we’re all here to have fun! No experience is necessary. While decorating, enjoy a free glass of wine, coffee (drip, Americano or Latte) or tea!


8/15 | 2nd Annual Around The World Crawl at Trinity Groves
Hosted by Dallasites101, this event will be your chance to enjoy a variety of international drinks. Each participating restaurant will guarantee great $3-5 drink specials inspired by a particular country. Ticket includes souvenir thanks to Cypress at Trinity Groves, wristband for discounted drink specials, photo booth and the experience of a unique “Around The World” night out at Trinity Groves!


8/15 | The Adolphus ABC’s Wine Dinner
School is starting which means it’s time for adults to learn their ABC’s. Anything But Chardonnay that is! Join The Adolphus August 15th at 6pm for an Anything But Chardonnay wine dinner where guests are invited to Sip, Swirl, Savor and Celebrate the end of summer with our favorite summer wines.


8/15 | Mini-Monogram Cupcake Decorating Workshop at TUPPS Brewery
Ticket includes a 2-hour, instructor-led cupcake decorating workshop, 8-12 mini cupcakes to display in the letter of your choice, and all the necessary supplies. Bring your favorite baking apron and join us for happy vibes and pretty, sweet treats!


8/17 | Happy Piggy & Bunny Yoga-For Charity at Sneaky Pete’s
It’s your cuddle therapy and cuteness overload to melt away life’s negativity! Your ticket includes: (1st hour) A naturally-hot, lakeside, all-level piggy and bunny yoga class taught by one of our amazing instructors (area will be shaded) and (2nd hour) Piggy & Bunny PlayTime! Stick around for an extra hour of selfie/play/chill time with the cuties! And check out all that Sneaky Pete’s has to offer – sand volleyball courts, a giant pool deck… and a lake)


8/18 | Make Your Own Edible Terrarium: Succulent Cupcake Decorating Workshop
These are not your average plain iced cupcakes! Ticket includes a 2-hour, instructor-led workshop, 4 cupcakes to decorate, all the necessary supplies, and a free beer, nitro cold brew, or soda. Bring your favorite baking apron and join us for a good mood boosting time!


8/24 | Austin Eastciders Block Party
Dallasites101 has teamed up with local-favorite Austin Eastciders as we bring the Eastciders neighborhood foodie experience has been a hit in other cities, and now it’s time for Dallasites to enjoy! For four hours, you’ll enjoy food tastings paired with different flavors of Eastciders at multiple restaurants around Bishop Arts, and shops are participating too.


8/24 | A Day in the Life: Architect
Do you think you have what it takes to build an amazing building out of LEGO® bricks? Step right up to the challenge as you meet local architects, and learn all about their careers. Participate with other attendees as a team, guided by professionals, to create and construct a building that could fit within the Dallas skyline. A panel of architects will judge the structures and award prizes to the top three buildings.


8/29-31 | Chocolate and Art Show – Dallas
Indulge yourself in some of Dallas’ finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators! There is something for every body including live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate.


8/30 – 9/1 | 3rd Riverfront Jazz Festival
The 2019 festival attendees will browse and shop through vendor booths, experience diverse foods and enjoy music performances. Produced by TBAAL, the Riverfront Jazz Festival promises to be one of Dallas’ annual major attractions for patrons, tourists and Dallas citizens.


8/31 | DFW Free Day of Yoga’s Dallas Yoga Festival
Join with DFW FDOY and Downtown Dallas Inc at the beautiful Main Street Garden Park as we bring together local residents, businesses, and our huge DFW Yoga community! Celebrate with us on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in our annual huge community festival for Vendors, Sponsors, Giveaways, Food, Music and fun for the whole family! Even your dog is welcome to come play in the amazing Dog Park! Bring the kids and enjoy the newly added kids park and participate in family yoga!


8/31 – 9/1 | 2019 Dallas Reggae Festival
We want to welcome friends and families to the 1st Annual Dallas Reggae Festival. This reggae festival features various artists celebrating cultural equality through reggae and world music. 15% of all tickets sales will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.



9/1 | 2019 Labor Day Food Truck Rally presented by VisitDallas
On Labor Day Sunday, enjoy an amazing array of culinary treats from more than 25 of the best food trucks and carts in the Metroplex at Klyde Warren Park. This family-friendly event will feature live music, activities and giant games on the lawn.


9/4 | Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Concert
The DSO will perform on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10. At the concert, the DSO will present the WORLD PREMIERE performance of Inner City Rhapsody by Dallas composer Quinn Mason, a new orchestral commission made possible through the generous support of the Norma and Don Stone New Music Fund. Recently appointed DSO Assistant Conductor Katharina Wincor will conduct the orchestra in her DSO debut.


9/6 | Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party 2019
It’s the chocolate party you’ve been waiting for! Enjoy an evening of artisan chocolate. There will be cocktails, a chocolate fountain, light bites, and the opportunity to meet, sample and shop from some of the finest chocolate artisans in the world. We’ll have local favorites, acclaimed chocolate makers from across the country, and amazing foreign producers. This is a 21+ event. All attendees will receive a VIP goody bag. Valet parking is included (so you can wear those fancy shoes!).


9/7 | Dallas Observer BrewFest
Dallas Observer’s 9th Annual BrewFest is back! One of Dallas’ first beer festivals returns to the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 7pm-10pm. Brewfest is an outdoor beer-sampling event and festival that will feature over 500+ local, international and craft beers, music, local food and more.


9/7-8 | 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event
Join chocolate lovers from across Texas at the tenth annual Dallas Chocolate Festival. This year we are celebrating “The Story of Chocolate” by looking at the characters, settings, and chocolate flavors that make the industry so compelling.


9/13 | Brew at the Zoo
Brew at the Zoo is back! Sample beers and ciders from over 30 local and national breweries and enjoy animal encounters, keeper chats, games, and music by DJ Natural Hiiigh. All proceeds support our conservation efforts! NEW THIS YEAR – Brew at the Zoo has moved to the Wilds of Africa! So you can visit our elephants, lions, giraffes and more, while enjoying the after-hours fun.


9/13-14 | Texas Pinners Conference
Shop, learn, create and connect at Pinners Conference—the event where the best of Pinterest comes to life! With 250 shopping booths and over 100 classes to choose from, get ready for your most fun and creative weekend ever.


9/14 | NorthPark Center Family Philanthropy Festival
Come and spend the day at NorthPark Center and meet some of the incredible nonprofits from across North Texas. All ages can participate in interactive activities, watch live performances, and help make a stronger and more vibrant community for all. Join us for a fun philanthropy fair inside NorthPark Center in NorthCourt featuring 30+ nonprofits hosting free hands-on activities.


9/14 | Meyerson Symphony Center Open House
The DSO will host a FREE Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Meyerson resident ensembles, small ensembles of Dallas Symphony musicians and other organizations from the Dallas Arts District will perform short concerts throughout the day. The lobby of the hall will be filled with an instrument petting zoo, craft activities, organizational information and fun for the whole family. Visitors are invited to come and go throughout the event.


9/15 | Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic
The beloved Dirk Nowitzki pays homage to his first love – tennis – as he hosts the fourth-annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SMU Tennis Complex. Joining Dirk for the round robin competition are Tommy Haas, 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former World No. 2; Mark Knowles, Grand Slam doubles champ and five-time Olympian; Steve Nash, former NBA All-Star and two-time MVP; and actor Boris Kodjoe known for his roles in the TV series Station 19, Code Black and Soul Food, and the 2000 film Love & Basketball.


9/19 | North Texas Giving Day 2019
Communities Foundation of Texas’ 11th Annual North Texas Giving Day will be on Thursday, September 19th! Join us for an 18-hour giving extravaganza to benefit our local nonprofits and make a difference here at home. Since its inception in 2009, this online event has transformed from an idea to help raise awareness of nonprofits, to a movement that has ignited a broad culture of community-wide giving. During North Texas Giving Day, everyone has the opportunity to be a philanthropist to build a stronger and more vibrant community!

 


9/20 | PARK(ing) Day Dallas 2019
PARK(ing) Day Dallas is a FREE annual celebration of space where citizens, artists, designers, organizations & businesses temporarily transform metered parking spaces along Main Street into short-term public “PARK” installations. Rather than parking a car, the metered space is used to promote human use & activity for downtown employees, residents & visitors.


9/20-22 | Greek Food Festival of Dallas
The corner of Hillcrest and Alpha will be transformed Sept. 20, 21, and 22 into a Greek island. Come and enjoy delicious cuisine and pastries authentically made in the festival kitchen, spirited live music and dance, fun kids’ attractions, and a marketplace brimming with imports and activity.


9/21 | Smoked Dallas 2019
Join us for a Texas-sized food fest and backyard BBQ party in the heart of downtown Dallas, Sept. 21. Enjoy finger-lickin’ tastings from 20 of the most celebrated BBQ joints from across the Lonestar State. ALL the BBQ, along with sides and desserts are included in your ticket! BBQ tastes better with good country music and we’re serving up some hot tunes with honky tonk legend Dale Watson, Straight Tequila Night and The 40 Acre Mule.


9/21 | Deep Ellum Open Studios 2019
Deep Ellum Open Studios is opening the doors of Deep Ellumʼs artist studios, galleries, and the neighborhood’s myriad creative spaces to the public on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Locals and visitors alike will get an unparalleled view into the spaces where artists, musicians, photographers, designers, tattooists, and artisans make it happen! Deep Ellum has been a haven for artists and those with a creative spirit since its earliest days. Deep Ellum Open Studios is a one day, jam-packed event that is all about celebrating the artistic soul of this special historic district through visual arts, artist tours, an artisan market, and live muraling.


9/26 | YP Summit
Join us on September 26 for our 6th Annual YP Summit. The YP Summit is an all-day conference focused on developing future leaders by providing ambitious young professionals the opportunity to build relationships, engage in transformative learning opportunities, and interact with civic and business leaders in a top-tier conference setting.


9/27-28 | FAME Fest Dallas
FAME Fest is Dallas’ first experiential fitness festival, bringing together the hottest fitness trends, local artists, musicians, and culinary experiences for a weekend of movement and arts. Omni Dallas Hotel and Fitness Ambassadors have partnered to create an unforgettable experience intended to highlight music-driven fitness classes, local musicians and artists.


9/27-10/20 | State Fair of Texas 2019
At 24 consecutive days, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest. Through its rich and lengthy history, it remains evident that the State Fair serves not only as an annual celebration but as a unique destination that brings people from all walks of life together to create lifelong memories.


9/28 | The Dallas Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Come experience one of the largest pop-up art movements to hit North America over the past decade. Celebrate our 10th year serving FREE PANCAKES and introducing you to some of the nation’s leading emerging artists. Batter sizzles, beer foams, and canvas lines the walls from ceiling to floor as hundreds, sometimes thousands, of revelers indulge in endless pancakes.


9/28 | Frisco Oktoberfest Presented by Nine Band Brewing Co
The festivities will kick off with the opening ceremony at 5pm with a traditional keg tapping! There will be delicious German cuisine, food from local Frisco restaurants, authentic music and dancing thanks to our stage sponsor Audi Plano, a marktplatz with 100 shops, a VIP tent experience, brat eating and stein hoisting contest, keg rolling and of course… plenty of cold bier!


We’re currently looking for the best events in the Dallas Region for you to attend. Check back soon for a full, updated list!

Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Movie Series 2019

Free Rooftop Yoga at Bottled Blonde Dallas

Sundown On Seven at The Adolphus Pool

Hilton Anatole’s Exclusive Summer Fireworks Series

Vitruvian Nights Live in Addison

Shakespeare Dallas