Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

Mask up for Last Podcast on the Left live, bargain-hunting at Southfork Ranch, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.

Mystery Science Theater
Mystery Science Theater | Photo by Cody York
Mystery Science Theater | Photo by Cody York

After 22 months of masks, vaccines, boosters, and social distancing, COVID has finally weasled its way into so many of our households this week and boy-oh-boy, it’s no fun at all. But those of us laid up in quarantine aren’t about to let our temporary misfortune keep the rest of you from having a good time around town this weekend. So, FOMO be damned, we’ve got a great roundup of things to do.

See the gang from Mystery Science Theater 3000, plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Granbury, and spend an evening with the legendary Neil deGrasse Tyson as he shares stories from around the cosmos. But first, mask up, vaxx up, and do everything in your power to keep yourself and everyone around you safe. Godspeed, Dallas.

Events listed here may be subject to cancellation depending on the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant. Please call venues or check websites before booking.

Saturday, January 15
Dallas Arts District
While Making Contact shines on the big screen, settle into a night of mockery with everybody’s favorite quick-witted robots Tom Servo, Crow, and GPC from everyone’s favorite nerd alert, Mystery Science Theater. Bring your mask (required throughout the show) along with plenty of tissues to wipe away those tears of laughter.
Cost: Tickets start at $20 per person

Saturday, January 15
Saturday’s forecast calls for the coldest day of the week so far, so lean into the freezing temperatures at Granbuy’s Goosebump Jump. Make the official plunge into the chilly lake waters at noon, take a ride on the snowy ramp that thrusts you into the depths for a faster dip, or just stand around and watch the crazies flirt with hypothermia while sipping your coffee or hot cocoa.
Cost: Register runs $10 per person (benefits the charity of your choice)

Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16
World-famous Southfork Ranch provides the backdrop for Third Monday Trade Days this weekend. Browse your way through more than 200 vendor booths outside the mansion for vintage items, handcrafts, and artisan foods, among hundreds of other options.
Cost: No cover; additional prices vary

Friday, January 14
Grand Prairie
The horror aficionados from Last Podcast on the Left take to the stage for a live show with plenty of spine-chilling stories of demonic possession, serial killers, and other things that go bump in the night—all presented with a wicked sense of humor.
Cost: Tickets start at $25 per person

Saturday, January 15
The Cedars
Pinkston’s Marshwiggle Apparitions exhibition runs through February 12 at Ro2 Art, but you can get your eyes on it first by dropping into Saturday’s opening reception. Meet the artist and learn about the influences that inspired his latest works.
Cost: No cover

Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16
Galleria Dallas
Even though it seems like Christmas was weeks ago—oh wait, it actually was—Snow Day Dallas has been chugging along with its interactive, winter wonderland of photo-ops ever since. If you missed out, take the opportunity to visit their final weekend and snap some perfect pics to share next holiday season.
Cost: Tickets start at $27 per adult

Sunday, January 16
Dallas Arts District
The Winspear Opera House comes to life with the wisdom and neverending inquisitiveness of everybody’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. As part of the Hear Here lecture series, AT&T Performing Arts Center presents a journey across time and space as explained by one true master of the universe. Masks are required throughout the event.
Cost: Tickets start at $49 per person

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.