Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

Mamma mia!

The Boho Market
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck | The Boho Market
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck | The Boho Market

Whoa, mama! It’s going to be a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend in North Texas. There’s a ton of stuff to do outdoors, as well as a handful of virtual events to keep you occupied if any of the thunderstorms in the forecast actually unleash their rainy wrath. So whether you’re looking to paint chocolates, run around McKinney for rosé, or hang out with the Dallas Mavericks in your living room, you’ll find that all here and then some.

Strut your mutt around your neighborhood for a good cause

Friday, May 7 - Saturday, May 8
This year’s Strut Your Mutt fundraiser benefiting SPCA of Texas won’t have its usual one-day 5K format. Instead, grab your pooch and hit the town for your own anytime/anywhere walk or run. You can even pick up a swag bag for the full race experience. All proceeds help to further the organization’s cause to end animal cruelty—plus, it gets you out of the house for a little Vitamin D.
Cost: Registration starts at $25 per person

Throw paint on chocolates like you’re Jackson Pollock

Saturday, May 8
Trinity Groves
If you’ve never seen, let alone tasted, the artistic masterpieces in the display case at Kate Weiser Chocolate, you’re in for a treat. Bring your own wine or beer to this in-person class where you’ll learn to make ganache and bonbons, as well as paint your creations with colored cocoa butter for delicacies almost too pretty to eat. And don’t worry, if this week’s session sells out, you can snag tickets for any other Saturday in May. Face masks required.
Cost: Tickets run $100 per person

Run, run some more, then cool off with a crisp rosé

Saturday, May 8
For the group 5K experience you crave, McKinney is hosting an in-person race this weekend with a boozy twist. Stroll, power walk, or jog through the streets and around Towne Lake then enjoy a glass of sparkling rosĂ© at the finish line, along with brunch bites, a grape-stomping competition, and an outdoor market. 
Cost: Registration runs $40 per person

Shop for artisan goods at Klyde Warren Park

Saturday, May 8
Klyde Warren Park
The first of four in-person Boho Markets returns to Klyde Warren for 2021 featuring several local makers showcasing their wares. Stick around for lunch from one of the onsite food trucks or venture out to a nearby restaurant like Miriam Cocina Latina for a complete day of al fresco fun.
Cost: Admission is free; Item prices vary



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.

Make like you're on the Amazing Race

Saturday, May 8
Grab a teammate and help raise money for Dallas Afterschool, a program designed to level the playing field for children of all races and economic backgrounds. Upload photos and videos, send text messages, and answer trivia questions as this scavenger hunt lures you all around Dallas for the chance to win $1,000.
Cost: Registration runs $100 per team of two

Party with the Dallas Mavericks from wherever

Saturday, May 8
For the first time ever, the Mavs Ball will take a virtual turn this year but proceeds will still benefit the programs and services of the Mavs Foundation. Enjoy appearances from owner Mark Cuban, head coach Rick Carlisle, and plenty of star players throughout the evening.
Cost: Tickets start $125 per viewing package

Get mesmerized by dancers at the Dallas Burlesque Festival

Saturday, May 8
Fair Park
There’s something for everyone at this year’s Dallas Burlesque Festival with talented dancers of every possible variety. Taking place at the historic Band Shell at Fair Park, the raucous event will feature pod seating in groups of one, two, or four for added safety.
Cost: Tickets start at $15 per person

Celebrate Mother's Day (or Sunday Funday) at Turtle Creek Park

Sunday, May 9
Oak Lawn
The Meridian String Quartet will be on hand to perform the classics alongside contemporary hits with a traditional twist, the Halal Mother Trucker food truck is set to dole out tasty treats, and a diverse array of vendors plan to peddle a variety of goods during this Second Sunday series event.
Cost: Admission is free; Menu and item prices vary

Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor. 
Our Newsletter
By Signing Up, I Agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy.