Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

Stay safe and warm out there.

Canvas Hotel Rooftop Bar pool
Courtesy of Canvas Hotel Rooftop Bar

Wow, what a week. 2021’s really shaping up to be the more bonkers sequel to 2020 nobody asked for. But things are looking up—and warming up—after nearly a week of freezing temperatures, rolling blackouts, and canceled events. The good news, because of weather rescheduling, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras can still be celebrated even though the official dates have passed. That means a second chance at sky-high corn dogs, a singles party with downtown views, a couples V-Day cocktail class, as well as a regularly scheduled outdoor interactive Grimm fairy tail among the highlights. Check with each venue to make sure everything’s still happening because it’s still really cold out there. At least face masks will keep your nose and mouth warm.

Feel the magic of state-of-the-art illusions

Friday - Sunday
Grand illusionist Jason Bishop wraps up his two-month gig at the Gaylord Texan with two final weekends of shows with his over-the-top illusions and close-up magic (projected onto giant screens so it’s close-up for everyone). Social distancing will be maintained with empty seats between ticketholders part of a single transaction and masks required when not actively drinking.
Cost: $18 per adult

Have a Grimm old time in the Arts District

Friday - Sunday
Arts District
In its continued efforts to provide safe theatrical experiences, Dallas Theater Center presents a new, immersive, self-guided outdoor tour based on Grimm fairy tales. Comic strips, pop-up storybooks, and pre-recorded audio and video will transport guests on a journey outside the Wyly Theatre. Staggered entry times, masks, and social distancing will all be implemented.
Cost: $35 per adult 

Feel the romance of poetry and jazz

Friday & Saturday, 9 pm
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters presents two nights of jazz and poetry at the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater. If your Valentine’s Day plans were thwarted by the snow, consider this a chance to make up for any date nights that didn’t happen as planned. 
Cost: $10 per adult

Purchase a bouquet of corn dogs in the sky

Saturday, 5 - 9 pm
Reunion Tower
Rescheduled from last weekend, Corn Dog with No Name hosts a pop-up event 470 feet above the city before, during, and after sunset. Purchase a regular admission ticket for the 360-degree views of the GeO-Deck observation level of Reunion Tower and you’ll be able to purchase everything from corn dogs to fried Oreos to keep you nourished on your circular journey overlooking downtown.
Cost: $18 per adult

Experience Life on Mars at It'll Do Club

Saturday, 9 pm - 2 am
Old East Dallas
Feed your soul with some live music at It’ll Do Club with Life on Mars with R.E.A.D. (Red Eye and Ancient Deep). Tickets will not be available at the door, so purchase in advance to guarantee a spot. Masks and social distancing required once inside.
Cost: $7 per adult; $225 for four people with bottle service

Let the good times roll at a winery Mardi Gras party

Saturday, 5 - 8 pm
Last weekend was a bust for their Valentine’s Day events, so make up for it with a post-Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party. Live jazz music on the lawn and New Orleans-style food from Mac’s Cajun Shack food truck add to the festive spirit.
Cost: $8 per adult

Shake things up with a couple's cocktail class

Saturday, 6 - 8 pm
Arts District
Learn to make three different Valentine’s-themed cocktails while enjoying light bites from nearby Musume. After class ends, leave with a swag bag filled with bar ware and items needed to recreate the drinks at home whenever you wish.
Cost: $180 per couple

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor. 
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