Everything Fun You Can Do in Dallas This Weekend

We’ve got you covered with more festivals than you can shake a rib at.

If you can get past the already-unbearable heat, this weekend could be one of the best so far in the past two years entertainment-wise. It’s festival season, after all, and across Dallas-Fort Worth we have fests-a-plenty celebrating everything from craft beer and South Asian films to live music and BBQ. There’s also plenty of art, a famous comedian, and an early morning with the birds to look forward to. Here are 9 things to do this weekend that’ll make you proud to live in North Texas.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
Design District
For Dallas Contemporary’s Spring Exhibition Program, they’ve brought together the work of a quartet of artists, including Texas-based Joseph Havel and Natalie Wadlington, along with Lonnie Holley and Borna Sammak. Discover their work all under one roof through August 21.
Cost: The exhibit is free to attend.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
For a full weekend, Grapevine transitions from a winery town to a craft brew paradise as the 38th annual Main Street Fest gets underway. Live music and more than 75 beers await. And don’t worry, wine lovers, there’ll be plenty of that, too.
Cost: Adult tickets cost $9, weekend passes are $20, and craft beer tasting cards are $16 if purchased by 5 pm Friday.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
The Wildflower Arts & Music Festival returns this weekend with dozens of live music acts, art vendors, food, drinks, and handmade guitars in the Art Guitar Auction. It all unfolds at the Galatyn Park Urban Center.
Cost: One-day tickets are $20-$35 for adults, weekend passes are $75, and VIP weekend passes for two are $400.

Friday, May 20
Dallas Arts District
From 6 pm through the witching hour (which, according to some, starts right around 12 am), the May edition of ‘til Midnight at the Nasher features a full evening of programming, including three live music acts, a screening of Moana, as well as bar service and food for sale from Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Cost: Admission to this event is free.

DFW South Asian Film Festival
DFW South Asian Film Festival

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22
The Colony
The 8th Annual DFW South Asian Film Festival brings several films to the screen, including feature-length documentaries and films, multiple shorts (many of which focus on the South Asian LGBTQ, women, and senior citizen experience), and every episode of a new TV series. And like any great festival, there’ll be Q&A options and plenty of parties.
Cost: Tickets to individual films, parties, and blocks of shorts are $12-$75; a festival pass that includes all screenings and parties is $225.

Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21
Dallas Arts District & Virtual
Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its Spring Celebration, featuring five choreographed masterpieces. Attend in-person or stream live or on-demand.
Cost: In-person tickets cost $45-$65 and virtual tickets are $25.

Friday, May 20
Downtown Dallas
The irreverent comic Daniel Tosh brings his touring show to the historic Majestic Theatre downtown for two shows only.
Cost: Tickets are $50-$85

Saturday, May 21
Trinity River Audubon Center
The early bird may get the worm, but the early you gets to see those very birds. Wake up at the crack of dawn and head to the Trinity River Audubon Center for a 45-minute morning bird walk then stick around and explore the grounds.
Cost: Tickets cost $10 and space is limited.

Saturday, May 21
Fair Park
If you haven’t worked your way through the 25 best BBQ spots in DFW yet, find smoke-filled inspiration at this barbecue event taking over The Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Big Texas BBQ is a fundraiser and rib cookoff hosted by the Touchdown Club of Dallas with proceeds benefiting the Rise School of Dallas.
Cost: Tickets are $50 for general admission and $150 for VIP (which includes dinner and an open bar).

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Steven Lindsey is a contributor for Thrillist.