Symphony in the Park, Dallas Pride, and More Fun Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

Plus, plenty of outdoor happenings, like a food and drink fest in Addison.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Outdoors | Photo courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Outdoors | Photo courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to June! The weekend ahead promises a bevy of summertime happiness with multiple opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors before the real heat hits later on. Embark on fresh-air options, including the return of Taste Addison and its food-and-drink extravaganza, two days of Dallas Pride activities including a music festival and the 40th edition of the parade, and a spin class for a great cause on the lawn in front of one of Dallas’s most iconic works of public art. Of course, if you prefer air conditioning and a roof over your head, we’ve gathered info on a gaming and e-sports festival and an artist market that includes free booze. So break the seal on that sunscreen and join us at one of these nine fab events around Dallas-Fort Worth.

June 1–4
Turtle Creek
Relive the biggest hits of the ’90s (or experience them for the first time depending on when you were born) with Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical. The 20th-century update of Les Liaisons Dangereuses was a major hit movie and the magic translates to the stage with plenty of devious drama.
Cost: Tickets are $35-$60.

Thursday, June 1
Old East Dallas
The symphony often gets a reputation for being expensive and stuffy, but the Dallas Symphony Orchestra changes that opinion quickly with its series of free outdoor concerts. Bring your blanket and a picnic, then kick back and listen to a program of iconic songs that you’ll immediately recognize.
Cost: This event is free to attend.

June 2 & 3
Come hungry this weekend to Taste Addison where culinary bites and creative sips include Green Curry Hushpuppies from Loro, Louisiana Boiled Crawfish from Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse, and a Mimosa served in a pineapple from Sanabel’s Mediterranean Grill. Your ticket gets you entry to the grounds, plus a variety of live music and entertainment throughout the day.
Cost: Tickets are $15-$60 (VIP), while food and beverages are priced per item.

June 2–4
Nerd out to your heart’s content at DreamHack, a three-day festival at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Participate in cosplay contests, compete in a variety of games and e-sports, pit your skills against professional gamers, meet dozens of comic, pop, and other creatives in Artist Alley, and dance the night away at a special DreamHack party Saturday night.
Cost: Tickets are $35-$179 (3-day pass); DreamHack party tickets are $20.

Friday, June 2
Fair Park
Texas Discovery Gardens welcomes the Women’s Chorus of Dallas for new renditions of hits from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Whitney Housto, and other iconic performers during DIVAS! Tickets to the annual fundraiser include cocktails, early access to the butterfly habitat, a silent auction, and a wine pull in addition to the main concert.
Cost: Tickets are $65-$150 per person and $124-$285 per couple.

June 3 & 4
Fair Park
Dallas Pride presents its festive and colorful 40th Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade this year, returning once again to Dallas’ Fair Park on Sunday. Kick things off a day early with the Music Festival at Fair Park featuring Allison Ponthier, drag performers, and a ton of vendors and activations to keep you busy all day long.
Cost: The Saturday Pride Festival is $10 per adult. The parade and Sunday events are free to attend.

Saturday, June 3
The Eye at The Joule
The 11th annual Wheel to Survive cycling event pedals into Dallas for two 45-minute spin class sessions on the lawn in front of Downtown’s giant eye sculpture. Your participation helps raise funds for ovarian cancer research and support.
Cost: Tickets are $35 per session and include a mimosa and breakfast taco after the ride.

Saturday, June 3
Limber up before the drive to McKinney’s Trinity Falls neighborhood for their Trail Day 5K, a scenic run/walk through 350 acres of tree-lined river backdrops. Live music, food trucks, drinks, and tours of model homes await (in case you love the area so much you want to move there).
Cost: Registration is $30 per person.

June 3 & 4
Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) presents the Summer Vibe Market featuring more than 275 local artists and makers. Music from DJ Lifted, old-time photos, a coffee lounge, and complimentary cocktails made with Ego Tequila and Dripping Springs Vodka round out the creative experience.
Cost: The event is free to attend.

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Steven Lindsey loves to explore, whether it’s sampling the best restaurants around Dallas-Fort Worth, hot air ballooning over the Arizona desert, or climbing a pyramid in Mexico. He contributes to Thrillist and a variety of online and print publications. He also founded Travel Like An Adult. His latest venture, The Spa Daddy, offers a man’s perspective on spa and wellness across the globe.