8 Actually Fun Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

Soak up the season at al fresco performances, an art fair, and more.

The Other Art Fair
Photo courtesy of The Other Art Fair

Stop what you’re doing and get outside right now. Better yet, take this list with you so you have something to read while you’re enjoying the spectacular weather we’ve been enjoying all week. This is the time of year that makes up for the 100-plus-degree days of summer, so go grab drinks on a patio, head to Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre for back-to-back creepy performances, walk a 5K to support the fight against breast cancer, or poke around some incredible homes. And if you’re feeling a little hermitty, don’t worry—there’s plenty of stuff you can do from the comfort of your sofa, too.

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24
Dallas Market Hall
The Other Art Fair returns to Dallas this weekend, showcasing the works of more than 130 independent artists selected by experts. Procure a new masterpiece for your home, participate in interactive installations, and enjoy live DJ sets while taking in all the beauty around you.
Cost: Tickets run $15 per person

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24
Oak Cliff
Pluto TV is ready to treat you to free movies all weekend at the historic Texas Theatre, with screenings of Halloween Kills, No Time to Die, and The Velvet Underground. 500 tickets per show are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so check the website for showtimes and plan to get there 20 to 30 minutes early to snag a seat.
Cost: Admission is free (includes popcorn and Pluto TV swag)

Friday, October 22 - Sunday, October 24
East Dallas
A man-eating plant that can carry a tune and a ghostly variety show offer adequately spooky outdoor entertainment now through Halloween weekend as Theatre Three presents Little Shop of Horrors and The Bippy Boppy Boo Show: Again! Again! at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre. Bring a picnic, your own beer and wine, and a blanket or lawn chair (chairs are also available for rent) for one or both shows, presented back-to-back on two separate stages. Pick up tickets online and drop in code DOUBLEFEATURE for a $5 discount.
Cost: Tickets run $20 per person, per show

Friday, October 22 & Saturday, October 23
Irving
A trio of silent horror flicks (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and The Hands of Orlac) appear onscreen over three nights while musicians improvise soundtracks for each film at MainStage’s black box theater space. Costumes are encouraged and audience participation in the music-making will be an option, too.
Cost: Tickets run $16 per person, per performance ($35 for all three)

Friday, October 22 - Saturday, October 23
Deep Ellum
Brooks Wheelan has made a name for himself in the comedy world after getting fired from Saturday Night Live, and he brings that notorious standup act to the recently refurbished Dallas Comedy Club in Deep Ellum this Friday and Saturday.
Cost: Tickets run $25 per person

Saturday, October 23
NorthPark Center
The 2021 Komen Dallas More Than Pink Walk unites thousands of people with a singular goal: eliminating breast cancer. Join the one-mile or 5K route, then celebrate at the finish line. Money raised during the event goes to breast cancer research, as well as helping those living with breast cancer.
Cost: Registration is free (donations encouraged)

Saturday, October 23 - Sunday, October 24
Multiple locations & Virtual
Picture yourself in a dream home (someone else’s, but it’s good to have goals) during self-guided tours of eight magnificent homes around town, with the opportunity to add on a trio of virtual home tours. Proceeds benefit the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and all the work they do locally to ensure a more aesthetically pleasing city.
Cost: Tickets start at $45 per person

Saturday, October 23
Irving & Virtual
Music from the original Star Wars trilogy, two of its prequels, and The Mandalorian, will fill Carpenter Hall this Saturday. And if you don’t want to drive to Irving, you’re in luck—they're offering a digital live-stream for at-home viewing, too.
Cost: Live tickets start at $39 per person; Live-stream links run $25 each

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Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.