Take a Tour of Deep Ellum’s Famous Murals Followed by Rooftop Margs

And more fun things to do in Dallas this weekend.

deel ellum mural of bobby sessions
Courtesy of Deep Ellum Foundation
Courtesy of Deep Ellum Foundation

There’s always something going down in the Big D. A look at the city’s offerings might leave you dizzy: record shops, vintage shops, museums, bar arcades, nerdy bookstores, restaurants, bars, brunches, sports aplenty, and a thriving music and arts scene.

Dallas, when you seek it out, has wonderful natural landscapes, too. Hiking, running paths, swimming—there’s a little something for everyone. And if you want to get out of town, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore.

With the sheer selection of things to do, we’re here to help guide you on your weekend adventures. This weekend guide will steer you in an always-fun direction, be it dancing to live music or cozying up for a film fest. Check back here each week for something new to explore (and subscribe to our newsletter for recommendations and the week’s top stories).

Courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

Outdoor Events in Dallas

February 24–April 8
White Rock, Free–$22
The Southwest’s largest yearly floral festival debuts on Saturday at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with more than half a million spring blooming bulbs including a delightful collection of 350,000 tulips. Clear memory space on your smartphone because you’re going to want to snap lots of photos.

March 1, 5–8:30 pm
Deep Ellum, Free
Stroll through Deep Ellum and shop at the many stores and businesses in the district. Participate in the Murals & Margs mural tour, jump aboard the pedal bike progressive happy hour, listen to live music from Rosegarden Funeral Party, and catch Izk Davies at Federales creating art while you watch.

Food and Drink Events in Dallas

March 2, 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Downtown, $45–$70
Savor bottomless brunch bites from some of the hottest restaurants in North Texas, plus a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, shopping, and live entertainment. Upgrade to VIP for entrance 30 minutes early, plus access to exclusive food offerings, a private bar, and VIP restroom facilities.

Stage actors Isabella Esler  as Lydia and Justin Collette as Beetlejuice
Isabella Esler as Lydia and Justin Collette as Beetlejuice. | Photo by Matthew Murphy

Live Performances in Dallas

Now through March 3
Fair Park, $30–$200
Say his name—just not three times in a row. Tim Burton’s iconic horror-comedy, Beetlejuice, gets the musical treatment in this Broadway tour. Consider it a nice plot refresher ahead of this year’s highly anticipated movie sequel.

Now through March 3
East Dallas, $12–$20
The world premiere of the English translation continues its run at the Latino Cultural Center as a collab between Cara Mía Theatre, Soul Rep Theatre, and Mulato Teatro from Mexico. Written by Jaime Chabaud’s, Yanga draws inspiration from the life of Gaspar Yanga, an enslaved African Prince who started a rebellion.

March 1, 7:30 pm
Coppell Arts Center, $36
Rock music, live art creation, vocal stylings, comedy, Bunraku (Japanese puppet theater), and imaginative dance combine for a one-of-a-kind creative experience for the entire family. It’s a colorful, multisensory extravaganza that will start the weekend off on a high note.

March 1, 8 pm
Grand Prairie, $39–$130
Whether you’re a legit ballroom dance fan or love the kitsch factor of attending a live version of the celebrity-fueled TV show, there’s no denying the pure entertainment value when immensely talented dancers strut their stuff in lavish costumes.

March 2–April 7, 2 pm
Deep Ellum, $20–$30
The story of blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson comes to life on stage in this one-man musical starring J Dontray Davis. Staged in the heart of Deep Ellum where Jefferson once performed on the streets in the 1920s before being discovered and invited to record in Chicago, it’s a fitting tribute to a man who was a big part of Dallas’ musical history.

February 29–March 17
Bishop Arts District, $18–$40
A collection of six short plays from local playwrights each explore the implications and societal costs of racism while looking for ways to collectively heal. Attend this opening weekend or mark your calendar for the March 15th and 16th performances at which author Heather McGhee and Dr. Gail Christopher will participate in post-show conversations and book signings.

olivia rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo performs onstage at The Drop: Olivia Rodrigo at The GRAMMY Museum on October 3, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo by Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty Images

Live Music in Dallas

March 1, 7 pm
Garland, Free
Gary P. Nunn and Guthrie Kennard headline the City of Garland’s monthly first-Friday concert series. The free outdoor concert showcases locally grown Texas talent with food and activities for the entire family between sets.

March 1
American Airlines Center, From $407
The singer-songwriter’s show sold out quickly, but if you want to splurge on a concert, you can still snag ideally located resale tickets to be part of Olivia Rodrigo’s high-energy GUTS World Tour.

whiskey
Photo courtesy of Garrison Brothers

Texas Independence Day Events in Dallas

March 2, 3–9 pm
Historic Downtown Carrollton, Free
Get your fill of craft brews in the beer garden, enjoy live Texas music, eat your way through a Texas food village, and pose for pics with a real-life longhorn. It’s all to commemorate our state’s independence on March 2, 1836.

March 2, 6–8 pm
Frisco, Free
At this other celebration of Texas Independence Day in a northern suburb, the music of George Strait comes to life with the Unwound tribute band. Sip on whiskies from Texas’ first legal whiskey distiller at Garrison Brothers tent and procure a new lid when you visit the custom hat bar by Blue Lacy Mercantile.

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“Garoto” | Courtesy of Latin American Film Festival of Dallas

Festivals in Dallas

February 29–March 3
Oak Cliff, $10
The inaugural LAFFD brings film buffs four days of screenings to Spacy, the micro cinemas inside Tyler Station. There, catch 10 movies from Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. Many titles represent local, Texas, US, or North American premieres.

March 1–3
Fair Park, $10 and up
Get a jump on your St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans with a full weekend of Irish fun and tomfoolery as The Southwest Celtic Music Association presents the 42nd annual North Texas Irish Festival. Immerse yourself in all things Emerald Isle with live performances, whiskey tastings, food vendors galore, a fun run, and several nationally and internationally beloved music groups.

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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.