Everything You Must Do in Dallas This Summer

Updated On 06/25/2018 at 05:46PM EST Updated On 06/25/2018 at 05:46PM EST
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Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Various locations
After four long years of waiting, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here! The US may not be in the competition this year, but that doesn't mean that the games in Russia won't be a blast to watch. We've rounded up all the best bars in Dallas to watch the fútbol magic play out.
Cost: Varies by location.
Friday - Friday
Jun 8-Aug 10
Chances are you’ve probably been to drive-in movie, but what about a dive-in movie. Hurricane Harbor will be hosting these dive-in movies every Friday night from June 8 to August 10. The movies include Coco, Beauty and the Beast, Justice League, and more. Spend the day going down the water slides when relax in the pool with a movie.
Cost: Tickets are $33.99.
Wednesday - Saturday
Jun 13-Jul 7
Music Hall at Fair Park
More than 90 million people have seen The Lion King on Broadway. And while we can’t speak for everyone, most people seem to really love it. The New York Times says “there is simply nothing else like it.” The show comes to Dallas from June to July, which gives you plenty of time to see it, but don’t wait too long because it could sell out.
Cost: Tickets start from $40.
Friday - Saturday
Jun 22-23
American Airlines Center
For the first time ever, the NHL Draft is coming to Dallas. This gives North Texans a chance to watch the action live from the American Airlines Center. As if that wasn’t cool enough, if you go on Saturday general admission is free. Who do you want your team to draft?
Cost: Free
Jun 23
AT&T Stadium
What’s your favorite Eagle’s song? Is it “Hotel California” or “Take It Easy” or something else? It’s hard to choose when there’s so many to pick from. Whatever your favorite is, chances are you’ll probably hear it when the Eagles come to town. Chris Stapleton will open the show for the Eagles so be sure to get there on time.
Cost: Tickets start from $100 on secondary markets.
Jun 27
Dos Equis Pavilion
It’s probably been a while since you’ve listened to a Weezer song -- probably even longer since you’ve listened to a Pixies song. You’ll be able to hear both at the Dos Equis Pavilion. The pair will be joined by their opener the Wombats. Grab cold drink and get ready to sing “Hey” and “Buddy Holly” at the top of your lungs.
Cost: Tickets start from $25.
Jun 30
Deep Ellum Art Co.
Pancakes and booze? If that doesn’t already sound incredible, mix in some art, some live performances, and body painting and you’ve got yourself a real party. The Pancakes & Booze Art show will feature the work of more than 80 artists and the pancakes are free.
Cost: Admission is $10.
Visit Addison
Jul 3
Every year hundreds if not thousands of Texans pour into Addison for Kaboom Town. For more than 30 years, the annual event has been named among the best fireworks not just in Texas but in the US -- ranked by the likes of USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, and this very website. Watch from one of Addison’s restaurants or head to Addison Circle Park for carnival rides, midway games, and concessions.  
Cost: Free
Jul 4
Globe Life Park
What’s more American than watching baseball, eating a hotdog, and drinking a cold beer on the Fourth of July? It’s tough to beat. The Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros at the ballpark on the Independence Day for a game that is sure to sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time. Don’t leave early because fireworks will light up the ballpark after the game.
Cost: Tickets start from $29.
Jul 4
Round Up Saloon
Before you head out to watch some Fourth of July fireworks, get your pregame on at this Wine Walk. Buy a wine glass and enjoy free wine all night. Walk about, sip some wine, and enjoy the summer night. More than a dozen local merchants will be participating in the Wine Walk.
Cost: A wine glass cost $10.
Jul 6
Dos Equis Pavilion
Raise your hand if you went through a punk phase in middle school or high school. If that’s you, Vans Warped Tour will give you the perfect opportunity to reminisce in those days. The music festival will feature dozens of bands including Bowling for Soup, Simple Plan, and 3oh!3.
Cost: General admission tickets start from $45.
Saturday - Saturday
Jul 7-Aug 11
Trinity River
Grab a tube and set off down the Trinity River. On a waterfront stage, bands will be performing every Saturday from July 7 to August 11. Over the six weeks, 30 bands will perform. If you don’t feel like tubing, just catch the action from the shore.
Cost: Admission is free.
Jul 20
American Airlines Center
“You say I’m crazy but you don’t think …” You can probably sing the rest. Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” reached massive popularity went it came out in 2014. Today the music video for the song has more than 1 billion views. You’ll hear that hit and plenty of others when Smith comes to Dallas in July -- don’t miss out.
Cost: Tickets start from $35.
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 21-22
Irving Convention Center
From comic artists, comic dealers, and a cosplay contest, you’ll find it all at this Comic Con. Among some of the special guests scheduled to come are Christopher Priest, legendary writer of Black Panther (the comic not the movie); Ron Wilson, the artist of Captain America; and Jose Delbo, a Transformers artist.
Cost: One-day tickets are $20. Two-day tickets are $30.
Jul 27
Dos Equis Pavilion
OK, cowboys boots aren’t required for Jason Aldean’s show at the Dos Equis Pavilion, but you’ll definitely see a lot once your there. The country artist responsible for hits like “Dirt Road Anthem” and “You Make It Easy” is fresh off of his new 2018 album Rearview Town. He’ll be joined by Luke Combs Lauren Alaina, and Dee Jay Silver.
Cost: Tickets start at $41.75.
Jul 29
Dos Equis Pavilion
In a short amount of time, Logic has quickly made a name for himself on the music scene. He takes Dallas in July at the Dos Equis Pavilion. You’ll get to hear his hits like “1-800-273-8255” and “Every Day” along with others from his newest album Bobby Tarantino II. Buy some lawn tickets and enjoy the show in the cool grass under the night sky.
Cost: Tickets start from $18.  
Jul 31
AT&T Stadium
Here’s the deal: You’re going to catch World Cup fever this summer. It’s inevitable. And when the World Cup ends in July, you’ll probably be hungry for more world class soccer. Don’t fret. Some of the best soccer players are coming to Dallas. As part of the International Champions Cup, Barcelona and Roma will square off at AT&T Stadium. This is your chance to see soccer legend Messi in person.
Cost: Ticket prices vary starting from $38.
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Thursday - Sunday
Aug 9-12
Gaylord Texan
If you’re a gamer, this four-day event is something you do not want to miss. The annual event features tournaments, exhibits, workshops, sneak peeks of upcoming games, and a LAN party. It’s BYOC, so don’t forget to bring your own computer.
Cost: Free
Aug 18
American Airlines Center
J. Cole’s KOD Tour hits Dallas this summer. Count on hearing some of his classic bops like “No Role Modelz” and “Wet Dreamz.” But don’t rule out the tracks from his new album KOD. Cole is bringing along Young Thug as his opener, making this a two-man lineup you don’t want to miss.
Cost: Tickets start from $49.50.
Aug 21
American Airlines Center
Shakira was supposed to come to Dallas in January, but she postponed her tour because of a vocal cord injury. Good news: She’s healed and ready for perform fan favorites like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.” The last time Shakira performed in Dallas was October 2010, so who knows when she’ll come back next.
Cost: Tickets are $50.50