Summer in Big D


DALLAS – (July 26, 2019) – This Summer, Dallas invites visitors and locals to take part in some of its many new and can't-miss experiences, which include the anticipated opening of The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, nonstop fun at the State Fair of Texas, and the 3rd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival with featured performers like Jennifer Holliday and Erykah Badu.


The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (Sept. 18): Set to open Sept. 18, 2019 in Dallas' historic West End, The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum will expand educational and cultural programming in the southwest U.S. to advance human rights and combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. The new, state-of-the-art, 55,000 square-foot facility will be among the nation's 21 Holocaust-related museums with an expanded examination of the Holocaust that will feature dozens of video testimonies from Dallas area survivors, along with in-depth, technology-enriched exhibits about other genocides, human rights issues, and American ideals.

Before it closes on July 31, the current Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will host a Summer Survivor Speaker Series that will share the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, refugees, hidden children, and second generation survivors. The series will take place July 17 and 21.


  • State Fair of Texas (Sept. 27 - Oct. 20): The State Fair of Texas is the longest-running and one of the largest fairs in the nation, and will kick off this year on Friday, Sept. 27 with hundreds of free attractions, exciting rides, renowned food, musical performances and more. Last year, the event welcomed more than 2 million people. This year's theme, "Celebrating Texas Creativity," highlights Lone Star State culture and Texan artistry, showcasing everything from painting to cooking, designing to inventing, and everything in between through a variety of exhibits, workshops and contests. 
  • 3rd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1): This Labor Day Weekend, the 3rd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival delights music lovers for three consecutive days with a renowned lineup of talented artists from around the world. Playing everything from R&B and soul music to an abundance of jazz and blues, this year's artists include Louis Gosset, Raheem Devaughn, and Dallas native and Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu.
  • Dior: From Paris to the World Exhibit (Now through Sept. 1): After debuting at the Denver Art Museum last year, Dior: From Paris to the World makes its second and only other U.S. stop at the Dallas Museum of Art. The stunning exhibit includes a selection of more than 100 haute couture dresses, original sketches, photographs and other archival material that highlight the more than 70 years of legacy and global influence of the House of Dior. The exhibition not only profiles Christian Dior, but also his subsequent directors including Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, among others.
  • Dinos at the Dallas Zoo (Now through Sept. 2): Dinos at the Dallas Zoo is an adventure of epic proportions. Part of the zoo has been transformed into a prehistoric jungle with more than two dozen larger-than-life dinosaurs, as well as tons of dino-themed activities. From the ferocious T. Rex to the feathered Citipati, visitors discover the giants that roamed the earth long ago, and see how Dallas Zoo animals are related to these creatures of the past.
  • Candytopia Comes to Dallas (Now through Sept. 2): This Summer, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted guests across the country has officially opened the doors of its newest location in Dallas (The Hill, 8021 Walnut Hill Ln #2000) for a limited-run event. Candytopia is a marshmallowy mini theme park that features more than a dozen rooms and environments with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. For additional information and tickets, visit their site.

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