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What to do this September in the Dallas Arts District

From new exhibits to late night adventures, head to the largest arts district in the country as you kick off the fall season.

Diana Trujillo
Posted on Aug 25, 2016


Experience election season in a new way.

Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center to experience an election-inspired art collection by Los Angeles artist Kathryn Andrews. With the November presidential election as the main theme, the exhibit Kathryn Andrews: Run for President showcases a fictitious representation of the election with historic and imaginary candidates and elements of the the campaign trail. The museum exhibit runs Sept. 10, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017. 

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Installation view, Kathryn Andrews: Run for President, MCA Chicago; Nov 21, 2015 - May 8, 2016; Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Stay up late.

Save the date for September 16! Beginning at 6 pm, both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center will be the place to be for some late night fun. Enjoy an acoustic singer-songwriter showcase, food trucks, movie screenings (Brooklyn will be showing at the Nasher) and plenty of time to check out the exhibitions at both spots. Bringing the little ones? Children under 11 are free! Can't make this one? The next Late Night event is October 21.


Kick off festival season.

Celebrate the Mexican culture at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe with a street festival full of things to do for the whole family. In partnership with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Fall festival on Friday, September 16 from 10 am to 6 pm includes performances, demonstrations and art activities that represent and showcase the different cultures that have influenced talavera (Mexican pottery).


See a show.

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Wyly Theater Performance Photo Credit: Carter Rose

Calling all Broadway lovers! Be sure to catch a mesmerizing performance this fall. RENT, a story about seven artists struggling to follow their dreams, returns to the stage on its 20th anniversary tour Sept. 20 – Oct. 23, at the Winspear Opera House. Bella: An American Tall Tale, a musical comedy set in the late 19th century, follows a young black woman on her journey to the Old West, in quest of reuniting with her "buffalo soldier sweetheart." The show runs from Sept. 22 – Oct. 23 at the Wyly Theatre.

Want more? See our list of Music & Concerts in Dallas, then check our list of Arts & Cultural activities.