15 Things to Do in Dallas this August

Plan all your Dallas fun before the kids head back to school.

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 By Ashley Turner

Summer may be coming to an end for some, but there's still so much to do!  Enjoy a concert, check out the arts, attend a foodie event and so much more this month.


1. Enjoy August Dollar Days at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is offering $1 general admission the entire month of August! Bring the family out to explore the grounds and play in the Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden. Enjoy cheap snacks too with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes. 


2. See the Moving Cities Exhibit at NorthPark Center

If you haven't seen this stunning showcase, make plans to visit soon. This traveling exhibit features photography from the Moving Cities: Dallas film and will be at NorthPark through Labor Day.


3. Catch a Movie Outdoors

Get your blankets and lounge chairs and head to Main Street Garden for movies in the park. This month's movie is Back to the Future, and it will play on August 3. Don't miss it!


4. See a Rangers Game

With the Rangers season in full swing, be sure to see them in action at a game this August. Their first games this month are against the Seattle Mariners on August 1-2, with the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets later in the month. Get your tickets here!



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5. Make it a Movie Night

Plan a movie night in West Village on August 16. Top Gun will play on the big screen outside, so get your shopping done early and then relax with a late-night movie. If you can't make it this month, there are movie screenings every third Wednesday of the month through October.


6. Admire Art at the Meadows Museum

Explore the new exhibit Picasso/Rivera: Still Life and the Precedence of Form, opening August 6 at the Meadows Museum. The collection will include paintings that will outline visual dialogue that took place in 1915 between Picasso and Rivera.


 7. Check out Beats and Eats at the Granada Theater

What's better than food and music? Enjoy a four-course meal by a trio of hand-picked Dallas chefs and an evening of music by Tomar and the FCs on August 10 at the Granada Theater.


8. Go for a Night Hike at the Dallas Zoo

Enjoy a late-night hike on August 11 at the Dallas Zoo. The hike includes a tour of the zoo, activities for the kids and up-close animal interactions.



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9. See your Favorite Artists Take the Stage

Dallas has tons of concerts to fit every style of music you're into. The American Airlines Center has Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey on August 3, Queen and Adam Lambert on August 4 and John Mayer on August 5. Music Hall at Fair Park has R. Kelly on August 13 and Mary J. Blige on August 26. And Lady Antebellum will play at the Starplex Pavilion on August 26.


10. Sample Fried Foods at the Big Tex Choice Awards

Get your first tastes of the State Fair of Texas at the Big Tex Choice Awards on Sunday, August 27 at Fair Park. Sample bites from all the finalists as a distinguished panel of judges select the winners for "Most Creative" and "Best Tasting." Tickets for this year's event go on sale August 1.


11. Plan Your Dallas Getaway

Save BIG and see more with huge summer savings with these Dallas hotel deals. From budget-friendly options to luxury and stay and play packages, there's something for everyone!


12. Attend a Dallas Wings Game

With only nine number games left in the regular season, be sure to see the Dallas Wings take the court before the kids go back to school. The next game is August 4 as they take on the Seattle Storm, with four more home games scheduled through September 3.



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13. Get the Kids Ready for Back to School

Enjoy the last days of summer at the Back to School Kiddo's Carnival at Griggs Park on August 12. The event is free and will have live music, face painting, lawn games, food trucks and more! 


14. Compete in the Deep Ellum Water Balloon Wars

Put your competitive spirit to the test at this adults-only water balloon wars in Deep Ellum. The fun begins right behind Trees on August 27, and there will be water slides, dunk tanks, music and food! The proceeds will benefit Foundation 45, which offers no-cost mental health and addition services to artists and musicians in Dallas.


15. Experience Dance in a Curious Art Form

TITAS Presents is a series of unique dance performances and its first show of the 2017/2018 season starts with Momix on August 31 at the WInspear Opera House.  This performance showcases the group's signature dance illusion style that explores the mysterious creatures and cacti of the desert.

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