22 Things to do in Dallas this July

With the summer heat comes some even hotter events you won't want to miss out on this month.

Posted on Jun 28, 2018

  1. Journey into prehistoric times through the Perot Museum's Ultimate Dinosaurs. The exhibit features 17 exotic specimens and an opportunity to dance with dinos as you learn how they move – perfect for dinosaur lovers of all ages.
  2. Spend 4th of July week at the Dallas Arboretum on June 30-July 1 and July 4. There will several activities and events including live blues music, a barbeques picnic and a Humble Pie baking demo.
  3. Grab a cold beer at the 3rd Annual 'Merica the Beer-tiful Party on July 3 at Texas Ale Project. The Design District brewery has a fantastic view of the fireworks show happening at the nearby Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and food will be available for purchase. Games for the kids too.
  4. Watch fireworks light up the Dallas skyline along Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge at Red White & Boom on July 3. The free event starts at 6 p.m. with food trucks, music and activities for the whole family.
  5. See the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros go head to head on July 3 and 4. Stay late for a firework show following each game!
  6. Start off Independence Day at BMW Dallas Marathon's Five on the 4th in Klyde Warren Park. Events include a 5-mile Run, a 5-mile Family Bike Ride, a 2-mile walk, multiple races for kids and other fun festivities.
  7. Listen to the patriotic melodies of Dallas Winds: A Star-Spangled Spectacular concert on July 4 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The show begins at 1 p.m., and traditional July 4 foods (think hot dogs, ice cream and other snacks) will be available for sale starting at noon.
  8. Step into the past at Dallas Heritage Village's Old-Fashioned Fourth on July 4. Families can immerse themselves by touring historic buildings, decorating wagons for the parade and playing Victorian-era games. $5 admission for ages 13 and older.
  9. Celebrate the 4th at Fair Park Fourth with the whole family and enjoy various attractions, food, musical entertainment and a stellar fireworks display. Fair Park admission is free.
  10. Go and see one of the best firework shows in the nation at Addison Kaboom Town! on July 4 at the 12-acre Addison Circle Park. Free of charge!
  11. Head to the Sixth Floor Museum to see special exhibit Rebel Spirits. This inspirational exhibit tells the story of the relationship between Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of powerful images and artifacts.
  12. Tap your feet to musical-favorite Hairspray on July 7-15 at the Winspear Opera House.
  13. Take the whole family to The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection on July 7. The free museum will have family-oriented guided tours and art activities for kids.
  14. Enjoy the Free Summer Movie Series at Fair Park with screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (July 11), Coco (July 18) and Cars 3 (July 25).
  15. Partake in the celebration of French culture and independence this Bastille Day at Bastille on Bishop in the Bishop Arts District on July 14. Shop the market and enjoy the festivities with a cup of wine and French cuisine.
  16. Don't miss out on the Safari Nights Concert Series at the Dallas Zoo before it wraps on July 14. Until then, enjoy live music amongst the animals every Saturday evening.
  17. Grab a blanket or folding chair and head down to West Village for a free outdoor screening of Julie & Julia on July 18.
  18. Catch a few of the biggest musical acts at the American Airlines Center including Smashing Pumpkins (July 18), Sam Smith (July 19) and Shawn Mendes (July 20).
  19. Jam out at the VisitDallas Summer Concert Series this month to Niall Horan (July 20) and Jason Aldean (July 28).
  20. Beat the heat with an ice-cold margarita or two (or more) by checking out the Margarita Mile. The app-based collection includes some of the best margs Dallas has to offer and there's free swag up for grabs when you check in at three stops.
  21. Experience a stunning production of Love Never Dies, the sequel to Broadway classic, The Phantom of the Opera at Music Hall at Fair Park, beginning July 24. Until then, don't forget to see The Lion King before it's run comes to an end July 7.
  22. Check out Summer at the Arboretum for tons of free (with paid garden admission) events happening all month long. Upcoming events include Family Fun Fridays, a fun popsicle demo by Steel City Pops (July 27) and a session on vegetable gardening presented by The Founders Garden Club.

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