35 things to do in Dallas this April

Plenty of sunshine, arts-filled experiences and foodie festivities await you in Dallas this month.

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 By Diana Alvarez

  1. Kick off the month with your pick of sporting events, all happening in the first weekend of April: The Rangers take on the Astros at Globe Life Park April 1-3, the Dallas Stars play against the Flyers at the American Airlines Center on April 2, and the Mavericks team up against the Timberwolves on April 3.
  2. Latin artist Bad Bunny takes the stage at the American Airlines Center on April 4. For a list of other Latin concerts in Dallas this year, check out our blog.
  3. It's Dance Time in Texas! King George, a George Strait Tribute band, plays at the Dallas Arboretum on April 4. The concert is part of their Cool Thursdays Concert Series and takes place on the Martin Rutchick Concert Stage and Lawn, complete with a gorgeous view of White Rock Lake. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.  
  4. Stop by the Bivins Gallery to see 1969: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged through April 4. The exhibit highlights popular culture, music, literature and iconic events from the year. RSVP is required for admission.
  5. Arts Month is here and SOLUNA is back. The month-long festival brings international artists to Dallas' finest arts organizations, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the center of the festival's activities. Check the Soluna schedule for a complete list of events.
  6. Head to Deep Ellum for the neighborhood's 25th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The three-day festival (April 5-7) beings a plethora of artists to the streets of Deep Ellum, along with more than 100 musicians playing at various music stages. Admission to the festival is free.
  7. Dallas Cowboys fans, put on your running shoes and head to The Star in Frisco for the Salvation Army's Most Good 5k Run on April 6.
  8. Peek into how a Dallas housewife lives at the 18th Annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes on April 7. Along with several high-rise condos, the tour includes a stop at the home of Stephanie Hollman, one of the housewives on the hit Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives of Dallas."
  9. See Dallas Blooms before it closes on April 7. This year's theme, "Life's a Picnic," is showcased throughout the garden with larger-than-life picnic scenes and florals.
  10. Make your way to Klyde Warren Park on April 7 for the Avance Latino Street Fest. The free event showcases Latino culture and will feature live music, food vendors, games and much more. 
  11. Head to Oak Lawn on April 10 to partake in the Cedar Springs Wine Walk. Buy your $10 wine glass outside of the Round Up Saloon before making your way down the strip.
  12. The largest film festival in North Texas return for a week-long stay. From April 11 to the 18th, the Dallas International Film Festival will host screenings – including the world premiere of three titles – at several locations throughout the city. Get your passes here.
  13. Make plans to check out the Dallas Art Fair at the Fashion Industry Gallery. The four-day event (April 11-14) highlights a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by galleries from around the world.
  14. Get your tickets to the Dallas Black Dance Theatre's "Rising Excellence" performance on April 12 and 13. This new work from locally-educated choreographer, My'kal J. Stromile (he attended Booker T Washington High School before making his way to The Juilliard School) is part of this month's SOLUNA line up.
  15. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Homegrown Music & Arts Festival on April 13. North Texas favorites The Toadies are one half of the headlining acts, with Tripping Daisy joining them in a special reunion. The festival takes place in Main Street Garden; tickets start at $54.
  16. Get in spring mode with an outing to the Turtle Creek Arts & Crafts Fair on April 13. The free outdoor event will feature more than 100 local artists along with live music, hands-on activities and much more.
  17. Continue your day in the sun with a trip to Klyde Warren Park's Food Truck Rally, also on April 13. More than 25 food trucks from across North Texas will provide plenty of dining options during the day-long event.  
  18. Party like it's 1999 at the Dallasites101's 90's-themed block party on April 13. Starting at 5 p.m., party goers can explore four bars along Henderson Avenue, each offering themed drink specials, music and fun. Don't forget your scrunchies!
  19. The Dallas Arts District hosts its annual Changing Perspectives Block Party on April 13. From 6 p.m. to midnight, the streets of the Arts District shut down to host performances and art installations from a diverse line up of artists.
  20. Stop by the Statler Hotel for one of two movie nights happening in April. The hotel will screen Blazing Saddles on April 14 and Personal Best on April 28. Both shows start at 6 p.m. and will welcome Burton Gilliam and Mariel Hemingway, respectively, as part of the movie screening. Tickets start at $10. 
  21. Pizza lovers, rejoice! The 2nd annual Dallas Pizza Fest is back with all the slices you can eat on April 14. The event takes place in Deep Ellum and is family friendly – so bring the whole crew.
  22. Stop by for an afternoon of soccer at The Dallas Cup. The tournament, the most prestigious in youth soccer, runs April 14-28 at Fair Park's Cotton Bowl Stadium and showcases 248 elite teams from around the world. Get tickets here.
  23. Grammy and Academy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on April 20 as part of this year's SOLUNA events. Expect performances of her biggest hits, including several from Hudson's hit movie Dreamgirls.
  24. Rock your best bunny ears at the Dallas Farmer's Market's Easter celebration on April 21. A children's egg hunt starts at 10 a.m., with a bunny parade following at 11:30 a.m.
  25. Hear WWE legend John Cena speak at the Winspear Opera House on April 25.
  26. Escape to Artscape at the Dallas Arboretum on April 27 and 28. The fine art and craft show and sale brings a variety of paintings, mixed media pieces, jewelry, ceramics and much more.
  27. Celebrate Earth Day with a trip to Earth X Expo in Fair Park. The weekend-long event (April 26-28) will feature an auto show, interactive activities, art installations and tasty sustainable food options.
  28. Enjoy the Dallas Opera's performance of Guiseppe Verdi's Falstaff on April 26. If you can't make this performance, no need to fret – there are three other performances scheduled (April 26, May 1 and May 4) at the Winspear Opera House.
  29. Get some sunshine at the Bath House Cultural Center and third annual Lake-a-Palooza on April 27. The family-friendly cultural event will feature four stages of music from local performances, as well as children's activities, food and fun.
  30. Get in some retail therapy with a trip to Dallas Market Hall for the Flea Style Dallas Spring Show on April 27. More than 200 vendors will offer everything from art and furniture pieces to paper goods, jewelry and dog gear. Parking is free, as is admission for children 12 and under.
  31. Get your family together and out to Klyde Warren Park for one of the last events of SOLUNA, Passport to the Park, on April 27. The free, day-long event will feature a diverse lineup of performances, as well as scientific fun courtesy of the Perot Museum.  
  32. Get your taco fix at Taco Libre Dallas on April 27. The food festival will feature 28 of the area's best taco creators along with lucha libre wrestling and live music performances. The events take place at The Shed at the Dallas Farmer's Market – rain or shine.
  33. Explore the stories behind presidential retreats at the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, including Camp David, Prairie Chapel Ranch and Mount Vernon. The exhibit is open through October 6.
  34. Explore Anne Frank's story in a modern way in Let Me Be Myself at the Dallas Holocaust Museum (until Aug. 1). This new exhibition addresses current day issues of identity, exclusion and discrimination as Frank's experiences connect deeply with the obstacles of today's youth. A Virtual Reality component also allows the visitor to travel back in time to Frank's hiding place, the "Secret Annex."
  35. See famous works of art recreated with LEGO bricks at The Art of the Brick exhibit (through Aug. 18) at the Perot Museum. The exhibit features more than 100 pieces, including a massive dinosaur skeleton made of more than 80,000 LEGO bricks. Read our blog for a preview!

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