40+ things to do in Dallas this May

A ton of festivals, activities for Mom and all sorts of new experiences await you in Dallas this month.

Posted on Apr 25, 2019 By Diana Alvarez

  1. Discover more than 23 larger-than life dinosaurs, play with robotic dinosaurs and hunt for fossils at Dino at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2.
  2. Catch Hamilton at Music Hall at Fair Park as it makes its Texas premiere. The popular musical will be in Dallas through May 5.
  3. See Rocket Man, an Elton John tribute band, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on May 2. The live performance is part of the garden's Cool Thursdays Concert Series. Other May dates include Limelight on May 9, Dancing Dream on May 16 and Bruce in the USA on May 23.
  4. JMBLYA is back at historic Fair Park for a seventh year on May 3. Travis Scott, Lil Wayne and Kevin Gates are the headliners at Texas' biggest hip-hop festival.
  5. Check out Fan Expo Dallas, the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, amine and gaming event in Texas, May 3 – 5 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD.) The festival will host an array of events, including celebrity autograph sessions, tattoo bookings, and cosplay meet ups.
  6. Stop by the Dallas International Guitar Festival at Dallas Market Hall. The two-day event (May 3-5) will feature two concerts nights, more than 50 performers, and it's BYOI – bring your own instrument!
  7. Celebrate the power of the Force at May the Fourth Be With You at the Perot Museum. The museum will honor the Stars Wars legacy May 4 and 5 with lightsaber battles, robotics and screenings of the iconic movies.
  8. The Statler is also getting into the Stars War mood with a May the Fourth be With You disco ball on May 4. The event will feature a local Star Wars art show, local DJs, movie props, characters, cosplay hosts, costumes, prizes and more. Dress to impress in either Star Wars-inspired outfits or disco style! 
  9. Make your way to the West End for Dallas Fest on May 4 for a celebration of local art and music. The all-day affair will feature nine bands taking the stage, as well as several local restaurants.
  10. Satisfy your cravings at Taste of Oak Cliff on May 4. The festival focuses on Oak Cliff-based vendors and will take place rain or shine! The event is free to attend – register here.
  11. Experience art for the whole family at Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center on May 4.  Programming includes an art making session, a DJ set and a chat with a Nasher educator.
  12. Shop for locally made foods at the annual Etsy Bash at Gilley's on May 4. Admission is free and the first 50 shoppers receive a coveted Bash Bag, filled with swag and goodies.
  13. Head to the ballpark on May 4 to watch the Texas Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays, and stay after for a concert by Christian pop duo King and Country. It's the team's last season at Globe Life Park – read our blog for all the details.  
  14. Let your furry friend in on the fun with a trip to Dog Bowl at Fair Park's Cotton Bowl on May 5. The historic football field transforms into a super-sized dog park for an afternoon of fun.
  15. Head to Taqueria La Ventana Downtown to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the Margarita Mile on May 5. Enjoy La Ventana's famous street tacos, cervezas and of course margaritas, along with live music and the Margarita Mile pop-up! There will be giveaways, margarita-flavored popsicles, yard games and pictures with everyone's favorite lime, Slice!
  16. Celebrate the Queen of Tejano at The Rustic on May 8. The celebration will include a Selena look-alike costume contest as well as a performance by Texas favorite Bidi Bidi Banda.
  17. It's par-tee time at the Trinity Forest Golf Course as the AT&T Byron Nelson makes its way back to Dallas.  The week-long event will feature a long list of players, including local favorites like Jordan Speith and Tony Romo.
  18. Don't miss your chance to see KAABOO Texas make its Texas debut. Starting May 10, the three-day event will feature an impressive lineup of musicians and comedians, plus tasty cuisine, cocktails and contemporary art.
  19. Uptown Players returns with Broadway our Way 2019 May 10-12. The performances will feature an Uptown Players twist on a select group of Broadway favorites, and takes place at Moody Performance Hall. 
  20. Get your soccer fix! FC Dallas takes on the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Stadium on May 11.
  21. Book your tickets for the 46th annual Swiss Avenue Home Tour on May 11 and 12. A popular Mother's Day event, the tour takes visitors on an East Dallas neighborhood tour on air-conditioned mini coaches before ending the festivities with live entertainment and artisan showcases.
  22. Make plans to stop by the 2019 Asian Festival on May 11. The festival – held at The Sound at Cypress Waters – will feature family friendly activities, live music and cultural performances.
  23. Experience the sounds of clarinetist-pianist duo Breath and Hammer at the Nasher Sculpture Center on May 11. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and will feature the melodies of simple songs by diverse artists.
  24. Enjoy a performance by the Dallas Opera at NorthPark Center on May 11. The event is part of the center's Mother's Day celebrations, so bring Mom with you!
  25. Treat the family to a day of jazz music at the Mother's Day Jazz Festival. The two-day event (May 11 and 12) takes place at Fair Park's Band Shell; tickets start at $52.50.
  26. Miss Saigon comes to Dallas with a two-week run at the Music Hall at Fair Park starting May 14. The acclaimed production tells the story of Kim and her doomed romance with an American lover.
  27. The Dallas Theater Center presents Real Women Have Curves at the Kalita Humphreys Theater through May 19. Tickets start at $17.50!
  28. Get another tattoo – or perhaps your first! – at the Elm Street Tattoo and Music Festival in Deep Ellum May 17-19. The three-day event features performances at some of the the district's most well-known venues, as well as some of the best tattoo artists in the world.
  29. Catch the latest performances by Dallas Black Dance Theatre during their Spring Celebration series at the Wyly Theatre May 17-19.
  30. Fangirl at one of the world's best known boy bands when New Kids On The Block takes center stage at the American Airlines Center on May 17. 90s icons like Debbie Gibson, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature are also scheduled to perform.
  31. Treat your pet to an outing to the Dallas Pet Expo on May 18 and 19 at Dallas Market Hall. You can take advantage of practical things like discounted vaccinations, along with more fun activities like shopping and perhaps picking up a second puppy for your family.
  32. Stop by Station 4 along Cedar Springs Road for Gaybingo on May 18. This month's event – they are held the third Saturday of each month, excluding December – has an Elton John/Rocket Man theme.
  33.  See the Dallas Museum of Art's latest exhibit, Dior: From Paris to the World, when it opens on May 19. The museum is the exhibit's only U.S. venue, and will feature a vast collection of couture pieces.
  34. See Being John Malkovich star John Cusack at the Majestic Theater on May 19. The actor will share stories from his career, with a screening of the iconic 1989 film Say Anything after the live conversation.
  35. Ariana Grande makes her last Sweetener Tour Texas stop at the American Airlines Center on May 21, and she brings opening acts Normani and Social House with her.
  36. Rejoice in the 90s cult film classic at Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at the Winspear Opera House on May 22 – 26.
  37. Mexican artist Alejandra Guzmán plays at The Bomb Factory on May 24. Show tickets start at $15 – get them here.
  38. Klyde Warren Park hosts its first every music festival with Memorial Day Music Fest on May 26. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but we do know there will be multiple stages and plenty of other things to enjoy in the park (think family games, face painting and food trucks.)
  39. Get a taste of the Dallas' favorite cocktail at Margarita Meltdown in the West End on May 26. Sample from local restaurants, pick your favorite and stick around for the announcement of top margarita at 8:45 p.m.
  40. Treat your family to a Dallas Arboretum outing for Memorial Day May 25-27. The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden will celebrate the holiday with sessions on the science behind the holiday's symbol's and traditions, along with other kid-friendly activities. 
  41. If you're hosting family for the Memorial Day weekend, let CityPASS make your planning super easy. The discounted admissions booklet gets you into four of Dallas' most popular attractions – who doesn't love a 39 percent discount?
  42. Explore Dallas' history with a city tour focused on the city's most famous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde on May 27. The five-hour tour includes a lunch stop and picks up and drops off at Fair Park's Hall of State. Get your tickets here.
  43. Join A Conversation with Martha Stewart at the Winspear Opera House on May 29. The event is part of the AT&T Performing Art Center's #HearHere series, which brings four distinct voices from the world of education, business and entertain to life in Dallas each season. Get tickets here.
  44. If you've ever dreamed of jumping into a pool of marshmallows, here's your chance: Candytopia is in Dallas through July 31. The candy-inspired art installation includes larger-than life rooms and displays, all creatively created out of your favorite sweet treats.
  45. Get your game face on and get your tickets to DreamHack, held at the KBHCCD, starting May 31 and running through June 2. The three-day event will combine every gaming aspect under one roof, and there's even a $25,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team prize up for grabs.

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