23 Things to do in Dallas this July

Summer is here and the heat is rising! Stay cool and discover something new this July.

Posted on Jun 17, 2019 By Ashley Turner

1. Start the Independence Day celebrations at Kaboom Town in Addison (just north of Dallas) on July 3. It's been named one of the top fireworks shows in the country, so you don't want to miss it!

2. Sip on your favorite brews at the 4th Annual 'Merica the Beer-tiful event at the Texas Ale Project on July 3. Enjoy brews, games, food and a fireworks show.

3. Celebrate Independence Day with these July 4th activities around the city. Check out Dallas Arboretum's week-long festivities, participate in a family-fun run, Five on the 4th at Klyde Warren Park, or enjoy State Fair concessions and a fireworks show at Fair Park Fourth.

4. Hear R&B music legends, Jill Scott, Faith Evans and Tweet at the Toyota Music Factory on July 5 as part of the 2019 R&B Summer Block Party Series.

5. Enjoy Free First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center on July 6. This family-friendly event will include art making classes, music, snacks and more!

6. Catch a movie at Klyde Warren Park's Summer Movie Series. Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy food trucks while you enjoy a movie in the park. Movie times are 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. and the July dates are July 6, 13, 20 and 27. Check here to see which movies will be shown.

7. Take the kiddos to see Mermaids at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine now through July 7. In a new interactive experience, the aquarium presents a mermaid dive show and meet-and-greet every Thursday through Sunday.

8. Head to the Dallas Holocaust Museum for the Summer Survivor Speaker Series. Hear the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, refugees, hidden children, as well as second generation survivors. The July dates are July 7, 17 and 21.

9. Attend the inaugural SportsCon in Fair Park on July 12-14. Think Comic-Con but for sports. This sports-fanatic event will include meet-and-greets with your favorite NFL, NBA and MLB players, and you'll also get to shoot hoops and play catch with the players while you're there.

10. Stop in the Boho Market at the Dallas Farmers Market on July 13. Shop the best local makers, small businesses and vendors at this outdoor event.

11. Put your karaoke skills to the test at the Great DFW Lip Sync Battle at the Texas Theatre on July 18. The proceeds of the event benefit Family Compass, a non-profit organization dedicated to building healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.

12. Go to 'Til Midnight at the Nasher at the Nasher Sculpture Center on July 19. A free, family-friendly event with a concert, film screening, and museum tours are a few highlights for the evening.

13. Visit the DMA's Dior: From Paris to the World exhibit open now through Sept. 1. The exhibit showcases the impressive works from fashion designer Christian Dior's House of Dior collections from more than 70 years. Check out their late-night events in July, including a viewing of the documentary Dior and I on July 19.

14. Check out the AT&T Performing Arts Center programming this summer. Events include comedian Eddie B on July 6, a conversation with Martha Stewart on July 8 and an evening with Iyanla Vanzant on July 27.

15. Car lovers – check out the Texas Summer Showdown at Texas Motor Speedway on July 20. The event will include a car, truck and bike show, as well as live music, an automobile art exhibit and Kids Zone.

16. Attend the 3rd Annual Texas Latino Comic Con at the Latino Cultural Center on July 27. The event is free and will highlight Latino artists, writers and creators in the comic book community.

17. Enjoy Late Night Tuesdays at the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection every Tuesday in July. You'll get to explore the largest collection of samurai art and armor outside of Japan after business hours, and sign up for after-hours cocktail tours also on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

18. Put on your best dancing shoes and head to the Latino Cultural Center's Senior Line Dancing class now through July 25. The dance class is free to attend, and light bites and drinks will be provided.

19. Visit an interactive art exhibit like Candytopia (open now through July 31), a candy-filled art gallery, or Sweet Tooth Hotel (open now through Aug. 31), an experiential art exhibit that combines music and digital art. Read our blog for all the interactive art exhibits you have to visit this summer.

20. Visit Dinos at the Dallas Zoo now through Sept. 2. The zoo has been transformed into a prehistoric jungle with over two dozen larger-than-life dinosaurs, as well as tons of dino-themed activities.

21. Take in the culture of Latino Art at Latino Arts Project: Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists Exhibition on view now through Sept. 22. The exhibit illustrates the aesthetics movement in Mexico, known as Escuela Mexicana de Escultura, and features nine artists' works.

22. Brave the heat and attend a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park, or cheer on the Dallas Wings at College Park Center in Arlington all month long.

23. Attend a summer concert! Check out our blog for the full line-up of artists coming to town. Highlights include Willie Nelson on July 3, and Chris Young on July 20 at the Dos Equis Pavilion, and Khalid on July 14, and Shawn Mendes on July 22 at the American Airlines Center.

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