Addison Weekend Drive-In
The Addison Circle District is hosting this series of outdoor concerts featuring popular DFW bands. Enjoy the shows from the comfort of your vehicle. Music will be transmitted via both speaker system and FM radio, providing excellent audio quality no matter where you are parked. These free concerts take place in an open, grass field. Attendees will be directed into the site and to the appropriate parking space by professional parking attendants. Vehicles will be spaced apart to ensure sufficient distance between groups. On Friday night, it’s Extended PLAY, and on Saturday, catch Joseph Veazie.
Where: 15499 Julian Street, Addison (just south of Addison Circle Park)
When: Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16 from 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Billy Bob’s Concerts
It’s been a long time coming, but concerts are finally back at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth. On Friday night, the Bellamy Brothers take the stage playing some of their finest tunes (tickets are still available). Then on Saturday, Flatland Cavalry will play in front of a sold out (limited capacity) crowd. Billy Bob’s reminds you to arrive early, as COVID-19 protocols mean it will take longer than normal to get into the venue.
Where: 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
When: Friday, August 14 at 10 p.m. and Saturday August 15 at 10 p.m.
Cost: $16 to $32
More info: https://billybobstexas.com/events
The amazingly beautiful Dallas Arboretum is one of the most popular attractions during this time where it seems best to be outdoors. You must reserve your tickets ahead of time in a 4 hour time slot. The Dallas Arboretum is featuring the sculptures of Seward Johnson. The works are titled “Celebrating the Familiar.” Also, for a limited time, during the month of July, guests are invited to Twilight Thursdays. These extended-hours time slots will go until 8pm on Thursdays and allow you to enjoy the gardens during the beautiful twilight hours. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas
When: All weekend; Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Cost: $10 to $15
More info: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/
The Fight for Civil Rights in the South
Go inside the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum from inside your home. The special exhibition: “The Fight for Civil Rights in the South” has been beautifully, digitally, documented so that you can take your tour virtually. The exhibition features a pair of collections: Selma to Montgomery: Photographs by Spider Martin and Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus. The late Congressman John Lewis is featured in the first collection, which includes the fateful march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. Don’t think, just click here, and take the tour.
Globe Life Field First Tours
You can’t attend Rangers games (yet)...but you can still be one of the first to see the new Globe Life Field. The Rangers have small group tours of their new air-conditioned home available every day. You must grab your tickets online in advance, and reserve a specific time to take a look at the new park.
Where: Globe Life Field, 734 Stadium Dr., Arlington
When: Every Day (Times for tours vary by day, so check the website)
Cost: $15 - $25
More info: https://www.mlb.com/rangers/ballpark/tours
Last Ditch Drive-In Concert Series: Felt and Fur
The pandemic has been extremely tough of the brewery business. Armadillo Brewing Company is getting creative with their concert series. They’re calling it a last ditch effort to stay in business while waiting to get the go ahead that it’s safe to reopen. So this concert with Felt and Fur is being held drive-in style. There will be food (from Boca 31) and drinks for purchase. You’ll also need to purchase a spot to park your vehicle. No alcoholic beverages are allowed inside of vehicles. But you can sit in your lawn chair and enjoy yourself.
By the way, Friday from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Armadillo Brewing is hosting Corn Dog With No Name...so get your fried food fix.
Where: Armadillo Ale Works, 221 Bell Ave, Denton
When: Saturday, August 8. Lot opens at 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. showtime
Cost: $10 - $60
Live80: The Ultimate 80’s Night
Live80, the ultimate 80’s band, is playing at the Legacy Hall Box Garden. Live music is back, and they’re taking every precaution. You’ve got to reserve your spot to go! No walk-ups. So check out their site to buy your tickets.
Where: Legacy Hall Box Garden, 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
When: Saturday, August 15, 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 - $60
Mesquite Championship Rodeo: Teacher Appreciation Night
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is a 50 year tradition. The PRCA rodeo features bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping and more. You can even grab a barbecue dinner on site. Please wear your facemask, and reserve your seat ahead of time because they’ll only allow 25% capacity.
Where: 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite
When: Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $22 and up
More info: https://mesquiterodeo.com/tickets
Movies in the Park: The Blind Side
Klyde Warren Park is hosting screenings of a variety of family-friendly films at the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. Grab a space on the lawn, and take in the cinematic fun. This week it’s the 2009 film The Blind Side, starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock.
Where: Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas
When: Saturday, August 15, 8:30 p.m.
Mystery on Chestnut: Murder Mystery Show and Dinner
The North Texas Civilian Historians put on this murder mystery and dinner at the historic Heritage Village in McKinney (located on 2.5 acres...just south of downtown McKinney. They tell the story of Captain John Johnson, a veteran, legislator, and colorful character. In his time he fought the railroads, and the media...but was his end most unfortunate? Untoward? Murder, even?
Where: Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney
When: Saturday August 15, 6 p.m.
Cost: $25 / person
More info: https://www.chestnutsquare.org/
Reunion Tower: Dance Party with DJ K-Sprinkles
When was the last time you had a family friendly dance party at 470 feet? That’s what I thought. Slide on those dancing shoes, take the elevator to the sky, and get your dance on this Sunday afternoon with the very funky, funny, and friendly DJ K-Sprinkles!
Where: Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, 300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas
When: Sunday, August 16, 3 p.m.
Cost: Kids - $9, Adults - $18, Seniors - $14
Standup Paddleboard Tour at Sunset
Take a relaxing 1.5 hour paddleboard tour around Hidden Cove Park on Lake Lewisville. You’ll see the beauty of nature, explore wildlife, listen to music, and watch the sunset on the water.
Where: DFW SURF, 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Rd, Frisco
When: Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 / person
The Stockyards Championship Rodeo
Grab your boots and Cowboy hat! This rodeo is back! The alive and kicking rodeo is every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. (Friday...it’s “Free Kid Friday”...buy an adult ticket and get a kid’s ticket free!) It's in the Cowtown Coliseum. Rodeo organizers say you can feel safe as you watch the live rodeo action because they are enforcing social distancing and everyone has to wear a facial covering. Giddy up!
Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164
When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $27, Children: $15
More info: https://stockyardsrodeo.com/
Sunday Funday FW
This family-friendly laid back event is every Sunday in August...with yoga, beer concessions, food trucks, and floating the Trinity River. Tubes, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards are available to rent.
Where: Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. Fort Worth
When: Sunday, August 16, Noon
Cost: Free with food, drink and activities available for purchase
More info: https://sundayfundayfw.com/
TBAAL Shelter in Place Concert Series
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters wraps up their 43rd season with a virtual performance by Mandi, remembering Alliyah. The young singer passed away in 2001, but she lives on through her music. You can catch the performance on the TBAAL Facebook page.
When: Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/Tbaaldallas/