Living in Dallas, you quickly discover that there is always A LOT going on! Any night of the week, it’s easy to find super fun things to do in Dallas. If you don’t know where to begin and are looking for some activity inspiration, this list is a great starting point. You can explore the local opportunities listed here, or you can use this as a jumping off point and find your own awesome things to do in Dallas!
Monday: Open Mic Night at Poor David’s Pub
Poor David’s Pub is a Dallas musical institution, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year! Most nights, you can see talented professional musicians playing an eclectic mix of rock, country, and folk, but on Monday nights, they open the stage to professionals and amateurs alike. Poor David’s Monday open mic is legendary for giving all kinds of musicians a jumping off point to performing live. If you like to jam out, bring an instrument and sign up to play at 7:00 PM. If you’re more of a listener, come at 7:30 and enjoy a wide variety of music, maybe even discovering a new favorite! Visit https://www.poordavidspub.com/ for more information!
Poor David’s Pub, 1313 South Lamar Street
Tuesday: Dance Lessons at Round-Up Saloon
Recognized by the Dallas Observer as the best place to scoot your boots, Round-Up Saloon always promises a great time. If you want to up your game on the dance floor, Round-Up’s dance lessons are the thing to do. Including both couples dance and line dancing, these lessons are free and fun! The lessons start at 8:30 PM and once they’re over, the floor opens up, and you can show off your new two-steppin’ skills under the light of their LED Texas. Visit www.roundupsaloon.com/dance-lessons/ for more information and a schedule!
Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road
Wednesday: See A Show at Dallas Theater Center
Winner of the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Dallas Theater Center presents a variety of shows every season at the highest level of theatrical quality. From Tony-award winning plays and musicals to fresh takes on ancient Greek tragedies, Dallas Theater Center offers something for everyone. Go see a show on a Wednesday night; it’s still the same caliber of performance, but you can get tickets for a lower price! Visit www.dallastheatercenter.org for their season schedule!
Performances held at the: Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora Street -or- Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Thursday: Good Luck Karaoke at Twilite Lounge
Twilite Lounge is a laidback bar and music venue in Deep Ellum, but on Thursday nights, it turns into the location of some of the best karaoke in the city. Good Luck Karaoke, a party entertainment service, runs four hours of wicked karaoke where anyone can get up on stage and perform their favorite songs. If you’re looking for a place to just let go and enjoy yourself, karaoke at Twilite Lounge is the place for you. Even if you’re not a big karaoke fan, after a couple tasty drinks, you may find it hard to resist the urge to sign yourself up and have a great time.
Twilite Lounge, 2640 Elm Street
Friday: Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art
Every third Friday of the month, the Dallas Museum of Art stays open until midnight for a multitude of special events as well as general museum viewing. There are performances, special film screenings, tours, concerts, and many other things, all only done during these Late Nights. In addition, you can explore the museum and all its exhibits at your own pace. This is definitely one of the classiest events available in Dallas, and you can support unique, wonderful artists. Visit https://www.dma.org/programs/late-nights for more information and specific descriptions of the upcoming Late Night!
Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood
Saturday: Concert at The Prophet Bar
In the slightly grungy, somewhat divey atmosphere of The Prophet Bar, great music is played. Most artists performing at The Prophet Bar are relatively new to the music scene and relatively unknown, meaning that you get to see some great up-and-comers. The venue also brings in touring artists looking for a unique place to perform in Dallas, and this Deep Ellum joint definitely delivers that. This is one of the places to come to discover new, niche bands, and maybe you’ll even be able to brag one day that you “knew them when.” Visit www.thedoordallas.com for details and a performance calendar!
The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm Street
Sunday: Garden Tea at the Dallas Arboretum
Sometimes you just want to feel fancy, and for those times, there’s Garden Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. This is a three-course tea service presented in the beautiful DeGolyer Tea Room. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the arboretum, planted with seasonal flowers and foliage, you can enjoy soups, tea sandwiches, and sweets like scones, and, of course, tea! This event does require reservations at least 26 hours in advance, so make the choice to visit a couple days before! (That also gives you time to get yourself a fancy garden hat, which is optional, but will definitely make this event more fun) Visit www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/dining/seated-teas for more information and to book your tickets!
The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road