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These are the 8 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

These are the 8 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark will celebrate their first birthday with a special celebration on January 12. Photo courtesy of Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
Best of Fests
Abducted in Plain Sight will screen as part of the Best of Fests film festival, taking place through January 13 at multiple theaters in Dallas. Photo courtesy of North Texas Film Festivals
Imprint Theatreworks presents In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)
Imprint Theatreworks presents In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) at Bath House Cultural Center, January 11-26. Photo by Evan Michael Woods
Shakespeare Dallas presents Hamlet
Shakespeare Dallas will present Hamlet at Moody Performance Hall, January 11-20. Photo by Jordan Fraker
Japan-America Society of DFW presents Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration
Japan-America Society of DFW presents Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration at Fujitsu Network Communications in Richardson on January 13. Photo courtesy of JASDFW
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie
Best of Fests
Imprint Theatreworks presents In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)
Shakespeare Dallas presents Hamlet
Japan-America Society of DFW presents Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration

This is the rare weekend when the Dallas area will have very few visitors from out of town. That's a good thing for those who like to live local, as almost all of the events featured in this week's roundup focus on local organizations. They include a movie festival, classical music, three theater productions, a waterpark birthday, and a Japanese holiday celebration.

Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, January 10

North Texas Film Festivals presents Best of Fests
Film festivals based in Dallas, Fort Worth, and around the area Texas have joined forces for the first time to present a Best of Fests film festival. Twenty-two different film festivals will present films that either were popular with their audiences or represent their programming esthetic. The films will be screened at venues across Dallas that include Alamo Drafthouse Cedars, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, Studio Movie Grill Northwest Highway, and the Texas Theatre. Screenings will take place through Sunday.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler's The Song of the Earth
Leonard Bernstein declared the monumental “Song of the Earth” to be Gustav Mahler’s greatest symphony. This concert at Meyerson Symphony Center, taking place three times through Sunday, begins will also feature Mozart’s lavish “Prague Symphony.” The concert will feature mezzo-soprano, Kelly O’Connor, and tenor, Russel Thomas, under the direction of Donald Runnicles.

Friday, January 11

Eisemann Center presents Herman's Hermits
At the age of 15, Peter Noone achieved international fame as lead singer of the legendary '60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits included “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes,” and many more. Noone and the Hermits will play at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson.

Cry Havoc Theater presents From the Table: A Celebration of Food
When a community gathers together, whether for celebration or for mourning, one constant remains: food. Humanity’s relationship with food is one of necessity – but an individual’s relationship with food is one of history. The teens of Cry Havoc will set the table for a celebratory exploration of how our lives are defined by the food we consume and the stories tied to it. Cry Havoc Theater Company is partnering with Cafe Momentum to create a communal food experience for the audience. The production will run at South Dallas Cultural Center through January 19, with a special abbreviated performance at Cafe Momentum on Sunday.

Imprint Theatreworks presents In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play)
In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) is a comedy about intimacy, awakening, and most importantly ... equality. The play is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used “devices” to treat women for imagined hysteria. This entertaining work of self-discovery shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself. The production will run at Bath House Cultural Center through January 26.

Shakespeare Dallas presents Hamlet
For its inaugural indoor performance, Shakespeare Dallas will perform Hamlet, perhaps William Shakespeare's most well-known drama. The Winter Season, taking place at Moody Performance Hall, is designed with a smaller cast in mind, making the performances more intimate for audiences. The production will run through January 20.

Saturday, January 12

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark 1st Birthday Party
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has not only made year-round waterpark fun available to the masses, but it almost instantly became the best waterpark experience anywhere in Dallas-Fort Worth. Activities at Epic Waters' 1st Birthday Party will include the introduction of the new Epic Waters rubber duck mascot at a mascot party, birthday cake for guests, dance contests, and hourly raffles for Epic Waters passes, parties, and swag.

Sunday, January 13

Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration
Celebrate the new year with Japanese music, food, and fun at Fujitsu Network Communications in Richardson. Guests can try their hand at traditional Japanese games and calligraphy, see a traditional mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration, and sample fresh mochi. The event will feature performances by Dallas Kiyari Daiko, Dr. Capital, and the Cherry Blossoms Choir.