It's another eclectic weekend in and around Dallas, with events touching on a broad range of subjects. You can immerse yourself in some bright colors, take in one of three new local theater productions, listen to some great classical music, roam amongst dinosaurs, march for women's rights, or see some fantastic children's movies for free.
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 17
Rainbow Vomit: An Interactive Art Adventure
Rainbow Vomit is a technicolor interactive art adventure that immerses guests in art, light, and sound reminiscent of a journey into the fantasy of flight. The 2,600-square foot space has been customized for an extraordinary experience from the outside in with more than 20 unique photo opportunities, massive touchable elements, and awesome Instagramable visuals that are designed for all ages. The experience will be open through February 17.
The Firehouse Theatre presents The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie explores segregated St, Louis, Missouri and the vibrant lives of former Southerners navigating a new reality. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch portrays one of the most famous “memory plays” of the modern theater, a tale of broken of dreams and altered realities. The production will run through January 27.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present Chopin’s dreamy Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by 22-year-old phenom Jan Lisiecki. This sets the stage for Dvořák’s magnificent ode to America, Symphony No. 9, "From the New World." The concert, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański, will have three performances through Saturday at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Friday, January 18
Jurassic Quest features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs that visitors can interact with, learn about, and even ride. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs, and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are also T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area, dino crafts, and more. The event will be open at Fair Park through Monday.
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents Ravenscroft
On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. Five alluring and dangerous women lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft. MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will present the fast-paced murder mystery at Irving Arts Center through February 2.
Dallas Theater Center presents Sweat
It’s the year 2000 in the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, and all best friends Tracey and Cynthia need are their steady factory jobs, their favorite bar, and each other. But as years pass and a recession hits, hard times at the factory threaten their livelihoods and test the limits of their friendship. Dallas Theater Center will present the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee at Kalita Humphreys Theater through February 10.
Saturday, January 19
Dallas Women's March
The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years of training new activists, and two years of building power. Some behind-the-scenes controversy has led to two separate Dallas marches — one on Saturday starting at Dallas City Hall that coincides with the national march in Washington D.C., and one on Sunday that will go from St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Dallas Arts District toward Dallas City Hall.
USA Film Festival presents KidFilm
The USA Film Festival/Dallas will present KidFilm, the oldest and largest family film festival in the United States. The festival will be even more high-profile than usual this year, as it features an appearance by Arthur writer/illustrator Marc Brown and screenings of two anticipated kids movies, The Kid Who Would Be King and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The festival, which is completely free while tickets last, will have 12 events over two days at Angelika Film Center Dallas.