Weekend Event Planner

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic tops best weekend events in Dallas

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic tops best weekend events in Dallas

SXSW Supermensch Shep Gordon After Party Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson's annual 4th of July Picnic will take place at and around Billy Bob's Texas on - when else? - July 4. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Interior of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Fans, not players, will take over the field at Globe Life Park at Arlington for the Texas Rangers Fan Sleepover on July 3. Photo by Bill Young/DCVB
The Purge: Breakout
The Purge: Breakout Escape Experience, a horror game to promote the upcoming Purge sequel, will be set up in a parking lot near the Dallas World Aquarium through July 6. Photo courtesy of Blumhouse Productions
Bob Schneider
Bob Schneider will make yet another Dallas-area appearance at the Granada Theater on July 5. Photo by Jeff Swensen
Classical Mystery Tour
Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band, will wrap up Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Concerts in the Garden series at Fort Worth Botanic Garden on July 5. Classical Mystery Tour/Facebook
SXSW Supermensch Shep Gordon After Party Willie Nelson
Interior of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
The Purge: Breakout
Bob Schneider
Classical Mystery Tour

It's Fourth of July weekend, so naturally the best events are going to involve watching fireworks. We already have you covered in that regard, but there are many other things to do around Dallas-Fort Worth, including additional patriotic-themed events.

Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, July 3

Texas Rangers Fan Sleepover
Yes, the Texas Rangers are down in the dumps this season, mostly thanks to a horrendous rash of injuries that may or may not be karma for dealing Ian Kinsler for a defective Prince Fielder or running Nolan Ryan out of town. But there's still something about being at the ballpark that's a blast. This event at Globe Life Park in Arlington lets you not only watch the Rangers on the big screen as they play in Baltimore, but also camp out on the field overnight. There will also be other activities, including fireworks after the game.

The Purge: Breakout Escape Experience
The Purge was a minor success last summer, thrilling moviegoers with a story about a world where all crime, including murder, is legal for one day a year. With the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy coming out later this month, the studio is promoting its release with this twist on a haunted house in which groups must work together to solve clues and escape from a demented psychopath. The mobile attraction will be set up in the parking lot next to the Dallas World Aquarium through Sunday.

2014 Cool Thursdays Concert Series: Dallas Wind Symphony
The Dallas Wind Symphony is doing double duty when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. First up is this concert at the Dallas Arboretum, at which musicians will play a variety of your favorite patriotic songs. The concert also marks the final Cool Thursdays concert at the Arboretum for summer; the series will pick up again after Labor Day.

Friday, July 4

Willie Nelson's 2014 4th of July Picnic
For years, Willie Nelson moved his annual 4th of July Picnic to different spots in Central Texas. But with its second straight appearance at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth, it may have found a permanent home. The festival will include a variety of musical acts, including Dierks Bentley, Josh Abbott Band, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Bush, David Allen Coe, Lukas Nelson from Promise of the Real, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Paula Nelson, Insects vs. Robots and Folk Uke.

Dallas Wind Symphony presents Star-Spangled Spectacular
Do you love to hear a symphony play John Philip Sousa marches but would rather do so in a climate-controlled environment? Then skip Dallas Wind Symphony's date at the Arboretum and go for this one at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Plus, since this one is actually on the Fourth of July, you can feel extra patriotic.

Saturday, July 5

Bob Schneider in concert with Nelo and Luke Wade & No Civilians
There are no shortage of Bob Schneider appearances in Dallas-Fort Worth; the Austin-based musician seemingly plays at Granada Theater or The Kessler every other month or so. But it's always a treat to see him perform, as he's not only a damn fine singer, but one whose stories and other non-musical offerings are just as entertaining as his songs. He'll play at the Granada alongside Nelo and Luke Wade & No Civilians.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Mystery Tour
After the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra finishes its three-day Independence Day celebration, they'll wrap up the annual Concerts in the Garden series by welcoming in Classical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden while rocking out to songs like "Twist and Shout," "Drive My Car" and "Come Together."

Sunday, July 6

Fine Arts Chamber Players presents 2014 Basically Beethoven Festival
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to Beethoven earlier this year, and now Fine Arts Chamber Players will do the same with this annual festival. Taking place every Sunday in July at Dallas City Performance Hall, the free concerts will feature a variety of musicians, including one rising star every week. The first week highlights harpist Juanito Riveros and the Wyeth String Quartet, who are the principal strings of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.