We've told you what drink to order on a date and where to dine in Dallas if you're looking to keep costs low (and even where to eat if you want to break up), but what if you're seeking something cultured? What if you, um, don't even have a date but are looking to find one? Someone like-minded who enjoys things like museums, performing arts and music?
Whether you're partnered up or still looking for the one, these upcoming events sound like a recipe for summer love. Keep these in mind the next time dinner and a movie seems too easy.
Tinder Tuesday at Shakespeare in the Park
Let's forget for a second how Romeo & Juliet ends and focus instead on the exhilarating first blush of infatuation. On July 14, Shakespeare Dallas is inviting anyone who's single and ready to mingle to come out for a free evening of theater under the stars. Pack a picnic, and don't forget your phone — you'll need to show your Tinder profile to get into the 7:30 pre-show party. Free-flowing wine, beer and snacks should encourage you to meet someone new, but Kidd Kraddick morning show host Elena Davies will also be there to help conversations along. Stay for the 8:15 performance of Romeo & Juliet (also free, though donations are encouraged), because hopefully now you have someone with whom to share your picnic blanket.
Music Thursday at Klyde Warren Park
Yes, we know it's summer in Texas. It's hot outside. But once the sun starts to go down, and the lights of downtown begin to glow, there's something magical about being in a park in the middle of the city, cuddling with someone while watching a local band rock it out onstage. July 16 — and most every Thursday — Klyde Warren Park features some of DFW's best musical talent; this time it's Fort Worth's Robert Gotcher Band.
Late Nights at the DMA
Every third Friday, the Dallas Museum of Art does something even cooler than its everyday free general admission and stays open until midnight. This July 17, the popular Museum Murder Mystery Game is scheduled, with live music performances, light bites and cocktails and "an artful game of Clue," where you're tasked with solving who killed the Greek goddess Victory (hint: you get to interview Buddha). There's also DMA bingo (the traditional game with an Instagram-art gallery twist), a DMA Partners-only speakeasy and a movie about mummies. Good chance to see if you make a great team.
'Til Midnight at the Nasher
Much like the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center holds a late-night party every now and then, with live music, yummy food and lots of art. The difference here is that it's like one giant picnic, with blankets splashed out in the garden among priceless sculptures while groups listen to the local bands and watch the late-night movie. The next 6 pm-midnight get-together is July 17, so start readying the bug spray now.
Classes at Scardello Artisan Cheese
On August 6, the mecca of artisan cheese in Dallas is hosting a French wine and cheese class. Sip and swirl vino from some of the most revered regions in France, while tasting what some consider the real food of love. Cement your mutual admiration (for your significant other or for the cheese and wine, we won't judge) while learning some pretty classy tidbits that will seriously up your cred at the next cocktail party.
Social Science at the Perot Museum
This 21-and-up nighttime event is a popular one, and tickets have been known to disappear fast. The upcoming mixer on August 7 is themed Time, meaning you're encouraged to dress up in togs from your favorite past era while sipping "timeless craft beers" and learning about the possibilities of time travel. The museum is kid-free during the 7-11 pm event, so adults (mostly young professionals) are given free rein of the exhibits and live demonstrations.