If you throw a rock almost anywhere in the Dallas area this weekend, chances are it'll land at the location of a big concert. From small venues to the outdoors to the suburbs, multiple places are hosting stars both new and old. If those aren't your speed, there are also some homegrown events in which to partake as well.
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, October 8
UTA Maverick Speaker Series: Mia Farrow
Perhaps best known for her role as Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby, Mia Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films, winning numerous awards since her career began in 1964. Farrow has worked extensively as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in humanitarian activities in Africa. She'll talk about her wide body of work at this free event at UT Arlington.
Billy Idol in concert with The London Souls
If you think Billy Idol just faded away after his heyday in the 1980s, you're sorely mistaken. He did take an extended break for around 12 years, but he's released three new albums in the past 10 years, including 2014's Kings & Queens of the Underground, and was just at Austin City Limits this past weekend. He'll play both old and new songs at the House of Blues Dallas, with support from opening act The London Souls.
Friday, October 9
NorthPark Center presents Fifty Years of Fashion
As part of a series of 50th anniversary celebrations, NorthPark Center will present Fifty Years of Fashion, showcasing a variety of stores and high-end designers. There will be multiple fashion shows over the course of two days, including ones from Mulberry, Nordstrom, Cusp by Neiman Marcus, Elie Tahari, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Roberto Cavalli.
The Reunion featuring Weezer, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Reunion Park hosted a series of lawn parties during the summer, and though this isn't related to those, while the weather is still warm it's time for one last blowout. The festival will feature a happy hour showcasing local bands before giving way to performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Fitz & the Tantrums. After a fireworks show, headlining band Weezer will take the stage.
Saturday, October 10
Counting Crows in concert with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown
Back in the late '90s, Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz was known to hang around Friends stars Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston. His famous friends may have dwindled since then, but the band is still going strong, putting out Somewhere Under Wonderland in 2014. They'll play at Allen Event Center with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown.
Joe Jackson: The Fast Forward Tour
The ever-restless songwriter Joe Jackson traveled the world to record Fast Forward, his first collection of original songs in seven years. He'll play at the Majestic Theatre in support of the album that features four sets of four songs recorded in four different cities: New York, New Orleans, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Sunday, October 11
Dallas Museum of Art presents International Pop opening day tour
The Dallas Museum of Art's latest exhibition, International Pop, chronicles the global emergence of Pop art in the 1960s and early 1970s. While previous exhibitions have primarily focused on the dominance of Pop activity in New York and London during that time, this exhibition examines work from artists across the globe who were confronting many of the same radical developments. Gabriel Ritter, curator of the exhibition, will lead a special opening day tour; the exhibition will be on display through January 17, 2016.
Ariana Grande in concert with Prince Royce
As is typical these days, it's been a relatively short rise to fame for Ariana Grande. After starring in not one but two different Nickelodeon shows, Grande has risen to the top of the pop world, hitting No. 1 with her 2014 album, My Everything. She'll play at American Airlines Center with help from opening act Prince Royce.