The venues of Dallas will be alive with all kinds of music this weekend, from a classic musical to a renowned opera to concerts aplenty. Also on tap will be two events bringing an early start to the holiday season.
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.
Thursdays, November 5
Dallas Sample Sale
You don't have to wait until Black Friday to start your Christmas shopping; get a jump on things at the annual Dallas Sample Sale. Taking place through Saturday at Dallas Market Hall, the sale features overstock gifts, apparel, jewelry, toys, children’s clothing, home accessories, furniture and manufacturer samples, and more. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Salvation Army.
Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Sound of Music
Some musicals are timeless even when they're tied to a certain period of time. So it is for The Sound of Music, which overcomes its World War II-era timeline thanks to classic songs like "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi," and the title song. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour through November 22.
Friday, November 6
Zac Brown Band in concert with Drake White and the Big Fire
It's not just any country act that wins the Grammy for Best New Artist, and ever since winning that award in 2009, the Zac Brown Band has only continued to go up. They've hit No. 1 with three straight albums, including 2015's Jekyll + Hyde. They'll bring a close to the 2015 Gexa Energy Pavilion season, with help from opening act Drake White and the Big Fire.
Dallas Opera presents Tosca
For the second time in two weeks, the Dallas Opera will open a new production, Tosca. But this time they'll combine the opening with their annual tradition of putting on a simulcast at Klyde Warren Park. The free event in the park will feature a pizza dough-tossing competition, Tosca trivia, and a screening of the classic cartoon, "One Froggy Evening." Tosca will have six performances at Winspear Opera House through November 22.
Saturday, November 7
2015 Festival at the Switchyard
Downtown Carrollton is becoming more and more of a destination, as it's now home to locations of Agave Azul and Cane Rosso. You can enjoy both of those restaurants, as well as rides, games, and music from bands like Fastball and 3 Doors Down at Carrollton's annual festival, taking place all day on Saturday.
2015 Untapped Festival Dallas
Untapped has quickly become the go-to craft beer/music festival in Texas, as it's staged versions in multiple cities around the state, featuring scads of great beer and bands each time. For its return to Dallas it's moved to Fair Park, bringing in 100 breweries serving samples of over 400 craft beers and bands like The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dog, and Dallas favorites Valise and Birds of Night.
Sunday, November 8
Holiday at the Arboretum 2015
The Dallas Arboretum is bringing back its popular 12 Days of Christmas exhibit for the second year in a row as part of the annual Holiday at the Arboretum. In addition to the exhibit, which features 25-foot-tall gazebos with characters from the traditional song, the Arboretum will display a 30-foot-tall tree and The Artistry of the Nativity exhibition in the DeGolyer House. All will be on view through January 3, 2016.