Weekend Event Planner

Rocking concerts — holiday and not — headline the best weekend events in Dallas

Concerts — holiday and not — headline best weekend events in Dallas

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Brian Setzer Orchestra will play a special Christmas concert at Allen Event Center on December 11. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Evgeny Kissin
Pianist Evgeny Kissin will play a concert of Jewish music and poetry at Winspear Opera House on December 10. Photo by Sheila Rock
Cast of the national tour of Elf the Musical
Dallas Summer Musicals will present Elf the Musical at the Music Hall at Fair Park through December 20. Photo by Chris Bennion
Klyde Warren Park, Polyphonic Spree
The Polyphonic Spree's annual Holiday Extravaganza will take place at the Majestic Theatre on December 12. Photo by Jerry McClure
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Evgeny Kissin
Cast of the national tour of Elf the Musical
Klyde Warren Park, Polyphonic Spree

The new events happening in and around Dallas this weekend are your typical melange of holiday offerings, from the national tour of a Broadway musical to holiday concerts by some big-name bands. There are also smaller offerings available, including a couple that — gasp! — are not actually related to the holidays.

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, December 10

Evgeny Kissin: An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry
Seeing as we're smack dab in the middle of Hanukkah, which runs until December 12, there's no better time to showcase the renowned Jewish pianist Evgeny Kissin. Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his virtuosity have earned him the admiration of audiences around the world. He'll play a special concert of Jewish music and poetry at the Winspear Opera House.

Dallas Summer Musicals presents Elf the Musical
Based on the beloved 2003 movie, Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who is raised by elves and unaware that he is actually a human. Through a journey to New York City to find his father and true identity, Buddy is determined to win over his family and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the musical at Music Hall at Fair Park through December 20.

Friday, December 11

Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Black on Black
Black on Black is an intimate, up-close, and personal interaction with the dancers of Dallas Black Dance Theatre and DBDT II, as they take you into their own creative space and choreograph cutting-edge dances for one another. This special event also provides an opportunity for the audience to mingle with the dancers.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Brian Setzer has smash hits as founder/leader of The Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. Even though his annual visit moves from Dallas to Allen this year, his concert at Allen Event Center will still be a blast as Setzer delights the crowd with his infectious rockabilly style, tackling his hits and unique versions of holiday classics.

Saturday, December 12

The Polyphonic Spree 13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza
The Polyphonic Spree, Dallas' own choral rock band, moves from the defunct Lakewood Theater to the larger stage of the Majestic Theatre for a family-friendly party. In addition to the great music, the event will feature face painting, balloon animals, and visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and more for photo opportunities.

Nasher Sculpture Center presents Soundings: A Thousand Cranes
Inspired by the power of a child’s innocence to transcend human tragedy, Chris Theofanidis’ A Thousand Cranes forms the cornerstone of a program that reflects both the human desire to harness unattainable power and the limitless power of human expression. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra will play at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, presenting a world premiere that includes Theofanidis’ Gently Flow My Tears, Jörg Widmann’s Ikarische Klage, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chaconne.