It will be a tuneful weekend around Dallas, as six of the 10 featured events will revolve around music. They include four concerts with national headliners, some great classical music, and a renowned opera. Other choices include improv comedy, dance, a mass workout, and rodeo for high stakes.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, February 28
Kelly Clarkson in concert with Brynn Cartelli
With each passing year, the sustained excellence and relevance of Kelly Clarkson's career gives extra meaning to her win in the inaugural season of American Idol. The vast majority of contestants from the show have not achieved even half the success of the Burleson native, which shows how uniquely talented she is. Clarkson comes back home to play at American Airlines Center in support of her 2017 album, Meaning of Life.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present Tchaikovsky's extraordinary Violin Concerto, performed by DSO favorite Karen Gomyo, with Walton’s volcanic Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. The concert, under the direction of Carlos Kalmar, will be performed four times through Sunday at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Eisemann Center presents The Best of The Second City
This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s history, made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray, as well as their trademark improvisation. Presented in partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities, the show will take place four times through Saturday at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson.
The Temptations & The Four Tops in concert
The Temptations and The Four Tops are two of the most influential groups to come out of Motown Records in the 1960s and '70s. Songs like "My Girl,” “Get Ready,” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” from The Temptations and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops remain classics. Fans will enjoy those and more at this concert at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
Friday, March 1
Dallas Opera presents Manon Lescaut
In one of Puccini’s earliest works, Manon Lescaut, the popular party girl of Paris, is brought to glamorous life. Destined for life in a convent, the beautiful Manon meets the romantic Chevalier des Grieux, leading to a whirlwind love affair. Presented in a semi-staged setting, the lush melodies of Puccini’s score are brought to the forefront, showcasing the lengths people will go to when they’re madly in love. The opera will be presented four times through March 9 at Winspear Opera House.
TITAS presents Kyle Abraham/A.I.M
The mission of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. They'll perform on Friday and Saturday at Moody Performance Hall.
Saturday, March 2
Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover
Camp Gladiator will present the CG Stadium Takeover, featuring a series of CG-style workouts across the entire Globe Life Park in Arlington complex. Camp Gladiator is creating the Camp experience on a grand scale by providing the rare experience of working out at the home of the Texas Rangers for a day of outdoor fitness fun. The event will feature food, retail, and fitness vendors, live entertainment, and other fitness stations throughout the stadium.
RFD-TV presents The American
For the first time, RFD-TV’s The American will be a two-day event, making it the richest weekend in Western sports. Taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday and Sunday, The American will feature Break-Away Roping and a #9 Team Roping in addition to the usual saddle bronc riding. The rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, will have $355,000 in additional prize money.
Julio Iglesias in concert
Latin superstar Julio Iglesias was the biggest crossover Latin American singer in the 1980s, scoring big with 1984's English language 1100 Bel Air Place, which featured collaborations like "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" with Willie Nelson, and "All of You" with Diana Ross. Most of his recent work, including 2015's México, has been in his native Spanish, allowing him to be as relevant now as he was in the 1970s and '80s. He'll perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
Sunday, March 3
Jeff Tweedy in concert with Buck Meek
For over 25 years, Jeff Tweedy was devoted to bands like Uncle Tupelo and Wilco. Wilco is still officially together, having released their last album in 2016, but Tweedy has been exploring the solo route in recent years. He released Together at Last in 2017, featuring acoustic versions of Wilco songs, and Warm in 2018, his first solo album of all new material. He'll play at Majestic Theatre alongside opening act Buck Meek.