This weekend in and around Dallas will start with a lot of theater, and end with some unique events. Choices include one national theater tour and three local theater openings, an anniversary celebration for a great new gathering spot, two big-name concerts, a fun football game for charity, a new way to meditate, and YouTube trick shots in real life.
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, August 8
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Fiddler on the Roof
Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset," “If I Were A Rich Man," “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. The classic musical will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park through August 18.
Pegasus Theatre presents Broadway or Bust
In a converted strip-mall carpet store, somewhere in Dallas, The Plush Pile Players are spitting tacks. They are primed to stage Dicky Steinberg’s off-off-Broadway flop Broadway Glitz when director Jan Flaggit trips on a toaster and breaks her ankle dashing all hopes. That is until a lifeline comes in the shape of bona fide Broadway director, Percy Scott. However, Jan's eccentric ensemble soon learn that their new messiah may not be all he seems. The production will run at Bath House Cultural Center through August 24.
Friday, August 9
Texas Live! First Anniversary Celebration
Texas Live! in Arlington will celebrate its first birthday with a three-day birthday bash. The event, going on through Sunday, will feature several special guests, a surprise announcement, cash giveaways, live music from the Emerald City Band, Steve Helms, TX Red Dirt Roads, and Dr Pepper Kidd’s Day 2019. And with 10 venues under one roof, there’s a different party happening just around the corner.
Theatre Arlington presents Brighton Beach Memoirs
Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters, and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Neil Simon-style. The production will run at Theatre Arlington through August 31.
Uptown Players presents The Cake
To close its 18th season, Uptown Players will present the regional premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s new comedy, The Cake. Della’s North Carolina bakery is legendary. She is overjoyed when her best friend’s daughter returns from New York to get married and asks Della to make her wedding cake. Della, a sweet-natured Christian, is forced to re-examine her deeply-held beliefs and her own marriage when she realizes there is not one bride, but two. The production will run through August 25 at Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Saturday, August 10
moe. and Blues Traveler in concert
Preeminent progressive rock band moe. and legendary platinum-selling band Blues Traveler will co-headline the All Roads Runaround Tour. The concert will showcase one set from each band plus a special collaborative set. moe.'s last album was 2014's No Guts, No Glory, while Blues Traveler's last album was 2018's Hurry Up & Hang Around. They will be joined by G. Love in this concert at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
BvB Dallas Powder-Puff Football Game
The ongoing rivalry between Team Blonde and Team Brunette continues as they battle it out off the field in fundraising, and on the field in an epic flag-football game at the Cotton Bowl. BvB Dallas is a young-professionals organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease research and care. The game will be called by Donovan Lewis and Ty Walker from 1310-FM's The Ticket, and will include dances from the Mavs Maniaacs and more.
Dierks Bentley in concert with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes, and Hot Country Knights
There are few country singers with a higher profile than Dierks Bentley. He has released nine albums since his debut in 2003, including 2018's The Mountain, with all but two of them reaching the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country charts. Those albums have yielded 11 No. 1 songs, including "Come A Little Closer," "Free and Easy," and "Somewhere on a Beach." He'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion with support from opening acts Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes, and Hot Country Knights.
Sunday, August 11
At MindTravel SilentWalk, guests can be carried away by the deep feeling of freedom and connection of the newest way to practice walking meditation. Led by MindTravel creator and composer, Murray Hidary, participants will explore the Dallas Arboretum while guided by music delivered through headphones. The evocative, improvisational piano music ignites freedom and expansiveness that amplifies the healing and inspirational power of being surrounded by beauty.
The Dude Perfect Pound It Noggin Tour
The guys of Dude Perfect have been wowing people on YouTube for years with their impressive trick shots, and now they'll come to Allen Event Center as part of their first-ever live tour. Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, and twins Coby and Cory Cotton, the five best friends from Frisco, will perform the ultimate variety show, highlighting fan favorites such as Overtime, Stereotypes, Battles, and stunts.