The two themes of the week for events in Dallas are fictional characters and Dos Equis Pavilion. You can enjoy different ways of experiencing characters from two monster movie franchises, while the aforementioned outdoor venue will host three completely different types of concerts. There's also an anticipated grand opening, one-minute plays, and a free screening of a classic animated film.
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 9
Texas Live! Grand Opening Celebration
The opening of the new Texas Rangers stadium, Globe Life Field, is still almost two years away, but the grand opening for the adjoining Texas Live! complex is happening this weekend. The $250 million dining, entertainment, and hospitality district will debut a variety of restaurants and its outdoor event pavilion, Arlington Backyard. Performers during the celebration, taking place through Sunday, will include Toadies, Eleven Hundred Springs, Bleachers, Joywave, and Kip Moore.
Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes
Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes brings together the Avengers, Spider-Man, and new fan favorites, the Guardians of the Galaxy, to stop Loki in his quest to rule the universe. The live, action-packed arena performance features cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles, and more. The show will run at American Airlines Center through Sunday before making its way to Fort Worth next weekend.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
The Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. The production will play at Wyly Theatre through Sunday.
Friday, August 10
2018 Leaky Con
Speaking of Harry Potter, fans from around the world will gather in Dallas for a celebration of “The Boy Who Lived” and the extraordinary impact his story has had on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. The convention, taking place through Sunday at Hyatt Regency Dallas, features celebrity appearances, autograph and photo sessions, panels, programs, discussions, and performances.
G-Eazy in concert with Lil Uzi Vert, Ybn Nahmir, P-Lo, and Murda Beatz
Thanks to the art of collaboration, rapper G-Eazy has become a bigger and bigger name in the hip hop world over the past decade. He's found success recording songs with Bexha ("Me, Myself & I"), ASAP Rocky and Cardi B ("No Limit"), and Halsey ("Him & I"). He'll perform at Dos Equis Pavilion in support of his 2017 album, The Beautiful & Damned. The concert will also feature Lil Uzi Vert, Ybn Nahmir, P-Lo, and Murda Beatz.
Saturday, August 11
Miranda Lambert in concert with Little Big Town, The Steel Woods, and Tenille Townes
Country singer Miranda Lambert has had quite the public life, and her singing career is only the half of it. She's had four No. 1 songs, five top 10 albums, and one very high-profile marriage to another country star, Blake Shelton, that ended in divorce. That split led to her acclaimed 2016 double album, The Weight of These Wings, in support of which she'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion alongside Little Big Town, The Steel Woods, and Tenille Townes.
Kitchen Dog Theater presents One-Minute Play Festival
Kitchen Dog Theater will present the 5th annual One-Minute Play Festival, featuring 84 original one-minute plays by 42 local playwrights, 12 directors, 60 actors, and one insanely wild night of theater. The festival, which has iterations in multiple cities across the country, will take place in the Bob Hope Theater on the SMU campus every night through Monday.
Sunday, August 12
Alamo Drafthouse presents Pix on the Plaza
The final week of Pix on the Plaza, a free summer outdoor screening series taking place outside of Alamo Drafthouse Las Colinas, will feature a screening of Pixar's Up. There will be pre-show activities themed to the movie like bounce houses, music, face painters, games, tasty treats, themed non-alcoholic beverages, and other fun surprises.
Godsmack and Shinedown in concert
The genre of hard rock/metal is one that continues to thrive despite not getting nearly the amount of attention as pop or hip hop. Godsmack and Shinedown, who are co-headlining this concert at Dos Equis Pavilion, are two big examples of that. Each has had a string of top 10 albums even though they have one top 10 single between them. Godsmack is touring in support of their new album, When Legends Rise, while Shinedown is touring in support of their new album, Attention Attention.