November has just begun, but it's already the holiday season given the number of holiday-themed events starting or taking place. In addition to that quartet of jolly events, choices will include a classic musical featuring felines, great dancers, a famous comedian, outdoor illuminated art, classical music, a media and music festival, and more.
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, November 7
Junior League of Collin County presents 'Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market
‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, presented by the Junior League of Collin County, brings together over 13,000 shoppers to support community impact projects. Taking place at Plano Centre through Sunday, the market features unique holiday and home décor, clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet food from over 100 merchants.
Undermain Theatre presents The Thanksgiving Play
Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The Thanksgiving Play is a brilliant take on a modern American cultural dilemma. The play will run at Undermain Theatre through December 1.
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Cats
Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages. The beloved musical, which will finally have a film version released in December, features one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, ”Memory.” It tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The musical will run at the Music Hall at Fair Park through November 17.
World of Dance Live Tour
NBC’s summer smash-hit series World of Dance comes to Dallas as part of the World of Dance Live Tour. This tour will not include celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, but it will feature great dancers from across all genres, including season 3 winners, The Kings. The event will take place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
Improv Addison presents D.L. Hughley
One of the most popular and highly recognized stand-up comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television and radio arena. D.L. Hughley is known for his sitcom, The Hughleys; as host of his own late night talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News; and as one of the Original Kings of Comedy. Hughley will perform six times through Sunday at Improv Addison.
Friday, November 8
Aurora Expanded: "As I Am"
While not the full event that took place in 2018, Aurora Expanded is a multidisciplinary exhibition that will feature short film sequences, audio recordings, and portrait photography that will be showcased on downtown Dallas’s digital billboards as well as at a site-specific exhibition that celebrates youth as capable change-makers. Created by students from across Dallas, the work is designed to move people to action through empathy building and shifting perspectives on important issues that teenagers face in their daily lives. The exhibit will be at Ro2 Art Downtown Pop-Up through Saturday.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents La Mer
Making her debut as principal guest conductor, Gemma New leads two iconic Impressionist works: Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer. DSO principal timpani Brian Jones takes center stage in the world premiere of Grammy Award winner Steven Mackey’s timpani concerto. New Zealand composer Salina Fisher’s Rainphase makes its Dallas premiere. The concert will play three times through Sunday at Meyerson Symphony Center.
TITAS/Dance Unbound: Ballet British Columbia
Ballet British Columbia has become one of the most sought-after dance companies in the world today. A remarkable repertoire by the world’s leading contemporary choreographers, including Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto, William Forsythe, Itzik Galili, Jorma Elo, and Adi Salant, puts this company in an elite category of the world’s best. They'll perform at Moody Performance Hall on Friday and Saturday.
EDGE: The Texas Monthly Festival
The third annual EDGE will shed light on what’s at the forefront of Texas culture through discussions, panels, and performances. There will be a Saturday evening concert by Leon Bridges, as well as interviews with Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, and fashion designer and television personality Brandon Maxwell. A special performance of Texas Monthly LIVE featuring Texas Monthly’s editors and special guests will also be a part of the festival on Friday night. The event takes place through Sunday at The Bomb Factory and other venues.
Saturday, November 9
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Holiday at the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum will once again celebrate the holidays with a variety of exhibitions. The beloved 12 Days of Christmas returns, depicting each day in the carol with 12 Victorian-style gazebos. The DeGolyer House will feature "Christkindlmarket Treasures," with each room showcasing a collection of treasures typically found in European Christmas markets. And a new attraction, The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village, will feature 12 old-world European-style shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. All exhibits, which also include nighttime hours on most nights, will be on display through December 31.
Etsy Dallas presents Jingle Bash
The 11th annual Jingle Bash is a handmade shopping event and party, showcasing handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery, and more from hand-picked artists, crafters, and designers. The first 50 shoppers will get one of the Bash Bags filled with swag from vendors. The event, taking place at Gilley's Dallas, will also feature an onsite bar, food trucks, a Make & Take craft table, and a photo booth.
Rock Rebellion Tribute Festival
Lone Star 92.5 presents Rock Rebellion Tribute Festival will feature a variety of tribute bands performing classic rock hits. Bands will include Back in Black (Tribute to AC/DC), Led Zepplica (Tribute to Led Zeppelin), Ozz (Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne), True 2 Crue (Tribute to Mötley Crüe), In Halen (Tribute to Van Halen), Heart Attack (Tribute to Heart), and Snakeskin Cowboys (Tribute to Ted Nugent). The concert will take place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
How the Southwest Was Won featuring Snoop Dogg and Master P
How the Southwest Was Won, taking place at Dos Equis Pavilion, is a hip-hop-heavy festival-style show that will be headlined by Snoop Dogg and Master P. Other performers will include Goodie Mob, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Twista, Crucial Conflict, Mike Jones, and Shawanna (of DTP).
Sunday, November 10
Dallas Museum of Art presents "Speechless" opening day
The Dallas Museum of Art and the High Museum of Art will present "Speechless," an exhibition that explores the vast spectrum of sensory experiences and new approaches to accessibility and modes of communication in the museum setting. It will debut new work by six leading and emerging international designers and design teams whose projects were informed by conversations with specialists from prominent academic and medical institutions. The exhibit will remain on display through February 23, 2020.