If you're in need of some laughs this weekend, the slate of events in and around Dallas has got you covered. There will be four separate events featuring well-known comedians, as well as two events to kick off the holiday season, a concert featuring a legendary Jersey group, a Wonder-ful actress showing off another talent, 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 8
Junior League of Collin County presents 'Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market
Now in its 23rd year, ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market features unique holiday and home décor, clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants, many of which are small, family-owned businesses. Presented by the Junior League of Collin County, the market will run through Sunday at Plano Centre.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in concert
The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles like "Sherry," "Grease,” "Rag Doll," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and more. He and the Four Seasons will perform a collection of songs from throughout their career, including Valli’s most recent album, Romancing The ‘60s, at Winspear Opera House.
Undermain Theatre presents The Lady from the Sea
Undermain returns to the Classics with Henrik Ibsen’s rarely-seen drama, The Lady From the Sea. Ellida, a lighthouse keeper's daughter, is trapped on an island in her marriage and longs for the sea. The conflict in the mermaid-like Ellida is between her duty to her devoted husband and her attraction to a mysterious, seagoing stranger from her past. The play will run through December 2.
Friday, November 9
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Holiday at the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will present Holiday at the Arboretum, where guests can stroll through the garden and see the Victorian-style gazebos come to life, featuring each scene from the traditional carol "The 12 Days of Christmas." There will also be a new exhibit, "The Artistry of the Nativity," in the DeGolyer House, more than 500,000 lights, and more. The event goes on through December 31.
Aziz Ansari in concert
Comedian Aziz Ansari first gained notice as an actor in 2009, when he started his run as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation. Since then, his profile has only gotten larger, thanks to his critically-acclaimed Netflix show, Master of None, and his book about dating in the 21st century, Modern Romance. He'll perform a night of stand-up comedy at The Theatre at Grand Prairie.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents A Bernstein Tribute
As part of the "Bernstein at 100" celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform a variety of the composer's landmark works, including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and more. The concert, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, will be performed three times through Sunday at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
Saturday, November 10
Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts presents Lynda Carter: Red Rock N' Blues
Best known for winning our hearts as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is also an accomplished singer and an engaging storyteller. In this concert at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson, Carter will take her audience on a musical journey where her life story and her music intertwine. Carter is touring in support of her fourth album, 2018's Red Rock N' Blues.
Sebastian Maniscalco in concert
Comedian, actor, and author Sebastian Maniscalco is on a hot streak in his acting career, co-starring in Tag alongside Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, and Jeremy Renner; the upcoming Green Book with Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, and Viggo Mortensen; and 2019's The Irishman with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and more. Maniscalco will perform at the Majestic Theatre as part of his Stay Hungry international tour.
Michelle Wolf in concert
Since her television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014, Michelle Wolf has quickly become one of the most recognizable voices in comedy. She released a full-length special, Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, on HBO in 2017, her performance at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in 2018 was ruthlessly funny, and she also had a short-lived Netflix sketch show, The Break with Michelle Wolf. She'll perform at Texas Theatre.
Sunday, November 11
Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection
Carol Burnett has been a living legend for more than 50 years, dating to her eponymous variety program, The Carol Burnett Show. During this event at Winspear Opera House, Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show, where she would give spontaneous answers to audience questions.