Sarah Jaffe, Klyde Warren Park and Aida: The best events in Dallas this weekend
It's been a banner year for the Dallas Arts District, and the final piece of the puzzle is the opening of Klyde Warren Park this weekend. With the deck park and Dallas City Performance Hall finally coming to fruition, the area has cemented its reputation as a must-visit.
But even though that's the highlight of the weekend, there's still plenty else to do. Below are some of your best options for Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 25
Dallas Zoo presents Halloween Nights
Why not start off your pre-Halloween weekend with a trip to the Dallas Zoo? Make sure to dress the kids in costumes so they can trick-or-treat in special areas. There will also be a Halloween-themed cat show, a carousel that runs backward and creepy crawlies on display. Halloween Nights runs Thursday through Sunday.
Patio Sessions: Sarah Jaffe in concert with DJ Emptycylinder
Sarah Jaffe fans have got to be over the moon lately. Not only did their favorite singer-songwriter deliver the first-ever concert on the Dallas City Performance Hall stage, but she's following that up with a free concert in Sammons Park, just outside the Winspear Opera House. Jaffe's star is continuously on the rise, so you'd be foolish to pass up a chance to see her gratis.
Friday, October 26
GWAR in concert with DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder
There's no better concert to see just before Halloween than one which has headliners who wear grotesque masks and supporting bands with names like DevilDriver and Cancer Bats. GWAR's concerts are legendary for their outlandishness, and one can only imagine the type of display they'll have cooked up at the House of Blues for this time of year.
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson in concert
Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick album from 1971 is a milestone in the prog rock era, being a continuous work of music. Now original member Ian Anderson is bringing new attention to that landmark with a sequel album and a tour in which he plays both albums in their entirety. If you're in the know, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie is the place you'll want to be Friday night.
Saturday, October 27
Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Weekend
This will be the first chance the public gets to explore the park on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and they're pulling out all the stops. Groups like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Texas Ballet Theater will put on free performances, and multiple activities will be set up around the park on both Saturday and Sunday. But to top it off ...
The Concert for Dallas with The Polyphonic Spree, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and DJ Lucy Wrubel
Dallas' own Polyphonic Spree gets the honor of headlining the first big concert at the park, taking place on the Great Lawn. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and DJ Lucy Wrubel will serve as opening acts, while actor Owen Wilson will emcee the concert. It's a truly exclusive event, as only a limited number of free tickets were available, and VIP tickets are a tad on the expensive side.
Sunday, October 28
Dallas Opera presents Aida
Another Dallas Opera season begins with this classic by Giuseppe Verdi. Even non-opera fans will be affected by the emotion of this searing drama. The production, which opens on Friday, will put on six performances between October 26 and November 11 at Winspear Opera House.
Lyric Stage presents 1776
As we get ready to determine the next president of the United States, it's more than appropriate to watch a musical about the beginning of this country. The fact that it stars the "hunky" Bryant Martin as Thomas Jefferson is just a bonus. Lyric Stage will only put on seven performances of the show between October 26 and November 4, so don't dawdle.