Weekend Event Planner
These are the 13 best things to do in Dallas this weekend
This weekend in and around Dallas features a number of big acts, including a unique double concert experience from arguably the best heavy metal band ever. There will be three well-known comedians, a local theater production, a couple of country singers, two musical trips back in time, a live YouTube show, a rising Mexican singer, the closing of an art exhibition, and a major hip hop concert.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Friday, August 18
Metallica in concert
There has been no bigger heavy metal band over the past 40 years than Metallica, and their return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area will appropriately be bigger than ever. Just like every other stop on their world tour, they will play two separate shows, promising a "No Repeat Weekend," with two completely different setlists and support lineups at each concert. Joining them on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington will be the reunited Dallas band Pantera (touring for the first time in 22 years) and Mammoth WVH, followed by Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills on Sunday. The tour is in support of the band's new album, 72 Seasons, their first new release in six years.
Improv Addison presents Lil Rel Howery
Lil Rel Howery has been such a presence in movies and TV for so long that it's easy to forget that, like many comic actors, he got his start as a stand-up comedian. He's appeared in a slew of movies in recent years, including Free Guy, Get Out, Bad Trip, and Judas and the Black Messiah, and he also starred in his own Fox sitcom, Rel. He'll perform five times through Sunday at Improv Addison.
The Comedy Arena presents Steven Michael Quezada
Another actor who you may be surprised is a comedian is Steven Michael Quezada. With a career in the entertainment industry spanning more than three decades, Quezada has worked alongside some of the biggest names in show business, most notably Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk when he played DEA Agent Steven Gomez on both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He'll perform four times through Saturday at The Comedy Arena in McKinney.
Repertory Company Theatre presents The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone, a madcap, screwball musical within a comedy, is a lovable send up to the Jazz Age musical. A multiple Tony Award winner, the musical pays tribute to the Jazz Age shows of the 1920s and their power to transport people into a dazzling fantasy and to lift their spirits. The production runs through August 27 at Repertory Company Theatre in Richardson.
Charlie Robison in concert
Anyone who knows Texas country music knows the name of Charlie Robison, as he's the brother of singer/songwriter Bruce Robison and the ex-husband of Emily Strayer of The Chicks. His last album was 2013's High Life, and in 2018 he retired after complications from surgery left him unable to sing at the time. Things have clearly improved in the years since, and fans can see the result when he plays at Majestic Theatre.
Chris Gethard: Franco Danger
Comedian Chris Gethard is an example of persistence. Though he's never become a huge star, he's stuck to his show business aspirations, first as the host of The Chris Gethard Show from 2011 to 2018, and now as the host of two podcasts, Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People and New Jersey is the World. He'll perform his new show, Franco Danger, at Texas Theatre.
Saturday, August 19
Lost '80s Live
There are some '80s bands whose music is iconic and will live forever, and then there are ... other '80s bands. Lost '80s Live at Texas Trust CU Theatre features performances by a host of such bands, including Wang Chung ("Everybody Have Fun Tonight"), The Tubes ("She's a Beauty"), Animotion ("Obsession"), Naked Eyes ("Always Something There to Remind Me"), and more.
Sixtiesmania: A Journey through the Sixties
Sixtiesmania: A Journey through the Sixties is an all-encompassing celebration of the iconic musical decade. The show is a musical roller coaster from the Beach Boys to the British invasion, and everything in between. Hit after hit is performed with complete accuracy to detail to sound exactly like the recordings people know and love. The show takes place at Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.
Sam Hunt in concert
If things had shaken out differently for country singer Sam Hunt, he'd be playing in the NFL as a star quarterback. But a 2008 tryout for the Kansas City Chiefs led nowhere, leading him to pursue music instead. Fans have rewarded him with two No. 1 albums - 2014's Montevallo and 2020's Southside - and a bunch of top 10 hits, including four that went to No. 1. He'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion.
Ghost Files Live!
Ghost Files is a YouTube series focusing on visiting haunted places in order to prove the existence of supernatural entities. At this event, the audience can experience the excitement of ghost hunting with the ghoul boys through a special screening of a never-before-seen episode of the series, followed by a Q&A session with the hosts, Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej. The event takes place at Majestic Theatre.
Danna Paola in concert
Mexican singer Danna Paola has been in the public eye for almost her entire life. She started as a child actor, appearing on the Mexican version of Sesame Street and more. She went on to star in the first Spanish-language version of Wicked and, after releasing four previous albums, she's seen her music career take off with albums in 2020 and 2021. She'll play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
Sunday, August 20
Nasher Sculpture Center presents Thaddeus Mosley: "Forest" closing day
Sunday is closing day for Thaddeus Mosley: "Forest" at Nasher Sculpture Center. The exhibition features five large-scale wooden sculptures, all made after 2015 by the still-practicing 96-year-old artist. Mosley has been making carved and joined wood sculptures since the 1950s. Largely self-taught, the artist works with arborists and local sawmills in the Pittsburgh area to find felled trees which he sculpts using mallets and chisels.
High School Reunion Tour with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
The title of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's co-headlining tour, the "High School Reunion Tour," might as well have quotes around the first word, since Snoop Dogg is one of the world's leading proponents of marijuana, and Wiz Khalifa named his breakout album Rolling Papers. Snoop, who just released his 20th album, Missionary, and Wiz, whose latest album is 2022's Multiverse, will be joined by Too $hort, Warren G, Berner, and special guest DJ Drama at Dos Equis Pavilion.