August is here! Don’t let the end of summer stop you from having a great time in DFW! This month, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself active and happy outside. Here’s our list of the top 65 things happening in Dallas this August that we can’t wait to check out:
You can still experience an absolutely magical season here in Dallas, and part of that is thanks to the amazing spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful venues for the season.
- Candlelight: Sci-Fi and Fantasy ft. John Williams and Hans Zimmer
- Candlelight: From Bach to The Beatles
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele
- Candlelight: The Best of Joe Hisaishi
- Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & More
Tickets are now on sale! Unlock a new season of dark secrets at an open-world cocktail party inside the mysterious Volkov Manor. When the Vasiliev children came to live with their uncle, Doctor Grigor Volkov, they discovered the spirits of his former patients wandering the halls, as well as a malicious entity known as The Midnight Man. You will have 2 hours to savor a flight of craft cocktails, sample darkly decadent chocolate truffles, and get immersed in the chilling lore. The characters and themes of House of Spirits: Volkov Manor are loosely based on real-life inspirations, including the final days of Grigori Rasputin, the ancient god Veles, and other Slavic folktales throughout the centuries. Get your tickets for House of Spirits: Volkov Manor – A Haunted Cocktail Soirée in Dallas!
Ready for a new adventure, nerd? Join us at Stranger Things: The Official Store for a journey into the show’s most iconic locations, where you’ll find plenty of gnarly merch and rad moments. Take photos in Joyce’s House, shop in the Starcourt Mall, explore the Russian Lab, play games at the Palace Arcade… Just know that you might come face-to-face with a Demogorgon—don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Embrace all the vibes this summer at Hero in Dallas. The sports bar in Victory Park next to the American Airlines area has been completely transformed into a Miami Vice-themed paradise complete with beachy cocktails, coastal bites, and immaculate vibes.
Good drinks, fine hors d’oeuvres—all that’s missing to make it complete is you! Hosted by The Whiskey Spot, this Whiskey Wednesday is dedicated to sharing a selection of great spirits from around the world. Expand your drink knowledge with other whiskey enthusiasts, sample some fine food, learn about great whiskey pairings, and get a first-hand education in whiskey mixology. But it’s not just about the whiskey: you’ll also make connections that will live beyond that last taste of fine food and drink.
- Enjoy an exclusive tasting event! Learn more about the tricks of the trade in the world of whiskey with a talk through with experts. Taste an array of whiskeys, including premium whiskeys from around the world to limited edition craft whiskeys that you can’t find at your local liquor store. During the tasting, indulge in making a jarcuterie with premium meats, cheeses and vegetables. The best will be in with the chance of winning a prize!
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavours and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is now open in Dallas so you can “see” for yourself.
Just in time for the summer, a beachy new hangout has opened up in Dallas. Hospitality group, Exxir Capital – the design-forward thinkers behind some of Dallas’ most beloved establishments including Paradiso, Mermaid, Casablanca, Garden Shed, and more – have opened up their latest concept: a boozy shoreline along Bishop Lane.
Enjoy the classic game of bingo, with a fierce and sassy twist! MyOhMy brings Drag Bingo to the forefront in a fun, engaging, and socially-conscious way every Saturday in downtown Fort Worth. Local drag entertainers from around the state perform in between games, while also calling numbers and co-hosting alongside Salem Moon. 10 bingo games are included, with prizes given out for every game!
15. Jam with Java
If you are a coffee maniac, or just want to see what these magical beans can do when applied to modern delicacies. Stroll through over 30 tasting stations that will offer food and drinks with one common ingredient: coffee! From coffee liqueur and espresso martinis to a coffee rub brisket and delicious coffee-based desserts, the beans are all over the place. This will also be a great opportunity to meet and connect with some of the most active local business leaders while sharing a cup of java.
There’s no understating the natural beauty of the Lone Star State. This season, head the call to adventure and venture out to the state’s most gorgeous waterfalls and the hiking trails that take you there.
Looking for a great Sunday brunch? Might as well make it bottomless! Make room in your weekend and join us for a brunch buffet you won’t want to miss. Enjoy unlimited sushi alongside a selection of tasty dishes, with everything from breakfast favorites to locally-sourced vegetarian options. You’ll also be able to take part in a DIY crafting workshop, and do some shopping with several local vendors. All in all, it’s a great way to spend your Sunday!
Fever has an incredible deal for you! Check out the listings and movie times of our participating AMC movie theatres, get your Fever ticket, and go have fun! Whether it’s a rainy afternoon or a special date night, AMC Theatres® has your tickets to all the best comedies, action flicks, and everything in between, with just a click of a button.
Whether you’re young or an adult, games never get old. And while you can find a bowling alley in any given city in America, you’d be hard pressed to find pin toss anywhere else in the world (to our knowledge). Bowl Games in Dallas is a one-of-a-kind gaming bar that offers shuffleboard, foosball, and the aforementioned pin toss – a bowling and football hybrid that leaves no joy to spare.
If watching ocean documentaries on TV feels like paddling in the shallows, dive into a deep blue world of marine wildlife at Sea Life Grapevine. Get immersed in close encounters with gliding sharks, graceful rays, crafty octopuses, colorful clownfish, adorable sea turtles, and lots more!
21-24. Sneak Into A Speakeasy
There’s something special about speakeasies. The secretive, vicarious forbidden feel of transporting back to the prohibition make imbibing cocktails all the more tantalizing.
- Hope you’ve been reading this quarantine, because you’re going to need your book smarts to get into the Rare Books Bar. In order to gain entry into this Frisco speakeasy, visitors must dial the librarian and ask for a classic piece of literature.
- The only sign post at this bar takes the form of two ambiguous As on a door in a crusty alleyway behind Henry’s Majestic. For those that can get past the initial sketch factor, however, a warm-lit cove of tantalizing libations await
Who knows who makes up these random holidays? There’s national sibling day, national donut day – there’s even a National Clean Your Desk Day – of which we’ve never celebrated not even once. But National Margarita Day, well that should’ve been something set in stone since the inception of this glorious country.
There’s nothing like a fresh peach in the summertime. You could take your chances getting handsy with the selection from H-E-B, Whole Foods, or otherwise, or you could go straight to the source at Ham Orchards.
The 1980s are making a come back. Be it the nostalgia-saturated Stranger Things, kaleidoscopic fashion lines, or droves of new wave, synth-driven music flooding the sound waves. Travel back in time at McFly’s, the pub made in the image of what’s been called the most ’80s movie ever made.
Some of weren’t around in the ’80s, but that doesn’t stop us from the feeling of vivid nostalgia we have for new wave hits, technicolored-patterned jumpers, and all the zaniness the decade had to offer. This season, Dallasites can blast back to the ’80s at the new FlashBack RetroPub in Bishops Arts District!
iPhones at the ready, Dallas, for a new selfie sanctuary has come to town with the opening of Austin-based Wonder Bar. While the quirky, IG-ready watering hole has teased their opening for a while, the bar has finally opened.
Irving-based 7-Eleven has unveiled its latest Evolution store in the DFW: a mega convenience store with a covered outdoor patio, frozen margaritas, customizable coffee machine, and more!
Treating yourself in the pandemic has become something of a lifestyle rather than a once-in-a-blue-moon event. If you need a sweet pick-me-up, or want to share the love, these Dallas bakeries have got all the goods.
- Withdraw for the Sprinkles Cupcakes’ ATM – Sprinkles is a small-batch bakery that whips up everything from decadent cupcakes to delicious ice cream.
Enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures while you can, Dallas. Get out and about this southern winter at the city’s many great patios! Be it a sprawling, boot-stomping backyard or a rooftop vista with a view, there is a swell of wonderful outdoor venues to savor the season.
Nothing quite says “living the highlife” like clinking glasses on a city rooftop. Touch the sky this season with a brunch, evening, or nightcap on the most jaw-dropping rooftops in Dallas.
- New York-based RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has opened its first Texas outpost with a luxurious three-story establishment complete with a glass-encased rooftop restaurant.
A brand new oasis has opened in Dallas. Located in the back alley behind Tejas in the heart of Bishop Arts, Casablanca is a vibrant cafe transporting patrons to the Silk Road with its unparalleled ambience and dazzling variety of craft cocktails and shared plates.
From the alleyway to the table, bar, and lounge, and back again, Elephant East in Harwood feels like a multi-sensory excursion to a faraway land and experience that you won’t want to miss!
If you like your drinks as cute and sweet as you are, the Sweet Tooth Hotel is your boozy new sanctuary. Yesterday, the offbeat art venue and bar launched their new Stay Sweet Candy Bar, with a cocktail program influenced by the likes of Starburst, gummy bears, and all your favorite candies.
If you’re looking for somewhere sultry to dine out or have a drink this season, these local establishments will set the mood.
- The hidden speakeasy behind a dumpster – much less sketch than you think.
- A darkly romantic Tulum-inspired coctelería – Deep Ellum oasis with mezcal-mixed libations and serious mood.
Tucked in the North Texas countryside is the charming town of Royse City. There dwells a castle. It is no ordinary castle, mind you. In this Irish replica castle abides a fellowship of frolicking llamas, who await travelers and enthusiasts alike, to take them on hikes and learn of their llama ways.
We weren’t around in the 80s, but that doesn’t stop us from being nostalgic for new wave-style synth pop, campy horror movies, fluorescent jackets, and an underground bustling arcade culture. If you want to wreck it like Ralph, grab your Walkman and head down to the National Video Game Museum in Frisco, home to their “Pixel Dreams” retro arcade.
There’s no such thing as having too many holiday lights. Neither is there such a thing as having too many fajitas. Do Christmas, but make it Tex-Mex at Campo Verde in Arlington for the most festive fajita experience you’ll have all year.
New resident Texan, Elon Musk, promises that humans will land on Mars by 2026. If you can’t wait that long, you can spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.
Spa Castle in Carrollton is like the amusement park version of a spa, only instead of rides they have Himalayan salt rooms and hydrotherapy pools. The innovative spa blends together traditional Asian and European styles to create a fun and luxury experience all on its own.
Like meditation, yoga is a practice of centeredness and concentration. It’s a discipline of balance in the face of stress and adversity — that which may be difficult to do when resisting the urge to snuggle one of the herd of baby goats bouncing around.
Stylish, glitzy, and vividly pink, the XOXO Dining Room in Dallas offers one of the most dazzling and photo-ready dining experiences in town. Whether its the cupcakes served in Ferris Wheels, striking pop-art, twinkling chandeliers, or bright XOXO wall, the dining room and lounge is Dallas’s go-to place to smash that champagne button – seriously, XOXO has champagne buttons.
49. Dine Royally
Savor the high life this fall at Monarch Restaurant. Perched on the 49th floor of The National, Monarch is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving restaurant-goers the chance to dine on their wood-fired Italian dishes with an epic view of the city.
When strolling through Cowtown, if you’re going to make any detours, be sure to wander into its beautiful, larger-than-life Inspiration Alley – a gallery painted with wall-size murals that will make your jaw drop and eyes pop!
Summer has arrived in Texas and it is relentless. While there are places around town for Dallasites to stay hydrated, this kind of heat calls for a little something extra. For the season, Toller Bar in Uptown has opened up a swimming pool for patrons to escape the blistering heat!
Nostalgic Dallasites will remember the Rodeo Bar’s previous incarnation. Opened back in 1981, the iconic bar was renowned as an authentic, laidback hangout where one could drink ice cold beers and grab a bite without a fuss. After 40 years, the bar is back on the scene with its original grit, albeit, with a modern vibe.
Everyone has their one go-to nostalgia activity. Whether its ski-ball, go-karts, bowling, or mini-golf, there’s a game all of us play every once in a while to bring us back to simpler times. If mini golf is that game for you, you can experience that childhood glee with all the perks of being an adult at Another Round in Dallas.
54-55. Find Some Time To Frolic
The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and al fresco brunch is calling our names. All of this could only mean one thing: spring. This year, stop and smell the roses at five of our favorite gardens in Dallas!
- Polish off your vases Dallas, for Texas Tulips in Pilot Point has reopened for the season, allowing visitors to saunter through their gorgeous fields and take their pick of tulips!
Back in the heyday of childhood there was no sanctuary like a blanket fort. If the sheer mention of such fortress of youth was enough to trigger a nostalgic revery, you’ll be happy to know that you can enliven your whimsical childhood memories at Ida Claire bistro in Addison, where the indoor and outdoor eatery is fixed with a trailer adorned top to bottom in warm and fuzzy fabrics.
For all the people out there who have ever been shushed at a library – this place for you. At the Funny Library Coffee Shop, guests are encouraged to crack up as much they are to crack open one of its many books.
The City of Dallas is filled with countless gems. Everywhere you look, there’s a precious neighborhood, business, or boutique. The Trove in Bishop Arts is a literal a gem, wherein the cocktail lounge doubles as an upscale jewelry store.
If the pandemic taught us anything it’s that free time isn’t the only requisite for completing all those home fix-up projects we pinned on our Pinterest accounts. If you need a little extra moral support – and some creative juices – swing down to Upstairs Circus for a little bit of both!
Given the circumstances, you might have had to cancel your vacation to Italy over the summer. Be that as it may, you can still get a taste of Tuscany with the arrival of the famed Italian market, Eataly.
Dallas is full of flourishing neighborhoods, fantastic city views, and gorgeous natural settings. If it’s been a while since you and bae shot a cute pic together, these Dallas sites will offer a backdrop as precious as the subject: you.
Internet meme and salt sprinkling extraordinaire, Salt Bae (AKA Nusret Gökçe) has just opened his Downtown Dallas steakhouse at the corner of Pearl Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
Starting next Friday, April 1, the town of Ennis is celebrating 69 years of their legendary bluebonnet trails. Home to the Official Bluebonnet Trails of Texas, the town is showcasing their fairytale trails to the public as part of the 2021 Ennis Bluebonnet Festival.
Not to be confused with the late night show, this evening edition is sure to be unique and different from the night show. Get ready for a wild ride! Food and drink will be available for purchase at the bar. Enjoy a night of pure entertainment with a great atmosphere for everyone! Get your tickets now!