Enjoy the last breaths of summer this August!
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 19 things happening in Dallas this August that we can’t wait to check out: [Featured image via Pexels]
You can still experience an absolutely magical end of summer here in Dallas. Luckily, Fever Originals presents its wildly popular Candlelight series in the form of intimate concerts lit by candlelight at breathtaking venues. Highlights in August include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Songs from Magical Movie Soundtracks, and From Bach to Beatles.
Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that illuminates and transforms the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both.
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavors and textures of which are intensified by your heightened senses. Sounds 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 coming to Dallas in August so you can “see” for yourself.
6. Sashay Away to a Drag Show Extravaganza!
Head on over to the Red Goose Saloon and witness incredible costumes, music, and performances coming together in one of the most well-known and highly-rated drag shows in the US. Join host Patrick Mikyles and unleash your inner diva at this extravaganza you just will not want to miss! Food options are available on site and the ticket includes access to the Red Goose’s two-story bar and beautiful patio looking out on downtown Fort Worth.
The La Fantasie Drag Show Extravaganza will be at Red Goose Saloon every Saturday in August (14, 21, and 28). Doors are at 6:30pm, and the show runs from 8pm to 10pm.
7. Head down to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapveine
You can get an incredible view of the many strange and beautiful creatures of the ocean at SEA LIFE Aquarium Dallas. From walking through an ocean tunnel to see sharks on all sides to picking up crabs in the interactive pool area, this aquarium makes for the perfect summer activity for the young and young at heart. Book your tickets here. SEA LIFE is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and from noon to 4pm on Sunday.
[Photo from SEA LIFE Grapevine]
Plan ahead and save the date for this unique sushi and Japanese whiskey tasting experience at The Whiskey Spot. Tickets are selling fast for this all-you-can-taste experience. You’ll sample some delicious sushi that perfectly compliments each whisky, learn about the principles of pairing, and get schooled on whisky mixology.
9. Learn to roll your own sushi
On Saturday, August 21, head to Five Points Distilling for a hands-on cooking class with a highly skilled sushi chef. You’ll learn the basics of how to prepare sushi rice, review knife skills, create a delicious dipping sauce for the sushi, and of course, get rolling! Once you’ve created the perfect sushi rolls, you’ll get to sample them (drinks from Five Points are available for purchase!) Find your tickets here.
10. Head to a bottomless mimosa brunch at The Whiskey Spot
On Sunday, August 29, head to The Whiskey Spot for a delicious bottomless brunch. This deal includes bottomless champagne and mimosas as well as a brunch buffet. Food options include house-cured smoked salmon and fig balsamic glazed chicken. For a fun activity, there’ll also be a DIY crafting workshop and the opportunity to shop with local vendors on site.
11. Get luxurious with a stone grill Wagyu steak dinner and whiskey tasting
Nothing says luxury like the world’s most expensive steak! At this unique event, you’ll cook your own personal Wagyu steak on a stone grill while tasting a variety of whiskeys. This event takes place on Saturday, August 14 from 7pm to 9pm at The Whiskey Spot. Find your tickets here.
12. Head to the 2021 Dallas Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival
At this unique whiskey-focused afternoon, you’ll get to test your tastebuds by sampling a variety of whiskeys. You can meet with representatives of your favorite whiskey brands and learn about everything whiskey related. Head to Bottled Blonde on Saturday, August 28 for this 21+ whiskey extravaganza. There are 3 tiers of tickets:
- General admission includes 15 tasting tickets with .25oz pour per ticket
- VIP includes everything in GA ticket plus an additional 30 minutes, small bites, early entry & whiskey gift
- Premium includes 20 tasting cups with .25oz pour per ticket with an additional hour, premium buffet style bites from 3:00 – 3:30 pm & premium whiskey samples, early entry & a whiskey gift
- Exclusive includes 20 tasting cups with .25oz pour per ticket with an additional 1.5 hours, exclusive buffet style bites 2:30 – 3:00 pm, exclusive whiskey samples & tasting glass and early entry & whiskey gift
13. Sip and taste at this Cognac tasting with craft cocktails and small bites
On Friday, August 27, head to The Whiskey Spot to taste a variety of Cognac brands from VS to XO. You’ll learn about the basics of Cognac and the differences between VS, VSOP, and XO from industry experts. This tasting has a super-premium list of Cognacs, meaning you’ll get to taste premium and hard-to-find whiskey options you may not be familiar with. You’ll also get to sample delicious bites and craft cocktails from a lovely space near Dallas’s Design District.
14-15. Go on a lovely Mystery Picnic Date or a Mystery Picnic with Friends
For those seeking a romantic picnic experience, the Mystery Picnic Date is just the ticket. You’ll start with a picnic basket and solve clues and riddles on your smartphone to pick up all your gourmet picnic food (including cheese, meats, fruit, and crackers) around the neighborhood, leading you to your picturesque picnic spot. In addition, games and conversation starters will be provided. Three tiers of tickets are available: The standard picnic as described above, the above picnic with an included bottle of wine, and a premium picnic that also includes an extra specialty snack, a hot drink to enjoy while solving the puzzle, and a bonus stop!
For single picnickers, consider the Mystery Picnic with Friends, a similar experience for 2-8 people.
16. Hop on the Dallas Private Party Bike in Deep Ellum
Ever seen these rowdy party bikes rolling through your neighborhood? Here’s your opportunity to hop on. This party bike tour takes you through historic Deep Ellum while stopping at all the best bars! You’ll get exclusive drink specials at all the bars, as well as plenty of drinks on board this bar-on-wheels. The bike holds up to 15 people, with a minimum of six passengers required to book.
17. Get zen at Wellness Weekends Meditation with Brunch!
On Saturdays and Sundays at HALL Arts Hotel, head to a wellness activity with instructor Gina K. On Saturdays, enjoy calming yoga and on Sundays, join a guided meditation session. After your wellness activity of choice, indulge in a delicious breakfast or brunch from Ellie’s Cafe was a carafe of mimosa. Menus are below:
- Freshly baked Croissant
- Warm toasted bagel with cream cheese
- Warm-loaded overnight oat cake filled with roasted coconut, flax seed, sunflower seed and summer stoned fruit
- Sunrise sandwich: Two Vital Farms eggs over hard, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, smashed avocado in a brioche bun
- 9-grain Hippie Toast: Poached Vital Farms eggs, smashed avocado with a Green Valley sprout salad
- Grilled Tri-Tip Eggs Benedict: Cheesy Gristmill grit cake, smashed avocado, smoked paprika hollandaise and raja salad
- Vanilla Bean Crepe: House cultured yogurt, banana, berries, pistachio and wildflower honey
- and more!
18. Join this progressive fitness event at a secret location
On Thursday, August 19, join the exclusive FAME Fest fitness series by partcipating in a multi-location progressive fitness event led by superstart instructors. You’ll take part in a 45 minute silent disco yoga sculpt class and leave with a swag bag full of goodies as well as giveaway prizes (if you’re lucky!) All food and drink will be provided. Find your tickets here.
19. Sweat and sip at this terrace fitness class and cocktail event
On Tuesday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 31, head to the Omni Hotel Dallas for a 45 minute fitness class, free swag, and an included after-workout cocktail. The August 17 class will be sound healing yoga and meditation, while the August 31 class will be a high-energy HIIT/bootcamp class. You’ll get to experience the beautiful views from the OMNI hotel lawn in the heart of Dallas and then socialize with your fellow fitness enthusiasts at the Owner’s Box restaurant. Grab your tickets here.