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57 Marvelous Things To Do In Dallas This May

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57 Marvelous Things To Do In Dallas This May

Things are heating up!

It’s May, folks. Spring is in full swing while summer waits just around the corner. With outdoor brunches, patios, rooftops, and more at your disposal, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the cool weather in Dallas before it gets too hot! [Featured image: @karliedoesdallas]

1. Experience Enchanting Candlelight Concerts

You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) spring here in Dallas, and part of that is thanks to the amazing open-air spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals has brought its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful open-air venues for the season. Concerts include Beethoven’s Best Works, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and From Bach to the Beatles.

2. Get Your Tickets For This Blockbuster Van Gogh Exhibit

Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform 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.

3. Sip On Crafty Potions Over Ghost Stories At This Boozy Cauldron Cocktail Pop Up

Dust off your best cloak and gown, Dallas, for this bewitching pop-up is about to put you under its spell. This March, the Boozy Cauldron Pop Up is making the magic happen at The Quixotic World Magical Event Space for a hauntingly good time!

4-7. Hit The (Whiskey) Spot

Put a little hop in your step this spring with a little help from uncle whiskey. The Whiskey Spot is a one-of-a-kind tasting experience that helps develop the minds and palates of enthusiasts in the gustatory exploration of top-shelf whiskeys complimented with hand-curated bites.

  • For a different whiskey experience, the bar and restaurant is hosting a Japanese Whiskey and Sushi Tasting Event on select dates this spring.
  • Also, be sure to check out Whiskey Wednesdays, in which the bar and restaurant shares a refined selection of great spirits from around the world with samples of fine food – all giving an education in mixology!

8. Tantalize Your Taste Buds At This Dining In The Dark Experience

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 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 coming to Dallas in March so you can “see” for yourself.

9-12. Let Your Fierce Out At A Stellar Drag Show

This year, the queens are here to slay. Five fantastic drag shows, concerts, and bingo events – both online and in-person – are hitting the scene this season. Read on to discover our five must-see drag events in Dallas in 2021!

  • Head on over to Red Goose Saloon and witness great costume, great music, and great performances coming together in one of the most 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!
  • This season, Saturdays are for slaying. The Queens from La Fantaisie are fixing to set the city on fire with extravagant performances that will knock your socks off.

13. Taste The Wine Life

Take in the beautiful sights of Fortunata Winery’s vineyard as you enjoy a selection of wine and charcuterie! Sitting in the courtyard, you will be able to sample 2 whites and 2 reds paired with a delicious charcuterie board. Some of the wines will be smoked in a smoke box, allowing you to try something new as you enjoy Fortunata’s peaceful atmosphere. Ask questions, mingle, and leave with new knowledge about your favorite drink.

14. Check Out A Free Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Now on exhibition, Dallasites will be able to get a deeper insight into the artistic genius of Frida Kahlo. Until June 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will showcase some of the artist’s stunning pieces in their temporary exhibit, Frida Kahlo: Five Works. 

15-18. 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

19. Sip On Nitrogen-Infused Margaritas

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.

20. Go Back To The Future

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.

21. Have A Drink On The Patio

Enjoy the cool, crisp temperatures while you can, Dallas. Get out and about this spring 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 spring! .

22. Tee Off At This Eclectic Mini Golf Course

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.

23. Experience A Fiber Fantasia At This Fairytale Yarn Art Installation

The whimsical new exhibit at the Sweet Tooth Hotel gives us all the warm and fuzzy feelings inside. Step into Intangible to experience the most beautiful explosion of yarn bombing you’ve ever seen.

24. Find Some Time To Frolic

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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!

25. See A Musical!

Hamilton, Wicked, and more! News to make your heart sing: broadway musicals are coming back to North Texas! See what musicals are in the limelight this season with these 10 showstopping productions

26. Cozy Up In The Nooks Of This Bookish Coffee Shop

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.

27. Snag Some Bling At The Bar

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.

28-29. Sweeten Up At Dallas’ Best Bakeries

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.

30. Create A DIY Masterpiece At This Boozy Workshop

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!

31. Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings At This Sweet Cocktail Bar

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.

32-34. Take Your Sweetheart To The Most Romantic Restaurants In Town

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If you’re looking for somewhere sultry to dine out or have a drink this season, these local establishments will set the mood.

35. Visit Llama Castle

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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.

36. Beat The High Score At This Retro Arcade

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.

37. Glamp In The Stars

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.

38. Eat The Best Tacos In Town

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Yeah eating tacos on Tuesdays is fun, but you ever eat tacos every day of the week and experience true bliss? The taco gods smile upon the DFW area. From authentic, no frills taquerias, to trendy taco stands, to fan favorite franchises, the area has it all. Read on if you want to talk taco.

39. Drink In The Clouds

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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.

40. Visit The Spa Castle

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.

41. Live La Dulce Vita In This Italian Marketplace

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.

42. Take A Trip To The Aquarium

Get an amazing view of the many strange and beautiful creatures of the ocean at SEA LIFE Aquarium Dallas. Walk through an ocean tunnel to see sharks, peer down into a stingray pool, or pick up a crab at the interactive rock pool area. With animals ranging from tiny seahorses to majestic blacktip reef sharks, the aquarium gives you a chance to experience the wonders of the ocean without getting wet. Kids will love seeing the fish and playing at the interactive displays!

43. Do Yoga With Adorable Baby Goats

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.

44. Swing From A Giant Wrecking Ball

Whether you’re 4 or 44, playtime is a necessity. From May 28 to August 8, NERF has got your back, coming in clutch with a 90,000 square-foot fun arena straight out of your wildest childhood dream.

45. Get Spooky At This Texas Monster Mansion

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Ghouls, goblins, and other unearthly creatures are invited to hang their head – er, hat – at Waxahachie’s Munster Mansion, a colossal replica of the house featured in ’60s cult-classic sitcom, The Munsters.

46. Go On A Magic-Inspired Virtual Tour

Welcome to the enchanting wizarding world at the MET! Join this virtual, interactive magic-inspired tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tour is a virtual adaptation of “Griffins, Goblets and Gold,” the interactive tour at the Met. Make connections between the books and the art, see places and spaces that might remind you of those in the stories, and be prepared to discuss some of the influences on the series. We’ll have time for activities and plenty of discussion along the way.

47. Join The Fellowship

Get your fellowship together for this virtual experience of the Met! Inspired by well-known epic fantasies, “Crown and Prophet” will take you on an interactive adventure, using the museum’s collection. You’ll discover works of art from collections including Medieval, Arms and Armor, and Ancient Near East that will remind you of places and spaces from your favorite classic fantasy stories, as well as those that highlight the origins and influences on those tales. So grab your scabbard, hitch up your hilt, and cover up in that cloak: you’re about to embark on an adventure that offers a completely new way of exploring the Metropolitan Museum.

48. Capture The Moment

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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.

49. GO TO LEGOLAND

Let your imagination run free on a trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas. Fifteen fun-packed attractions will keep you entertained as you build, explore, and marvel at the world of LEGO. Try your hand at engineering a LEGO building that will withstand an earthquake. Or create a brick in a LEGO factory and then immerse yourself in a 4D cinema experience. Kids of all ages will get wrapped up in the fun at LEGOLAND Dallas!

50. Smash The Champagne Button And Eat Ferris Wheel Cupcakes

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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.

51. Dine Royally

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Savor the high life this spring 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.

52. Pay Homage To Salt Bae

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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.

53. Drive Through 7-Eleven’s New Taco Drive-Thru

Dallas-founded 7-Eleven convenience store is making it easier for the public to get their tacos and Big Gulps with the installation of its new, and, first drive-thru at its Evolution store in Dallas at Park Lane and Abrams Road.

54. Stroll Through Graffiti Alley

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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!

55. Go On A Roadtrip To These Spectacular Texas Destinations

Anyone that has ever road tripped out of state understands the sheer size of Texas. And with its enormousness, there’s plenty to see and do in the Lonestar State. From state parks and small towns, to luscious vineyards, to some strange little oddities along the way, here’s some exploration inspiration for my fellow Texan wanderlusts.

56-57. Brunch Like You Mean It

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the spring is in the air. If Benadryl isn’t doing the trick on your allergies, you can see how the mimosas fare at one of our top 10 favorite brunch spots in Dallas!

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