Spring is just getting started!
Warm weather is on the way, y’all. Embrace the blossoming flowers, sunlit brunches, and open-air happy hours while temperature allows. Read on to discover 57 awesome things to do in Dallas this April! [Featured image: @landryhaslanded]
You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) winter here in Dallas, and part of that is thanks to the amazing open-air spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to two beautiful open-air venues for the season.
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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. Walk Through An ‘Explosion Of Color’ With Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vibrant Spring Blossoms At Dallas Blooms
And just like that, it looks like spring in Texas. Embrace spring in all of its warm beauty at Dallas Arboretum’s stunning annual Spring Festival from now until April 11.
16-19. 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.
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.
The exposition is a combination of two monumental events in the African American struggle for equal rights in the 60s: the Selma marches between March 7 and 25 in 1965, captured in Selma to Montgomery, and burning of the Freedom Riders bus, presented in Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Oscars have recently announced the official nominations. With the pandemic closing down theaters, and many studios opting to delay releases, original productions from streaming services have largely composed this year’s contenders. Read on to discover how to watch this year’s historical Oscar nominated-films.
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.
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.
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!
It’s Women’s History Month, making it as good a time as ever to celebrate our favorite woman-owned restaurants in Dallas.
- Take a tour of Dallas vibrant and beautiful art scene, featuring our favorite female murals across the City of Dallas and the artists who made them.
- Sing your heart out to Selena and Janis Joplin, while checking out a myriad of female-fronted bands from Texas in indie, punk, and pop. Upgrade your Women’s History Month with bangers from the ladies that make Texas slap!
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.
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.
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.
50. 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!
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.
52. Dine Royally
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.
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.
The most iconic line of Matthew McConaughey’s career just happened to be his first on film – in an improvised scene no less. That said, it’s by no means the only memorable line from Richard Linklater’s Austin, Texas-shot coming-of-age classic, Dazed and Confused. As a part of their Support Local Cinemas campaign, Alamo Drafthouse will be screening the film in its theaters this April followed by a Q&A with cast members hosted by Jack Black via Zoom.
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.
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.
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!
Hosted by The Whiskey Spot, it’s an evening dedicated to sharing a selection of Japanese Whisky & Sushi. With them, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your drink knowledge with other whisky enthusiasts