Don’t sleep on September!
August is out the door. September is here and fall is around the corner. While you might have already cracked into the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, there’s still plenty more summer-soaked things to do before the season runs out. Don’t let you summer in Dallas fade away, check out our list of 45 things to do to make the most out of this September! [Featured image: @karliedoesdallas]
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 September:
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.
Step into a world of phantasmic refinement as you mingle with strange specters, witness secret ceremonies, commune with the spirits on a giant Ouija Board, and enjoy themed cocktails, magic, music and more! Experience the haunting tale of Molly and Francisco Vega, a young couple who lost their baby during childbirth. Loosely based on the life and artwork of famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya, House of Spirits, produced by Meyer2Meyer Entertainment and Fever, weaves a disquieting and interactive story line certain to leave guests delightfully chilled. Tickets are on sale now!
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.
7. 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.
8. Head down to SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine
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 11 am to 4 pm and from noon to 4 pm 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.
You don’t want to miss out on one of the most FUN & DIVERSE Drag Brunches in the metroplex! There will be a very special performance by Pangina Heals from season 3 of Rupaul’s Drag Race along with other guests Rose Gold Blunt, Lana O’Hara and more! DJ Magic will also be there keeping the vibes going while you and your best gals tuck into a delicious brunch!
Join Wine Shark for stunning views of downtown Dallas combined with an interactive, entertaining and educational wine tasting! The event is lead by a Certified Sommelier with over 10 years of experience and you’ll learn how to taste wine, pair wine and food, and learn about the transition from summer to harvest seasonal wines.
12. Gnocchi and Roll
Learn how to make the Italian classic – gnocchi. In this fun and interactive cooking class, you will learn all the tips and tricks of how to make a classic potato dough from scratch. You will be guided by a chef instructor who will give you some background knowledge on gnocchi and the origin of this classic Italian dish. Why not try something new? No previous experience is required, so this is the perfect chance to test your cooking skills! Finish off your dish with a lovely glass of vino or drink of your choice.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to survive in nature solely from the landscape? If so, this is the experience for you. This is an advanced and difficult class in all things survival. Leave your gear behind, and learn to live from the landscape. From building fires and shelters, to scavenging for food, after this class you will be well on your way to being truly self reliant. Bear Grylls won’t have a look in! Put your skills and bravery to the test.
14. 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.
15. 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, September 25 from 7 pm to 9 pm at The Whiskey Spot. Find your tickets here.
Experience a variety of Cognac brands – from a classic VS to an amazing XO – and learn about what makes cognac Cognac & the differences between VS, VSOP, & XO by industry experts. Each brand, style and classification is unique & worth exploring to truly appreciate what is poured into a glass. Whether you’re a Cognac connoisseur or at the beginning of your Cognac affair, you’ll no doubt find something to ignite your passion at The Whiskey Spot’s Cognac Tasting.
17-18. 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.
19. 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. Feel the Groove at this Silent Disco Yoga Event
On Thursday, September 9, join the exclusive FAME Fest fitness series by participating in a multi-location progressive fitness event led by superstar 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.
19-21. Sneak In to 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
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.
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.
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.
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 summer.
Rooftop Cinema Club, a “social cinema” organization, is bringing more al fresco movie moments to Dallas this summer with their Summer Series at Heritage Village. Centered in the historic, Old City Park, Dallas Heritage Village is an open air museum, filled with antique furnishings from the 1840-1910 period, to serve as the backdrop for the Summer Series.
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.
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.
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.
42. 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.
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.
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!
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.