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Jeff Goldblum, Steve Martin, Martin Short and More Collide in Dallas — 10 Best Things to do This Weekend

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BY // 09.17.19

Dallas weekends are packed full of events, but how many of them are truly worthy of your time? PaperCity‘s new events calendar offers a curated look at all of the best things to do in North Texas. But everyone can still use an expert.

PaperCity‘s Weekend Expert Megan Ziots culls our calendar for your must dos in this regular weekly series. This weekend, listen to smooth jazz from Jeff Goldblum, eat tons of Greek food or BBQ, or party for a good cause.

Thursday Night with Jeff Goldblum

Spend your Thursday evening listening to Jurassic Park actor Jeff Goldblum‘s piano skills alongside his jazz show-meets-musical band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Starting at 8 pm at Strauss Square, Goldblum will show off his piano chops and is sure to captivate the audience with his one-of-a-kind humor.

Tickets start at $49.50.

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The Other Art Fair

We’re pretty excited for The Other Art Fair to finally arrive this Friday at Dallas Market Hall. For  more, check out our full story on the highly anticipated event. Making its Texas debut in Dallas, The Other Art Fair is an independent artist showcase, particularly for emerging artists and newish art collectors and seasoned lovers.

A ticket to the weekend event includes access to 120 independent artists and their works (with art prices starting at $150), creative workshops, live DJ sets, live art activations and a full bar. Daily tickets start at $15 and there’s also an option for an early, Private View ticket for Thursday. The fair ends on Sunday.

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Greek Food Festival

On Friday through Sunday, head over to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for the Greek Food Festival of Dallas. The three-day fest features delicious bites from the Festival Kitchen including savory gyros, grilled souvlakis, Greek potato fries and more. Guests can also enjoy live cooking demos, traditional Greek music and dancing, and the marketplace. Opa! Hour will also take place on Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm and will have food and drink discounts.

The festival will support the church’s outreach, ministries and youth programs. General admission is $9 and food coupons start at $20.

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Eli Young Band

After getting your Greek food fix, make the trip to Arlington Backyard to see Texas-native country group Eli Young Band. The concert is a part of the Miller Lite Hot Country Night series and will also have special guest Flatland Calvary. The band is sure to play their most recent hit “Break It In,” as well as tracks from their 2019 compilation album This Is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits, which features the group’s chart-topping hits.

Tickets start at $25.

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Eli Young Band

Crossroads Guitar Festival

Eric Clapton is putting on his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival at American Airlines Center this Friday and Saturday with some heavy hitters in attendance. Besides Clapton, who is performing both days, John Mayer, Peter Frampton, James Bay, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheryl Crow are just a few of the names on the lineup.

Tickets start at $85 and all proceeds will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which Clapton founded to provide treatment and education for chemically dependent persons.


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Smoked BBQ Fest

Another big foodie event this weekend is the Smoked BBQ Fest on Saturday, September 21. From 2 pm to 6 pm, the 6th annual event will feature the best of Texas barbecue at Main Street Garden Park. This year’s pitmaster lineup includes Heim Barbecue, Cattleack Barbecue, Black’s Barbecue, Ferris Wheelers and more. Honky-tonk legend Dale Watson will perform, as well as Straight Tequila Night and The 40 Acre Mule. There will also be family friendly activities, such as armadillo races and a mechanical bull.

Tickets start at $50 and include complimentary BBQ from every restaurant until 5 pm, plus sides and desserts.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short

For this year’s CitySquare’s A Night to Remember, the Winspear Opera House will feature Steve Martin and Martin Short. The hilarious duo will present their roadshow for one night only to benefit CitySquare and its mission of feeding the hungry, healing the sick, housing the homeless, and renewing hope in the heart of Dallas.

In Now You Seem Them, Soon You Won’t, the iconic twosome will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their careers, most memorable encounters, and legendary lives in show-business.

Tickets start at $100.

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Steve Martin & Martin Short
Steve Martin and Martin Short will put on a show for A Night to Remember this year.

Fur Ball

Fur Ball 2019 is another charitable event taking place this Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. The annual black tie affair benefits the SPCA with proceeds from the evening will help the SPCA of Texas rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals. At the Hyatt Regency hotel, the event will feature dancing, Party Machine entertainment, and live and silent auctions. For animal lovers, this is a can’t miss event.

Individual tickets start at $300.

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Barns Courtney & The Hunna

An up and coming folk pop artist from England has quickly become extraordinarily popular in the Alternative music genre. Barns Courtney will be stopping at House of Blues Dallas on his North American tour this Saturday night. And he’ll be bringing English rock band The Hunna with him. The British-born artist moved to Seattle as a child, only to return to the United Kingdom in his teenage years, where he pursued his musical career and led the British indie band, SleeperCell. He’s released two solo albums, the most recent called 404. Courtney’s newest song “Hollow” is one of my favorites.

Tickets start at $20.

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Addison Oktoberfest

One of the first big Oktoberfest’s of the season, the Addison Oktoberfest occurs this Thursday through Sunday at Addison Circle Park. The fest has been recognized as one of the most authentic celebrations outside of Munich for more than 30 years and will be a four-day party, complete with polka, German food (sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels), and the same Paulaner Bier served in Bavaria. There will also be carnival rides, midway games and children’s entertainment.

Tickets start at $10 for one day general admission on Saturday and Sunday. Events on Thursday and Sunday are free.

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