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10 Best Things to do in Dallas This Weekend — John Mayer, Chocolate Mania, the Ultimate Beer Festival and More

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BY // 09.03.19

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. On the docket this weekend are many concerts, a chocolate festival, Sleeping Beauty ballet and more.

John Mayer

Celebrate the short work week this Thursday night by jamming out with John Mayer. The singer-songwriter is stopping by American Airlines Center on his Summer Tour 2019. Since 2015, Mayer has been performing with Dead & Company and had a Dallas show with the rock band last year. His last solo tour was in 2017 for The Search for Everything album.

Now, Mayer is back for another solo tour and will be performing his latest single “New Light,” and all of his classic hits. The music video for “New Light” is so odd, I had to include it below.

Tickets are starting at $59.50.

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Dallas Chocolate Festival

The 10th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival is upon us. From Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, the festival will take place at the Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown. The weekend consists of demos, classes and tons of chocolate to try. The main event is Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and includes more than 60 artisan chocolatiers to sample and buy from. And if you want to attend the VIP party on Thursday, this 21-and-up only event features cocktails, light bites, a chocolate fountain, and VIP gift bags.

Get your tickets here.

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Sleeping Beauty

This Friday through Sunday, the Texas Ballet Theater presents The Sleeping Beauty. At Winspear Opera House, the dance follows the story of Princess Aurora as she dances her way through curses and dreams to find her prince charming. Choreographed by Ben Stevenson and composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovshy, the enchanting show is liable to cast you under its spell.

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One of Dallas’ biggest beer festivals of the year, Brewfest 2019 is at the Dallas Farmers Market this Saturday evening. From 7 pm to 10 pm, you can sample beers from hundreds of local and international breweries. A General Admission ticket includes 12 two ounce samples and a commemorative tasting glass. There will also be music and local food for purchase.

Tickets are available online starting at $42.

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Dallas Farmers Market.


Dallas Tacos & Margs Crawl

Head over to Deep Ellum this Saturday for Bar Crawl Nation’s Tacos & Margs Crawl. A $25 ticket includes a tequila and taco crawl with stops at Bitter End, Maracas, Vidorra, Stirr, HIDE, and Off the Cuff. The crawl starts at 2 pm with sign-in at Bitter End and goes until 9 pm. Specials will be available at each venue if you add the Bar Crawl Nation app beforehand. And if you want to get a head start and an hour of access to unlimited tacos and margarita sips, grab a VIP ticket for $50.

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Nourished Festival

A very different kind of food festival, Nourished Festival will be on September 7 and 8 at Dallas Market Hall. The gluten free, allergen and specialty diet festival is an event where attendees can sample, purchase and learn about new products. The five zones at the festival include Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, Keto and Plant-based so there’s something for everyone.

From 10 am to 3 pm both days, a $15 single pass works for either day of the festival. Or you can get a weekend pass for $25. These include access to more than 100 brands, coupons, samples of baked goods, gluten-free pizzas, and other healthy snacks, a reusable bag and informative classes.

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Nourished Festival
Nourished Festival will have tons of specialty diet brands such as Enjoy Life. Courtesy of Nourished Festival

Angels & Airwaves

It’s been seven years since rock band Angels & Airwaves performed live. This Saturday, they’ll be breaking that streak with a concert at House of Blues. With the release of their upcoming album, the band is also finally breaking its three year hiatus of releasing new music. Their latest single, “Rebel Girl,” came out earlier this year. Tom DeLonge, David Kennedy and Ilan Rubin are also sure to play old hits like “The Adventure” and “Everything’s Magic.”

The show starts at 7 pm and tickets are starting at $115.

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Knotfest Roadshow

Heavy metal is taking over Dos Equis Pavilion this Saturday with Knotfest Roadshow. The tour features Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. Looks terrifying to me, but I have been to one pretty packed metal show in Deep Ellum so I know there are Dallasites out there who are into it. Obviously, the headliner is Slipknot who just released its 2019 album called We Are Not Your Kind.

Tickets start at $39.50.

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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

Over at Toyota Music Factory this Saturday will be American soul band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Originally named Raw Roul, Frankie Beverly founded the band in Philly in 1970. After relocating to San Francisco, they were introduced to Marvin Gaye who then took them on tour, and the rest is history. Most known songs include “Happy Feelin’s,” “While I’m Alone,” and “Golden Time of Day.” This concert will also be accompanied by soul singer Lalah Hathaway and singer/actor Johnny Gill.

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One of the most successful Latin American bands of all-time, Mexican pop rock band Maná is currently on their Rayando El Sol Tour. Performing at American Airlines Center this Saturday night will be Fher Olvera, Alex González, Sergio Vallín and Juan Calleros. Since they came together in 1986, the band has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has also toured with Carlos Santana. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets start at $69.50.

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