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10 Best Things to do in Dallas This Weekend — Moon Mania, Art Fiesta and Big-Time Concerts

Plan Your Own Adventure With This Insider's Guide

BY // 07.16.19

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 the area. 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.

Happy Mooniversary

This Saturday, July 20 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To celebrate, The University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium is hosting an all day event, which includes public and free shows highlighting the Apollo missions that led up to the historic moon landing.

There will also be Apollo Trivia, engineering crafts, rocket launches and more. UTA Research Professor Dr. Dora Museilak will speak about some of NASA’s future projects.

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Also celebrating the anniversary on Saturday is the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Moon Day 2019 will be a full day of family-friendly programs and activities. The day is free with a regular Museum admission and the first 200 students receive a special lunar sample bag.

There will be more than three dozen exhibitors and featured presentation include a keynote address from astronaut John E. Blaha and a panel discussion about STEM education and the future of work.

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Asian Film Festival & Asian Night Market

The 18th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas is beginning on Thursday, July 18 and goes through Thursday, July 25. This year includes 32 feature films, as well as documentary shorts, drama shorts, experimental shorts, late night shorts, student shorts and women’s showcase shorts.

Screenings take place at Angelika Film Center. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale opens the festival on Thursday at 7 pm, Go Back to China is the Centerpiece Film on July 21, and a Samurai Marathon concludes the festival on July 25. Tickets are available here.

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This Sunday, July 21 is the Asian Night Market at The Bomb Factory. The event is from 4 pm to 9 pm and includes more than 12 vendors. Niwa Japanese BBQ and Khao Noodle Shop are a couple of popular offerings. Each food vendor will serve one menu item from their restaurant and a unique menu item. All cost below $10.

General Admission costs $12 per a person.

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Khao Noodle Shop
Khao Noodle Shop will be featured at the Asian Night Market. 

Art Battle

Head over to Deep Ellum Art Co. at 1 pm on Saturday for Art Battle Dallas. It’s a live art tournament where artists have 20 minutes to transform a blank canvas, competing not only against the clock, but other artists. All artwork will then be available via a silent auction. Tickets costs $20 to watch the competition.

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Hello, Dolly!

A part of Dallas Summer Musicals, Hello, Dolly!, is stopping in Dallas this week. Shows will take place from July 17 to 28 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Jerry Zaks will be directing the classic musical-made-film, with Broadway legend Betty Buckley taking on the role as Dolly Levi.

Tickets start at $20.

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Fair Park Fiesta!

This Saturday, Fair Park is hosting a Fiesta! at the Automobile Building. It’s an indoor/outdoor market and evening filled with Latin-themed music, crafts, food, and activities. There will also be goods from local craft vendors, dancing, and a pop-up roller rink for all ages. The event is free to attend and goes from 5 pm to 10:30 pm.

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Fiesta de la Familia

The Kimbell Art Museum is having a Family Festival/Fiesta de la Familia on Sunday, July 21. From noon to 5 pm, celebrate the art of Claude Monet and National Ice Cream Day. Lights, Color, Monet! includes free admission to the special exhibition Monet: The Late Years, free ice cream, art making, gallery explorations, dance performances, and more.

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Chris Young

Country star Chris Young is stopping at Dos Equis Pavilion on his Raised on Country tour this Saturday.  Young got his start after winning the TV competition show Nashville Star in 2006. Since then, he’s released seven albums, as well as his most recent singles Raised on Country and Town Ain’t Big Enough. The concert starts at 7:30 pm and special guests include Chris Janson and Jimmie Allen.

Tickets start at $30.50.

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Country artist Chris Young is coming to Dos Equis Pavilion this weekend. 

Once Upon a Time In Dallas: A Tarantino-Themed Party

To celebrate filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s newest movie, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Midnight Rambler at The Joule hotel is hosting a Tarantino-themed party. Go dressed as your favorite movie character. The evening, presented by Disco, TX and James Wallace, will include a Jack Rabbit Slims “Twist” Dance Contest, and music entertainment from DJ Blake Ward.

Tickets start at $33.

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