In essence, summers should be reserved for relaxation. For ranch waters, day passes to cool hotel pools, and finding fresh ways to cope with the brutal Texas heat. But for those whose summer years of yore were filled with reading lists and out-of-comfort-zone camp activities, we know the season is also meant for enrichment. Thankfully, you’re an adult now—no one’s forcing you to write an essay on “The Scarlet Letter”—so those supplementary undertakings can be genuinely fun. To prove our point, we’ve rounded up some of the best event series in Dallas for a 2021 summer well spent. So pour a glass (or a candle), throw a pot, and learn a new trick or two you can show off come fall.
We will continue to update this list as more summer events are scheduled in Dallas. Details about Covid-19 protocols are provided on company websites.
Dates: June 4, 5, and 26
Details: Olphactory Candles was created by detective Brant Anderson, who wanted to smell something nice after a long day on the job. His answer: hand-poured coconut cream candles in strong, sophisticated scents, with packaging that serves as a nod to Anderson’s love of jazz. This June, the Oprah-cosigned brand will continue hosting POUR’d, a sensory candle making class with limited seating, an intimate setting, and plenty of wine.
Dates: Once a Month Through August | Specific Dates Still TBD
Details: 50 minutes of high-intensity strength and conditioning is infinitely more pleasant when hosted beneath Tony Tasset’s The Eye and taught by effervescent local instructor Cody Shelton. Your ticket also earns you bottled water, an after-class breakfast taco, a Capri Sun-style cocktail pouch, and a complimentary cocktail card to be used at The Joule’s CBD Provisions.
Price: $25 per person, plus a $200 rental fee
Details: We love planting succulents almost as much as we love a cheeky title. Bring your own beverages, friends, and enjoy an artful bonding experience in the Oak Cliff gem.
Price: Cost of Book
Dates: June 1
Details: OK fine—this is essentially summer reading. But there’s no pop quiz! Also, the June meeting of the Interabang Book Club, which centers on Roy Jacobsen’s “White Shadow,” marks the first in-person hang for the beloved indie book store in over a year. We’ll read to that.
Details: More information is doled out to those who subscribe at nationalrooftopsessions.com, but based on an inaugural event, which included Mt. Joy and Abraham Alexander, this month, along with The National‘s incredible downtown brunch spots (choose from Catbird or Nine at the National) to book alongside your concert experience, the laid-back events are a Dallas music lover’s dream.
Price: $10 – $22.75
Dates: Almost Daily Showings Through July 4
Details: Is there anything better than a summer movie series? They’re the perfect opportunity to revisit the classics (both old and recent) with friends, family, and a bucket of whatever snack aids your viewing experience. Plus, after a theater-less year, gathering in a group to watch your favorites in a unique setting — in this case, a Harwood District rooftop with killer views — is more thrilling than ever.
Price: $10 – $35
Dates: Various Thursday Dates Through July 1
Details: This bi-annual concert series, held on a picturesque Arboretum lawn overlooking White Rock Lake, is notorious for selling out. Featuring killer tribute bands covering everything from Queen and The Beach Boys to Garth Brooks, any concert you can catch is well worth the price of admission.
Dates: Once Monthly
Details: Take the energy of a Pinot’s Palette event, but make it elevated. Hosted on the first Saturday of each month, the June “Draw With Us” event focuses on Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s monumental exhibition “I Forgot Their Names and Often Can’t Remember Their Faces but Remember Their Voices Well.”
Dates: June 19 & August 14
Details: Flanked by symmetrical trees, glowing arches, and the gleaming glass buildings of Uptown and Downtown, Klyde Warren Park was practically built to host movie nights. Grab a picnic from your favorite food truck, a space on the well-manicured lawn, and enjoy Movies in the Park’s two summertime showings: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (June 19) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (August 14).