Even in hot Dallas, you'll want to jump into the summer.
Cool off in style at Hotel Zaza's posh pool.
Bastille on Bishop has become Oak Cliff's most popular event.
The Nasher's beautiful gardens are even better after dark.
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We have a love-hate relationship with summer in Dallas. Yes, it’s hot — very hot. But our calendars are hot, too, and we’re not about to let triple digit forecasts get in the way of a good time. Considering all the ways to cool off in Dallas — from pool dips to museum trips — there’s no reason to.
Sure, some scorching days need to be spent in the comfort of your own air-conditioned home. And with the new Hive smart home plan, it’s easier than ever to turn your house into an oasis from the summer heat. The Hive app allows you to control air conditioning and more from your smartphone, saving you both energy and money.
But the best part of having a smart home might be leaving it. Forgot to turn off a light? Simply use the Hive app to switch it off remotely. Need a little extra A/C after a tough workout? Turn it down on your smartphone and come home to a cooler house.
As July nears, it’s time to start living summer to the fullest. We’ve put together a list of the best events and activities happening this season, so you can make the most of the long days and warm nights. Here’s your summer to-do list:
1). Visit the City’s Coolest Pools
With temperatures rising, it’s necessary to seek refuge in the cool waters of one of Dallas’ finest swimming pools. The Stoneleigh is breaking in their brand new pool with public “Pool Daze” nearly every weekend. Stop by for DJ-spun tunes, frozen drinks, and trendy pool floaties. Hotel Zaza’s pool bar is also open to the public, and the chic, striped lounge chairs are the perfect place to crash after brunching on McKinney. Or take in the Dallas skyline from the pool at NYLO’s Soda Bar.
2). Spend a Night at the Museum.
Stick around after dark and see Dallas’ museums like never before.
Bring the kids to Snore and Explore at the Perot Museum on July 21 or August 11. This special sleepover event is aimed at children ages 6-14, and includes a live science show, after-hours access to exhibits, and a 3D movie.
Or check out ‘till Midnight at the Nasher Sculpture Center on July 21 or August 18 from 6 pm to 12 am. The museum galleries stay open late for this free monthly event which includes a live concert and film screening in the beloved Nasher garden.
Perched atop one of Dallas’ busiest highways, Klyde Warren Park has a schedule of summer activities that’s just as packed. Stop by the park this Saturday, July 1 from 10 am to 6 pm for the Hive Life Experience.
Relax, splash, and check out the latest and most innovative smart home products from Hive, such as the Hive Active Thermostat, which allows you to change the temperature of your home from your smartphone. You can also enter to win a Hive Welcome Home Standard Plan – because after all your fun summer activities, you’re going to want to come home to that perfectly air conditioned house.
4). Bastille on Bishop
Storm the streets of Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District at this popular annual event celebrating everything French. Enjoy lively entertainment, food, drink, and games of petanque on July 14 from 6 to 11 pm. No tickets are required to attend, but you can pre purchase tokens for food and drink or VIP tickets here. Vive la France!
5). Star Wars and Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gives special performances at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden throughout the summer, but this is one concert you don’t want to miss. In a two-night event, the orchestra will perform themes from Star Wars set to a magnificent laser light show. Stick around to have your picture taken with some of your favorite characters from the franchise.
July 7 and 8. Buy tickets here.
6). Try a new Work Out
Shake up your summer workout routine and try one of these three unique fitness classes.
— Vital Fitness studio holds “Bike and Brunch” classes on the third Saturday of every month. If there’s one thing that makes a 45-minute ride easier, it’s knowing that brunch is waiting for you at Americano afterwards.
— Catch a wave at City Surf Fitness. These fun group classes use surf-inspired moves to sculpt the perfect beach bod.
7). Go Gaga at the DMA
Take a cue from the Iris van Herpen exhibit at the DMA and go avant garde for the Lady Gaga Costume Contest on July 21 at 7 pm. The museum will be open from 6 pm to midnight for a special evening of fashion talks, films, tours, and art activities. Buy tickets here.
8). Reunion Lawn Party
Grab your picnic blanket and head to Reunion Tower’s lawn for a massive block party on the last Saturday of every month. This free event offers live music from local and regional talent, food trucks, a beer garden, and lawn games.
9). Wine and dine Al Fresco
Take in a long summer sunset at one of Dallas’ best patios. Dinner at Smoky Rose is the perfect way to end a day at White Rock Lake or the Dallas Arboretum. Or you can watch the sunset over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from V Eats in Trinity Groves.
10). DFW Restaurant Week
Any self-respecting foodie’s favorite week of the year is coming back August 7 to 13. DFW Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out the best cuisine the city has to offer. With 125 participating restaurants, the hardest part is deciding where to book a table.
Keep an eye on the official Facebook page to stay in the loop.