SHOP, EAT, SWIM AND SAVE
You and your wallet deserve a break this weekend, so we’ve put together the top things to do in DFW without spending a ton. Shop ’til you drop at DFW’s great shopping malls and outlets for tax-free weekend. Dine out at fine, local restaurants for discounted prices during DFW Restaurant Week. Cool off and float on the Trinity River or lay back and listen to live music on the lawn. Whatever you do, share your photos using #DFWWeekend for a chance to be featured on our social media pages.
Multiple Locations in DFW | August 11 – 26
Each year, locals patiently wait for the event of the summer: DFW Restaurant Week. Throughout the weekend (and until August 26) you can get a three-course meal at 130+ high-end DFW restaurants for the set price of $39 or $49. Twenty percent of each meal purchased will also be donated to Lena Pope or the North Texas Food Bank, so don’t worry, you’re breaking your diet for a good cause.
Dallas | August 11: 8 p.m. to midnight, August 12: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and August 13: 1 to 7 p.m.
Join independent Dallas filmmakers as they share their work at the fourteenth annual Dallas Black Film Festival this weekend. This year’s showings focus on an important topic: politics in film. These films aren’t on Netflix or in the theaters, so come see them while you can at The Act of Change Institute of Cultural Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Grand Prairie | August 12
Bring the entire family to Grand Prairie for shopping, carnival rides and $1 hot dogs! Trader’s Village is the largest weekend flea market in Texas and it’s probably the only one where you can enjoy rides or drive bumper cars in between shopping. Admission is free, and it’s just $4.00 to park. If you want to get more bang for your buck, purchase an all-day ride pass for $12.99 (plus tax).
Addison | August 12, 8 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets to Beckert Park and enjoy free live music from local Dallas band, Jake Dexter and the Main Street Sound. Many restaurants and retail stores around the park offer discounts to those attending the Summer Series, so feel free to shop around before or after the concert. If you feel like dancing before the show, head down the street to Vitruvian Park Amphitheater for free salsa dancing and lessons.
Fort Worth | August 13, 12 to 6 p.m.
After a long week, relaxing at Panther Island Pavilion is the way to go! Rent a pedal boat, tube or kayak, and explore the Trinity River. If you prefer to stay on shore, grab a brew and giant Jenga while eating tacos from the food truck of the week. If you’re into yoga, check out free classes from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Bring your mats or rent a paddle board and practice on the water!