There is still time to make this summer one to remember, thanks in part to all of the fun and festive opportunities happening across DFW. So join me as I take on my End of Summer Bucket List, a rundown of activities guaranteed to keep the summer sun shining a little longer.
This is the beloved Rangers’ last season in their storied Arlington ballpark, so take a tour or see a game while you still can. The team is performing better than most pundits predicted, and nothing says summer like a baseball game and a corn dog or two — or three; who’s counting? The team’s minor league affiliate in Frisco is also in action for the next month, and if you’re worried about the heat, don’t — the Frisco RoughRiders have a literal pool in their ballpark. I can’t make any promises that I won’t yell “Home run!” and then cannonball, so consider yourself warned.
I’m an unapologetic food struck stan, because A) food and B) nothing makes a date stress-free and fun like a plethora of delicious options. Nearly every city and suburb scattered throughout DFW boasts a food truck park, many of which are open throughout the day. I’m partial to the trucks in Denton and in Dallas’ Truck Yard, but you can’t go wrong with any of DFW’s tasty options.
I begin every summer with a mountain of books, and by September, that mountain is…well, a slightly less large mountain. But it’s never too late to visit one of DFW’s many amazing book stores, and Recycled Books in Denton has a great location (the Downtown Square) and an even greater library of seemingly endless books from which to choose. Dallas’ Deep Vellum Books and Oak Cliff’s Wild Detectives are stellar options, too. You can usually find me at the latter, hopelessly trying to up my hipster cred by sipping a latte whilst reading Proust.
There is no shortage of great rooftop locales from which to watch that beautiful sun set amidst the Texas sky, but my personal favorite is Happiest Hour in Dallas. They offer creative cocktails, delicious food and impeccable views of Dallas. Plus, they have a DJ every Thursday through Saturday night, and delicious house-smoked meats every Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Nothing screams “summer” like grabbing your friends, catching a concert and dancing your heart out. Even if “adults” tell you “you’re too old for this” or, “Tyler, it’s a Tuesday,” don’t worry about them — just dance. Fort Worth’s Main at South Side is a personal fave for local shows, and Arlington Music Hall offers fun, engaging shows with plenty of opportunities to dance like no one is watching. Who knows, you might happen to see the next Leon Bridges or Kelly Clarkson (yes, they’re both from DFW).
Blockbuster season is still here, so if you’re looking to catch up on some Avenging, watch lions sing or see Will Smith as the Genie, you don’t have to look too far to find a great theatre. I’m partial to Cowtown’s Coyote Drive-In, with a stellar view of the Fort Worth skyline and great deals on tickets. $8 for a double-feature? Under the Texas stars? Can’t get much better than that. However, if you’re hoping to bring your dog along for the ride (and why wouldn’t you?) K9 Cinemas in Plano is your go-to for summer flicks.
The DMA is always a great choice for an art day, but I’m intrigued by the Perot Museum’s Art of the Brick. If you had told me that Legos would one day in a museum, I would’ve never listened to the haters and their jealousy over my faux Millenium Falcon. Now we get to see the work of a true Lego artist — Nathan Sawaya — at Perot’s new Lego-centric exhibit, which is on display until September 2. I hear that there’s renowned artwork re-created out of Legos (like the Mona Lisa and Starry Night), along with a few new pieces from the artist himself. Count me in!
1969 brought Woodstock to the world, but that was far from the only musical extravaganza that debuted that year. This year marks 50 years since the Texas International Pop Festival leapt onto the stage as one of the biggest fests Texas had seen before or since. Labor Day tends to mark the end of summer, so that makes this 50th anniversary fest the best way to put a bow on your summer ‘19 festivities. I know — it’s tempting to embrace the fall, replete with discount binders and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But hold out for Labor Day, my friends, because ZZ Top and Chicago are coming to Lewisville.