D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)

Weekend Round Up (8/21-8/24)

This weekend is ALL about live music with a little football sprinkled in. From Aerosmith to Nickel Creek and the SEC to the Cowboys, if you’re a music or football fan, you need to check out what’s going on.


6th Annual DFW SEC Kickoff Party: DFW SEC fans are hosting their annual party-of-the-year at Community Beer Co. tonight, Thursday, August 21, to celebrate the beginning of another great season of SEC Football.


Music Thursday: Check out this week’s local artist showcase at Klyde Warren Park, Rania Khoury and the Stone Wolves.


The Wizard of Oz: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of this ultimate classic at the Texas Theater on Friday, August 22 with a simultaneous showing of Dark Side of the Moon.


Aerosmith: American Airlines will host legends Aerosmith, Slash, and Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators all in one place on Friday.


Nickel Creek: Country/bluegrass fans of the 2000’s are invited to welcome back the band after a seven year break. On Friday, they’ll take the stage at the Majestic Theater to celebrate their new album.


Panic! At The Disco: The rock band will play Friday night at South Side Ballroom.


Design District Market Festival: Saturday, August 23, from noon-5pm, you’ll find jewelry, clothing, and art by local vendors at this indoor/outdoor market. There will also be food trucks, free drinks, live music, and the return of the Dallas Contemporary Dumpster Pool.


North Texas Fair & Rodeo: This event kicked off on the 15th and goes through Saturday. There’s live music, great food, stock shows, and more!


Sarah Jaffe: This Denton native has opened for Norah Jones and recorded a song with Eminem. Now she’s back to celebrate her third album, Don’t Disconnect, which dropped August 19, with a show on Saturday at the Majestic Theater.


One Direction: Sunday, August 24,  is a big day for pop music fans in Dallas. The British pop sensation band, also known as One D, will take over AT&T Stadium for their “Where We Are Tour.”


Judy Collins: She has vocals and acoustics that have inspired audiences for generations. Now you can see her live at the Granada on Sunday.


Hottest Half & 10k: Starting and finishing at Community Beer Co. in Dallas, this run through town most definitely will not lack refreshments. Join the crowd on Sunday and get your medal/beer opener at the finish line.


Cowboys: Don’t forget to tune-in to watch the Cowboys at Dolphins game on Sunday at 6pm!


The Phantom of The Opera: Through Sunday, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.


Tango in the Park: Revel in the romance of Argentine tango music and dancing under the stars at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday. There will be Tango lessons with Dallas masters, a dance performance, and a DJ.


Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.


August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

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D-FW To Attract Exciting Major Events

Dallas To Attract Major Events

Hosting the Final Four and all the events that surrounded it has put D-FW on the map as a possible venue for some really exciting future events. Basketball fans may have come and gone, but it’s only the beginning for a list of big events that are set to come to the area.


In the next year, the region will host the first College Football Championship Game, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting and the prestigious New Cities Summit. We’re also among the finalists for another Final Four, and Dallas is among six cities competing to be host to the 2016 Republican National Convention.


Vice president of the U.S. Travel Association, Greg Staley, said growth and development in the Dallas area is exciting travelers.


“There is certainly a case to be made for Dallas as a city on the rise,” he said. “It’s because of the abundance of projects that have opened. They are truly catching worldwide attention.”


Having the nation’s largest, most luxurious domed stadium has certainly helped pushed Dallas to the forefront as a host for major events. Also helpful are the new developments in West Dallas and the city’s arts district, billed as the nation’s largest. Additionally, the city opened $135 million worth of downtown parks, including Klyde Warren Park, between 2009 and 2013. The George W. Bush Presidential Library, which brought together all five living U.S Presidents, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and future plans for city development, including the Trinity River Project, have all also put eyes on Dallas.


AT&T Stadium has now hosted two of the nation’s most-watched sporting events, the Super Bowl and the Final Four. In 2015, it will be the site of the ACM’s 50th Anniversary award show. Normally held in Las Vegas, the show will temporarily move to Arlington next year, thanks to the strong country roots that have grown deep in Texas. Also on the horizon for country music in Dallas is the final show of George Strait’s last concert tour. The farewell concert of this legendary attics will feature huge stars like Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, and Kenney Chesney, just to name a few.


American Airlines Center also has the opportunity to bring big events to the area. If Dallas becomes the front runner among the current finalists, it will host the 2016 Republican National Convention. It will also be the site of the U.S. Conference of Mayors as well as the New Cities Summit.


On top of all of this exciting news, there is also a push to have the 2024 Summer Olympics in Dallas. The development of the Trinity River and its green space has a lot to do with this push, but AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium, and Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Frisco all make Dallas a great potential host for The Olympic and Paralympic Games.


“Word starts to get out,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said about Dallas. “We’ve always had our central location, so that’s always worked for us. Now these other things are starting to fall into place.”


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This Weekend’s Top Events

Need plans this weekend? Whether you’re looking to eat well, drink well, or be entertained by the arts and music, we’ve got an event for you! Check out what’s going on this weekend in D-FW from Wednesday, Feb. 19, to Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Cirque du Soleil: The Varekai version of this fabulous series will be at Dr. Pepper Arena starting tonight, Feb. 19, and going until Feb. 23. It’s a circus of an entirely different kind that will leave you in awe.


Beer-Paried Dinner at The Grape: Community Beer and The Grape come together tonight, Feb. 19, for a four-course dinner with beer parings. Munch on scallops, pork tenderloin, and more as you sip great local beer.


Wine-Paired Dinner at Abacus: Siduri Winery and Abacus will collaborate on Friday, Feb. 21, to bring you four courses of delicious food paired with decadent wine. Enjoy polenta, pheasant, and more.


Beer Dinner at Bread Winners: The uptown branch of this restaurant and Abita brewmaster Leo Basille will offer a paired, five-course diner on Friday, Feb. 21, as well. Here you’ll enjoy great beer along with fresh salad, shrimp and grits, and beer-infused chocolate bundt cake.

Imagine Dragons: American Airlines Center

Imagine Dragons: There’s no doubting this band’s rise to stardom over the last year. Hear them live at American Airlines Center this Friday, Feb. 21!


The Little Mermaid: This broadway musical began shows in Dallas on Feb. 13, and will continue to dazzle and delight guests through Mar. 2 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.


Dallas Blooms

Dallas Blooms: Starting Saturday, Feb. 22, and going until Apr. 6, experience the beauty of spring in Dallas at the Dallas Arboretum. Based on this year’s theme “Birds of Paradise,” you can explore the new life-size bird house and take in the 500,000 seasonal blooms.


Sea Breeze’s Cooking Class: This Sunday, Feb. 23, begins the first of three classes in this series. You’ll learn 3-4 recipes and wine pairings in each 1 1/2-hour session.


Feature photo from dallasarboretum.org