Things To Do Around DFW: Summer Wave, North Texas Fair & Rodeo, Lost '80s Live and more

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It doesn't matter if you're 5-years-old or 95-years-old. KRLD's John Liddle says there's plenty of fun things to do Around Town this weekend.

Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

“Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” is a highly engaging exhibition that allows guests to experience the remarkable story of a true STEM pioneer. From childhood adventures in England to her revolutionary work in Tanzania, Dr. Goodall forged a path never traveled before, and her groundbreaking contributions from studying animals in the wild changed the science world forever. This incredible exhibit showcases her adventurous and awe-inspiring life through an immersive projection experience of Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, a hologram projection of Dr. Goodall narrating her impactful story, a replica of her research tent in Africa and so much more.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field, Dallas

When: May 20 – September 5

Cost: $19 - $28

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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo celebrates and honors Black Cowboys and Cowgirls and their contributions to building the west. There’s an afternoon performance at 1:30 p.m. followed by an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. The Bill Pickett always features accomplished western sports athletes competing in bulldogging, calf roping, ladies steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing, junior barrel racing, junior breakaway, relay racing, ladies breakaway and bull riding.

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth

When: Saturday, August 20, Matinee - 1:30 p.m. / Night Show - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 - $55

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Billy Bob’s: Randall King (Fri) / Dolly Shine (Sat)

Where: Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Ft Worth

When: Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m.

Cost: $18-$35

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DSO: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli

Best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban, Chris Botti and classic rock band Jethro Tull, and for her role as Annie Talarico in the critically acclaimed HBO Series Treme, Lucia Micarelli will bring the house down this summer in her performance at the Meyerson flipping from the likes of bluegrass to Led Zeppelin to Ravel to Tom Waits without batting an eye.   “My brain doesn’t separate genres of music,” she said.

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

When: Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 and up

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Dallas Arboretum: August Dollar Days

Summer at the Arboretum is packed to the brim with music, food, and family fun! Through August, garden admission is $3. The garden features more than 50,000 new plantings in June with 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating their signature summer look.

Where: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

When: Daily through August 31

Cost: $3

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Hugapalooza! is a free, kid-centered sing-along concert put on by KidLinks as a way to say thank you to the community for supporting them. KidLinks' links kids to healing, hope and happiness through music and media. The Hugapalooza! lineup features Jim Newton and Paul G. Hill with Bill Hudson on lead guitar, Gina Glidewell, Sara Chigani, Larry Dykstra, and a few surprise guests. This event is recommended for children ages 2-10. Light refreshments will be served after the show.

Where: Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St., Dallas

When: Saturday, August 20 at 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Immersive Monet & The Impressionists

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists is a tantalizing exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. The Impressionists were radicals that shook up the art world in the 19th century. Striving to capture the ever-elusive effects of sunlight and movement in expressive brushstrokes, they captured both the transient nature of beauty, and the timeless beauty of nature. From Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers and so much more, you’ll step inside living paintings at Immersive Monet & The Impressionists.

Where: Lighthouse Dallas, 507 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Daily through September 10

Cost: $25 and up

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Immersive Van Goh

The highly-anticipated Immersive Van Gogh experience is 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius.

You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Where: Lighthouse Dallas, 507 S. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Daily through Sept 11 (no showings on Tuesdays or Wednesdays)

Cost: $39 and up

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Jason Aldean

Country superstar Jason Aldean recently celebrated his 27th career No. One single “Trouble With A Heartbreak.” He’ll perform that haunting track, and a ton of his others at Dos Equis Pavilion on Friday night.

Where: Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas

When: Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 and up

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JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith

Culminating a multi-year series celebrating Texas-based contemporary Asian women artists, the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas will present JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith. The display features the works of the Houston-based multidisciplinary artist whose paintings, videos, sculptures, animations, music and installations merge the autobiographical with the fantastical.

Where: Crow Museum, 2010 Flora St., Dallas

When: February 12 - September 4 (Tuesdays-Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Cost: Free - suggested $12 donation

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“Liberty & Laughter: The Lighter Side of the White House”

The George W. Bush Presidential Center's special exhibit glimpses behind-the-scenes into the lighter side of life in the White House. Entertaining first family anecdotes, interactive multimedia, and amusing artifacts unveil presidential pranks, inside jokes, and more. Revealing how humor has evolved from our Founding Fathers to the present day makes one thing readily apparent – laughter remains vital to a thriving democracy.

Where: George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas

When: Through December 31

Cost: $26

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Lost '80s Live

Get Lost in the 80’s when 98.7 KLUV presents Lost 80’s Live! It’s an unforgettable 80’s flashback concert featuring: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The English, Beat, Missing Persons, Naked Eyes, Stacey Q and more! Plus tickets start at just $9.87!!

Where: Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie

When: Saturday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $9.87 and up

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The Lumineers

The Lumineers are bringing the BRIGHTSIDE World Tour to American Airlines Center with special guest James Bay.

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas

When: August 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $39 and up

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Mike Williams at the Addison Improv

He's magical. He's funny. He needs a shrink. Mike has more than 20 years of performing experience and is in high demand for private and corporate events across the country. A two-time "Magician of the Year" Award winner, Mike has thrilled audiences around the World; from Hollywood to New York, India to Australia and thousands of places in between. He blends state of the art original magic, clean quirky comedy and hilarious audience interaction together for a one of a kind live performance experience. Mike's magic and action skills have also appeared on National Television as well as in numerous television commercials. This is an ALL AGES show.

Where: Improv Addison, 4980 Belt Line Rd. #250, Addison

When: Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. (Also September 3 and September 17)

Cost: $20 - $60 for a table

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Morning Bird Walk

The Trinity River Audubon Center hosts this monthly bird walk to enjoy the trails and feathered friends. Entry to the center is included in your ticket price. You’ll explore the various habitats at the Audubon Center in search of different bird species. Bring a pair of binoculars, wear comfortable footwear, and be prepared for the weather. This walk is limited to 15 people, and you must be registered in advance to attend.

Where: Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Blvd., Dallas

When: Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 a.m.

Cost: $10

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North Texas Fair & Rodeo

It’s nine rip-roarin’ nights of hot country music, first-class rodeos, livestock shows, kid and fun zones, the latest fun attractions and more. See you at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo! This weekend, it’s Aaron Lewis & The Stateliners headlining on Friday; Bellamy Brothers on Saturday; and La Zenda Nortena on Sunday.

Next week, Casey Donahew and Stoney LaRue headline Thursday; Charley Crockett on Friday; Josh Turner on Saturday.

Where: North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton

When: August 19 - 27

Cost: $15-$30 for single day; $60 for a 4 day pass; $120 for a season pass

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PNC Patio Sessions

Every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m., guests can come out to enjoy a happy hour – live music, beautiful scenery, fun games, putt-putt golf, and of course beverages. The free concerts featuring local artists are held on the patio outside the Center Café. Featured performers include Lee Harbaugh (August 18) and Taylor Young Band (August 25).

Where: Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas

When: Thursdays through August 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m

Cost: Free

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Psychedelic Robot

Psychedelic Robot is an immersive 360º visual storytelling experience with interactive exhibits, augmented reality, narrative audio, and art & design by world-class artists. There are standard and VIP options for admission. It’s narrated by “TNX,” a thousand-year-old dragon who returns to Earth to tell the story of the Psychedelic Robot’s origins and his journey to become a mythical superhero

Where: The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano

When: Thursdays - Sundays through August 28

Cost: $22.60 - kids / $32.30 - adult / $37.10 - VIP

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Rob Schneider at Improv Arlington

SNL alum Rob Schneider is known the world over for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting. He’s come a long way from “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.”

Where: Improv Arlington, 309 Curtis Mathes Way Suite 147, Arlington

When: Friday, August 19 at 7 & 9:45 / Saturday, August 20 at 7 & 9:30 / Sunday, August 21 at 7

Cost: Tables are $90 and up

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Rob Zombie & Mudvayne at Dickies Arena

Rob Zombie and Mudvayne make a stop in Fort Worth on their 21-city “Freaks on Parade” Tour. Special guests on the Tour will be Static-X and Powerman 5000.

Where: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth

When: Saturday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 and up

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Shaking the Shadow at Amon Carter American Museum of Art

Over the course of the summer, Texas–based artist Justin Ginsberg will create a glass sculptural work inspired in part by the Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass exhibition. Ginsberg will work with a glass kiln set up on the Museum’s lawn each weekend, pulling glass threads measuring up to 30 feet in length. At the end of each glassmaking session, Ginsberg will install the threads he has created in the Carter’s Main Gallery, resulting in a large-scale glass “waterfall” sculpture. The public will be able to watch Ginsberg at work during his weekend sessions as well as witness the multi-month realization of his site-specific installation.

Where: Amon Carter American Museum of Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft Worth

When: June 11–September 25 (closed Mondays)

Cost: Free

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Stranger Things Store

Ready for a new adventure, nerds? Step into the official Stranger Things Store. Discover some of the show's most iconic locations and check out all of the gnarly merch and rad activities waiting inside. Answer the yellow phone at Joyce’s house, play games at the Palace Arcade, and take a stroll through the Russian Lab, if you dare. Just know that you might come face to face with a Demogorgon—don’t say we didn’t warn you! Get priority access (free of charge) and enjoy a truly immersive shopping experience themed around the Stranger Things universe. Explore realistic set recreations of iconic locations from the show. Browse through a wide array of Stranger Things products integrated into each location. Enjoy stunning photo ops, interactive activities, and many ǝƃuɐɹʇs moments!

Where: Grapevine Mills Mall

When: Daily: Mon-Sat: 10am - 9pm / Sun: 11am - 7pm

Cost: Free (reserve your timed tickets)

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Summer Wave at Mockingbird Station

Hang 10 all the way over to Mockingbird Station to ride the Summer Wave on August 20th!

Day Event from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.: You will find a Big Wave Surf Machine, Purple Crush Water Slide (SO BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT), life-sized yard games like Jenga, Connect Four, Chess, & Checkers, and a new mural for photo ops!

Outdoor Movie from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.⁠⁠: Wind down your evening with a pop-up outdoor movie screening of Pirates of the Caribbean with the Angelika showing on the second level⁠. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and get there early for first come, first serve seating!

Where: Mockingbird Station, 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas

When: Saturday, August 20 starting at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Thursdays on Tap at the Perot Museum

Every Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., experience the Perot Museum of Nature and Science after hours and enjoy live music, drinks and food trucks from local businesses. Plus, get full access to all exhibit halls.

This program is for ages 21+, so it is the perfect opportunity to experience the Museum without the daytime crowds or kids.

Where: Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field, Dallas

When: Thursday nights through October 13

Cost: $5 - $25

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'til Midnight at the Nasher

‘til Midnight at the Nasher presents live outdoor concerts, film screenings, and opportunities to experience art on view. Enjoy The Dallas Poetry Slam, performing between sets throughout the night. Musicians Blake Warrior, La Bell and ShySpeaks will all have sets. And at 9:30, Get On Up: The James Brown Story will be screened.

Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas

When: Friday, August 19 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair

Bring your dancing shoes to Vitruvian Park the first four Saturdays in August for the Vitruvian Salsa Festival. Enjoy LIVE Bands, DJs, Salsa Lessons, Food Trucks and more from 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Free Salsa Lessons by SD Dance Studios and Luis Delgadillo from at 6:30 PM.

Where: African American Museum, Dallas

When: Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at noon

Cost: Free

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Vitruvian Salsa Festival

Bring your dancing shoes to Vitruvian Park the first four Saturdays in August for the Vitruvian Salsa Festival. Enjoy LIVE Bands, DJs, Salsa Lessons, Food Trucks and more from 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Free Salsa Lessons by SD Dance Studios and Luis Delgadillo from at 6:30 PM.

Where: Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison

When: August 20, August 27

Cost: Free

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Whataburger Fest

Texas Summer Jam presented by Whataburger features Flatland Cavalry - with American Aquarium, and William Beckmann. Outside on the Texas Lottery Plaza Stage enjoy Aaron Copeland, Alex Aguilar, and Graycie York.

Where: Toyota Music Factory, Irving

When: Saturday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 and up

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When We Were Very Young

Hip Pocket Theatre is bringing the classic A.A. Milne book to life, adapting it for the stage through music, dance and even puppetry.

Where: Hip Pocket Theatre, 1950 Silver Creek Rd., Fort Worth

When: August 19 - 21

Cost: $15 and up

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Women Painting Women

Women Painting Women is a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present. All place women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront.

Four themes trend in the works included in Women Painting Women: The Body, Nature Personified, Color as Portrait, and Selfhood. Through these themes, the artists conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness, and joy, the portraits in this exhibition make way for female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.

Where: The Modern, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth

When: May 15, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Cost: $10 - $16 (but free on Fridays!)

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