Things To Do Around DFW: Doggie Splash Day, Big3, Vitruvian Salsa Festival and more

Things To Do Around DFW: August 4-7
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As we move into the first weekend in August there are still big events happening in DFW. KRLD's John Liddle takes us Around Town.

Back to School Bash

Rock out with School Of Rock North Dallas and  DJ K Sprinkles. Make beautiful art with Oil And Cotton. Plus, get cool airbrush tattoos and play yard games. Donate to spin the wheel for cool prizes like PopSockets and more. Every donor will be entered to win the Grand Prize backpack with goodies. All donations will go to Communities In Schools. Self-parking is available at the 1212 Jackson Street garage.

Where: AT&T Discovery District, 308 S. Akard St., Dallas

When: Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Bat Boy: The Musical

Based on the infamous headline in the “Weekly World News” tabloid — and hailed as a “giggling cult hit” by The New Yorker — this hilarious modern musical tells the story of a half-human/half-bat boy by the name of Edgar. Discovered in a West Virginia cave, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the local veterinarian, where he’s accepted as a member of the family and taught how to act like a “normal” boy. But as the town’s cows begin to fall victim to a mysterious plague, mayhem ensues. This frightfully funny spoof is a classic love story with a wicked bite that’s part comic book, part horror flick — and all fun. (Mature audiences)

Where: Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

When: August 5 - 7

Cost: $25 and up

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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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It’s 3x3 basketball at its best in Frisco. The Big3 features a team coached by basketball legend Nancy Lieberman.

Where: Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco

When: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7

Cost: $35 and up

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Billy Bob’s: DANIELLE NICOLE (Friday) / MIDLAND (Friday and Saturday)

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

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

Cost: $15 - $80

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Dallas Arboretum: Summer at the Arboretum / Cool Thursdays Concert

Summer at the Arboretum returns and it is packed to the brim with music, food, art and family fun! You couldn’t get enough of our massive floral peacocks during Dallas Blooms, so they’ve extended the show through August 7. The garden also features more than 50,000 new plantings in June with 300 tropical elephant ears and 500 cannas creating their signature summer look. The Arboretum will feature local mural artists Alli Koch, MOM, Will Heron and Favio Moreno, as they paint custom garden-inspired murals on massive outdoor canvases. But that’s not all – each week features free live music, seasonal food demos and fun family activities including Bubble Picnics, special movie screenings and more.

Where: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas

When: Daily through August 14

Cost: $10 - $16

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Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley: Beers On Me Tour 2022

Where: Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas

When: Friday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $30 and up

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DMA: Tiffany Chung

The sixth iteration of the Museum’s Concourse mural series will feature an installation by Houston-based artist Tiffany Chung, who is internationally known for her diverse conceptual work and research-driven process dealing with sociopolitical issues. Contending with issues of conflict, migration, urban progress, and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory, Chung’s practice endeavors to document and discuss the micro, hidden histories—the memory and experiences of ordinary people—that counterbalance the grand narratives produced by the state. Her commissioned mural will center narratives of migration and movement, especially those found within Dallas, in recognition and celebration of these lived experiences.

Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas

When: Opening Day - August 5

Cost: Free

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DSO: Stevie Wonder Sing-Along

Be ready to belt out your favorite Stevie Wonder hits like “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour” in this joyous sing-along concert. Composer and producer Ray Chew, Music Director of Dancing with the Stars, I Can See Your Voice and other hit programs, leads this jubilant celebration of an iconic music superstar.

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

When: Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $28 and up

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Doggie Splash Day

Calling all pups and their people! Come out to this annual event to cool off, compete for prizes, or just play at the pool. Dogs will have access to the wading pool, lap pool and one-meter diving board. Canine contests include Pet Swim Suit Contest, Pet & Owner Look-alike Contest, Dog Paddle Race, and Diving Contest. Pets also have a chance to win raffle prizes. All pets will be required to show proof of current vaccinations and must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older. Admission is $5 for one owner and one pet, $2 for each additional pet, and $1 for spectators. A $2 discount will apply for those who bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to benefit the city’s Spread the Love campaign that helps feed children in need in Mesquite.

Where: Vanston Pool, 2913 Oates Dr., Mesquite

When: Saturday, August 6 from 9 p.m. - noon

Cost: $5 for one owner and pet, $2 for each additional pet

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The Tony-nominated Best Musical is now on tour across North America - and makes a Dallas stop through August 7. FROZEN features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is pure Broadway joy.

Where: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

When: July 20 - August 7 (no Monday shows)

Cost: $30 and up

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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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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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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. This week, the performer is Serenata Strings (July 28).

Where: Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas

When: Thursdays through August 18 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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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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The Sound of Music

Rockwall Summer Musicals is making its return in 2022 after a two year pause due to the pandemic. RSM is presenting the classic, The Sound of Music, with Molly Pope starring as Maria.

Where: Rockwall High School PAC, 1201 T.L. Townsend Dr., Rockwall

When: August 5-7 & August 12-14

Cost: $20-$25

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Spirit Lodge: Mississippian Art from Spiro

Organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in close consultation with the Caddo Nation and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, this exhibition of nearly 200 ancient and contemporary works explores Mississippian ceremonial centers, the discovery of the Spiro site, cultural continuity, and the active power of Mississippian art.

Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas

When: March 13 - August 7

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 more moments!

Where: Grapevine Mills Mall

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

Cost: Free (reserve your timed tickets)

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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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Vergel Ortiz Jr. vs Michael "The Problem" McKinson

Knockout sensation and the pride of Grand Prairie, Texas, Vergil Ortiz Jr. (18-0, 18 KOs), will make his grand return to the ring on Saturday, August 6, taking on top 10 ranked, undefeated welterweight contender Michael “The Problem” McKinson (22-0, 2 KOs) of Portsmouth, Great Britain. The 12-round welterweight fight will take place at Dickies Arena, and will stream live worldwide on DAZN.

Where: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth

When: August 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $44 and up

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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 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Cost: Free

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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 5 - 7; August 12 - 14; 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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