There is always something happening in Dallas. From major theater shows and touring performances, to exhibitions, the thriving arts district is a vibrant place to explore. Experience warm Southern hospitality and genuine service in Dallas’ unique and evolving dining scene.
This shop is full of unusual and beautiful finds: think candleholders made out of doll heads, stuffed peacocks, skull and crossbones stationery and paperweights with snake skeletons inside. Mysterious yet inspiring, obscure yet creative, dark yet chic. You’ll find jewelry, handbags, apothecary, floral and other oddities of luxury.
This Dallas specialty emporium pampers customers with lavish service and a selection of beautiful merchandise. Stanley Korshak carries the most in-demand couture and designer sportswear, from Valentino to Brunello Cucinelli, the chicest shoes and the most fabulous jewelry. Also visit the Shak, a specialty store devoted to affordable contemporary fashion; Men’s Store; Bridal Salon and Home Shop.
Visit the flagship store of this premier fine goods realtor. Opened almost 100 years ago, the downtown Neiman Marcus location offers fine fashions, jewelry, shoes and home goods paired with incomparable service.
Renowned architect Renzo Piano designed this 55,000-square-foot facility that is divided into five parallel pavilions housing small sculptures, prints, paintings, and drawings from the Nasher family collection. On a sunny day, the garden is the prettiest spot downtown, with about 25 large sculptures spread out over 1.4 acres of trees, fountains, and perfectly manicured lawn. The Nasher collection holds work from dozens of artists, including influential modern sculptors such as Constantin Brâncusi and Auguste Rodin, as well as Picasso, Matisse, and Miró, who made their name on canvas but created some amazing three-dimensional art. Rotating exhibits regularly delight.
Founded in 2007 by British pop star George Michael and his partner, Kenny Goss, this gallery aims to expose visitors to British contemporary art. With about 500 pieces from 75 different artists, all created in the 20th and 21st century, the Goss-Michael Foundation is easily the most complete and extensive collection of contemporary British works in the city.
Bistro 31, a restaurant member of Lombardi Family Concepts, showcases creative and seasonal dishes in a chic, upscale atmosphere in Highland Park Village. Drawing inspiration from French, Italian and Spanish cooking, Chef Avner Samuel provides savory, traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Nick & Sam’s Uptown Steakhouse, founded by Phil Romano in 1999, has become one of Dallas’ most celebrated restaurants. Situated in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Nick & Sam’s offers traditional upscale dining in a trendy and comfortable setting.
Ask any Dallas chef where they eat when they’re not in their own kitchen and they will likely say Tei-An. Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai’s hotspot in One Arts Plaza specializes in Japanese soba noodles made by hand from nutty-tasting, nutritious buckwheat flour. If it’s your first time, the smiling servers will steer you toward a sampler with four sauces, including rich, nutty pecan and walnut, plus soy and black sesame.
Every Friday and Saturday night from June until August, embrace the original Western sport by watching daring displays of saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and cowgirl barrel racing. Little cowpokes can enjoy face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, and the famous Calf Scramble, while those fearless enough to ride a sheep in the Mutton Bustin’ event earn serious bragging rights.
Whether or not you’ve ever seen an episode of the Dallas TV series, Southfork Ranch has a history that is sure to interest everyone. Guided tours are available seven days a week, taking you through the Ewing Mansion and a memorabilia exhibit called Dallas Legends, where you can gaze upon items such as Lucy’s wedding dress and the notorious gun used to shoot J.R. Guests can also peruse a pair of gift shops, order food at Miss Ellie’s Deli, and stroll through the ranch grounds after the tour.
An unlikely basement space in Dallas houses one of the most experimental theatre companies in the country. For 30 years, the Undermain has produced unconventional, thought-provoking plays that attract the best contemporary playwrights and stagecraft artists to Dallas.
Kitchen Dog Theater Company, the in-house theater group of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Uptown, was founded in 1990 with a very clear focus. A group of five artists wanted to create a place where moral and social norms were examined and challenged through theater. Rather than taking a subjective stance or providing a definitive answer to these issues, Kitchen Dog Theater simply hopes to pose a question that is to be answered individually by each member of the audience.
The Texas Theatre has a significant place in the history of Dallas. It was opened in 1931 by billionaire Howard Hughes, and then in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald (President Kennedy’s alleged assassin) was captured there. It now operates as an art house cinema (complete with a 35 mm projector and weekly film events catering to obscure and electic tastes) that doubles as a live music venue or a dance club, depending on the night.
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
The Wyly Theatre seats up to 600 for performances of classical and experimental theatre, contemporary dance, music, lectures and more. The world’s only vertical theatre, the innovative design creates ultimate performance flexibility. With mechanized seating towers, the theatre can transform from a proscenium to thrust to flat floor configurations, removing limitations for artistic directors. Performance companies include the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Dallas Theater Center.
Intimate Local Theaters
Within easy reach of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, three small local theaters offer a range of performances in venues holding up to 400 people. Kitchen Dog Theater at The Mac is a small venue on McKinney Avenue and Theatre 3 presents theatre in-the-round. Kalita Humphreys Theatre, a notable Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, is home to Uptown Players that performs a selection of musicals and plays in in a six-show season.
The Majestic Theater opened its doors in 1921 and everyone who was anyone played the Majestic during the Vaudeville era. Restored and re-opened in 1983, the Majestic is a characterful and elegant venue for performing arts and hosts a wide range of performances and events.
Dallas Summer Musicals presents shows from Broadway theatre in North Texas. With year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, Dallas Summer Musicals is the largest producer and presenter of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest and the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States.
No venue in town connects with its patrons as well as Granada does, getting them excited about the show they’re at, the show that’s coming next week, even occasionally a show not at Granada. The monthly calendar is consistently deep and varied, and every band sounds fantastic. Put simply, Granada has the goods.
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is the permanent home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Created by an internationally renowned design team that included architect I.M. Pei and acoustician Russell Johnson, the Meyerson has near perfect acoustics. The rich sound of the Meyerson’s Eugene McDermott Concert Hall has made it a premier destination for the world’s finest soloists and conductors.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra complements its major performance season with a Pops Series and Turtle Creek Chorale, a hugely popular gay men’s chorus is also based at the Meyerson.
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
The Winspear Opera House seats 2,200 in its Margaret McDermott Performance Hall. The design of the performance hall is a 21st century interpretation of the classic horseshoe configuration, which provides excellent sightlines and acoustics. Performance companies include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, The Dallas Opera and the contemporary dance company TITAS.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center encompasses 10 acres within the downtown Dallas Arts District. The center includes the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. The AT&T PAC presents a variety of programs year-round in its indoor and outdoor performance venues, including the Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum, JAZZ ROOTS and, in association with TITAS, contemporary dance and music, as well as other touring and community performances.
The result of a recent revitalization, the Bishop Arts District is a fun and funky shopping and dining destination located in Dallas’ historic Oak Cliff neighborhood. The district’s two city blocks offer more than 50 local shops and restaurants where the beard-and-flannel set mixes easily with families and preppies to enjoy everything from artisanal chocolate to fine dining.
Riding aboard one of the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority’s vintage electric trolleys is a rare thrikk. Car 122, “Rosie,” is more than a century old—the oldest trolley regularly running in North America. Trips are free and the journey between the West Village and the Arts District takes about 20 minutes.
Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2-acre deck park is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to book signings to outdoor concerts and films.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas, is said to be a “world of wonder” by The Dallas Morning News. Passing the test of school children, inspiring curiosity in all ages and boasting as a living science lesson, this new Museum opened its doors to the public on December 1, 2012. Get ready to amaze your brain through hands-on learning experiences.
American Airlines Center
Anchoring the 72-acre Victory Park development, American Airlines Center serves as the backdrop to Dallas’ most vibrant urban gathering space and is a short six-minute drive from the hotel. Home to the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and Dallas Stars hockey team, the 25,000-seat stadium is a beautiful, fan-friendly venue for indoor sports and events with many high-tech touches.
Dallas/Fort Worth is a wonderful place for families. Whether looking for arts, culture, sports, amusement parks, indoors, outdoors, there is something for all ages.
For the younger kids, the Build-A-Bear Workshop just six miles away at NorthPark Center, offers a chance for them to make and take home of their favorite characters or a teddy bear. At the American Girl Store at The Galleria, girls can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or tea with their American Girl in the bistro or attend a workshop.
Live Children’s Theater
Dallas Children’s Theater is the largest professional family theater in the Southwest. At the newly renovated Rosewood Center for Family Arts, it puts on 11 national productions as well as operating a national touring company, theater academy, and arts-in-education programs for local schools. The Dallas Puppet Theater also has shows throughout the year to entertain younger audiences.
Various museums in and around Dallas appeal to children of all ages with interactive exhibits that make learning fun. The Museum of Nature and Science offers an incredible children’s learning area and has an IMAX theater. Young history buffs will enjoy the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park or the Sixth Floor Museum. There are also two aquariums in Dallas, one in Fair Park and one in the West End, both within five miles of the hotel.
For outdoor activities with the kids, the Dallas Zoo, State Fair in October, Trinity River Audubon or Dallas Arboretum provide a different experience for children of all ages. Fort Worth offers the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district that recreates the cowboy era. Highlights include the daily cattle drive when cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in authentic 19th century clothes, drive Texas longhorns down the main avenue.
Thrills and spills
Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor in Arlington provide thrill-seekers a place to enjoy roller coasters or water slides. Fun for the young and the young at heart, both amusement parks are about a 30-minute drive from the hotel.
February 27, 2016 to April 10, 2016
For more than 30 years, Dallas Blooms has been a tradition as the largest floral festival in the Southwest. This year’s theme plays homage to the beloved state: Dallas Blooms: Deep in the Hearts of Texans. This year’s Texas-sized extravaganza features more than 500,000 blooming spring bulbs along with Texas themed topiaries, entertainment, food and special activities celebrating Texas.
Many neighborhood gatherings feature the culinary expertise for which Dallas is renowned. These include the Dallas Wine and Food Festival, Savor Dallas, Taste of Addison and Oktoberfest, in Addison. Others take advantage of the great weather like the Turkey Trot, Jingle Bell Run and White Rock Marathon. The nearby Bishop Arts District also holds popular annual celebrations such as Bastille on Bishop and Oak Cliff Mardi Gras.
The State Fair of Texas
Starting the last Friday in September, the State Fair of Texas runs for three weeks at Fair Park. Visitors to Fair Park enjoy some of the best fried food in the country, cattle and livestock shows, a featured Broadway show at the Music Hall with Dallas Summer Musicals, the car show or any of the many other attractions, craft fairs and rides on the Midway.
Seasonal Event Calendar
College Football Playoff National Championship
Texas Independence Celebrations
North Texas Irish Festival
Fort Worth Wine and Food Festival
50th Annual American Country Music Awards
Byron Nelson Championship
Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway
Addison Kaboom Town
Dallas International Soccer Festival
North Texas State Fair & Rodeo
29th Annual Grapefest
Plano Balloon Festival
State Fair of Texas