Your 2019 Dallas Bucket List
January 25, 2019
BY ERICA ALLABY
For both new and seasoned Dallasites, there's no debate that Dallas delivers when it comes to epic calendar events. Yet as more and more festivals, restaurants, and events continue to emerge on the scene, it's easy to feel completely overwhelmed by the options.
As mad as it sounds, years can come and go as you catch yourself mumbling on about how you've been meaning to go to this or that. Let’s make 2019 the year you stop putting it off and start putting it on (your calendar.) Here's your calendar guide for the ultimate Dallas bucketlist.
TAKE THE TROLLEY BY WAY OF TRANSPORT
Been meaning to hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley? Hop on for a free ride to avoid the cold. Spanning from the DMA to West Village, the value of the trolley often goes overlooked. Bonus points if you ride the entire loop.
FIND OUT WHAT THOSE SHEN YUN BILLBOARDS ARE ALL ABOUT
Head to the Winspear Opera House to take a trip back to ancient China where the Shen Yun dance company will be performing from Jan. 10-27. Tickets here!
SIP WITH YOUR SWEET THANG AT A VALENTINE'S CRAWL
You've got two options for a day drink in Deep Ellum on Feb. 9 - the Dallasites101 Valentine's Bar Crawl and the Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk. Both include numerous participating shops and bars to explore and enjoy.
Settle in to Texas at the Stockyards Rodeo on a Saturday night in Fort Worth. Bonus points if you hit Billy Bob's for live music in the same night.
CATCH SOME BEADS AT THE OAK CLIFF MARDI GRAS PARADE
On Sunday, March 3rd, Oak Cliff brings together the community for none other than a Mardi Gras celebration of their own. Interested in participating? Parade spots are still available here.
MARCH THE STREETS IN GREEN ON GREENVILLE AT THE ST. PATTY'S DAY CELEBRATION
Perhaps Dallas' most notorious party day of the year is the Greenville St. Patrick's Day bash. Gear up in your best green gear and take to the miles-long street celebration on Saturday, March 16.
Because it's only appropriate that in Texas we have an entire festival dedicated strictly to our state flower. Head 35 minutes south between April 12-14 to see what Ennis and its Bluebonnet Festival are all about.
CELEBRATE THE ARTS WITH A MULTITUDE OF EVENTS
April is all about the arts! From the Deep Ellum Arts Festival returning for its 25th year on April 5-7, to the Nasher Sculpture Center bringing back its seasonal Target First Saturdays and ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher, there’s a lot of ways to take in some art and culture!
GO MEDIEVAL AT THE SCARBOROUGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
If you've ever dreamed of living the Game of Thrones life, you will not believe this semi-permanent renaissance town constructed in Waxahachie. And there’s lots of opportunities to go - the Scarborough Renaissance Festival takes place every weekend from April 6 through May 27. Bonus points for chowing down on a turkey leg.
HANG WITH THE PROS AT THE AT&T BYRON NELSON
Pair prestigious and party together and you've got the annual Byron Nelson. Snag a ticket and take to the course for a golden golf viewing at the Trinity Forest Golf Club from May 6-12.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT & PRIDE FOR DALLAS' LGBTQ COMMUNITY
For the first year ever, Dallas Pride is moving to make more space for one of the brightest days in Dallas. The all-day festivities are taking over Fair Park on June 2.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL ROSE DAY WITH DALLASITES101
The 3rd Annual Rose Wine Walk will be announced in the coming months, as Dallasites101 is excited to bring ths event back for more than 800 people. You can expect to sip rose while bar hopping around a Dallas neighborhood! (The last two years, it took place on Henderson. The next neighborhood will be announced soon. For now, see photos from last year, here!
HEAD DOWN TO SAN MARCOS AND FLOAT THE RIVER
Once July rolls around, it becomes optimum river floating weather. Make a weekend out of it and head to the San Marcos / New Braunfels area. You'll know you're close when you see tube companies scattered along the road.
GOBBLE DOWN SOME PEACH ICE CREAM AT HAM'S PEACH FARM
Right down the road from Dallas is Terrell - a quaint, quintessential Texas town. From May through mid-August, hit Ham's Peach Farm for a break from the heat and some perfectly refreshing peach ice cream. Be warned, this is not a pick-your-own farm but the market will leave you pleased!
RENT A BOAT ON LAKE LEWISVILLE
Are you sensing a water trend yet? For those who are more adventurous, the BSR Cable Park is like an adult water park on steroids. From a chill lazy river to a not-so-chill royal flush slide, BSR is an exhilarating escape in Waco.
HAVE A LABOR FREE LABOR DAY AT THE FOE POOL
The Fraternal Order of Eagles pool is like the real life sandlot tucked in the woods near White Rock Lake. From May through September, the pool is open to the public for a $10 admission charge. The cheap Jell-o shots make the admission worth it.
VENTURE TO A CULTURAL FOOD & DRINK FEST
EAT A CORN DOG AT THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS
Fun fact of the year: the corn dog AND the frozen margarita were founded in Dallas. The State Fair’s hype is packed with nearly a month's worth of activities (and even more food) from Sept. 27 through Oct. 20. Pro tip: check out the State Fair of Texas website for ticket discounts and daily specials before you go.
PICK YOUR SIDE AT THE RED RIVER SHOWDOWN
Whether you attend the game at the Cotton Bowl or enjoy the day from a safe distance, the Red River Showdown goes down in Dallas as a halfway point between UT Austin and OU. Pick your color.
MAKE THIS THE MONTH YOU ACTUALLY GO TWO STEPPING
Speaking of the red river - Cowboys Red River is the Dallas dance hall you've been looking for. Ladies night is on Thursday with free admission for, you guessed it, the gals. Ride the bull in the back or take a swing at swing dancing. Pr tip: show up at 7pm for free lessons.
TAKE A HIKE TO SEE THE FIRST OF THE CHANGING LEAVES
Head to the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve for a sneak peak of the changing leaves and delayed Dallas’ fall. This hidden hiking spot is actually impressively hilly and will quench your nature thirst.
FIGURE OUT WHETHER YOU’RE NAUGHTY OR NICE AT THE DALLASITES101 ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAR CRAWL
If you love getting festive, then mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Dallasites101 Naughty or Nice Greenville Ave Bar Crawl, where hundreds of Dallasites join in red and green to wander around the neighborhood bars! Date TBA, here are scenes from last year!
FIND A NEW FAVORITE LOCAL BAND AT THE DALLAS OBSERVER MUSIC SHOWCASE
The annual showcase hosted by the Dallas Observer brings together the best of the best local talent from the Dallas music scene. One ticket gives you access to numerous participating bars in Deep Ellum for an entire evening of tunes.