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43 Things to Do in the Dallas Art District in August

Spend the final days of summer in the Dallas Arts District! Soak up the fun with a variety of outdoor activities or stay cool and cultured at one of the many indoor performances and exhibits. From a performance by Robin Thicke to water tag at Klyde Warren Park, the Arts District has something for the entire family this month.

  1. Our Asian Art Museum: The Crow at Twenty celebrates the 20th year of The Crow Museum of Asian Art with 20 selections of artwork chosen by Dallas community leaders, including Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. This exhibition runs through August 11th.
  2. Visit the Dallas Museum of Art by August 18th to see Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road. Beautiful and unique garments and ornamental hangings from India, Central Asia, China and Japan are on exhibit.
  3. The Art of the Brick Exhibition combines classic art and LEGOS through August 18th. See famous artwork such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring created with only LEGOs by artist Nathan Sawaya at the Perot Museum.
  4. The Nasher Sculpture Center presents Pairings: Sculpture in the Nasher and Rachofsky Collections. This fascinating exhibit places two sculptures with a commonality alongside one another, making their differences a talking point. Come join the conversation through August 18th.
  5. Through August 18th, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents Sheila Hicks: Seize, Weave Space. Her over large sculptures feature awe inspiring textiles.
  6. Future Retrospective: Mr Shen-Long at The Crow Museum of Asian Art features his innovative painting style using a new ink method that can be viewed from the front or back. Hurry to see this exhibit through August 23rd.
  7. Dior: From Paris to the World featuring renowned fashion designer Christian Dior will be displayed through September 1st at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  8. Register for the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Dance Academy fall session before September 7th.
  9. A rare viewing of Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene appears at the Dallas Museum of Art until September 22nd.
  10. Through October 6th, the Dallas Museum of Art will display America Will Be! Surveying the Contemporary Landscape, featuring landscapes by contemporary artists.
  11. Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden to see the recent acquisition, Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain, through October 27th. Eisenman’s group of statues are not the traditional, dignified Greco-Roman statues; these are a bit uncouth and a little feisty.
  12. The Dallas Museum of Art presents The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, a study of the Japanese master artist Utagama Hiroshige, through November 10th.
  13. In Texas for the first time, beautiful Hands and Earth, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics will be displayed at The Crow Museum of Asian Art through January 5th. These art pieces were created to honor tradition but also reflect each artists’ unique style.
  14. See Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence at the Nasher Sculpture Center through January 12th, 2020. These textiles are a fascinating blend of loomed, wrapped, twisted and knotted fibers.
  15. Children will love to create with larger than life soft blocks at Imagination Playground on the Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park, every day.
  16. A variety of food trucks arrive in Klyde Warren Park every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 3:00.
  17. Your children will have fun every Tuesday from 11:00 to 12:00 with Music and Stories with KidsWorks with fun stories, music and movement at the Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room in Klyde Warren Park.
  18. Use those muscles at Zumba with Gaby, every Wednesday at Klyde Warren Park’s Muse Family Performance Pavilion.
  19. Dancing in the Park with Studio 22 offers free two-step dance classes at the Muse Family Performance Pavillion at Klyde Warren Park, every Friday.
  20. Have some crazy fun with Water Tag in the Park on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn in Klyde Warren Park every Friday in August.
  21. On Saturdays, enjoy yoga in the park led by Yoga with Dallas Yoga Center on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  22. Start your Saturday morning with Tai Chi with Tribe Wellness at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park.
  23. Experience an energetic 45-minute Body Mountain Bootcamp every Saturday morning in the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  24. Learn by observing the skyline with Skyline 360 Tours of Dallas with AD EX, in Klyde Warren Park, every Saturday.
  25. Enjoy the upbeat music as you practice Yoga with Exhale Dallas on Sunday mornings at Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  26. Kick back and enjoy the 2019 Summer Movie Series every Saturday evening at the Ginsberg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  27. On August 3rd, head over to Free First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center to see guest artists Lesli Robertson and Shelby David Meier. In the garden, Suzuko Davis will be sketching. Also, experience a live performance by DJ Sudie. Entrance is free.
  28. Poetry in the Park presented by Meet Me with Curiosity is a wonderful, free museum featuring family friendly authors and an open mic, in Klyde Warren Park at The Porch on August 3rd.
  29. Barre with Barre in your Bedroom August 4th and 25th. Popular music plays while you learn strength, balance and core exercises.
  30. Visit the Dallas Museum of Arts on August 8th for Second Thursdays with a Twist. The Dallas Museum of Art celebrates strong-willed women artists represented by the inspiring Dolly Parton. Enjoy tours at the museum of female artists who are Dolly-strong. Crafts, a photo booth and even a Dolly game with prizes will be featured. In the evening, enjoy Harper Grace, a local musician and former American Idol contestant, as she belts out favorite Dolly tunes as well as some tunes of her own.
  31. Learn about the science of food at Social Science: Gastronomy at the Perot Museum of Science on August 9th. This mixology lesson details the science behind the perfect cocktail.
  32. Experience Kirtan at Klyde Warren Park on August 10th and 24th. Known as musical meditation, and created by acoustic instruments and voices, this type of meditation hails from ancient India.
  33. ’Til Midnight at the Nasher on August 16th features a free evening of musical performances by local artists followed by an outdoor movie in the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden.
  34. AnimeFest 2019, with its Pirate theme, is a manga, anime, games and pop-culture convention held August 16th through 19th at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
  35. Presented by Public Works Dallas, Shakespeare’s famous As You Like It runs August 16th through 18th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
  36. Let your kids experience the best kind of drama and creativity with the Dallas Children’s Theater Activities in Klyde Warren Park on August 17th.
  37. See Texas star Lyle Lovett and The Large Band at the Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center on August 18th. Winner of four Grammy awards, this singer/songwriter will keep you entertained.
  38. On August 19th, Late Nights at the Dallas Art Museum focuses on the impact of the House of Dior on the fashion industry. Decorative Arts Curator Sarah Schleuning discusses the connection between fashion and art during the Dior years. The Late Night film is Paris Couture, cataloging the ways elegance emerged in the Paris of the golden age, the 1940s through 1960s, when a few major designers controlled fashion.
  39. You can almost taste the candy with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Winspear Opera House on August 22nd through 25th. Join the kids with the golden tickets as they go on a private tour of Willy Wonka’s candy factory and let your imagination take flight.
  40. Robin Thicke takes the stage at Strass Square on August 24th. The singer of Blurred Lines will wow you with this amazing show.
  41. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on August 30th, 31st, and September 1st in the Meyerson Symphony Center. The entire film will be shown.
  42. The 2019 Riverfront Jazz Festival features three stages, Jazz Stage, Blues & Soul, and Promising Young Artists. Enjoy the music at The Black Academy of Arts & Letters Complex and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. See TBAALRiverfrontJazzFestival.org for information.
  43. Now is the time to get your tickets for the October 26th Park and Palate Grand Taste, a celebration of food and fun, benefiting Klyde Warren Park.

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