66 Things to Do in the Dallas Arts District in May

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Things to Do in the Dallas Arts District in May

Spring brings lots of sunshine and fun events and activities to the Dallas Arts District. May is the perfect time to participate in the variety of family activities at Klyde Warren Park or a chef-prepared dinner paired with your favorite craft-cocktail on the ARTISAN Terrace before a performance! Never been to the Arts District before? Join the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden for a free performance or attend the Memorial Day Music Fest. Check out our 66 things to do in the Dallas Arts District below!

  1. The exhibition Women Artists in Europe from Monarchy to Modernism focuses on women’s artistic contributions from the late 18th through the early 20th The exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art runs through June 9th.
  2. The Dallas Museum of Art is proud to be the first to host the works of Jonas Wood, through July 14th.
  3. A variety of food trucks arrive in Klyde Warren Park every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in May from 11:00 to 3:00.
  4. Through October 6th, the Dallas Museum of Art will display America Will Be! Surveying the Contemporary Landscape.
  5. Enjoy yoga in the park with Yoga with Dallas Yoga Center every Saturday in the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  6. The Elevator Project presents Pastry King, A New Play by Scott Zenreich following the antics of a couple who open a pastry restaurant neighboring the self-proclaimed Pastry King. Relationships and blame are deeply felt here, at Studio Theater, through May 5th.
  7. Your children will have fun every Tuesday in May 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.
  8. Your children will love to create with larger than life soft blocks at Imagination Playground on the Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park, every day in May.Local Park
  9. Start your Saturday morning with Tai Chi with Tribe Wellness at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park.
  10. Experience an energetic 45-minute Body Mountain Bootcamp every Saturday morning in the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.Let's Conquer It
  11. The Dallas Portal in Klyde Warren Park 11 am to 2 pm every Wednesday starting Sunday, May 1st through 19th. The Dallas Portal is a fascinating way to digitally connect face-to-face with someone else from anywhere in the world. Hurry! After May 19th, the portal will move on to another city in the world.
  12. On Saturdays in May, see the Pop-Up Art Spot: Jonas Wood to experience the art in a new way, at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  13. The Dallas Opera presents Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, May 1st and 4th. This adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comical romp centered on Sir John Flagstaff’s misadventures when romancing more than one woman at a time.
  14. Use those muscles in Zumba with Gaby, every Wednesday, May 1st, 8th and 15th at Klyde Warren Park’s Muse Family Performance Pavilion.
  15. The Dallas Museum of Art hosts the Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture featuring Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown on May 1st. Join them as they discuss different types of architecture.
  16. Get your heart pumping with Grit Fit Camp at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park on May 1st and 30th.
  17. Join David Sedaris as he discusses his new and unpublished works at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 1st.
  18. On May 1st and 15th, join the Dallas Museum of Art for Gallery Talks, to discuss the Museum’s collections.
  19. Love in the air in The Barber of Seville as Count Almaviva falls for the beautiful Rosina, but is thwarted by her unsavory guardian, Dr. Bartolo. And Figaro must use a little deception, a bit of bribery and lots of imagination to help true love. This comedy is at the Dallas Opera, May 2nd, 8th, and 10th.
  20. The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Semi-Finals, which the audience can vote during People’s Choice, is at Dallas Opera on May 2nd. This is a free event, but a ticket is required.
  21. The Dallas Black Dance Theater presents Spirit of Now, showcasing the work of choreographers Tommie-Waheed Evans, Juel D. Lane, Claude Alexander III, Elisa Monte & David Brown and Christopher L. Huggins. See this amazing group at the Ailey Citigroup Theater May 2nd through 3rd.
  22. Come listen to Cara G. Tremain, an archaeologist from Vancouver’s Langara College, discuss Mayan clothing, headdresses, and jewelry at The Dallas Museum of Art on May 2nd.
  23. Melinda Gates on The Moment of Lift proposing that the way to uplift a society is to empower that society’s women, on May 3rd at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  24. The excitement builds at The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Finals on May 3rd. Hurry to the Dallas Opera to see these famous performers all in one evening.
  25. On May 3rd through 5th, Michelle Merrill conducts Andrew Lloyd Webber & Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway featuring Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Evita and more. Hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.Andrew LLoyd Webber's Broadway
  26. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Quartets in Harmony on May 4th. The Baumer String Quartet will perform the Mendelssohn Octet.
  27. An “open-air literary museum,” Poetry in the Park on May 4th features an open mike (yes, that means you!) and authors.
  28. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science comes to Klyde Warren Park on May 4th with an interactive experiment with Robots: Explore the Worlds of Engineering and Technology.
  29. Let your creativity flow with Sketching in the Park with El Centro College May 4th, 11th, and 18th.
  30. Our Voices will be performed at the Dallas Black Dance Theater on May 4th.
  31. The 2019 Summer Movie Series on Saturday, May 4th features Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  32. The Dallas Museum of Art hosts A Moveable Feast Book Club: David Brooks’ “The Second Mountain,” a first-person look at what makes a joyful life on May 7th.
  33. On May 9th, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present Allegro’s 4th Annual Concert.
  34. Karina Canellakis conducts The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with Daniel Muller-Schott on the cello, in a moving performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 4 and Schumann Cello Concerto, May 9th through 12th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.Beethoven Symphony
  35. On May 9th through 11th, Strass Square becomes ancient Greece as we celebrate the beginnings of Theatre and the Greek god Dionysus. Join the celebration called City Dionysia where you are encouraged to take part in the art, food, music, dance, and storytelling. Join the drum circle, explore the city, dance with the gods and so much more awaits.
  36. Beginning on May 11th, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Sheila Hicks. Her overlarge sculptures feature awe-inspiring textiles.
  37. On May 11th, the Zine Club: America Will Be! focuses on Grandma Ruby’s Refrigerator at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  38. Don’t miss Broadway favorites and arias by these fan-favorite tenors as the Dallas Opera presents Fabiano, Hymel, and Polenzani in Concert, Saturday, May 11th.
  39. Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Sculpture Center features the musical group Breath & Hammer on May 11th. This group is comprised of a clarinetist and pianist whose music combines different genres such as classical, jazz and electronic music.
  40. The 2019 Summer Movie Series on Saturday, May 11th features The Little Mermaid at the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  41. Pulitzer Prize Winner, Jared Diamond speaks at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 13th. Mr. Diamond discusses his book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis and his ideas on the way nations react and recover from trauma.
  42. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Symphonie Fantastique and Brahms Violin Concerto to inspire and awe the audience on May 16th through 19th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts with Renaud Capucon featured on the violin.
  43. If you love Paris, La Pompe is the band for you. The rhythm of gypsy jazz and French classics will fill the Dallas Museum of Art on May 17th.
  44. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Spring Celebration at the Wyly Theatre. Enjoy this evening of modern dance with guest artist Ballet Hispanico, May 17th through 19th.Spring Celebration
  45. On May 17th, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents ‘til Midnight at the Nasher, a free concert in the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden.
  46. The playful and magical Pinocchio just wants to be a real boy. See the amazing choreography and costumes May 17th through 19th at the Winspear Opera House.
  47. The ARTISAN’s beautiful terrace will be set for live music, delicious chef-prepared meals and craft cocktails to Make Cancer History. The ARTISAN is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to help make this happen on May 18th at 6:30.The Artisan Dallas
  48. The 2019 Summer Movie Series on Saturday, May 18th features Big Jake at the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.
  49. Through May 19th, see Real Women Have Curves at the Dallas Theater Center, in the Kaleta Humphreys Theater. The story follows Ana, who works at a factory and develops an appreciation for her fellow workers.
  50. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Dior: From Paris to the World with more than 100 dresses, photos, sketches, videos and more. This exhibition runs from May 19th to September 1st.
  51. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road. Garments and ornamental hangings from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan are on exhibit through May 19th.
  52. Author Celeste Ng, the creator of the novel Little Fires Everywhere, speaks at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 20th.
  53. On May 21st through 26th, you may find that Greek gods are real in The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical at the Winspear Opera House. Follow Percy as he finds he is the son of Poseidon and watches how his world is changed forever.
  54. Sebastian and Kathryn make an unsavory bet and scheme to win at any cost in the cringe-worthy romp Cruel Intentions, The ‘90s Musical on May 22nd through 26th at Wyly Theatre.
  55. The Dallas Museum of Art presents Exhibition Talk: Dior on May 23rd. Fashion historian, Amber Butchart, will discuss the details of fashion designers around the world.
  56. Patricia Urbina presents Sanadora: Women’s Healing Theater, A Stage Trilogy composed of three stories creatively tied together. See this moving production May 23rd through 25that Hamon Hall.
  57. The Dallas Black Dance Theater will perform at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA on May 24th.
  58. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center will resound with Haydn the Creation, with Matthew Hall conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, May 24th through 26th.Haydn The Creation | The Artisan Dallas
  59. Don’t miss the 45th Annual Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Academy Spring Recital on May 25th at Majestic Theater.
  60. A collection gathered from around the world, Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist is on exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art through May 26th.
  61. Memorial Day Music Fest livens up Klyde Warren Park on May 26th at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion with several stages for rock, jazz, C&W and more. There will also be games, vendor booths and food trucks to enjoy.
  62. Winspear Opera House will feature A Conversation with Martha Stewart on May 29th. This presentation is part of the #HEARHERE Series.
  63. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents the Academy Ensemble Spring Showcase on May 30th.
  64. The touching Symphonie Fantastique & Carmen will be delivered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Ruth Reinhardt on May 31st at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
  65. The highly anticipated 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition Preliminaries for pianists 13 to 17 years old will begin on May 31st and June 1st at the Caruth Auditorium on the SMU college campus. Former First Lady Laura Bush is the Honorary Chairman for this event.
  66. Give it your best at the Ensemble Auditions at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre on May 31st.

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