Christmas Market Fever, a Mad Comic and a Country Music Legend — Best Things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth

November 19,2019

See full Paper City article by Megan Ziots here.

Dallas weekends are packed full of events, but how many of them are truly worthy of your time? PaperCity‘s new events calendar offers a curated look at all of the best things to do in North Texas. But everyone can still use an expert.

PaperCity‘s Weekend Expert Megan Ziots culls our calendar for your must dos in this regular weekly series.

Chi Omega Christmas Market
The 42nd annual Chi Omega Christmas Market begins this week with a special preview night on Wednesday and general admission starting on Thursday. The yearly market is a massive shopping experience with more than 210 merchants showcasing gifts, holiday decor, women’s clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothes, toys, food gifts, men’s items and more.

Over the past 41 years, the event has distributed more than $8.4 million to the Dallas community through grants to local charities and college scholarships. Funds for beneficiaries are derived solely from ticket sales, merchant booth fees, donations and underwriting.

For $75, come out to Preview Nite or general admission tickets for Thursday, Friday or Saturday cost $15. The market is open from 1 pm to 9 pm on Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday.

Taste of France & Spain
On Friday evening, join the French-American Chambers of Commerce for the 36th Annual Taste of France event at Fashion Industry Gallery. This year, Spain is joining in the all-inclusive experience, which includes a selection of wines from each country, signature dishes offered by some of the area’s top chefs and gourmet purveyors, a silent auction, raffle and souvenirs.

For France, the Georges Duboeuf team will create a Parisian Cafe Scene with Dallas artist Laura Runge. There will also be French mimes and models. And for Spain, Dallas’ newest Spanish restaurant, Enrique Tomas, will be carving a Spanish Jamón. There will also be Flamenco dancers and guitars.

Tickets for member are $70 and $80 for non-members.

For this weekend only, the Tony award-winning musical Once is being performed at Winspear Opera House. The story follows an aspiring Dublin street musician, his journey to achieve his dream and the young woman he meets along the way. The show features an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments onstage.

Showtimes include Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets start at $35.

Dallas Chamber Symphony presents “The Wind”
Head to Moody Performance Hall this Saturday evening for a special performance by the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Artistic director and conductor Richard McKay will lead the Symphony in a fun-filled night with the award-winning Unsilent Film Series featuring a premiere of an original score by Canadian composer Alain Mayrand to a concert screening of Victor Sjöström’s silent movie, The Wind, starring Lillian Gish. Mayrand (Ender’s Game, Elysium) will be in attendance.

Tickets start at $19.

Lewis Black
Comedian Lewis Black is stopping at Majestic Theater on his The Joke’s On Us Tour this Saturday at 8 pm. Known for his satirical edge and being the voice of Anger in Inside Out, Black has scored two Grammy awards — one for his 2005 album, The Carnegie Hall Performance, and the other for his 2010 album, Stark Raving Black. In 2017, Lewis released a new album, Black to the Future.

Tickets for the show start at $61.

Cody Johnson
Join country singer Cody Johnson and friends Riley Green, The Steel Woods, and Jesse Raub Jr. this Saturday at the Fair Park Coliseum. Tickets start at $25 for a fun-filled night of Texas country music by Huntsville-native Cody Johnson.

Johnson self released six albums with Gotta Be Me debuting at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. His most recent album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It came out earlier this year as a Warner Music Nashville label.

Over at Toyota Music Factory this Saturday, iconic rock band Incubus is performing on their 20 Years of Make Yourself & Beyond tour. Known for hits in the early 2000s like “Drive,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Dig,” the band’s most recent album, 8, was released in 2017. They recently released a new single and music video titled “Into The Summer.”

Along with Mexican garage punk band Le Butcherettes, the music begins at 8 pm.

Tickets start at $59.50.

George Strait
At the newly broken in Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, George Strait will putting on two shows this Friday and Saturday. The Country legend will sing his hits that span decades, including songs from his most recently released album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. Country stars Asleep at the Wheel will be joining Strait for two unforgettable nights.

Tickets start at $250.

Japanese Fall Festival
Also big in Fort Worth this weekend is the Japanese Fall Festival at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Come either on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy lovely scenery, performers, food trucks, vendors, cultural booths and more. This year, the event has expanded to include not just the Japanese Garden, but surrounding gardens.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 to 15.

Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Head over to Sundance Square for the 37th Annual GM Financial Parade of Lights this Sunday. Get in the holiday spirit as the parade is themed “The Sounds of the Season!” The entire day will feature exciting events throughout Sundance Square prior to the parade’s start, including shopping opportunities, entertainment, dining, and activities. The parade will begin at 6 pm, illuminating the city as it wraps through Downtown.

Tickets for street seating start at $13.