Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Dallas
Dallas is a haven of opportunities for whatever activities your heart desires. Catch a professional sporting event with your choice of football, basketball, or hockey. Visit a world-class arts venue to take in a musical, opera, orchestra, or ballet. Dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants. While there are iconic (and sometimes pricey) experiences abundant throughout the metroplex, Dallas boasts several budget-friendly experiences year-round. Several special events are coming up this spring that will have you hitting the streets without breaking the bank. Are you looking for one-of-a-kind experiences? Look no more – explore Dallas!
Puptopia is coming on March 21 at Main Street Gardens. It’s an outdoor festival. It’s food and libations. It’s obstacle courses and main stage shows. It’s massages and a “sPAW.” It’s Coachella for dogs! If your pooch could legitimately file as the head of your household, Puptopia is for you! Tickets are only $25 each with discounted rates available for two-legged companions who want to spend the day with you and the Boss.
Visit one of the hidden treasures at Fair Park. Flora Fest will take place at Texas Discovery Gardens on April 14. With tickets at $10 or less, Flora Fest is a winner for family and friends fun! There will be critters, yoga, crafts, and more. Wander through the three gardens soaking up the sun and beautiful views. Watch butterflies feasting on the fruit bowls or simply sit and wait for them to land on you. You may also purchase a butterfly release for an additional fee and name your wishes as you release them towards the heavens.
What could be more “Dallas” than delicious food? How about Taco Libre 2020! Though VIP tickets are available, tickets start at $17 ($10 for children 6-12) for seven hours of family-friendly entertainment on April 25 at The Shed at the Dallas Farmer’s Market! Cheer on (or discover!) your favorite luchador in the ring and stick around for some of the music offerings, but don’t miss out on the most important part of the day! From traditional to contemporary interpretations, twenty-eight of the best taquerías in the region will be onsite, each with a $2 taco. Bring an extra belt (or maybe just wear your stretchy pants), because you don’t want to miss this!
Klyde Warren Park
Still looking for an event that promises tons of fun without breaking the bank? With nearly daily activities featuring Zumba, yoga, and fitness classes, children’s activities, stories, music, and rotating food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster and Nammi, a visit to Klyde Warren Park on Woodall Rogers is fun at any time. However, keep an eye on the website because there are free events scheduled year-round that will put a smile on the tightest budget. The 2020 Summer Movie Series opens this Saturday night and is free for all, but if you need more time to plan, don’t miss out on the free and non-ticketed Memorial Day Music Fest. VIP tickets will be available, but entertainment, face painting, and the famous Dallas food trucks will be there.
Where to Stay
Each of these events will leave you happy and worn out. Where to take the afterglow in the city? There are Hilton options available close by each event. When all six feet are worn out after the day at Puptopia, The Statler Dallas (a Curio Collection by Hilton) is located just across the street from Main Street Gardens. Book early and let them know that you’re bringing your best friend! Some restrictions apply to Fifi/Diablo, and a deposit is required, but you’ll both be spoiled! Can’t get enough and want to come back again? The Statler Dallas is only two miles away from Texas Discovery Gardens and a half-mile from the Dallas Farmer’s Market.
Know Before You Go:
- On the third Friday of every month from 6 PM to midnight, the Dallas Museum of Art holds a Late Nights at the DMA event, which holds performances and additional events.
- The McKinney Avenue Trolley is free to ride and can take you from Uptown to Downtown.
- The nation’s largest art district is located in Dallas.
- Since 1886, The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas.