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The Top 15 Things To Do This Weekend In Dallas & Collin County

Plan your weekend of November 17 – 19, 2023
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Step on the road to the holiday season by enjoying Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed activities with friends and family. And if the holiday fever has not yet set in for you, consider other activities like the District 121 grand opening celebration, an Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin concert or a pups on the patio gathering.

Scroll all the way down to find our weekly recommendations for places to eat, and get everything planned for an amazing three-day break from the daily routine.

Come right in, because here's the only list you need!

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Bourbon & Banter Underground Comedy Dinner

When: November 17, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bourbon and Banter | 1914 Commerce St, Dallas

Join Bourbon & Banter for an Underground Comedy Dinner on November 17, 2023, to enjoy a delightful three-course menu featuring grilled chicken in a wild mushroom hunter sauce and Wagyu steak au poivre. The night will be full of laughter with a lineup featuring comedians GretchYo, G Baby, Jamie Gravitt and Ku Engenti. Reserve your spot for this entertaining and delicious event at Bourbon and Banter for $80.

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Ricky Martin: The Trilogy Tour

When: November 17, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center |  2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas

This weekend, experience the ultimate Latin music extravaganza as Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and Ricky Martin join forces for The Trilogy Tour. This concert, scheduled for November 17, 2023, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, promises an electrifying night of hit songs and high-energy performances from the three artists. Secure your tickets to witness these iconic artists creating unforgettable memories on stage.

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Versa-Style Dance Company At The Eisemann Center

When: November 17, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

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Embark on a captivating journey with Versa-Style Dance Company at The Eisemann Center on November 17, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. This groundbreaking Los Angeles-based dance company brings street dance's raw and energetic spirit to the concert stage. It promises to become an unforgettable evening celebrating hip-hop and street dance culture. Get ready for a performance that captures the essence of this dynamic dance form.

Wanderlust And The Wayfarer: Enjoying The Journey

When: November 17 to 18, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Cove | 402 N. Tennessee St, McKinney
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Experience the vivid artistry of Beth Mortenson at Wanderlust and the Wayfarer at The Cove in McKinney. Inspired by the ever-changing tapestry of life, Mortenson infuses her creations with bold colors, diverse mediums and expressive styles. Join her on this artistic journey that reflects the beauty of life's seasons, colors, and landscapes. Immerse yourself in the joyous and uplifting world of Mortenson's imaginative art at The Cove.

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George Strait At Dickies Arena

When: November 17 to 18, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Dickies Arena | 1911 Montgomery St, Fort Worth

Don't miss the legendary George Strait as he takes the stage for two unforgettable nights at Dickies Arena on November 17 and 18, 2023. With a career spanning over 30 years and numerous chart-topping hits, George Strait promises an evening of pure country magic. Secure your tickets (starting at $85) and join the country music icon for a memorable experience.

It’s A Wonderful Life – Deaf Theatre

When: November 17 to 19, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Willow Bend Center of the Arts, Egelston Akers Black Box | 6121 W Park Blvd, Ste. B216, Plano

From November 17 to 19, 2023, experience the magic of It's a Wonderful Life at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts. Transported to a live 1940s radio broadcast, the beloved American holiday classic takes on a new dimension. An ensemble of talented performers brings dozens of characters to life, telling the heartwarming story of George Bailey and his transformative Christmas Eve.

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Pups On The Patio At Legacy Hall

When: November 18, 2023 | 12:00 p.m.
Where: Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
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Join the 2nd Annual Pups on the Patio at Legacy Hall for a paw-ty presented by Tito's Vodka for Dog People. Enjoy doggy competitions, tasty treats, games and even pet adoptions! Enter your pooch in competitions like the ugliest dog, most talented and best dressed for a chance to win fantastic prizes from Tito's. The first 50 attendees with a furry friend receive a complimentary Tito's cocktail and dog treat.

District 121 Grand Opening Celebration

When: November 18, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: District 121 | 6731 Alma Road, McKinney
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Join the grand opening celebration of District 121 this weekend on Saturday, November 18. This vibrant event offers live music, delicious bites and various family-friendly activities. Enjoy Top Band, Maylee Thomas Band and Travelin’ Jed live performances, and capture memories with a photo booth, face painting and more. In the evening, the celebration continues with the Taylor Swift Tribute Band.

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Little Designers In The PGA District – Turkey Crowns

When: November 18, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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On November 18, 2023, head to The Monument Realty PGA District for a delightful family craft session. Hosted by Crafty Party Dallas, this come-and-go event offers children the chance to create Thanksgiving-themed turkey crowns and pumpkin banks. For $20 per child, participants can express their gratitude through art. Sign up early as space is limited, with limited walk-ups available on the morning of the event.

John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar

When: November 18, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: John Paul II High School | 900 Coit Road, Plano
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Discover a winter wonderland at the John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar on November 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hosted by the Cardinal Women's Auxiliary, this event at John Paul II High School features over 150 vendors offering delightful holiday treasures. Your support helps raise funds for JPII and its students. Take the chance to find unique gifts and contribute to a great cause.

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Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza 

When: November 17 to December 16, 2023 | 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Star | 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco
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Taking place every Friday and Saturday evening from November 17 to December 16 at 6:00 p.m., this 20-minute show features the dazzling Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a 67-foot LED Christmas tree lighting, and performances by Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue, Cowboys Rookie Squad and more. With special guests Darren Woodson and family, it's a festive and free event for the whole family.

Vitruvian Lights

When: November 18 to 25, 2023 | 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Vitruvian Park | 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison
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Get ready for a holiday extravaganza at Vitruvian Park in Addison! The annual Vitruvian Lights, North Texas' most magical free holiday event, begins on November 18, featuring 1.5 million sparkling LED lights adorning 555 trees. The festivities kick off with Santa Claus and a live performance by the Dallas-based men’s choir, Vocal Majority. Special event nights on November 18 and 25 offer live concerts, gourmet food trucks, photos with Santa reindeer and more. Don't miss this enchanting holiday experience!

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Lights At Legacy

When: November 19, 2023 | 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Shops at Legacy East | 5741 Legacy Drive, Suite 315, Plano

Join The Shops at Legacy East festivities on November 19, 2023, to capture cherished moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus for $30, with half the proceeds supporting My Possibilities. Experience the joy of the HIPster Choir performance at 4:00 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and enjoy complimentary train rides, balloon artists, live entertainment and more.

African American Museum: Exhibitions Commemorating Significance Of Deep Ellum, Central Track

When: November 17, 2023, to May 24, 2024 | See the full schedule
Where: The African American Museum | 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas
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The African American Museum in Dallas invites you to explore the enduring significance of Deep Ellum and Central Track. The exhibition Central Track: Crossroads of Deep Ellum delves into the 1920s and 1930s, showcasing archival materials and recordings of the era's music. Seeing a World Blind Lemon Never Saw by Alan Govenar explores locations in Blind Lemon's songs. Join them in commemorating these cultural landmarks from November to May.

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Meadows Museum To Presents Spanish Light: Sorolla In American Collections Exhibition

When: November 17 to January 7, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: The Meadows Museum | 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas

From November 7 to January 7, 2023, immerse yourself in the luminous world of celebrated Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) at the Meadows Museum, Dallas. The exhibition, curated by renowned scholar Blanca Pons-Sorolla, features 27 captivating and rarely-seen paintings from private collections in the United States. Delight in Sorolla's characteristic subjects, from sun-bleached sails to lively garden scenes, invites you into the painter's vivid realm. 

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

When: November 17 to January 13, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Little Elm Park | 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm
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Little Elm Park hosts a spellbinding event: Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Enchanting lights and theatrical wonders bring the world of wizards to life. Visitors embark on a trail through a magical forest, encountering creatures like hippogriffs and unicorns. Armed with wands, attendees can cast spells and conjure patronuses, delight in Harry Potter-inspired food, capture memories with fun photos and immerse themselves in the enchantment of Harry Potter.

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Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit

When: November 17, 2023, to February 19, 2024 | See the full schedule
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Pl, McKinney
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The Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, located at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, lets you travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that come alive, moving, and roaring, offering an enthralling experience and fascinating facts about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Enjoy interactive elements, a photo-op with a tyrannosaurus rex and an outdoor fossil dig.

Even More Great Things To Do This Weekend In Dallas & Collin County

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
When: November 19, 2023 | 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bass Performance Hall | 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth

Football In the PGA District
When: November, 2023 | 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Don Diablo At Stereo Live Dallas
When: November 17, 2023 | 10:00 p.m.
Where: Stereo Live Dallas | 2711 Storey Ln, Dallas

Disco Wonderland Dance Party With Disco Queen
When: November 18, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano

McKinney Farmers Market At Chestnut Square
When: November 18, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Square Historic Village | 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney
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Lights On The Farm

When: November 24 to December 30, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum | 1900 West 15th Street, Plano

Embark on a magical journey at the Heritage Farmstead Museum's Lights on the Farm. Witness the historic farmstead transformed into a winter wonderland with over a million lights and enchanting holiday displays, and delight in the quarter-mile trail featuring holiday light creations and animated displays by First Choice Lights. Also, enjoy festive treats, meet Santa in his farm shop and create lasting memories with family.

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Holiday In The Plaza

When: November 25, 2023 | 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Castle Hills | 2540 King Arthur Boulevard, Lewisville
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The heartwarming festivities of Holiday in the Plaza will take over The Village Shops at Castle Hills. This free event offers a sleigh-full of family-friendly activities, including delightful photo opportunities with Santa himself! Enjoy musical performances, bounce houses, balloon artists, face painters and other holiday-themed entertainment. Also, witness the magical moment when Santa illuminates the iconic 48-foot Castle Hills tree after sunset.

The Grinch Stole Christmas! Ornament Scavenger Hunt Downtown Plano

When: December 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Plano Arts District | 1004 E 15th St, Plano
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The Grinch has swiped holiday ornaments, and it's your mission to reclaim them! Discover one of the limited-edition #LovePlano ornaments hidden in Downtown Plano shops and restaurants. Follow clues on Downtown Plano's social media and local businesses' channels. You can find ornaments scattered between 14th and 15th Streets, from G Avenue to Municipal Avenue. Claim one ornament per family and enjoy the holiday spirit!