From mind-blowing musical tributes to sunny weekend festivals, here’s what to do in Dallas this month.
Don’t miss celebrated Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi’s noteworthy one-night performance June 22.
Love You Madly: Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington
Transport yourself to the 1920s in New York City with Strauss Square’s newest performance: Love You Madly: Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington. Presented by Urban Arts Collective, this must-see celebration of Duke Ellington uses music, dance and spoken word to capture the essence of the Harlem Renaissance under the direction of premier Dallas jazz band director Dean Hilland. 2389 Flora St., attpac.org
TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND by BalletX, a leading dance company, is making its official Dallas debut at Moody Performance Hall. The company, co-founded by artistic and executive director Christine Cox and choreographer Matthew Neenan, offers a fresh and inclusive collaboration bringing together some of the country’s finest dancers and producing over 100 ballets by 60 expert choreographers across the world. 2520 Flora St., moody.dallasculture.org
Dallas Pride Weekend
Celebrate love, acceptance and living out proud at Dallas Pride Weekend in Fair Park. The festivities kick off on Saturday with a jam session at the Pride Musical Festival featuring over 200 food and drink vendors, followed on Sunday by the iconic Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade with traditionally colorful floats, costumes and performers. Join the festivities to honor the unstoppable spirit of resilience and compassion of the LGBTQ community and its allies. 3809 Grand Ave., fairpark.org
Taste of Dallas is back at Market Hall June 10 through 12.
Taste of Dallas
Looking to get a taste of everything Dallas has to offer? The 36th annual Taste of Dallas is right around the corner! One of the most anticipated gatherings of the year, this foodie fest is bringing dozens of new savory attractions to Dallas Market Center. This year’s lineup has something for even the choosiest eaters—meat fanatics will flock to Baconland and Smoke & Sauce, while plant lovers and traveling spirits can catch a bite at Veggie Paradise and Global Flavors. 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway, tasteofdallas.org
Bring out your competitive spirit at CHEER Live, a must-see face-off between the two best rival cheer programs in the country at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Watch as premier athletes like Gabi Butler and Morgan Simianer take to the mat with never-before-seen stunts and performances that are sure to wow without the usual restraints of score cards, judges and time limits. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., thepaviliontmf.com
Give back at the Community Ball, a benefit gala hosted by My Possibilities, a nonprofit dedicated to providing continuing education services for adults with disabilities, at the glamorous Hyatt Regency Dallas. Guests will enjoy an evening full of music and dancing, a sumptuous sit-down dinner and opportunities to participate in a wine pull, silent auction and an ever-popular raffle. This year’s theme is Heroes, so be sure to suit up! 300 Reunion Blvd., mypossibilities.org
This year’s TEX Gala takes place June 20.
Griots: Celebrating a Compilation of Dallas’ Cultural Storytellers of the African Diaspora
Strauss Square is raising the curtain on Griots: Celebrating a Compilation of Dallas’ Cultural Storytellers of the African Diaspora, a stunning sensory experience that plunges audiences into traditional West African drum, dance and cultural ceremonies. Through sensational immersion and inventive artistic expression, this unprecedented production pays homage to the history of the African diaspora and some of Dallas’ key cultural storytellers like Erykah Badu and Baba Hassan. 2389 Flora St., attpac.org
Paul Simon Songbook
Presented by Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Paul Simon Songbook brings an evening of delight to Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. This enchanting symphonic tribute praises Simon’s work in Simon and Garfunkel, as well as his renowned solo albums. Sing along to hits from Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints, as well as all-time favorites such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “Cecilia,” “The Sound of Silence” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” 2301 Flora St., dallassymphony.org
Step up to the plate at this year’s annual TEX Gala, a benefit jubilee that raises money for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to serve organizations and individuals throughout the North Texas community. A red carpet arrival at Globe Life Field, VIP reception, haute cuisine and a special performance headlined by Darius Rucker will have you feeling like you’ve hit a home run. 734 Stadium Drive, mlb.com
Follow up your Friday night dinner date with a romantic performance by world-renowned Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi at Winspear Opera House. On top of a stellar show, the composer of “I’m Still Here” and miniseries Doctor Zhivago will be available for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet equipped with a vinyl copy of Einaudi’s new album, premium reserved seats and a personal photo with the musician himself. 2403 Flora St., attpac.org
Photography by: DEAN DEBLOIS AND HÖRÐUR ÓTTARSSON/COURTESY OF AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER; COURTESY OF TASTE OF DALLAS; BEN LUDEMAN