More than 25 million visitors flock to the Dallas Fort Worth area every year. While the rising temperature often slows tourism during the summer, that’s good news for vacationers looking to avoid peak season crowds. There’s still plenty to do in July and August, with concert halls and theatres picking up the pace as tourists seek out indoor activities. Purchase a CityPASS for discounted admission to six local attractions including the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas Zoo, and the award-winning Perot Museum of Nature & Science.
Texas visitors can also tour Southfork Ranch, the iconic 5,000-square-foot mansion featured in the 1980’s television series, Dallas. Located less than an hour drive from Dallas, Southfork Ranch hosts concerts throughout the year, with past acts including Manchester Orchestra, Dirty River Boys, and a bushel of Elvis tribute artists. After getting a peek inside J.R.’s office and hunting for Dallas souvenirs in the gift shop, here are five local summer concerts and musical events worth checking out.
· Hall & Oates
English pop band Tears for Fears joins the legendary Philadelphia-based musical duo at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Tuesday, July 11. Hall & Oates will perform rock and blues hits from the 1970s and 80s, such as Billboard chart-toppers “Kiss on My List” and “Maneater.” R&B singer Allen Stone will also perform.
· Garden Gigs
Friday nights in July, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts live music after dark. Back for its third year, the series spotlights local singers and songwriters. Attendees can stroll the 66-acre garden while watching a spectacular sunset, grab tasty eats from onsite food trucks and take-in a small, intimate performance. Tip: Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for your family’s comfort.
· Neil Diamond
Crooner Neil Diamond is still wooing the ladies at age 76. He’s one of the most successful artists on Billboard’s contemporary charts and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Look for “Sweet Caroline” and other classics, interspersed with songs from his new Melody Road album, when Diamond takes center stage at American Airlines Center on July 18.
· Musical Moderns Family Weekend
Painting meets music inside the Kimball Art Museum’s educational studio, where kids get exposure to song-loving artists like Matisse and Kandinsky. The display includes artwork inspired by these famous masters, with accompanying tunes that appeal to all ages. Free to visitors who purchase special admission to the accompanying exhibition of European masterpieces.
· Lady Antebellum
After a brief hiatus from performing together, this award-winning country crossover band reunited in 2017 for their “You Look Good” Tour, which moseys into the Starplex Pavilion on Saturday, August 26. The tour supports the summer release of their new album Heart Break. Lady Antebellum won seven out of 11 Grammy awards they were nominated for, so you can bet their new music will put a little scoot in your boogie.
Dallas has a rich musical history, producing notable acts from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Meat Loaf and Erykah Badu. Early blues musicians T-Bone Walker and Robert Johnson recorded here. Of course, we’re partial to one iconic Texas tune: the catchy opening theme from Dallas that one Entertainment Weekly writer nominated for Best TV Theme Song. After checking out some of Dallas’ other entertainment, visit Southfork Ranch to see where the TV magic happened.