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The cost of travel and vacations continues to go up and up. If you live in the Dallas area you are not immune to this. It doesn't mean that you still can't have a vacation though. You can still have fun while not spending as much money. Try planning a Dallas Staycation or mini vacation. These involve short little day trips and over night trips to destinations in Dallas and the surrounding area. There are actually plenty of things to do that are a lot of fun. Some that you may not even realize is there. Living in Dallas you may become blind to what is there. Follow along and we will point out some of what to do and see. You can take these ideas for planning your next Dallas Staycation. You'll save even more money with the suggested coupons listed on this site as well.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Medieval Times Dallas
  2. Legoland Discovery Center Grapevine
  3. Keith & Margo’s Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure
  4. Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  5. Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
  6. Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine
  7. Mountasia Family Fun Center
  8. Dallas Holocaust Museum
  9. Hurricane Harbor
  10. Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dark Waters at Sea LIfe Grapevine Aquarium

2014 October 24

This weekend the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine does something unique in the spirit of Halloween. They are turning the aquarium into Dark Waters. At this event you can explore all of your favorite aquatic animals in a spooky night time setting. Your admission includes complimentary snacks and special eerie talks led by their Pirate-clad team members. The Dark Waters event is for one night only. It opens on October 25th with three different times including 8 pm, 8:30 pm and 9 pm. Keep in mind that this is a separate ticketed event. That means that a normal general admission ticket will not work and your annual pass does not include admission to this event. Don’t worry though because you can still get a discount on your admission tickets for the Dark Waters Halloween event at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine.

Get 40% Off Admission to the Dark Waters Event at Sea Life

Now if you are currently an annual passholder of the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine then just show your annual pass at the dooer and you can save $20 off the cost of your admission to this event. If you are not a annual passholder then just purchase your tickets online and you can save $5 off the cost of each ticket as the online discount. This equates to about a 16% discount. Finally, you may also want to keep an eye on the daily deal / coupon sites like Groupon which may offer savings of up to 50% off ticket packages for the Dark Waters Halloween event at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine.

Visiting the aquarium at another time? If you are then be sure to take a moment to read over all Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine coupons first to make sure that you get the absolute most savings possible on your general admission tickets.


"A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas": Youth Production of the Holiday Musical Comedy

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Good grief! The holidays are here again and this fun-filled youth production of "A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas" is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and th... [more+]

Good grief! The holidays are here again and this fun-filled youth production of "A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas" is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Join Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of Charles M. Schulz's gang for a live-action show that mixes "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" into a unique and hilarious musical. The whole family will enjoy seeing these beloved characters brought to life on stage in a series of sketches and songs that share the true meaning of Christmas. [less-]

"Flynt Saves Christmas", a Seasonal Spoof

at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

When jolly old Saint Nick is kidnapped by a demented maniac intent on stealing Christmas and keeping it all for himself, it's up to Hardy Flynt to save this hap-hap-happiest of holidays. But will Flyn... [more+]

When jolly old Saint Nick is kidnapped by a demented maniac intent on stealing Christmas and keeping it all for himself, it's up to Hardy Flynt to save this hap-hap-happiest of holidays. But will Flynt be able to defeat this evil megalomaniac and his beautiful assassins and elf ninjas? You'll have to head over to the Pocket Sandwich Theatre and see for yourself in "Flynt Saves Christmas", a saucy satire on the season that spoofs everything from classic Christmas specials to spy films. [less-]

More Than 60 Marionettes Make for Holiday Magic in "Winter Wonderland"

at Hilton Anatole, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
+ 12 more dates
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
Mon, December 22
Tue, December 23
Tue, December 23
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
Sat, January 03
Sat, January 03
Sun, January 04
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FULL PRICE: $18.00 - $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00 - $15.00

Ice skating penguins, juggling polar bears and an actual sprinkling of snow in the theatre are just a few of the elements that make "Winter Wonderland" a delightful stage spectacle for kids. Featuring... [more+]

Ice skating penguins, juggling polar bears and an actual sprinkling of snow in the theatre are just a few of the elements that make "Winter Wonderland" a delightful stage spectacle for kids. Featuring more than 60 handcrafted marionettes, this holiday show transports your young ones' imaginations to the North Pole, where Jack Frost is joined by toyshop elves, singing snowflakes and dancing snowmen. By the time Santa and Rudolph land onstage for the finale, and snow starts falling on your heads, it'll be impossible to ignore the pull of the holiday spirit. [less-]

"NorthPole Texas": A Christmas Musical With Marionettes

at Christkindl Market, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
+ 9 more dates
Fri, December 19
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $6.00

This musical variety show for all ages features adorable holiday puppets -- including dancing mice and elves, an ice-skating penguin, a rapping snowman, a candy cane-juggling teddy bear, caroling Chri... [more+]

This musical variety show for all ages features adorable holiday puppets -- including dancing mice and elves, an ice-skating penguin, a rapping snowman, a candy cane-juggling teddy bear, caroling Christmas trees, Jack and Jill Frost and even Christmas clowns. At the end, jolly ol' Saint Nick himself makes a grand entrance, riding in on his sleigh. "NorthPole Texas" is a fun and fast-paced holiday show that kids are likely to love. Don't forget to bring your camera for photo opportunities with the marionettes, hand-carved by the artists of Le Theatre de Marionette. [less-]

"A Civil War Christmas": Pulitzer-Winner Paula Vogel's Stirring Musical

at Theatre Three, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
+ 1 more dates
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $25.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $20.00

Written by the brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, "A Civil War Christmas" is not your typical holiday musical but a stirring assemblage of folk songs, spirituals, carols and powe... [more+]

Written by the brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, "A Civil War Christmas" is not your typical holiday musical but a stirring assemblage of folk songs, spirituals, carols and powerful tales set in the throes of the bloodiest war in American history. It's Christmastime in the final days of the Civil War and President Lincoln is trying to heal the wounds of a nation. Families, former slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers, friends and neighbors must come to grips with the legacy that has been created by four years of war -- but hope shines through, even in these darkest of times. [less-]

Comedian Reese Waters ("Letterman", "Ferguson", Comedy Central)

at Arlington Improv Comedy Club, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $17.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.50

A curious thing happens when Reese Waters takes the stage: The more soft-spoken and laid-back this comic becomes, the louder and more hysterical the crowd reacts. With Waters at the mic, red hot comed... [more+]

A curious thing happens when Reese Waters takes the stage: The more soft-spoken and laid-back this comic becomes, the louder and more hysterical the crowd reacts. With Waters at the mic, red hot comedy's never been so cool. A D.C. native, Waters began his stand-up career in Manhattan, where "New York" magazine labeled him one of the city's "Ten Comedians to Watch." A successful appearance on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" earned him spots on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and the "Late Show with David Letterman". The co-host of ESPN's "UNITE", Reese has also hosted "The Daily Line" on the Versus Network, where he interviewed celebrities ranging from Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose to Queen Latifah and Mike Tyson. [less-]

Backdoor Comedy Club: Dallas' Longest-Running Stand-Up Club

at Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
+ 27 more dates
Fri, December 19
Sat, December 20
Sat, December 20
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
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Fri, January 30
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Fri, February 27
Sat, February 28
Sat, February 28
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FULL PRICE: $14.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Shows feature eight or more comedians... [more+]

The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Shows feature eight or more comedians per night, including national touring comics from Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC's "Last Comic Standing", as well as the best of the local pros. The coziness of the Backdoor takes you back to the roots of stand-up and gives you the intimate vibe of the original comedy rooms in NYC and LA. There's no better way to spend an evening than taking in the laughs at the Backdoor. [less-]

"Once": Broadway Musical Based on the Hit Indie Film

at Winspear Opera House, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
+ 8 more dates
Sat, December 20
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 21
Tue, December 23
Wed, December 24
Thu, December 25
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
Sun, December 28
Sun, December 28
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FULL PRICE: $90.00
OFFER PRICE: $65.00 - $75.00

"Once" began as a music-fueled indie film that won hearts in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Now, "Once" has taken the Broadway stage by s... [more+]

"Once" began as a music-fueled indie film that won hearts in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Now, "Once" has taken the Broadway stage by storm, earning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The romantic tale follows a downtrodden Dublin street musician and a delightfully quirky Czech woman who meet in the most unlikely of places -- a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Their complicated lives make the path to love a rocky one, and they channel their feelings into the music they produce together -- him on guitar, her on piano, two voices harmonizing and setting them free, for a time, from the harsh realities of their lives. An impressive ensemble of actor/musicians play their own instruments onstage in this breathtaking production that draws you in from the very first note and doesn't let go until the end. [less-]

Murder Mystery Dinner: Play Detective While Savoring a 4-Course Meal

at Old Mill Inn, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 20
FULL PRICE: $68.67
OFFER PRICE: $41.20

Trust no one. Suspect everyone. These are words to live by at "Keith & Margo's Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure", where the murderer just might be sitting right beside you. While the mystery unfolds,... [more+]

Trust no one. Suspect everyone. These are words to live by at "Keith & Margo's Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure", where the murderer just might be sitting right beside you. While the mystery unfolds, you'll be enjoying a four-course dinner and chatting with your fellow guests. Tell them your real identity, or invent a new one to throw them off track. Want to be a marine biologist? A yoga instructor? The way you play it is up to you. When the first body hits the floor, a detective (played by an improvisational comedian) will lead an interrogation and help you piece together clues -- while keeping things lively with plenty of laughs. When the food is gone and the clues run out, it's time to finger whodunit. Channel your inner Sherlock because the winner goes home with a prize. See the full event description for a menu and more info. [less-]

Fun Comedy & Magic Show for the Whole Family at Addison Improv

at Addison Improv, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 28
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Whether you're in the mood to laugh or be amazed, Addison Improv's got you covered with their weekend family comedy and magic show. This fun, kid-friendly afternoon show features two magicians with il... [more+]

Whether you're in the mood to laugh or be amazed, Addison Improv's got you covered with their weekend family comedy and magic show. This fun, kid-friendly afternoon show features two magicians with illusions designed to delight audiences of all ages, plus comedy to make even the littlest member of your brood laugh. Past performers have included hilarious comic-illusionist Magic Mike, zany sleight-of-hand master Jeff Lee and the crowd-pleasing, snake-wrangling antics of Daryl Sprout and his "Snake Encounters." [less-]

Family Comedy and Magic Show at the Arlington Improv

at Arlington Improv Comedy Club, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 28
Sun, January 04
+ 3 more dates
Sun, December 21
Sun, December 28
Sun, January 04
Sun, January 11
Sun, January 18
Sun, January 25
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FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

It's never too early to get the kids into the comedy habit, so bring the whole family down to the world-famous Arlington Improv for the Family Comedy and Magic Show. It's a fun-filled variety show tha... [more+]

It's never too early to get the kids into the comedy habit, so bring the whole family down to the world-famous Arlington Improv for the Family Comedy and Magic Show. It's a fun-filled variety show that will both entertain and amaze, as this unique event features stand-up comedy and plenty of magic. Anyone age 4 or older will enjoy this awesomely interactive mix of variety comedy, stand-up comedy and astonishing magic, all packed into one great show. [less-]

"A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker": A Burlesque Holiday Favorite

at Stone Cottage Theatre, Addison
OFFER DATES:
Sun, December 21
FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00

The ballet goes burlesque! Written by Mark-Brian Sonna, "A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker" finds the ladies of a local book club in dire need of cash. To that end, the club decides to stage Tchaikovsky's famou... [more+]

The ballet goes burlesque! Written by Mark-Brian Sonna, "A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker" finds the ladies of a local book club in dire need of cash. To that end, the club decides to stage Tchaikovsky's famous ballet as a fundraiser. But thanks to a disastrous piña colada casserole at a pre-show party, the hired cast of ballet dancers falls ill and the ladies are forced to re-cast the show with members of a stranded burlesque troupe that happens to be stuck in town. The ensuing performance by the Velvet Kittens might not feature any nudity, but it does contain a festive string of sexual puns, adult language and bump-and-grind dance numbers. The production is recommended for mature audiences in the mood for a seasonal send-up. [less-]

Holiday Hangover: Beastie Boys Tribute Rhymin' N Stealin'

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

You don't have to fight for your right to party -- especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's. The House of Blues Dallas takes on a distinctly New York City vibe as Beastie Boys tribu... [more+]

You don't have to fight for your right to party -- especially during the week between Christmas and New Year's. The House of Blues Dallas takes on a distinctly New York City vibe as Beastie Boys tribute band Rhymin' N Stealin' salutes the NYC hip-hop innovators. A Texas-based quartet of three MCs and one DJ, Rhymin' N Stealin' captures all of the energy, comedy and musicality of Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D in a show that's filled with familiar party anthems like "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)," "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," "Hey Ladies," "Sabotage," "Body Movin'" and more. Also on the bill are Poo Live Crew, a cover band playing music from the 1960's through the '90s, and singer/songwriter Jesse Rya. [less-]

Blue Man Group: The Worldwide Sensation Comes to Dallas

at Winspear Opera House, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 30
Wed, December 31
Thu, January 01
+ 4 more dates
Tue, December 30
Wed, December 31
Thu, January 01
Thu, January 01
Fri, January 02
Sat, January 03
Sun, January 04
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FULL PRICE: $85.00 - $95.00
OFFER PRICE: $45.00 - $65.00

The international phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group hits the road for its first U.S. tour, bringing all the wild intensity and spectacular theatrics the group is known for. Using comedy, music an... [more+]

The international phenomenon known as the Blue Man Group hits the road for its first U.S. tour, bringing all the wild intensity and spectacular theatrics the group is known for. Using comedy, music and technology -- but no words -- the Blue Man Group creates an experience unlike any other, uniting people of all ages, languages and cultures in a spirit of joy. From the beating drums to the splashing paint to the sensory surprises at every turn, the Blue Man Group experience has been called "visually stunning," "wildly inventive," and "hysterically funny." [less-]

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!" -- Hit Celebration of Relationships

at Theatre Too, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 31
Fri, January 02
Sat, January 03
+ 4 more dates
Wed, December 31
Fri, January 02
Sat, January 03
Sun, January 04
Thu, January 08
Fri, January 09
Sat, January 10
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FULL PRICE: $35.00 - $50.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $25.00

The longest-running show in Dallas history returns for another run. "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro is a musical comedy about love in suburbia. It has been d... [more+]

The longest-running show in Dallas history returns for another run. "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro is a musical comedy about love in suburbia. It has been described as ""Seinfeld" set to music." The talented comedic actors play over 40 roles as they explore the various ups and downs of love and different types of relationships. From single life to dating to marriage to the end of relationships, this play explores the whole cycle with humor, emotion, and insight. When it closed in 2008, the New York production had played 20 previews and 5,003 performances, making it the second longest-running musical in Off-Broadway history. [less-]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth -- The Indoor LEGOLAND

at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth, Grapevine
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 01
FULL PRICE: $21.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is like jumping into the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks, with tons of activities for hours of colorful fun. Kids ages 3 to 10 and their families can be ... [more+]

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth is like jumping into the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks, with tons of activities for hours of colorful fun. Kids ages 3 to 10 and their families can be a part of the story in the 4D films, ride the Kingdom Quest and Merlin's Apprentice rides, see iconic movie scenes from "Star Wars" and famous local sights in MINILAND, join the LEGO Fire Academy and perform karaoke at the Princess Palace. Younger kids can start their building adventure at DUPLO Village. When you're ready, take a break to refuel in the Cafe, and shop for souvenirs in the Discovery Center Shop. [less-]

All-Day Paintball Pass: Experience the Fast-Action Fun

at Dallas Paintball Locations, Waxahachie
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 01
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $3.00

Get in on the action with a pass to the most-played paintball facilities in the Dallas area, including Madd Dogz in Waxahachie and Hunt County Paintball in Greenville. The thrill of paintball is inten... [more+]

Get in on the action with a pass to the most-played paintball facilities in the Dallas area, including Madd Dogz in Waxahachie and Hunt County Paintball in Greenville. The thrill of paintball is intensely palpable whether you're playing with a group of friends or challenging strangers to a fast-paced match. This pass, which must be purchased in groups of four, is good for all-day admission to any of these locations. Gun and mask equipment rental is included in the offer. Paintballs and air must be purchased separately at the venue. [less-]

Encounter Ocean Creatures at SEA LIFE Grapevine

at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Grapevine
OFFER DATES:
Thu, January 01
Wed, April 01
FULL PRICE: $16.00 - $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.00

Spend a day at SEA LIFE Grapevine and encounter more than 5,000 aquatic creatures, including sharks, rays, seahorses, tropical fish and more. Since it's hundreds of miles to the nearest beach, this aq... [more+]

Spend a day at SEA LIFE Grapevine and encounter more than 5,000 aquatic creatures, including sharks, rays, seahorses, tropical fish and more. Since it's hundreds of miles to the nearest beach, this aquarium adventure brings the ocean to you. Get hands-on with marine life at the touch pools, then take a walk through the 360-degree ocean tunnel, where you'll be surrounded by aquatic animals like you're walking along the ocean floor. Go meet their newest friends, two non-releasable endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, Roxy and Squirt, in the new Turtle Rescue Center. Throughout SEA LIFE Grapevine you'll discover fascinating facts about the creatures you see, and you can put your new knowledge to the test along the interactive quiz trail. Your whole family is sure to have fun and learn something new. [less-]

Depeche Mode Tribute Strangelove: Hear the New Wave Band's Biggest Synthpop Hits Live

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, January 02
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Fans around the globe just can't get enough of Strangelove, the ultimate tribute to '80s new-wavers Depeche Mode, who perform the British synthpop band's biggest hits with precision and style. Beyond ... [more+]

Fans around the globe just can't get enough of Strangelove, the ultimate tribute to '80s new-wavers Depeche Mode, who perform the British synthpop band's biggest hits with precision and style. Beyond your everyday cover band, this ultimate tribute act also recreates the original group's famed theatrical concert experience, including costume changes and multiple screen projections, to take you through the different eras of Depeche Mode's decades-spanning career. Considered the most commercially successful electronic band ever, Depeche Mode has sold more 100 million albums and singles worldwide. From "People Are People" to "Personal Jesus" and beyond, now you can experience all the '80s electro-pop glory up close and personal at the legendary House of Blues Dallas. The In-Tenders, a tribute to The Pretenders, will open. [less-]

Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe & Poison Tributes: "Kings of Hollywood"

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, January 03
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Three hard-rocking bands take the stage at the House of Blues to pay tribute to the Kings of Hollywood: Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe and Poison. Slash and Axl may never get back together, but with Gun... [more+]

Three hard-rocking bands take the stage at the House of Blues to pay tribute to the Kings of Hollywood: Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe and Poison. Slash and Axl may never get back together, but with Guns N' Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction's dead-on looks, from Axl's kilt to Slash's signature top hat and veil of black hair, accompanying note-for-note renditions of GNR hits like "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Welcome to the Jungle," you'll think it's the late '80s all over again. For the past 15 years, the band has been selling out venues throughout the Northeast, twice sharing the stage with ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. Also performing will be Mötley Crüe tribute band Red White & Crüe and Poison tribute band Poison'd. [less-]