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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. Bahama Beach Waterpark
  2. Legoland Discovery Center Grapevine
  3. Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  4. Medieval Times Dallas
  5. Keith & Margo’s Ultimate Mystery Dinner Adventure
  6. Texas Sports Hall of Fame
  7. Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
  8. Sea Life Aquarium Grapevine
  9. Mountasia Family Fun Center
  10. Dallas Holocaust Museum

Top 7 Upcoming Events & Festivals in Dallas

May 6, 2015

Looking for a great event or festival this month? Well there is no shortage of events and festivals in the Dallas Metroplex. There’s so much going on it is really difficult to break it down to just 7 but here goes. Below are 10 events and festivals that you might want to mark on your calendar […]


"The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: Macbeth!"

at Stone Cottage Theatre, Addison
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
Wed, August 05
Thu, August 06
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FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $11.50

In a follow-up to their award-winning and successful sendup "A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker", the Beulaville Book Club ladies are back raising more money and more hell with their adaptation of the Bard's fam... [more+]

In a follow-up to their award-winning and successful sendup "A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker", the Beulaville Book Club ladies are back raising more money and more hell with their adaptation of the Bard's famed Scottish tragedy. As usual, though, their planned fundraising production of "Shakespeare "Not" in the Park" goes comically awry. Turns out the theater's been double-booked with a Tap & Twirl competition, adding even more drama to the twisted tale of "Macbeth", the story of the ambitious general who's spurred on to murder by his wife and three witches. MPS Productions stages this show at Addison's Stone Cottage Theatre. [less-]

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

at Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas
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Sat, August 01
Sat, August 01
Fri, August 07
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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-]

Late Night Sketch Comedy & Improv Fun at The Pocket

at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
Fri, September 04
Sat, September 05
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
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Out on the town and not quite ready to go home? Head on over to Pocket Sandwich Theatre for some late night laughs courtesy of some of Dallas' funniest sketch, stand-up and improv comedy wizards. A ro... [more+]

Out on the town and not quite ready to go home? Head on over to Pocket Sandwich Theatre for some late night laughs courtesy of some of Dallas' funniest sketch, stand-up and improv comedy wizards. A rotating schedule of hilarious shows includes improv from The Victims, campy '60s lesbian pulp fiction-inspired hilarity in "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles", sketch comedy from dynamic Dallas duo Lugo & Long, and wild 'n' weird variety at "The Grown-Up Talent Show". But make sure the kiddies stay at home -- these comedy shows are strictly for adults only! [less-]

Led Zeppelin Tribute The Hindenburg Project at House of Blues

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Renowned for its soulful, faithful live homages to Led Zeppelin's studio recordings, The Hindenburg Project recreates such classic songs as "Ramble On," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Communication Breakdown" and ... [more+]

Renowned for its soulful, faithful live homages to Led Zeppelin's studio recordings, The Hindenburg Project recreates such classic songs as "Ramble On," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Communication Breakdown" and "Since I've Been Loving You." The Hindenburg Project, together since 2011, plays shows all over Texas and the Southwest, and now you can see them at the House of Blues in Dallas. From the moment they hit the stage to honor the legendary British rockers, you'll believe that this is definitely the real deal! [less-]

Tennessee Williams' Famous Play "The Glass Menagerie"

at Theatre Three, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
Sun, August 02
Sun, August 02
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FULL PRICE: $25.00 - $50.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $25.00

The beautiful and heartbreaking "The Glass Menagerie" is still stunning nearly 70 years after its debut -- the 2013 Broadway revival received seven Tony Award nominations. No wonder that after its suc... [more+]

The beautiful and heartbreaking "The Glass Menagerie" is still stunning nearly 70 years after its debut -- the 2013 Broadway revival received seven Tony Award nominations. No wonder that after its success, Tennessee Williams went on to become one of the most important American playwrights of all time. Now playing at Dallas' Theatre Three, "The Glass Menagerie" is a strongly autobiographical memory play centered around wannabe poet Tom, his mother Amanda, a faded Southern belle, and fragile sister Laura. When Amanda pushes Tom to find a "gentleman caller" for Laura, the delicate world they live in begins to crack. [less-]

Marionette Adaptation of "The Little Mermaid"

at Geppetto’s Theater at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, August 02
Sat, August 08
Sat, August 08
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FULL PRICE: $14.00 - $16.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $8.00

Hans Christian Anderson's beloved fairytale comes to life on the puppet stage with amazingly detailed marionettes and creative underwater stage effects. Children will be enthralled with this magical t... [more+]

Hans Christian Anderson's beloved fairytale comes to life on the puppet stage with amazingly detailed marionettes and creative underwater stage effects. Children will be enthralled with this magical telling of "The Little Mermaid" at Geppetto's Theater, located in the Hilton Anatole. Go under the sea with Ariel who dreams for a life beyond the water. When she makes a deal with the evil Ursula, Ariel has three days to get her prince to fall in love or be bound to the Sea Witch forever. Experience the story told as a European-styled marionette play, with over 60 carved marionettes and other puppets including shadow puppets, black light puppets, trick marionettes and other special surprises. Arrive early for a marionette demonstration and stick around after the show for a behind-the-scenes look at puppetry magic. [less-]

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers: Major League Baseball

at Globe Life Park, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Mon, August 03
Wed, August 05
FULL PRICE: $24.00 - $64.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00 - $44.00

The Battle of Texas is on! Head down to Globe Life Park to see which of Texas's Major League Baseball teams reigns supreme when the Rangers battle it out versus the Astros. Houston and Texas are locke... [more+]

The Battle of Texas is on! Head down to Globe Life Park to see which of Texas's Major League Baseball teams reigns supreme when the Rangers battle it out versus the Astros. Houston and Texas are locked in a tough battle with the Los Angeles Angels to see who'll end up on top of the American League West. Just four seasons removed from their back-to-back World Series appearances, the Rangers are still stocked with talent, including towering slugger Prince Fielder, stalwart Adrián Béltre and Korean superstar Shin-soo Choo. [less-]

"Getting Paid to Talk": An Introduction to Voice-Over

at CG & Associates Realty Advisors , Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 04
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Has anyone ever told you that you've got a great voice? Learn how to make money with it in this popular seminar led by a voice-over pro. The growing voice-over industry is a great field for anyone wit... [more+]

Has anyone ever told you that you've got a great voice? Learn how to make money with it in this popular seminar led by a voice-over pro. The growing voice-over industry is a great field for anyone with a background in theater, music or public speaking, but even if you've got no experience, your fabulous voice is all you really need. Discover how to make a professional voice-over demo, hear examples of demos from professional voice actors and record your own mock commercial script under the direction of the instructor-producer. Filled with practical advice rather than bogus "get rich quick" secrets, this Dallas seminar could be your first step in an exciting new career, or just a fascinating glimpse inside a unique industry. [less-]

Texas Baseball Battle With Rangers Cowboy Hat Giveaway

at Globe Life Park, Arlington
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 04
FULL PRICE: $24.00 - $64.00
OFFER PRICE: $14.00 - $44.00

When the Lone Star State's two baseball teams take the field at Globe Life Park, you'll be able to join in the fun by sporting your very own Rangers Cowboy Hat, which will be given away free to the fi... [more+]

When the Lone Star State's two baseball teams take the field at Globe Life Park, you'll be able to join in the fun by sporting your very own Rangers Cowboy Hat, which will be given away free to the first 15,000 fans through the gates. So make sure to arrive early! The Rangers and Astros are both still in contention in the AL West, so this game is especially important, counting for even more in the playoff race. Whichever team you support, you'll want to be at the park to cheer them on. [less-]

"Motown the Musical": Broadway Hit Filled With Unforgettable Music

at Winspear Opera House, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 04
Wed, August 05
Thu, August 06
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Tue, August 04
Wed, August 05
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FULL PRICE: $79.00 - $95.00
OFFER PRICE: $55.00 - $69.00

"Motown the Musical" thrilled audiences on Broadway, and now the show's national tour is coming to the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Featuring classic songs from the heyday of Motown, the musical te... [more+]

"Motown the Musical" thrilled audiences on Broadway, and now the show's national tour is coming to the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Featuring classic songs from the heyday of Motown, the musical tells the story of Berry Gordy's journey from a featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and many more musical icons. The timeless Motown sound broke down barriers and helped get everyone moving to the same beat. Experience the story behind the music in this smash hit featuring songs like "My Girl," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and many more. [less-]

Neil Simon's First Comedy -- "Come Blow Your Horn"

at Rover Dramawerks, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 06
Fri, August 07
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

Before Neil Simon achieved fame for Broadway hits like "Barefoot in the Park", "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs", he penned the swinging '60s comedy "Come Blow Your Horn". Simon's first Br... [more+]

Before Neil Simon achieved fame for Broadway hits like "Barefoot in the Park", "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs", he penned the swinging '60s comedy "Come Blow Your Horn". Simon's first Broadway show -- which later became a film starring Frank Sinatra -- "Come Blow Your Horn" follows Buddy, a 21-year-old virgin who flees his parents' house for the carefree bachelor's life at his brother Alan's New York apartment. Alan schools Buddy on how to be a ladies' man, making him a carbon copy of himself. But when Alan starts developing feelings for one of his many girlfriends, his carefree persona gives way to vulnerability and a desire for connection. As Alan grows out of the role, Buddy takes over as resident playboy. See "Come Blow Your Horn" in Plano at Rover Dramawerks. [less-]

"Into the Woods": Sondheim's Musical Fairy-Tale Mashup

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 07
Sat, August 08
Sun, August 09
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Most recently a hit movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, "Into the Woods" began as a live musical that took Broadway by storm. A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales... [more+]

Most recently a hit movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, "Into the Woods" began as a live musical that took Broadway by storm. A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this production by Art Centre Theatre interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when things get real in the fairy-tale world. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes come with a steep price. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards -- and the cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. [less-]

"Local Brews, Local Grooves": Craft Beer & Music Festival at House of Blues

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 08
FULL PRICE: $12.50
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.25

Calling all beer enthusiasts and music lovers. House of Blues Dallas is hosting "Local Brews, Local Grooves", the ultimate craft beer and music festival featuring over 25 craft beers and rare releases... [more+]

Calling all beer enthusiasts and music lovers. House of Blues Dallas is hosting "Local Brews, Local Grooves", the ultimate craft beer and music festival featuring over 25 craft beers and rare releases, 11 local music acts, chef-inspired pub food pairings and more. One ticket gets you in to see performances in the Music Hall, Crossroads at House of Blues and the Foundation Room. There, you'll hear rockers like The Demigs, Northern National, Jessie Frye, Crystal Yates and more. Featured breweries include Audacity Brew House, Grapevine Craft Brewery, Four Corners and many more. Beer-tasting wristbands and food tickets are sold separately. [less-]

House of Blues Gospel Brunch Presented by Kirk Franklin

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, August 09
Sun, August 09
FULL PRICE: COMP - $110.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $55.00

Fill up on tasty, Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch, presented by gospel legend Kirk Franklin. Though Franklin doesn't perform in the show, he se... [more+]

Fill up on tasty, Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch, presented by gospel legend Kirk Franklin. Though Franklin doesn't perform in the show, he selects the talent (top local and national stars) and appears in video introductions. Enjoy the delicious brunch buffet, which includes a wide variety of choices, and then get ready for an joyful and inspiring good time that'll have you on your feet, clapping, singing and swaying to the sounds of beautiful voices. [less-]

Tribute Bands With or Without U2 and Stone Temple Posers Live in Concert

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 13
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

One of the biggest bands in the world, U2 has been making No. 1 hits for several decades. The talented musicians in the tribute band With or Without U2 try to honor the group's legacy by putting on a ... [more+]

One of the biggest bands in the world, U2 has been making No. 1 hits for several decades. The talented musicians in the tribute band With or Without U2 try to honor the group's legacy by putting on a rockin' show filled with fan favorites, including "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Mysterious Ways." Joining them for this night of awesome music is Stone Temple Posers, who recreate the angsty 90s sound of STP with hits like "Plush," "Creep" and "Big Empty." [less-]

"Reefer Madness": Comedy Based on Cult Classic Propaganda Film

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 14
Sat, August 15
Fri, August 21
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days; hashish goads users to bloodlust," declared a Hearst newspaper article in 1936, the same year the anti-drug propaganda film "Reefer Madness" was release... [more+]

"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days; hashish goads users to bloodlust," declared a Hearst newspaper article in 1936, the same year the anti-drug propaganda film "Reefer Madness" was released. Though time has shown us that a little Mary Jane neither creates fiends nor induces bloodlust, the exploitation film's anti-"marihuana" message continues to entertain, this time via Plano's Art Centre Theatre's performance of this over-the-top stage adaptation of the now cult-classic. Following a group of teens lured into a world of death, destruction and -- gasp -- jazz after hitting a single joint, "Reefer Madness" is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that continues the movie's high jinks in an even wackier form. [less-]

Tony-Winning "The House of Blue Leaves" Blends Humor and Tragedy

at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Bedford
OFFER DATES:
Fri, August 14
Sat, August 15
Sun, August 16
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $10.00

In 1965, Pope Paul VI visited New York City. Set on that very same day -- in Sunnyside, Queens -- a madcap array of characters all connect in the Tony Award-nominated black comedy, "The House of Blue ... [more+]

In 1965, Pope Paul VI visited New York City. Set on that very same day -- in Sunnyside, Queens -- a madcap array of characters all connect in the Tony Award-nominated black comedy, "The House of Blue Leaves". Among the play's many quirky characters, you'll find several nuns, a GI shipping out to Vietnam, a zookeeper with big Hollywood dreams and his wife, Bananas, a schizophrenic headed for the titular institution. Settle in for this stirring exploration of celebrity, madness and marriage at ONSTAGE in Bedford. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

at Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
Sat, August 29
Sat, September 05
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Sat, August 29
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Sat, September 19
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FULL PRICE: $81.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $48.50

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll n... [more+]

A favorite across the country, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

The Faux Fighters -- A Tribute to The Foo Fighters

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 15
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

Dave Grohl, founder and lead singer of rock's The Foo Fighters, may be temporarily out of action due to a broken leg. But the show must go on! And that's where The Faux Fighters are filling the void. ... [more+]

Dave Grohl, founder and lead singer of rock's The Foo Fighters, may be temporarily out of action due to a broken leg. But the show must go on! And that's where The Faux Fighters are filling the void. This tribute to one of rock's most popular contemporary bands is known for their recreations of such great songs as "Learn to Fly," "My Hero," "All My Life" and "Best of You." Born in San Diego, Calif., their mission is to be the most authentic Foo Fighters tribute band ever. And they come pretty darn close to fulfilling the goal. [less-]

UniverSoul Circus: A Modern, Upbeat, International Extravaganza

at Southwest Center Mall, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Thu, August 20
Thu, August 20
Fri, August 21
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Thu, August 20
Thu, August 20
Fri, August 21
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Tue, August 25
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FULL PRICE: $17.00 - $26.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00 - $18.50

Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats ... [more+]

Celebrating 21 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, plus lions, zebras and much more. Coming to Dallas' Southwest Center Mall, and led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity. [less-]