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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 […]


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

at Backdoor Comedy Club, Dallas
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Sat, July 04
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FULL PRICE: $14.00
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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-]

"Chrono Cops": Melodrama Spoofs '60s Sci-Fi

at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 05
Thu, July 09
FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $7.50

Proving once again that melodrama isn't all wild-west villains and distressed damsels, Pocket Sandwich Theatre gives the genre a sci-fi spin in "Chrono Cops". Villains have stolen the secret to time t... [more+]

Proving once again that melodrama isn't all wild-west villains and distressed damsels, Pocket Sandwich Theatre gives the genre a sci-fi spin in "Chrono Cops". Villains have stolen the secret to time travel and have changed history. Now our heroes, the titular Chrono Cops, must travel to the past, then back to the future, then "sideways" to an alternate present, all in a timeless pursuit of justice. But can they save America? ... the world?? ... time itself?!? Answers, and many, many laughs, can be found in this popcorn-tossing spoof of '60s science fiction series ("Time Tunnel", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "Lost in Space"). So bring the kids, or don't, and get ready for a grand ol' time at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. [less-]

"The Kountry Girls": Musical Drama About Small-Town Love & Regret

at Theatre Three, Dallas
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Sun, July 05
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FULL PRICE: $35.00 - $50.00
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Love and lies, regret and redemption fill the stage in Art Centre Theatre's world-premiere production of this country musical drama. "The Kountry Girls" centers around Katy, a mother and owner of a st... [more+]

Love and lies, regret and redemption fill the stage in Art Centre Theatre's world-premiere production of this country musical drama. "The Kountry Girls" centers around Katy, a mother and owner of a struggling small-town diner who's had a long, rough road since her short marriage to the wealthy Clinton was forcibly terminated by his mother. But now that Clinton's mother has passed, Katy wonders if they could give their love a second chance. Unfortunately, Katy has already married Butch, a second-rate country singer who lives hard and fast, leaving a trail of wreckage in his wake. Is there forgiveness and redemption for this seemingly hopeless tangle of love and lies? All of the actors in "The Kountry Girls" play at least one musical instrument, and the story unfolds as much in song as it does in dialogue. [less-]

"Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home" -- The Original "Steel Magnolias"

at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Dallas
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Sun, July 05
Thu, July 09
Fri, July 10
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FULL PRICE: $27.00 - $32.00
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This local favorite by Texan Mary Rohde Scudday proved a sensation when it premiered in 1979, enjoying sold-out runs and going on to play to rave reviews at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now ... [more+]

This local favorite by Texan Mary Rohde Scudday proved a sensation when it premiered in 1979, enjoying sold-out runs and going on to play to rave reviews at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now Contemporary Theatre of Dallas stages it for today's audiences, with original cast member Cheryl Denson. Long before "Steel Magnolias", "Ladybug" transported us back to the world of the quintessential 1970s beauty salon of the small-town Texas variety. Amid the suds and camaraderie of this wash-and-set world, lives and emotions are laid bare as the characters quite literally let down their hair -- and their guard -- to deal with life's big issues. [less-]

Romance and Magic Are Written in the Stars in the Whimsical "Almost, Maine"

at ONSTAGE in Bedford, Bedford
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 05
Fri, July 10
Sat, July 11
FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover, the residents find themselves fall... [more+]

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover, the residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. This touching, funny look at life and love among a collection of intriguing characters illustrates that love can transcend any decade, age or place. A whimsical slice-of-life written by John Cariani and performed at ONSTAGE in Bedford, this fanciful collection of tales will make you laugh and reflect on the moments that are important in your own life. A hit when it premiered off-Broadway, critics from coast to coast have since praised the poignancy and surreal wonder of "Almost, Maine"'s overlapping vignettes about the joys and risks of love. [less-]

Def Leppard Tribute Band Def Leggend

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, July 10
FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.00

With massive hits like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Foolin'" and "Animal," Def Leppard defined '80s pop metal -- so much so that "Rolling Stone" has included not one, but two of their records ("Pyromania... [more+]

With massive hits like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Foolin'" and "Animal," Def Leppard defined '80s pop metal -- so much so that "Rolling Stone" has included not one, but two of their records ("Pyromania" and "Hysteria") on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The English band was also known for its explosive live shows, and that's where Def Leggend comes in. The Dallas-based tribute band is made up of veteran musicians and is considered one of the most authentic Def Leppard tributes in the country. Before they take the stage at the House of Blues, ZZ Top tribute band Trio Grande performs. [less-]

'80s Tribute Band The Molly Ringwalds

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 11
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $7.50

More than just over-the-top makeup, wacky costumes and gravity-defyingly teased hair (though these are key components), The Molly Ringwalds are an '80s musical tribute act extraordinaire. With a setli... [more+]

More than just over-the-top makeup, wacky costumes and gravity-defyingly teased hair (though these are key components), The Molly Ringwalds are an '80s musical tribute act extraordinaire. With a setlist that recalls the good old days when MTV actually played music videos, The Molly Ringwalds are back from the past to blast you with the music that ruled the airwaves during the decade when neon was our national color. With songs from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, U2, The Beastie Boys, INXS, The Cure, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Men at Work, George Michael and many more, The Molly Ringwalds are a living, breathing, high-kicking, musical memorial to a decade of musical excess and pop perfection. [less-]

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Grammy-Winning Blues Americana With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 11
FULL PRICE: $42.22
OFFER PRICE: $20.00

Guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi are two of the most popular and respected blues artists of their generation. They're also one of the coolest married couples in music, and th... [more+]

Guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi are two of the most popular and respected blues artists of their generation. They're also one of the coolest married couples in music, and the leaders of the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band. In just five years, Tedeschi Trucks Band has released three acclaimed discs. None other than "Rolling Stone" magazine called TTB's Grammy-winning debut album, "Revelator", a "masterpiece," and they've recently played at such famed festivals and storied venues as Red Rocks and the Greek. Their "Wheels of Soul" Tour rolls into Dallas' Gexa Energy Pavilion, along with soul sensation Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and special guest, acclaimed guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. [less-]

"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley": Beloved Book Character Takes Kids 'Round the World

at Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 11
FULL PRICE: $19.00 - $21.00
OFFER PRICE: $9.50 - $10.50

Adapted from the beloved children's book series by Jeff Brown, "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley" follows everyone's favorite two-dimensional boy as he travels around the globe. Stanley Lambchop... [more+]

Adapted from the beloved children's book series by Jeff Brown, "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley" follows everyone's favorite two-dimensional boy as he travels around the globe. Stanley Lambchop is just an ordinary 10-year-old who wants to do something extraordinary. One night, the bulletin board above his bed falls right on top of him -- squashing him flat! He discovers that as a flat person he can put himself inside a big envelope and travel the world via the postal service. Now, he's the ultimate exchange student, zooming from Hollywood to Paris to Honolulu, and discovering that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Don't miss this fun, song-filled whirlwind travelogue at Dallas Children's Theater. [less-]

Marionette Adaptation of "The Little Mermaid"

at Geppetto’s Theater at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas
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Sat, July 11
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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-]

House of Blues Gospel Brunch Presented by Kirk Franklin

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 12
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-]

"Sweeney Todd": Sondheim's Macabre Musical

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
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Fri, July 17
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
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Sondheim is at his bloody best in "Sweeney Todd", his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and an even more beastly baker. Set in London, the musical tells the tale of the title character, who,... [more+]

Sondheim is at his bloody best in "Sweeney Todd", his macabre masterpiece about a barbaric barber and an even more beastly baker. Set in London, the musical tells the tale of the title character, who, after being banished from his city on false charges, returns to exact his revenge. Teaming up with local pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barbershop -- where he slits the throats of customers, and she bakes them into pies to dispose of the evidence. A legendary smash in 1979, this darkly comic show won eight Tony Awards, and "The New York Times" gushed, "Sondheim's most ravishing score. One helluva show!" Recently adapted by Tim Burton into a hit movie with Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd" now comes to Art Centre Theatre in Plano with performances featuring teen and veteran adult casts. [less-]

Pecos River Brass Plays Big Band & Jazz Favorites

at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Wed, July 22
FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

The joint is bound to be jumping when Pecos River Brass hits the stage with their swinging sounds of the '30s and '40s in a summer show the whole family will love. Formed back in 2000, this big band c... [more+]

The joint is bound to be jumping when Pecos River Brass hits the stage with their swinging sounds of the '30s and '40s in a summer show the whole family will love. Formed back in 2000, this big band currently boasts 20 talented musicians, who've impressed audiences of all ages and continue to win loyal fans all over the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Along with their own arrangements, bandleader John C. Smith and the group play classic favorites ranging from Gershwin and Ellington to Rogers and Hammerstein, Count Basie and Woody Herman, and so far they've released five CDs. [less-]

Beastie Boys Tribute: Saved By The '90s With Rhymin' N' Stealin'

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, July 24
FULL PRICE: $13.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $6.50

The House of Blues Dallas takes on a distinctly New York vibe as tribute band Rhymin' N' Stealin' salutes the music of the '90s and NYC hip-hop innovators The Beastie Boys. This Texas-based quartet of... [more+]

The House of Blues Dallas takes on a distinctly New York vibe as tribute band Rhymin' N' Stealin' salutes the music of the '90s and NYC hip-hop innovators The Beastie Boys. This Texas-based quartet of three MCs and one DJ 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. [less-]

Los Lonely Boys ("Heaven"): Grammy-Winning Tex-Mex Rockers

at House of Blues, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Fri, July 31
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Best known for their No. 1 hit "Heaven," the Grammy-winning Los Lonely Boys bring their unique brand of Texican rock 'n' roll to Pittsburgh. Made up of three brothers, Los Lonely Boys draw on their Te... [more+]

Best known for their No. 1 hit "Heaven," the Grammy-winning Los Lonely Boys bring their unique brand of Texican rock 'n' roll to Pittsburgh. Made up of three brothers, Los Lonely Boys draw on their Tejano roots to create a special blend of sweet harmonies, infectious rhythms and great guitar hooks. The resulting sound shows influences ranging from the Beatles to Willie Nelson to Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. With more than 3 million albums sold, Los Lonely Boys have toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Los Lobos. Now they come to rattle the rafters and raise the roof of the House of Blues in Dallas. [less-]

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

at Art Centre Theatre, Plano
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Fri, July 31
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
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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-]

The Randy Rogers Band: Country Band With Cult Following

at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
OFFER DATES:
Sat, August 01
FULL PRICE: $43.10
OFFER PRICE: $22.00

When "Rolling Stone" ranks you alongside U2 and the Stones in its list of "Top 10 Must-See Artists," you know you're doing something right. The Randy Rogers Band does a lot of things right -- and then... [more+]

When "Rolling Stone" ranks you alongside U2 and the Stones in its list of "Top 10 Must-See Artists," you know you're doing something right. The Randy Rogers Band does a lot of things right -- and then some. This hard-playing, hard-touring, hard-charging five-piece band has been a cult favorite for a while now. But with their latest project debuting as the most-downloaded country album on iTunes and seven hit singles already on the Billboard Country charts, news is now spreading fast. Having honed their playing with more than 200 tour dates annually, the Randy Rogers Band puts on one of the liveliest, most confident shows you're likely to see. Catch RRB in Dallas, with openers Jason Isbell and Stoney Larue, at Gexa Energy Pavilion. [less-]

British Hard Rock Legends Deep Purple ("Smoke on the Water")

at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
OFFER DATES:
Sun, August 09
FULL PRICE: $52.75 - $62.75
OFFER PRICE: $15.00

Together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, pioneering rock band Deep Purple made up what came to be known as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" in the early to mid-'70s, with... [more+]

Together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, pioneering rock band Deep Purple made up what came to be known as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" in the early to mid-'70s, with chart-topping hits on both sides of the pond like "Smoke on the Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin'" and "Hush." Just how much does this group rock? They've been circling the globe on their current "NOW What?" tour since 2013, an epic string of performances that now makes its way to Verizon Theatre for a rocking show in Dallas. [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-]