20 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas for TX/OU Weekend, October 10 to 13

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The big news is that it's TX/OU weekend, so I've stuck a bunch of great football parties in this week's list. (You're welcome.)

There's more. A lot more. Like the 26-year-strong Dallas VideoFest, a vinyl toy party at ATAMA, a Bonnie and Clyde bicycle ride and a screening of the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a live symphony. Grab your hoodie, eat something and go tackle this monster of a Dallas weekend. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one doing shots with Bevo.)

Thursday 10.10 Dallas VideoFest, at Alamo Drafthouse -- For 26 years this festival has brought Dallas some of the most unexpected finds in contemporary video work and video art. This year's line-up is bigger and more exciting than ever before, especially for fans of documentaries and political or tech-based topics. It runs through Sunday, so fuse it into your weekend plans.

ATAMA's Dunny Party, Sponsored by St. Arnold Brewery -- This celebration of Kidrobot's latest Dunny Evolved Series runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at our favorite vinyl goodies store. Added bonus: St. Arnold beer is delicious. More bonuses: It's free to attend. You can't stop winning with this one.

"State of the Arts: Contemporary Artists" -- KERA presents this series of panel discussions in conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art, and we love the things. This one's going to be killer -- or as 'killer' as a panel discussion can be -- featuring Christopher Blay, curator at the Art Corridor Galleries; Janeil Engelstad, founder of Make Art With Purpose; and Stephen Lapthisophon, visiting professor at University of Texas-Arlington.

Dwell with Dignity's Thrift Studio Pop-Up -- We recently gave this group Best Charity because, well, they do great work. They furnish spaces for those families transitioning out of homelessness. They even put food in the pantries. Doing that ain't cheap, hence public shopping events like this one. Thursday's event requires a special ticket, after that anyone can shop the studio for the next 30 days. Here's a preview.

Friday 10.11 Brian Posehn -- He's geeky. He's lumpy. He was on Mr. Show. What more do you want?

Diamondbag's TX/OU Party at Lee Harvey's -- If you're starting off a weekend of football, beer and greasy food with a Neil Diamond tribute band ... you're doing something so right. It starts at 8 p.m. and is totally free.

The Official TX Exes Pre-party at FIG -- Does crimson make you gag? Got "Bevo 4eva" tattooed somewhere on your bod? Still paying off your student loans? Cool. Go hang with your people at F.I.G. during this annual rager. Sign Painters -- Take a look inside the vanishing artform of handpainted signs in this documentary. Locals of the movement will be present, so go learn about the medium and the passions fueling it.

The Amazing Johnathon -- He's broken free of those buffet-stamped Las Vegas shackles and gone rogue! Known for combining comedy, magic and a coked-up persona, Johnathon puts the show right in your faceholes. He's at the Addison Improv through Sunday.

La Ballet de Dracula -- Yo, this ain't no Nutcracker. On Friday and Saturday you can see one of dance's most haunting pieces: Necks will be bit, toes will be tipped and you'll wear a heavy scarf, just in case.

Saturday 10.12 Fourth Miss Texas Polestar -- True, sliding up a down a pole using only your thighs isn't the most accepted form of fitness, but hey, it still beats jogging. Watch talents converge in Dallas for a sorta pole dancing Olympics and see who's got the stuff that everyone wants.

Zouk Nightclub's TX/OU Afterparty -- If you spent Friday pre-partying, and Saturday tailgating, do everyone a solid and clean yourself up. Take that shower that seems like such a chore. Brush those fangs. THEN, head over to Zouk where cheerleaders from both teams will shake things to beats by DJs from Texas and Oklahoma. Cover is $15 to $20.

TX/OU Watch Party at The Granada -- Your television sucks. Don't spend the day with it. Instead head over to the Granada. Fill your belly with fajitas and beer as the Red River Rivalry unfolds on the biggest party screen around. It's $20 and doors open at -- gulp -- 9 a.m.

Texas-OU Watch Party at Gas Monkey -- Still have ambitions of attending the game? Better show up to this party, early. GBag Nation will broadcast live with KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan, and a pair of tickets with transportation will be given away.It starts at 10 a.m.

5th Annual Coors Light Texas-OU Party on the Plaza -- This massive celebration shows the thing on those GIANT screens in front of American Airlines. Plus, it's free and you get warmed up with Swan Song (a Led Zeppelin tribute band) before kickoff. It starts at 10 a.m.

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Score by Two Star Symphony -- Ooh, Texas Theatre's contracted a mean case of twist ending-itis. Give into Caligari's misunderstood goth kid villain as Two Star Symphony colors its soundscape with a custom-built, live soundtrack.

IndieVengence Day -- The world of indie publishing is a vast marketplace, and one that's difficult for the average reader to conquer. On Saturday the leaders of the movement will fly in from around the globe for an event at Half Price Books. That means you can shop the best of the best and meet the authors behind the work.

Legacy Fighting Championship 24 -- What Legacy lacks in UFC's household names it makes up for with rising stars like middleweight champion Bubba Bush and former women's boxing welterweight champion Holly Holm. Tickets are cheaper too; they go from $25 to $155.

Sunday 10.13 The Walking Dead Season Premier with Blood Drive -- Yes, that's the perfect combination. Naturally, this is going down at the Angelika and you'll want to arrive early. For previous seasons, the Walking Dead opening parties filled up so fast they added a second theater. Go see who dies first.

On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde, a Bicycle Tour -- Join Bike Friendly Oak Cliff for a history tour told on two wheels this Sunday. Stands are kicked up at Dealey at 1:30 p.m., then you'll ride the Continental bridge, visit the shoot-out house, pour one out at the grave site and end it off with beers at Chicken Scratch.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.