Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

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Deep Ellum will transform into blocks showcasing art April 5-7, as the neighborhood east of downtown celebrates its 25th Deep Ellum Arts Festival. It's one of our readers' favorite festivals: offering lovely spring weather (we hope) and showcasing works from more than 200 artists on Main Street. You can't have a festival in Deep Ellum without music, of course, and this one delivers more than 100 bands, including Loyal Sally, Royal Sons and Stone Mecca. Food concessions will also be there, including Taylor's Sweet Shop, Later Gater. The festival, held in the 2900-3400 blocks of Main Street, is free to attend. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. daily Friday-Sunday. Visit deepellumartsfestival.com for more information. Paige Skinner

If you ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland, treat yourself to a brand new pop-up art installation, Candytopia, 8021 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 2000. Brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, star of TLC’s Candy Queen, the shop contains 14 crafted rooms featuring a pool of 300,000 marshmallows and art objects such as the Mona Lisa and The Thinker, all made of candies. Enjoy samples of chocolate truffles and bags of gummi bears throughout the visit. Runs through July 31. Tickets, $23 for kids and $30 for adults, must be reserved in advance by clicking on showclix.com/event/candytopiadal. Specify a time, in 15-minute increments, between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reba Liner

Charley Crockett played more than 200 shows last year, according to Rolling Stone. For the first tour since his open heart surgery in January, Crockett is set for a doubleheader at the Kessler. And he’s bringing some new songs with him. The country-blues-soul crooner from Texas released “How Low Can You Go” and “River of Sorrow” on March 8. The tunes are as thoughtful, catchy and foot-stomping as ever. The first show will be kicked off with a can’t-miss performance by The Relatives. The following night, Crockett will be joined by Lone Star State special guest James “Slick” Hand. This tour stop will be a Texas treasure for all who attend. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., $36 at prekindle.com. Jacob Vaughn

Released late last month, Jenny LewisOn the Line may be her best solo album to hit record store shelves, and a handful of critics have already labeled it as “her best work to date,” with others writing it features some of “her strongest songwriting.” Her fourth solo release, On the Line is her first album in five years, and the 11-track record features noteworthy guest-star contributions from Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Beck (who produced and sang on three tracks), Don Was, Benmont Tench (a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and legendary session drummer Jim Keltner. The narrative specificity in her lyrics continues to set Lewis apart with mentions of chemtrails and Candy Crush to Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers, crying like Meryl Streep and a narcoleptic poet from Duluth. For longtime fans of Lewis, this tour offers a chance to also catch openers The Watson Twins, who collaborated with Lewis on her first solo record, 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat. 8 p.m. Friday at Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St., $30 at ticketfly.com. Daniel Rodrigue

Since 1994, (Hed) P.E. has blended punk rock and gangster rap to create something wonderfully chaotic. Since then, they've released nine studio albums and they've also taken a political stance, involving themselves in the "9/11 Truth Movement." And although they've gone through about 12 different members over the years, (Hed) P.E have managed to stick around for the past couple of decades and don't seem pressed to fill venues as of yet. With Adakain, 8 p.m. Friday at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $12. Daniel Rodrigue


If you need to find a way to relax, just lying about and doing nothing is not the healthiest way. It also may not be the most efficient way to relax. Get up off that couch and wipe away the orange Cheeto dust because the Dallas Yoga and Fitness Festival is here to help you start a more productive relaxation and fitness routine. Forty instructional classes will cover simple meditation techniques, body sculpting, nutrition and more. Other classes “The Bollywood Workout” and “Dance Cardio Party" are just fun ways to get in shape. There’s even classes for kids and families. The festival is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and offer access to four 45-minutes classes. Visit attpac.org to purchase tickets and access class information and schedules. Danny Gallagher

Dallas Comic Show is an affordable, family-friendly event to celebrate the writers, artists, celebrities and fans who make up the rich community of comic book culture. In addition to comic book-adjacent signings and speakers, it also will offer cosplay, anime and pop culture special guests, including some of the cast of celebrated film director David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks, notably Sheryl Lee — Laura Palmer herself! It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road. Tickets start at just $10. More info at dallascomicshow.com. Jonathan Patrick

Based on true stories from conflict zones all over the world, the play at Second Thought Theatre, Lela & Co by Cordelia Lynn, traces a winding path from girlhood to womanhood and celebrates the resilience of those making the journey. Bryant Hall, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., is the setting for the 8 p.m. Saturday performances, running through April 27. There are shows also at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and pay as you can at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. Kara-Lynn Vaeni directs. General admission is $25. For information, visit secondthoughttheatre.com. Reba Liner

The time has come to get your huzzah and what ho's on, as the Scarborough Renaissance Festival returns to Waxahachie for its 39th season of jousts, jugglers, comedy, booze, sports, fire eaters, crafts, music and more, all celebrating the 16th century, minus the black death and religious war. OK, sorry to mention that latter stuff. Truth is, most people probably either find the concept of ren fairs silly or are really into it. The "into it" people are legion, and they seem to have a grand time at this dress-up for grown-ups and kids, which explains the 39 seasons of drawing countless thousands to Waxahachie. So grab a mug of mead and find out what they know that you don't. (For instance, mead is mighty tasty.) The festival kicks off Saturday and runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. rain or shine every weekend until its finale on Memorial Day. Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for kids ages 5-12. Find tickets and a breakdown of the fest's huge entertainment schedule at srfestival.com Patrick Williams

California-based dream-pop band Bad Suns just released a new LP, Mystic Truth, last month. The album is the band's first effort with Epitaph Records, and the single "Hold Your Fire" dropped in January. Saturday's concert at House of Blues includes opener and indie pop darling Carlie Hanson. 7 p.m. Saturday at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $22.50. Daniel Rodrigue


If you're a millennial or younger, then you most likely have an American Girl doll, either on your bed or stored away your closet. If you're really fancy, then you've been to the American Girl store in the Galleria and shopped for your Molly or Samantha or Kit. Take it one step further and see American Girl Live at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. The show features all original songs as the girls spend an exciting summer at sleep-away camp. Tickets start at $25.75 at prekindle.com. Paige Skinner

John Corabi has worked in several rock bands, including Mötley Crüe, Angora, The Scream and others. Currently the vocalist for The Dead Daisies, Sunday night's show at Trees has Corabi playing a solo acoustic set. The Philly-based singer and guitarist has been featured on 23 albums by 12 bands. 8 p.m. Sunday at Trees, 2709 Elm St., $10-$15. Daniel Rodrigue

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