DFW Event, Attraction and Restaurant Closings Due to Coronavirus

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Flu season comes along every year, but, things are completely different now with the recent outbreak of COVID 19 (Coronavirus). The extremely contagious nature of this pandemic has caused the city of Dallas and the state of Texas to take precautionary measures to stem the tide of this disease.

Canceled Events in DFW

On March 19, 2020, Dallas City Council has extended the emergency declaration through Wednesday, April 29, and Dallas County has banned public gatherings of 10 people or more. That means sporting events like the Byron Nelson, concerts, festivals, and all other events are canceled.

With City, State and Federal agencies encouraging social distancing to limit our exposure to COVID 19, local attractions, movie theaters, and cultural venues like the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Arboretum and Texas Discovery Gardens are temporarily closed. 

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The Dallas Opera has canceled all performances and programs for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. Bass Performance Hall has canceled all events through May 17, 2020.

The Dallas Summer Musicals and the AT & T Performing Arts Center also have canceled, postponed or reschedules all upcoming events. 

See their public health announcements for more information and event news: 

Restaurant Dining Rooms Closed

Part of the ban on public gatherings means that restaurants, bars, and pubs are closed s to dine-in service. With schools closed and people being asked to work from home, this means a drastic change in lifestyle for most of us. 

There is some good news, though. With curbside pick, takeout and delivery available, you can still enjoy meals from your favorite DFW restaurants. Some local eateries will even deliver wine, margaritas, and cocktails along with your food orders. 

Restaurants Offering Curbside Pickup, Take Out or Delivery 

Other Home Delivery Options

UberEats 

GrubHub

DoorDash

For updates, COVID-19 guidelines in the DFW Metroplex, please visit the following websites: CDC COVID 19 Updates  |Tarrant County Public Health Department Dallas County – Local COVID-19 Updates CDC
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Stay healthy!

Celebrate Spring Break at the Most Beautiful Place in Dallas

Dallas Arboretum Spring Break

Staycation Events at the Dallas Arboretum

Are you and your family planning a staycation for spring break? If so, the  Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has several exciting activities planned from March 14 to 20 during the height of Dallas Blooms.

At the largest floral festival in the Southwest, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring-blooming flowers, along with a “World Music” celebration each day, and events at A Tasteful Place and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Guests are encouraged to check the website and social media to plan their visits.

 “There’s something for everyone to experience during Dallas Blooms, which ushers in spring in Dallas. The ‘Sounds of Spring’ theme is perfect for traveling the world through music during spring break week. Visit the various gardens, and be sure to take in the 100 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials.” –  Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Alan Walne

Celebrating Spring with World Music

Dallas Arboretum ConcertSpring Break Activities in the Main Garden:
World Music: March 14-20
*All activities listed for each day below are free with paid garden admission

Each day celebrates music from a different region or country in the world. The journey begins in Latin America and the Caribbean with two great bands performing live on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

You can participate in a conga line or join the Limbo contest. Other stops include Germany, France, and Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day and Mexico during the equinox. The final stop for “World Music” week is Africa where guests can enjoy learning about Window to The Wild’s majestic African birds in their flight show at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

Dallas Blooms features 6 majestic topiaries throughout the garden, each depicting a different musical instrument, including a harp, bass, guitar and saxophone, as well as two topiary musicians. One musician is playing the violin, the other is playing the piano.

Saturday, March 14 – Latin America
Top Ten Records DJ livens the crowd with Latin music in the Entry Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Havana NRG takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from 2 to 4 p.m. to play all the Latin hits. Guests can join in on the conga line to conclude the festivities.

Sunday, March 15 – Caribbean
Chef Lisa Roark from El Centro College’s nationally recognized Hospitality and Culinary Institute teaches attendees how to make healthy recipes inspired by Caribbean ingredients at A Tasteful Place from 1 to 2 p.m. Head to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn to listen to upbeat island music by Sweet Steel from 2 to 4 p.m. Bar & Garden also joins in at A Tasteful Place to demonstrate how to prepare island-inspired drinks from 3 to 4 p.m.

Monday, March 16 – Germany
Bring the whole family for Mommy and Me Monday in Pecan Grove, then enjoy the El Centro College Cooks series demonstration at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Paul Salvie performs authentic German music with his accordion from noon to 2 p.m. at Café on the Green.

Tuesday, March 17 – Ireland
Commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family by taking a trip to the Emerald Isle. Start the day with Tiny Tot Tuesday activities in Pecan Grove, then learn how to make a St. Patrick’s Day-inspired floral arrangement with Enflowerment at A Tasteful Place at 11 a.m. Listen to a performance by Celtic singer, Misty Posey at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn from noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 – France
Come out for a day in the garden highlighting France. The chefs at Vestal’s demonstrate how to make French macarons at 11 a.m. in A Tasteful Place. Checkered Past Winery brings their delicious wines for guests 21 and older to sample during Wine Down Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Three Sisters Overlook at A Tasteful Place. Be sure to check out the French mime performing on the Paseo de Flores, just like in the streets of France, from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 – Mexico
Travel around the world in Texas by attending the “Places I’ve Seen” presentation from 1 to 2 p.m. led by Jessica Serna, blogger for My Curly Adventures, as she highlights all of the diverse adventures that can be experienced in the great state of Texas. Enjoy live entertainment and listen to authentic Mexican music at noon.

Friday, March 20 – Africa
Guests can journey to Africa as the final stop for spring break music week in the garden. Window to The Wild brings their majestic African birds to the garden for a spectacular flight show on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn at 10:30 a.m.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Around the World in One Week: Spring Break Edition, March 15-20
While school is out, bring the kids out for a week full of exploration. Journey around the world in one week with a new plant lab every day. Guests are invited on March 17th for a special spring animal adventure with the Dallas Zoo.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
Dallas Arboretum logoThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. On-site parking is $15 or $10, if purchased in advance online.

2020 Broadway Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center

The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced the 2020/2021 season of its Broadway Series, featuring a stellar selection of Broadway hits with 19 Tony Award nominations; one Grammy nomination and one Obie Award winner for Best New Play.

ATTPAC 2020/2021 Broadway Series

This season’s lineup includes THE PROM; SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL; SISTER ACT; WAITRESS and WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME. Season subscribers will also have the option to add Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! and HADESTOWN to their season subscription. 

This is the second season of the groundbreaking partnership between Dallas Summer Musicals and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in which Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! and HADESTOWN (winner of 8 Tony® Awards), optional add-ons, will be presented at the Winspear Opera House. 

Each season, DSM will present up to four weeks of Broadway in the beautiful Winspear Opera House on the Center’s campus in the Dallas Arts District. Season subscribers are among the first to enjoy the benefits of this exciting collaboration between these two beloved Dallas institutions. 

This season is a lineup of the newest, freshest and most exciting shows out there,” said Debbie Storey, president and CEO of AT&T Performing Arts Center. “Most of these productions are seeing their Dallas premieres, and all will be seen for the first time in the Winspear Opera House, the best stage for Broadway in North Texas.” 

Season Subscription Package
A 5-show subscription package ranges from $155 to $685 depending on performance dates and seating.

Sister act musicals

Sister Act
August 11 – 16, 2020
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The Donna Summer Musical
September 15 – 20, 2020

Toot toot, hey, beep beep!” 
Say those words, and you’ll immediately feel the beat, the spirit, the heat of the legendary Donna Summer. Her songs smashed every record. Her story shattered every barrier. Now, the queen arrives direct from Broadway. 

After a twice extended, sold-out run at San Diego’s celebrated La Jolla Playhouse, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, partied on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and is now strutting its way across North America on a National Tour.

What the Constitution Means to Me
January 26 – 31, 2021

Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony® nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. 

Waitress 
May 4 – 9, 2021

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

The Prom
June 1- 6, 2021

Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares it “makes you believe it musical comedy again”! THE PROM is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and a love that unites them all. 

Add on these Broadway hits

Hadestown
June 1- 6, 2021

Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, this is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets’s go.

Winner of eight 2019 Tony® Awards, this acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today… and always.

OKLAHOMA!

Over 75 years after Rodgers & Hammerstein reinvented the American musical, this is OKLAHOMA! as you’ve never seen or heard it before – reimagined for the 21st century. 

Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at its core, Daniel Fish’s production tells a story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider and the frontier life that shaped America. Upending the sunny romance of a farmer and a cowpoke, this OKLAHOMA! allows the classic musical – and our country – to be seen in a whole new light. 

Information is available at www.attpac.org/broadway. Subscriptions may also be purchased from your Corporate Concierge or by phone at 214-880-0202. For groups of 10 or more please call 214-978-2879.

About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

There is no better place to explore and experience live performing arts than the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District. On its vibrant 10-acre downtown campus, the nonprofit Center operates three of the nation’s finest performance venues: the Winspear Opera House (the best stage for Broadway in North Texas), Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and the welcoming public green space, Sammons Park.