BY RIDGLEA WILLARD
Dallas Arts District:
Dallas boasts the largest urban arts district in the country. The 68-acre area contains fantastic museums, theaters, concert halls, art galleries and more. The eclectic district holds something for everyone. Klyde Warren Park, winner of the 2014 ULI Open Space Award, hosts numerous events and also features local musicians playing live music every Thursday at 7 p.m. Additionally, the Dallas Museum of Art showcases more than 22,000 pieces including works from masters like Renoir, Manet and Van Gogh and also more modern pieces from artists including Warhol and Pollock. Another must-see in the area is the Nasher Sculpture Center designed by Renzo Piano, a Prizker-Prize winning architect. The center’s galleries and garden feature masterpieces from renowned artists including Picasso and Matisse.
The Design District is essentially a mecca for antique shoppers, art enthusiasts and adventurous gourmands alike. In fact, Design District Market, a showcase of various gift-selling vendors, local bands and beer, is coming up on November 29th from 12-5 PM at Community Beer Co. The event offers a great opportunity to get a head start on shopping for unique Christmas gifts while also having a good time and supporting the work of local artists.
Downtown Dallas truly has a little bit of everything. The popular House of Blues features all different kinds of live music artists ranging from Wiz Khalifa (11/11) to Guster (2/6). The district also holds the Perot Museum of Nature and Science that contains 11 permanent exhibits made up of top of the line technology allowing visitors to participate in realistic simulations and games. Avid shoppers will also enjoy perusing Neiman Marcus’s flagship store. Plus, those looking for good clean fun can find it at the City Park Café at Main Street Garden where they host free bingo every Thursday night at 7.