With temperatures expected to be in the 60s during daytime hours, this is a great weekend to be outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of free entertainment options this weekend (Oct. 18-20, 2013) that will let you enjoy the fresh fall air.
Aurora 2013: Inspired by the Paris event “Nuit Blanche” — meaning Sleepless Night — now held in locations around the world, this free contemporary art exhibition presents interactive new media works using light, video, performance and sound in public spaces. The third such event since 2010 (in 2012, a mini-event acted as a placeholder while planners focused on this year’s expanded night), will include more than 90 events spanning the 19 city blocks of the Dallas Art District and include a street party and extended hours at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Dallas Museum of Art. For the complete schedule, click here. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 to midnight Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; Dallas Arts District (bordered by Woodall Rogers to the north and west, Ross Avenue to the south and St. Paul to the west); DallasAurora.com. Free.
Crow Collection After Dark: Visit the Crow Collection during Aurora 2013 as it is open for extended hours. Instagram a photo of yourself with Buddha, a new, 18-foot-tall red sculpture installed on Flora Street as part of the Crow’s Sculpture Garden. 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 to midnight Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; 2010 Flora St., Dallas; 214-979-6430; CrowCollection.org. Free.
Nasher Sculpture Center 10th Anniversary: Celebrate a decade of sculpture with a concert by Somebody’s Darling (and another by a yet-to-be-named performer). A full slate of events includes a yoga session at 10 a.m., free coffee from 10 to noon; and a lecture at 3:30 that’s followed by a complimentary wine reception. Click here for the full schedule. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013; 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214-242-5100; NasherSculptureCenter.org. Free.
PetSmart Howl-O-Ween: Your pets can’t have chocolate, but they can still dress up for Halloween. Take them to PetSmart locations for a chance to participate in a Monster Cute Costume Contest, free goodie bags (for the first 50 pets to arrive) and a Bret Michaels Chance toy for the first 10 pets to arrive. One grand prize winner will win $10,000, a year’s supply of Greenies and toys. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; all PetSmart locations (click here to find the nearest one); event website. Free.
Pumpkins in the Park: The Turtle Creek Park Association kicks off its annual campaign to preserve its urban forest with a fall festival that includes a pumpkin patch complete with hay bales (think of the cute-kid photo possibilities), face painters, balloon artists, pet adoptions and a hay-bale maze. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the par on a beautiful afternoon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; Turtle Creek Park, 3411 N. Hall Street, Dallas; 214-526-2800; TurtleCreekAssociation.com. Free; get a free ticket here.
Bonus: One more event. It’s not free, but it’s cheap.
Lamar Street Festival: Celebrate the history of the historic Sears & Roebuck building (now know as South Side on Lamar) and Cedars South Side neighborhood just a few blocks south of the awesome Omni Hotel. Multiple stages featuring acts such as Erykah Badu and Carolyn Wonderland as well as North Texas bands and other performers will be interspersed through a corridor lined with arts, food vendors, an arts zone for kids and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; corner of Belleview and Lamar streets in Dallas; 214-856-0573; LamarStreetFestival.com. $5; free for kids 12 and younger.