Happy July! Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Obviously, the big event this month is Independence Day—be sure to have a look at our 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities Guide for all the ways to celebrate. Here you’ll find all the other fun things to do around town in July. And don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Summer in Dallas for even more fun ideas and inspiration.
Be sure to check ahead for mask requirements so there are no surprises.
All Month :: Summerfest is in full swing at the Gaylord Texan. As a hotel guest, you’ll have access to the Gaylord’s Paradise Springs waterpark and a chance to participate in other seasonal family-friendly activities like movie nights, exotic animal encounters, scavenger hunts, and more.
All Month :: The Science of Guinness World Records continues at the Perot, with a deep dive into these amazing achievements. See protocol for tickets and timed entry here.
For those who prefer to stay home, don’t forget about the Perot’s virtual experience The Whynauts.
All Month :: POP! by Snowday is the latest interactive experience at the Dallas Galleria. Journey through themed rooms over the course of about an hour, taking lots of fun pics in the process. Located on Level 1 next door to Grand Lux Cafe. Tickets are $22 for adults, $8 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free.
All Month :: Visit the DMA and take advantage of their sketching cart on the Level 4 Landing this month. All materials are provided for you and the kids to hone your skills using line, shape, form, and shading to capture ideas, memories, and feelings. Free!
All Month :: Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Grandscape in The Colony is a hot ticket. This all-ages exhibition immerses you in scenes inspired by the beloved movie. Tickets are $29.50 for ages 16+, $19.50 for ages 3-15. 2 and under free with accompanying adult.
All Month :: Rooftop Cinema Club is back in Dallas and will be screening crowd-pleasing films at Dallas Heritage Village. Come early to enjoy local food trucks, drinks from the full bar, and lawn games. See link for a calendar of movies and to purchase tickets (lounge seat, love seat, or beanbag). Showtime at sundown. Prices from $18.50.
All Month, Tuesdays :: The Sounds of Lewisville concert series takes place every Tuesday evening in Wayne Ferguson Plaza with two bands. See the link for scheduled acts, food vendors, and weekly photo contests. 7-9:30pm. Free!
All Month, Thursdays :: Rockwall’s Concerts by the Lake feature fun cover bands every week at at The Harbor Amphitheater at Lake Ray Hubbard. See link for schedule of bands. 7:30-9pm. Free!
All Month, Saturdays :: The Grapevine Farmers and Artisan Market is a big open-air market in Historic Downtown Grapevine. You’ll find fresh Texas produce, baked goods, handcrafted and Texas-made items, live entertainment, and more! 10am-4pm. Free!
The city of Grapevine has compiled a bunch of area activities on their Summertime in Grapevine page. Worth a look!
All Month, Saturdays :: Movies on the Beach returns to Lloyd Park in Grand Prairie. Their June screenings were cancelled, but let’s hope this month is back on track. July 10 is Hercules, one of my faves. Movies are included with park admission, $15 per vehicle.
All Month, select dates :: Fair Park continues to host Nerf Challenge featuring experiences playfully designed to test focus, dexterity, and skill across multiple play styles. Tickets $29.50 for players, $5 for non-players.
July 1 and July 11 :: This month Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday offers Happy Birthday, USA! and Sculpt It!, respectively. The programs are currently virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup while they last. JumpstART is for ages 2 and up. Free!
July 2 :: Nash Farm’s First Friday at the Farm will have a Patriotic Picnic today. Bring your picnic and celebrate with Independence Day festivities. Registration is required. 10am-12pm. $3 for ages 3 and up.
July 2 :: Kick-off Independence Day weekend at the Dallas Farmers Market with M.A.D.E. Dallas! Shop small businesses, enjoy farm-raised burgers and brats, and pick up some fresh peaches and blueberries from local farms. 6-9pm. Free admission!
July 3 :: Bring the whole family to My First Fish at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Certified instructors will teach you how to fish using a cane fishing pole. Registration is required. 9-11am. Cost is $10 and includes a 10-foot cane pole to take home.
July 3 :: This is random! Chuck E. Cheese and Munch’s Make Believe Band are embarking on a tour across multiple cities this summer to celebrate the release of their new album. Visit Klyde Warren Park today to watch the shows. 10am and 1pm. Free!
July 10 :: Looking for a morning activity? Second Saturday Guided Hikes at the Trinity Audubon Center educate you about the surrounding habitat while you enjoy a hike. Open to all ages. 8:30-9:30am. Entry to the hike is included in your ticket price.
July 10 :: Today is the Parker County Peach Festival in Historic Downtown Weatherford. Over 200 arts, crafts, food and activity booths, live music, children’s activities, the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, “42” Domino Tourney, and more. 8am-4pm. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children.
July 10 :: Downtown Carrollton’s Saturdays on the Square is all about Christmas in July this month. Make a Christmas ornament and take this year’s Christmas card photo in a giant snow globe decked in a summer theme. 6-8pm. Free!
July 12 :: Our sister site Collin County Moms will have our second Legacy Hall Summer Lunch-N-Play event today with crafts, games, a balloon artist, and a Dinomania Show. See the link for all the fun details and additional Lunch-N-Play dates this summer. Free!
July 19 and July 31 :: Treat the kids (and yourself!) to Zip Line Day at the Heard in McKinney. Climb a 23-foot. tree and zip down the 487-foot line. Purchase one ticket for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration required. $12 per ride.
July 17 :: Addison After Dark features a different theme each month. July is REC the Night, with fitness activities, sunset yoga, rock climbing, laser and water tag, a glow party, live music, and more. See link for all the details. 7pm. Free admission!
July 18 :: Leave your mark at Chalk the Park in the Farmers Branch Historical Park at Mary’s Garden. Chalk provided. This is a come-and-go event. Free!
July 24 :: The Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures Outreach team will bring a mix of their ambassador animals out for an appearance at the Galleria today (in front of the children’s play area). You’ll get an up-close look at the animals and hear unique features and fun facts about each one. 11am. Free!
July 25 :: Christmas in July at the Arboretum features carolers, Santa photos, Storytime with Mrs. Claus at 11am, and activities in the Children’s Garden. Just the kind of silly fun we need. 11am-2pm. Included with garden admission.