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Looking for fun things to do in Dallas? Discover the soul of the city through its eclectic neighborhoods and districts. Read on for our favorites.

Everything is big in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. The 9th largest city in the country, Dallas is full of rich history and activities for families, music and art enthusiasts, and party-goers alike.

Looking for fun things to do in Dallas? Discover the soul of the city through its eclectic neighborhoods and districts. Read on for our favorites.

Meet us for food and fun in Victory Park

At the heart of Dallas, there’s Victory Park—a new and walkable neighborhood development filled with store-front boutiques, apartment living, and some of the city’s largest attractions.

First things first: head to the Sweet Tooth Hotel. This hot spot isn’t exactly a hotel, but a space for art installations and pop-ups that make for excellent grid-worthy selfies (if it’s not on the gram, did it even happen?). Tickets sell out fast, so plan to visit this attraction in advance.

Anchoring Victory Park is the American Airlines Center (home to the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars). Gather the fam (or go solo) and spend your evening rooting for the home team. Check out the venue’s event calendar—there’s a chance your favorite band could also be playing there while you’re in town.

If you’re traveling with children, stop in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. It’s Dallas’ most modern museum and features hands-on activities and exhibits, ranging from the human body to new technology. Kids (and even more, adults) love the earthquake simulator.

Aside from its attractions, Victory Park is for the foodies. Bring an empty stomach to these trendy restaurants:

Medina Oven and Bar: Sit indoors or on the patio and enjoy the best Moroccan dishes in Dallas. Medina Oven and Bar is one of the city’s gems—locals come from all over the city to take a bite into the beef kebabs, lamb chops, and the restaurant’s famous Moroccan-inspired pizzas.

Happiest Hour: Lounge on the giant rooftop and enjoy stunning views of the city at this vibrant hang-out spot. Catch all the after-work vibes over well-crafted cocktails (the Harwood Paradise is a must-try) and tasty American dishes (order the smoked brisket tacos).

Billy Can Can: Designed after a 19-century saloon, this upscale restaurant is adorned with vintage saloon decor and dishes up a French-influenced menu. You can’t go wrong on any of the cocktails, so take your pick. And don’t leave without trying the prime KC steak.

Imoto: From the extensive sake and wine list to the traditional Asian fare, everything about Imoto is outstanding. Vibe to the hip and modern atmosphere while enjoying world-class sushi (the Imoto roll is a fan fave). Other must-try dishes are the Korean fried chicken and the mango snow crab roll.

Meet us for live music and art in Deep Ellum

A popular area for jazz and blues artists in the 1920’s, Deep Ellum holds true to its musical roots and remains the epicenter of music and art in Dallas.

Sit back and enjoy live music and entertainment at Club Dada. It’s one of the oldest clubs in the neighborhood and arguably one of the best live music venues in Dallas. You’ll also want to pop in to Adair’s Saloon—a hole-in-the-wall dive bar that hosts daily live music performances and dishes the best burgers you’ll have in the city. While you’re there, check out the photos of people who’ve stopped by the Saloon over the years (the blown-up photo of Elvis Presley taken during his visit in 1955 won’t be hard to miss).

Stroll through the side streets and alleyways of Elm Street and Commerce to discover the 42 murals project. Painted by local artists, these vibrant murals are inspired by Deep Ellum’s musical history, but feature various styles of street art that have become the heart of the city’s art community.

For a closer look into the arts, visit Deep Ellum in September for the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Enjoy live music from 100 bands and singer-songwriters, and browse (or purchase) works from 200 visual artists. Keep an eye out for spontaneous shows from street performers. The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a must-visit. Shop products from local artists and vendors, all while vibing to live performances by artists from all over Dallas. The market is open every Saturday.

Music and art aren’t the only things Deep Ellum is great at (the neighborhood is entering a dining renaissance). Before you leave, you have to try a few dishes from some of the most legendary restaurants in the neighborhood, starting with Pecan Lodge. The line wrapped around the building is a tell-tale sign that you’re at the right place. While the menu is flawless, you’ll want to order the ribs and mac and cheese. All Good Cafe is a fan fave and go-to spot for local creatives and musicians. They specialize in comfort food (try the chicken fried steak) and serve $2.95 mimosas all day-everyday.

Meet us for the afterparty in Oak Lawn

Known as the heart of Dallas’ LGBTQ+ community (and one of the most gay friendly neighborhoods in the country), Oak Lawn is welcoming, spirited, and all about having a good time.

While nightlife is the shining star in this neighborhood, you’ll want to fuel up for the evening ahead at the retro diner Lucky’s Cafe (home to the best biscuits and cornbread in town) or drop in to Drip Coffee for an Espresso Blend that’s as strong as the WiFi (this is a great spot for working or studying).

Once the sun sets, kick off your evening with bar hopping on Cedar Springs—grab drinks on the patio at Cedar Springs Tap House, sing along to live music at Sue Ellen’s, and for nightclub vibes head over to Station 4, a 24,000 square foot venue with more than 15 drink stations (stick around for the late-night drag show).

End the night with a trip to Velvet Taco (they’re open until 2 am on weekends). Must-trys are the chicken and waffle taco, the beer-battered cauliflower taco, and the grilled flank steak taco.

Depending on the time of the year, you’ll find several neighborhood festivals and outdoor events that keep the party going in Oak Lawn. Don’t miss:

Dallas Pride: While most Pride events happen in June, Dallas celebrates in September right in Oak Lawn. Check out this action-packed event for its lively parade, music festival, singing competition, and zones for teens and families.

Halloween Block Party: Each year, you’ll find thousands of locals at Oak Lawn’s Halloween Block Party. Celebrate the holiday with a live DJ, enjoy food and drinks, and join in on the fun at the costume promenade.

Dallas is the perfect mix of big city life and southern charm. While these are only a few of our favorite neighborhoods in Dallas, we hope you explore as much of the city as possible—there’s more to see and love.

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