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Dallas and Austin are tight. We’re buds. That’s why we’re putting together a whole list of things to do in Dallas because we want you cool Austin folks to come up here to enjoy Gorilla vs. Bear Fest with us!

Getting to Dallas takes time. Half of your gas tank will be gone by the time you reach your destination. But if you don’t want to spend 3-3.5 hours driving here (and that is nothing when comparing the factor of cool of Dallas to other Texas cities), there is always the option of taking the good ol’ Amtrak train or flying here.

A weekend full of fun is only 3 hours away. We’ve pulled out some numbers and options for you, just so you can weigh out the pros and cons and get your bad selves out here!

How to get to Dallas from the ever-so-great Austin:

1. American Airlines (AUS → DFW): $178 Roundtrip. Times range all day, so don’t worry about missing work. Make some money, leave the workplace, hop on a plane, and come party with us.
2. Southwest Airlines (AUS → Lovefield): $199 Roundtrip. Times also range all day, though the afternoon flights on Sunday might be a few extra dollars.
3. Amtrak: Friday and Saturday (7/22-7/23): Leave Austin at 9:31AM and be in Dallas by 3:20PM for $26. Sunday’s ride goes from 11:50AM and arrives in Austin at 6:30PM for $32.

The MANY things to do once you get up here:

Friday night:

– 4-7PM: If you decide to make it here by Friday evening, we found some great drink specials all around town. Deep Ellum, Knox-Henderson, Greenville, Downtown, Uptown, everywhere. Some great happy hour favorites from the folks up here.

– 8:30PM: The Fairmount Dallas Dive-In movie event is showing Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl that night. Though not completely the best movie (are they on the 200th one now?), the Fairmount allows attendees to lounge by or IN the pool! Some nice cool waters to get away from the crazy Texas heat that we’re all well aware of.

9PM: After a drink or five, head over to the Balcony Jazz Club to enjoy some “cheap and easy jazz” they put on every Friday night. Do not mistake cheap for terrible quality. This is 110% quality.

– 9PM: The DoubleTree Hotel hosts a Backdoor Comedy Club weekly, and on that Friday, there will be great food and even more laughter (the possibility of laughing your “butt off” is there). The price ranges from $7 to $14. Super affordable and also, funny. Who doesn’t love funny?

-10:30-11:30PM: For admissions being only $10, a good way to spend late Friday night is by watchin’ some Late Night Improv at the Dallas Comedy House. If you couldn’t have enough of that BCC we listed above, swing over for more laughs. By the end of this, you’ll have 6-packs from laughing too hard and too much.

-12AM: The classic Rocky Horror Picture Show is screening at the Lakewood Theater. Have some fun and dress a little risque and head over there. For $10, you can do the Time Warp again, watch, and probably have tons of fun with this classic. Doors open at 11PM, so get there early!


Austin art is great. An Austin artists’ exhibit is up at the Belmont runs through that weekend. Wake up on Saturday and look at artsy collectives then head upstairs for a drink. Perfection at its best.

– 11AM-4PM: Free stuff is the best stuff. At the Goss-Michael Foundation, the work of artist Jim Lambie will be showcased. If you love art that focuses on optical illusions as much as we, this is not to miss.

– 9-5PM: Polaroids with a twist at the Abstract Polaroid Photographs showcase by artist Patrick Murphy at the Mercantile Coffee House. It’s completely free, too.

– 11-5PM: Do a Modern Sculpture tour at the Nasher Sculpture Center for only $10. A notable sculpture containing animal intestines is one to look out for. Some say gross, we say awesome. A Dallas favorite is also artist Martin Creed’s gallery containing endless amounts of balloons. We’ve heard nothing but great things about this. Who thought balloons could be so much fun.

– 10AM-12AM: One of our favorite record stores that is just down the street from us is Good Records. There is a huge vinyl and CD collection to browse. If you’re a music buff, this is a mini-heaven. They’re open all day, too, so no worries if you want to snooze.

You could substitute one for another. Many options, and if I were ever good at probability math problems in elementary school, I would calculate how many options you could actually chose from. You can fly here and catch a ride back or vice versa! Take a train and fly back! Hop from one event to the next. Take all your friends with. Gorilla vs. Bear Fest happens on the 23rd of July, so get to Dallas and hang out with us. Won’t be an understatement when we assure you that weekend will be too much fun.

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