If you’re looking for free things to do in Dallas, you don’t have to resort to hanging out at the library or scrounging for free samples at the grocery store. These seven ideas are activities you’d probably expect to pay good money for, but they’re free in the Big D.
Dallas Public Art Walk
Soak up the scenery at the lovely Public Art Walk. Get an up-close look at 30 works of art spanning the Arts District and part of Downtown. Take in the local architecture and get some exercise while you’re at it on this self-guided free tour.
The Grassy Knoll
Your inner history buff will appreciate viewing this dark piece of American — and Dallas history. The knoll is located near the Philip Johnson-designed John F. Kennedy Memorial, a walled “room” representing an empty tomb.
Hall of State
Art Deco architecture meets local history at this Fair Park museum. Before exploring the historical exhibits, be sure to get a good look at the Hall of State building. The Art Deco beauty was designed by Donald Barthelme for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. Memberships and donations make its freebie status possible.
Pioneer Park Cattle Sculpture
Marvel at the larger-than-life cows depicting mid-nineteenth century cattle drives along the Shawnee Trail. The jumbo steers and trail riders were sculpted from bronze by area artist Robert Summers. The bronze sculpture is the world’s largest of its kind.
Shows at Good Records
Image via Flickr CC – David Wilson
We bet you didn’t expect to see live music for free. Catch local and touring bands at this Dallas favorite. The store has a great selection, so consider coming back to stock up on new music.
Fine Arts Chamber Players
If classical music is more your speed, enjoy free concerts by Fine Arts Chamber Players. The organization hires professional musicians of the highest caliber to perform at gratis events like the annual Basically Beethoven Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall (Sundays in July) and the monthly Bancroft Family Concert series at the Dallas Museum of Art (Saturdays, October – May). The group also offers free music education in select Dallas schools.
From public art to area history, there’s plenty to do in Dallas without breaking the bank. If you have your own admission-free hidden gems, let us know!