The Dallas Arts District is booming. The summer 'til Midnight at the Nasher' event series is a great way to soak up this beautiful museum (at no cost- it's a free monthly event). Doors open at six and you can lay claim to your preferred picnic spot in the grass by bringing a blanket or some chairs. Then wander around and soak up the current and permanent exhibits in this cool indoor and outdoor, creative space.
You'll find a DJ or other form of live music to start the evening and then the evening tends to conclude with an outdoor screening of a popular film. No outside food is allowed, but beverages and food can be had once you're inside. If you'd like to pre-order a gourmet picnic from the kitchen of Wolfgang Puck, you can do so before the day of the event and then pick it up upon arrival.
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A Stroll in a Dallas Sculpture Garden
Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas—these giants of the modern and contemporary sculpture world are all represented in Dallas. Many of the masterpieces that comprise the Nasher Sculpture Center hail from the original collection of Raymond and Patsy Nasher. Now, the collection is internationally renowned, and it's open to the public both in an enormous gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden. Venture to the garden's northern edge to see a specially commissioned work by artist James Turrell.