Christmas in July in the Bishop Arts District
Who says Christmas comes only once a year? What fun is that? Also, winter sounds pretty good now that temperatures are in the vicinity of 100 degrees. There are a few local "holiday" celebrations, including this free one in Oak Cliff.
There is a 100 percent chance of snow in the forecast for this second annual Christmas in July event, which features deals on holiday and regular merchandise at shops and specials at restaurants throughout the district.
Expect carolers, concerts and a performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Santa Claus and Queen Elsa from Frozen will be on hand for pictures with the kids at this family-friendly event. Be sure to wear your best Christmas gear - if you can bear the heat - to compete in the Ugly Sweater Contest.
Reunion Lawn Party
Cool down during the evening hours at this monthly summer lawn party near the base of Reunion Tower with music, food trucks, lawn games and a beer garden featuring craft beers from local breweries.
Former WFAA morning show co-host Amy Vanderoef emcees the event, with DJ music starting at 6:30 p.m. and musical performances by Aaron Stephens at 7 and Prophets and Outlaws at 8:15. Admission is free; take cash for parking, food and drinks as well as for a deposit for rented lawn games that include Frisbees, corn hole, bocce ball, hula hoops and ribbon streamers.
July's food truck lineup includes Jimboy's Tacos, Best Bayou Bites, the Bomb Fried Pies, Jack's Chow Hound and more. Take a blanket to spread out on and watch the Reunion ball light up in the night sky.
Garden Gigs at the Dallas Arboretum
A trip to the Dallas Arboretum is always a good time, but this event will be even more fun. For the first time, the arboretum will host a full-grounds musical event open to the public.
Local musicians Salim Nourallah, John Lefler and Camille Cortinas, Kaela Sinclair and Sudie will perform intimate sets at sundown in several gardens.
Guests can purchase dinner and snacks from popular food trucks including BellaTrino, Cajun Tailgators, Easy Slider and Ruthie's Rolling Cafe; outside food and drink are also welcome. Take a blanket and make a picnic of it.
Lucky Duck Race and Splash Fest
Many people adopt pets, but it's not very often that you're encouraged to adopt a duck - or, more specifically, a rubber duck. At this event, you can adopt one to enter into a duck race across the pool.
Enjoy a free family splash fest and wellness carnival with prizes, food, swimming, games and more. Take your own picnic dinner or purchase snow cones, snacks and drinks from on-site vendors.
The duck race begins at 8 p.m.; the first one to cross the finish line wins a $1,000 gift card. Lucky Duck proceeds benefit This Side Up Family, an organization that helps families through parenting education, marriage enrichment, single-parent support and more.
QuakeCon has been described as the "Woodstock of Gaming." In its 20th year, it's a four-day, nonstop celebration of games and the people who play them.
In addition to the world's largest bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party (a $55 fee to reserve your spot and pre-registration are required), the convention has plenty of excitement for those who don't bring their computers: an exhibit hall with the latest games and hardware, world-class tournaments, sweepstakes, forums, vendors and contests. The displays and BYOC party, which started July 23, run 24 hours a day; so get there early and stay late.
Want more geeky, gaming fun? There's also the Dallas Gaming Expo event in Addison from Friday through Sunday.
Compiled by Sara Frederick Burgos.