When you think AT&T Stadium, giant sporting events and megaconcerts probably come to mind. But the the $1.2 billion, 3 million-square-foot home of the Dallas Cowboys serves as a backdrop for some other fun things to do, too. Here's a look at the quirkier side:
Super Glow II
Expect 30 hot air balloons on the field during a balloon glow on April 16. What's that? At just about any big hot air balloon gathering, there is a nighttime event with the balloons inflated and illuminated like giant nightlights.
Attendees can also talk to the balloon crews and take self-guided tours of the stadium. Organizers are collecting items for Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas, which sends care packages to those serving in the military overseas (check out a list of suggested items here). A portion of the proceeds will also help fund postage for packages.
If you want to go, make plans now. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Dallas Opera simulcast
When you think about a stadium full of people, chances are you don't think about them being there to watch opera on the big screens.
But that's exactly what happens during the Dallas Opera's free simulcasts (parking's free, too). April 23 will be the fifth time the opera has taken over the palace of pigskin. This time around, the production being simulcast is Showboat, the 1927 American musical. Cool side note: It features dancers from Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.
The opener is the cartoon Another Froggy Evening, and you can also expect pre-show trivia contests and a 5 p.m. workshop kids in kindergarten through sixth grade (sign up online).
Taste of the NFL
This event on May 1 strays far from stereotypical stadium food, with fancy tailgate options and cocktails. The event will feature Dallas Cowboys players past and present, Abacus restaurant executive chef Kent Rathbun and more than 20 other chefs, and a performance from country singer-songwriter Jack Ingram.
Featured restaurants include Abacus, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Smoke and Suze. The event is presented by the North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Cowboys. A general admission ticket will set you back $150, but it's for a good cause, the food bank's programs for kids.