Based on the download numbers, there's a high chance that you're already playing Pokemon Go. (Confused by the phenomenon? Don't know what Pokemon even is? I explain it all right here.) It has seemingly taken over the country, including Dallas-Fort Worth, and you don't have to look far to find other people playing the game.
There are some place that don't want you playing the game near them. Hospital helipads, for example, are somewhere you should steer clear of, even if there's a Slowpoke nearby (you'll find him somewhere else, I promise).
Other places, though, couldn't be more enthusiastic about welcoming Pokemon Go players. Furthermore, a lot of places and local fan groups have decided to host Pokemon-themed events intended to bring gamers together.
Below you'll find a list of upcoming events and D-FW places where you can meet a bunch of new best friends to catch 'em all with. Use some lures, share the love and don't forget to always be incubating an egg or two as you walk around.
August (All Month)
Every year, the Dallas Arboretum offers $1 admission (and $5 parking) for the month of August. This year, though, there will be a lot of people there taking advantage of the arboretum's more than 30 Pokestops and its three gyms. Plus, you can hatch a lot of eggs while walking the garden's 66 acres.
About a 10-minute drive from Dallas, you'll find hiking trails, indoor exhibit halls and, oh yeah, three Pokestops. They ask that you stay on the trails, but you can get in for just $1 during the month of August.
You've got to purchase a ticket ($7) to this event in advance and that price doesn't include a skate rental, but what better way to transport yourself back to the 90's than by pairing a skating rink with your Pokemon? Lures will be dropped at the Thunderbird Roller Rink in Plano during the party (6-10 p.m.), and there will be prizes, offline games and more. There will also be charging stations so you can refill your battery, which you'll need if you intend to hatch eggs while you skate.
It's hot outside, but that doesn't mean you should stop playing Pokemon Go. Just grab some popsicles at the library while you visit nearby Pokestops.
From the DMA: "Travel far and wide across the Museum to test your skills as a Pokémon trainer and enter to win a raffle following the event. Find the power that's inside the DMA -- after all, it is your destiny to reach all the Pokéstops.
"Upon entry, you will be issued a Trainer Card to keep track of your courageous accomplishments. There will be a different task at each stop. Once you complete all four activities, you will earn a DMA gym badge in the Center for Creative Connections and an extra raffle ticket."
Cosplay is "extremely encouraged" and there's a chance of a Pokemon Stadium tournament at this event, which will run from 4-9 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park. At 9 p.m., the group that remains will head to Off The Record and surrounding bars for a bar "PokeCrawl" that will finish at "an iconic Dallas establishment."
"Relive the '90s with this heart wrenching movie. Ash Ketchum almost dies, but come on, this is Pokemon, no one dies. But you'll still cry because seeing a crying Gyarados is one of the saddest moments you'll ever see." -- Chase Karacostas
Pokemon Go Music Festival at Addison Circle Park
"All good Pokemon Go players in D-FW know that Addison Circle Park is a huge hotspot to find all kinds of creatures. So instead of sitting on your couch binge watching Stranger Things, head out to the park yet again to play Pokemon during this evening event, and while you're there, get a Slurpee at the 7-Eleven food truck." -- Chase Karacostas
Announced before Pokemon Go took the world by storm, this concert (brought to you by Dallas POPS) will bring the music of the Pokemon series to life in a way you may never have experienced before. Tickets start at $25, but it's another great place to meet fellow Pokemon fans.
The Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Zoo
The zoo has an entire "Guide to Pokemon Go at the Dallas Zoo" page on their website. In addition to pointing out that the zoo has more than 30 Pokestops and three gyms, they list various safety tips to keep in mind.
The Dallas Museum of Art
Texas Ale Project
American Airlines Center
Lake Flying Saucer
Arlington Parks and Recreation has put together a website (complete with a map) about the best places to find Pokestops and Gyms around the city. Not sure whether they earn or lose bonus points for the "#Parkemon" hashtag, but the map is cool and seems useful.