Dallas Tops Travel + Leisure’s Destination List with Spring Events Supporting THE ARTS

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Among the events mentioned that will be occurring for Dallas Arts Month, 2023 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) was cited in the Travel and Leisure listings.  The festival was also cited by MovieMaker magazine in naming Dallas among the “Best Places to Live and Work as a MovieMaker 2023.”  Diff 2023 will feature screening of more than 100 films from nearly 30 countries, as well as Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, nightly DIFF Red Carpets, a Festival Lounge, and special events throughout the film festival.

Here are other not-to-miss spring events and
upcoming opportunities to support our community:

Meadows Museum features In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art. The Dallas presentation is the first major exhibition of Spanish abstract painting and sculptures to take place in the U.S. since the 1970s, and it will be the only American venue of this multiyear touring exhibition, which also includes stops in Spain and Germany. Learn more about this exhibition, open to the public now through June 18, 2023. 

2024 DSOL Debutante and Honor Guard
Nominations Accepted Now

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League.  Over $13 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event. 

Contact Kristen Cordiak to nominate 2024 Symphony Debutante and Honor Guard candidates.  The season begins with the Announcement Party in May and is followed by a full season of parties and themed events for the debutantes, honor guard and their parents, leading up to the grand event. 

The 38th Annual Presentation Ball will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Vaughn Miller’s mother Tincy Miller founded the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s annual Presentation Ball event in 1987 and he was among the first Honor Guard group in the inaugural year. This year, the daughter of Vaughn and Dena Miller, Gigi, made her debut and her brothers Vance C. Miller III and Vaughn Miller, Jr.(not pictured) served as Honor Guards.  Photo by GITTINGS
Elena Dewar doing the Texas Dip
Kate and Eric Clark
On April 1, the Best of Broadway Gala begins with a cocktail reception followed by a pre-show dinner. Following the full performance of MOULIN ROUGE! The Musical the After-Hours experience features French-inspired fare, tunes spun by DJ Sheka, plus a special performance by Trap Opera Star Madelyn Brené. Event proceeds help to spread the gift of Broadway to more than 40,000 students and their families each year including 3,400 Dallas ISD students and more than 5,000 students from 72 schools who participate in Broadway Dallas’ High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Spring at the Dallas Arboretumm

The season arrives with a full calendar of events including Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest, running through April 16, the Sixth Annual Food and Wine Festival on March 23 and one of the most over-the-top annual events of the year: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, where each year’s theme evokes creative interpretations judged by a celebrity panel.

This year’s Mad Hatter’s theme is “A Celebration of English Elegance” with the following hat categories:

The Queen’s Choice: most true to theme

A True Princess Diana:
sure to be a lasting fashion legend.

The Princess of Wales: best overall ensemble

The Chelsea Flower Show:
most creative use of botanicals

The Hybrid: best English garden hat with a Texas twist

The Head Turner: best in show

The Royal Enclosure:
a group that should attend Ascot together.

and the judges are:

David Yarrow-UK Fine Art Photographer

Ryan Ross-President, Neiman Marcus

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia
Fashion Designers and Artisans

Cassie MacGregor, milliner

Barbara Bigham, founding member of the WCDABG, past Mad Hatter’s chair

Emberli Pridham, children’s author and philanthropist

Nathan Johnson
Creative Director Gro Floral and Event Design

Dallas International Film Festival Announces Return to West Village at Violet Crown Cinema, April 28 – May 5, 2023

Nasher Prize Gala is April 1 at Nasher Sculpture Center, benefiting the museum

Rhapsody is April 1 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, benefiting Turtle Creek Chorale

Art Ball is April 15 at the Dallas Museum of Art, benefiting the museum

The 2023 Savor the Symphony event on April 13 at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, benefiting the education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will feature a wine tasting from Coquerel Family Wine Estates sponsored by the Dallas-based proprietors of the winery, Clay and Brenda Cockerell
The Turtle Creek Association Azalea Luncheon includes a fashion Presentation by Betty Reiter and a Turtle Creek exclusive update presented by JD Trueblood, president and CEO of Turtle Creek Association.


Moody Performance Hall
Vuyani Dance Theatre – April 7-8
DBDT: Encore! Rising Excellence – April 21-22
Lone Star Wind Orchestra April 23

Kalita Humphreys Theater 
Broadway Our Way – April 20-23

Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas Winds: House of the Rising Sun – March 24
Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras I’m So Blessed – March 27
Ladysmith Black Mambazo March 30
Back to the ’80s April 14-16
The Rite of Spring April 20-22
Dallas Winds: In Storm and Sunshine – April 25

Winspear Opera House 
Dallas OperaPresents The Elixir of Love – March 25
Neil deGrasse Tyson – April 4
Anastasia – April 6-8
Tootsie – April 18-30

Wyly Theatre
Into the Woods – April 7-30

Dallas Children’s Theater
Last Stop On Market Street – through April 2

Dallas Museum of Art
Adam Gopnik – March 23
V. E. Schwab – April 11
Great Women Painters – April 19

Music Hall at Fair Park
Moulin Rouge – through April 2
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater April 22-23

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