If you’re here, you’ve surely read our cover story on 52 things you must do if you want to call yourself a Dallasite. We imagine there are a few that you’ve already done, and we’re positive there are a bunch you haven’t. We want to give you some added incentive to take advantage of all the greatest city in the world has to offer. For the next 52 weeks, we’ll be running a series of challenges, and giving away a big prize to the winner of each challenge. At the end of each challenge period, we’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who participated. Every challenge will have its own rules, but be prepared for something of a city-wide scavenger hunt—and be prepared to take photos of yourself in action, to prove how much of a Dallasite you really are. Happy hunting.

Challenge #4: Events

Challenge period: September 1-30
Prize: A complimentary cocktail + a private mixology lesson + 1 night stay at the Rosewood Mansion

People are always looking for things to do in Dallas, why not turn it into something fun and rewarding. Explore some of Dallas’ best events, and enter for your chance to win a night out at the Rosewood Mansion. Be sure to post your favorite of the bunch on Instagram with hashtag #Dallas52Things and tag @D_Magazine and @rwmansionturtlecreek so we can follow your experience.

#1 Do the State Fair Right

Yeah, yeah. There’s the Red River Showdown, or whatever politically correct name they’ve recently cooked up for the Texas vs. Oklahoma tilt. But the State Fair Classic brings two HBCUs, Grambling and Prairie View A&M, to the Cotton Bowl. The high-stepping halftime show alone is worth the price of admission. This year the game is September 29.

#2 Watch a Fight

Dallas has three great fight nights, each with its own distinctive character. All you need to do for this challenge is take a picture of the venue, easy enough right?

Hilton Anatole, April 26
The Real Estate Council fundraiser brings in actual professional boxers for a swanky affair that includes dinner and casino gaming.

The Ticket Fight Night
The Bomb Factory, August
Listeners of Sportsradio 1310 AM (and 96.7 FM) square off in bouts that are neither sweet nor scientific. It’s a great venue, though, and admission is free.

Guns & Hoses Boxing Tournament
Allen Event Center, September
Cops and firefighters punch each other in the face to raise money for fallen first responders. The brawlers are intense if sometimes inept.

#3 Catch a show Underground in Deep Ellum

Dallas is home to a Tony Award-winning regional theater (Dallas Theater Center) and plenty of chances to catch touring Broadway musicals. But to experience the real pulse of the local theater scene, head to the Undermain Theatre, where founder-artistic director Katherine Owens and founder-executive producer Bruce DuBose have been producing theater on the leading edge of the avant-garde since 1984.

#4 Walk the Runway at the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party

There is a pretty straightforward way to make sure your customized costume stands out from the hordes of Halloween enthusiasts at the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party. Just hop on the runway running through the center of The Strip on Cedar Springs and strut your stuff. Or just send in your Halloween best.

#5 Get Blown Away By the Symphony’s Organ

The Lay Family Concert Organ, with its 4,535 pipes, is one of the finest in the world, but it is played so infrequently that Scott Cantrell, writing in the Dallas Morning News, called it “a disgrace to the city.” Your next shots come on April 22, with a recital by the renowned Ken Cowan, and then April 26–28, as the DSO does the Duruflé Requiem. mydso.com.

#6 Homegrown Music and Arts Festival

The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival is one of the best annual events in downtown Dallas, with (mostly) Texas bands on two stages at Main Street Garden. Last year featured a reunited Tripping Daisy. This year: Explosions in the Sky, Roky Erickson, Alvvays, and more. May 12. homegrownfest.com.

Submission for Challenge #4

Submit your photos of Dallas food and drink here. The current challenge starts September 1, and ends September 30, 2018. Each image is an entry.

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#1: Instagram

Challenge dates: Apr. 2-9

Prize: Two VIP tickets to the April 14 Eye Ball party as a guest of 1530 Main

#2: Activities

Challenge dates: Apr. 10-Jun. 30

Prize: 1 night stay at The Adolphus + 60-minute Spa treatment from Spa Adolphus + Dinner for two in The French Room

#3: Food/Drink

Challenge dates: Jul. 1-September 1

Prize: Private Party for 20 in the Monkey Bar ($1,000 value)

#4: Events

Challenge dates: September 1 – 30

Prize: A complimentary cocktail + a private mixology lesson + 1 night stay at the Rosewood Mansion

#5: Cowboy

Challenge dates: Oct. 1-17

Prize: Pair of Cattle Baron Ball Tickets

#6: Sports

Challenge dates: Oct. 18-Nov. 30

Prize: FC Dallas Package: A pair of tickets, swag bag, VIP game day experience ($250 value) + 2 Tickets to an upcoming Dallas Mavericks game during the 2018-2019 Season (Date/Time TBD).

#7: Timing

Challenge dates: Dec. 1-Feb. 28, 2019

Prize Coming Soon

#8: Experiences

Challenge dates: Mar. 1-31, 2019

Prize Coming Soon


What is the 52 Things Every Dallasite Must Do challenge?

Whether you’ve lived in Dallas your entire life or you just followed Toyota to town, there is plenty to explore here. Our editors created a list of the 52 Things You Must Do in Dallas and we turned it into a scavenger hunt!

How do I enter?

Submit your photographic evidence in the form above.

How long is the challenge?

The overall challenge lasts 52 weeks, but each challenge period differs. The current challenge is Dallas Events which starts September 1, and ends September 30.

What is the current challenge?

The current challenge is Dallas Events.

How and when will the winner be announced?

We will pick a winner at random from the pool of entries. We will announce the winner 1 week after the submission period ends, and the winner will be contacted via email.

Official Rules and Terms & Conditions

Click here to view official contest rules and terms and conditions.

I have another question.

Contact Carly Mann for general questions or Tracy Albertson for sponsorship opportunities.

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