Live theater, free movie screenings, NFL football and more—no doubt about it, we’ve got lots of action for back-to-school Weekend Warriors and those who are still chasing fun in the summer sun. For those on the hunt for things to do this weekend in Arlington, these ten bright ideas will keep you busy from Friday morning ‘till time for bed on Sunday night:
One: Cowboys Pre-Season
America’s team is back in action! The Dallas Cowboys host the Dolphins in this pre-season match at AT&T Stadium—so come cheer them on! Time: Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets: See website for details.
Two: “Vicki Lawrence and Mama” at Arlington Music Hall
Emmy-award winning performer and “Carol Burnett Show” alum Vicki Lawrence and her alter ego “Mama” will both hold court in what’s sure to be a hilarious and memorable performance at Arlington Music Hall. Time: Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: See website for details.
Three: Summer Movie Series – Studio Movie Grill – “Megamind”
The super villain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. See the whole story for a buck at Studio Movie Grill on Friday in the last installment of SMG’s Summer Movie Series. More.
Four: Film Screening – Arlington Museum of Art – “Leaves Of The Tree”
Filmed in western Sicily and Houston, Texas, this award-winning film starring Sean Young, Armand Assante, and Eric Roberts depicts the healing power of a mystical tree as a dying man struggles to discover its profound truth — is it science or a secret from ancient scripture? Time: Friday at 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. More.
Five: “Calendar Girls” at Theatre Arlington
When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital by creating and selling an, um, “alternative” calendar. See how it turns out in this touching and funny production now playing at Theatre Arlington. Times: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $23 (senior and student discounts are available).
Six: Vivian Maier: Lost and Found – at Arlington Museum of Art
CLOSING WEEKEND: The mysterious Vivian Maier took close to 200,000 photographs while she worked for over 40 years as a nanny, primarily on Chicago’s North Shore. The discovery of her amazing collection spawned a documentary that’s currently showing on Netflix and a national traveling exhibit that’s wrapping up a summer stop at the Arlington Museum of Art. Times: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission begins at $5. More.
Seven: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Talk about your watery playgrounds! Within minutes of your arrival at Hurricane Harbor, you’ll be cooling down in an avalanche of cold blue water and enjoying some of the most thrilling rides around. While you’re there, be sure and check out Hurricane Harbor’s all-new American Grill, featuring classic summer food, music, and fun. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. See the website for ticket pricing and specials.
(Disclaimer: Keep the weather in mind)
Eight: K-1 Speed
Vroom, vroom! Indulge your need for speed and adventure at one of the nation’s premiere indoor karting race tracks. Pricing: Begins at $19.99, see website for pricing packages. Hours: Open until midnight Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m. on Sunday. More.
Nine: Rock Climbing
Challenge your limits and have a blast while you’re doing it at the Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Center! Beginners and youngsters are equally welcome with climbing vets. Times: Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.; Sundays until 7 p.m. Cost: Day passes are $12; see website for additional details. More.
Ten: ICE at the Parks
Nothing beats the summer heat like a few dozen cool turns around the ice rink – and when you’re finished, there are plenty of movies, restaurants and shopping destinations to try next. Times and cost: Friday-Sunday; $8 for adults (discounts for kids and seniors available, extra for skate rentals.) More.