Explore Dallas with ‘Say Yes’ Virtual Culture Experience

Dave Moore, Staff Writer

There’s no need to starve your creative side while waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Say Yes to Dallas talent attraction campaign has built a microsite that allows visitors to take virtual tours of the region’s arts scene, from the Dallas Museum of Art, to virtual orchestras (from Dallas, Plano, and Irving), to the Dallas Arboretum. The site also includes restaurants that offer take-out options, so visitors can experience a complete virtual night on the town.

“Many people in the Dallas Region have been effectively staying in place for more than a month, to stop the spread of the new coronavirus,” said Milton Grays, Director of Talent Attraction at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We built this microsite to give people a chance to visit Dallas Region arts and cultural landmarks from their homes, including suggestions for virtually immersive dining experiences.”

That is especially true for Corrientes 348, which offers virtual, 3D tours of the Argentinian steakhouse from the restaurant’s Ross Street entry point. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, meanwhile, both offer virtual learning experiences. At the Perot virtual site, visitors can learn about the origin of the human species. The Holocaust museum offers access to scheduled Zoom lectures on the topics such as how to take action following a genocide, and even kid-oriented discussions on the importance of inclusion.

Among the museums on the Say Yes site:

    • AT&T Performing Arts Center: Experience at-home performances and content with AT&T PAC@home.
    • Crow Museum of Asian Art: Crow Unscripted – Leaders from the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas in the Dallas Arts District welcome guest speakers each week to share insights. Wednesdays at noon.
    • Dallas Arboretum: Experience the breathtaking gardens as Dave Forehand, VP of Gardens, leads you on a personal tour while teaching you about the various plants and features along the journey.
    • Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum: Explore new virtual programs, including virtual story time for young children, and book clubs for older adult and children.

  • Nasher Sculpture Center: Continue your love of art from home with access to a range of digital activities, articles, and upcoming online events.
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science: #AmazeYourBrain at home and watch your favorite concepts from the museum come to life.

Among the restaurants highlighted on the site:

  • Beto & Son: Enjoy tortillas made fresh to order and whole cuts of meat butchered and prepared by the chefs. Also sells $40 cocktail kits to go with your order.
  • Blue Mesa Grill: Get curbside pickup for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch at all locales.
  • Corrientes 348: As mentioned above, Corrientes 348 also has an option on its website to explore the restaurant in 3D.
  • Fogo de Chão: Fogo To-Go – Enjoy curbside pickup or contactless free delivery (within a 15-mile radius) of your Argentinean favorites or select ready-to-grill cuts. Fogo is donating 10% of all to-go sales to No Kid Hungry.
  • Hero: Meet Hero curbside on Nowitzki Way and grab all your brunch favorites, including drink packs.
  • In-N-Out Burger: Offers West Coast-style burgers at drive-thru locations in the Dallas Region.
  • Jaxon Texas Kitchen and Beer Garden: Offers family style barbecue packages and cocktail kits.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Get family meals as low as $39.
  • Our Door to Yours: Voted “Best Fried Catfish in DFW,” you don’t want to miss fried catfish Friday or Soul Food Sunday with Chef Ty.
  • Raising Cane’s: Raising Cane’s also launched a virtual entertainment series to provide some tunes while you enjoy your favorite chicken finger meal.
  • The Rustic: Pick up a “Quarantine and Chill Pack” with ready-to-cook meat or salmon with sides, whole pies, and more, plus a bottle of wine for $80.
  • Wendy Krispin Caterer: Enjoy the highest quality catering and delivery services for breakfast, lunch, and dinner through weekly menus and meal packages.

Among the live virtual shows listed on Say Yes:

  • The Cliburn: Cliburn At Home – Three new online initiatives to bring its worldwide community together virtually; Cliburn Watch Party, Cliburn Kids, and Cliburn Amateur Spotlight.
  • Dallas Comedy House: Free online comedy show every Friday night at 8 PM, along with online comedy classes for everyone.
  • Dallas Opera: Bring the magic of live music into your homes with fan features, special guest conversations, artist interaction, and more.
  • EarthX: The world’s largest environmental experience remains on-mission. This year, many of the events will be held virtually – April 16-26.
  • Texas Theatre: Watch films from the comfort of your own home thanks to a virtual screening room partnership with indie distributors.
  • Virtual Symphony Orchestras: Dallas Region Symphony Orchestras remain dedicated to keeping the music going. Enjoy newly recorded performances, archival concerts, and virtual broadcasts.
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