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20 Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights

We can take the heat. In fact, we embrace it. Here’s our list of Dallas’ after-dark delights.

Till Midnight at the Nasher is one of the Summer Block Party events.

The Joule’s new 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace

Party Arty
The Dallas Arts District revs up downtown with the annual Summer Block Party on June 21. Three museums are open late with special programming and free general admission—the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection and Nasher Sculpture Center. Among the festivities: live music by Salim Nourallah & The Treefort 5 and a screening of Moonrise Kingdom, both at the Nasher. thedallasartsdistrict.org

Heights of Cool
With its retractable roof, wraparound sliding doors and unadulterated views of downtown, the Joule’s new 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace is the ultimate all-weather spot for your next powwow. You won’t want to miss an invite to the sleek spot, decked out in Ghost chairs, Fortessa bone china, and chrome and glass cocktail tables. Plus, you get to ride the grown-up version of Willy Wonka’s Great Glass Elevator. 1530 Main St., thejouledallas.com

Get in Line
Café Momentum’s popular monthly dinners sell out in seconds. Tickets go on sale June 16 for the July pitmaster picnic with Jack Perkins of Slow Bone, Juston Fourton of Pecan Lodge, Nick Pencis of Stanley’s in Tyler, Will Fleischman of Lockhart and Stephen Joseph of Riverfront Barbecue in Jefferson. Proceeds benefit Youth Village Resources of Dallas. cafemomentum.org

Suit & Tie
The Danny Church Band is seven guys in suits mixing smooth jazz with some sexy R&B and a swift kick of electronica. Titillating covers of Frank Ocean are performed with a wink and a nod from the lead singer, bringing to mind a certain NSFW single by Robin Thicke. You’re throwing a party: Dim the lights, make way for a dance floor and book ’em. thedannychurchband.com

Who DAT?
Have menu, will travel. That’s the mantra of chef David Anthony Temple, creator of the popular Chef DAT underground dinner series. Recent offerings have included a dinner in Temple’s home (local Dallas artisans’ salad from TJ’s Seafood and Tom Spicer greens, plus “hot boudin and cold couscous”) and a Great Gatsby dinner coinciding with the movie release (wild boar and kangaroo meats with Carbone’s tagliatelle pasta). Dinners will be held in Lakewood every weekend over the summer. Around 80 bucks. Wine sometimes included or bring your own. Five to six courses. Good food, good people, sign us up! chefdat.com

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