Calendar: Not-to-Miss Virtual Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

There are plenty of things to do with your physically distanced time. Here are a few from our curated selection.

Things to Do for innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Innovates Weekly Calendar

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. 

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things to do are a little different. We’ve rounded up a few events and activities for innovators so you can stay involved from the comfort of your home or six feet away. You’ll also find a few drive-through experiences among the options. Here’s our selection of technology events, creative activities, and business inspiration for innovators this week.

As always, things may change at any time, so be sure to check the official website or registration page for the latest details. 

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ONGOING

PEROT MUSEUM’S ORIGINS: FOSSILS FROM THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Online

Although the Perot Museum may not be open for business, a virtual 360-degree tour of the Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind exhibition is. Guests can virtually explore real fossils and follow the journey of scientists actively working on and researching two new species.

Free.
Find more information here.

DMA AT HOME
Online

The Dallas Museum of Art is offering virtual museum experiences with a new virtual exhibition and gallery experiences, behind-the-scenes stories from around the museum, guides and activities to use at home, and art from around the world and from the local community.

Free.
Find more information here.

WRITING WORKSHOPS DALLAS AND GEMINI INK PRESENT THE BIG TEXAS READ
Online

This statewide virtual book club is a collaborative effort from Writing Workshops Dallas and San Antonio’s Gemini Ink. Every two weeks, prose or poetry written by a Texas-based author will be discussed, featuring chats with the authors and Q&As.

Upcoming authors and titles include:

  • Dec. 11: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Barefoot Dogs

  • March 10, 2021: Julia Heaberlin: We Are All the Same in the Dark

  • April 7, 2021: Heather Harper Ellet: Ain’t Nobody Nobody

Free
Find more information here.

BLIND ALLEY PROJECTS
Fort Worth (drive-by, not a virtual event)
Daylight hours only

The idea behind this drive-by art gallery was thought up three years ago, but was finally activated this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. The gallery is currently featuring TCU MFA students’ pieces that were originally canceled due to COVID-19. “Each individual exhibition represented ideas that would have been addressed in each student’s thesis exhibition while responding to the exhibition space itself,” writes Gila Espinoza for Art&Seek. Currently, Hector A. Ramirez’s “Entre Piedras y Copia” is on display. Upcoming artists include British artist Richard Wentworth and sculptor Gene Owens.

Free
Find more information here.

THE DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE OPENS FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES
The Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas
Daily 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m.

The Dallas Heritage Village has reopened to visitors. Although the buildings on site are closed, guests can enjoy fun and engaging summer activities like chalk drawing, scavenger hunts, and more for families eager to get outside and enjoy time together.

Tickets are $8 for adults and free for children
Find more information here.

PROTESTS HAPPENING ACROSS DFW
Multiple locations

For a running list of protests, vigils, and more in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Central Track has rounded up a list of known gatherings here

CARBARET DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS
Brizo Bar in Richardson
Every Friday and Saturday evening

As movie theaters have closed due to COVID-19, Reid Robinson transformed his bar Brizo into a movie drive-in called CarBaret, along with curbside dining service from the Brizo kitchen and bar and a variety show. Films are announced on Facebook each week where attendees can RSVP for one of the 40 spots available each night.

Tickets are $15.
Find more information here.

1 MILLION CUPS FRISCO VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Online
Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Starting on August 5, 1 Million Cups will be kicking off its Education for Entrepreneurs series. 1 Million Cups says it helps first-time entrepreneurs get connected to the startup community and experienced entrepreneurs take the next step through feedback and resources.

Free
Find more information here.

HOW TO COPE WITH COVID: MAINTAINING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY BUSINESSES FOR CEOS
Online
Every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This series is meant to help female business owners continue to have emotionally healthy businesses during and after the pandemic. During these sessions, attendees may learn strategies for dealing with their own targeted stressors, strategies for being emotionally prepared, how to evaluate and assess their emotional needs to ensure healthy leadership, among other things.

Free
Find more information here.

1 MILLION CUPS FORT WORTH PRESENTATION
Online
Every Wednesday at 9 – 10 a.m.

Each week, 1 Million Cups Fort Worth plans to feature two presenters who will discuss their business’ services and needs, followed by a Q&A during which the presenters can offer helpful suggestions. One of the upcoming presenters is Michael Wilson of Processology, Corp. He plans to discuss what business process management, documentation, and improvement is, as well as why every business needs to actively practice it.

Free
Find more information here.

PRESERVATION DALLAS PRESENTS 2020 SUMMER SIZZLERS
Online
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

This series of educational lectures will cover topics ranging from the ugliest building in Dallas to Apollo 11 to the destruction and resurrection of Dallas’ sportatorium. These lectures hope to offer insights into preservation, architecture, and history.

Tickets are $10 to $100
Find more information here.


UPCOMING

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31

walkSTEM FAMILY EXPLORERS FALL 2020
Various locations

To encourage children’s curiosity, talkSTEM is helping families explore various locations across DFW through a self-guided, self-paced journey. The accompanying Family Explorers booklet offers lists of around 70 locations to explore, links to videos highlighting the locations’ STEM connections, and space for families’ reactions.

Free
Find more information here.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

[Image: Courtesy Operation Kindness]

OPERATION KINDNESS GIFT WRAPPING
Barnes & Noble on 2201 Preston Rd Suite E, Plano, TX 75093
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

No-kill animal shelter Operation Kindness will be offering gift wrapping services in exchange for a donation to help its mission to care for homeless dogs and cats. The gifts can be bought from anywhere, not from Barnes & Noble only.

Find more information here.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 2

OPERATION KINDNESS COMFORT AND JOY DONATION DRIVE 
Participating animal shelters in North Texas
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

To make sure that homeless animals can stay warm this winter, Operation Kindness along with the Humane Society of North Texas, Irving Animal Services, Fort Worth Animal Care, and Dallas Animal Services are asking for donations. Needed items include blankets, canned food, and toys. For a complete list of needed items, go here.

By donation only
Find more information here.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

WALMART HOLIDAY DRONE LIGHT SHOW
Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas
6 – 7 p.m.; 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Walmart is launching its Holiday Drone Light Show, a free and contactless experience that will illuminate the sky with the “joy and wonder of the holiday season.” The show allows families to witness holiday songs come to life via 1,000 synchronized Intel drones launched into the air. The drones are able to create three-dimensional seasonal shapes and characters, such as snowflakes, reindeer, snowmen, and gifts. They also are programmed to appear ‘choreographed’ to holiday cult-favorites (think “Frosty the Snowman” and “Run Run Rudolph”).

Free
Find more information here.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6

BIKE FRIENDLY OAK CLIFF’S VIRTUAL TWEED RIDE
Online
All day

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is leading people on a virtual ride through Oak Cliff, West Dallas, Fair Park, and Downtown. The organization wants riders to wear Tweed or their best vintage look as a nod to “Tweed runs,” which have gained popularity in northern England. 

Find more information here.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 7

ULI DFW PRESENTS A CHANGING LANDSCAPE: NORTH TEXAS GOING BIG IN BIO
Online
4 p.m.

Speakers from Reata, BioLabs, and Alcon are expected to share why they stayed in Dallas-Fort Worth as well as discuss their connections to North Texas.

Find more information here.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

2020 URBAN DESIGN AWARDS 
Online
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Greater Dallas Planning Council honors outstanding urban planning and design projects through its five Urban Design Award categories: Built Project Award, Dream/Study Project Award, Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award, Dunnigan Community Engagement Award, and Mark Goode Urban Pioneer Award. There will also be a brief GDPC annual meeting to elect the 2021 GDPC Board of Directors and Officers.

Tickets are $30
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

TiE GLOBAL SUMMIT: TiE DALLAS SHOWCASE 
Online
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day

During the TiE Global Summit, which is said to be the world’s largest global summit, there will be several tracks and sessions from TiE Dallas. These events will cover DFW’s role in global logistics, innovation and opportunities in FinTech from a Dallas angle, and the reemergence of North Texas as the telecom capital of the world, among other topics.

Find more information here.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10

USICOC 21ST ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET
Online
5 – 9 p.m.

Ross Perot Jr. will have a keynote conversation with Anurag Jain during the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards event. Before and after the main event program, there will be time set aside for virtual networking.

Find more information here.

YPX PRESENTS: A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW WINSTON
Online
6 – 7 p.m.

Andrew Winston, a speaker on climate change and sustainability strategy and innovation, will join EarthX Founder Trammell S. Crow and EarthX board chair Lynn McBee to discuss environmental and social gigatrends and related business opportunities.

Find more information here.


THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER 2021 ANNUAL MEETING 
Online
Noon – 1 p.m.

The Dallas Regional Chamber is celebrating five years of progress in economic development, education and workforce, talent attraction, and public policy during its annual meeting. The DRC also plans to reveal its new three-year plan highlighting “a renewed commitment to making the Dallas Region the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business.”

Tickets are free to $100
Find more information here.

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