Calendar: Not-to-Miss 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. 

Don’t miss a thing: Get Dallas Innovates Every Day. And, if you know of a great event coming up, tell us about it.

Event details courtesy of organizers.

Saturday, September 25


Hosted by Dwell with Dignity
175 Oak Lawn

Thrift Studio is Dallas-based nonprofit Dwell with Dignity (DwD)’s annual, highly-anticipated fundraiser and month-long pop-up store that features donated, high-end furniture, housewares, and accessories sold at significant discounts, with 100% percent of sales benefitting DwD’s mission. The nonprofit is dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty by providing and installing home interiors designed to make their new house feel like home.

The Preview Party will take place Thursday, August 26 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and will provide a first look and access to the designer vignettes. Attendees will be the first to shop the best deals of the season before the store opens to the general public. VIP tickets to the Preview Party are $150 per person and can be purchased here.

Find more information here.


Hosted by Addison Sloane Artworks
830 Exposition Avenue Suite 102
7:30 – 10 p.m.

The Dallas Art Affair is a celebration of our Dallas artist community. Addison Sloane will be showcasing six of Dallas’ most talented and up-and-coming artists throughout an evening you’ll never forget. Each artist will have 3-5 pieces on display that will be available for purchase throughout the event. They will be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Many people know husband and wife team: Karl Chiao, executive director of the Texas Historical Society and his wife, Elaine Romero, an award-winning interior designer who goes by Addison Sloane for her artworks. 
Addison, working with fellow artist Rob Joyner, have brought four other artists together for the Addison Sloane First Annual Dallas Art Affair. The other four artists are Daniela Pasqualini, Jessica Chaix, Julie Dailey, and Lavanya Challa. The art show runs through Saturday, October 9. Gallery hours are by appointment only.

Go here for more.

Monday, September 26


Hosted by HerTexas
11 – 11:30 a.m.

Tune in as Her Texas introduces you to the bold ideas & inspiring women making an impact in the state of Texas and beyond.

The special guest is Farah Fleurima of The New York Times. She will uncover an impactful conversation on the power of women taking chances and exploring new paths when it comes to building their careers and/or businesses.

Farah Fleurima is a Dallasite who moved to South Korea in 2016 for an overseas adventure and to teach English, and she has led classes at preschools, university, and every level in between. Prior to moving to Korea, she was a newswoman for two decades, including as an editor and later copy chief at The Dallas Morning News.

After more than a decade in print journalism, Farah pivoted online, becoming a digital producer with the dining-centric outlets Thrillist and Zagat, launching and building the latter brand’s web presence in Dallas. She recently joined The New York Times as a Staff Editor this year.

Go here for more.

Tuesday, September 28


500 Las Colinas Blvd
Times vary.

InnoTech Dallas, the Business & Technology Innovation Conference & Exposition, creates a hybrid environment where education, innovation, peer-to-peer networking, and the latest technology and business solutions are all available specifically for IT professionals.

InnoTech assembles the leading business and technology executives in the region for a day of answers to your IT issues, real-world case studies, and your best chance to see the latest products and solutions to support your business. InnoTech is your best, local opportunity to meet and interact with those leaders driving the IT industry in the region.

If you are a CIO, VP of IT/IS/MIS, Line of Business VP, direct report to a VP, Manager/Director IT Department, Network Manager, Systems/Business Analyst, Web Developer/Designer, CSO, CISO, CTO, Business Executive, Manager, researcher, or Entrepreneur, you should attend InnoTech.

General registration is $50.
Find more information here.

Women in Tech Summit

500 Las Colinas Blvd
9 a.m – 7 p.m.

The Women in Tech Summit is a special event designed specifically for women in IT. The conference highlights the achievements of ladies in tech and provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and networking. This event also includes a fireside chat, panel presentations, and lunch. 

The Summit is also about networking and sharing from industry thought leaders; life lessons learned and practical tips to improve your own career goals. Or sharing personal stories of how they’ve made an impact on inclusivity in their industry, passions, their journey, and advice to the next generation of tech’s women.

When women attend the Women in Tech Summit, they feel more connected to the local DFW community of women technologists and far less isolated than they might feel in their daily lives. The opportunity to see and hear what other women are doing inspires them to return to work the next day and continue building their career in tech.

Find more information here.

Tuesday, September 28 to Wednesday, September 19


Hosted by Capital Factory
Virtual + Austin, TX
Times vary.

Fed Supernova promises insight into Department of Defense (DoD) problems, technology needs, and new opportunities. Learn how entrepreneurs, government, and industry can work together to ignite more value for everyone.

Explore virtual learning and dynamic in-person experiences with DoD movers and shakers—from Texas and across the country—including:

• US Air Force (with AFWERX, SPACEWERX & RapidX)
• US Army (with Army Futures Command, Army Applications Laboratory & Software Factory)
• US Navy (with NavalX)
• Defense Innovation Unit (with the National Guard Bureau)
• National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
• National Security Innovation Network

Tickets are $0-499.
Find more information here.

Thursday, September 30 to Friday, October 1

iC3 2021 SUMMIT

Hosted by BioNTX
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Thursday at 7:30 a.m. to Friday at 1:30 p.m.

When BioNTX launched iC3 in 2014 it served as a forum for leaders to discuss strategic issues, exhibit the broad spectrum of North Texas life science research, products, and services, and to network with each other so as to nurture and support the industry. The organization is happy to be continuing that tradition in 2021.

The theme of the iC3 Summit this year is Reignite. After the long year of COVID restrictions, industry leaders are ready for a reboot and the start of a new normal. In North Texas, the new normal is an expanding and emerging life sciences hub.

The iC3 Summit attendees range from the startup community through large multinationals representing industry sectors such as biotech, pharma, healthcare companies, academic research institutions, innovators, and leaders. Also attending will be business development executives, vendor partners, and investors.

The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth are booming with life science startups and companies relocating to the region. Bio North Texas’ reach goes beyond the 29 official counties into the West and East Texas where it brings the industry together once a year at the iC3 Summit.

Tickets are $150-275.
Go here to purchase.

Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3


Hosted by Say Yes to Dallas
Venue TBD
Times vary.

HackDFW powered by Say Yes to Dallas is a fast-paced innovation marathon presented by Amazon. Over this three-day period, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and see potential new hires in action. It’s your connection to some of the brightest tech talent where over 500 professionals, students, and enthusiasts come together to take on a challenge—a challenge put forward by you.

Hackathons expose your company brand to some of the most talented engineers and problem solvers from across the country. Think of this as the ultimate interview where you can watch as teamwork and problem-solving skills manifest overnight. Come find your tech talent of tomorrow.

Go here for more information.

Wednesday, October 6


Hosted by Capital One
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unimaginable change for nonprofits, corporations, civic organizations, and government agencies. And as leaders look ahead, many are asking a simple yet important question: “Where do we go from here?” At this year’s Reimagine Communities Summit, we will focus on equipping leaders with innovative best practices and strategies to navigate the unforeseen challenges in our ever-changing environment.

We are inviting a diverse cross-section of innovators and experts from the public and private sectors to spark new ideas and insights through engaging keynotes, educational workshops, and panel discussions. Through Capital One’s Impact Initiative, we are committed to helping leaders strengthen their skills for the 21st century in order to succeed in a digital economy. This year’s program will engage attendees in important dialogue to help identify ways to close the gaps in equity and to help people gain better access to socioeconomic opportunity.

Register here.


Hosted by the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University
6 – 7 p.m.

Captain Tammie Jo Shults, the widely acclaimed pilot who brought Southwest Flight 1380 in for a successful, heroic emergency landing in 2018, headlines the fall installment of the Paup Lecture Series.

Shults will share how her life of preparation, steady leadership and faith led to a crucial moment in the cockpit April 17, 2018. Following an engine explosion at high altitude that caused multiple system failures, her Southwest Boeing 737 plunged more than 18,000 feet in the first five minutes alone. Shults successfully landed the airliner in Philadelphia, saving the lives of 148 passengers and crew. 

Shults will be joined by TWU Associate Professor of History, Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D., who will facilitate a question-and-answer session following Shults’ lecture.

Register here.

Friday, October 8


Hosted by McKinney & Olive
6 – 10 p.m.

An artisan market, live music, shopping, food trucks, games and Friday night fun is coming to Uptown’s McKinney & Olive.

Crescent Property Services LLC, J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives, and Lively Local Markets announced the start of a monthly Friday night artisan market at McKinney & Olive to continue its initiative to enhance Uptown’s growing, pedestrian-friendly environment. The Uptown Night Market at McKinney & Olive Grand Opening is a free event open to the public and scheduled for Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.

The Uptown Night Market at McKinney & Olive is Uptown’s first monthly recurring large-scale night artisan market, featuring over 25 curated local artisans and makers, excellent food and drinks, live music, photo ops, lawn games, and plenty of seating to relax and enjoy the evening. The market will feature handmade jewelry, accessories, home goods, visual art, candles, soaps, cutting boards, baked goods, and more. Live music performed by Kirk Thurmond and sounds from DJ Kiks is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Parking for the night market is free during market hours at McKinney & Olive’s garages on Olive and Harwood streets. The event is open to all ages but will cater primarily to 21+ patrons.


Wednesday, October 20


Hosted by the Dallas Regional Chamber
12 – 1:30 p.m.

Join the Dallas Regional Chamber for its 2021 State of Public Education Virtual Event, presented by Toyota Motor North America and Wells Fargo, featuring a keynote presentation from Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath on the pressing issues facing Texas public schools. Following Commissioner Morath’s address, a panel of regional education leaders will discuss their respective school districts’ plans to tackle learning loss in the new academic year.

Register here.

Thursday, October 21


Virtual + Eisemann Center of Performing Arts
Networking starts at 5 p.m.

The Tech Titans Awards Gala showcases the elite in North Texas technology—individuals transforming the high-tech industry and giving companies a competitive edge, plus companies leading the way. Celebrate those who impact tech for the better. The Tech Titans Awards Gala gives visibility to the innovators, adopters and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.

This year, the program will be a reception with networking (5 pm), followed by the awards presentation from an auditorium at the Eisemann Center of Performing Arts (6-7:30 pm). A concurrent virtual presentation will also be offered.

Find more information here.


Hosted by vFairs and Rothkoff Law Group Capital Factory
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT

vFairs, the leading virtual & hybrid events platform that helps organizations reach global audiences, is partnering with Rothkoff Law Group to host the 4th Annual Elder Care Symposium. This is the first time the event will be hosted virtually in an effort to broaden the reach of the event and expand access to important elder care information and resources. 

This energizing day-long event will highlight the lessons learned from Covid-19 and bring together a host of leading experts to look at our current healthcare system for seniors, and how to change it for the better. Attendees will include professionals who work with the elderly, giving them an opportunity to network with their peers and have unprecedented access to valuable information to better understand elder care issues. In addition, caregivers and family members of the elderly will gain valuable insight by attending to help support and care for their loved ones.

Tickets are $35.

Find more information, and buy tickets here


Hosted by Comerica Bank
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dallas-based Comerica Bank is bringing back its Women’s Business Symposium in a virtual format this Oct. 21. The 15-year-old event invites female business leaders from across the country to participate in a day packed with conversations meant to “Power Up Your Potential.”

Attendees can expect an all-star lineup: Liz Jenkins, CFO at Hello Sunshine; Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron; Natalie Nixon, award-winning author; and Cassey Ho, founder and CEO of Blogilates. Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen will again emcee. This year, the event will focus on empowering nonprofits that support young girls and women, like the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas.

Tickets are $30.
Register here.

Saturday, October 23


Hosted by Dallas Girl Gang
Lofty Spaces
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

After going virtual last year Boss Vision Con is back IRL and better than ever. The conference will be powered by Athleta and attendees will enjoy speakers such as empowerment coach and TV personality, Tiffany Hendra, Cat Hildner, Renee Dick, Tiffany Accardi, Christian Sargent, Dr. Michaela Herdon, Allison Carter, and Dallas Girl Gang’s own Amanda Smith. 

The conference will bring women from across the city for a one-of-a-kind experience where they will be able to learn and receive knowledge from experts in a more personal, authentic, and casual setting. 

Founded by Amanda Smith in 2017, Dallas Girl Gang started as a Facebook networking group for similarly minded women that wanted to network and develop meaningful relationships in Dallas-Fort Worth. Then in 2018, Amanda started to bring speakers from around the world to create open conversations and educational conferences for women in DFW. Throughout the years, Boss Vision has grown tremendously and has had amazing keynote speakers including Jaclyn Johnson of Create & Cultivate in 2019.

A GA ticket is $297.
Go here for more.

Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29

bigBANG! 2021

Hosted by SVP Dallas
Virtual, In-person location TBD
Times vary.

bigBANG! is a virtual and in-person social impact experience with an entire week of powerful speakers, gripping breakout sessions, and inspiring company focused on driving solutions and equitable outcomes in Dallas and across the state.

In its 13th year, bigBANG! 2021 will focus on the New Economy and explore a blueprint for integrating social, economic, and environmental considerations across business, philanthropy, and government. Sessions will investigate how we might elevate justice and inclusion, grapple with current ESG-oriented investing frameworks and CSR strategies, and steer us toward a pathway for healing our divides. 

Registration coming soon.
Find more information here.

Friday, November 5 to Tuesday, November 9


A production of MMA Creative
Fair Park, Centennial Hall
Times vary.

The most anticipated event in the food sport industry is saddling back up for a BIG comeback this November at its new location of Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Tickets to the World Food Championships (WFC)—which features 20+ tasting experiences—are officially on sale.

From “Grilling Grannies” to exclusive, award-winning VIP tastings, there are plenty of mouthwatering opportunities for foodies of all ages to take a bite out of the event, which ABC News called the “Olympics of Food.”

The World Food Championships (WFC) is the highest stakes food competition in the world. This multi-day, live event culinary competition showcases some of the world’s best cooks who compete for food, fame and fortune in 10 categories (Bacon, Barbecue, Burger, Chef, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak).

WFC’s five-day throwdown and Flavor Fest will present a series of foodie attractions for attendees while also hosting more than 1,500 cooks—from celebrity chefs to pro teams to home cooks—in a major “food fight” that rewards the winners with a $300,000 prize purse.

Prices vary.
Find more information, and buy tickets, here.

Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14


Hosted by the Lone Star Film Society

Looking for the best in domestic and international independent film, the 15th annual Lone Star Film Festival screens a wide variety of movies (shorts & features) in twelve categories. LSFF is Fort Worth’s premier film festival and a one-of-a-kind experience for filmmakers and movie-lovers.

Since its founding fifteen years ago by local film advocates, and legendary actor and Fort Worth native Bill Paxton, the Lone Star Film Society has provided film education programs for hundreds of students interested in filmmaking in the Fort Worth area.

The society accomplishes this mission through year-round screenings, film education workshops, and community collaboration that includes the annual Lone Star Film Festival. The festival has grown into a premier destination for filmmakers, producers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts, with the honor of being ranked as a “Top 50 Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine. 

Each November, the finest in independent feature films narratives, documentaries, and shorts are screened in a festive environment that allows attendees to mix with a dynamic group of creatives while showcasing the city labeled “The Modern West.”

Past attendees have included Billy Bob Thornton, Jeff Bridges, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Betty Buckley, Martin Sheen, Willie Nelson, Jeff Nichols, Pat Green, Cybil Shephard, Tim Blake Nelson, Paul Schrader, and Clint Black to name a few.

Go here to find more details as they’re announced.

Wednesday, November 17


Hosted by Code Authority
Comerica Center

What do you get when you combine a seed accelerator competition, tech tradeshow, a startup conference, and a raucous networking event? You get CodeLaunch.

CodeLaunch sponsors and partners put thousands of dollars in professional seed services behind the winners of its national seed accelerator competition. CodeLaunch has become a unique and critical amenity to pre-MVP startups.

At the core of CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator competition between individuals and groups who have software technology startup ideas.

Free to apply.
Go here for more.

Thursday, March 3


Hosted by TechFW
Globe Life Field
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Experience the energy of innovation.

At TechFW, we get the pleasure of working with tech startups year-round… and we think their work is too good to keep to ourselves. We invite you to take a deep dive into all the up-and-coming tech in North Texas.

Who: North Texas tech startups and the community

What: A multitude of booths for tech startups, food, cash bar, mingling, and an awards ceremony to honor standout startups who are making a big impact

Why: Tech startups are doing incredible things to benefit their communities as well as the world at large. Come learn what a robust tech scene we have in North Texas while enjoying good food and celebrating companies who deserve to be celebrated.

COVID-19 Protocols: Masks are recommended in all areas of the venue, no matter your vaccination status.

A standard event ticket is $40.
Go here for more.



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.

Find more information here.


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.

Find more information here.


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:

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

Find more information here.

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.

Find more information here.

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.

Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

1 Million Cups is 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.

Find more information here.

Every Wednesday from 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.

Find more information here.

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