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.

Reminder Calendar

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, things may change at any time, so be sure to check the official website or registration page for the latest details.

Don’t miss anything: Get Dallas Innovates Every Day. And, if you know of a great event, tell us about it. Event details courtesy of organizers.

Thursday, December 2


Presented by TBGH & DFWBGH
6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Irving Convention Center

Together attendees will help Texas employers and their strategic partners improve the design of their benefits and health management programs. The Forum provides valuable opportunities to learn new ideas, evidence-based solutions and best practices that can help employers purchase high value healthcare, improve employees’ overall health and well-being, reduce their health risks and manage chronic conditions more effectively, while controlling healthcare costs.

Non-member registration is $250.
Go here for more.


Hosted by by Texas Children in Nature Network
Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m. – Dec. 3, 12 p.m.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas

During this two-day Summit, TCiNN will bring together health, education, built environment, faith and conservation community leaders to shape an even brighter future for the children of Texas. TCiNN will convene over 250 community leaders to strengthen the network and develop opportunities and policies that will connect more children and families in nature.

During 2020 many things changed in the world and for Texas Children in Nature Network. One of the biggest lessons from the pandemic has been in importance of equitable access to nature for our health and the need for more space for us to live, learn and play outdoors. With this in mind TCiNN has planned this year’s Summit with a focus on our lessons learned this past year, and how to move forward in a world looking for more opportunities in nature.

Tickets are $50-200.
Go here for more.


Hosted by the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Fairmont Hotel

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Join the DRC for A Year-End Conversation with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Mayor Johnson will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the city, his third year in office, and the leading role the Dallas region has taken in the nation’s economic recovery. This lunchtime event will mark an exciting return to a DRC tradition of in-person ballroom gatherings of our region’s top leaders, so reserve your spot today. 

Register here.

Thursday, December 2 to Friday, January 28


Hosted by SMU’s DeGolyer Library
Fondren Library’s Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“An Eye for Elegance: Carrie Marcus Neiman and the Woman Who Shaped Neiman Marcus” will explore the life and legacy of a remarkable woman, who with her brother, Herbert Marcus, Sr., and her husband, Al Neiman, founded the iconic luxury department store Neiman Marcus in 1907. The DeGolyer Library exhibit coincides with a new biography, “A Girl Named Carrie,” by Jerrie Marcus Smith. As part of the exhibit’s opening ceremony, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson plans to declare Dec. 2 “Carrie Marcus Neiman Day.”

Through photographs, letters, postcards, telegrams, clippings, magazines, catalogs, sheet music, jewelry, and dresses (on loan from the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas), Carrie’s career comes to life.

From her birth and girlhood in Louisville, Kentucky, to her move to Dallas, her marriage (and divorce), and her commitment as a working woman, to the success of “The Store,” Carrie Marcus Neiman emerges from the shadows of history. Carrie was indispensable in shaping the Neiman Marcus “look,” her innate good taste in fashion and demand for the finest in fabrics and details helping to create a nationally known store that rivaled those in New York and abroad.

The exhibit will also direct attention to other talented women from the earliest days of Neiman Marcus, including buyer Moira Cullen, first fashion promotions director Kay Kerr, interior designer Eleanor Le Maire, and food director Helen Corbitt, all of whom shaped the fashions and tastes of their clients and society.

Go here for more.

Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5


Powered by Crunchyroll
Hours vary.
Fort Worth Convention Center

LeftField Media, creators of Anime NYC, are debuting Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll, a new anime experiential event, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. With millions of fans worldwide and many who call Texas home, Japanese popular culture is a major force in entertainment.

Anime Frontier’s launch will bring the best and biggest talent and content the Japanese pop culture industry has to offer to the Lone Star State. Unlike many other conventions, Anime Frontier will go beyond the expected and bring leading anime publishers, special guests, and show features from across America and Japan in a three-day event never before seen in Texas. 

Go here for more.

Tuesday, December 14


Hosted by Dallas Citizens Council
11:30 a.m.
Hilton Anatole, Trinity Ballroom 

Dallas Citizens Council will host its Annual Meeting, “Defining Dallas Together,” at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. This year’s event will feature a conversation with Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute, moderated by Kenneth Hersh, President & CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. 

In its 83rd year, the Annual Meeting brings together some of the region’s most respected leaders to highlight progress toward a more equitable city through meaningful action and dialogue. 

General admission is $100.
Go here for more information.

Now until Monday, January 17


Produced by Round Room Live, Cityneon, and Universal Live Entertainment
Grandscape in The Colony

JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION is an immersive 20,000-square-foot experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. Visitors will walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and explore richly themed environments. Guests will have an up-close look at a Velociraptor, stand under a towering Brachiosaurus, and encounter the most fearsome of them all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the popular animated Netflix original series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, from Universal, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment.

Tickets are available here.

Wednesday, January 19


Live and Virtual 

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.

Find more information here.

Tuesday, January 25


Presented by Jacobs
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
3:30 – 7 p.m.

The DRC’s Annual Meeting, presented by Jacobs, is the Dallas region’s premier business event, bringing together top professional and community leaders to celebrate our vibrant region. The in-person program at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center will feature keynote Bob Jordan, Executive Vice President and Incoming CEO of Southwest Airlines Co., in conversation with Melissa Reiff, former CEO & Chairwoman of The Container Store, as well as insight from our region’s political, nonprofit, and industry leaders.

Register here.

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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