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

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. Here are our editors' picks.

Plus, you'll find our selections to "save the date."

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.

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4

Anime Frontier

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Fort Worth Convention Center
Various times

Some of the Japanese entertainment industry’s biggest creators and talent, including the Japanese rock band FLOW, will be on hand for the second annual Anime Frontier convention.

Go here to learn more.

Saturday, December 3

2022 Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade, Tree Lightings, and Christmas Markets

Hosted by Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Parade route on Commerce, from Market to Harwood
10 a.m. parade, markets open during and after parade; holiday events throughout the day

Everyone loves a parade! The parade will include giant inflatables, performances, dancers, music, and more. Come to Downtown Dallas early for the parade, then enjoy the holiday markets, food trucks, photos with Santa, tree lightings (including the 48-foot-tall Mayor’s Tree at Klyde Warren Park), and more. The Dallas Holiday Parade Markets in Main Street Garden and Civic Garden are open from 8 a.m. to noon; the VIP Chingona Christmas Market at Pegasus Plaza is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Holiday M.A.D.E. Market is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market; the Underground Market is at West End Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Unbranded Pop-Up Shop (OETL Co.) is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1511 Main St.

Go here to learn more.

10 Million Minds Inspired: Perot Museum 10th Anniversary Celebration

Hosted by Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come enjoy family activities at the museum (indoors and out), including bounce houses, an ice skating rink, learning activities, music and more. Tickets to The Science Behind Pixar will be available at a 10% discount. Food will be available for purchase. Guests may bring their own food to the picnic area, but outside alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.

Go here to learn more.

Tuesday, December 6

Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Demo Day

Hosted by Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater, 2401 N. Main St., Fort Worth
5 p.m. networking starts; pitches begin at 6:15 p.m.

Come learn about the ten companies in the Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator. The accelerator is focused on supporting companies building new technologies, treatments and therapies in the physical health space in areas such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, performance and exercise.

Go here to learn more and reserve a spot.

Wednesday, December 7

How to Conduct a Patent Search

Hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 207 S. Houston St., #159
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Come to this interactive session led by USPTO experts who will demonstrate how to conduct a patent search using the new Patent Public Search tool. Participants will learn about how to conduct a preliminary U.S. patent search, the six-step patentability search strategy, and patent searching tools.

Go here to learn more and register.

Peak Performance and Brain Health

Hosted by The Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas
Virtual event
7 to 8 p.m.

What can elite athletes teach us about improving our everyday cognitive capabilities and extend our peak performance? Neuroscientists Wesley Clapp and Brian Miller share insights from a decade of training and studying professional athletes.

Go here to register.

Thursday, December 8

The IQ Brew: Essama Omgba, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Hosted by The Richardson Innovation Quarter
The IQ HQ, 1302 E. Collins Blvd., Richardson
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Come hear insights from Essama Omgba, a Supervisory Patent Examiner with the USPTO, on the demand for patents and trademarks and what it indicates about the strength of the U.S. economy. Learn how patents and trademarks can benefit your business.

To register or learn more, go here.

Jingle Dwell Holiday Party

Hosted by Dwell With Dignity
1127 Conveyor Ln., Dallas
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join Dwell with Dignity for their annual Jingle Dwell holiday party and donation drive and celebrate a year of giving back to the community with food, refreshments and merriment for the whole family. For entry, please bring an item from the Wishlist for their Stock the Shelves Drive.

Go here to learn more.

Heroes Honors End of Year Event

Hosted by Daniel and Salvador Montoya Heroes Foundation
W Hotel – Victory Park, Dallas
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Come support veteran job seekers and veteran ready companies at this year-end gala. The Daniel and Salvador Montoya Heroes Foundation hoses job fairs, assits Fortune 100 companies with veteran initiatives and gives back to veteran families for the holidays. Tickets start at $150.

Go here to learn more.

Wednesday, December 14

Impact Ventures Fall 2022 Accelerator Graduation Showcase

Hosted by Impact Ventures and presented by Santander
Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas
 6 to 8 p.m.

Come meet the leaders of 16 companies who are wrapping up their 12-week program of education, training, and mentorship with the Impact Ventures Accelerator. From coffee roasting and distribution to an app for finding a college roommate, founders are working to grow their companies and will share about their entrepreneurial journeys. The showcase also will recognize corporate sponsors and mentors who have helped them. Network with founders, funders, and mentors and enjoy drinks and finger foods.

Go here to learn more.

Cocktail Party and Fashion Show with Local Luxury Designer Entrepreneur

Hosted by Plano Software Entrepreneurs
12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse, 18010 Dallas Pkwy.
 6 to 9 p.m.

Come enjoy a holiday mix and mingle cocktail party and a show from local entrepreneur/fashion designer Sarah Jones.

Go here to learn more.

Thursday, December 15

Near Southside and the Life Science Industry Footprint

HOsted by BioNTX Foundation
UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute Auditorium
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join BioNTX to learn how Fort Worth and the surrounding communities are supporting the Medical Innovation District efforts, including previous successes and future visions to grow.

Go here to learn more.

Magic in the Air

Featuring magician Grant Price
Reunion Tower
Doors open 8 p.m.; show at 8:30 p.m.

Get tickets for a great date night featuring magician Grant Price who will present his show of comedy and impossible magic up in the clouds. Come when the doors open and enjoy a drink from the wine bar and soak up the beautiful views of the Dallas skyline before the show. Tickets start at $75.

Go here to learn more.


Monday, January 25 – Sunday, January 29, 2023 

Denton Black Film Festival

Hosted by the Denton Black Film Festival Institute

The Denton Black Film Festival is an inclusive black cultural experience with film at its heart and spotlights other forms of storytelling, like spoken word, art, music, comedy, and dance. They also highlight social justics issues and include an interactive tech expo, various workshops, panels, and events.

Save the date. Go here to learn more.

Tuesday, March 7 – Friday, March 10, 2023 

NATSO Connect

Hosted by NATSO, Gaylord Texan

Connect with hundreds of innovative, senior-level truckstop operators and industry partners at NATSO Connect.

Save the date. Go here to learn more.

Tuesday, March 28 – Wednesday, March 29, 2023 

Connected America 2023

Hosted by Total Telecom, Irving Convention Center

Connected America explores the big picture for delivering enhanced connectivity throughout the United States. What does a truly connected America look like and how do we get there?

Save the date. Go here to learn more.

Sunday, April 2 – Tuesday, April 4, 2023 

2023 News Industry Mega-Conference

Sponsored by Editor & Publisher

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, April 19 – Friday, April 21, 2023 

EarthX E-Capital Summit 2023

Sponsored by EarthX

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Saturday, April 29, 2023 

Philanthroparty 2023: Together for Good

Hosted by Social Venture Partners Dallas

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Thursday, October 5 – Saturday, October 7, 2023 

2023 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference

Hosted by The University of Texas at Dallas

The GCEC is an academic organization that addresses important emerging topics for the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. Over 200 established and emerging entrepreneurship centers—including ones from international universities—work together at the GCEC to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other to advance, strengthen, and celebrate the role of universities in teaching tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Next year’s GCEC conference at UT Dallas, to be held October 5-7, 2023, will have the theme “Mindsets and Methods.” The university says the conference will focus on how to support entrepreneurs and will explore how university-based entrepreneurship centers can be more effective in their methods for teaching mindsets and skills to all students.

Save the date.


Through Sunday, December 11

Twas the Night Before… By Cirque du Soleil

Presented by Cirque du Soleil
Texas Trust CU Theatre, Grand Prairie
Shows at various times and dates

Bring the family to a festive celebration of holiday cheer featuring 26 acrobatic artists, lovable characters, and a soundtrack of Christmas favorites reinvented by Cirque du Soleil.

Go here for tickets.

Through Thursday, December 22

The Joy of Cooking: Two Centuries of Cookbooks at the DeGolyer Library

Hosted by DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
Hillcrest Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library West, Dallas
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (excluding Dec. 17)

If we are what we eat, cookbooks can tell us much about our past. Find handwritten recipe collections, household guides of the 19th century, rationing cookbooks of World War II, and more, and learn about ethnic food communities.

Go here to learn more.

Through Saturday, December 31

Dreamland Exhibit at Sweet Tooth Hotel

Hosted by Sweet Tooth Hotel
1511 Elm Street #100, Dallas
Ticketed entry at various times and dates

The new flagship location in Downtown Dallas is hosting its largest art exhibit yet, with more than 6,000 square feet of creative works. Included in the display are brand new installations from artists Bobcat & Birdie, Tramaine Townsend, Shamsy Roomiani, Molly Sydnor, and Sweet Tooth’s creative partners wvvy studio. You’ll also find some reboots of cult favorite originals from Chapter One.

Go here to learn more.

Through Sunday, January 15

Dali/Vermeer: A Dialogue

Hosted by The Meadows Museum
Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University
Various times

The Meadows Museum, SMU, will present Dali/Vérmeer: A Dialogue, an exhibition tracing the influence of 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) on Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí (1904–1989). For the first time in history, Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663) will appear side by side with Dalí’s reinterpretation of the painting, titled The Image Disappears (1938). On Friday, October 21, at 12:15 p.m., The Meadows Museum will host a Gallery Talk: Imitation or Innovation? about Dali’s work with curator and art historian Shelley DeMaria.

Go here to learn more.

Through Saturday, December 31

#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit

Hosted by Lyda Hill Philanthropies
Dallas Arboretum’s Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN® Initiative presents #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit. Some 50 statues from the collection will be on display. This monumental exhibit of 120 3-D printed statues celebrates contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and features the most statues of real women ever assembled together.

For more information, go here.

Through Monday, September 4, 2023

The Science Behind Pixar

Presented by NexPoint
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Various times

Explore the artistry, science, and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated films. The interactive exhibit showcases the STEM concepts used by artists and computer scientists to bring award-winning films to life.

Go here to learn more.

Through 2022

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater
Every Fourth Tuesday of the Month 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a heavy burden with daily responsibilities that can feel overwhelming, depleting, and unappreciated. That’s why Stomping Ground Comedy started Improv for Caregivers, a workshop that blends therapeutic techniques and improvisational comedy activities to help caregivers cultivate ease, joy, and flexibility in their relationships and feel more hopeful. In their interactive workshops, you’ll have fun developing a skill set that helps you communicate in new ways, understand your loved one’s changing perspective, diffuse challenging behavior, and cope with the stress of it all. When you learn improv skills for caregiving, you’ll worry less, laugh more, and find joy in the everyday with your loved ones. 

Pay what you want.
Find more information here.

Four Day Weekend Theaters in Fort Worth and Dallas
Classes offered on various days

Four Day Weekend is offering free classes for folks to learn the art of improvisation. Classes available for beginners, seasoned performers, and even aspiring comedy writers. Note that classes may be cancelled due to low signups or if the theater gets booked for a private event.

For more information, go 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.

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.

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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