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, March 24

Fair Park First Master Plan Implementation

Hosted by Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC)
Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. #1700
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Come hear the latest on the master plan for Fair Park from Fair Park First President Darren James and Executive Director Brian Luallen. Tickets are $40 for GDPC members, $60 for non-members, and $20 for students.

Go here to register. 

Tuesday, March 28

Social Innovation Luncheon: Trends in Environmental and Climate Sustainability in Dallas and Beyond

Presented by Social Venture Partners Dallas
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Dallas – Campbell Centre, 8250 North Central Expwy.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn about public and private efforts to address climate challenges on the local level. This dialogue, moderated by Kathryn Bazan, the Chair of the Dallas Environmental Commission, will feature Stephen Brown, the founder of The Clean Energy Fund of Texas that aims to reduce greenhouse gases and address equity by financing energy and water conservation projects, facilitating the creation of more renewable energy, and investing in other decarbonization strategies.

Learn more here.

Tuesday, March 28 – Wednesday, March 29 

aim 10x global 2023

Free virtual event hosted by o9 Solutions

Learn more about what is possible in digital transformation and decision-making at o9 Solution’s aim10x global 2023. More than 60 industry leaders from across supply chain, procurement, revenue management, sustainability, and digital transformation will share insights and best practices shaping the future of business planning. Featured speakers include Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, Tom Vogel, SVP Supply Chain for Comcast, and Athina Kanioura, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Pepsico.

Go here to learn more.

Connected America 2023

Hosted by Total Telecom, Irving Convention Center, Various times

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? Featured speakers include Chris Sambar, President of AT&T Network; Bill Zielinski, CIO for the City of Dallas; and Kim McKinley, CMO of Utopia Fiber. Connected America brings together communications service providers at national, state, and local level alongside the public sector, enterprise verticals, and suppliers to discuss the how and why of improving broadband coverage in America.

Go here to learn more.

Wednesday, March 29

The DEC Network’s State of Entrepreneurship

Presented by Bank of America
National Soccer Hall of Fame, Frisco
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The DEC Network, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, is gearing up for its 2023 State of Entrepreneurship event—the first-ever in Frisco. Dubbed ‘the Super Bowl for Entrepreneurs‘ in North Texas, the annual gathering brings together game-changing startups and innovative business leaders. Celebrate the people, places, and passions that keep the North Texas startup ecosystem thriving. Learn about the launches, fundings, exits, and wins of the entrepreneurial community in the last year. This event is the official kick-off to Dallas Startup Week.

This year, Grammy award-winning rapper and entrepreneur, Mike Render, better known as ‘Killer Mike,’ will make a special guest appearance as a keynote speaker.

Go here to learn more.

Bosses and Lunch Boxes

Hosted by Bogues Group
Venture X by the Dallas Galleria
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This in-person panel discussion and networking event brings together women and men to share strategies to move up to the c-suite. This event is part of a larger Bogues Group initiative, The C-Suite is Calling, which is a call to action for men and women to advocate for female leadership.

Go here to learn more.

Sunday, April 2 – Tuesday, April 4 

2023 News Industry Mega-Conference

Sponsored by Editor & Publisher, The Hilton Anatole, Various times

America’s Newspapers present the news media’s premiere event. Network with colleagues and discover ideas to help journalism thrive in an era of unprecedented change.

For more information, go here.

Monday, April 3

Biomarker Testing: Innovation and Patient Access in Texas

Hosted by BioLabs Pegasus Park
BioLabs Pegasus Park
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the role of biomarker testing in cancer care, biomarker testing innovation in Texas, and patient access and medical coverage. Featured speakers include Tome Luce, CEO of Biotech Initiatives at Lyda Hill Philanthropies/LH Capital; Dr. Steve Paulson, CEO of Texas Oncology; Milan Radovich, SVP, Chief Precision Medicine Officer, Caris Live Sciences; and James Gray, Senior Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society.

Learn more here.

Friday, April 14

Dallas Cup of Capital

Free event hosted by Capital Factory
Recess Coffee at Pegasus Park, 3000 Pegasus Park Dr.
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

New to Dallas, startups or tech? Join Capital Factory on the second Friday of every month in Dallas for their most popular coffee networking event that makes it easy for you to meet your next co-founder, investor, mentor, or Capital Factory champion.

Learn more here.

Thursday, April 15

Generative AI Workshop

Hosted by Dallas AI
The Richardson IQ, 1302 E. Collins Blvd.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dallas AI is offering a workshop that covers ChatGPT and DALL-E-2, along with what’s state of the art in generative AI. Learn from hands-on exercises and projects with different tracks for non-coders and developers.

Go here to learn more.

Tuesday, April 18 – Wednesday, April 19

EnerCom Dallas Energy Investment & ESG Conference

Hosted by EnerCom, Crescent Hotel Dallas

Energy industry professionals will be on hand to hear from leading E&P, oilfield services, and midstream companies in oil and gas discuss their business plans and ESG strategies. Members of the investment community are also invited to learn about oil and gas investment opportunities.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 19

InnoTech Dallas

Presented by Red Hat and AWS
Irving Convention Center

InnoTech Dallas is a technology and security conference that offers education, innovation, peer-to-peer networking, and the latest solutions for IT professionals.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Digital Fight Club: Cybersecurity

Hosted by Digital Fight Club, Granada Theater

Digital Fight Club will feature top information security execs in a raucous debate on challenging cybersecurity issues, including ransomware: to pay or not to pay; to certify or not to certify; a hiring shortage of cyber-skilled candidates; and more. Attendance is limited to 40 CISOs, 40 VARs/MSSps, and 5 vendors.

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, April 19 – Friday, April 21

EarthX E-Capital Summit

Hosted by EarthX, Dallas

Save the date. Got a sustainable idea or startup or want to invest in them? Check out the EarthX E-Capital Summit where innovators, investors, and industry leaders can connect. The event is by invitation only, but interested innovators, investors, and industry leaders can apply. Innovators must apply by February 15.

Learn more here.

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23 

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

Hosted by The City of Fort Worth, Main Street Downtown

Billed as the nation’s third largest fine arts festival, the 36th annual Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival will feature 215 artists, two stages of live music, food, drinks, and more. Attendance is free, with food and beverages available for purchase by credit card or Fest Cards available on site.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Dallas Art Fair

Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Art Fair will feature 88 exhibitors from 20 countries and 46 cities around the globe. More than 75% of artists are returning from previous years, speaking to the substantial collector base that attend the Dallas Art Fair. Thursday, April 20, will feature a VIP reception and benefit. The event is open to the public Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Tickets start at $20.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Friday, April 21 – Sunday, May 7 


Amphibian Stage, Fort Worth

Amphibian Stage’s 2023 lineup begins with Spaceman, written by Leegrid Stevens and directed by Jay Duffer. It follows a woman’s solo mission to Mars after her husband died attempting the same journey. Here’s more on the play and the season.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 26

Voting Empowerment Collective

Hosted by The DEC Network
The DEC Network @Redbird, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., #2044
6 to 8 p.m.

Join The DEC Network for this non-partisan event that will feature four non-profit CEOs: Youth Voters of Dallas, Project Texas, Somos Tejas, and the League of Women Voters. Save the date.

Learn more here.

Saturday, April 29

Philanthroparty 2023: Together for Good

Hosted by Social Venture Partners Dallas

The Statler Dallas
1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Social Venture Partners Dallas is gearing up for its 7th Annual Philanthroparty. The event is dedicated to recognizing the hard work and contributions of partners who have generously given their time, talent, and financial support to enhance the capacity of local social impact organizations. This year’s theme, Together for Good, will showcase the “hidden talents” of members of the philanthropic community, which the organization says will be an unforgettable evening of entertainment, dining, dancing, and celebration.

For more information or to register, go here.

Tuesday, May 2

Dallas Capital Access Convening

Hosted by The DEC Network and sponsored by JP Morgan Chase
Dallas College Bill J. Priest Center
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come learn how The DEC Network and its community partners are closing the Access to Capital gap among Black and Latinx small business owners. The DEC Network partnered with Economic Impact Catalyst in the fall of 2022 to launch an assessment of the capital gap in Dallas County among Black and Latinx small business owners and founders through a planning grant funded by JPMorgan Chase. On May 2nd, they will share findings from the assessment, review the recommendations, and discuss next steps, including the creation of an Entrepreneur of Color Fund. 

Learn more and register here.

Wednesday, May 3 – Friday, May 5 

Inclusive Capital Summit

Presented by Impact Ventures, The Women’s Building at Fair Park

Join founders, funders, and innovators for this three-day summit to learn about solutions to lack of capital, access, tech, and inclusion for underrepresented communities and how to advance equity for BIPOC and women founders. Headlining the event is Fawn Weaver, founder and CEO of Uncle Nearest Whiskey and the first Black woman to lead a major spirits brand.

Save the date. Go here to learn more.

Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7 

Black Heritage Celebration

Hosted by the Dallas Arboretum and presented by Bank of America, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The 3rd Annual Black Heritage Celebration includes entertainment by Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist, cooking demonstrations with Smoky John’s BBQ, and a fashion show produced by Willis Johnson showcasing local black designers. The Dallas Arboretum also is partnering with the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce for an Entrepreneur Showcase of local business owners and children’s activities. Some 40 black vendors will have products and services available for purchase.

Save the date. Learn more here.

Wednesday, May 10 – Friday, May 12 

USPTO’s Invention-Con

Hybrid Conference Hosted by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Online and in-person on May 12 in Alexandria, Va., noon to 4 p.m. daily

If you have a great idea to commercialize, join the USPTO’s free Inventors Conference Invention-Con. Learn from innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners how to successfully use intellectual property. Discover resources to help and connect with IP and business experts. Save the date.

Learn more here

Friday, May 12

Experience Europe 2023

Hosted by European American Chamber of Commerce Texas, Galleria

Save the date. Celebrate Europe Day in North Texas with wine, culinary traditions, culture and industry.

For more information, go here.

Thursday, May 18

Hedge Funds in Venture Capital

Southwest Venture Forum hosted by SMU Cox’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship
Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. #1700
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Save the date. The non-profit Southwest Venture Forum is a bimonthly breakfast meeting where entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses meet with venture investors and the professional community to solicit financing and obtain advice.

Learn more here.



Thursday, July 13

Governor’s Small Business Summit

Hosted by the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Office and Office of Small Business Assistance


The Governor’s office is hosting Small Business Summits in cities across the state to help small business owners and entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Save the date. For more information, go here.

Thursday, September 28

Sharp Heels Career Summit

Hosted by Sharp Heels

This summit features career and leadership development training for women and others interested in career improvement. Hybrid event, online and in person TBD. Save the date.

Learn more here.

Thursday, October 5 – Saturday, October 7 

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, April 2

The Big Bounce America

Hosted by XL Event Lab
Family event March 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, and April 1 and 2; Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie
Timed entry tickets available for various times

The Guinness-certified world’s largest bounce house, Big Bounce America, is coming for a three-weekend stay in North Texas. Families also can visit the Sport Slam customized sports arena, a 900-foot-long obstacle course named The Giant, and a space-themed attraction called airSpace. The bounce house stands 32 feet tall at its highest point and covers 16,000 square feet and includes giant slides, ball pits, climbing towers, basketball hoops, and over-sized characters. Tickets start at $22 and are good for a three-hour visit.

Go here to purchase tickets.

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.


Hosted by Connected Coworking
Connected Coworking, 211 N. Ervay St., Ste. 1700, Dallas
9 to 10 a.m.

Connected Coworking Dallas is the new home of 1 Million Cups, a network for local entrepreneurs. Each Wednesday, entrepreneurs, innovators, and founders can meet and hear from two early-stage startups. An audience Q&A follows their brief presentation.

Go here to learn more.

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