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. 

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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Event details courtesy of organizers.

Thursday, June 17 – Monday, Sept. 6 (POSTPONED)

Check schedule for times.

This immersive exhibition that sold out in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco is now coming to Dallas and is bringing the works of Van Gogh with it. Attendees will be able to walk through and view famous pieces of art including Starry Night, Sunflowers, and The Bedroom as the images move along the walls and floors in an immersive digital format. 

Tickets are $39.99 to $49.99
Find more information here.

Tuesday, July 27


12 – 1 p.m.

Texas Security Bank is hosting its upcoming Business Speaker Series “How to Use Online Trust Signals to Attract New Clients” with Scott Baradell, CEO of Idea Grove.

Baradell leads a unified PR and marketing firm in Dallas with clients nationwide. Idea Grove offers technology and e-commerce brands a range of services and solutions, each designed to help businesses earn the trust of customers, the media, and other audiences.

Trust signals are the evidence points that inspire confidence in your brand online from media coverage and online reviews to website privacy seals and other trust badges. 

As part of continuing education for business leaders, hear from Baradell to discuss: 

– Website trust signals that encourage visitors to complete a purchase or take action on your website.
– Inbound trust signals that drive visitors to your website via inbound marketing and public relations efforts.
– SEO trust signals that visitors might not notice, but that Google uses to rank your website in search results.

Register here.


Hosted by Tech Titans
Virtual + Hexa Coworking
11: 30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “bad data in, bad data out.” In this session, What the pandemic taught us about the risks of bad data, panelists will explore why trusted and complete data is important, what to do when it’s not, and how to get to where you want to be. They’ll put this into context with an example of a lesson learned from the pandemic.

$10 and free for Tech Titans members.
Find more information here.

Wednesday, July 28


Hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton
12 – 1 p.m.

Artificial intelligence is transforming life on Earth. It offers applications in medicine, language translation, intelligence analysis, and more. But the next step in what’s called the “AI revolution” extends to the final frontier—the edge of space.

Join Booz Allen for a webinar to examine space-based applications of AI and diverse mission use cases. The panel of esteemed guest speakers from industry-leading companies will discuss topics ranging from advances in computer vision and machine learning algorithms, to advanced optimization algorithms that can help prioritize resources to operate through conflicts crossing geospatial, cyber, and space domains. 

Find more information here.

Tuesday, August 3


Hosted by The DEC Network
Online and in-person at Southern Methodist University
6 – 8 p.m.

The DEC Network, a 501c3 nonprofit driving innovation and economic impact by helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses, has announced Abe Minkara as the seventh annual Dallas Startup Week keynote speaker. The five-day event known as the largest event that drives entrepreneurial success, economic impact, and innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth, will headline with Minkara in a fireside chat with The DEC Network’s Chairman Emeritus, Trey Bowles. 

Minkara was recognized by D CEO Magazine as one of the 500 most influential business leaders in North Texas last year. His company, Legacy Knight, provides exclusive investment access and tailored advisory services to ultra-high net worth families and family offices. At Mark Cuban Companies, Minkara managed the billionaire’s “Shark Tank” portfolio of investments with a focus on technology, logistics and consumer product goods.

Find more information here.


Hosted by New Life CFO Services
Gleneagles Country Club
6 – 8 p.m.

Get practical advice on maximizing the sale of a business and driving enterprise value.

The hosted discussion will feature five business valuation experts on the buying and selling sides of the equation. Discussion topics will include:

• How do I maximize the value and EBITDA multiple?
• What are buyers looking for?
• How do I make due diligence as clean and efficient as possible?
• What pitfalls are deal killers?
• How can I optimize the after tax impact on my estate?

Find more information here.

Thursday, August 26 through 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.

Through Monday, Sept. 6


Hosted by Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Check schedule for times.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is taking guests behind the scenes of world record-breaking feats by highlighting stories from the people who accomplished them and the science behind it. From the largest Pac-Man game to the longest moustache, attendees will learn about some astonishing record breakers and get the chance to challenge themselves.

Find more information here.

Wednesday, September 15


Hosted by The Beacon State Fund and the Governor’s Commission for Women
11 a.m.

The Governor’s Commission for Women is dedicated to advancing economic opportunities for Texas women and making Texas the top state for women-owned businesses. To further the advancement of successful women entrepreneurs and pave the way for new female business leaders, the Governor’s Commission for Women is proud to announce a new Webinar Series to empower female business leaders throughout the Lone Star State.

In partnership with The Beacon State Fund, the Governor’s Commission for Women will host a series of informative webinars for each region of Texas to share information about resources for women-owned small businesses and women entrepreneurs in Texas. The webinar series is an opportunity for attendees to learn from subject-matter experts and gain actionable advice about starting, growing and sustaining a business in the regions of Texas. The webinars will feature a variety of top leaders who will give key insights on an array of topics, including marketing, social media, funding, ecommerce and more.

Here’s the Webinar Series schedule:

Central Texas: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
West Texas: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
South Texas: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
North Texas: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
East Texas: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Find more information here.

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.

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, 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.

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.



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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