Go Big With These Fun Things to Do in Dallas, TX

When you live in Texas, you hear the declaration that “everything’s bigger in Texas” a lot—and we tend to think it’s pretty accurate. Texans love to go big, from the portion sizes at restaurants to the size of our cities. This rings true for Dallas, which is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the U.S., so there’s always a new restaurant, activity, or event to try out. With the new year in full swing, there are plenty of exciting Dallas events starting in the coming weeks and months. Here are a few events you may want to catch near the start of 2020.

1. Dinosaurs Live

If you have young children who are in love with dinosaurs—or even animals in general—they’ll absolutely love this exhibit at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. The exhibit is located on an easily walkable, half-mile nature trail and features 10 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. The dinosaurs, which are a mix of herbivores and carnivores, will thrill your little ones by moving and roaring. Your kids will also have the opportunity to do more than simply look; there are baby dinosaurs for your kids to play on and a new outdoor fossil dig that they can explore. The exhibit is already up and running and is open until February 17, so you can visit with your kids any time.

2. The Margarita Mile

If you’re looking for Dallas events e.g. a great idea for a night out with your friends and you love margaritas, it might be worth trying The Margarita Mile. Simply download the app, which contains the locations of the best places to get a margarita in Dallas, and click the “Taste To Win” category; if you follow the instructions, you’ll be able to try delicious margaritas and earn merchandise while you’re at it! Since it’s completely self-guided, you can spend as long as you’d like in each restaurant or bar, order plenty of great food to go with your margaritas, and head home whenever you’d like. The event is ongoing and ends on August 26.

3. The Kinsey Collection

This amazing collection of African American art and history is temporarily on display at the African American Museum. The collection is dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of black Americans from colonial history to the present day and contains over 150 artifacts. A few of the artifacts on display include bills of sale and other papers relating to the slave trade, books, letters, paintings, sculptures, and more. The collection has won three national awards and is absolutely worth seeing, learning from, and celebrating while it’s still in town. The exhibition is open now and closes on February 29; admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children between the ages of four and 12, and free for children aged three and under.

4. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

In Dallas, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory and dreams for a full week, but one event you won’t want to miss is the parade. The parade’s participants, which include colorful floats, band and drill teams, and church and nonprofit groups, will begin their march on Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard on January 20 at 10am. The parade is free for your entire family to watch—simply find a good spot and enjoy the celebrations!

5. Big Climb

If you’re active, looking for a challenge, and passionate about raising money for cancer research, one of the Dallas events that could catch your interest is the Big Climb. The challenge, which is hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is to climb up 70 flights of stairs to the top of Bank of America Plaza. Once you sign up, you can begin finding people to sponsor you for the climb. If you’re up for it, it’s a great challenge for an even better cause! The climb takes place on January 25 at 8am.

6. Schoolhouse Rock

If you grew up with Schoolhouse Rock, you probably remember it with a sense of nostalgia. Dallas Children’s Theater will be performing Schoolhouse Rock live, using the show and music to teach kids that learning can be fun. Your kids will love the performance and you’ll enjoy reliving a bit of your childhood and sharing it with your kids. The show is designed for kids aged five and up. It’ll be playing from January 25 to March 23 and tickets range between $17 and $30.

7. Amber Liu in Concert

Amber Liu is an internationally acclaimed, California-born singer, rapper, and songwriter who got her start in South Korea, debuting in a record-breaking group called f(x) in 2009. Amber launched her solo career in 2015 with her first solo album, which rocketed to the #2 spot on Billboard’s World Albums chart. The music video for the album’s title track earned over one million views on the day it was released. Amber writes and produces much of her music on her own, even directing many of her music videos. The concert, which will take place at the South Side Music Hall on February 16 at 8pm, will resonate with people of all ages; many of Amber’s songs have honest yet encouraging messages about making it through life’s struggles and learning to love yourself. Tickets are on sale now for between $28.50 and $32.00, so this concert is a great chance to see a talented international artist—without breaking the bank!

8. ‘Loving & Loving’

This play is based on the true love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia. In 1958, the couple was jolted awake in the middle of the night, pulled from their bed, and arrested for being married. They fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court, leading to a landmark decision that declared laws banning interracial marriage unconstitutional.Loving & Loving’ is set in the present day, telling Richard and Mildred Loving’s story in a series of flashbacks through a unique 21st-century lens, and examining the Loving’s legacy. The play humanizes the couple more than a simple history book can, making their struggles that much more real; it’s a great learning opportunity for adults and children alike. ‘Loving & Loving’ will be playing from February 5 through February 23 at Bishop Arts Theatre Center; tickets range in price from $12 to $30.

9. Mardi Paws

The DFW Humane Society and Irving Animal Shelter are partnering together for a Mardi Gras-themed parade and adopt-a-thon. Even if you aren’t looking to add another pet to your family, Mardi Paws will be one of those fun Dallas events for families, couples, or even for just you and your dog! The festivities will include music, food, drinks, and the parade. You and your pup can dress up in your best Mardi Gras costumes and register to join the parade for $10; the proceeds go to the DFW Humane Society. Mardi Paws will be held on February 22 at 12pm, but keep your eye out for additional details as the event draws nearer—especially details about the adopt-a-thon.

10. North Texas Irish Festival

The North Texas Irish Festival is part of the list of family-friendly Dallas events that draws tens of thousands of people every year with its lively atmosphere. It features performances from renowned musicians and dancers as well as Celtic storytelling, Irish food, chef demonstrations, whiskey tastings, horse displays, and more. There’s plenty to entertain everyone, so it’s perfect for a family activity, a night out with friends, a date, or even a solo adventure. Ticket prices haven’t been set in stone yet, but the festival will be held in Fair Park from March 6 to March 8.

Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town with your friends, a date night, or a fun learning opportunity for your kids, Dallas has more than enough to keep you busy! If you learned about an event from this list, decide to try it out, and end up having a great time, feel free to let us know at your next dental appointment!

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